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24 Dec 2004

I have been diagnosed with Bi Polar Disorder & I have a question
A few days ago I went and saw a psychiatrist. He has diagnosed me with Bi Polar Disorder 1. He has put me on to Epilum for the moment to see how I cope and I have another appointment with him in 2 weeks time.

I was concerned however when he asked me if I was planning on having any children in the near future. I did think too much of it at the time but then when I went to the pharmacist she also asked me the same question. Why did they ask me that question?? I am concerned that these drugs may affect my chances to conceive one day. I do not have any intention of having children in the next 3 - 5 years but I do want kids one day.

Please help!

Dizzy Des
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CyberShrink
cybershrink

01 Jan 0001

Morning, DD,
None of the meds likely to be used in treating your condition should in any way afect your chances to conceive ( if they did, the doc and the pharmacist would be less likely to have asked you about this). But many drugs which are very valuable in treating many different conditions, can cause problems if they are taken WHILE you are pregnant, as they may ( not always, but often enough to give rise to some concern ) affect the developing foetus / baby. With your plans, you have plenty of time to work on this bipolar disorder and get it well under control, before you reach the stage at which you plan to have kids. When you start to approach that age, discuss this issue again with your shrink, and it should be practical to make a plan both to control the disorder, and to enable you to conceive and have excellent kids, without problems. SO relax, have a great Christmas, and check this out with your psychiatrist when you next see him, to confirm this.
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