Looking at me you'd never guess I have those diagnoses, but I do. I have BP2. My mood disorder (BP) is very well controlled with meds. Do I still have off days, sure, probably just like anyone else. I'm a very high functioning bipolar. I work ft, have a family, etc. Same as anyone else. Bipolar does have a stigma. I think when ppl think bipolar they think of ppl completely manic flying from the chandeliers or something, that is not me. BP2is mainly depression and hypomania, not full mania. I have no psychotic features or anything like that.My BP is not so much of a problem as my Anxiety/panic dis. I take Klonopin 3xs a day which covers my baseline anxiety pretty well. I do have some breakthrough anxiety, which sucks and can be somewhat disabling if not treated. I'm going to ask my pdoc (psychiatrist) for something fact acting for panic at work. I'm planning to transfer to the ED department at my hospital after many years of being a psych nurse, before that I worked in the ICU. At that time I had no diagnoses and have no idea how I got through those years lol. It was bad, the anxiety can be crippling. So, right now with starting a new job in the ED my anxiety is going to shoot through the roof for awhile. It makes me think I can't do it. But surely, I can't be the only nurse out there with these issues! I'm very smart, always excellent evaluations and can think fast on my feet. While hypomanic (google if you don't understand) it can actually be an advantage because I can think fast and move at the speed of light lol. Probably run circles around anyone lol.But it's my anxiety that worries me the most!!! What if I can't handle a very new and stressful job??? Besides benzos, what other meds do you take for anxiety? Remember, you can't give antidepressants to most ppl with BP it makes you cycle fast, at least for me.I'm talking to my pdoc next month about this. Just wanted to know if anyone else shared similar experiences and how you handle things? Yes, I'm in therapy but it only helps to a degree. My anxiety stems from early childhood abuse and those neuro pathways are permanently altered. So it's a tough beast to beat unfortunately.
have you tried alternative coping strats ??
maybe sign up for a gym or something and try that ?
Last edit by Esme12 on Jan 11, '13
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