I have bi-polar. I was properly diagnosed approximately 15 years ago. I have tried every medication, and combination of medications in the past several years with none really working or if they did the side effects where terrible and not worth taking. Finally I went to a bi-polar clinic where I was taught cognitive based therapy. This works better than any medication I had every tried, but on the down side I still get manic episodes, and will go several days with out sleep. On "good" nights I'm lucky to average 2-3 hours a night. I have tried several sleep aids with no help at all. A friend suggested that this could help me not only sleep at night, which would help keep my manic episodes to a minimum but could also help with my day to day anxiety and mood swings. Is anybody taking this that has bi-polar put or know someone how does, and did it help? Thank you
Hi pozey, sorry that this is months old and never answered. When I'm just hypomanic, it's like candy and never had a notable effect that I can recall. When I'm hypermanic (extremely rare for me), anxiety is the last thing on my mind. I really believe that Alprazolam (Xanax) is only useful for anxiety and anxiety attacks and really has no benefit as such to control or treat Bi-polar disorder.
NOTE: This just my experience and when I say "I believe" I really am talking about a personal belief.
There are many medications to treat bi-polar but the starting drug of choice (I believe) as a mood stabiliser seems to be Lithium by itself or as part of a two drug combination. You have to see a psychiatrist about this. Many general practitioners are out of their depth when it comes to bi-polar disorder.
NOTE: member Wildcatvet might have other useful information and it's worthwhile to see what she has to say.
Good luck and take care.
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