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Side effects of anti-depressant medicines - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hi, I am a 34 y/o female, married and I have a 17 y/o son. I have fibromyalgia, IBS and probable meneires. Ever since I can remember, I've suffered from bouts of depresson, where I shut off from the world. I'm currently going through depression again - feeling exhausted, agitated, suicidal thoughts - I don't seem to function like a normal person. I have never worked because I feel too anxious around others. I have taken citalopram to help manage my social phobia and depressive episodes, and I have been off this for 6 weeks. The meds keep the deep depression at bay and it helps a little with the anxiety. I'm starting to think that I could have bipolar because I went from feeling deeply depressed, weeping, cannot cope, etc, to today feeling agitated, angry, having palpations and I feel that I'm not in control, as though I need something to calm me. I also have been feeling under the weather: aching all over, sore throat - are these the symptoms of Bipolar?? How can I get a diagnoses?
Doctor :   Hello.
User :   hello
Doctor :   Let me read your query.
Doctor :   How many times did you feel agitated, angry etc?
User :   feeling agitated all today and feel I'm getting angry too easily - not usually like this
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   Bipolar disorder cannot be diagnosed by one episode.
User :   I have these depressive episodes several times a year and can last up to 5 weeks
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   Those are only suggestive of depression.
Doctor :   Do you have any difficulty in sleeping?
User :   yes, the last 2 nights I have been lying awake for what seems like hours
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   Were you able to sleep?
User :   yes eventually
Doctor :   How did you feel in the morning? were you feeling active?
User :   not to begin with, I felt tired and I've been feeling under the weather, but by late morning feeling like everything is on fast forward and can't keep up
Doctor :   Then it is very unlikely to come to a diagnosis of BPD.
Doctor :   It could be due to the side effects of the medication.
User :   ok, I'll talk to GP
Doctor :   Is there any thing else i can help with?
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