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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.


Hi, in short, if you have Bipolar in your family, it is possible to be “triggered” at any point.  If you have that genetic weakness in you, pr psychological tendency, than a big trigger like your experiences can completely trigger an episode.

One thing I have learned, is that I am responsible for my behaviour full stop. Period.  You also have a choice to not act in such a risky way.  Please do think about that.

Please ask for help from people who you trust.

Posted by Wuftytufty on Nov 11, 2013 at 1:56am


Thanks for response. However, I do take exception with the 2nd paragraph—when I was in full-on manic mode because of mixing my prescription meds with OTC “happy pills,” my inability to control myself AND my lack of fear of consequence was right out the window. Keep in mind that that was the first time in my life that I’d had a manic episode, and it was a massive one. I suppose those who’ve been diagnosed bipolar and are on the appropriate meds and have some experience in trying to curb their inappropriate behavior MIGHT be in a position to better control themselves to varying degrees. Or at least recognize what’s about to happen and take measures to keep themselves and others safe.

But I was totally and completely in bizarro land that one night, and no, I had no more ability to take my foot off the gas than I had fear of consequences. I would imagine my “episode” was probably on the far end of the manic scale, but then again I don’t have much to compare it with.

Posted by Enterprizer on Nov 11, 2013 at 4:54pm

Wow do I relate! I’m trying to find a lawyer because I was too sick at the time of termimation to realize that i was illegally terminated especially since i had just went on medical leave for a workace injury. Now the statute of limitation has expired. The workace harrassment made me believe that even tough I had a medical condition I was a horrible person who had it coming to me!!!! Eegads…I was sick!  I need to find a lawyer who is willing to take this on. Any suggestionss would be so appreciated, you’ll have no idea.

Posted by Your ADD Coach, Linda Baumert on Dec 27, 2013 at 1:27am

This may sound totally out of left field, but a lot of what gets labeled as “permanent and requiring lifelong medication” is actually not, as evidenced by tribal people who have a severe episode but clear up completely and return to normal. Part of what helps is having the family support system go on with you like everything is normal (hard to find in our label-crazed culture) but part of it is the powerful energy shifts that can be done by native healers. There are shamanic healers (many effective ones here in the Pacific Northwest in the United States) who can clear out trauma, release hucha (heavy energy like grief), rebalance, and reset the mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical bodies’ energies back to health. I encourage anyone to investigate these alternatives. I also encourage learning about Highly Sensitive People (HSPs) to see if you or your child might be one, because a lot of us are just very energy sensitive and trying to cope with a culture that’s brutal on our nervous system, fluorescent lighting being just one nasty example. Being an HSP isn’t a handicap, any more than being a thoroughbred racehorse versus being a stolid old quarterhorse. We just need to take into account our more sensitive systems and adapt our lifestyles to be more supportive of our particular selves. Time in nature, avoidance of crowded, chaotic, noisy situations, use of natural fabrics and lighting, and more can bring us peace and clarity. It is no measure of healthy adjustment to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.

Posted by HS-English-Teacher on Nov 06, 2014 at 4:19am

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