Did I and am I having a Manic episode?

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   Posted 12/2/2009 4:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Been having serious anxiety problems the last 2 months.  Over the summer I found myself getting more and more irritable at work lately and even around some friends and family at times.  Was just curious if what I've been experiencing is a manic episode?  Back when this first happened I was going out every night and drinking and partying which is unlike me to do that EVERY night.  Used to do that back in my teens, not anymore I'm 24 and work early in the morning everyday.  Started running on very little sleep and still working, going to school full time, and partying at night but thought I was pretty happy doing all of it.  Then it started with this headache and my mind started racing with all these negative depressive thoughts about stupid little things in my past.
Examples:  Feeling guilty over fear of public speaking, Feeling guilty over being 24 yrs old still going to college, Feeling guilty over where I'm workin, Feeling guilty over not being more confident, etc.
My mind was going a hundres miles an hour, as I left class I began to feel wired and anxious.  I went home and tried to watch tv to unwind but couldn't focus on anything, mind continued to race.  Still went to work the next day and normally after work I'm tired and need to take a nap or something, I was still completely wired after not sleeping all night and working all day.  I went out for a 2 mile run and came back and still felt like my nerves were on edge.  Still completely wired and awake, feeling the need to do something but not really knowing what to do to take the edge off.  These days have now turned more into feeling nervous, tired, exhausted lately but still having a LOT of trouble sleeping.  I was wondering if this would count as a manic episode?  My docs keep telling me its GAD but I don't know, everyone I seem to talk to with GAD doesn't seem to have it THIS BAD.

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   Posted 12/2/2009 6:28 PM (GMT -7)   
My Pdoc rates mania as not wanting to sleep...staying up without sleep and
feeling totally ready to take on the next day with no fatigue...racing thoughts...
sexual promiscuity and excessive spending.

I have bp2 mostly depressed with GAD but I do have some hypomania that is
not anxiety. Hypo feels good...anxiety sucks.

Maybe you should get a 2nd opinion from a different doctor...

To me you sound manic but I'm not a Dr. However I am Bipolar with GAD and live with
a man who is also Bipolar with Gad so I am very familiar with all the symptoms.

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   Posted 12/2/2009 7:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Mike,

The sleeplessness can be a clue to mania, but it can also be an effect of extreme anxiety. I agree that if you don't feel comfortable that your doc is considering all the angles, get a second opinion. These disorders can be so hard to diagnose. Either way, the ativan should be knocking out some of that anxiety. Is it helping at all?

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   Posted 12/3/2009 12:52 AM (GMT -7)   
Yea the Ativan is helping me get some sleep and relax more then usual, am able to function a little more at work on it.  But darn am I still so forgetful and anxious sometimes throughout the day.  Sometimes even a lil paranoid when going into a place I've never been or driving somewhere I don't know.  I've always had these feelings a little bit their just magnified lately I guess going through whatever this is.  Definetly have lost the ability to just sit down and relax unless its at night when I take my ativan and ambien :)

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   Posted 12/4/2009 3:36 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Mike,

I soooo know the feeling.  I'm right there with you right now.   Been up since 3:30am.  That's been the normal for me.  My anxiety is kicked in overtime.  But I already had 2 xanax today and don't want to take another.

The house is quiet, everyone is asleep and I only hear the heat pop on occassionally and my kitty cat snacking! LOL

I'm not working so, I'll be able to take a "catnap" later this morning. 

Glad the new med is helping! blush   Oh, I have been very forgetful too lately.  I guess fog headed from the xanax.

I'm not driving right now! Can't stay focused!!!

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