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Bipolar? Anxiety Disorder? I don't know!

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • February 27, 2007
  • 08:03 PM

My husband has so many signs of so many things that it's hard for us to self-diagnose him. We have been to psychiatrists before and they always say he is having panic attacks. However, when my husband sees a professional he is able to perform pretty normal in front of them making it seem as though it isn't as bad as it really is. For example, Friday he met with a psychologist. The dr said, "Sounds like you'll only need a couple more sessions". Then by Monday he is back to the normal routine of falling apart. He gets up in the morning and seems perfectly fine, leaves for work. While driving to work he panics but during these panic attacks he has commented that he sees people that aren't there. He thought I was driving behind him yesterday and I was in my office. Panic attacks are generally an hour tops, but his are every day from the moment he leaves the house until he comes home and I give him a xanax and a sedative to go to sleep. Even at times those don't take effect on him. He sweats, eyes bulge, becomes extremely paranoid, paces the floor, shakes, lets his personal hygiene deteriorate, does not eat which has attributed to weight loss, inability to perform his work functions. He used to flee to a hotel room to be alone. However, at least one of those times involved hiring an escort service, which is out of character for him. The fleeing to a hotel has stopped and at least he comes home, but being at home is difficult for him and all he wants is to be alone.
I'm so confused and I'm not sure is panic is his only problem. Seeing images that aren't there and the length and severity of these things make me question his sanity at this point and I'm afraid he can now be considered as having a psychotic episode.

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  • What medication is he taking?
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 27, 2007
    • 10:23 PM
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  • Are you familiar with excitotoxins?He might have nervous system disturbances triggered by food and/or chemicals.Extreme heavy metal toxicity can also be a silent factor in this picture.In other words, severe "allergies" or "sensitivities" can be at least part of it.To give you a good example. I started having "panic episodes" in the middle of the night. I would wake up with headaches and palpitation- rush to the ER, to be asked to visit a Psychiatrist. They ignored all my other symptoms- like I felt like I had the flu.It happens that I am allergic to Polyester so Polyester in my bed linens was making me really sick while I slept.Tetanus shots, flu shots can also cause nervous system disturbances.There is much more to learn about food additives, aspartame, yellow #5, sugar, msg, and the fragrances in toilletries.It could even be his shampoo or shaving cream what's pushing his nervous system to the edge. Or the car seats of his new car, or the formaldehyde of the carpets.Visit a doctor of Alternative Medicine, he probably has high level of toxicity.Don't lose hope- but he has to want to help himself.He has to stay away from junk food. Sincerely,Eatafruit78.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 27, 2007
    • 10:38 PM
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  • Look into Devi Nambudripad's website. Contact a person listed on her website to perform a simple non invasive test on him. They will be able to determine what is causing these problems. There is also an easy emotional balancing that they perform on people upon request- it is worth a try. NO side effects, no drugs, no pain.I am using all of this because my allergies made me feel like I was being chased by a bear. I was ready to jump into traffic.Best.Eatafruit78Arlington, Virginia
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 27, 2007
    • 10:45 PM
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  • First: Unregistered folks, you can change the name to something, ANYTHING besides just "unregistered" when you post. It makes it hard to figure out who is talking when you all post under "unregistered." I'm unregistered also, I just change the name in "Username".Bipolar in an adult isn't generally something that comes and goes like that, so I doubt that is it. Anxiety disorder could be it, and yes, it could even come with hallucinations. But it is still a strange kind of anxiety problem that swings between totally wigged and totally fine.I heartily suggest you take this problem to a neurologist (not a neuro-psychologist). Maybe there is something simple, and it could be corrected with medicine. But it also may be the case that he could have some problem in his brain, like a benign or even a malignant tumor. You really don't want to wait.Important: if he ever threatens you when he isn't acting sane, get away from him, and call 911. Whatever the root of his "seeing things that aren't there" it won't matter if in a fit of panic/paranoia it won't help you at all if he hurts you. One question...I cannot tell from your description if he has any days that aren't bad. In one place you write that he has these anxiety feelings all day, every work day. But you also write that he used to go to a hotel when he was like this, like it only happened sometimes. Please clarify.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 28, 2007
    • 01:39 AM
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  • Bloodwork for thyroid profile? Thyroid disturbances mimic BiPolar/Depression symptoms. Plus the hormone imbalance would potentially "come and go" through-out the day.
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  • Hello Concerned Wife, I have experienced many of the same symptoms your husband describes. Although I'm not a doctor, I would argue that in the case when he thought you were driving behind him, he was not having a psychotic episode because, if he really was, then he wouldn't have been able to continue driving safely. I would chock it up to an overactive imagination caused by a general heightened sense of agitation. Agitation caused by Polyester clothing. During the last few years, I used to have panic attacks, and feel stressed and high-strung from the moment I leave the house to the moment I get home. What I learned is that I am allergic to polyester, and that I used to wear 100% polyester clothes all the time. Polyester is an acrylic fabric - which means that it's made of acrylic acid. Now, for some people this poses no problem, but for me, it affects me severely. I get headaches, nausea, and a general sense of agitation anytime I'm wearing ANY polyester. Even if there's only 3% polyester in a shirt that I wear, I get a headaches lasting days after wearing it. Even If I'm just wearing pants that are polyester, I get the same symptoms of anxiety, restlessness, nervousness and so forth. If your skin is agitated, and cannot relax, then your muscles and your entire body cannot relax. This has sometimes resulted in panic attacks. For example when I went to a final exam wearing polyester clothing. The anxiety of being in public (which we all have to some extent) was aggravated and activated by my polyester clothes so that I could deal with it the natural way - ie. by taking deep breaths and exhaling. What good is exhaling if your skin can't breathe due to your suffocating clothes?Solution: Check the polyester content of your husbands clothing. I suspect you will find that lots of his clothes contain polyester. (Please tell me if this suspicion is correct.) You two need to phase polyester clothing out of his wardrobe. Go shopping and buy 100% cotton shirts, pants, socks, suits, and undergarments. If he wears ties to work, make sure they are 100% silk. Polyester worn around the neck suffocates the neck, and would probably account for the eye-bulging.Also, buy 100% cotton bed sheets. This will make his sleep more restful, and he will no longer need to use sedatives to sleep.Also, you need to soothe his skin from the years of trauma from wearing polyester. I would recommend Gillette Hydrating Body wash ($7.00). I'm not advertising for them. It's just that the body wash contains skin conditioners which protect the skin throughout the day.Please let me know how this goes. As a fellow sufferer, I would very much like to hear about your husband getting better.Of course, all my advice is based on my assumption that polyester is poisoning his skin - causing both anxiety and fatigue, as if he's just not feeling 100% himself. If, however, his clothes are not polyester, then we'll have to go back to the drawing board.Thanks and Regards.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • September 27, 2008
    • 09:03 PM
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