I've done so much reading about all the meds. They are really complex to say the least. We all have our own unique bp symptoms and we all react differently to the meds. I am highly sensitive it seems to the meds. Lamictal seems to be the only one I can tolerate. Seroquel and other anti-physcotics made me feel like such a zombie that I couldn't even function. After suffering from trying all of the meds I went off meds completely for a year. Then I crashed so hard, the episodes of depression got much worse and more frequent. My pdoc suggested this would keep happening if we didn't try something to get it under control.
I too, have such panic and anxiety. And lately with some stress at work, it's been at it's peak. The same can be said for my latest episode of depression.
If you are questioning your diagnosis of bp, maybe it's time to be re-evaluated? How long have you been on the med(s) that you're on now? I realize the Cymbalta is new...Why did your doc decide to try that? Any time any med is giving you side effects, you need to tell your doc. It's important. Something that is also important is to point out that when I did go off my meds it was with the support of my pdoc and safe, safe weaning off the meds. I basically believe that being bp means finding the balance. I hope you can talk openly with your doc and see where to go from here.
Please keep us updated and take good care of yourself.
Bipolar II, Anxiety/Panic Disorder
Clonazepam .5mg as needed, Trazodone 50mg/day & Lamictal 250 mg/day