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I have been diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder I

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I have been diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder I have suffered for 5 years now, but my symptom are those of bi polar and the medication is for bipolar. sodium volprate 500mg x 4 tablets a day my moods are worse and the ups worse than ever never mind the down times of the month. Am I bi polar ?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  Ralph LMHC replied 6 years ago.


It is unfortunate that to give an accurate diagnostic impression, a thorough mental status exam is required looking not just for mood swings as they are not the only sign of Bipolar disorder, such as long period sleeplessness, periods without eating, racing thoughts, grandiosity, sometimes, psychosis. There are other meds that are used with the gold standard being lithium. Anti seizure meds such as tegretol, neurotin, and lamictal are also used. Psychological testing is sometimes employed. There are other meds used when psychosis or violence is involved. There are tests on the web, but they are not very reliable. Seroquel is an anti psychotic drug that was pushed by the drug companies for sleep, but they were fined for this off label use by the FDA. You should discuss all the above with your prescribing doctor. Best wishes and good luck.




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