... I have been hospitalized several times, but in 2012 after getting out of the hospital I can't leave my house except for DR appts. I have worked my whole life in a nursing home and now I get terrible anxiety just thinking about going anywhere, I haven't been able to work since 10-12 and I usually don't answer the phone or the door, I take Zoloft, lithium, seraquel, klonapin, and see my psychiatrist and psycologis every 2 weeks, and I am not getting any better even though we have changed med combos many times. Does anyone have any suggestions? I also had a series of ECT'S while I was in the hospital, any help would be appreciated cause this is no life. thank you
I am so sorry to hear you are going through this. I am 41 and have been diagnosed with Bipolar for almost 10 years. I also have suffered from severe anxiety as well over the years. The key for me, and I am only speaking from my opinion is that I developed a strong network of support for myself consisting of friends and family. I also have a strong faith and at times I would just have to turn it all over to my higher power, God. I know neither is easy to do. Anxiety can be crippling. Taking a look at your medications may be of help as well. But I am no doctor by any means, it just seems like you are taking and interesting cocktail of items. I do take lithium myself and that seems to help the most. I used to take seroquel, but did not like the side effects.
Are you able to try any relaxation therapy? Such as trying a yoga DVD if you do not want to leave your home or taking a local yoga class if you feel you can leave the house? Taking "baby steps" to do little things like leaving your house such as going for a 10 minute walk may help you gain some self-confidence to do larger things outside of your home. Again, my heart goes out to you that you are suffering so. I wish you all the luck in the world. Always remember YOU ARE NOT alone. There are many of us that have Bipolar and our struggles are many, but we must never let ourselves feel defeated. My Mom always says to me "Get some fight in you girl" and for some reason that helps. Hugs to you!
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