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Can ADD/ADHD or anxiety cause an episode?

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I see a lot of people on this forum are taking bipolar medication with ADD and anti anxiety medication.

Im still having mood swings taking my meds
Im thinking about adding ADD meds and anti anxiety medication. I exhibit those symptoms

Currently I’m on lithium 1200mg and limictal 200mg

Does anti anxiety and ADD meds help stop episodes? I’m trying to understand how ADD and anxiety affect bi polar.
Sorry I’m a noob :)
 
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Welcome :)

I have ADHD also but do not take medication for it as it made my bipolar symptoms worse. I find the ADHD more difficult to cope with as it is always there.
 
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I'm on the bipolar spectrum and have ADHD inattentive type with rejection sensitivity. Anything that causes significant anxiety can trigger episodes of hypomania, depression, or mixed episodes for me.

The hyperness from ADHD doesn't seem to do that, though. The difference is subtle and I can't always tell which is which. Anxiety kind of feels like mild fear. I usually have a sense of potential emotional injury. When I'm really hyper, I just feel like I'm going too fast. If I'm seriously hypomanic, I feel like I'm going at hyper speed and I'm usually a little grandiose.

I take guanfacine and Dexedrine for ADHD and buckets of meds, most importantly Depakote, for mood and depression. I take Lyrica and a little Xanax for anxiety every day. At the moment, the combination is working OK. Lotsa pills, but I'm glad to have them.
 
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I didn't respond to your question as precisely as I could have.

Anti-anxiety meds (Lyrica, Xanax) help prevent episodes in me. Sometimes, I can even use PRN Xanax to stop a mild one from spinning into bad hypomania/mixed episodes.

My ADHD meds help my ADHD, but don't seem to do much to prevent bipolar episodes.
 
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I haven't got ADD/ADHD but I do find that excess anxiety can set off an episode, very often mania or a mixed state. I try to avoid stress as far as possible (I know that's very difficult nowadays) and am currently working on stress-relief techniques to help me cope when things get tricky. I would suggest looking into behavioural ways of reducing stress, as it can definitely help to ward of an incipient episode. While meds are the cornerstone of treating mh issues, self-help measures such as stress control can also be very helpful. Hoping you find some answers here. Kind regards, Ginger Kitten.
 
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