Anger issues

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i was on anti depressants for 7 years and then diagnosed with bipolar 11 so the meds were changed to venlafaxine and quetiapine. I started to feel better so came off them 8 months ago, against all advice and I went cold turkey.

once the side effects had passed I felt ok for a while but lately I've started to feel odd. Not depressed, like I was before, but more angry. I have this constant rage bubbling away under the surface, where I feel as I could rip someone's head off. I am agitated, constantly fidgeting, grinding my teeth, suffer back and shoulder pains (probably tension) and then because I am suppressing the rage I get headaches.

i can't sleep unless I take sleeping tablets and that's the one thing that seems to enable me to maintain some sort of control.

i don't feel depressed as such, but I cry a lot, do no reason and last night I was on the motorway and was thinking wouldn't it be easy if a lorry hit me and I died. That would take away the guilt of suicide, but enable me to get it all over and done with.

i don't understand what's wrong with me and don't know what to do.

im going to the doctors tonight but I think they'll just look at me as if I'm mad?

Is anger a symptom of depression / bipolar?

ive also lost interest in everything, can't be bothered to go anywhere, can't sleep without pills, don't eat so have lost a lot of weight, and have pushed everyone away.

im probably depressed but it feels different this time.

does anyone have any advice please?

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    You sound BI-POLAR, and possibly reverted, so you need to see your GP and explain how you are feeling.

     It is unfortunate you have seen your GP, as I suggest you see Him again.

    If you feel  at risk because of your anger issues, anxiety and other problems contact NHS Information on Tel 111 and explain your concerns.


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      Hi Bob,

      Thank for your reply. I've just spoken to my psychiatrist and he's prescribed me Quetiapine at 50mg at night and sertraline 50mg in the morning.

      I've not had Sertraline before .

      I cancelled my gp appointment the other day as I was waiting to hear back from my psychiatrist.

      Hopefully the new meds will work.


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    Hi Liz

    This sounds very similar to me. By the end i too was driving on a motorway wanting a lorry to crash into me because i was to scared to take my own life. I have changed to sertraline about 4 weeks ago. Be prepared to feel very tired headaches and various feelings until they get into your system.

    Good luck hope it works for you.



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