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   Posted 10/4/2006 6:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Im not sure if this is the appropriate section to post this but ive seen related items here. I am 17 years old and for the past few months have been experiencing racing thoughts. It used to happen maybe once a week and now it happens at least once a day. When it happens suddenly my head is filled with so many things that are constantly changing, i cant keep up with it. I cannot focus on things well. I feel as if my breathing and heart rate are heavier. Also my hearing seems to become very distinct and certain sounds that usually wouldnt bother me (such as a fan blowing or something simple like that) stand out so very well. It's difficult to speak to other people when this happens and i have to think very hard about the words i speak or else i feel i would just mumble. I think it mostly comes onto me in times of concentration. It bothers me because im not sure how it would affect me if i was driving when it hits me or something important like that (it hasnt yet). Im not sure how to react to what happens to me and i would ask anyone here to help me understand what is going on. I havent told anyone about this and im not sure what to do.

I appreciate any input.

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   Posted 10/4/2006 11:20 PM (GMT -7)   
It's very difficult to say if that would be bipolar based on just the racing thoughts.
It could be, it could easily not be.

Have you been stressed recently?
Has anything in your life changed?

I'd suggest going and seeing your doctor and tellingh im all about them. Especially about the breathing and heart things - racing thoughts and some bipolar symptoms can also be symptoms of other things like thyroid problems, heart problems.
When I ended up in hospital a couple of weeks ago with manic suicidal thoughts the first thing they did was check my heart beat and make sure it sounded fine.

Don't panic that you have something wrong with your heart though!

It could be anything!

The mumbling is, well to me, odd as well - if I'm racing and need to talk, I speak at really high speed, really loudly. That tends to be more common I think.

Any kind of big change like that is always worth a trip to the doctors. It might be that your body's going through some hormonal changes at the moment and they're playing havoc with you more than with normal people, or anything like that.
Or it could be an early warning sign of bipolar tendancies.

Go and have a chat with your doctor and see what they think.

And good luck! And let us know how you get on!
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   Posted 10/4/2006 11:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi MC247,

Welcome to HW! Hope you find some really good help here.

Djonma's response is spot on: this *may* be bipolar, but it could just as easily be anxiety, since you are experiencing symptoms connected with breathing etc.

You should definitely get an appointment to see your doctor and raise these issues. Bipolar takes diagnosis by a psychiatrist, but a regular doc will probably investigate some other options with you first.

Let us know how you get on!

Rosie x

People are not like fish: they do not work well battered.

When I'm not in my right mind, my left mind gets pretty crowded...


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   Posted 10/5/2006 6:23 AM (GMT -7)   

welcome. i just want to second what dj said. almost eveybody gets racing thoughts at least once in their lives. it's not necessarily a big deal. if a person continues to have them, then they may be a symptom of something. at your age, it could be something as innocuous as teen-age hormones. like dj said, it could also be thyroid or heart. or it could be bp.

there's no way that we can tell you. you need a professional work-up and evaluation. and i would tell your parents what you are experiencing. most parents are supportive. and this is nothing to be ashamed about.

take care of you and keep us informed.


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   Posted 10/5/2006 2:31 PM (GMT -7)   
My mother has to take medication every day for a problem she has for her thyroid. So ill keep that in mind. I hope this isnt something that will stay with me. Whe
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