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Re: Bipolar and Anxiety related??????

Posted by finelinebob on September 7, 2007, at 11:04:27

In reply to Bipolar and Anxiety related??????, posted by Phillipa on September 3, 2007, at 12:03:30

> Just heard that if someone has panic and anxiety that it's related to bipolar is this true? As my anxiety was just dx'd again as PTSD. Confused again. Thanks Phillipa

My last 2 pdocs (one in Michigan, now in NYC) both diagnosed me as having "Bipolar Spectrum Disorder". One for the next DSM, they're still trying to define it. I think, personally, it's coming from the medical community facing up to the comorbidity of depression and anxiety and thinking "Hey, maybe there's one disorder here, not two". So, for BSM as it has been explained to me, the "poles" are depression and anxiety.

Other identifying criteria that I was shown by the 1st pdoc who sugggested I was "bipolar" were:
-- lack of response or negative reactions to SSRIs
-- a least 1 manic episode triggered by an SSRI
-- good response to atypical anti-psychotics
Can't remember the rest ... it was a list of like 10 things besides a depression disorder diagnosis concomitant with an anxiety disorder diagnosis ... but I was fitting about 80% of the profile really, really well.

So, if this is some new type of bipolar ... if that makes docs treat me as if my biological sources of my depression and anxiety are two sides of the same coin and need to be addressed synergistically rather than separately ... then I'm all for it.





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