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Today is first day completely off Vibryd, which has been replaced by Prozac. Have been on 20mg of Prozac, once a day, for a week. Started at 10mg two weeks ago. So far I haven’t noticed a difference. Not sure how long to give it. Hoping to see improvement in depression and anxiety soon. I also decided to see counselor once a week for a while. I’ve been struggling so much to get to the office three days a week and am very worried about returning to a normal, five day week next week. So scared I won’t be able to do it. I’m feeling so hopeless. Hoping seeing the counselor once a week will help. Just asking for positive thoughts.

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People with Bipolar disorder answer please. I am trying to understand firsthand what bipolar disorder is like for other people because I am worried I have been misdiagnosed as bipolar when I'm not.

How did you do in school?
Can you focus for long periods of time or are you easily distracted?
What is your sleep schedule like?
What does mania/hypomania feel like to you?
What are depressive episodes like?
Do you have nervous tics or self stimulation?
Do you have anxiety in relation to your Bipolar Disorder? Like do aspects of Bipolar Disorder cause you anxiety?
Have you ever had self-harming or suicidal thoughts? If yes were they in relation to how you felt about yourself (like feeling ugly or worthless) or were they just urges?
Do you ever feel out of control when manic or depressed?
What are your moods generally like during the day (on average)?
#BipolarDisorder #bipolar2depression #Misdiagnosis #BipolarDepression #Bipolar1Disorder #BipolarSpending #BipolarDisorderDiagnosis #BipolarObsessiveness

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I have always had a hard time w people, particularly other women. 4 years ago I lost my closest friend to a hit and run. She was the first best friend I’d ever had and I didn’t meet her until I was 53 and then lost her three years later. She lived next door to me. I have a lot of female “friends” who have their own businesses or careers and I am the only one aside from an older retired friend who doesn’t have that and never had that. My friend was just like me in so many ways. Creative but not making money at it, navigating the later part of middle age and feelings of invisibility. I never had any success navigating the workplace and although I’ve tried my hand at different endeavors (a novel, a cookie business, a t shirt line) I’ve never gotten past the starting phase. Even during the pandemic my friends are busy teaching online classes, working from home, and being an athlete (long distance cycling). All over achievers. I don’t think I’m boring. I read a lot and I’m bright and funny but there is something about me that doesn’t translate. I recently was rejected by a friend who is too busy to pick back up any friendship and it just triggered me awfully. I’ve been doing so well, and this feels like a slide backwards. I know I’ll never meet anyone like my true friend again and it hurts when I don’t connect and get rejected. I used to be able to go next door (she was my neighbor) and just hang out. we’d walk every afternoon for hours talking about our spouses, fashion, life and creativity. I crave someone to talk to on a regular basis. I have my husband but he’s busy working from home also. I was doing fine, much less pain and even feeling less moody or depressed. I know why I get rejected. I am different. I say unedited things and get hyper and then get quiet. I feel like when I let people get to really know me they aren’t interested. I’m not feeling sorry for myself and I am who I am. I am a good person, kind and loyal, but a bit of a weirdo. Trying not to circle the drain and wish this latest rejection wouldn’t hit me so damn hard, bc I was doing so well. Feeling so deeply lonely without my friend and feeling like a complete outsider with other women even tho my fantasy is to have a group of close female friends.

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feeling very confused

since a week or two, I have been feeling that I am absolutely invincible - nothing can shake me at all. I have started to feel very independent and powerful, which is making me talk very bluntly to people as to exactly how I feel. people I feared before of judging me or losing them. i just don't care anymore, I don't care about anything or anyone, maybe except my feelings. I wanna drink and party and go to amusement parks and feel the rush, f*ck around, I want to expend my energy. I feel like I have too much energy that I can finish any task I really put my head to. I feel like I don't need anyone or anything, that I-Me-MySELF is moreeee than enough for me.
what confuses me is the question *WHY* am I feeling this way? am i truly happy, confident and satisfied? or is it to feelings of Mania hitting me hard? whenever I feel confident and happy and want to show that to the world, I start self-doubt myself - if its genuine or mania? The feelings I am having have come extremely suddenly, after weeks of feeling absolute shit and extremely low. there is nothing in my life going right, yet I feel invincible and ready to face tomorrow with all my energy. I have no reason to feel this confident and happy. If this is Mania i want to be prepared but i am really hoping that I actually truly feel this way cause this feeling is freaking AWESOME! wouldn't want to give this feeling up ever! I feel great and I rarely feel this way.
Does anyone else also go through this confusion when they feel so happy and high? #BipolarDepression #bipolar2depression

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