Hello and a warm welcome to HealingWell. I am Kitt. Lyn has answered your questions well. IMHO I agree you show symptoms of anxiety and your worrying that this could be something else, such as Bipolar is an example of anticipatory anxiety. That is typical of the way we think but people with anxiety tend to overthink and the next thing you know your on a merry-go-round.
Common Anticipatory Anxiety Reactions include :
Feelings: anxious, fearful, angry, confused, hopeless, losing control, numb, sad, moody, irritable, guilty.
Behaviors: withdrawal from others or activities, disrupted routines, startle reactions, easily crying
Cognitions: preoccupation with possibility of trauma, concentration difficulties, self-doubt, worry, indecisiveness, memory difficulties
Physical complaints: muscle tension, headaches, gastric distress, sleep and appetite changes, fatigue
Talking usually helps. Share your feelings with friends, family, on here are all good ways to work through the anxiety.
Relaxation techniques: Try deep breathing, muscle relaxation, visualization (imagining peaceful scenes), and/or listening to soothing music.
Realistic self-talk: While we can't always control what happens to us, we can always control what we say to ourselves. It's important to keep things in perspective. Talk to yourself in reasonable ways. Ask yourself "how likely is my fear?" Remind yourself that you have coped before during other challenging times. Don't just dwell on the negative but consciously look for things you can appreciate every day.
I would strongly suggest that you see a therapist to work through your issues and if you feel you have been miss dx, please follow up for a second opinion.
All of the members on this forum have experienced stress and anxiety disorders. Remember you have anxiety, it does not have you.
We do have a Bipolar forum if you want to read through it, or not, just FYI. :)
Please remember we are not professionals so these are just opinions and should never replace your relationship with a physician/therapist.
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Kitt, Moderator: Anxiety ~ Panic
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