I'm new to Healing Well - Bipolar with Severe Anxiety

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Georgie Girl
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Date Joined May 2008
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   Posted 5/13/2008 6:11 AM (GMT -7)   
I posted this in the Anxiety Forum but see that I should introduce myself here also.
 
 
I was diagnosed as bipolar back in 1994 when Zoloft pushed me into mania but did not know until this year what being bipolar really entailed for me.  I began suffering from anxiety in Feb 07 but did not see a psychiatrist until Jun due to insurance issues.  He put me on Geodon and kept increasing the dosage
whenever I complained of increasing anxiety and depression.  In Feb 08 I saw a different psych as #1 psych wasn't doing anything except increasing Geodon which I thought was causing my depression and anxiety to increase.  My new dr put me on Lamictal and left me on Geodon.  In the following few weeks my anxiety increased to an intolerable, incapacitating level.  I use my own personal scale of anxiety 1 to 10 with 10 being incapacitating and in late Mar mine was beyond a 10.  My sister took me to the ER for evaluation and after a shot of Cogentin (I think), a prescription for Xanax, and a visit to another psych filling in for my doc who gave me Depakote, I was sent home. (Forgot to mention that thinking back now I can't remember much of the two days before I went to the ER).  I went home and slept for three days (I think I took the Xanax which caused me to sleep).  On the follwing Mon I went to work but don't remember it.  Called my sister who once again took me to the ER where they admitted me to their psych unit. I was out of my mind with anxiety.  Remember only about two hours total of a 7 day hospitalization for extreme anxiety.  I also don't remember much of the two days after I was released from the hosp.  I was off work another week then worked part time for two weeks, now I'm back full time.  Even after getting out of hosp, my anxiety returned and was back up to a 10.  Finally, he gave me Zyprexa which was the only thing that touched my anxiety.  I now take Lamictal, Lexapro, Depakote, and Zyprexa.  He is tapering me off the Lexapro.  I hate that the Zyprexa makes me hungry all the time - I had recently lost 20 lbs.   For me anxiety feels like the feeling you might have when you get a call that a loved one has been in an accident and you don't know how bad it is and you are rushing to the hospital.   I don't really have any questions, I just needed to tell my story.  Within two hours of taking my first 10 mg of Zyprexa, my anxiety began to wane.  I would like to hear that someone has taken 5 or 10 mg of Zyprexa and it did not make them gain weight.  If I have to live with the weight gain, I will rather than suffer the hell of anxiety like I had 6 weeks ago.  I feel like Girl, Interrupted.  People tell me things that happened right before, during, and after my hospitalization and I say "I don't remember
Georgie Girl


luluma
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Date Joined May 2008
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   Posted 5/13/2008 9:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi...I am new today. I am having more depression lately than usual. I have been on Paxil for a long time and know that I am in need of adding something or changing to something else. My brother died a few weeks agoI realize that some of what I am feeling is depression, but I believe that the agitation and blues I am feeling are caused by some chemical imbalance. I am wanting to try Lamictal, but am a little fearful of the side effects.

quietpain
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Date Joined Apr 2008
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   Posted 5/13/2008 10:59 AM (GMT -7)   
I used to take zyprexa as a constant at 80mg a day w/ seroquel at 2000.  I did gain weight.  Most of was because I didn't care.  I didn't pay attention to exercise or food until it was really packing on.  So start off strong if you can.  Right now I take a whole bunch of drugs, but riperdal and haldol are my main antipsychotics.  When they are not working or when I am in an overwhelming situation (like going back to Chicago  this August when I'll staart it up and be on 3 anti-psychotics), I take 10mg.  In that way it hasn't caused as much hunger.  I also take the zydis form since it is easier to carry and take anywhere.  I found that the form zydis didn't make me as tired or hungry.
 
quieetpain

serafena
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   Posted 5/14/2008 6:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello Georgie Girl,

Forgive my lateness, but let me welcome you to Healing Well and to our board. Your level of anxiety sounds absolutely unbearable, I certainly hope it improves further soon. Chime right in as soon as you feel the need...

serafena
Serafena
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Bipolar II


serafena
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   Posted 5/14/2008 6:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Luluma,

I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. Let me welcome you also to Healing Well. Have you been diagnosed bipolar already? The side effects of any drug sound terrifying when you read them, but the likelihood of you having them is usually pretty small. You need to talk to your doctor before you worry about them. Especially with Lamictal -- much is made of The Rash, but very very few people actually get the rash. They just want to be sure they catch the people who do get it. Only a trip to the doctor will help sort out your questions. Do you already have a psychiatrist?

Good luck,
serafena
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Bipolar II


serafena
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   Posted 5/15/2008 7:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Quietpain, I deleted your post per Rule #16: No Duplicate Posts. Sorry. serafena.
Serafena
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Bipolar II

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