Cloud09 wrote:Hi everyone. I suspect that BPD people do suffer from rapid cycling but I am not sure. Can someone give me an answer on this? Also, what kind of medications, therapies, and tips do you have for those suffering from rapid cycling?
I'm currently taking lamotrigine, which does slow down the mood shifts, although it doesn't eliminate them altogether. Clinically, what I deal with is not rapid cycling. I have experienced several strong mood swings in a 24-hour period. Fortunately, that is rare. It's rough on the mind and body. Anyway, I'd been diagnosed bipolar several years ago, and never felt it fit. Once I found BPD, though, my moods and rapid shifts made more sense. DC is right, bipolar rapid cycling is as many as four a year. Borderline Personality Disorder can have four a week, or even four a day.
As for therapy, none right now. I'm broke and have no insurance. I will be moving back home to stay with my sister a bit, very shortly, and will have more access to cheaper services. There's a med school where I'm moving; students need practice. I have heard, however, that it can be incredibly difficult to find a therapist willing to work with a BPD patient. Apparently, we can be difficult. When I look objectively, it makes sense. We can
be quite difficult to crack.