Psycho-Babble Psychology Thread 281333

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anxiety sort of

Posted by amy_oz on November 19, 2003, at 16:18:03

Hi, I was wondering if anyone could help me to figure out wha the hell is going on.
I've suffered from anxiety and depression for a long time, these come and go. However, one thing I consistantly have at the moment is a free floating anxiety and sadness that doens't seem to be attached to anything. I know its not what my normal expereince of depression is...I normally go numb and think whats the point of the universe....
I feel that theres all this nervous energy and it has to have some form of release somehow. Hardcore exercise helps a bit but the feelings soon come back. I thought it might be GAD but I don't worry about anything (at least on the surface). I suffer from no phobias. I do however need something to help me sleep (at the moment seroquel. I also take depakote and lamictal)

When these feelings were at an incredible extreme last year, I got the diagnosis of mixed episode bipolar.

Is there anyone else out there like this? What do you do?

None of these symptoms seem to fit anything.



Re: anxiety sort of

Posted by Speaker on November 19, 2003, at 16:42:02

In reply to anxiety sort of , posted by amy_oz on November 19, 2003, at 16:18:03

It must be very frustrating not knowing exactly what all of this is. I have never gone through that type thing but I am sure if you keep searching you will find someone that can help you. Take care of yourself.


Re: anxiety sort of amy_oz

Posted by Dinah on November 19, 2003, at 16:47:19

In reply to anxiety sort of , posted by amy_oz on November 19, 2003, at 16:18:03

I have those problems from time to time. In fact I'm suffering a bit from an episode now. It's quite unpleasant, I know. I just try to hang on and up the Klonopin and take an occasional Risperdal. Therapy helps me deal with the fallout from it and helps me keep from making the situation worse through my reactions. Those two medications help, but I wish they helped more.

A lot of times I can tie the episodes in to a trigger. A medication change, or some poor sleep hygiene on my part. If I stay up all night to make a deadline, I generally feel great at first but then pay for it for weeks.

I hope you feel better soon.


Re: anxiety sort of

Posted by DaisyM on November 19, 2003, at 19:16:18

In reply to Re: anxiety sort of amy_oz, posted by Dinah on November 19, 2003, at 16:47:19

I just had my first really recognizable round of "free floating" anxiety after months and months of depression. For me it was about old feelings and memories that had been stirred up and then were being constantly triggered by things all around me.

I finally realized that what I needed to do was TELL my Therapist that I was anxious about all these memories and then report the dreams and memories. This was really hard and emotionally draining *BUT* I did reduce the anxiety. (Now I'm just sad and upset...*sigh*)

Can you check in with yourself and see if there is something that needs to be said...or a question that needs to be asked? Even the upcoming Holidays can produce this if there is a person/event you don't really want to deal with.

Just some thoughts. You aren't alone.


Re: anxiety sort of

Posted by amy_oz on November 20, 2003, at 20:35:03

In reply to anxiety sort of , posted by amy_oz on November 19, 2003, at 16:18:03

thanks to everyone for replying. I followed your suggestions and discovered I was feeling uncomfortalbe with a coworker who is temporarliy acting as my supervisor. She's been a bit of a bully in hte past and I've been severely traumatised from bullying as a child. I decided to confront her and it all turned at well. I'm feeling a bit better. I also upped the seroquel which is helping as well.

Hope you are all well


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