I have recently been concerned about being bipolar. I do have a LOT of mood swings from one end to the other. There are a couple of people, whom I trust explicitly, who feel this is what I suffer from. Even my disability lawyer feels this is what I suffer from. I will be starting psych tx and therapy in a week. If you can share some insight, I would love to hear it. From those of you who know me, I would appreciate hearing your feelings as hard. I promise no hard feelings. Im just looking for help. Thanks.
I need help regarding possible bipolar situation?
- 13 Mar 2013 by Tee6759
- 25 Mar 2013
- neurontin, depression, bipolar disorder, panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, amitriptyline, anxiety and stress, mood swing
I imagine that you've been diagnosed already with a psychiatric illness, is so, what is your current diagnosis? There are other mental conditions that can cause mood swings, not just bipolar disorder, and there are also physical conditions that can cause them too. I would suggest getting a full physical by your PCP, and after that, perhaps discuss testing for mental conditions with your psychiatrist/therapist/whathaveyou.
Also, are you currently in the process of applying for disability or appealing a denial? If so, is it for a physical condition or for a mental condition? I'm sorry if this is too personal, you don't have to answer, I'm just curious. If you do want to answer me, feel free to send a PQ my way, if you don't want to answer here.
No insight for you Tee but I will be following this post very closely. I saw my dr yesterday and told him about all the horrid problems I had on the cymbalta and that I was tapering off of it (he was away for 16 days taking a much needed vacation - he is the only doctor within an hour in any direction). I was crying by the time I finished telling him and felt horribly low. I was sure he was going to be mad at me.
He then asked me all kinds of questions about my family and my life.
His conclusion is that he thinks I may be bipolar level 2.
Now living in the middle of nowhere as I do I will probably have to wait for awhile but he is making an appt for me with a Psychiatrist.
I have been so uptight about it and now seeing you post this question has made me feel like I am not alone.
Thank you friend
I am so sorry you are dealing with these issues. As PoisonAlice mentioned there are other conditions that cause mood swings other than bipolar. Lawers will agree with this diagnosis as taking meds for it can help him win your case if it is a claim for disability. Psychiatrist have also mis-diagnosed bipolar and give some serious psych meds to patients when in fact they never had bipolar.
I am with high hopes you get some clairity once you see your Dr. and therapy.
I am sorry that your having a hard time. However, just recently after going through 10 different antidepressant my doctor was heading that way with me as well.
I started with extremely bad anxiety which there seem to be many labels as well lol
My aniexty does cause me to be depressed when not controlled as most if us know it can be overwhelming. Who would be depressed?
However I was also feeling irritable which I would try to control but was mistaken for mood swing. So he placed me on lamitical to help my mood swings which escalated my behavior and got swollen throat not good.
So I am now left with just my klonopin. Btw can cause mood swings or irritable when u miss a dose and I think that was my issue I didn't want to take too much.
So now I am back to just the Klonopin and I think for now I am just going to see how that works for a while. With all the starting and stopping of new meds I feel that also had a impact on what my mental reactions were. I don't know. I wish I could offer you the right answers:( my suggestion though would be to review all the meds your currently on. Then start writing a journal everyday of you moods and show it to the doctor when you do see him. I have learned to become aware of my emotion when I keep a recorded daily. If you have a good doctor which it sound like you do then explain everything to him when he comes back from vacation. Don't stress about the title after reading many things about bi-polar, also I will point that when they were diagnosed properly and treated for it. In almost every story they stated I wish this would of been discovered so much sooner as they are now living a normal life. :)
Hi, Tee! I have no great advise for you, but I'll share my story. I was treated for Major Depressive Disorder for most of my life - every med under the sun, therapy - nothing helped. I began having episodes of restlessness, anxiety, feeling like I needed no sleep, feeling constantly in motion like I was high. When my PDr retired, he referred me to a new doctor who did some extensive testing and thought I was more likely Bipolar II. Long story short, with the appropriate medications he prescribed I feel pretty darn good. No ups and downs, just steady and grounded. And very relieved! But still on disability for the time being as I haven't been under treatment that long.
Best wishes to you, WCV
Any new information about your medical situation is good, because then it can be treated, so don't be anxious about what the doctor will find. A psychiatrist is the best to diagnose it. The suggestion above to keep a journal of your moods is a good one. Even if you can go back in the past and try to journal times of feeling really good or bad would be helpful. Cycling can be several times a day or months at a time. Really wish you the best.
Just one quick thought ... think many times in this world we love to put labels on things and then we label them good or bad
Right now they don't know if I am PTSD or bipolar
For me it doesn't matter as long as they find drugs that make it better
At this point I would push a peanut across a room with my nose for an answer
My adviceis free so probably worth what you pay for it... Go to your primary care dr for a full physical including Thyroid and hormone levels
Try not to worry about the "official diagnosis"
I am a nurse Practioner and they call it practicing medicine for a reason... just tell the Dr how you are feeling how you are sleeping and how life is going ... don't lead with I heard that I might have...
Tell the Dr you want a complete chemistry thyroid hormone and hematology panel ... when that's been investigated then focus on getting better not on what people call it or say about it
Hey Tee, I have been diagnosed with manic-depressive disease many years..
Now it is Bipolar..Don't let a lable mess with your head..My Dr. left the room
recently and I peaked at my file- I saw Anti Social, & Borderline Personality,
and was shocked. But my disability check helps me lead a decent Life*
I hope & pray you get your's soon. Stay Strong, ~~DD~~
dear tee... just be incredibly honest about what you are feeling and what is going on in your life... also you definitely need to get your bllodwork done as mentioned above, screwy lab work can definitly throw you a loop... but that happens very rare..i am definitely bipolar, but i also have a thyroid disease... not uncommon..good luck and i am praying that you find some relief..
I understand what your saying. I felt empty. Nothing interested me anymore. The things I once did that I enjoyed, I had no desire for. I started feeling tired or slowed down. I slept a lot of the time. I was having trouble concentrating, remembering, and making decisions. Sometimes I was restless or irritable. My diet was on it's way downhill. I was depressed.
The opposite off depression is mania. This is one of the worst experiences I've ever had in my life. There were long periods of feeling"high" or an overly happy or outgoing mood. I was also in the most Extremely irritable mood, and agitation, feeling "jumpy" or "wired." I started talking very fast, jumping from one idea to another, having racin thoughts. I was easily distracted. I thought I was going to start a business and it was going to be the biggest success in the world. I slept very, very little. I stopped taking Klonopin and continued on another med that gave me energy. I made everyone I love hate me because I got angry with them after all these years of holding in my thoughts and feelings. I wasn't the person they once knew. I was a mad woman. I now have no friends or family. That was over 7 yrs ago. During 6 mos of this time I was homeless.
Bipolar encompasses many different inbetweens beside depression and mania. Panic disorder, GAD, SAD, agoraphibia, and a heck of a lot more illnesses, hypomania, etc.
Does any of this sound familiar? Bipolar is an illness that has been researched forever. It's still not understood by scientist.
The one you need to talk to is who your planning to see next week. Your psych. There's a test on line to take to find out if you might be bipolar. Do a search on "Am I bipolar?" Or "Bipolar tests." You'd be surprised at what you'll find.
Well, Tee, there's so much more info about bipolar on line.
Take care, cookie bear,
Hi hunny, go in to your psychiatric appointments with an open mind & try not to focus too much on one possible diagnosis. I am saying this because i was in the same situation as you a few years back. I think i pushed too hard for the diagnosis i believed was right, and it was concluded that i had Bipolar disorder. However, some things didn't add up, and i wasn't stabilising well. I had further psychiatric evaluation and i was re-diagnosed as having Borderline Personality Disorder. When i researched the symptoms this made much more sense to me. Be wary of a quick diagnosis, you should be seen by the psychiatrist over a period of a couple of months at least so he can really get an idea of your behaviour patterns, etc. Either way, please don't worry about having a psychiatric illness, if anything, the more you know the better a life you can live. Let me know how you get on?
I'm with PoisonAlice and Pamee on this, there are definitely other things that could be causing this!
I've never thought of you having BPD, but I'm no shrink, my friend.
I hope your appointment goes well, please, if you've the time and inclination, would you let us know how it goes?
p.s. I didn't have time to read all the other responses, sorry about that. I'll read them later.
Hi Tee, saw your ur post. Moving my mom into assisted living. So unbelievably busy! My past life as a mental health pro gives me a unique perspective re bipolar. I'll let u know my thoughts & certainly ask any questions u have. Just soooooo busy right this hour. Agree w/others u need complete bloodwork if not done yet. But there's a lot more. #1- Do not let any stigma affect you! It is completely ireleverent! My clients stabilized were very happy & productive citizens. Some were still physically disabled & that was fine. PQ with any other questions. I applaud your bravery & honesty with your MD. Only then can the help begin...
U r doing good!!! Until manana, Di
Diagnosis of Bipolar disorder requires time on the part of both the patient and physician. Also depression can cause mood swings in people. Prior to diagnosing yourself, I would recommend taking a list of symptoms that you have noticed over the years & what you did to alleviate your symptoms or how they resolved on their own.
This will allow the Psychiatrist to make a more informed and correct diagnosis.
Madhup Joshi, MD
Hi dear Tee,
I'm concerned of course, but HAPPY for you really, that you'll soon have a treatment relationship with a psychiatrist. (Seems we are only comfortable telling the family doc so much.) This is an exciting new passage in your life, to really talk about some of the underlying issues contributing to your diagnosis, whatever they want to call it. You won't get it all said at the first meeting, but hopefully you'll have lots of trust in the Psych and the therapy process. I just want you to feel better darling tee. Please keep us posted.
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