Been Suffering from Depression and anixtey, but could i be bipolar?

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I am 22 and i have been suffering from depression on and of since i was 18. I used to Drink alot as i felt it was the only thing that helped it made me feel like i could be myself. Last year i got really bad and was drinking pretty much everyday, December last year i started getting worse and worse i came of the drink as i couldnt be botherd with it anymore i wanted to change but in March i started taken panic attacks and suffering from really bad anxitey! This has been the worse year of my life been on and of diffrent medication nothing was helping! I then decided to deal with it without tablets. I have fought threw it  and i have felt alot better the past few weeks but i still dont feel myself somedays i feel really confident and have alot of energy and the next day i just want to lie in my bed and cry for no reason. I overthing everything i get very suicidal sometimes and get the weirdest thoughts going threw my head! i feel like am going mad and no one understands! anyone else had the same thing? 

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    iam also 22 and had anxitey like all my life so far drinking make you feel better bcause its a depressant aswell, have you tried counciling ? iam going docs next week to see if i can get some because mine is getting worse and iam talking sertraline for it x
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      No i havint tried councling am scared to ask anyone for help because no one takes me serioulsy. I was on sertraline for 3 days but stopped taken it as i got real bad side affects. how long u been on it for? i found the best way to get over my anxitey was to come of all my tablets went for a power walk for half n hour everyday, ate better and i have rescue remedy drops i take it when i feel panicy they really help take the edge of x
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    Mate I can relate to you here ! I myself have been guilty of drinking to much over the years and it does catch up with you!

    I'm now suffering with anxiety with depression and breathing difficulties now.i know where your coming from mate 

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    I have started to think maybe i could be Bipolar after years and years of constant anxiety. Read my discussion that i posted yesterday to see how iv struggled over the years. I have been on Citalopram for a couple of years now. A 40mg dose, started off with 10mg. It really helps. When i miss a couple of tablets or more i can definitly notice myslef feeling worse. Alot worse. I have pushed away partners because of it and it ruins my life. I for one will be chacking to see if it could be bipolar. Maybe taking an online test. Remember though its not a diagnostic tool but may help give you an idea. Below is a link to one. There are more out there though. I hope you find a way of feeling better, its so awful. And to make matters worse, no one ever understands. If it was a physical illness wed be receiving sympathy and being cared for like pepole with flu, cancer or other awful illnesses. But because ours cant be physically seen, it gets ignored sad ........ Talk to me at any time, because i could also do with someone to talk to who understands more than others. xx

    http://psychcentral.com/quizzes/bipolarquiz.htm

     

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    I once spoke to a man who suffered from paranoid schizophrenia, the catalyst to which was one bad experience using marijuana. Similarly, I've spoken to a lot of people who have had drinking or drug problems in the past, who suffer from depression or some other variety of mental illness.

    The hardest thing that they all have to accept, when they ask, “how do I get that part of me back?” is in realising that occasionally, some people fly into space and don't come back. Families ask and it's just as hard for them to accept that the little boys or girls they used to know, before the drink and drugs, will never come back to them.

    The answer though is in making good of what you have left after all of the destruction. I use the space metaphor again by saying... well, you're floating up there in space so you might as well do something while you're there. That's what you need to focus on, Nix92. Creating something new for yourself to focus on.

    I think, reading your comment, something is missing in you. Drink was the missing piece of the puzzle in the past, Now you don't have it. So what else is there? What is there, in your life, that can be constructive? If there is nothing, what is stopping you from creating it?

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      Yeah it does make sence when you put it like that, but i stopped drinking because i want to change my life. i wasint constently Drunk i used to enjoy life and look forward things when i was sober and now after the anxiety i dont look forward to anything. i have been forcing myself to do things and go out with friends hoping one day i will wake up and feel normal whatever that is lol. i do feel there's something wrong with me as the thoughts that go through my head are not normal. i have a good life got a perfect daughter. just cant understand whys i feel ok one min then in am i tears and dont want to be here the next. you must think am  nutter lol 
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      "you must think am  nutter"

      No, I think you're a human being with struggles.

      There's an obvious shift in your mood between when you feel 'normal' and then don't feel like being here - not necessarily suicidal but just want to be dead, sort of thing. I'm wondering, what sort of environment do you live in? What stresses do you have in life now when it comes to daily living?

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