I started seeing a phycologist about 2 months ago and in the process of talking to him, he thought that I had Generalized Anxiety Discorder instead of random anxiety. However he does not prescribe medication, which I clearly need and have been on some sort of medication for anxiety since I was 18, Im now 34. This "medication doctor" which also works in the same phycologist office sat down with me and talked about all of my symptoms and she believes I have BiPolar but no manic side of it. Im so confused. My general phy. put me on Zoloft because I was pregnant and did miscarry since then. Was originally on Cymbalta and Xanax for many years but was told to stop immediately when I got pregnant.I still had anxiety with those medications but I was actually able to lead a life and go places. Had severe withdrawl due to stopping it asap. This new doctor put me on Prozac which I havent taken yet and Vistaril (which doesnt do anything for the panic attacks). Im scared that she has misdiagnosed me because I dont feel like i fall into the Bipolar category. I do have the constant worrying, panic attacks, cant drive far places, sometimes hard to drive 10 miles to work, always have the fear feeling. Anyone have any ideas?
I have Anxiety Disorder as well as i am Bi-Polar they have me on Trileptal as well as Zoloft and it has been working for me for years i have been on it since i was 16 and i am 24. But i did have to stop taking them when i was pregnant with my kids..They have really worked for me. For me i journal and write out what i am feeling helps me get it off my chest with out having to feel vulnerably when i have to talk to people. I also sought counseling because of my personal issues. But if you would like to talk more you can send a private message i am more than willing to lend an ear if you need someone to talk to...
I am not a doctor by any means but what you are describing does sound more like general anxiety than something as serious as bipolar disorder. The key in diagnosing bipolar is usually the extreme switch between the two emotional states: either being extremely euphoric or extremely depressed. There's very little middle ground. I have a very dear friend who has suffered from bipolar disorder for decades. Even with the medication, she still suffers and swings between the two extremes often. Some degree of anxiety is to be expected with bipolar as well, but you seem to be describing some type of anxiety related disorder. There are many of them, aside from just Generalized Anxiety Disorder, however. And anxiety often accompanies plain old depression as well.
I know this is all very confusing, and I am sorry you're having such a hard time with it. I would strongly suggest seeing another doctor for another opinion on the matter. Just with any other disease or disorder, you can never be too safe as far as seeking other opinions. And if your gut is telling you that you feel you've been misdiagnosed, I would go with that feeling and insist on getting another opinion on the matter. If you get to the root of the problem and treat it appropriately, your quality of life can be drastically different than what it is now. I know, because I have been there. I was on just about every medication in the book at some point or another. I was hospitalized countless times, suffered panic attacks and extreme anxiety, and finally even resorted to electro-convulsive therapy (shock treatments). I was never expected to live a normal life, but my parents were basically told to prepare for me to spend my life in an assisted living facility for phychiatric patients. I have now graduated from college with great grades, have been happily married for five years, have a beautiful 2 1/2 year old daughter, and am able to work and fully function on just ONE medication. It can be done!! But, you must find the appropriate treatment or group of treatments that are right for YOU. To have the best treatments, you need to know exactly what the problem is... and since you are getting two very different responses, I would seek advice from a third party, neutral mental health care provider. I wish you all the best in the world. Please don't worry, but do take it seriously enough to seek another opinion so that you can get on the road to healing as soon as possible. Best wishes!
First of all I am terribly sorry you had a miscarriage.-I truly am.-
I am 42 manic depressive or as they say now a days "bipolar", have lived with it all my life along with medications, suffer from anxiety, panic attacks, insomnia, ocd , ptsd and insomnia... but I have learnt to control all my let us say conditions and lead a "normal" life.
The word says it all "manic depressive" if there is not a manic side to it then you have major depression.
Being bipolar has to do, very briefly, with mood swings or more professional manic episodes , depressive or mixed ones.-
So the question is:
Is it so bad for you being diagnosed as "Bipolar" and as you say falling under this "category", is it so low?
One can live and be manic depressive as well. Although there is no cure for this illness, with the proper treatment one can lead a productive life.-
Having said all I have, when you say "category" it upsets me very much, it is like putting a label on people like me which suffer from this condition.
I have accepted all my mental illnesses... my reality, but apparently the one who is not accepting hers is you, categorizing human beings.
If you are or not bipolar, at this stage in your life I do not believe it would make such a great difference, you still would have and feel everything you have mentioned in your question.-So would it make a difference?
My mom was bipolar and you could clearly see the manic and clearly see the depression. I wonder, what does your manic side look like? How does it manifest itself in you? Do you think your moods are cyclic ? I agree with the others and get a second opinion. For a long time my mom went around thinking she had Boderline Personality Disorder but since she was misdiagnosed her meds weren't working. Once she got the right meds she was a much nicer person to be around. So get that 2nd opinion. Keep us posted
I tried to respond to your question earlier and must have forgot to click the respond button, OOPS. If this is a repreat, sorry.
I have been given many diagnosises. My present doctor of five years goes with my bipolar disorder diagnosis. I spend most of my time on the depressive side though I have had manic episodes. I also suffer from high anxiety. I have given up trying to worry about my diagnosis and got on with getting the treatment I needed. It was really important to explain to my doctor how I was feeling in my daily life. Treating the symptoms was the critical piece.
There are antidepressants that treat both depression and anxiety, as well as medicines that are just for anxiety or just for depression. Your doctor needs to know what you are experiencing so to chose the right medicine. And unfortunately you may have to try different ones until you find the ones that work for your particular body.
I like the idea of keeping a journal of your daily feelings and experiences and sharing that with your doctor and therapist. That will help them immensely. Having your therapist visit with your doctor helps too.
Try and work with the doctor. Just my opinion but don't give up, we are here for you,
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