Been having serious anxiety problems the last 2 months. Over the summer I found myself getting more and more irritable at work lately and even around some friends and family at times. Was just curious if what I've been experiencing is a manic episode? Back when this first happened I was going out every night and drinking and partying which is unlike me to do that EVERY night. Used to do that back in my teens, not anymore I'm 24 and work early in the morning everyday. Started running on very little sleep and still working, going to school full time, and partying at night but thought I was pretty happy doing all of it. Then it started with this headache and my mind started racing with all these negative depressive thoughts about stupid little things in my past.
Examples: Feeling guilty over fear of public speaking, Feeling guilty over being 24 yrs old still going to college, Feeling guilty over where I'm workin, Feeling guilty over not being more confident, etc.
My mind was going a hundres miles an hour, as I left class I began to feel wired and anxious. I went home and tried to watch tv to unwind but couldn't focus on anything, mind continued to race. Still went to work the next day and normally after work I'm tired and need to take a nap or something, I was still completely wired after not sleeping all night and working all day. I went out for a 2 mile run and came back and still felt like my nerves were on edge. Still completely wired and awake, feeling the need to do something but not really knowing what to do to take the edge off. These days have now turned more into feeling nervous, tired, exhausted lately but still having a LOT of trouble sleeping. I was wondering if this would count as a manic episode? My docs keep telling me its GAD but I don't know, everyone I seem to talk to with GAD doesn't seem to have it THIS BAD.