Hello, I'd like to help you with your question.
You describe your symptoms very well. It sounds very much like you might have Bipolar disorder, possibly Type II. That is because you are having periods of extreme highs and periods of extreme lows. You need at least one of those to qualify for Bipolar, Type II. Type I Bipolar only requires that you experience the extreme high. You can have depression, but it is usually not that severe and may not happen at all. And Cyclothymia
is mild highs and mild lows.
The best way to diagnose Bipolar is to see a mental health professional. While doctors can help with some initial information and medications, a mental health professional is trained to screen for all possible disorders, including Bipolar and the type you may have. So seeking an evaluation can help you find out what you are dealing with. The therapist can also provide you with the best treatment options for your situation. Ask your doctor for a referral to a mental health professional with either a Master's degree or a Ph.D.
The best treatment for Bipolar is medication and the most prescribed medications for Bipolar is Lithium. You can also take Depakote as well. If the medication your doctor put you on is an anti depressant, that may not help. Anti depressants are questionable to use with Bipolar. The right medication helps to stabilize the imbalance of chemicals in your brain so your mood becomes more fluid rather than the ups and downs you experience.
While the drugs you took in your teens may have influenced your symptoms and may even have triggered them, it is best to see a Neurologist for a full screening to be sure. Drugs can affect your mental health, but the effects vary so much that it is a good idea to be evaluated to be sure if you were affected or not. But even if you were, the treatment would remain the same if you do have Bipolar.
There are other things you can do to help yourself. Here are some links to help you:
Also, consider support groups either on line or in person. Talking to others who have the same symptoms as you can help you feel less alone and provide much needed support.
I hope this has helped you,
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