Our expert says:
OK, the change of diagnosis from depression to Bipolar is useful, and more a matter of being more accurate as your life story reveals the pattern of your depression, than a change from an initially wrong diagnosis. As bipolar disorder involves mood swings in both direction, after one single episode of depression, one can hardly diagnose it first time round.
The medicines you descibe taking are all likely to be helpful in Bipolar Disorder, though in many of us it takes some time to find the right combination of mood-sabilizers and other meds, and the right doses, to get a Bipolar Disorder under control. They are not likely to make you more depressed.
But alcohol certainly does make people more depressed ( the only reason many people feel more cheerful after a drink is the first part of the brain to be sedated and depressed by the drinking is the part providing our common sense !
Alcohol almost always causes eratic behaviour, in mos of us ; it also distinctly undermines the benefits of antidepressants and other treatments, so shrinks opught to emphasize the importance of avoiding alcohol when one is treating Bipolar Disorder or depression.
Its really a fork of self-sabotage, so if you have been drinking during this treatment, this could be the reason the treatments have not been working sufficiently. If you have been drinking substantially, you may need to decrease the alcohol intake gradually, and should discuss this with your doc
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