Posted by: laverne | 2008/11/13

bipolar episodes

Hi CS i have a problem is it possible to experience a manic and a depressive episode at the same time? my shrink suggests i be put in a hospital but the thing is one day i' ll be suicidal and if they sedate me the next day i wont be a ball of sunshine but i' ll be ok, then i wont sleep and be fine for a little while?
please your advice will be appreciated

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It ios possible to experience mixed states. Presumably your shrink knows you best, and has good reasons for wanting you to be in hospital for a short time --- if you don't understand why this is, ask him, and let him explain.

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Posted by: Kay in Gtown | 2008/11/14

HiI laverne
I' m bipolar and have mixed episodes like you describe and was in hospital a month abck for mania and mixed. I think what p-docs aim for in this situation is to stabilse you on mood stabilser meds, so you don' t swing so extremely and don' t cycle so rapidly.I doubt it will just be to ' sedate'  you - it will be to get blood levels of stablising meds up quicker. In hospital, they can treat more " aggressively"  and get things under control faster, since they can keep a close eye on your reactions to meds.
But do ask your doc why. I quiz mine about what and why!

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