Good evening and thank you for the opportunity to help in answering your question. First please allow me to say that I am sincerely XXXXX XXXXX hear of the difficulty you're having. Based on the detailed information you have kindly provided everything points to a bipolar diagnosis (what used to be called manic-depression). Essentially the symptoms of depression are precisely as you would expect such as feeling low, sleeping a lot, etc. The symptoms of mania are not what individuals expect. The behaviors you mentioned are actually textbook examples of mania including spending sprees, risky behaviors, speech pressured and rapid, etc. Less commonly known mania symptoms are also evident such as feeling irritable and uncontrollable laughing.
You mentioned that after you were put on an antidepressant things got worse which actually reinforces the diagnosis. Essentially when an individual with bipolar disorder is started on anti-depressant what happens is that it induces a very strong manic state. The appropriate medication for your condition is a mood stabilizer such as Risperidol, Zyprexa, Depakote, and Lithium. I would STRONGLY urge you to speak to your GP about getting a referral to see a Psychiatrist in order for he or she to confirm the diagnosis and put you on a medication that would be most appropriate for you.
In addition to seeing a psychiatrist I would also strongly suggest that you consider seeing a therapist (clinical psychologist or clinical social worker) in order to learn to cope with and manage your condition better. You should be able to get a referral to see a therapist from your GP as well.
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