Bipolar Ups and Downs Plus Anxiety

By mid May, my hypomania had completely fizzled out, and a sequence of events began that triggered my generalized anxiety disorder, which, in turn, triggered a depressive episode. Anxiety and depression symptoms included body aches and pains, difficulty falling asleep at night, a panic attack, inability to focus, racing thoughts, GI issues, migraines, irritability, social isolation, and suicidal thoughts.

My doctor increased the dosage on two of my medications four weeks ago, one which improved my ability to sleep immediately. I’m not sure if the other did anything. Many of my anxiety and depression symptoms seem to be gone this week only, but I think that is because I finally have a week of nothing stressful going on.

The last three weeks have been very busy and hard on me mentally because I have had a lot of commitments to fulfill outside of my home. It’s only when I can stay at home and do my chores and take care of the kids and relax that I feel at ease.

So, since the spring, my mood has been up-up, then down, and now, it is up a bit again. However, I am hesitant to bank on it staying up if I get busy again, which will be happening in about a month when the kids go back to school.

I am not going to dwell on that now, though. For now, I am going to enjoy my semi-normal mood and be thankful for it.

My daughter is doing well, also. She still has anxiety, but not like before. She is very functional and seems to be enjoying her summer with friends. She is nervous about starting her new school next month, but that is to be expected. Of course, she is more anxious than the average person would be. Her doctor upped her medication a month ago. I’m not sure if it has made a difference for her anxiety or not. I think she said it was the same. We go back to see him soon, so I am going to see what she says to him.