Add Bipolar and Anxiety to the list of Qualifying Diagnoses for Medical Cannabis use.

Add Bipolar and Anxiety to the list of Qualifying Diagnoses for Medical Cannabis use.

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David Guill started this petition to Iowa Department of Public Health

I would like to add Bipolar and Anxiety to the list of qualifying diagnoses for medical cannabis use. I, among many other people in Iowa, are suffering from debilitating depression and episodes of mania caused by bipolar disorder. I also have debilitating anxiety. When I get depressed I may look normal on the outside and go about my day, while inside I am fighting myself to keep going with my daily tasks. Some days my depression is so severe, I can't even gather enough motivation to get out of bed. I just lay there and cry. I end up thinking about my problems and how things look so bad or feel like someone is personally attempting to disregard how I feel about anything. When I pull out of my depression and think about what happened, it was a misunderstanding or misconception about what was said or done. My anxiety is severe, even with my medication. Some anxiety meds are addictive and some are a long term release. The long term release medication that I take doesn't help in certain situations. If I get in a crowd of people, mostly people I am unfamiliar with, I panic and get anxious. I feel my fight or flight response take effect and I have to leave the situation. Going to a packed movie theater, a crowded store, even just sitting in Pizza Ranch can cause it during busy hours. I'm getting shaky and anxious trying to type up this information to submit. I'm trying to push through with the help of my wife keeping me focused. I know everyone had different extremes for their bipolar and anxiety. Just because one person can manage to hold a job and live a normal life, doesn't mean everyone can. I have bipolar to an extreme that I have been placed on disability since 2008. I've had many jobs with the same outcome. I have even been fired from a sheltered workshop that was supposed to transition me into the public workforce. I was deemed disabled for my bipolar and it is a permanent disability. I have to live with it for the rest of my life. I see a doctor already, and medication can only help so much. Side effects of the medications can make life even worse. I have constipation from my meds, and dizzy spells when standing up even a little bit too quickly. I had fewer problems without the meds but my bipolar was beyond my own control. I am definitely not the only person who has this disorder and feel the same way. Please help me petition to add bipolar disorder and anxiety to the list of qualifying diagnoses for medical cannabis use. I feel that it will relieve the depression, mania, and anxiousness that I and many others feel. In turn we effect the people around us and how our interactions with friends and family take course.

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