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Can frequent manic episodes be symptoms of Bipolar disorder? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 25-Mar-2014
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User:Hi im a 31 yr old female with 4 children I have been suffering with severe depression and anxiety for over 5 years i am currently in therapy and on valdoxin 50mg per night and 60mg of prozac in the mornings but I seem to be having frequent manic episodes lasting up to 6-8wks at most and up to 2 weeks at the least I have been on various different anti depressants over the years and I just seem to be getting worse. A few family members have mentioned that I could be bipolar. Do you think I should get more advice on this I have said it to my gp but he says its depression as there is a family history of depression
User:So what do you think of my situation
Doctor:Yes it is possible that you may be bipolar
Doctor:It is possible that the manic episodes may be getting manifested with antidepressants
Doctor:You can ask the gp to refer you to a psychistrist
Doctor:In your case it seems more like hypomania
Doctor:What symptoms do you have of mania?
User:So what do I do?. I have been on 7 different anti depressants through the year they work for couple of months and the mood just drops. I feel my gp thinks because i dont have high mania episodes I have more manic episodes which are just getting too much now
Doctor:I need to know the symptoms you are having
Doctor:Also if you can tell me the reason for your depression symptoms
Doctor:Are you there?
Doctor:Are you there?
Doctor:Please talk to me
User:Very irritable, very bad sleep patterns, appetite very bad,moods very low, struggling to do very day things, very moody.... feeling empty no self worth
Doctor:These are symptoms of depression and not mania
Doctor:But there is one thing that works like magic in cases of depression that do not respond well to treatment
Doctor:It is called as breathing technique
Doctor:Have you heard about it
Doctor:Breathing gets upset in anxiety as well as in depression and mania
Doctor:It is called as XXXXXXX in Indian yoga
Doctor:Are you there?
Doctor:Have you tried something like this?
Doctor:Please talk to me
Doctor:Are you there?
User:I have tried many things but nothing is helping me I
Doctor:Are you there?
Doctor:Have you tried a breathing technique?
User:not too sure what that is never heard of that for depression.
Doctor:It is a technique in Indian yoga that has helped many
Doctor:For example XXXXXXX XXXXXXX
Doctor:You may google search for a centre near your place that is providing a course for it
User:Have you heard of by bipolar II its were people have more der
Doctor:Then tyou can simply practice it at the convenience of your home
Doctor:I have heard of it
Doctor:For the exact diagnosis you will need to see a psychiatristy
Doctor:also an antidepressant takes atleast 3 weeks to show any effect
Doctor:thus it is not good to change it sooner
User:More depressive episodes then mania... I have do online tests which suggest I have that im on the valdoxin nearly 2 yrs now
Doctor:Is it effective in you?
Doctor:Mostly antidepressants may not bring down the symptoms 100%
Doctor:and sometimes thay unmask the symptoms of mania as well
User:At first im on full dose and also full dose of prozac which I am still getting bad lows
Doctor:you need to see a psychiatrist
Doctor:and make some changes in lifestyle as well to control your symptoms
User:I think your right thanks for your help
Doctor:and take care
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