I have been suffering from maniac bipolar disorder for 11 years and have anxiety attacks once every two to three days despite taking medications. What should I do?

Q. How to get rid of panic or anxiety attacks while suffering from maniac bipolar disorder?

Answered by
Dr. Punya Mulky
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Feb 04, 2023 and last reviewed on: Sep 25, 2023

Hello doctor,

I am suffering from manic bipolar disorder for the past 11 years. The last time I was admitted was seven months ago because of an episode. Ever since then, I am facing new symptoms such as panic attacks or anxiety attacks where I cannot look anyone in their eyes and even lights freak me out. I freeze, get paranoid, and am unable to converse well with anyone. This has been occurring once every two to three days. I have been admitted around five to six times during an episode of maniac bipolar, but I have never faced such an issue.I am currently taking the following medications: tablet Licab 300 mg (lithium) 2-0-3, tablet Sizodon 4 mg (Risperidone) 0-0-1, and tablet Folic acid 5 mg 1-0-0. Earlier I used to take the same lithium without the tablet Risperidone. I want to know if these symptoms are due to my medications. My doctor said there is nothing to worry about and that these are the after-effects of an episode, but this is the first time I feel such uneasiness. How can I convince my doctor to take it more seriously and advise further treatment?



Welcome to icliniq.com.

Thank you for your query.

If you have been suffering from bipolar disorder for the past 11 years, then there is a chance that the current symptoms may be a depressive episode. Are there any other symptoms you experience? If it is only the fearfulness that is troubling you, then you can take the tablet Etizolam as and when an episode comes up. But please do not make it a regular habit and kindly consult your doctor, talk to him, and take medications with his consent.

I hope this has helped you.

Thank you.

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