I was recently diagnosed bipolar II and started seeking counseling. Unfortunately the psychologist I am seeing is not the one who diagnosed me and is simply treating me as though I have simple depression. I am now into my 2nd week of taking prozac, 3rd day taking 20mg and I am having a poor reaction to it. My blood pressure is elevated to the point i can feel my heart beat and feel chest pain. Also, I cannot focus on anything, am feeling confused all the time and shaking and my mania is off the charts. Also, my depressive times are more extreme with even more dark and negative thoughts going through my head than I used to deal with. When I informed her that it was my understanding to take a mood stabilizer for my condition she simply told me they would make me fat. I am truly scared and would really appreciate any input available. Thank you! Also, I have called her number and left messages but still nothing. so i guess my questions are: What should I do in this situation? When should I be concerned about my blood pressure enough to go to the ER? etc... Thank you again!
I would further question the dr. It seems very strange that she will not prescribe a mood stabilizer for the bipolar. Yes you can gain weight from them, but the alternative is much worse. You already said your mania is off the charts and it could be the antidepressant doing that. There are much better ways to treat the bipolar. You have to demand that she treat it appropriately or seek out a new doctor. You sould go to the ER just to be on the safe side. You never know what could happen.
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