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  • 1Am I experiencing Bipolar Disorder or OCD?

    For the past couple years I've been on Lithium, Celexa, Depakote....Everything has been amazing, for the most part...I had a bad SSRI-induced manic, then subsequent year-long depressive episode back in 2004-2005..I had finally gotten my life back on track over the cours of these last 5-6 years, after trying to find the right medicine combo to work for me. Things had been so good over the last year that I was so busy enjoying life (girlfriend, work, school, hobbies, etc) that I began missing my medication (twice daily, it was supposed to be). 2010-2011 went by so well and I had not even seen my psychiatrist for refills. When I did finally see him a year later, we realized I had almost no Lithium or Depakote in my system for probably the last 6 months, and everything was fine. He suggested that if I was doing so well without the meds...I might as well try to see if I can do without them. I did fine without them for the last 3 months. Recently, though...I've gotten some stress in my life. For example: broken up with my girlfriend, changes at work, different changes in my routine. I've been feeling much more anxiety due to all this stress. I have awful obsessive thinking, compulsions that I know are irrational. I had always had an OCD component to my Bipolar (it even presented at first as OCD before I got the bipolar diagnosis)... Thing is...I'm not really experiencing symptoms of bipolar. Basically it's just more or less compulsive tasks that I do to weed off anxiety...I constantly have to zone out and think a bunch of stuff because I get many irrational thoughts that give me anxiety. This OCD type stuff has caused me to be a little on edge and not be as "nice" as I am always thought of, but still no mania, no depression. I'm just a little tense because I have to exert all this energy to diffuse my irrational thinking. What would you recommend? It seems like everything was fine...I had stopped the meds and was doing fine for a good 6-8 months with little or no Lithium, Depakote, Celexa in my system. Then I got under a lot of stress and the most God-awful OCD ever came back....Does this mean I need to be on medication for Bipolar because it was keeping me stable and my illness is no longer in remission? Does this mean that I was never bipolar, but rather have underlying OCD and need psychotherapy (which I had before and it helped with the thoughts)? My psychiatrist himself is at a loss for what to do, so any feedback would be much appreciated. Thanks.

  • 2Is it possible for someone with bipolar disorder tohave "rational" thoughts while experiencing a manic state.?

  • 3Any woman experiencing severe PMS symptoms? How about Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder?

    PMDD is a severe, disabling form of PMS. In PMDD, the main symptoms are mood disorders such as depression, anxiety, tension, and persistent anger or irritability. These severe symptoms lead to problems with relationships and carrying out normal activities. Women with PMDD usually also have physical symptoms, such as headache, joint and muscle pain, lack of energy, bloating and breast tenderness. The symptoms occur during the two weeks before her period and go away when bleeding begins. For me, two–three weeks a month everyday, for the last nine months, I've been suffering from PMS symptoms consisting of forehead headaches, body pain, sensitivity to touch, nausea and motion sickness. I’m 32. I think it’s hormonal. I would like to know of any herbal remedies that anyone has. I currently take Evening Primrose and I’m going to try Kava. I tried Prozac, but it made me feel worse. Your personal story and ideas to ease suffering would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

  • 4How does child bipolar disorder transition into adult bipolar disorder?

    I've diagnosed with bipolar disorder . I do not know if 1 or 2 . I am currently in treatment , just started, but I'm having problems with drugs . My question is that from my research , it seems that he had bipolar disorder in older children. My mood cycle multiple times daily from manic depressive , like a switch. I also seem to have mixed episodes . It's sad and difficult to live . I have suicidal thoughts and feel generally crazy . I'm not a threat to kill me unless I go really crazy . I just need help, and is there any way to speed up the process ?

  • 5I have OCD, Major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder and anxiety disorder. Would you live with that?

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  • 6Psychiatry movies such as major depressive disorder, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder,?

    Hi, I am studying psychiatry nowadays and want to watch good psychiatry movies such as major depressive disorder, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, etc, but I don’t know any. Would you mind helping me to find some good movies please? Thanks.

  • 7Can psychotherapy with a psychologist help with major depressive disorder or bipolar disorder? if so,how?

    What is a typical session/sessions like with psychologist? How can they use techniques to make my thinking better. Im just confused because Ive never done it. Any information about how the process works or doesnt is greatly appreciated.

  • 8Could I have bipolar disorder? I read it is a genetic disorder, and I'm angry for no reason! Please help!!?

    First of all, my mother is bipolar/manic depressive. I read that this can be genetically passed down. Second, here's why I'm questioning it. I'm generally a pretty happy person, but every so often (increasingly so) I'll have just a sudden wave of sadness. I can be in mid conversation or even just hear a song and suddenly, I'm depressed, unmotivated and just want to curl up in my bed and cry. Other times, like this last week, I will go from having a normal good day to suddenly snapping at my best friend for no reason. Yes, he critiques me a lot, but no more than usual. All this week, my best friend and my roommate have been telling me that I've been kind of a b*tch to them and just have an attitude over nothing. Just now, I was talking to my best friend and another girl from our acting class and my best friend said something to me about how I've been complaining nonstop about something. I started getting mad and started to defend myself. All he said was "Yeah, you HAVE been talking about it for the last 24 hours". I got so angry, I threw my stuff in my bag and walked out. I'm on the verge of tears because I'm so angry and there's no reason for it. Before anyone suggests it, NO, it is NOT my time of the month. No where near it. I'm just mad. Please help. Thanks in advance for any HONEST/HELPFUL answers.

  • 9What are the differences between bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder?

  • 10What's the differences of bipolar disorder and extreme anxiety disorder?

    Please list examples of both? Answers can be short and direct! Thank you...

  • 11What's the difference between bipolar disorder and schizo affective disorder?

  • 12What is the difference between Borderline Personality Disorder and Bipolar Disorder?

    They seem to be very similar, but what are some of the differences between the two?