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Paxil + BP = Character?

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I have been on Paxil for 6 months now. I went from being introverted, quiet and " keep to myself" type of person to a person that has character and flair. I have about 5% of anxiety about what other people think of me. Add that with me being bipolar and I am something else. It makes me wonder if my SA was hiding my bipolar. I don't think I am doing anything " wrong" per say but I am sure people would now describe me as a person with flair. Before I was quiet and boring. An example of my new personality is I put a small stuffed pink gorilla on my desk at work with a sticky note on him that said " Hi, My name is Bamboozie" He has a graduate hat on and a diploma under his arm. I would of never done something like that before Paxil. So I wonder is this really me???
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As long as you dont find your emotions and behavior drawing you towards things like "steep involvement in pleasurable activities that may have a high potential for negative psycho-social or physical consequences (e.g., the person engages in unrestrained buying sprees, sexual indiscretions, or foolish business investments)." or other stupid ideas, than a certain level of hypomania is pretty much the ideal mental state for our hyperactive and hypercompetitive culture.

I don't remember how much or if you are even on any adderall but, relatedly, it is my opinion that adderall can make most people exhibit symptoms indistinguishable from bipolar disorder, even on low doses. It did this to me for a long time without me even realizing it. Of course when you have never experienced a 'stable' non-depressive emotional state to compare the often euphoric effects of adderall to then its pretty easy to mistake its effects for what 'normal' people experience everyday.

As long as your med combo is keeping you happy, stable, and functional then I say congrats and good going.
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