Major depression - Bpd question?

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Thu, 09-20-2012 - 2:04pm

I'm curious about two things: 1. Have any of you been initially diagnosed. w/ depression and then BPD. 2. Has Bpd ever primarily  been depression w'/ mild or no episodes of serious mania?

I'm asking in regards to my 15 dd, she has been struggling w/ major depression, anxiety and SI for a year. She's been on many meds for each, goes to a therapist and has been in and out pt. off and on for one year. There have been conversation and question about mania, changing meds to bpd. My mom and grandmother(was) are bipolar. When my mom was manic there was no mistaking it. Are some people just not obviously manic? Thanks for the help, just trying to figure this all out.

Maya

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Thu, 09-20-2012 - 6:19pm
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Mayamae wrote:

I'm curious about two things: 1. Have any of you been initially diagnosed. w/ depression and then BPD. 2. Has Bpd ever primarily  been depression w'/ mild or no episodes of serious mania?

I was diagnosed with depression and generalized anxiety disorder.  Finally, one doctor or maybe 2, I don't remember decided I had a milder form of bipolar, as I never  had the dramatic high's.  Hope that was some help.


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Fri, 09-28-2012 - 2:35pm

 Maya,

  I was diagnosed with major depression at 15. I will be 30 in a couple of months.  I have tried every anti-depressant out there and saw counselors, psychiatrists, tried eating better and running. I also tried St. John's wort.  I was on and off medicine for years until I went to college and found an amazing counselor and psychiatrist through the student health center surprisingly enough. 

  It was that psychiatrist that finally put me on Lamictal, a mood stabilizer, not an anti-depressant and wondered out loud if I was bipolar but in a mild form since I only experienced mania once or twice in my life!  I was mainly depressed/suicidal a lot and landed myself in the hospital my senior year of college.

 With the depression diagnosis in high school, I also did a series of tests for learning disabilities and ADD. I could not focus on school at all; I was exhausted and normally I was on the basketball team and a great student. I love learning. With anti-depressants I was prescribed ADD meds which at the time, really helped me regain my focus and energy even though I did not test positive for ADD, though at the time, seemed to think I was on the border for that.

 I am back on Lamictal after realizing I needed and wanted help again.

It was a long road for my parents and siblings, but having my mom (who suffered depression also) with me the whole way was exactly what I needed. My dad was there for me, just in other ways. It was my mom who went to every appointment with me. She is a nurse and used that to find the good doctors in our area for me.

Hang in there,

  Sarah

 

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Sat, 09-29-2012 - 1:20pm

 

 Maya,

   I am so sorry to hear about your daughter. I can't imagine what that is like for you as her mother.  I am glad to know my reply came at the right time.  I was a tough case as well; medicines did not work on me either and I maxed out the dosage on many.

   I know all too well those nights of anxiety, panic, the thoughts and feeling stupid.  I am  newly married and my husband has gone through this with me since college and now again. He is learning how to deal with it and understand. 

 High school is hard enough with academics and trying to figure yourself out and the social pressures.  Please tell your daughter she is NOT stupid!  For whatever reason, she is going through a very difficult time and it is effecting her learning.

 I am a Christian and firmly believe that God puts us through things for a reason and only what he knows we can handle. He must know we are mighty strong!

  I hope the doctors can find the right combination for your daughter and get her on the road to healing, for you both. 

One thing my counselor has taught me recently that works is breathing techniques. I have just a couple of techniques that allow me to focus on my breathing and come down from the situation and it really calms me. It helps to put things in perspective.

  You can google breathing techniques. It might be helpful for you as well.

-Sarah

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Tue, 10-02-2012 - 12:01pm
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  It was that psychiatrist that finally put me on Lamictal, a mood stabilizer, not an anti-depressant and wondered out loud if I was bipolar but in a mild form since I only experienced mania once or twice in my life! I love learning. With anti-depressants I was prescribed ADD meds which at the time, really helped me regain my focus and energy even though I did not test positive for ADD, though at the time, seemed to think I was on the border for that.

 I am back on Lamictal after realizing I needed and wanted help again.

  Sarah

 

Thanks Sarah for sharing your experience.  I have a prescription for Lamictal, but just really bad about taking it.  Every positive experience gives me renewed interest in taking my medication.  It does get overwelming...antidepressaants, cholesteral and diabetic meds.  Yuck!

 


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Thu, 10-11-2012 - 2:10pm

  One thing about Lamictal: If you don't take it as prescribed, you have to start all over again with the dosage. The drug has to build up in your system in order to work, so missing a dose can't just be made up the next day.

Just an FYI; I didn't know this until my doc told me.  and a thing with cholestrerol, do like garlic?  It naturally lowers cholesterol. I have started to put fresh garlic into dinner meals and I swear my cholesterol is lower than a few years ago. It can't totally just be the garlic, but I haven't drastically changed my eating habits like I probably should, but I do eat somewhat healthy. There is always garlic pills if you don't like to eat it.

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I may have given you wrong information on Lamictal. My doc told me that if I were to miss one day of it that I would have to start all over, but I just spoke to a pharmacist today about that; and she said that is wrong. If you miss a day, it is Ok but do not double up just take the next day as prescribed.
I just wanted to clarify that and apologize for putting misinformation out there.

I just went from 100 to 150 for two weeks and then up to 200 until my next appt. I've been up and down a lot lately, more down, but I'm also having trouble landing a job and now my marriage is rocky. The last time I was on Lamictal was in college ( graduated summer of 2010) and I'd say within 2 months I could see improvement.
I'm not sure how much of this is medicine or responding to my environment.

How is your daughter and you doing?