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Originally Posted by familylove
Just wanted to commiserate and echo Perl's feeling that you could be suffering from PMDD and upping your Celexa dosage before your period might be helpful.
For about three yrs after DS was born I would cycle every month. Starting with ovulation and ending after my period started, I was a crying, angry, anxious, depressed wreck. For me, it was a matter of getting my bipolar disorder II symptoms under control (which manifested themselves after DS was born--before that I suffered from "just" chronic depression.)
I know its hell. Keep working with your doc and you *will* come up with something that minimizes your symptoms.
In the meantime, perhaps you could share some info with your DP about PMDD so he can better understand why your mood changes so drastically.
Originally Posted by familylove
It is so very difficult to diagnosis BPD without the assistance of a pyschiatrist. Not to mention that there is a spectrum of BP disorders from Bp I (the most pronounced form) to BP 4. I have BP II which means that I mainly suffer from depression but also experience periods of hypomania. Hypomania reminds me of the things you are describing: sudden bursts of creativity, energy, feeling "on top of things", spending sprees, and irritability/anger (which you didn't mention, but is usually a component of hypomania).
|When I've been in a hypomanic state, I run around like a chicken with my head cut off, making all sorts of plans, spending more than normal and feeling like I'm *really* connected to life, but also very quick to yell at my DH. These periods only last about 3-4 days. In a lot of ways, they feel good, b/c its *so* much better than feeling depressed.|
|Taking more xanax than normal, drinking more than normal...that's what I would label "self-medicating", which I have spent a great deal of time engaging in myself. Do you do this when you're feeling depressed?|
|I would suggest keeping a mood journal. Every day, rate your depression 1-10 as well as hypomania. Record how much sleep you got and how much medication you're taking. Also record the events in your life that are causing you stress. Finally, be sure to mark when your period starts and ends. If you are able to tell when you're ovulating, note that, too. Doing this will provide a record and pattern of your moods and a more clear idea of what is happening to you month by month.|
|And check out the website: http://www.psycom.net/depression.central.bipolar.html
It's a great site with lots of information on all aspects of bipolar disorder and depression.
Please feel free to PM me. I know how much it sucks to cycle like you are every month. It's like you never get a break.
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