... feel more stable than I have in my life. The only thing that worries me is that Celexa is ONLY for Major Depressive Disorder. It works very well for this, even giving me a more centered look on life. However, it is NOT for Bipolar Disorder. I've even begun to question my diagnosis because my "anxiety" level has gone up through the atmosphere. My MD refuses to give me anything for Anxiety and the county I live in has NO Mental Health Program and I haven't seen a Psychiatrist for three years. I've had to resort to Medical Marijuhana which does help with the Anxiety. I'm just confused as to whether I'm having Anxiety attacks or Mania. Physical symptoms are inside shaking, I feel like a live wire, Vertigo, detached from my body feeling, eventually nausea and sweating. It gets to a point where I have difficulty breathing. Racing thoughts could be mania or anxiety. I just don't know what to do with no access to a Psychiatrist nor medication beyond Celexa. Any ideas anyone?
Hello, hotrock77. I can not believe that there is no mental health program where you live. MD's that don't specialize on mental health should have no business on managing mental health issues. I know that there is a National mental health agency called NAMI. They would be able to help you find mental health care closest to you. NAMI has a web site. From your description of symptoms, I am positive you are having either anxiety attacks and/or panic attacks. I went around for 3 years undiagnosed with panic attacks. It is not only upsetting, but a horrible feeling to have. Not being able to catch your breath, sweating, shaking, nausea..all those are classic symptoms. It would be a good idea to have a full physical checkup to eliminate any possibility of any medical problems mimicing an anxiety attack. NAMI will help find a mental health professional to treat the anxiety.
Manic episodes tend to make most people "high" feeling, rapid speech, moving a mile a minute, euphoric. These feeling replaced by spontaneous risky behavior, irritability, and hostility. Symptoms vary from person to person. I have been in your shoes and hope that you are able to get the needed medical help. Best of luck and well wishes to you. ~ Weinrott
Hey hotrock... Weinrott just about nailed everything there. I sure do second his emotion that those not in the business of psychiatry should not be going around attempting to treat you or make what can only be educated guesses concerning what's the matter... leave it to an expert for Pete's sake!
Yes I do see your point concerning the celexa. Now what I have read is that if you do suffer from bipolar, it's generally not a good idea to give someone an anti-depressant on it's own, in the absence of a mood stabilizer too, because that is a recipe for triggering mania. So do you think that this might be what's happening to you, if you are having racing thoughts?
I both suffer periodically from anxiety attacks, and also can be subject to mania. Weinrott sounds like he's making a good guess that what's up with you now is a classic panic attack. What he described is what happens to me. That's why I keep a supply of xanax on hand. Also though, I don't know about the medical marijuana... pot can bring on all sorts of weird sensations, which could explain that out of body feeling you are having... because neither with the panic attacks, nor with the mania, have I ever experienced that.
If you are suffering from mania, sure there are racing thoughts, increase in desire to do activities, dramatically decreased sleep patterns, no signs of fatigue, ideas of grandeur, irritable or out of character behavior, impulsiveness in spending habits and shopping for things you can't afford..and lol, more!!! So let's hope you don't have that!!! Seriously, as he said, really do make it a point to go see a good psychiatrist. You have a lot going on that needs to be discussed with an expert, and you do need to make sure that you are on, or get on, the right meds. Good luck with this.
Sounds just like panic/anxiety attacks. Some physician out there will help you, call the local medical board, hospital, or ER room and ask for the name of a mental health care provider, they have them at these places for people like you who need services.
Celexa works well for bipolar, nut I see the need you are facing which may benefit from medication. Good luck
I agree with the above, and I have both the Bipolar (w/major depressive episodes) and the anxiety. Having both, it doesn't sound like mania. Typically, mania doesn't feel like anxiety, for me, for the same reasons listed in above posts. However, I did have all those same symptoms when I tried pot! My heart raced, I felt very anxiety-ridden! But, if I were you, I would definitely make a trip to a good Psychiatrist, if only to be fully assessed. If he concurs with diagnosis, then you may choose to have your regular Dr. manage the meds. However, the Psychiatrist will understand the anxiety/panic attacks, and may be better able to help in that department. Good luck!
It sounds like anxiety to me, but obviously I can't make a diagnosis online. In general you do need to be cautious when starting someone with bipolar disorder on an antidepressant as they can throw someone into a manic episode. That said, who made your initial diagnosis of bipolar? A lot of times non-psychiatrists throw around the diagnosis like there's no tomorrow. Again I don't know your history but if you question the diagnosis or the appropriateness of your treatment, you should share these concerns with your prescriber.
Celexa is technically not FDA-approved for bipolar disorder, but it is used frequently to manage depressive symptoms (often in conjunction with a mood stabilizer). It is also a very good medication for generalized anxiety, though I think that is also an off label (but very well established) use. Benzos can be physically addictive and are not usually given for anxiety over the long-term. They are often better reserved for acute exacerbations or panic attacks, as needed for insomnia or for several weeks while waiting for an SSRI to take effect.
Hope this helps.
Hey hotrock, I took celexa 40mg for same issue but it must not have worked for me cause I stopped and started zoloft. Which doesn't work at all for Bipolar issues only makes it worse. Hang in there, and don't stop searching for someone to help you with finding a Psych Dr. You have to be Pro Active for yourself, even if you have to go to a different county to do it somehow! Just sayin.
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