I'm brand new here. My name is Pat. I was hospitalized February 27 and the Dr. diagnosed me with Bipolar 1. I have been treated for major depressive disorder for 40 years and all of a sudden they took me off my anti-depressant and stuck me on Abilify and Seraqual (sp). WOW the side effects were the pits and I had terrible allegeric reactions to both. Now I am off all psych meds. I have done so much reserach since withdrawing from the Bipolar meds that I think my main diagnosis is General Anxiety Disorder. I worry about not having anything to worry about. I have trouble sleeping and can't refill my Restoril until June 1st.
I am at a lost. I see a therapist most every week. I have decided to do something for myself. I have heard nothing but praise for Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT). I have begun a workbook on my own.
Can anyone out there give me some advice? Share their own experiences with those terrible Bipolar meds? Give me some feedback on their attempt or success with CBT?
I need some help and I will appreciate and answer every response to my post.
thank you to everyone