Although I've been on the Anxiety/Panic group for some time, this is my first time in the bipolar group so I will introduce myself. Actually, I missed that there was even a bipolar category or would have been on here along time ago.
I was diagnosed as bipolar in 1994. I've had ups and downs but in 2007 I started having anxiety all day every day and then in Mar 08 it became unbearable. I was in such agony that I don't recall very much of a ten day period and was hospitalized for 7 days during that time. The diagnosis was bipolar, mixed, with psychotic features. I left the hospital on 5 medications. My meds have changed since then but I am still on 5 medications. My anxiety is at its' worst about
a 5 on the scale of 1 to 10. But when I became ill last year, it was about
a 15. So I can live with the anxiety I have now. And I only have to take Zyprexa, the med that finally knocked out the anxiety, once every week or two when my anxiety ramps up a bit.
My highs aren't that high but my lows are really low. I seem to cycle every day throughout the day. For instance, I would sleep 20 hours a day if I could. I hate going to work, to a job I used to love. My pdoc says that the anxiety I felt and feel is an aspect of the bipolar disorder.
Although I can now function at work and at home, I don't think I'll ever return to the person I was prior to the anxiety situation in Mar 08. I hate the medications, they make me gain weight, lose my hair, and look old. And they are probably contributing to my desire to sleep so much.
Well, that's my summary of a much longer story. I'll be reading your stories and trying to lend support where I can.
<FONT color=#ff0000>Bipolar, Anxiety Disorder, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
Post Edited (Georgie Girl) : 5/20/2009 6:58:15 PM (GMT-6)