Hi Clueless, Welcome to Healing Well we are most happy to have you join us.
First, I just want to say I dont have bipolar disorder but I have a close friend who does and also I have many years of working in the psychiatric field as experiance. I also have major depression, anxiety/panic disorder and PTSD. So, I can relate on some level.
If you saw your psych doc for anxiety then I really would think about scheduling another appointment to discuss the hypomania that you have described here. Usually from a clinical stand point it can take months or more to obtain a Bipolar diagnosis as the psychiatrist needs to be able to track the different levels of mood. As I am sure you know sometimes these episodes can last for weeks and or months at a time.
It is common for someone who does have a Bipolar dx to have a generalized anxiety disorder. Often these go hand in hand and feed off of each other. The Xanax would help with the anxiety but it can also aggrivate depression symptoms if your not taking an antidepressant.
It is very important that your forth right and upfront with your psychiatrist as Bipolar Disorder is difficult to treat and getting the right medication is essential for long term mental health and well being.
I am sure you will have more members post suggestions and comments to you. Everyone here is just wonderful and so supportive. I do hope you continue to post. Take care and please let us know how your doing.
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I too find it difficult sometimes to always be direct with my psychiatrist about what may be going on with me. For me I have this defensive mode where I feel like I need to protect some part of my thoughts or feelings no matter how bad. Not let anyone in. That is where I start to sabatoge my treatment and mostly when my depression and anxiety get the best of me.
If your doctor is as tuned in as you think then I dont believe he will think your a hypochondriac one bit. He may actually be relieved that you let down a wall and trusted him enough to talk to him about these things.
A mood stabilizer is exactly what it says a medication that stabilizes the mood swings of Bipolar. There are also quite a few people who take mood stabilizers that dont have BP disorder. My 30 yr old brother takes Depakote to help him balance out his moods. He has anger issues that for some reason he can control with everyone else other than his girlfriend. The Depakote seems to help him.
I am bipolar I mixed with psychotic features (that was my diagnosis in Mar) when I was hospitalized. I am now only suffering moderate anxiety but had severe severe anxiety which led to my hospitalization. My p-doc said that anxiety is common with bipolar disorder and that it is one of the hardest anxieties to treat.
Sorry to hear that you too suffer this awful condition.