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laulipop

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Well, saw the psychiatrist today. He says he is giving me an initial diagnosis of cyclothymia.
He has prescribed me quetiapeen
do any of you have cyclothymia and how do you deal with it and also what about the meds?
thanks
 
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cyclothymia

If you cut and past "cyclothymia" into the search on this forum, there's a bit of info about.
 
Ruby Tuesday

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Hi there,

I was initially diagnosed with cyclothymia a few months ago and given quetiapine. It is a very powerful anti-psychotic drug which, in my case, really did stabilise my moods. I took one at night and within a couple of hours was out for the count. The only downside to it was that it made me gain weight, a LOT of weight and gave me terrible restless legs about an hour after taking the medication. Another downside to it was that I developed weird involuntary muscle spasms, not noticeable too much to anyone else, but to me, very strange. I mentioned it to me Physch doctor who has now started me on Depokote and I am attempting to wean myself off quetiapine. I loved the knock our effect it gave me though cos it meant I actually had a good nights sleep for once!

What I would say to you is that everyone reacts to their medication differently. Try it, see what you think, if your not happy then try somethin else until you find the right combination that works for you.

Good luck x:)
 
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Hi _ i was diagnosed with cyclothymia about 21 years ago. Often cyclothymia ends up being Bipolar. As far as quetiapine (Seroquel) goes, it sure is a powerful drug. I started on 50 mgs and it knocked me off my feet. It was gradually increased to 900 mgs a day. I was so sedated that I could hardly function. I usually get a great sleep with it.

I was fortunate and got no side effects from it It brought my mania down - but not enough so lithium was added and then epilim. I think seroquel is a fantastic drug. I would hate to have to come off it!! Hope it works for you.
Jacqui
 
Ruby Tuesday

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Hi Jax,

Yeah I am the same. Initially cyclothymia diagnosis, now bipolar 2. I too am reluctant to come off quetiapine completely even though the pdoc wants me to. I did feel a hell of a lot calmer taking it. Decisions decisions ......:)
 
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I really don't think I could cope without the seroquel. It's a shame that the Pdoc won't let you stay on a small amount of the seroquel Many folks who are Bipolar are on two or more medications to control it. Perhaps he will change his mind. x
Jacqui
 
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laulipop

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thanks fr your replies guys.
I was on 50 mg then went to 100mg and now im on 100mg twice a day with diazepam and fluoxetine if needed.
they do make me feel tired....initially they did anyway...but they dont any more....is that good or bad?
The new doses I get seem to initially work and then its like i get used to them and they stop being so effective. Does that make sense?
IM going back to pdoc on tuesday.

Hope you guys are all managing to keep your heads above water :)
xx
 
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TheRedStar

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I was diagnosed with cyclothymia several months ago, after being treated for unipolar depression for 14 years. Since then I've continued to be treated with anti-depressants - I was changed from Cymbalta to Venlafaxine - but, as with most ADs (i've taken about 7-8 different kinds over the years), all they've done is make me sleep more. The dosage has been raised twice, from 37.5mg to 75mg, and then to 150mg per day, but it's not doing anything much for my mood.

I next see my specialist at the end of this month though, and I was told at my last appointment that if the higher dose of Venlaxafine is ineffective then I'll be tried on a mood stabiliser. As such, I've been given information to read on Lithium, Valproate, and Carbamazepine. It seems that it'll be my choice as to which of the three I'll try, and so I'm researching them in the meantime.
 
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Hi there :)

I havent been completely diagnosed yet, my psychs cant agree on whether I have Bipolar or not (one says i deff am, one says i might be, one says im not :/) Anyway, I think cyclothimia is the same as 'rapid cycling' bipolar, which is what I have, if I have bipolar. I have highs and lows that dont last months, they can change within days or even hours.

I was perscribed quetiapine...For me, it wasnt a good drug at all. It made me feel dead inside, i didnt have any opinions, i didnt know what i liked and what i didnt, if i liked my friends or not, and the worst part was i didnt care. Until I realised it wasnt right and came off that stuff. I also got a ton of headaches :/ However, diff meds work for diff people, dont be put off cos of what ive said, just be aware of the potential bad stuff that can happen

Hope I helped x
 
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My new specialist was good to the word of the old one (they chop and change so quickly!)... I'm being started on Valproate and slowly taken off of the Venlafaxine. My initial dose is 600mg per day for a week, after which it's going to be upped (I think to 900mg per day).
 
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Well for me cylclothymia might be one of the things that I'm suffering from as well as the borderline and DiD.laulipop I'm not really to sure but as far as I can gather some individuals go onto have full bi-pola.

From reading peoples accounts its all different and varied. I hope that you find more information along the way.
 
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Dear all,

would anyone be interested in establishing a cyclothymia sufferers support network in London?

I know sufferers are all involved in thier personal battles with mood disorders, wrestling with medication, CBT, families and partners. I think there is a notable absence of support for this condition which is poorly understood especially given that sufferers are capable of normal functioning even without medication in some cases. But, we live our private livees surging from one mood to the next. CBT itself has a limited impact on mood changes, except in helping us to understand the things that may drive us from one mood state to another.

i have searched the web for adequate resources and support groups but have found none specific to this condition. I am currently contacting a few local chairirites and groups in London to look at the possibility of establishing a meet-up for cyclothymics. Please feel free to contact me with any ideas you might have.


best wishes

Jen
 
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Some sufferers of mood swings may actually be cyclothymic.

I would be interested to hear from anyone else with a formal cyclothymia diagnosis.
 
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