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Worried about bipolar

Hi my names James, I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2001. Although I've had counselling, psych help and been hospitalised over the years, I feel that I've never been treated properly for it. I have suffered with really bad manic phases and low moods. I have been all over the place for years. I'm only taking fluoxetine. Aside from my GP is there any other medication or help i should ask out. Any suggestions would really help. Thanks

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The major question is whether you should be taking lithium or other mood stabiliser

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Sounds like your on antidepressants, my son takes antipsychotics and mood stabalisers

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Hello James, welcome to this community. You sound as if you are struggling at the moment. May I ask, do you have a CPN (Community Psychiatric Nurse) or Consultant that you see from time to time? It is very difficult to give any information on specific medications and other treatments without knowing your full medical history, the people to ask are your health professionals. Perhaps booking a double GP appointment and go armed with questions that are written down and maybe another person with you so that if you don't remember everything they will. Also there are some very useful leaflets in the 'Pinned Post' on the right of your screen. Best wishes and good luck to you James.

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Thanks for your advice, I'll certainly give that a go.

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Hi James. I am bipolar as well and take a anti depressant and anti psychotic and they seem to work fairly well. I'm far from fixed but managing better for sure. I take Lexapro and Abilify. I'd try adding onto yours and see if that helps! Hope you feel better, Rachel 😊

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hi I'm trying to get diagnosed with bipolar I have all the simptoms since I was 16 and put on antidepressants I'm now 28 and I think iv had every one out there n none work.im on Prozac just now iv been screemin out for help with this for years and just been given more antidepressants n left to get on with it.going to the docs on Friday to see talk about seeing a phyciatrist for a second opinion as the one I seen last week dident wana no told me it was anxiety n signed me off.i was gutted thought there was light at the end of the tunnel after that I went depressed again.hoping I get some where on Friday if I don't I feel I'm gona snap n they'll take me away in a straight jacket but to be honest a woudent mind coz then maybe I would get the treatment I need.i know my behaviour is not normal.

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