Racing Negative Thoughts and symptoms...

Racing Negative Thoughts and symptoms from Bipolar

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Bipolar 2 surviving

Atlanta, GA

#1 Sep 11, 2010
I have been really struggling with racing negative thoughts dominating my inner dialogue, so much so, that they are drowning out the world that is actually going on around me. Sometimes it feels like they are so loud, it is all I think about. I try to fight them, but sometimes it makes them worse because I already have trouble focusing and/or concentrating for 15 seconds from the bipolar much less give myself some sort of self cognitive therapy.

What is really causing me some anxiety is my negative thoughts have become so suffocating that it is affecting me socially even though I try with every fiber of my being for it not to. Has anyone taken a medication that they feel quieted or eased the negative thoughts from bipolar and help you take control of your inner dialogoue better. I am tired of just hoping I'll forget, because as soon as one leaves another one is coming right around the corner.

Thanks for your help everyone. Hope there is someone out there who can relate.

Oklahoma City, OK

#3 Oct 13, 2010
Just work with your psyc. til you find someyhing that helps slow down the racing going on in your head. If you want relief from your symptoms please reach out for help It is a mental illness No body can tough this out on their own. Would you deny yourself insulin if you were diabetic? blood pressure med for high blood pressure? meds for cancer? No of course not. Jim is right about one thing All of these drugs are not a cure What cure? They all just help manage the "symptoms".

Daytona Beach, FL

#4 Oct 18, 2010
neither of these really addressed her questiion about the best medications?? Answer from Jim from Louisville, Ky was really out there. He apparently has no business being on a page regarding mental illness since he disregards it as something that is real. He may as well have given her an ice cream cone and sent her off to bed. Poor guy hasn't a clue.
I wish I had an answer as to the best meds, Kelti. I was diagnosed in 1998 and I have been on so many different ones. As your body becomes almost immune to one group, then it is on to another set. I totally identify with your head being out of control and not being able to control the thoughts. Whether they are negative or just busy thoughts it is scary to have your own mind betray you.

I am on a journey now for another med that will help me. So let us wish each other well. And let us hope for people to be more understanding of things that are not within their minds ability to understand. It can be very lonely out here.

Winona, MN

#5 Oct 25, 2010
Zoloft is a good med for racing thoughts - negative included. My doctor explained that they are part of OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder) and can be treated. I was amazed at how quickly my racing negative thoughts subsided after going on Zoloft. Started at 25mg and now take 100mg. Also, there are a lot of misconceptions about OCD - take time to find a book on it and read up. It's really interesting how OCD & bipolar are tied together in some ways.

Orlando, FL

#6 Nov 3, 2011
Jim, what possible benefit could you derive from wanting this man to die? You sir are one sick puppy.Please stop trying to actively hurt people with a life threatening illness. Can't you find a less destructive outlet for your hate.

As to the individual who asked about the racing negative thoughts. Get used to them. They are a part of the illness, and one of the things that makes it so deadly. Bipolar sufferers do not kill themselves because they want to die. t
They do it to escape pain. The inability to think of anything good about oneself, while being pummeled by everything bad, real and imagined, hurts like hell. It is indescribable. Yet, nearly everyone on this page knew exactly what you were talking about, instantly.
There are a number of medications that will help to regulate this symptom. Notice I said regulate. This is a learning process,for you, your doctors, and those who care about you. You have to start learning coping mechanisms that go hand in hand with meds and therapy. Just like with any illness, you have to work the program. Someone with diabetes, who decides to visit Krispy Kreme three times a day, and not take their medication, doesn't stand much of a chance.
I know so many success stories, that came from treating this illness like an illness. From doing the things you're supposed to do. Remember when your hear a fool like Jim, that your Doctor spent half a lifetime just earning the knowledge he or she uses to treat you. But they only know what you tell them, when it comes to your individual case. You have an illness, and you're for from alone.

United States

#7 Jan 18, 2012
Yikes no answers.... One minute I'm fine and happy the next my mind is racing, noises, touches, everything scares me and\or pisses me off ... I. Get headaches. From racing thoughts...I'm scared of medication... They do so much wiked damage.. what do I do??I yhink about killing my self when it peaks... I have 2 girls I need to raise!??!

Palm Coast, FL

#8 Apr 24, 2012
I m diagnosed with bipolar ADHD anxiety and depression. My mind races bad everyday I try and try I work and work go to counseling I take meds but sometimes the negative thoughts can be so overwhelming and crippling. Im in the middle of switching medicines from strattera to ritalin. The strattera worked at first but once ingot on a higher dosage of 45mg I had some sexuall side effects so I m switching. In the mean time it has been 5 days with no meds for the ADHD and I already had an episode yesterday. The episode is very different this time because I'm on a new bipolar medicine. Well the episode was very different really mental and not so much on the feeling rollarcoaster side. Any way I wOuld say it takes of of work between finding the right meds a good counselor and a good medicine doctor. I wish you the. Est of luck

Lodz, Poland

#9 Sep 20, 2012
Indeed it is hard to live having those negative thoughts always creeping in your head. There is a way to stop them though. You can learn how to control your thoughts. Thought-stopping is often taught by psychiatrists to help their patients to cope with their negative thoughts.

Garden City, MI

#10 Oct 18, 2012
I was diagnosed as bipolar over a year ago. The doctor put me on lithium and I gained over 45lbs. Im still trying to get the weight off. I stopped lithium and was on welbutrin and celexa. Worked for awhile and then the thoughts came back. It drives me insane. I feel crazy because it's hard to explain to people like family what this disease is like. I hate it. I recently did research and I am comforted that others are experiencing the same thing. Although I wish none of us did. I wouldn't wish this type of lifestyle on anyone.
Can Relate

Kingsport, TN

#11 Oct 23, 2012
I am going through exactly why
Confused Deb

Kingsport, TN

#12 Oct 23, 2012
I am going through that exact same thing. Its always something different that I obsess over when I'm having a bipolar low. Its a terrible hell. For me, I'm already on medication and twice a month therapy and I still have to deal with this hell. What is the worst is not knowing if what you are thinking is actually true. Like now I think someone in my family hates me and I don't know if I'm imagining it or if it is true. So many times what I think isn't true. I have to try to make myself ride the wave and not say anything to that person that might do some real damage. And, I too have trouble thinking right now. If I could just hear one kind word, it would help so much. I hope and pray you feel better and know that someone across the internet understands.

Bangor, ME

#13 Oct 24, 2012
Anyone see the Dr. Phil show. Sorry cannot remember the date or what the procedure was called. Anyway, he had a doc on there that had a procedure that was drug-free that actually changed the makeup of your brain. Someone with OCD has a larger something or other in the front of your brain, while someone without OCD had a smaller portion. This procedure made this part of your brain normal. Someone with severe OCD was completely cured. The show really explained what it was like to live with OCD and oh, my gosh, it is so sad that one has to live like this. Sorry for the lack of information but I bet if you googled Dr. Phil, OCD show, it would come up. This was just amazing and DRUG-FREE.

Trail, Canada

#14 May 14, 2013
I have the same problem. I am on venlafaxine (Effexor) and lamotrigine; the latter of which has not helped a bit since it was added. I asked about Keppra/levetiracetam, as anticonvulsants (gabapentin, carbamazepine) seem to work, but no luck. Seems Keppra is not covered by Plan G -- though I really want to ask about special permission if I can`t find anything soon. Seoquel was a good anti-manic in the short term, but to me felt useless longer term. Same with Abilify, but maybe I didn`t give it enough of a chance. Also neither of those two helped the racing thoughts -- they are taking over my life. It`s been years of this, and me putting up with lack of symptom relief. I want change... I am in process of switching to Cipralex (been on and off venlaf. so many times it`s far less effective now), and hopefully this Ónxiolytic, anti-obsessional`med will help. Afraid of `permanent genital anaesthesia`... yikes.
Cymbalta Helped

Cicero, IL

#15 Jul 26, 2013
For most of my adult life, I have struggled with depression, negative thoughts and anxiety. I have been on and off different SSRI medications (Prozac, Zoloft,etc.) with limited help. In the last 18 months my doctor tried Cymbalta a new SNRI which has done the trick. At the right dosing, it is amazing that I don't find myself spiraling on the negative thoughts and my anxiety has subsided. The one bad thing about Cymbalta can be the withdrawl symptoms if you miss more than 2 doses.
Withdrawal reactions

Saint Petersburg, FL

#16 Jul 29, 2013
Cymbalta Helped wrote:
For most of my adult life, I have struggled with depression, negative thoughts and anxiety. I have been on and off different SSRI medications (Prozac, Zoloft,etc.) with limited help. In the last 18 months my doctor tried Cymbalta a new SNRI which has done the trick. At the right dosing, it is amazing that I don't find myself spiraling on the negative thoughts and my anxiety has subsided. The one bad thing about Cymbalta can be the withdrawl symptoms if you miss more than 2 doses.
Did anyone warn you of those withdrawal reactions before you started taking it ?

Those t.v ads and the free sample website doesn't.

What do the withdrawal reactions feel like ?

United States

#17 Aug 6, 2013
My husband suffer bipolar, border line illness. I never knew how to help him and feel guilty about it. But reading all your opinions his condition is not different than yours; I wish I realized hiw to help him and be prepared to deal with his ill together. I sincerely believe that him and all of you can have a different set of mind I know it takes a very strong will power to do it. As a christian I believe what the truth in the word of God say. You can have a renew mind. I have just bought a book the help me persi nally to understand my own set of mind along of course with the Bible wich is the truth. This book can hel as is been very helpful to others, BATTLEFIELD OF THE MIND from joyce meyer, please I beg you to try sincere get in the word of God in fight for yourself against this all of you can. I wish I can say this to my husband, for right now he is out there try to find happiness with someone else, don't want to do anything with me. I can't help him right now but I am preparing myself when he come back. I hope and wish the best to all of you is always is hope , never give up, not matter what you mind say all of you are loved and are important for the ones who love you but must of all God Loves You even if you not believe it or accept it.

Jackson, NJ

#18 Oct 30, 2013
I suffer from severe bipolar disorder. Without meds, I am quick to go off, violent, and am scared of myself. I feel People who get close to me are here to hurt me (emotionally.) Without meds I cannot be around crying babies. I've ran men away unintentionally in just a couple of days. I recently found a man willing to marry me knowing how I am. He talked me into getting back on meds. I will start my first dose tomorrow. The best bipolar pill out is Lamictal. It's original,use is to treat seizures, but docs found it also treats bipolar. I've taken it before. It made me feel normal, so I quit taking it. But for the sake of my son and relationship I will stay on it this time


#21 Oct 17, 2015
I would like to share my experience as I have mostly recovered during a period of 20 years. My disease started in my early teens and started progressing severly at 18. I did ont sleep and was overwhelmed with negative thoughts. I however continued to live according to other peoples expectations. Alcohol had enter the picture early on, which naturally made it worse. At 22 I was hospitalized for the first time. I was surprised to be taken seriously as no one outside seemed to care. I continued lifw on medication and alcohol, broken relationships and utter despair. I could not seem to understand what life was about and wondered how other people could be even content. I had no real friends as they had no intereat in seeing a sick person. After several near death events I got in to therapy twice a week. Two years in I sobered up in AA. Now I live a meaningful life without medication, which I am willing to eat if needed. The things that have helped have never been medication alone. It also requires therapy, regular exercise, healthy diet and constructive friendships with people who suffer from the same disease. Would someone who's child has died want advice from someone who does not share the same experience? Find people who you can relate to and understand. Honestly, "normal" people do not care at all how you feel.

And by the way, I still suffer from negative thoughts on a daily basis. I only happen to be fortunate to have understanding and constructive support which helps ne through it.
West coast 40

United States

#22 Apr 16, 2016
I've had racing thoughts for as long as I can remember I could never do well in school I smoked pot from age 15-30 then I joined the army I did a tour in Afghanistan and got divorced when I returned it finally got so bad I couldn't take it anymore so asked for help they gave me cymbalsa and another med I can't remember the name I was medically retired for ptsd among other physical injuries when I got out all be honest I started smoking pot again and I felt so good and happy that I stopped taking my medication now I'm having trouble finding pot and also paying for it I don't really want to take medication because of side effects the cops came to my house today for a domestic disturbance it was like I couldn't control my anger I'm not really giving advice I just wanted to vent hang in brothers and sisters and keep searching for an answer and if you get a chance mayby smoke some weed it seems to calm me down a lot if anyone else has a similar experience please post thanks a lot

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