Bipolar Disorder and ADHD
Bipolar or ADD aggravated by PTSD?
I was recently the victim of some extraordinarily vicious “workplace bullying” that it took a considerable toll on both my physical and emotional health.
My supervisor finally manufactured enough reasons to have me terminated (which I’m currently fighting with a lawyer), but I’m almost certain that I’m suffering from PTSD as part of my supervisor’s handiwork.
COULD someone with close family history of bipolarism and ADD *suddenly become bipolar* after such a traumatic experience?
I’ve not really been all that depressed (in the sense that I feel “blue” or “down”) but I typically sit in front of the TV all night, fall asleep there, and wake up in 3 - 4 hours. I should also state that I have stress-induced sleepwalking, which is mostly gone now that I’m not working for her anymore. But besides TV, about the only thing I’ll leave the house for is my drum circle (gets out aggression and calms me at the same time). My home looks like a train ran through it, but I can’t seem to find the emotional energy to clean up.
More about me: 56 y/o male, ADD, anxiety disorder, “depression,” though I’m not really sure to what degree. Chronic migraines, fibromyalgia, diabetes, low testosterone (I take inter-muscular injectable testosterone), and now I may or may not have peripheral neuropathy… I have the symptoms, but when my SI joint was all out of whack recently, all of my neuropathy symptoms were GONE. I had normal sensation in that leg/foot, but NO burning and pain.
I’m taking my time, huh? Anyway, the thing I want to know is if my workplace horror, combined with my ADD and other issues, could trigger bipolarism in somebody who was previously asymptomatic? I’ve primarily been feeling VERY manic on occassion since my termination from the job about 3 months ago. I know it to be mania because, again, of my close family connections, plus my own experience where I took SAMe at the same time I was taking Prozac—that little cocktail had me driving through residential areas late at night, doing about 90… with no concern for myself or others. I don’t feel the lack of empathy for others as I did during that harrowiing week (until I figured out what was causing it), but now I get typing and I can’t stop…. I talk and I can’t stop. My mouth is all that’s doing 90 miles per hour now, but it’s driving me and my friends/family crazy. I’m also, in my more manic moment, prone to saying really stupid and sometimes offensive things—totally unlike me. I’m normally an off-the-chart introvert who thinks everything through a dozen different ways before I speak, but right now I feel out of control most of the time. I might suspect the testosterone injections, but they never had any such effect on my PRIOR to my workplace bullying experience.
That little adventure really did a number on me. If any of you are (or begin) experiencing workplace bullying, start hitting the web and looking for resources. There are lots of them. I would tell you exactly how dark I became during those days, but somebody out there wouldn’t understand. Anyway, along with my question, I’d like to leave you a couple of links for workplace bullying. If you have ADD (and if you don’t, I’m not sure why you’d be reading this), you are in a very vulnerable position of becoming the target of such abuse. Anyway, check out these youtubes if you get a chance… for your own defense, should you need it.
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