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   Posted 12/10/2006 7:24 AM (GMT -7)   
I need to know the difference between Bi polar and anxiety because i think i have both. I take 100mg Zoloft once daily and klonopin 0.5ng twice daily and valium and night or during the day if needed but it; seems that none of them are working anymore, i wake up in the morning with racy mind, take my med and seems to help for a while then part way through the day again starts back up again, i have been to the ER but to know help they prescibe me a sleeping pill Zoplicone, i see my pysch doc on the 13th i want answers or i will go to another doc anyway can someone please give me some suggestions thanks Twiggy2

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   Posted 12/10/2006 11:25 AM (GMT -7)   

I'm by no means an expert but maybe I can give you some advise. When I was diagnosed about 3 months ago, I took a test at my counselors office. I don't remember the name of it. Any psychiatrist, pscychologist etc, will have this test and rate you based on your answers. I'm glad you are seeing your psychiatrist soon. Make sure to ask him/her what they think. Be very thorough with your answers and give all details. If you have to write them down to remember, do it.

The way I understand bipolar is a dramatic swing from one pole (mania) to the other pole (depression). There is also anxiety invloved. I'm what they call a rapid cycler. I can swing from one end to the other in a matter of hours or days. I can also swing a bit slower, by weeks. I do bizzare things in my manic phases. I'm not a happy manic, I get angry. I tend to spend ALOT of money when I'm in my manic phases. I had to have my sister take my credit cards from me. I'd then come home and open EVERYTHING so I couldn't return it. I get very mouthy with people, don't care who, police, court clerks and judges, even the poor grocery checker. I've come really close to being thrown in jail for my mouth. I develop severe road rage and play chicken with the car I'm mad at. The list goes on and on. When I'm depressed, I stay at home, in my PJ's, wanting to do nothing, go nowhere and just shower and put more jammies on. I won't answer my phone, talk to anybody, and this list goes on too.

We just readjusted my meds again for the third time in about 6 weeks. This round seems to be working better. I can't keep going like this. Money is already tight and I'm making it worse. But looking back on the last 8-9 years, I can see all of these things were there, I just wasn't diagnosed. I just thought I was losing my mind.

If you are bipolar, there is help out there. I've learned that the hard way in the last few months. I'm trying very hard to come to terms with my illness. Some days are good, others are bad. Just take it as it comes.

I hope this helps you a bit. Good Luck!   

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   Posted 12/10/2006 11:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Anxiety can come with hypomania of a bipolar II diagnosis. One of the diagnostic criteria in the DSM-IV for bipolar disorder is the inability to take SSRI medications. Zoloft is one of this class of medications.

There are questionnaires for bipolar disorder and make sure you ask to take it. Anymore, lots of people are being dxd with bipolar disorder and it worries some people. I think it is just that we know more and now call some bipolar I with typical manic-depressive thing and then bipolar II with hypomania and depression. Hopefully, more psychiatrists will become educated about bipolar II because I think this problem is widespread, and vastly underdiagnosed.

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   Posted 12/10/2006 4:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for your replies, I will make sure to address my symtoms to my doc let u know what happens Twiggy2

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   Posted 12/10/2006 4:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Both my Mum and I have major anxiety with our bipolar. It's quite common to have anxiety on top of bp. Definitely talk to your doctor about it and see what they can do to help!

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Beth Anne
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   Posted 12/11/2006 6:18 AM (GMT -7)   

Twiggy, my name is Beth and I think I may have replied to a post or two of yours in another section of the forum. I too think I may be Bp with anxiety.  I am going to the dr. after the new year to have them look into it. I have been questioning this for some time now.  I experience phases of extreme high and extreme low for days/weeks at a time accompanied by extreme anxiety.  But when I go online and read info on BP, the examples given for each cycle are extreme and anxiety is not a major characteristic (from what I read).   I am not that extreme when I am high. I just have alot of engergy and volunteer myself for everything.  Some examples are, I have volunteered for puplic fundraisers and projects, trained for Marathons, rearange my whole house in the middle of the night.  I just take on everything. I don't understand this because I have constant anxiety, why would I get my self involved in things I know darn well will give me anxiety attacks.  I am my own worse enemy.  My lows are pretty bad. I don't even want to shower or brush my teeth.  I don't pick up the phone or get out of bed.  I swing back and forth with the moods, so this is why I though there may be some thing else going on with me.  My situation can not just be GAD. 

Twiggy, what do you go through?

If anyone as any thoughts to my situation, please share.  I could really use someone elses opinion.  Thanks.


Beth Anne
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   Posted 12/11/2006 6:26 AM (GMT -7)   

I just read back what I wrote, and I wrote that my high is not that extreme.  Reading my own examples, I realized that it is extreme.  I think I was thinking that extreme had to be spending alot of money or I don't really know.   Can everyone's mania be different?  Are there spefic activities or things a person does during a manic phase? 


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   Posted 12/11/2006 7:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for all the replies, i will do my best to ask all the questions i need to at my appointment. For now the klonopin helps a bit to slow the brain activity down a bit. I don;t want to rely on meds but when my brain seems to be out of control i have to to stop it someway, anyway if i do not make it clear to my pych doc at my appointment i am going to get a second opionin sorry for the spelling error. Talk to ya later Twiggy2
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