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Dr. Ed Wilfong
Dr. Ed Wilfong, Psychologist
Category: Mental Health
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Experience:  Twenty-five years treating all ages; Specialities: psychopharmacology & diagnosis, MMPI-2, testing.
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My psychiatrist has ruled out depression and .P.D Depression

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My psychiatrist has ruled out depression and B.P.D Depression was the 1st attempt obviously, but after 9, yes NINE, different types, all were a failure. Also tried was Depakote for possible BPD. No remarkable change. Current diagnosis is Anxiety, Diazepam 5mg 2 bid. My hypothesis after weeks of research is that I *may* have a Dopamine type of disorder. This site sums up my symptoms perfectly. What type of MD should I seek out, What are the top 4 symptoms, Do the following conditions sound like possible reason to get tested, What are the top 4-5 symptoms? I am a recovering opiate addict (used Suboxone successfully) and have always done VERY well on drugs which increase dopamine. (i.e. better concentration, relationships, career decisions, overall enjoyment of the small things in life.) Symptoms: Excessive sleep, Libido, Joint Pain, Blood sugar issues, tasks, aggravation, lack of appreciation my girlfriend. I don't get "butterflies" when exciting news comes my way. Please assist. TY.
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  Dr. Ed Wilfong replied 7 years ago.
There is nothing specifically identified as a dopamine deficient disorder that I am aware of. You should see psychiatrist. If you haven't tried Wellbutrin, it does have success with some of the symptoms you describe.
It is also hard to tell if you did any permanent damage with opiates. Suboxone also causes some permanent changes in subtypes of opiate receptors.
A neurologist may be another idea to help rule out any potential organic cause or damage.
Wish I had magic answers for you. You are going to have to keep trying. Exercise does truly help replace the endorphin cravings left from prior opiate usage.