paranoia in Traffic

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Carenpolar
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   Posted 8/8/2007 2:16 PM (GMT -7)   
 I have Bipolar 1. and the other day, I was driving in traffic and got paranoid that someone was going to  hit me , this happened several times.... does Paronoia precede the manic phase?I am usually a calm, driverr...

Ellie 1
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   Posted 8/8/2007 5:58 PM (GMT -7)   

Thats really odd that you should post that now.  I was having panic attacks when driving yesterday.  Only on the highway.  I can only drive backroads now.  I thought I was the only one.  When the trucks blasted past me I almost lost my mind and had to pull off onto the outer road.  Let me know if you find a way to deal with it.  It seems to help a little if I blast the radio, but not enough that I can drive highway with the kids in the car.  I feel like I'm losing control.

Ellie


Good judgement comes from experience and alot of that comes from bad judgement.
 
You just have to accept that some days you're the pigeon, and some days you're the statue. 
 


serafena
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   Posted 8/9/2007 6:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Having panic attacks in cars is classic -- like, textbook classic. I used to get them too and when I told my therapist, she assured me that lots of people have that. I had to pull off the road several times and open up the windows because I was afraid I was going to have a heart attack and lose control of the car. So Caren, I don't know if it's related to mania (are you in a manic state right now?) but it does sounds a little paranoid which could be related to mania. Or it just might be a little excessive anxiety. Maybe mention it to your doctor.

Ellie are you still having panic attacks despite your meds?

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Ellie 1
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   Posted 8/9/2007 11:57 AM (GMT -7)   
My meds CAUSE panic attacks. Abilify has always done that to me. It's why I came off it last time. I just couldn't stand anymore. This time my pdoc gave me 2mg Ativan that works quite well, but I can't take that big a dose and drive. 1mg is okay to drive on, but doesn't kill the BIG attacks.
It was a trade off. Depression that I guarantee I would not have survived, or panic attacks. I've been on alot of meds. This is one that works. My kids needed me out of bed so I went for it despite the ugly side effect.
Good judgement comes from experience and alot of that comes from bad judgement.
 
You just have to accept that some days you're the pigeon, and some days you're the statue. 
 


serafena
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   Posted 8/10/2007 7:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh ick. That IS a crappy side effect. And yeah, no driving on more than 1 mg of Ativan. That's probably illegal. :)

How are you at talking yourself out of them? I never was terrific at this, but my therapist was always trying to get me to talk myself through them by literally talking out loud. Of course with your kids in the car, they may think you're nuts, but I'm guessing that's nothing new. The other thing I would do is talk on my cell phone to a friend. Basically whatever it took to distract myself and connect a little with "reality" and keep myself from dwelling on the illusion.

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