Bipolar and anxiety

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Dawn85
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   Posted 4/4/2017 6:49 PM (GMT -6)   
I was rx bipolar in 2006. I believe I have had it forever, but it was caught and I am stable with my bipolar, but in 2013 I had my first anxiety and panic attack. It came out of nowhere. I was scared to death! Well I have gotten better with the help of these forums and meds, counseling, and coping skills. I have talked to so many people with bipolar over the past 4 years and NONE of them have anxiety and panic with their bipolar. Why does this happen to some but not all? My pdoc says that it is normal for a bipolar patience to get anxiety but not really common? What did I do to give me anxiety? Am I not as stable as I think I am? This is horrible and I can't keep doing this anymore. I want to be stable but this anxiety is making it hard. Does anyone else have bipolar and anxiety?
I am working on me day by day. Laughter and playing are our cures! Kids do this, why can't we?

The Dawn85

Stay strong, stay well and be happy even if it's fake at first.

Tim Tam
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   Posted 4/4/2017 9:43 PM (GMT -6)   
You say:

"I was rx bipolar in 2006. I believe I have had it forever, but it was caught and I am stable with my bipolar, but in 2013 I had my first anxiety and panic attack. It came out of nowhere"

And:

"I have talked to so many people with bipolar over the past 4 years and NONE of them have anxiety and panic with their bipolar. Why does this happen to some but not all? My pdoc says that it is normal for a bipolar patience to get anxiety but not really common? What did I do to give me anxiety? Am I not as stable as I think I am? This is horrible"

I'm bipolar also, and have also had anxiety and panic attacks.

What stopped my panic attacks, which I had for 2 or 3 years, I'll guess, was Lithium. It's used for manic-depression, and lowers mania while lessening depression at the same time.

I also take Mirtazapine, 7.5 mg. I was taking 15mg but it made my toes twitch and gave me huge increase in appetite, so we cut it in half, and now it doesn't do that.

I don't rem. what started my panic attacks, either. Might have been an increase in anxiety. When you under a lot of stress when yours started?

Or could have been a slow buildup of anxiety, or prolonged (untreated?) anxiety?

Are you on any medicine? Yes, you mention meds. Are you meds helping you? Have they been adjusted recently, since you mention still having a difficult time.

I enjoy play, also. When I walk my dog, it's a form of playing.

I also enjoy watching TV, which is a form of play. I like non-fiction TV like documentaries and true-crime TV shows, trying to figure out who did what to whom. Again, it's a form of play, in that, I'll decide which TV shows I'll watch: the ones I enjoy the most.

Are you in a positive frame of mind that you can improve upon this problem?

Dawn85
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   Posted 4/4/2017 11:39 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been taking Trileptal for 3 or 4 years and it helps my bipolar stay stable.

I just switched from Paxil to Celexa about a month ago now.

I also just came off of my sleeping pill that was no longer working.

When my first anxiety/panic first started I was not under anymore stress than normal. So I am not sure why this all happened.

I have always been a worrier, but never this bad! So I am not sure what to think.

I am not too into tv anymore, I go through spurts where I watch it like crazy, then don't watch it at all. With baseball season upon us I am hoping to catch a few games. I am not sure though.

My stress has been super lately and that has caused this bout to flair up, so I know why this time.

I know that I will get past this and will be fine. I am sure of that and have been since it started, it's very hard to stay positive all of the time right now though.

Thank you for your response.
I am working on me day by day. Laughter and playing are our cures! Kids do this, why can't we?

The Dawn85

Stay strong, stay well and be happy even if it's fake at first.

UserANONYMOUS
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   Posted 4/5/2017 5:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Dawn85,

Welcome to the Bipolar forum smile

Anxiety can either be a symptom of bipolar disorder, or it can be a condition in addition to bipolar disorder where you have both anxiety and bipolar together.
Sometimes just by thinking about it, you can make yourself anxious even without knowing it.

Staying positive all the time can be challenging. Have your doctor recommended anything for the anxiety? If it continues and you don't feel comfortable, you should ask him.
You can try stuff like mindfulness, mediation, reading, etc. These things tend to help you feel better when you are anxious.

I hope you would feel better. Keep us posted on how you are doing.

UA
Moderator - Bipolar

Depression, Borderline Personality Disorder.
Chronic Pain - Cervical Kyphosis, Cervical Spondylosis, Thoracic Scoliosis.

Dawn85
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Date Joined Apr 2017
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   Posted 4/5/2017 11:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi UA,

I am on Celexa, in CBT and do have many coping skills for the anxiety. Thanks for the reply. Take care.
I am working on me day by day. Laughter and playing are our cures! Kids do this, why can't we?

Rx
Trileptal 300mg times 2 twice a day- bipolar
Celexa 40mg 1 time a day- Depression anxiety
Protonix 40 mg 1 time a day- GERD
Loratadine 10 1 time day- Allergies

The Dawn85

Stay strong, stay well and be happy even if it's fake at first.

UserANONYMOUS
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Date Joined May 2011
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   Posted 4/10/2017 5:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Dawn,

Now realized that it is you. Lol.
You're back smile

Hope all is well, and hope you will feel better.

UA
Moderator - Bipolar

Depression, Borderline Personality Disorder.
Chronic Pain - Cervical Kyphosis, Cervical Spondylosis, Thoracic Scoliosis.

jb365
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   Posted 4/18/2017 12:11 PM (GMT -6)   
I was diagnosed with anxiety long before I was diagnosed with bipolar. I take Lorazapam as needed for the anxiety and recently changed over to Cymbalta for depression and bipolar. I am also on Lithium which helps a lot. My doctor and I are working with other drugs to stabilize the bipolar as my other prescriptions quit working for me after many many years. Trying to keep a positive attitude is the best medicine but when that doesn't work, don't beat yourself up. I find reading the Bible and self help books gives me inner peace. It's a crappy disease but it's not the end of the world. Learning to live with it (takes time) and sharing with others, like this forum, can help a lot.
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