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10 Nov 2006

bipolar disorder?
I think I might be bipolar but Im not sure. I was recently prescribed Prozac to treat my bulimia. It helped my depression but now I feel aggressive, easily aggitated and out of control. I steal things and I get into fights. I dont want to end up in jail! In the past I was hospitalized with major depression (age 15) and I did impulsive things like run away from home. I feel like two different people sometimes I and happy and confident and other times I feel worthless and miserable. These feelings sort of seem like a pattern to me. Im happy for a little while (about 2 mos) and full of ideas and creativity then i slowly get depressed (4 mos) and sometimes I am both and sometimes Im almost "normal." In the past I took paxil but I got really obnoxious on that. I keep having recurring thoughts that my boyfriend doesnt love me anymore and hes going to cheat on me so I keep asking him repetitive questions. I constantly need to be reassured. I feel bad he has to go through all this. I think i was misdiagnosed with ADHD and I was put on strattera, but that made me crazy and I ended up running around naked in public and not sleeping for days. (I know crazy, huh) I already see a psychologist (for my bulimia) do you think I should mention all this to her? Or do you think its all in my mind and Im really not crazy?
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CyberShrink
cybershrink

01 Jan 0001

I don't like trating builimia or other eating disorder purely with medication, without active psychotherapy, preferably of the CBT variety as well. If you have BEGUN stealing things and being aggressive while on the Prozac, that may very well not be the ideal treatment for you, and a second opinion with a careful re-assessment fo the diagnosis and treatment by a different shrink, may be a good idea. The more I read of your story, the more it sounds as though CBT counselling / therapy would be a good idea, to enable you to get more control over these situations and reactions. And as you are already seeing a psychologist, then surely you ought to mention all of this to her --- all shrinks need to know every relevant aspect of your problem, and not to have areas you keep from them. You're not "really crazy", but you sound rather dysfunctional at present, and surely capable of functioning much better than this.
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