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Re: Could I be bipolar or just insane? aerobar

Posted by sarita0001 on January 6, 2004, at 17:59:59

In reply to Could I be bipolar or just insane?, posted by aerobar on January 5, 2004, at 23:36:22

Hi,

I have a different opinion than all the previous ones and maybe totally off the mark. I was dx bipolar at 17 after a manic episode but always had a history of anxiety since childhood and was later diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder also.

It sounds like you're kind of a perfectionist and that you always need to stay busy. Those sound like symptoms of OCD. Needing to stay constantly busy usually subconsciouly prevents a person from thinking about whatever is making them anxious.
I always had trouble sleeping and thought it was because of the BP but really it was because I was so anxious thinking about things. You might drink when around others if you feel self-conscious or anxious around other people.

So you might be bipolar or OCD or both. The spending is a trait of BP but it can be compulsive behavior due to anxiety. Anxiety often accompanies BP. My dad was OCD and his debt was awful at one point.
That's just what I think but of course it would be best to ask a doctor.

Best of luck to you.
Sara


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