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bipolar vs ADD..whatdoido?
September 8, 2001
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shugarmagnolya
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What is the difference in symptoms between these two? Im in a "fight" between my therapist, me and my counselor trying to figure out which one I have. I know I have some anxiety about alot of things like certain social situations, worrying about what to do with my life, worrying about setting myself up with the future, worrying if im good enough, smart enough, worrying in general. But I do have mood swings, i feel irritable and angry at times, im a known space-cadet. Its just that I need to find a job soon and i worry so much about being good enough for someone to hire me, am i going to get depressed again and not be able to function? It always seems like im irritable when i self-talk in my head about negative thoughts and then if I pump myself up with positive thoughts, i get happy again. Does this mean im bipolar if its intentional? Ive just read that it is really hard to distinguish between the two.

My episodes are brought on when im under alot of stress. I also have a hard time connecting with people, feel disconnected at times. I have alot of aquaintances but its hard to make real good friends. I feel like i shut myself off sometimes and its hard (almost impossible) for me to open up and express my feelings. Maybe because I dont know what they are. The thing is, im under stress right now with school and work. Im thinking about moving to be near my best friend, boyfriend and the beach. I've never been terrified of change before..im only 23. I used to want to conquer the world. And now im scared that i wont be able to cope with change and a job. But i would have support there and i really just want to start my life, get a stable job, a routine going, etc.

Im trying out Welbutrin right now, but im not sure if its working, i think i need something for my anxiety. My mind seems clear but yet(im forgetful anyways), forgetfulness seems intensified on this drug...i lost my car yesterday because i couldnt remember which parking garage i parked in and then i went in to work with my shirt on backwards:) Its a good thing i can laugh at myself sometimes....any input would be great! thanks

September 8, 2001
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I have suffered from depression through my whole life,two years ago my doctor suggested taking zolof it takes a couple of weeks to kick in properly,but i can honestly say that i have not had a heavy bout of depression since i have been taking this.Maybe you could try taking nothing and allowing your mind to get a bit of focus,yoga is great as well.

September 8, 2001
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Hiya Shugar,

I'm not a huge proponent of meds since I don't know a whole lot about them. I know that a few friends of mine had suffered greatly throughout their lives from depression and severe anxiety (one friend actually left work one day when asked by her subordinate to review one of her documents and went home, locked the door and didn't emerge or answer her phone or the door for two weeks) and meds helped them tremendously so that they could function normally in life. (The lady I describe above was eventually diagnosed with ADD.)

That said, I would suggest to put the "diagnosis" out of your mind as much as you can, and start with something that you can control, your body. You might already be doing this, but watch your diet (I don't mean starve yourself, I mean make sure you are eating lots of fruits and veggies and getting your protien either through meat or tofu or whatever and drinking lots of water) and also start an exercise program. If Yoga isn't your thing, you might really dig a martial arts class.

(And if it makes you feel any better, I have also lost my car and locked my keys in the car with it *still running*. Keep laughing at yourself where you can. You're doing great, and remember, you are only 23. "Be gentle with yourself", it's OK not to know what you want to do or where you want to be. Sheesh, I know a lot of 40 year olds who haven't got that figured out yet!!! *grin*

September 9, 2001
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ok, so my therapist is pretty much saying I have ADD and alot of anxiety. I mean anxiety that seems impossible to control. I guess I got worked up yesterday about having so much work to do at school with so little time to do it. I got real anxious at school and then i had to meet family members (a whole bunch of them) for some reason I just bugged out and felt really wierd and out of it. Then i went out with a friend and I didnt really feel like talking to anyone and I was real agitated. I felt like everyone was thinking "what is wrong with her?". I think and worry so much that I have dreams of worrying. I wake up and feel like i havent slept cause ive been worrying all night.

This medication seemed like it was working, i was able to focus a little bit more, but once I got anxious-i felt stressed and depressed again. i feel like im in my own private hell...

September 10, 2001
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What type of therapist do you have? Typically most clinical psychologists will do so standard testing and take a case history in order to have an accurate diagnosis on your problem. There are several tests for ADD and bipolar. As for the stress in your life, well this can be very difficult and cause many symptoms, especially being forgetful. Stress can to many things to the mind and body and result in feeling of anxiety, loss of memory, feeling upset, lower self-esteem,and the list goes on. If you are not getting the help you need or some relief in counciling sessions, perhaps review this with a close friend that knows you and maybe seek out another councilor that can help?

September 10, 2001
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Ya know I am in a mood today, and just wanna say you are most likely normal. hell, how long have humans existed with out all of these diagnosis, and medications, and where is the profit? Life is hard today, and its anxiety in the make to figure out what we are going to commit to, to survive. its stress that makes us forget where we parked our car, and put our clothes on backwards, you think your the only one. Maybe I could get through life easier with pills, and not react. Heck I lost my car twice last week, it was overload. Bi polar is such a human condition today, ADD to, I mean we are on information overload, and how can we pay attention to everything , retain it, take it all in and be happy all the time. Sometimes I think the side effects from the meds are worse than the condition. Who knows, but don't agonize over the right diagnosis for the right pill. Honor what you feel. I believe in a holistic approach, eat right, work out, write down choices and concequences, and what the hell, so you have to change your mind, and change jobs, give it a try.
Both of those disorders are so veague, and so today, it just makes me go hmmmmmmmm what is really going on. But then again, you might need chemical support, who can you trust????????????????????????? ugh ugh, maybe I am just paranoid. 🙂

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