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    Anyone have this problem?

    I haven't been officially dis diagnosed with bipolar disorder yet, but when I have my "manic" episodes it almost feels like I'm having a panic attack at times and it's so scary. I'm not looking for a diagnosis lol I'm just wondering if anyone else has ever felt this way?

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    Not me, but I found this.

    http://www.depressionforums.org/foru...s-manic-phase/

    According to this its not the same as a panic attack. If we use this as a reference , the difference is that:

    -it doesn't stop for hours and hours
    -Not caused by anything.

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    I have bipolar II, so I never get fully manic, just hypomanic. I prefer to look at BP as a change between high energy and low energy rather than happy and sad. Manias/hypomanias can manifest themselves as panic attacks, and I've been told by a pdoc that a change in mood can cause panic.

    I've had this problem too when I get hypomanic. But then I also get panic attacks that are never caused by anything even when I'm not hypomanic. I know what you mean by it feeling horrible though, mania/hypomania just doesn't always feel good.
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    I seem to experience a lot of symptoms of what would be considered a mixed state, I agree with whats said above, it's not happy nor euphoric at all, but rather just activating and agitating. Most antidepressants pushed me towards this state.

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    Quote Equinox View Post
    I seem to experience a lot of symptoms of what would be considered a mixed state, I agree with whats said above, it's not happy nor euphoric at all, but rather just activating and agitating. Most antidepressants pushed me towards this state.
    Thats what I believe is happening with me.

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    I was diagnosed with a mild form of manic depressive disorder years ago because I would swing from high energy, no sleep, constant movement, panic attacks, racing thoughts, thinking I was going to accomplish all.................then would weeks later slump into deep depression, crying, suicidal thoughts, no energy, thoughts of being a failure. I'm not sure if I was diagnosed correctly at that time due to having DID which can mimic other disorders.

    But yes, when I was in a manic state, I tended to have panic attacks all the time because my nerves were on high alert. I think in my case though, when I would be on top of the world (one alter) that would panic another another which would trigger the attack.

    But I hear you..............it's not fun, huh?

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    Lately, I've been having manic attacks that feel like really bad panic attacks. I know exactly what this feels like, and it isn't good.

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