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freakofnatur
January 8, 2009 - 12:36 pm
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I have OCD and maybe some other mental issues including an eating disorder. But I think my ups and downs might be just as well explained with Cyclothymia. How do you know? I'm not sure my pdoc is well versed in this kind of thing and I just wondered how you know if it's just OCD or a mood disorder on top of that?


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January 8, 2009 - 12:36 pm
I have OCD and maybe some other mental issues including an eating disorder. But I think my ups and downs might be just as well explained with Cyclothymia. How do you know? I'm not sure my pdoc is well versed in this kind of thing and I just wondered how you know if it's just OCD or a mood disorder on top of that?


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January 9, 2009 - 5:20 am
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OCD can be a symptom that goes along with mood disorder, but the mood disorder has more things to it than just that. I am diagnosed with cyclothymia, but sometimes i think things are a bit worse really.

I have troubles with OCD when I am peaking very high or dipping very low. But when things are going somewhat level the ocd does not effect me too much. If you are having a mood disorder as well as OCD, you may find that somedays you just dont need to check for your car keys for the 1,000th time, or check the alarm clock for the 1 millionth time. but other days you do and you also my have to check that you did lock the car/house/garge (or whatever) 50 million times.

also mood disorders will effect other behavior too. with the cyclothymia or full blown manic depression, the amount and severity of the behavior is triggered by the "mood". so just try and keep track of your behaviors and see if they wax and wane and by how much. then you will know for sure.


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January 9, 2009 - 5:20 am
OCD can be a symptom that goes along with mood disorder, but the mood disorder has more things to it than just that. I am diagnosed with cyclothymia, but sometimes i think things are a bit worse really.

I have troubles with OCD when I am peaking very high or dipping very low. But when things are going somewhat level the ocd does not effect me too much. If you are having a mood disorder as well as OCD, you may find that somedays you just dont need to check for your car keys for the 1,000th time, or check the alarm clock for the 1 millionth time. but other days you do and you also my have to check that you did lock the car/house/garge (or whatever) 50 million times.

also mood disorders will effect other behavior too. with the cyclothymia or full blown manic depression, the amount and severity of the behavior is triggered by the "mood". so just try and keep track of your behaviors and see if they wax and wane and by how much. then you will know for sure.


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January 10, 2009 - 7:39 am
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I have had deppression issues since about 1980 (I'm 48 now). And I have been on just about every type of anti D there is but it never really got me much passed a 4-5. There was the D always hanging under everything. I went on and off meds every so often thinking I didn't need them but I am finally excepting that I truly have a chemical imbalance, just like a diabetic or any other chronic type disease. Recently I saw a pysch doc and he was thinking maybe I am soft bolar or bolar II. But he gave me a book to read called Why am I still depressed? Author is Jim Phelps. when I started reading this book I was overwhelmed by all the terminology and it really bugged/scared me to know it was possible, was I soft biploar. Yuk, what a label.
I have done a ton of pyschotherapy about 10 years ago and have worked through and understand where my issues stem from! But yesterday I went to see my old therapist and we talked about the"labels" and he said it wasn't neccessary to get caught up in label. Especailly when we are dealing with mood disorders that are not a black and white issue, like diabetis etc...
What is important for me to remember is that I had a lot of tramatic things happen to me as a teenager which left an imprint on my brain. PTSD, Then there is a few people in my family history that have deppression/bipolar issues( which is the perfect set up for where I am now). And lastly, I am 48 and starting the wonderful world of menopause.
Anyway back to the book, After reading a good amount of the book the Cyclothmia sounded more like me, since I don't seem to have extreme highs but mainly lows. So if I had to get caught up on a tittle it would be the Cyclothmia. I was starting a new med called Pristiq perscribed by a medical (drug pusher) doctor. Of course it only pulled me from a 1 to maybe a 2-3 So I finally went to see a pysch doc and he took me off the pristiq (nasty stuff) by having me step down with 20 mg of Prozac and at the same time he started me on Lamictal , the generic version. I've only been on it 3 weeks but so far it seems ok. I am not up to the full dose yet so I can't say if it will ease the mood swings and the lurking deppression. I'm hopeful, which is a lot for someone in this state of mind. From what I understand Lamictal is a mood stablizer and a anti D. Good Luck to you, I know how scary is it.


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January 10, 2009 - 7:39 am
I have had deppression issues since about 1980 (I'm 48 now). And I have been on just about every type of anti D there is but it never really got me much passed a 4-5. There was the D always hanging under everything. I went on and off meds every so often thinking I didn't need them but I am finally excepting that I truly have a chemical imbalance, just like a diabetic or any other chronic type disease. Recently I saw a pysch doc and he was thinking maybe I am soft bolar or bolar II. But he gave me a book to read called Why am I still depressed? Author is Jim Phelps. when I started reading this book I was overwhelmed by all the terminology and it really bugged/scared me to know it was possible, was I soft biploar. Yuk, what a label.
I have done a ton of pyschotherapy about 10 years ago and have worked through and understand where my issues stem from! But yesterday I went to see my old therapist and we talked about the"labels" and he said it wasn't neccessary to get caught up in label. Especailly when we are dealing with mood disorders that are not a black and white issue, like diabetis etc...
What is important for me to remember is that I had a lot of tramatic things happen to me as a teenager which left an imprint on my brain. PTSD, Then there is a few people in my family history that have deppression/bipolar issues( which is the perfect set up for where I am now). And lastly, I am 48 and starting the wonderful world of menopause.
Anyway back to the book, After reading a good amount of the book the Cyclothmia sounded more like me, since I don't seem to have extreme highs but mainly lows. So if I had to get caught up on a tittle it would be the Cyclothmia. I was starting a new med called Pristiq perscribed by a medical (drug pusher) doctor. Of course it only pulled me from a 1 to maybe a 2-3 So I finally went to see a pysch doc and he took me off the pristiq (nasty stuff) by having me step down with 20 mg of Prozac and at the same time he started me on Lamictal , the generic version. I've only been on it 3 weeks but so far it seems ok. I am not up to the full dose yet so I can't say if it will ease the mood swings and the lurking deppression. I'm hopeful, which is a lot for someone in this state of mind. From what I understand Lamictal is a mood stablizer and a anti D. Good Luck to you, I know how scary is it.


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January 19, 2009 - 8:03 pm
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You can read portions of the book Chaser mentioned at www.psycheducation.com and there is a wealth of information about mood disorders at www.psycheducation.org


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You can read portions of the book Chaser mentioned at www.psycheducation.com and there is a wealth of information about mood disorders at www.psycheducation.org


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February 18, 2009 - 11:10 pm
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persistently unstable mood, involving many periods of mild depression and mild elation. This instability usually develops in late adolescence and follows a chronic course, although moods may be within norms for months at a time. Mood swings are usually perceived by the individual as being unrelated to life events. The diagnosis is difficult to establish without a prolonged period of observation or an unusually good account of the individual's past behaviour. Because the mood swings are relatively mild and the episodes of mood elevation may be enjoyable, cyclothymia frequently fails to come to medical attention. In some cases this may be because the mood change, although present, is less prominent than cyclical changes in activity, self-confidence, sociability, or appetitive behaviour. If required, age of onset may be specified as early (in late teenage or the twenties) or later.

The essential feature is a persistent instability of mood, involving numerous periods of mild depression and mild elation, none of which has been sufficiently severe or prolonged to fulfill the criteria for bipolar disorder or recurrent depressive disorder. This implies that individual episodes of mood swings do not fulfill the criteria for any of the categories described under manic episode or major depressive episode.



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February 18, 2009 - 11:10 pm
persistently unstable mood, involving many periods of mild depression and mild elation. This instability usually develops in late adolescence and follows a chronic course, although moods may be within norms for months at a time. Mood swings are usually perceived by the individual as being unrelated to life events. The diagnosis is difficult to establish without a prolonged period of observation or an unusually good account of the individual's past behaviour. Because the mood swings are relatively mild and the episodes of mood elevation may be enjoyable, cyclothymia frequently fails to come to medical attention. In some cases this may be because the mood change, although present, is less prominent than cyclical changes in activity, self-confidence, sociability, or appetitive behaviour. If required, age of onset may be specified as early (in late teenage or the twenties) or later.

The essential feature is a persistent instability of mood, involving numerous periods of mild depression and mild elation, none of which has been sufficiently severe or prolonged to fulfill the criteria for bipolar disorder or recurrent depressive disorder. This implies that individual episodes of mood swings do not fulfill the criteria for any of the categories described under manic episode or major depressive episode.



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February 20, 2009 - 11:27 am
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Thanks, Karen. That was very informative. It does sound like me. A psychiatrist thinks there may be some sort of mood disorder while my therapist thinks there isn't. He says my OCD can produce very similar symptoms to Bipolar disorder but still not be bipolar of any kind including cyclothymia. I'm not sure it matters at this point that I have a dx. I need to handle it whatever it may be. Thank you for the answer.


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February 20, 2009 - 11:27 am
Thanks, Karen. That was very informative. It does sound like me. A psychiatrist thinks there may be some sort of mood disorder while my therapist thinks there isn't. He says my OCD can produce very similar symptoms to Bipolar disorder but still not be bipolar of any kind including cyclothymia. I'm not sure it matters at this point that I have a dx. I need to handle it whatever it may be. Thank you for the answer.


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February 27, 2009 - 5:51 pm
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are u taking anything for your OCD? I also have OCD, panic and mostly depression but I was just diagnosed with cicllothymia after 6 years of unssucssefull treatment for depression, my OCD just got much worst afer I had a baby 9 months ago, so as my panic and my depression. well my doctor never though I had bipolar traces bc I dont have much manic ephisods or I dont rely tell her much of my over sexualy and my care free behavior which its not much manic but its defintelly hypomanic and my depression never last to long. well, anyway, all the anidepressents will make not sleep and turn me into the happiest person in lala land where I would make friends anyweere or simply just very angry. I would go periods where I though I was just a hypocondriac and i had nothing and just gave up on treating myself. Well after the baby I just coulnt tolerate anymore, life whitout the meds was just to hard. Now I'm completelly obssed on finding out more about the ciclothymia and bipolar disorder and I'm having serious thoughs of being more than just ciclothimc. I'm really obssed than I spend all day reading and going though sites. do u take any meds?



Medications for February 2009
12-12-2008 - 02-07-2009:Effexor, 75 mg. once a day
12-27-2008 - 02-14-2009:Topamax, 25 mg. twince a day
12-27-2008 - 02-14-2009:Topamax, 25 mg. twince a day
02-07-2009 - 02-14-2009:Topamax, 75 mg. topamax
02-07-2009 - 02-14-2009:Effexor, 112.5. once a day
02-14-2009 - 02-27-2009:Effexor, 75 mg. once a day
02-14-2009 - Present:Topamax, 25 mg. twince a day
02-14-2009 - 02-27-2009:Effexor, 75 mg. once a day
02-14-2009 - Present:Topamax, 25 mg. twince a day
02-20-2009 - 02-27-2009:lexapro, 0.5. once a day
02-14-2009 - Present:Topamax, 25 mg. twince a day
02-27-2009 - Present:lexapro, 10 mg. once a day
02-27-2009 - Present:Effexor, 37.5. once a day

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are u taking anything for your OCD? I also have OCD, panic and mostly depression but I was just diagnosed with cicllothymia after 6 years of unssucssefull treatment for depression, my OCD just got much worst afer I had a baby 9 months ago, so as my panic and my depression. well my doctor never though I had bipolar traces bc I dont have much manic ephisods or I dont rely tell her much of my over sexualy and my care free behavior which its not much manic but its defintelly hypomanic and my depression never last to long. well, anyway, all the anidepressents will make not sleep and turn me into the happiest person in lala land where I would make friends anyweere or simply just very angry. I would go periods where I though I was just a hypocondriac and i had nothing and just gave up on treating myself. Well after the baby I just coulnt tolerate anymore, life whitout the meds was just to hard. Now I'm completelly obssed on finding out more about the ciclothymia and bipolar disorder and I'm having serious thoughs of being more than just ciclothimc. I'm really obssed than I spend all day reading and going though sites. do u take any meds?



Medications for February 2009
12-12-2008 - 02-07-2009:Effexor, 75 mg. once a day
12-27-2008 - 02-14-2009:Topamax, 25 mg. twince a day
12-27-2008 - 02-14-2009:Topamax, 25 mg. twince a day
02-07-2009 - 02-14-2009:Topamax, 75 mg. topamax
02-07-2009 - 02-14-2009:Effexor, 112.5. once a day
02-14-2009 - 02-27-2009:Effexor, 75 mg. once a day
02-14-2009 - Present:Topamax, 25 mg. twince a day
02-14-2009 - 02-27-2009:Effexor, 75 mg. once a day
02-14-2009 - Present:Topamax, 25 mg. twince a day
02-20-2009 - 02-27-2009:lexapro, 0.5. once a day
02-14-2009 - Present:Topamax, 25 mg. twince a day
02-27-2009 - Present:lexapro, 10 mg. once a day
02-27-2009 - Present:Effexor, 37.5. once a day

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February 28, 2009 - 9:00 am
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No. I'm in therapy doing DBT, but I don't take meds. My OCD isn't as bad as it used to be and sometimes I think it's morphed into GAD. Probably not, though. Just a stable period. I still self harm and I still have an eating disorder and I still get depressed and ... I guess it's a little hypomanic. Hard to say. My own therapist thinks it isn't bipolar depression in the strictest sense. He said it's kind of like runner's high. When you've stressed your body out to the maximum with anxiety, your brain pumps as many feel good hormones into your body as possible and the episode is followed by a high. It's extremely rapid, lasting only a few days in each direction, so he thinks it can't be bipolar. Other doctors have disagreed and I'm not sure who to believe. Actually, I don't care what you call it. It sucks. But I'm working on it without drugs. I'll let you know how it turns out. If I ever get there.


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February 28, 2009 - 9:00 am
No. I'm in therapy doing DBT, but I don't take meds. My OCD isn't as bad as it used to be and sometimes I think it's morphed into GAD. Probably not, though. Just a stable period. I still self harm and I still have an eating disorder and I still get depressed and ... I guess it's a little hypomanic. Hard to say. My own therapist thinks it isn't bipolar depression in the strictest sense. He said it's kind of like runner's high. When you've stressed your body out to the maximum with anxiety, your brain pumps as many feel good hormones into your body as possible and the episode is followed by a high. It's extremely rapid, lasting only a few days in each direction, so he thinks it can't be bipolar. Other doctors have disagreed and I'm not sure who to believe. Actually, I don't care what you call it. It sucks. But I'm working on it without drugs. I'll let you know how it turns out. If I ever get there.


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February 28, 2009 - 3:15 pm
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I never self harm, but I use to drink and do occasional drugs, I also did a lot of those gym supplements to get energy and work out and took sleeping pills, it took my doctor 6 years to finally diagnosed me as a ciclothymic, I had thoughts of being bipolar before and I asked her and she didn’t think I was, but I was never to clear with her about my care free behavior and my over sexuality because I was always very good in covering also, people never noticed. I always got a lot of attention because of my looks and personality and people always liked me and I was always over friendly during my hypo episodes but they were never abnormal so it was very hard to diagnose and my depression was never very deep fast and went away fast also. After I had a baby I had much more issues, and finally now she diagnosed me cause my OCD and paranoia increased a lot, I spending lots of time, cleaning the baby stuff and I'm so paranoid with him, I had thoughts that I was going crazy, I I use to be afraid to turn crazy like those moms that kills their babies and I use to cry and cry and pray to God to please don’t let me turn crazy and I use to wake up 5 or 6 times a night for months (even after he started sleeping through the night) cause I though he was going to die of SIDS or some weird stuff. I also started to get the mix moods where I was so sensitive and irritable than I end up fighting with most of my friends and I never wanted to see or talk to anyone and I never even feel like leaving the house most of the time. I never want to go anywhere and I feel like I have no more pleasure in life. I use to love to look good and put make up on and dress nice, now I just get by, I still dress nice for work and put a bit of make up cause my work requires that but I feel no pleasure our of it. I don’t even feel pleasure shopping for myself anymore. And lately my obsession is search about bipolar disorder on line I spend hours on the site and I'm completely obsessed and it’s not even normal because that's all I talk about with my fiancée. I have been feeling like this for months now, my pregnancy was so hard and I didn’t started on meds until like 3 months ago because I was breastfeeding so I'm still not stabilized. I don’t have thoughts of killing myself but I feel hopeless that I ever going to enjoy life again and have friends. I feel like crying but I am not even able to do this. Sorry to vent but my life has been pretty crappy and I feel bad because I have reasons to be happy, I managed to be successful and have a stable job. I'm not that great of saving money and I did have lots of shopping sprees in s the past and I still do once in a while but don’t get any pleasure out of it. But my job is very well compensated and I have been there for almost 3 years now which is a record for me. I used to switch jobs every couple years before but I always left in good terms and people always loved me and I have great refs. Anyway what I mean is that I manage somehow to have a pretty normal life so far despising all my struggling with this crazy stuff. Please somebody tell me that I will get better cause I'm scared of all this meds and I'm scared of never being able to be myself again. Thanks



Medications for February 2009
12-12-2008 - 02-07-2009:Effexor, 75 mg. once a day
12-27-2008 - 02-14-2009:Topamax, 25 mg. twince a day
12-27-2008 - 02-14-2009:Topamax, 25 mg. twince a day
02-07-2009 - 02-14-2009:Topamax, 75 mg. topamax
02-07-2009 - 02-14-2009:Effexor, 112.5. once a day
02-14-2009 - 02-27-2009:Effexor, 75 mg. once a day
02-14-2009 - Present:Topamax, 25 mg. twince a day
02-14-2009 - 02-27-2009:Effexor, 75 mg. once a day
02-14-2009 - Present:Topamax, 25 mg. twince a day
02-20-2009 - 02-27-2009:lexapro, 0.5. once a day
02-14-2009 - Present:Topamax, 25 mg. twince a day
02-27-2009 - Present:lexapro, 10 mg. once a day
02-27-2009 - Present:Effexor, 37.5. once a day

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February 28, 2009 - 3:15 pm
I never self harm, but I use to drink and do occasional drugs, I also did a lot of those gym supplements to get energy and work out and took sleeping pills, it took my doctor 6 years to finally diagnosed me as a ciclothymic, I had thoughts of being bipolar before and I asked her and she didn’t think I was, but I was never to clear with her about my care free behavior and my over sexuality because I was always very good in covering also, people never noticed. I always got a lot of attention because of my looks and personality and people always liked me and I was always over friendly during my hypo episodes but they were never abnormal so it was very hard to diagnose and my depression was never very deep fast and went away fast also. After I had a baby I had much more issues, and finally now she diagnosed me cause my OCD and paranoia increased a lot, I spending lots of time, cleaning the baby stuff and I'm so paranoid with him, I had thoughts that I was going crazy, I I use to be afraid to turn crazy like those moms that kills their babies and I use to cry and cry and pray to God to please don’t let me turn crazy and I use to wake up 5 or 6 times a night for months (even after he started sleeping through the night) cause I though he was going to die of SIDS or some weird stuff. I also started to get the mix moods where I was so sensitive and irritable than I end up fighting with most of my friends and I never wanted to see or talk to anyone and I never even feel like leaving the house most of the time. I never want to go anywhere and I feel like I have no more pleasure in life. I use to love to look good and put make up on and dress nice, now I just get by, I still dress nice for work and put a bit of make up cause my work requires that but I feel no pleasure our of it. I don’t even feel pleasure shopping for myself anymore. And lately my obsession is search about bipolar disorder on line I spend hours on the site and I'm completely obsessed and it’s not even normal because that's all I talk about with my fiancée. I have been feeling like this for months now, my pregnancy was so hard and I didn’t started on meds until like 3 months ago because I was breastfeeding so I'm still not stabilized. I don’t have thoughts of killing myself but I feel hopeless that I ever going to enjoy life again and have friends. I feel like crying but I am not even able to do this. Sorry to vent but my life has been pretty crappy and I feel bad because I have reasons to be happy, I managed to be successful and have a stable job. I'm not that great of saving money and I did have lots of shopping sprees in s the past and I still do once in a while but don’t get any pleasure out of it. But my job is very well compensated and I have been there for almost 3 years now which is a record for me. I used to switch jobs every couple years before but I always left in good terms and people always loved me and I have great refs. Anyway what I mean is that I manage somehow to have a pretty normal life so far despising all my struggling with this crazy stuff. Please somebody tell me that I will get better cause I'm scared of all this meds and I'm scared of never being able to be myself again. Thanks



Medications for February 2009
12-12-2008 - 02-07-2009:Effexor, 75 mg. once a day
12-27-2008 - 02-14-2009:Topamax, 25 mg. twince a day
12-27-2008 - 02-14-2009:Topamax, 25 mg. twince a day
02-07-2009 - 02-14-2009:Topamax, 75 mg. topamax
02-07-2009 - 02-14-2009:Effexor, 112.5. once a day
02-14-2009 - 02-27-2009:Effexor, 75 mg. once a day
02-14-2009 - Present:Topamax, 25 mg. twince a day
02-14-2009 - 02-27-2009:Effexor, 75 mg. once a day
02-14-2009 - Present:Topamax, 25 mg. twince a day
02-20-2009 - 02-27-2009:lexapro, 0.5. once a day
02-14-2009 - Present:Topamax, 25 mg. twince a day
02-27-2009 - Present:lexapro, 10 mg. once a day
02-27-2009 - Present:Effexor, 37.5. once a day

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February 28, 2009 - 8:59 pm
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Look, as someone who deals with both up and down moods and OCD obsessions, I'm here to tell you that unless I'm grossly mistaken, the OCD is worse. Much. One gets over a mood, but the obsessions take over your life like demonic voices that will never never Shut up! If you want to feel better, there is only one way. Stop looking up the bipolar stuff online. I did this too and God knows, it's interesting. It's a hit of a drug really. People with OCD and mood disorders... whatever you wish to name them... are often people who can't find happiness in small things in life. We need something big to grab our attention and our minds latch onto things like thinking we're going insane. Or stabbing our children while they sleep. Or driving off the road and killing ourselves. It beats the hell out of thinking about dinner, doesn't it? Even if it's distressing, it's also addicting and there is only one way out of it. If you want to get out that is. You have to force yourself to start finding pleasure in smaller things. Ever smaller. IF you don't, you're caught forever looking up wild symptoms and creating those symptoms in your mind until you surely have them. All of them. You'll be OK, but you really do have to stop looking up the symptoms. Only then will your mind eventually let go of it. Good luck with it. And thank you for answering my question.


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February 28, 2009 - 8:59 pm
Look, as someone who deals with both up and down moods and OCD obsessions, I'm here to tell you that unless I'm grossly mistaken, the OCD is worse. Much. One gets over a mood, but the obsessions take over your life like demonic voices that will never never Shut up! If you want to feel better, there is only one way. Stop looking up the bipolar stuff online. I did this too and God knows, it's interesting. It's a hit of a drug really. People with OCD and mood disorders... whatever you wish to name them... are often people who can't find happiness in small things in life. We need something big to grab our attention and our minds latch onto things like thinking we're going insane. Or stabbing our children while they sleep. Or driving off the road and killing ourselves. It beats the hell out of thinking about dinner, doesn't it? Even if it's distressing, it's also addicting and there is only one way out of it. If you want to get out that is. You have to force yourself to start finding pleasure in smaller things. Ever smaller. IF you don't, you're caught forever looking up wild symptoms and creating those symptoms in your mind until you surely have them. All of them. You'll be OK, but you really do have to stop looking up the symptoms. Only then will your mind eventually let go of it. Good luck with it. And thank you for answering my question.


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February 28, 2009 - 10:52 pm
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Thanks tennisboy! I'm really obssesed with the sites and reading about it, but my wors syptom is my PCD and it doesnt go away. I also felt so depressed today i coulnt get out of bed, I have not sleep well in days, I fall sleep but not deelpy and have vivid dreams and wake up very tired. Thiking about adding someting else to my drugs. tappering off effexor right now and feel terrible, will wait untill I go totally off, just increased my lexapro and my topamax is still the same. Dont want to increase the tompamax cause I get stupid on. :(



Medications for February 2009
12-12-2008 - 02-07-2009:Effexor, 75 mg. once a day
12-27-2008 - 02-14-2009:Topamax, 25 mg. twince a day
12-27-2008 - 02-14-2009:Topamax, 25 mg. twince a day
02-07-2009 - 02-14-2009:Topamax, 75 mg. topamax
02-07-2009 - 02-14-2009:Effexor, 112.5. once a day
02-14-2009 - 02-27-2009:Effexor, 75 mg. once a day
02-14-2009 - Present:Topamax, 25 mg. twince a day
02-14-2009 - 02-27-2009:Effexor, 75 mg. once a day
02-14-2009 - Present:Topamax, 25 mg. twince a day
02-20-2009 - 02-27-2009:lexapro, 0.5. once a day
02-14-2009 - Present:Topamax, 25 mg. twince a day
02-27-2009 - Present:lexapro, 10 mg. once a day
02-27-2009 - Present:Effexor, 37.5. once a day

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cristty25
February 28, 2009 - 10:52 pm
Thanks tennisboy! I'm really obssesed with the sites and reading about it, but my wors syptom is my PCD and it doesnt go away. I also felt so depressed today i coulnt get out of bed, I have not sleep well in days, I fall sleep but not deelpy and have vivid dreams and wake up very tired. Thiking about adding someting else to my drugs. tappering off effexor right now and feel terrible, will wait untill I go totally off, just increased my lexapro and my topamax is still the same. Dont want to increase the tompamax cause I get stupid on. :(



Medications for February 2009
12-12-2008 - 02-07-2009:Effexor, 75 mg. once a day
12-27-2008 - 02-14-2009:Topamax, 25 mg. twince a day
12-27-2008 - 02-14-2009:Topamax, 25 mg. twince a day
02-07-2009 - 02-14-2009:Topamax, 75 mg. topamax
02-07-2009 - 02-14-2009:Effexor, 112.5. once a day
02-14-2009 - 02-27-2009:Effexor, 75 mg. once a day
02-14-2009 - Present:Topamax, 25 mg. twince a day
02-14-2009 - 02-27-2009:Effexor, 75 mg. once a day
02-14-2009 - Present:Topamax, 25 mg. twince a day
02-20-2009 - 02-27-2009:lexapro, 0.5. once a day
02-14-2009 - Present:Topamax, 25 mg. twince a day
02-27-2009 - Present:lexapro, 10 mg. once a day
02-27-2009 - Present:Effexor, 37.5. once a day

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April 13, 2009 - 11:44 am
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If you feel you may have any of the disorders associated with Bi-Polar, the best thing is to track your moods here on MoodTracker. If you see numerous ups and downs (usually with a given pattern of some sort), you have a good indication of what type of disorder, if any you may have. OCD is often a symptom of Bi-Polar. I would suggest completing a moodchart for three to four weeks, then have your doctor examine the results. If you are still not convinced, perhaps visit another doctor for a second opinion. Doctors are not always correct, but the likely hood of two doctors being wrong are very slim. Hope this helps.


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April 13, 2009 - 11:44 am
If you feel you may have any of the disorders associated with Bi-Polar, the best thing is to track your moods here on MoodTracker. If you see numerous ups and downs (usually with a given pattern of some sort), you have a good indication of what type of disorder, if any you may have. OCD is often a symptom of Bi-Polar. I would suggest completing a moodchart for three to four weeks, then have your doctor examine the results. If you are still not convinced, perhaps visit another doctor for a second opinion. Doctors are not always correct, but the likely hood of two doctors being wrong are very slim. Hope this helps.


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