Guest Guest_Brishen_* Posted May 28, 2006 Share Posted May 28, 2006 I've never heard this before, and I wondered if anyone else had. Moreover, I don't think that my psychiatrist actually knows who I am, anyway, and as I have had just an outright crap time of it with the public mental health system, I am wondering if I should look for a new psychiatrist. Every time I see him, which is not often, he seems to think I have a different problem. Although I like his manner and upon my initial visit, liked him very much, I don't know that he is really listening to me. I'd once thought that the diagnosis of bipolar was a foregone conclusion and that he would prescribe some sort of mood stabilizer. He'd mentioned lithium as the next step. When I saw him last week for the prescription, he decided to prescribe me Manerix (moclobemide), an MAO-A I believe, and said something like, "Why should we stabilize your mood as it is now?" He said that he now thought I had dysthimia and why should we stabilize my mood at a dysthimic level. I kind of thought he was on crack. I've never heard of mood stabilizers having that property. I thought the goal was to put a ceiling on both depression and mania. Is he pulling my leg or something? I mean, I was hospitalized while rapid-cycling between mania, hypomania, and depression last year (at least, that's what I thought was happening, and so did the attending psychiatrist). So is it true that mood stabilizers would stabilize me at some sort of unhappy, unmotivated state, or what? I am definitely willing to explore the diagnosis issue and would be willing to accept that I don't have a mental illness at all, even if it means that I might just be some neurotic, weak-willed, nervous chit, but.... I am not even getting that out of this psychiatrist. What would you do? Is he the crazy one? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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