The signs of bipolar are different than those
of depression and can include racing thoughts and an inability to focus
and concentrate on things as well as many other concerns. Issues
regarding anger and irritability can be part of this
but they can also occur in depression as well. Thyroid concerns
and the potential of postpartum depression can worsen
any mood disorder. Generally with bipolar a full mood stabilizer
is needed and an anti depressant alone can create manic episodes.
However only a psychiatrist can provide a specific diagnosis.
Risperdal is FDA approved as a mood stabilizer
and is quite helpful for some people. However
there are other mood stabilizers as well. This has
some helpful information about mood disorders
that you could read and then discuss your concerns
further with your psychiatrist: