Living with bipolar disorder is difficult. It not only affects your emotional well-being, but also your ability to think clearly and use proper judgment. Normal energy, sleep habits, and appetite are also influenced in a negative way.
Anxiety and depression or bipolar disorder is especially difficult to deal with on a day to day basis. The symptoms vary among individuals, but can include feelings of agitation when you are especially anxious. This agitation can manifest itself as an inability to be still. Restless, mindless pacing is common, as well as an almost overwhelming “keyed up” feeling.
Bottling It Up
Some people, however, seem to hold all their anxiety inside. Racing, disorganized thoughts and a feeling that the emotions will well up and out of the body like a volcanic eruption, or the sensation of being caught up in a wave of fear that won’t go away are characteristic of bipolar anxiety and depression.
Stress seems to be a trigger for the start of a depressive episode in many people with bipolar disorder. Any stress can lead to anxiety, which is known to affect someone suffering from bipolar disorder more severely.
The “Fight-Or-Flight” Syndrome
Anxiety in and of itself is normal, as it is the mind and body’s programmed acknowledgment of anything perceived as a threat. The “fight or flight” syndrome has been a part of human response since time began. Man seems to know instinctively whether he should run away or stand and defend himself.
The body recognizes the anxious feelings, and the brain responds by releasing adrenaline and cortisol into the bloodstream. This causes the anxious person to feel a heightened alertness and experience an increased heart rate and blood flow changes that can lead to shakiness and discomfort.
Unlike most people though, anyone who suffers from bipolar anxiety and depression must live with these symptoms on a daily basis whenever they are in the depressive state of the illness.
The proper amount of anxiety is helpful in order to cope with day to day living, but too much can interfere with every aspect of life. When someone is anxious and jumpy, they cannot function normally. Job performance and personal relationships suffer. Bipolar anxiety and depression can cause you to have a physical reaction like that described above, even to the most normal of situations, and feel constantly anxious, irritable, and convinced that disaster is about to strike.
People suffering from bipolar disorder eventually begin to avoid the people, places, and things which in their minds are causing them to feel this way. Since everyone and every thing seems to create tension, and in turn provokes an anxious response, they tend to not want to leave the security of their home when the anxiety and depression hits them.
Asking For Help
What can you do about bipolar anxiety and depression? The first step is to visit your health care provider and ask for help. The condition is not curable, but is highly treatable with a variety of medications. Your doctor may also recommend a treatment known as talk therapy.
Talk therapy can help you to better understand the things in your life that trigger an anxious response, and work through ways to overcome your negative reactions. A comprehensive treatment plan that includes both medication and therapy is your best weapon toward conquering bipolar anxiety and depression.