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agitated depression or mixed state?
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agitated depression or mixed state?

I have a lot of problems, first I have this thing where I avoid everything, like phone calls, I always feel like they are intrusive and the person is going to want me to do something stressful like drive two hours to visit them. I am in poverty and I work all day trying to make money, I sell antiques on the internet, I like what I do and that's all I want to focus on. Second problem is I don't like to interacting with people or speaking, I get very awkward and they always give me this weird look. All these problems cause me to get very agitated.
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I have all of those symptoms, but I don't know if it's depression or mixed either.  Sometimes I can't stand being around people, in the groceries store, at work.  I don't even want to make eye contact.  I have felt it getting better since I started taking Ambilify.  I tired a lot of meds, and I'm still new on this one, but I notice my social phobias getting better.

I'm sorry to hear your feeling this way, I know how hard it is.  I find exercise helpful, even though it's very difficult to do anything when I feel that way.  Hang in there, it will get better.
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Your discription does not sound like Bipolar to me.  Bipolar is very extreme mood changes from total elation to deep, deep depression over a matter of days or weeks.  I am bipolar but I also have similar feeling that you have described.  I isolate when I am depressed.  I don't answer phone calls, I don't want to talk to anyone, see anyone or even leave the house. This could be depression or a mood disorder  or personality disorder but it doesn't sound like bipolar to me or at least the way I have experienced mania/depression or mixed states.  Perhaps others on this site can advise you better than I.  I can only speak from my personal experience and there  can be and are many variables.
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thanks for the responses, yeah my moods are usually steady or i get very agitated, never good mania, unless it is drug induced.
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I can certainly understand agitation.  I have sudden burst of anger and it come on so quick I don't have much control over it.  Normally my anger is on the down side of a mania.  I've also had mixed states; racing depressive thoughts about suicide...
When I was younger I had more of the social phobia.  I had always been the "fat kid" and kids at school can be so cruel.  I also had some abuse issues as a child.  My self esteem was horrible until I was in my late 30's or early 40's.  I don't know what happened to me to get over the lack of self esteem but I did.  I just realized that I was just a good and smart and had just as much to say as anyone else.  I guess I finally discovered I wasn't a dummy that people would make fun of.  Now I can talk to anyone about anything and if they don't want to listen, well, I figue it's there problem and not mine and I just move on down the line till I find someone else I want to talk with.  I hope you will realize you are just as smart as everyone else and you do have something to say.
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