Posted 4/14/2021 1:21 PM (GMT -6)
You say you have been dxed with bipolar 2, I have bipolar 1, for which I am taking Lithium to hold down the mania and Mirtazapine anti-psychotic to work with the depression.
I don’t fluctuate all during the day between the two moods.
My medicine keeps me functioning in the middle.
When I was first put on Lithium for the mania, I felt like the air had been let out of an overtight balloon. When you first got on medicine for Bipolar II, you said,
“I've been like this (depression, irritability, impulsiveness, anxiety) before starting meds and during.”
So, the medicine has not affected your Bipolar 2, leading you to say, “I don't seem to have classic bi polar symptoms but am diagnosed with Bi polar 2.”
Then you ask, “My questions is, does anyone else here experiencing daily mood shifts like I do. If so is this typical for bi polar particularly bi polar 2. Could this just be my baseline mood?”
I don’t, and you doctor said that was unusual.
And, “The questions is are we dealing with bi polar or something else. For example life stressors that are contributing to my mood. Possibly ADHD. he didn't seem quite sure but seems more concerned with keeping my depression and hypomania level.”
nimh.hib.gov says, "Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is…marked by an ongoing pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development.
• Inattention means a person wanders off task, lacks persistence, has difficulty sustaining focus, and is disorganized; and these problems are not due to defiance or lack of comprehension.
• Hyperactivity means a person seems to move about constantly, including in situations in which it is not appropriate; or excessively fidgets, taps, or talks. In adults, it may be extreme restlessness or wearing others out with constant activity.
• Impulsivity means a person makes hasty actions that occur in the moment without first thinking about them and that may have a high potential for harm, or a desire for immediate rewards or inability to delay gratification. An impulsive person may be socially intrusive and excessively interrupt others or make important decisions without considering the long-term consequences.
Bipolar II, webmd.com says, has moods cycling between high and low over time.
A person affected by bipolar II disorder has had at least one hypomanic episode in their life. Most people with bipolar II disorder suffer more often from episodes of depression.
In between episodes of hypomania and depression, many people with bipolar II disorder typically live normal lives.
Symptoms include during a hypomanic episode, elevated mood can manifest itself as either euphoria (feeling "high") or as irritability. And, flying suddenly from one idea to the next, having exaggerated self confidence, rapid, "pressured" (uninterruptible) and loud speech.