If you find any solution please share. Been living with my parents on social disabilities for years now. Got BP2 with severe social anxiety/GAD.
Feels like the social anxiety fluctuates along with the hypomanic episodes, ie in high school i could function normal for long periods of time but then suddenly the depressive periods would set in and the social anxiety came along with it, making it impossible to go to school without suffering crippling panic attacks.
Right now they put me on sertraline and lyrica to stabilize the depression and moods as well as benzos for panic attacks. But I don't know, it feels like this medication just makes me feel mentally numb, with extreme derealizations (everything feels fuzzy and unreal) and still pretty depressed with increasing suicidal thoughts as I get older and older.
It might have got my mood stable but I still avoid all social interaction and kinda made me lose all will to fight and courage to try and go out and do something about it. It also kinda makes me feel that everyone is just living fake happy lives, and the world is pretty ****ty.
So I don't know, at times I feel I'd rather have the hypomanic phases all the time since I feel like I have tons more energy, creativity and am much more outgoing. Problem is just the huge crash that always follows. Does any other BP2'er feel the same way about that?
I know it's not much help to your original question OP, but at least you're not the only one.
(sorry if my writing is bad, english isnt my first language)