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BI-POLAR PROBLEMS - August 28th 2014, 06:37 PM

After my nine day hospital stay back in june because of a suicide attempt I was doing a lot better. I was diagnosed with anxiety and major depression. They put me on lexapro and that helped a lot... until recently. They then put me on something for anxiety called hydroxyzine hcl and to take it when needed.
I have been feeling very terrible recently. This was how I was before I was admitted but 10 times worse.
I am having server mood swings that I can't control. I will get super hyper then become very depressed and suicidal in the matter of minutes after a hyper episode. My therapist is thinking about putting me on a mood stabilizer but I can't see my psychiatrist until 3 weeks.
I can't keep dealing with how I am feeling, i hate this all so much!! What do I do???

(I am possibly bi-polar, thats why she is talking about putting me on a mood stabilizer)
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Re: BI-POLAR PROBLEMS - August 29th 2014, 07:53 PM

Hey there,

It can be hard to deal with the ups and downs that come but it is important to remember that you can make it through. You could try calling your psychiatrist and telling him that you are having a difficult time and ask him if he could get you in sooner. Sometimes when doctors know that a patient is really struggling they make an attempt to get the patient in sooner. He might be able to rework his schedule or put you on a list for cancellations.

In the meantime it might help if you try and find some ways to cope with your moods? Maybe look at the Alternatives to Self Harm some of the things listed there might help you work on overcoming the ups and downs that you are dealing with. Maybe you could try talking to a family member to distract yourself. Or, you could try scheduling more appointments with your counselor if your insurance will allow it?

I hope that this helped in some way and if you need anything feel free to message me.

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Re: BI-POLAR PROBLEMS - August 30th 2014, 02:13 PM

Hi There,

I agree with Jenna. I know that when I was in counseling, my counselor mentioned that I could schedule sessions outside of our normal time/extra sessions if I needed to (I never did).
Try calling your psychiatrist and asking him to put you on a list of cancelations as Jenna suggested. Not everyone is able to make their appointment and not everyone shows up so chances are you would get in sooner than when you are scheduled for.
You also can go back to the hospital if distractions, such as those on the alternatives list are not helpful because your mood swings are to intense. You mentioned your hospital stay earlier this year was rather helpful so do not be afraid to use that resource again if you need to and believe you would be safer there.
We are all here for you and I hope you can see someone soon to get the right medication. Some medications help only for so long and then a change needs to occur, such as a mood stabilizer being added (as your therapist suggested).
If you ever would like to talk, you can send me a message.
Take care and I hope this helps.

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