- Jun 22, 2009
Hi my name's Shelly and I'm 33. I've been diagnosed with bipolar disorder for 15 years, now I've developed an anxiety disorder (in the middle of a depressive episode at the moment). I experience social anxiety and I worry about everything, and have the typical symptoms of feeling like I'm going crazy, like I'm locked in my own mind, obssessing constantly, derealisation, depersonalisation and the physical stuff, along with panic attacks. My doctor offered me short term diazepam whilst my new antidepressant (I am on 5mg daily citalopram for now, as I tend to go manic on antid's, but the dr thinks this will be some help) had time to kick in, but I only took 3mg for 4 days then took the tablets back because I was so afraid of getting addicted. As I've managed without help from mental health services for 2 years my dr is supporting my decision not to be referred back (we can both see evidence that I do better without their involvement), but I would like support and advice with coping with anxiety, as I am restricting my life and have become very isolated, which is now exacerbating my problems. That's why I joined this forum. I hope to hear from someone soon!