Our expert says:
I think you should see a good local psychiatrist, to assess you and confirm whether the diagnosis is right. Manic-depressive is an obsolete term for Bipolar Disorder, and so a more up-to-date opinion would be worthwhile. And treatment may include antidepressants during depressed phases, and mood-stabilizing drugs, rather than calming tablets which can worsen both depressed and manic phases. If you are having anxiety attacks as such, this could well be an Anxiety Disorder / panic Disorder, and respond better to some specific antidepressants and again, not to "calming tablets". And CBT style counselling can help you gain control of all aspects of these symptoms, especially the anxiety attacks
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