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Can you have episodes every two years?

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Well I was initially diagnosed schizo-affective, bipolar type. But it's been one year and five months since my first ever episode and I've not had a manic episode since then. I am on 10mg Abilify only. Do you think my bipolar diagnosis is incorrect then? 10mg can't be enough to cover bipolar symptoms, right? Sorry I know I've been questioning my diagnosis lately and I have asked for a second opinion but it's going to take ages to get one.

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Yes, 10mg can be enough to cover your symptoms, and yes, you can have years between episodes especially if you're being treated. Even untreated, some people have episodes that only come every couple years, at least at first.

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I think it's possible. Someone who goes to my depression bipolar support group has manic episodes every 5 years on the right meds. Maybe abilify is your right medication. It only takes one manic episode to be considered bipolar. But if you feel you need a second opinion that never hurts. Good luck

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When I was younger (think teens and early twenties) and unmedicated, my episodes followed a clearly predictable three year trajectory. I would spend roughly a year with hypomania escalating into mania, then I'd crash and be suicidal for a while, then work my way up to merely hideously depressed-that would also take about a year, and finally emerge into being fine for right around a year.

The pattern changed when I was 27, and I began to get really awful mixed states, which is what finally landed me in the hospital and then led to the psyche meds. Since then I've had some remissions, one that lasted, oh, two or three years, if you discount minor blips, and I've also had some hypomanias and some depressions that lasted many months but were not as bad as the ones I got pre-medication.

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Yes, you can. I've heard of people for not having episodes for 3+ years. One manic episode is all you need to be diagnosed. Of course then there's the messy bit, about antidepressants and drugs and other things that can trigger manic episodes, but I'm not an expert so I'll stop here :)

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10 mg of abilify can be perfectly therapeutic.

And yes, it is possible to go long periods of times between episodes.

Anna

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