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Anyone with Bipolar spectrum disorders?

Mental Health | Last Active: Jul 27, 2023 | Replies (38)

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Hi thank you for answering so soon. My original diagnosis is ptsd from early childhood trauma. I also now carry GAD and BPD type 2. Several meds have been tried on me, none of them able to alleviate anxiety and depression. I failed several ADs and unfortunately was self treating because of spotty insurance coverage.

I was dx’d 21/2 years ago with BPD. I recently wit(drew from Ativan and lyrica and mirtazapine. I am followed by a new MD who is continuing me on Li 600 Er mg at night. My last Li level was 1.2 on the regular Lithium 600 mg.
I have been tried on Abilify and Saphris which triggered a real mania like I have never had in my life with real suicidal ideation.

In October I took Cipro for a UTI which flipped me into acute benzodiazepine withdrawal. I was seen briefly in the Psych ER, where they advised me to go back on the Ativan. I am now free of that drug. My last dose was December 12, 2020.

I have not been able to access a CBT therapist in Albuquerque.

I am 69, recently retired after a 40 years career- 20 years as an RN, mostly in ICU and ER, and the last 20 as an NP boarded in Family practice and Psych The last 5 years in the VA in Albuquerque.

With the ACE, I have been in and out of therapy since ago 20
I am getting exhausted as I don’t feel better and am very discouraged.

Laurie

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Replies to "Hi thank you for answering so soon. My original diagnosis is ptsd from early childhood trauma...."

Please do not feel discouraged. I, too, was diagnosed with BPI in my late 20s and am now 69. I have been on many combinations of medicines. What I have found is that medications can stop working for no discernible reason, then you have to start over to find a combination that works. My main drugs now are Lamotrogine, Bupropion, and Sertraline (Zoloft). I was on Lithium and Prozac for years, but that changed when Prozac stopped working and Lithium was known to impair the kidneys. It sounds like your doctor is trying very new drugs. Hang in there!

A psychiatrist said I was bipolar. And then I watched youtubes on ADHD and borderline personality disorder. Seems these three are similar and I was ADHD as a kid. Does it matter? Just my own version of reality. Meds can help at times and do nothing at other times. It's so illusive. Hang in there, stay well from that little monster covid.