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could i be bipolar ?

Submitted by myming Wed 08/18/2010


after 20 years of taking anti-depressives w/ many different psychotropics and negative side effects,
i'm wondering if i could be bipolar.
when i took prozac (8 years) i felt better. now a new doctor has me taking sertraline 300mg daily and it's working to a point, but i ALWAYS feel a haze of depression.
would rather stay home and do everything via internet than going out w/ the public.

he also has me on adderall xr, starting w/ 40mg daily,
which is helping alot, but the depression, lack of energy/creativity is still there.
i'm 60 years old.

what do you think ?

thank you.

Bipolar Disorder describes someone who has bouts of major depression followed by bouts of mania in a cyclical pattern. The periods or depression and mania can last for weeks or months. You have not described any symptoms of mania. Mania includes: states of high energy, vigorous goal directed behavior, needing little or no sleep, racing thoughts, a burst of energy and achievements, and sometimes even psychosis. By this point in your life you would know whether or not you had experienced a manic episode. If so you would need different kinds of medications to control it instead of the ones you described. So far nothing you have described sounds like Bipolar Disorder.

Best of luck,
Dr. Williams

Monnica T. Williams, Ph.D., Clinical Psychology
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