Am I considered bipolar/sza if I get mania only from substances like ADs, Abilify and serotonin supplements like 5htp?
well my anxiety disorder was substance abuse. I ended up smoking so much pot in my teens that I developed a lifelong anxiety disorder with mild dissociation affecting personality.
I continued to smoke it into my 30’s though. I prefered spice for a while because it didn’t make me socially, personality wise paranoid. Damn i feel like a junkie talking about drugs but i could do it all day.
now these days it’s just CBD for me. no paranoia. I had a love hate relationship with pot.
I came out of my dissociation at about 36. 16 to 36. I think that’s all that’s wrong with me if you include amnesia in my teens and early 20’s but maybe it’s not real.
The mania is not lifelong for me. Like I said, it only happens when I take Abilify or other medications and supplements.
The mania disappears when I stop the medication or supplement inducing it.
Yes you may very well have an underlying mood disorder.
Certain meds like Abilify can induce mania, it did for me.
I’ve seen that fellow bipolars/sza seem to get manic with ADs while people who don’t have it don’t get that reaction at all. Mania felt so good to me that i kept taking the ADs now i have to be careful.
Well if you are no longer that way when you come off those drugs no. My Dad got a brief period of psychosis from marijuana that ended soon after he quit it. He was never considered to be mentally ill.
But i thought that abilify was one of the best meds for treating bipolar and schizoaffective? It couldnt be if it induces mania.
It doesn’t generally, only does for a minority.
Might be a good question to ask your new pdoc when you get one
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