Posted by phidippus on January 23, 2012, at 13:02:32
In reply to agitated depression, posted by markwell on January 22, 2012, at 10:17:22
Have you switched from Tegretol to Lithium? This will help a lot.
Depression and anxiety is a mixed presentation of bipolar disorder. The feeling you are having that you are losing touch with reality is called 'derealization' and is a common symptom of anxiety.
Also, the feeling you are detached from yourself in conversation, as if someone else is speaking is called 'depersonalization' and also comes as a consequence of high anxiety states. Depression can also cause this feeling.
Don't worry about being psychotically depressed-you'd be deluded or hallucinating.
You need a better mood stabilizer and something to help with your anxiety.