I *had* bipolar disorder as a teenager and young adult. Things were so bad that I tried suicide twice and went into the hospital for severe mania. I was seeing things and hadn't slept for about a week. But something really strange happened- my symptoms *stopped* about 5 years ago. I was off all medications for 5 years, which from what the doctors tell me is absolutely remarkable. But now, instead of bipolar symptoms, instead I have severe panic attacks that render me incapacitated. However, with being put on prozac they have pretty much subsided. Since starting prozac, however, I feel some of my mania coming back, which has me worried.
Has anyone ever heard of having bipolar and then suddenly "switching" to another mental disorder? It's so strange and the doctors just shrug their shoulders. I am so thankful for those 5 years I had symptoms free. The doctors, however, tell me that I should be prepared to be HIT by a major episode. So confused! Any insight?