HELPFUL ADVICE NEEDED about Bipolar Disorder and Anxiety

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Ashley C
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   Posted 5/3/2006 11:52 AM (GMT -7)   
I would appreciate any feedback on this, as I am confused and wondering what to do! I REALLY NEED HELPFUL ADVICE!
 
Since I was a child, I have always had bad nervous attacks or I guess you could call it anxiety.  On the morning of any holiday, play, or big event in my life I would be so nervous that I would that I would vomit or have a bowel movement, sometime both. Sorry if I am grossing anyone out. eyes   It did not matter what type of event or fun thing it was, I would become very sick, very shaky, and extremely nervous.  I know that it is normal to have butterfiles, but this seems way too extreme.  I also would feel very anxious and sick to my stomache as a child if I would feel guilty about something. I would feel so bad that I had to tell on myself to someone.  I would feel so guilty that I would constantly think about it until I gave up and told someone, and then would feel better and my stomache would ease up. These things happened  in my childhood since age 5 or so. 
 
The symptoms I have been experiencing as a teenager and adult have varied.  I still get nervous at big events and holidays, but luckily haven't felt sick enough to vomit. My stomache still hurts and I feel nauseated and have the bowel movements, but no vomit.  I still have the guilt problem and will ALWAYS confess to someone how I am feeling, normally my husband.  I once thought I may be obsessive compulsive because of the thoughts becoming obsessions, but I do not have any compulsive tendencies or rituals.  I panic very easy and since I have been taking Lamictal for my Bipolar Disorder, it has been worse.  I can not stand a lot of things going on around me. For example, if I am in a room with 3 adults and 2 children and the kids are being loud and playing, and the adults are all in a conversation but are interrupting eachother and all 3 are trying to talk to me at once, I feel like my head is literally going to fall off, like my brain will explode!  Is this normal? Many times I have to tune everyone out or say loudly, HOLD IT! I CAN ONLY LISTEN TO 1 AT A TIME! I have read that a symptom of being bipolar is having a hard time concentrating. I do, but is this extreme?  
 
The thing that has scared me the most and is why I am finally asking for advice is what happened to me yesterday.  I have had my license for two or three months now and drive frequently and often at least 25 to 30 minutes by myself. My husband and I was on the way home from a 14 hour trip from Flordia yesterday and we were alternating driving. We were getting ready to start driving through the mountains about an hour before it got dark.  I told my husband I would drive for an hour until it got dark and then he would need to drive through the mountains because he has been driving for years.  It began to get dark on me and we were looking for a rest stop to switch.  The road was very curvy and there were many large tractor trailers around me.  I became so nervous that I stared crying, had chest pains, and was almost out of breath because of how nervous I was. My husband told me that I would be okay and that I was doing fine, but it didn't help.  I was okay after switching at the rest stop, but it really felt like a panic attack!
 
The only mental disorder or nerve problem I have ever been tested or treated for is Bipolar Disorder.  My question is, what am I experiencing? Is this normal, a part of being bipolar, or perhaps anxiety?  If it is anxiety, what should I do, and how do I approach my doctor? Thank you for reading this long post and I hope that someone can help me!

Ellie 1
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   Posted 5/3/2006 10:24 PM (GMT -7)   
It sounds like you had a full blown panic attack. Semi's can make me do that as well. I hate getting sandwiched between them on the highway.
I'd mention it to my dr. if I were you. He might be able to put you on an anti-anxiety medication that would help. I don't know if this is a symptom of BP or not but it does seem to be fairly common with us. I take Klonopin for anxiety and panic attacks and have had alot of success with it.
Hope you're feeling better
Take Care
Ellie
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Crissi
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   Posted 5/4/2006 5:19 AM (GMT -7)   

I can relate 100% to what you are saying.  I can't stand chaos around me and when there is too much noise I get so irritable I could scream.  I sometimes find parenting very hard because of this.  I suffer from anxiety and panic attacks as well.  I get very anxious when I leave the house, holidays, when I have visitors, etc.  It seems my body can no longer distinguish between being excited and anxiety.  It's no fun.  I've just started lamictal and really hope it helps.  He prescribed risperdal for my obsessive thoughts and paranoia but I don't think I can take it.  It scares me and I took a little bit the other day and felt weird.  I take klonopin which helps a bit but not as much as I'd like.  I get things stuck in my head alot.  Mostly about what's wrong with me and how I'm feeling.  I always ruminate about things I've said and done from a long time ago and presently.  I hate it but I guess it's par for the course with bipolar.  I wish you the best!

Crissi


MindWandering
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   Posted 5/4/2006 6:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Ashley,
 
I agree that it sounds like a full-blown panic attack (I've had enough of them in my time).  Definitely tell your doc about this; there are anti-anxiety meds that can help.  I've been taking clonazepam (Klonopin) for years, in combination with other meds, and it really helps. 
 
I wonder a little about your diagnosis . . . I went through about 10 years with a diagnosis of depression, then was re-diagnosed as bipolar a few years ago.  There's a lot of difference in the effectiveness of antidepressants for people with depression, as opposed to mood stabilizers which are much more effective for bipolar.
 
I too have problems with being in social situations with many people or lots of noise.  I don't handle it well for very long - have to make sure I have an escape route of letting people know in advance I have other plans later (it may be very true as the plans are to have blessed privacy), or whatever may be appropriate for the situation.  On longer out-of-town family-type visits, I just let people know I need to have some time on my own, to decompress, & doing it casually usually doesn't freak people out - they tend to understand & respect it).
 
The issues with social contact make me wonder (& need to add to my 'ask my doc' list) whether I may have a touch of Asperger's Syndrome (related to autism & in some cases may coexist with bp).  There are some good weblinks re. characteristics/diagnostic criteria on the following URL:
(I couldn't find this syndrome on healingwell).
 
Hope to hear more soon on how you're doing.  We're all in this together . . .
 
MindWandering 

Ashley C
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Date Joined Mar 2006
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   Posted 5/4/2006 1:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you all for your replies! I thought it was a panic attack but wasn't sure as this was the first most severe I have ever had.

Crissi, do you take two medicines (one for anxiety, and another for your obsessive thoughts?) Are you OCD, or just have the obsessions? I never knew that there could be medicine for obsessions alone? If so, that would be great! I have had problems with obsessive thoughts since I was a child. I don't know if this is anxiety, bipolar disorder, or just obsessions. I will definately talk to my doctor about the anxiety and obsessions.

Mind Wandering, thank you for your reply as well. My diagnosis as being Bipolar acutally hit the nail on the head and after taking Lamictal for two months has helped with my Bipolar symptoms 98%! It also runs in my family! The advice about making an escape route at social gatherings and family vacations is a great idea! I am a very outgoing person and I love to talk to people, the only time I have a problem in a social situaion is when there is a lot of noise and commotion around me and more than one person trying to talk to me at the same time.


My husband is throwing a fit because he says I am trying to make myself more sick by adding on problems. He makes me feel bad by saying this, but I told him that the anxiety bothers me enough to get help, and I am taking control of my health.

Thank you all for your replies!

Crissi
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   Posted 5/5/2006 1:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Ashley. I take lamictal for the BP which encompasses so many symptoms including the anxiety. I was prescribed risperdal for paranoia and the racing and obsessive thoughts. I took one dose and didn't like it. I have clonazepam for the anxiety and it is helpful. It doesn't really tire me out, just helps ease the anxiety and bring me down to a productive level. I know how bad anxiety can make you feel. Please talk to your doctor about something for it. Lorazepam or clonazepam are very helpful. I'm actually finding since starting the lamictal my anxiety has decreased a bit but I am very spacey feeling. Take care and good luck!

Crissi

Ashley C
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   Posted 5/6/2006 3:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you for your reply Crissi! I have an appt with my doctor next Friday and I will see if he puts me on any meds and keep in mind the ones you say are helpful. Thanks and I hope I can get some help!
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