anti-depressants CAN cause irritability
and this is often transient
meaning lasting a short while
which, I'm sure, is why your doctor is asking you to keep trying
But if you are not seeing a board certified psychiatrist, or a doctor of psychology in concert with a psychiatrist, then it would be a good idea
because you are correct
sometimes bipolar disease, and, in particular, bipolar 2 is misdiagnosed as depression
and when the treatment for depression is started the patients do not do well
and some do very poorly indeed
here are some helpful links for you
As you can see, making the distinction is tricky and if you are being cared for by a primary care physician it may be time to seek a specialty second opinion as mentioned above.
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There is, of course, no way for me to recommend a medicine to you. Besides it being against site policy it's bad medicine.
I guess my point is if you are not seeing a psychiatrist at this point you need to. Your regular physician will not do.
If you are seeing a psychiatrist then you must continue to work with him or her to get this under control.
I'm sorry, that's the best I can do in this forum.
there is a 'best choice' med for you.
remember though, since you mention bipolar, that IF you are bipolar and on these medicines they will make you feel worse as a general rule, so i think that question needs to be answered by a qualified professional.