Hi, JustPeachy, I'm sorry so long to answer. I found a roundabout, backdoor way to find new threads.
Wow, what a pathetic excuse for a doctor you had! (Smoking one). Unreal. How long have you been on no meds? Are you saying your panic disorder is under control? If you're doing fine with none, I really doubt you're bipolar! We do horribly bad without, even on them if they're not just right. I'm not sure he diagnosed you right, you don't really sound bipolar to me, depression/anxiety/panic disorder sounds more likely. Have you actually had a manic or hypomanic episode? To be diagnosed bipolar, you have to have had at least one, lasting more than 4 days. Here are the symptoms:
List of symptoms of Mania: The list of symptoms mentioned in various sources for Mania includes:
Symptoms of Mania: When You're Manic...
When people are in a manic "high," they may be overactive, overly talkative, have a great deal of energy, and have much less need for sleep than normal. They may switch quickly from one topic to another, as if they cannot get their thoughts out fast enough. Their attention span is often short, and they can be easily distracted. Sometimes people who are "high" are irritable or angry and have false or inflated ideas about their position or importance in the world. They may be very elated, and full of grand schemes that might range from business deals to romantic sprees. Often, they show poor judgment in these ventures. Mania, untreated, may worsen to a psychotic state
I recommend you find a doctor to treat your panic disorder, because it is affecting at least some of your quality of life. The antidepressants with an antianxiety med is usually the combo - Klonopin is a bit heavy for someone who isn't manic; ask him about ativan or xanax at a very low dose to start; I think you'll find it works very well.
Did the Prozac help the trichotillomania? Prozac is an excellent medication for obsessive/compulsive behaviour (which that is).
LOL! I think that describes ALL of us, doesn't it? I have to admit, I didn't write that, I copied/pasted it as I always do with mania symptoms! TNTC!
I'm soooooo glad you're in a good mood today! So am I. $150???????? (I wish they had a "shocked" emoticon). $250 in a week at the fair. Well, I would hope to shout you two had fun! Was the extra $50 this trip for the food you didn't eat last time, haha!
Oh, man I totally agree. Bring that SOB smoking doc here, and he'll be disabled and unable to practice medicine again. I do believe the word "practice" is what he is doing, haha.