(Closed) I think I may have Bipolar Disorder.

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1993

ok, I am by NO means an expert nor do I have any personal experience with mental illness………but…..and this is going to sound strange, but they had Carrie Fisher from Star Wars on Oprah a while back. She talked about her struggles with manic depression and it sounds like exactly what you are talking about – crazy highs, not sleeping, creativity, and then big lows.

I’d definitely bring that up as a possibility with your doctor! Best of luck!

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
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….and now I see that manic depression/bipolar are considered the same thing? Obviously I’m very clueless on this.

oh, I know, I was confusing bipolar with schizophrenia.

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

How incredibly astute of you to even recognize that there is a problem and a pattern.  Print your post and take it to your appointment.  Seeking mental health is not easy, and you might forget what you want to say to the doctor.  I don’t feel like you rambled in your post, I found it clear and concise. 

You are doing the right thing by getting help.  There are medications you can take as well as cognitive therapies to help you identify triggers and develop coping tools.  It mgiht also be a good idea once you get into established therapy for you to take SO with you so they can also get a better understanding of what you’re going through.

It gets better, hang in there and take care of yourself.  You are already heading in the right direction ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
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First of all, I really salute you for recognizing this behavior and making strides to learn more about it. You are a strong person with great insight.

I am an RN with mental health experience. I can’t say for sure, but I do agree that your behaviors do seem to fit some criteria for Bi-polar disorder.

Luckily, it appears as if you are still somewhat even-keeled in comparison to some other individuals with bi-polar disorder which can be a good and bad thing…it may be easier for your to moderate your own behavior, but sometimes it’s easier to medically treat those who have much more severe high’s and much more severe lows.

Bi-polar disorder is treatable and you can live such a productive life! My cousin was diagnosed and she said meds changed her life.

Just remember – if you are diagnosed, a mental health disorder is just that – a disorder…and sometimes requires meds. The meds will make you feel better but that does not mean you should go off of them when you do…they are your medicine.

Congrats on discovering this and taking steps to improve your life…I wish you well!

Post # 7
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Bumble Beekeeper

I was diagnosed bipolar at 17. If you’d like to PM me, feel free.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@hisgoosiegirl:  They don’t use the term manic depression for bipolar disorder anymore…but yes, they are the same thing.

Schizophrenia is an ENTIRELY different thing…often characterized by paranoid hallucinations/delusions…totally different ball game…

Post # 9
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Busy bee
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*hug* I work with–and personally know–a lot of people who have bipolar disorder. I can’t say if you do or not, but it sounds like it’s a good thing that you’re seeing a doctor. What I can tell you is that, if you do have bipolar, depression, whatever, it IS treatable and it does not have to ruin your life. Talk to your doctor and follow their recommendations–they are the experts. You’re on the right track in getting checked out.

Also, you might want to check out nami.org It’s an organization run by people with illnesses and their families. They have a lot of information, support groups–online and in person–and can hook you up with more information than you’ll probably get here.

Good luck–it’s going to get better from here.

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1993

@Miss Orchard:  I know, for some reason, I was mixing the two and thought she was implying that she thought she had schizophrenia, and I was thinking just with the little I knew, it sounded more like bipolar/manic (which I now know are the same thing!)

 

and kudos to you OP, for recognizing this, I hope your doctor is able to help you out!

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

HUGS.  Good luck at the doctor’s next week.  I have Borderline Personality Disorder. The symptoms can be very similar to Bipolar Disorder.  I was diagnosed 8 years ago and my life is completely under control- through proper care, you will realize your disorder doesn’t have to consume you or dictate who you are.  You have a great amount of strength and self awareness realizing that something is “wrong” here and you need help.  That is half the battle. 

PM me if you you have any questions, want to talk, or need anything. 

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Hi ๐Ÿ™‚ I was diagnosed with Bipolar II in 2008. My story sounds a lot like yours, down to the night terrors! I still wake up hallucinating spiders, robots, frogs, etc. Treatment with a psychiatrist helped, but honestly what really helped me out was being on a strict exercise schedule. I no longer use pharmaceutical treatment, and I see my psychiatrist as needed. I feel like I can manage my cycles a lot better on my own now, and I actually feel pretty good/normal these days! I can tell when my behavior needs attention or when it’s affecting my family and Igreat accordingly.

Good for you for seeking treatment, and I really hope that everything starts to go well for you and your well being! 

Post # 13
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

@hisgoosiegirl:  I was diagnosed bipolar/manic depressive.  It’s basically the same thing.

I agree with other PPs that you should print out your post and show it to the doctor.  Saves you from having to ramble on about everything you’ve experienced and felt.  =)  Best of luck.  I sincerely hope you get the answers and help you’re looking for.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I hope you can get the treatment you need. I was taking SSRIs for manic depression and anxiety. It was the best thing I did. I say even now (I went through a rough withdrawl so we can TTC) that I wish they would just put meds in my drinking water becasue I felt so much better.  If after baby, I feel down, I will be right there asking for a prescription and making my appts. Sometimes they get a bad wrap, but they really helped me quiet down and find my happiness so that I don’t need the meds all the time.

I visit a therapist once a week during rough times to just talk it out. Good times, I go in maybe every 2-3 weeks.

Sometimes to help me sleep when I’m bouncing off the walls I will take melatonin and listen to quiet classical music. Unisom or Advil PM just make me more bouncy!  Make sure you watch your caffeine and alcohol during these times as they can make it worse.

When I can’t wake up, I try to nap in the sunshine (by the pool or patio). The light really helps, but it takes a lot of motivation to get out there (A LOT….you need support from someone to lure you out!). Light exercise will make you feel better, but don’t over do it or you might throw yourself into a tizzy where you are up all night. I have been known to (I know, I know) go tanning for 3-4 minutes if it’s rainy and I can’t get out of bed. Surprisingly, the warmth really feels good and gives me a little boost. Caffeine is actually helpful to me when I’m sad (green tea with chamomile or mint is so soothing), but the alcohol will make things worse here too.

And tell your sig other or best friend. It’s nice to have someone on your side when things get hard. Tell them when you feel even that you know you might be edgy at times, and you are sorry and ask for patience. When I get all picky and want to fight with SO because I’m agitated, I have been known to apologize and say “I don’t know if this is me being upset/overreacting, or what you did is really wrong, but I want to smack you!” Normally me acknowledging that it COULD be me going through something will remind him to not take the fight seriously, and a lot of times he ends up saying “we will talk about this later then”. And he will leave the room and bring me a glass of water or something until I calm down too. When I calm, if I’m still mad, I tell him. If I feel like I overreacted, I tell him that too.

Good luck! <3

 

Post # 16
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

good luck at your appointment. 

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