Q: BP II, CFS & Pregnancy|
Dear Dr. Phelps,
Thank you very much for the prompt response (about 'pins and needles '). I have
another question for you. I have not only Bipolar II, but also was diagnosed
with 'Chronic Fatigue Syndrome'. The question is, if I want to have children,
how much and in which way may a pregnancy worsen my condition? Frankly speaking,
for all my life I felt somehow, that a childbirth will definitely 'make me
insane'. Does such a feeling have any value? I read articles about 'Bipolar
disorder and childbirth', but I would like to know your opinion about the
‘lovely’ combination of Bipolar II disorder and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
Sorry to trouble you with question which I could ask my doctor. The problem is,
that my doctor (GP, unfortunately), te seems to me, suddenly stopped taking my
complaints seriously (despite of I feel worse, physically and mentally, he
insists that I feel better etc - I wonder how does he know?). It will take some
time until I am able to find good psychiatrist in our area. Maybe you could
recommend me somebody, with understanding of ‘Bipolar spectrum’? - I live in
Australia, state NSW.
Talking about a mood stabilizer - I have learnt a lot about my illness and know
that it is a big risk for me to be only on antidepressant. Actually,
recently I experienced a highest, for all my life, hypomanic episode, lasted for
9 days. I am sure it was triggered by Serzone, because it happened after I
started to take Serzone again after the short break (I stopped
taking it because my intuition tells me there is something wrong with it).
My problem is that I am an artist and produce my best works being in hypomanic
state. I could not work at all while I was taking Valproate, so I am jumping
from hypomania to severe depression now, trying to get some work done and
survive in the same time.
At last I would like to add that your website gave me a lot of insight.
You saved me from the hell of a desperation.
Thank you for your time and best wishes in your work,
PS. I am sorry for possible grammatical mistakes. English is not my native
Dear Anna --
You have learned a lot, and you express it clearly. On your first question
re: pregnancy and chronic fatigue syndrome: I don't know a great deal
about CFS (I'm not all that sure anybody does). A quick literature review
revealed no specific articles on CFS and pregnancy. Pregnancy and bipolar
disorder is complicated enough, as you've learned.
Published April, 2002