I was diagnosed as BP II just this last Friday. I always believed that I was Dysthymic and had some anxiety issues. I had been taking antidepressants for years at low doses, most recently (2 yrs) Effexor was my prescribed med. I was improving a bit but then I started going downhill when the meds were increased.
My thoughts were have always been extremely negativistic, my anxiety (possibly hypomanic???) skyrockets to the point of causing me to almost act obsessive-compulsive with certain thoughts, ideas, etc. I do have racing thoughts and seem very hyper during these times, I cannot sit still. My shopping, which always has been an anxiety-relieving crutch is almost uncontrollably-impulsive. I sought help when my husband said he can not live like this, he's always walking on eggshells wondering if I'm going to blow up, not want to get outta bed or go on a new tangent and obsess about it endlessly, at the cost of eating or sleeping.
I was wondering what kinds of behaviour los/ highs others with BP II, or even major depressive, or anxiety experience, if you have similar highs/ lows. What medications they have found helpful, and what successes anyone has had with treatment. I am being sent to a Psychiatrist for diagnostics, meds and because the waiting list is soooo long I have booked myself a session with a highly regarded therapist. I'm just looking for anecdotal accounts of living with this disorder, or with someone with this disorder instead of all the clinical/ diagnostic information I have been reading. I'm really screwed up about this diagnosis, how I could have missed it when I have a Masters in Psych - how Freudian? Any thoughts insights would be tremendous!
Thanks a lot.