I have suffered from anxiety since I was a child. I later developed symptoms of depression. I have been on antidepressants since I turned 18.
My question is, my psychiatrist recently increased my dosage of Lexapro from 20 mg to 30 mg because I was feeling weepy for a few weeks. I asked her if the Lexapro could just stop working. Or, could antidepressants stop working after time? She said that’s not likely. However, she said that this can happen for some people with a type of bipolar disorder, who also need a mood stabilizer. I asked her if this sounded like me, and she said no.
Well, just the mention of BP sent me into a severe state of anxiety. Of course, I went online immediately after my visit and began researching symptoms of BP. A lot of the mania symptoms (i.e., nervousness, racing thoughts, increase in nervous energy) overlap with anxiety.
The next week, I began to feel so much nervous energy. I felt like I had drank too much caffeine, my hands would shake, and I felt like I wanted to jump out of my skin. My thoughts swirled together. I was scared to death.
I called my psychiatrist and told her my symptoms. She didn’t seem concerned at all (and I was too upset to ask if this was a symptom of mania). She said to drop my dosage…
Now, I’m on this whirlwind of mind torture about whether I could possibly have BP (which manifested itself in my response to the increase in meds). I have mental health issues in my family. However, it’s not clear if BP is in my family.
Does anyone have words of wisdom to share? Has anyone taken a medication that made them more nervous/anxious? Has anyone talked to the doctor about the difference between mania and anxiety?
I can’t seem to get this off my mind!