Not sure if I have Bipolar Disorder..

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   Posted 11/11/2015 12:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey HW family,

I really dont know if whether or not I have bipolar disorder or not? Ive been on lexapro 10mg for exactly 8 weeks and have gone through a series of ups and downs. Im not exactly to sure if all of my symptoms match to a manic episode? Starting the SSRIs got me out of the depressive state I was in but not sure if my highs and lows are bipolar or not. Sometimes I feel a small spark of inspiration to help my moms business and do things to better them but that will fizzle out once i feel my anxiety coming on. This is because the anxiety then takes me to feeling depressed. Im just not sure if there is a "time frame" for these manic episodes? Im really worried now that I have anxiety/depression/ocd/bipolar. I was a fine individual before I took a small little puff of mary jane three-months ago. Any advice from you kind people?



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   Posted 11/11/2015 12:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello AK,

Welcome to the Bipolar forum :-)!

Have you ever received a diagnosis? I would suggest you visit a psychiatrist for an evaluation and diagnosis. They would be able to sat whether or not you have Bipolar disorder or show signs of it. Some symptoms can be the same or similar to depression and anxiety.

I attended therapy for a while which I found very helpful. I learn a lot of ways to copy.

For more information on Bipolar, please feel free to check out our resources thread:

Take Care

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   Posted 11/18/2015 11:17 PM (GMT -7)   
bi-polar is tricky to dx sometimes. a credible shrink is the best bet.



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   Posted 11/26/2015 9:02 AM (GMT -7)   
I can't say I know how you feel, but I want to say it, if you know what I mean. I have had depression for seven years and lately my highs and lows are getting worse I saw my general practitioner and she thinks I have bipolar. I have done reading, a lot of reading and I think she maybe right. I also believe that the manic affects everyone a bit differently than others. Just like the symptoms, I don't gamble or spend a ton of cash (maybe I would if we had more money) but I can tell you I feel the ups and downs. I also get anger moments. So angry at stuPid stuff. I'm here if you want to talk. I believe talking helps.
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   Posted 11/28/2015 12:31 PM (GMT -7)   
HI there....sorry to hear of your current troubles. As the moderators said, the best bet would be to see a psychiatrist for a proper diagnosis. Your regular Dr. does not have as much knowledge on mental health as a Psych Dr. has. Bipolar is very complex-as you are describing. There is alot of different symptoms that manifest themselves in the Bipolar. I can totally relate to your little bursts of mania. That is what it is like for me., I don't do the heavy spending or gambling--but my moods do radically change. Typically I am not an angry person but I find lately it just comes out of me. If someone does something I don't think is right (a perfect stranger) it just comes out of my mouth to right the wrong....I can't control it. This only happens sometimes. Like I said, typically I don't feel very angry but catch me at the wrong moment and I can be a lunatic.

For me, my mania always winds up turning into panic. I guess I feel the up---but I am always so depressed that when the "up" feeling comes it panics me and I don't know how to handle it. Panic has really ruined my life. It keeps me locked inside on many days. Then all of a sudden it just goes away-no reason. So I think it is cycling that is happening. I am on several meds which has made it much better but still not as controlled as I would wish.

You should definatly see a shrink as they can properly treat you. Are you in any therapy? I found that a complete necessity for me. I never would have got through the whole diagnosis and treatment without it. I lived a long time untreated with this. I am 52 yrs old and did not get diagnosed until I was 45. I feel like I have suffered through my life--if only I sought treatment sooner, things could have been much better for me.

I hope you find your answers and get the proper care.
Take care,

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