Patient Comments: Bipolar Disorder - Causes and Risks

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Were you at risk for developing bipolar disorder? Please share your story. Submit Your Comment

Comment from: PROMETHEUS, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: November 05

I suffer from bipolar disorder type II and depression (major depressive disorder). In 2006, what saved my life was a combination that my psychiatrist did, he decided to use ketamine as the general anesthesia with electroconvulsive therapy. In 3 weeks I was another man; laughing, smiling, and having a good time during Christmas of 2006 with my ex-wife and two kids, my sister-in-law, her husband and kids. In 4 weeks I was driving my car again. In 6 weeks I started to play soccer once more. In 7 weeks I got a part-time job.

Comment from: kimcon22000, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: February 10

I am a mental health therapist who has suffered from depression since I was a child. In 1973, there were no bipolar or manic depressive disorders. So I was prescribed Ritalin and diagnosed as ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder). My mother said it helped greatly in my behaviors and concentration span. In my early 20s I was diagnosed as depressed and took (and still take) 200 mg of sertraline daily. This is what is strange; last year I was diagnosed as bipolar. Against current medical literature, my depression manifested itself into bipolar disorder. I have been on clonazepam 3, trazodone, Zoloft and oxcarbazepine 3 daily. This cocktail has worked minimally and now I will throw Seroquel into the mix. I'd love to try Abilify as to what I have read from others, yet the expense! I may have to. Good luck to all and never give up.

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