- Feb 22, 2019
- Pasadena Md. USA
I was diagnosed with late onset bipolar disorder when I was 47 years old. I had breast cancer at the time and took citalipram for depression. Huge mistake. The doctors my husband took me to blamed my behavior on the chemotherapy and never once suggested I was bipolar. I discovered I was having a manic episode on my own triggered by the antidepressant. So I stopped taking Citalopram and believed that was the end of it. I had no idea it could happen again. Two years later another manic episode that led to a psychotic break. Once again no help in the town I lived in so a family member took me to a hospital in Nashville. I was full blown manic and psychotic and the hospital wouldn’t take me because our insurance was out of network. I had to move to another state to get treatment. In the meantime I came very close to committing suicide. My psychiatrist put me on Lamotrigine, olanzapine and Latuda. Although I don’t believe I will ever fully recover from what happened to me, I am stabilized. It’s nice to read the posts here because you understand.