(Closed) Bi-polar/manic depressive.

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
1253 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I struggle with depression and anxiety disorder. I’ve found that B12 vitamins give me my energy back, because without it I am perfectly content to sit around in my sweats all day and not accomplish anything! For awhile there I had to cut out coffee, and I am slowly re-introducing it because it seemed to bring on panic attacks. But I haven’t had an attack in 2 weeks and I’m feeling pretty great!! I just hate though, when I lose interest in anything I used to love, thats how I know I ‘ve got to get to the doctor.

Post # 5
296 posts
Helper bee

@DesireeAnne: I can absolutely relate.

I was diagnosed as bipolar a little over a year ago, after going through years of ups and downs. I was doing so well on my meds and with therapy until about 3 weeks ago, when I just totally fell into another depression. Since then, I’ve been struggling to get out of it and to feel like myself again. 

Unfortunately, I don’t have many suggestions, because if I had the answers, I’d already be feeling better. 

However, I do have a few things. Are you in therapy? I really think that it would be helpful to talk to someone about this, and to get a professional’s suggestions on what course to take. I see both a psychologist and a psychiatrist, and I really think I would be floundering without their help in monitoring the situation.

Second, are you currently on medication? I take an anti-depressant (zoloft) coupled with a mood-stablizer (abilify), as well as an anti-seizure medication that reduces my appetite, in order to counteract the side-effects of the abilify (topamax). When I started feeling down a few weeks ago, my psychiatrist increased my zoloft dosage, and then last week increased it again. Maybe you can play around with the dosages of your meds, or else temporarily go on at least an anti-depressant if you’re not currently taking anything. This will help counter-balance the chemical imbalances in your brain.

Third, my therapist/psychologist has advised me to stay off alcohol for the time being, since it is a depressant, and to aim for about 40 minutes of cardio physical activity a few times a week, to get endorphins going. Just a brisk walk is fine. He also says to avoid isolating yourself, and mandated that I at least do something with my boyfriend or a friend on the weekend. 

Hopefully these suggestions will help a little. I’m not the best role model right now, since I’ve been struggling too. If you ever want to talk about it, feel free to PM me, cuz I totally understand how hard it is. 

Post # 6
624 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

This does sound familiar… I am a little older than you tho.  Short story, at 11 years old I was brought to my first shrink and at the end of the first session “Your father is bipolar, you are bipolar, here’s some lithium.” That started the cycle if psych wards, where they hated me because I was inquisitive and not complacent. Fortunetly I ended up at a residential HS, which saved my life and made me life long friends.  I was able to get off the meds, had a job and graduated at 17 (non restrictive enviorment.)

The first half of my 20’s rough too, it took me a long time to finish college, I’m not sure that I would have if my dad didn’t promise to pay for it if i finished. Went thru countless jobs, and bad relationships. I had a number of moments where I turned back to the pills, anti depressants this time, but they didn’t help, nor did i like them. After about a month I’d generally toss them.

I’ve learn a lot. And I can honestly say, that I am not Bi-polar, in fact there is nothing more wrong with me than anyone else.  (I’ve had 1 manic episode in my life, I was about 14 and it was induced while I was hospitalized and fed 5 different meds at once.)  

At this point in my life, I’ve realized that its ok, and normal to be depressed.  If once in a while I need to spend all weekend hibernating, its ok. But I also know that I will get up and go to work on monday.  It really is important to fight the depression, if you feed into it will only get worse.  Keep yourself busy, a second job sounds like it would help you in more than one way, but try to find something that you don’t hate.

I try to do good for myself, I treat myself sometimes, exercize helps too.  I try to put things in perspective, things always can be worse, and focus on the good things.  I got to the root of my problems, well a lot of them, on my own. I never met a shrink that I liked. Most stemming from my parents and childhood, and I’ve come to terms with them too.  Try to see the good in life.  I’ve got the most wonderful man in the world, were planning a wedding and an amazing honeymoon and things will only get better from here. 

Now that I wrote you a book, I’m not sure that I helped

Post # 8
911 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I don’t know from experience about Bi Polar disorder, but I find that mental health and moods in general can be manged by:

Keeping busy! You have to get out of the house, go do any thing, anything that occupies your mind. Go to the craft store and see what they have on sale that you can make. Or go buy something to bake.

Working out! This is the absolute best stress buster! The night before you have to work, go running. You need to exert yourself to burn off the anxious energy. Dont walk or ride a bike, actually run or lift weights.

Eating right! This is the one that I am the worst at. I love sugary foods, but you need balanced meals and snacks to make you feel good, “you are what you eat”! Your body needs healthy fuel.

Lastly, medical management really helps some people, and might be a good option for you! There are lots of different meds that all work differently, dont give up because of your previous bad experience, and GOOD LUCK! Life takes work, unfortunately sometimes even being in a good mood and getting out of bed can be work, but its worth it when you come out of that funk!

Post # 11
338 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Ah, this sounds familiar. I was diagnosed bipolar at the age of 16. At that time, I was put on zoloft and depakote. I also hated the way they made me feel…as in no feelings at all. So after a couple of years, I quit taking them. I was fairly normal for most of college, but in my junior year, my ex-fiance and I broke up and I had my first manic episode. It was crazy- I rarely slept, I didn’t eat much, I could drink as much as four men and not feel a thing, I lost a ton of weight, and I worked out for hours a day because that was the only thing I could do that would stop the constant thoughts going through my head. After about a month of that, I hit a major depression and told my doctor (who didn’t know I was bipolar) that I thought I had seasonal affective disorder just so I could get some zoloft (I know, I know…). I took it for a few months until I was back to my regular state.

Since then, I’ve done some rapid cycling at stressful times during my life (a couple more manic episodes with breakups, and the occasional bout of depression), but for the most part can handle it. I liken depression to a whirlpool in a lake – when you first start to feel it tugging you in, it’s easier to swim away from it (or direct your thoughts so that you don’t go down that path). But the more tired/stressed you are, the further the whirlpool pulls you in until it’s really, really difficult to get out on your own.  And when I can no longer pull myself out of it, I take zoloft for a few months (it only makes me manic for a couple of days, then I level out). So the most important thing, in my opinion and experience, is to try to take a bit of time each day to find your calm – work up a bit of sweat, sit in the sun for a few minutes. But above all, try not to live in your own head (which, I know, is easier said than done).

Post # 12
2907 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Ditto to what almost everyone said. And… I worked out a really awesome plan with my docs that keeps me off meds most of the time, but I’ve got some if I go more than three days in a  row either way, I check in and take a week of meds.


ALSO, I must work out. When I don’t, everything is worse. Usually only twice a week, but seriously sweating both times is enough. I prefer to work out more if I can, but it I don’t get twice a week I am much more prone to episodes.


In sum: workouts help, therapy helps, a good drug plan helps (even if it isn’t daily meds), a support group helps (check dbsalliance.org for a local one), and keeping busy helps.

Post # 13
2321 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@Miss Sardine:

I agree with Miss Sardine.

I was not diagnosed with anything (because I’ve never seen a shrink!). But I have had bouts of depression, anxiety, anger.

– I first started eating right. (Sure I eat a cake and sweets now and then.) But added a lot of colourful veggies to my diet and lean meat.
– Then I added working out. <– most awesomest thing I ever did. Lifted my mood right up! And still do it. In warmer weather, I used to go for brisk walks an hour or so after dinner. Now I just work out at home when I get home from work.
– Doing yoga. The breathing helps you relax in a most interesting way.
– Taking a lot of ‘me’ time. Movie nights with myself and my glass of red wine. Getting regular facials, going to the cafe and reading a magazine, newspapers, etc. Though I stay away from morbid news stories. Sticking to mostly Lifestyle and Entertainment. If I can’t do shit about it, I don’t want to know about it. If things are REALLY that bad, I will find out from word of mouth. I don’t have to read about death and destruction. And this has helped tremendously, I kid you not!
Cleaning the house frequently. (Not everyday though.) Cleanliness helps your mood more than you think it does.- Sleeping for 7 hours or more.
– Of course, my almight ‘green tea’ that I simply can’t live without! (Not addicted to this, but it keeps me going all day.)
– Try to get as much Vitamin D as possible. Which I really didn’t because it was a dark, dreary winter. However, Vitamin D (from sunlight) for more than 15 mins will REALLY help get rid of the mood shakes.
Praying on/off to thank for all I have.

Now that I have started taking public transit, I will also add ‘reading’ to my list and start reading some classics.

Post # 14
2907 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@Sasha2011:Yes, I have to second praying. That helps a lot, too.

Post # 15
1209 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I’m sorry that you’ve been feeling so ‘down’ lately. I have a family member who is bipolar. They take lithium as well as other medications and they tend to make them less “zombie-like” than other medications. I would ask your doctor about alternative medications that have less severe side effects and definitely get into a routine of positive activities – like going to the gym, starting a new hobby, volunteering, etc. I really hope that you’re feeling back to normal soon – I know it can be difficult.

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