Visual hallucinations -- bipolar?
Q: My daughter (age 15) has been diagnosed with Bipolar for a couple of months. She also has visual and auditory hallucnations most of the time. So far all of the medications we have tried have made her worse. Before she started medication she only saw occasionally shadowy figures out of the corner of her eye. While she was on Prozac (early diagnosis was Depression) she started seeing things like huge spiders, spider webs and blood dripping from the walls. When she was switched to Zyprexa these lessened somewhat. She recently began taking Depakote. Since starting that she is seeing a large dark figure behind almost everyone she looks at for longer than a few seconds. Her psychiatrist and therapist say these hallucinations are not consistent with Bipolar Disorder. My question is: Have you heard of these symptoms with Biploar Disorder? Could the medication be causing them? What could?
Dear Mr. U' --
Can Prozac make bipolar worse? Definitely. Can Zyprexa help that a little? Definitely. Can Depakote cause a person to see a dark figure? Haven't heard that one.