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  • Bipolar | bpHope - bp Magazine Community
    Meet Our Bloggers Comment Policy Forum Log In Forum Home Topics Discussions Partners Page Members Forum Rules Community Blog Forum Associations Letter to the Editor SOUNDOFF Talk to bp Writers Magazine Current Issue Archived Issues Customer Service Print Digital Subscription Buy Past Issues Frequently Asked Questions Digital Subscriber Access Page Subscribe Home Bipolar Blog Mental Illness in Catholic Schools Catholic Prejudice By Julie Joyce February 8 2016 12 01 am I was raised a catholic My parents were catholic their parents were catholic all my neighbors and most of my friends were catholic As a Read more Living with Bipolar Be Inspired to Forgive and Ask for Forgiveness By Princess Marksalot February 6 2016 12 01 am This Swedish proverb Love me when I least deserve it because that s when I really need it is so true For us all For me Read more Diabetes II Versus Bipolar II The Power of Stigma By Penny Nichols February 5 2016 3 49 pm When my husband was diagnosed with diabetes II doctors nutritionists nurses friends family members coworkers everyone was terribly concerned No one doubted his diagnosis Read more I Am Bipolar Should I Have Children By Gabe Howard January 26 2016 12 01 am In 1997 I married my high school sweetheart I had graduated high school the previous year and my bipolar diagnosis wouldn t come for another six Read more Looking for Motivation Enjoying the Task at Hand Will Matter Once You Start By bp Magazine January 20 2016 11 13 am From the gym to the office sticking to your plan may require thinking about the experience when planning Newswise Plenty of well intentioned exercisers select Read more What s your Bipolar number By Liza Brock January 20 2016 12 01 am When I hit the big 30 I thought my life was over Unmarried childless and hellishly depressed Of course I didn t know I had bipolar at Read more The Stigma of Hypomania By Sally Buchanan Hagen January 15 2016 2 00 pm I have been hypomanic for the past few months This may come as a surprise to people who are not close to me since I Read more I AM Doing the Best I Can With My Bipolar II Disorder By Penny Nichols January 15 2016 10 48 am I AM Doing the Best I Can With My Bipolar II Disorder I m generally a complaint BP II patient I take my meds every evening Read more 3 Things People with Bipolar Disorder Shouldn t Do By Gabe Howard January 12 2016 12 01 am Living with bipolar disorder is a delicate balance of managing symptom managing expectations and perhaps most importantly maintaining a hopeful outlook that things Read more Skewed perception and my son By Julie Joyce January 11 2016 9 08 am Recently my son and I were having a conversations about apologies He told me that I have only apologized to him twice in his life Read more 1

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  • Bipolar I | bpHope - bp Magazine Community
    Writers Magazine Current Issue Archived Issues Customer Service Print Digital Subscription Buy Past Issues Frequently Asked Questions Digital Subscriber Access Page Subscribe Home Bipolar I Across the Miles Living with bipolar disorder in Macau China By Princess Marksalot September 12 2015 12 01 am I am an American citizen living in Macau China and it is a double edged sword To begin with there are no psychiatrists to speak of Read more Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About BIPOLAR DEPRESSION By Donna Jackel August 10 2015 10 25 am Bipolar depression disrupts and devastates lives and tends to dominate the course of a person s illness Yet it s still difficult to diagnose and treat Read more Honesty Living With Bipolar Disorder By Brianne LaPelusa June 29 2015 1 43 pm My name is Bri and I m pleased to welcome myself as a new blogger for bphope I m a graduate student living in Chicago and I ve Read more Several signs suggest who will drop out of treatment By bp Magazine December 1 2014 3 33 pm December 1 2014 MADRID Spain A new study has identified some strong predictors for which patients will drop out of treatment for bipolar disorder Read more High recurrence low compliance found in study By bp Magazine August 15 2014 2 50 pm August 15 2014 FOSHAN CITY China A new study that followed people with bipolar disorder for two years after being discharged from a hospital psychiatric unit Read more Bringing bipolar into focus By Elizabeth Forbes August 7 2014 3 19 am Everyone s looks a little different By Elizabeth Forbes Imagine a big museum filled with widely varied portraits The shimmering figure in an ornate Read more Double Whammy Migraine and Bipolar By Melody Moezzi October 31 2011

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  • Bipolar II | bpHope - bp Magazine Community
    Talk Therapy Wellness Management Plan Relationships Caregivers Dating Family Forgiveness Friends Parenting Children School Spouse Partners Stigma Work Hope Celebrities Hope Inspiration Motivation Religion Faith Spirituality Success Stories K i d s All Articles Diagnosis Family Stories Genetics Living Well Support Symptoms Treatment Blog Most Recent Posts Meet Our Bloggers Comment Policy Forum Log In Forum Home Topics Discussions Partners Page Members Forum Rules Community Blog Forum Associations Letter to the Editor SOUNDOFF Talk to bp Writers Magazine Current Issue Archived Issues Customer Service Print Digital Subscription Buy Past Issues Frequently Asked Questions Digital Subscriber Access Page Subscribe Home Bipolar II Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About BIPOLAR DEPRESSION By Donna Jackel August 10 2015 10 25 am Bipolar depression disrupts and devastates lives and tends to dominate the course of a person s illness Yet it s still difficult to diagnose and treat Read more Clinical factors differentiate bipolar depression By bp Magazine August 1 2015 12 52 pm August 1 2015 IOWA CITY IA A new study has identified features that can help to distinguish bipolar depression from major depressive disorder a significant challenge for Read more Researchers Identify New Spectrum Disorder Called ALPIM Syndrome Clarifies Relationship between Anxiety and Physical Disorders By bp Magazine July 9 2015 1 23 pm The relationship between mental and physical health is well established But when mental and physical illnesses co occur patients accounts of physical illness are sometimes arbitrarily Read more Honesty Living With Bipolar Disorder By Brianne LaPelusa June 29 2015 1 43 pm My name is Bri and I m pleased to welcome myself as a new blogger for bphope I m a graduate student living in Chicago and I ve Read more Several signs suggest who will drop out of treatment By bp Magazine December 1 2014 3 33 pm December 1 2014 MADRID Spain A new study has identified some strong predictors for which patients will drop out of treatment for bipolar disorder Read more High recurrence low compliance found in study By bp Magazine August 15 2014 2 50 pm August 15 2014 FOSHAN CITY China A new study that followed people with bipolar disorder for two years after being discharged from a hospital psychiatric unit Read more Bringing bipolar into focus By Elizabeth Forbes August 7 2014 3 19 am Everyone s looks a little different By Elizabeth Forbes Imagine a big museum filled with widely varied portraits The shimmering figure in an ornate Read more Double Whammy Migraine and Bipolar By Melody Moezzi October 31 2011 11 22 am So I ve been trying to get over the same recalcitrant migraine for over a week now and it s getting old There was a brief period Read more CURRENT ISSUE Recent Issues October 1 2015 11 50 am Fall 2015 BIPOLAR DEPRESSION Letting the light in By Robin L Flanigan Strategies to dispel the darkness of bipolar depression starting with the good enough theory taking Read more August 3 2015 9 12

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  • Bringing Bipolar Into Focus | bpHope - bp Magazine Community
    Books Symptoms Addiction Anger Anxiety Depression Hypersexuality Impulsivity Mania Mood Swings Psychosis Relapse Sleep Problems Spending Stress Substance Abuse Suicide Thinking Attention Issues Triggers Treatment Art Music Confidence Building Diagnosis Misdiagnosis Diet Doctors ECT Exercise Finding Balance Hospitalization Living Well Medication Meditation Mindfulness Peer Support Pets Animals Physical Health Psychotherapy Setting Goals Stress Management Talk Therapy Wellness Management Plan Relationships Caregivers Dating Family Forgiveness Friends Parenting Children School Spouse Partners Stigma Work Hope Celebrities Hope Inspiration Motivation Religion Faith Spirituality Success Stories K i d s All Articles Diagnosis Family Stories Genetics Living Well Support Symptoms Treatment Blog Most Recent Posts Meet Our Bloggers Comment Policy Forum Log In Forum Home Topics Discussions Partners Page Members Forum Rules Community Blog Forum Associations Letter to the Editor SOUNDOFF Talk to bp Writers Magazine Current Issue Archived Issues Customer Service Print Digital Subscription Buy Past Issues Frequently Asked Questions Digital Subscriber Access Page Subscribe Home bringing bipolar into focus Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About BIPOLAR DEPRESSION By Donna Jackel August 10 2015 10 25 am Bipolar depression disrupts and devastates lives and tends to dominate the course of a person s illness Yet it s still difficult to diagnose and treat Read more CURRENT ISSUE Recent Issues October 1 2015 11 50 am Fall 2015 BIPOLAR DEPRESSION Letting the light in By Robin L Flanigan Strategies to dispel the darkness of bipolar depression starting with the good enough theory taking Read more August 3 2015 9 12 am Summer 2015 MARY LAMBERT SPREADING THE LOVE By Stephanie Stephens Singer songwriter Mary Lambert puts it all out there in her hit Secrets and she lives the Read more April 1 2015 11 37 am Spring 2015 TAME YOUR TRIGGERS By Robin L Flanigan From major life events to emotional patterns we

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  • Depression | bpHope - bp Magazine Community
    Recent Posts Meet Our Bloggers Comment Policy Forum Log In Forum Home Topics Discussions Partners Page Members Forum Rules Community Blog Forum Associations Letter to the Editor SOUNDOFF Talk to bp Writers Magazine Current Issue Archived Issues Customer Service Print Digital Subscription Buy Past Issues Frequently Asked Questions Digital Subscriber Access Page Subscribe Home depression Clinical Pearls Self Care and Managing Bipolar Disorder By Dr Christina Girgis February 3 2016 12 01 am One of the things I have been focused on in the last few months has been really trying to take care of myself This has Read more Bipolar Letting Love In By April Southworth February 2 2016 12 01 am Several years ago I made the decision to choose God in my life I accepted Jesus had a water baptism and felt ready to put Read more Living With Bipolar Disorder How I Got to Not Meet Oprah By Sharon Chisholm January 29 2016 2 59 pm For the last 12 years I have sporadically gone through periods of outstanding clarity and positivity In those moments days weeks I was invincible and Read more Hope and Harmony Headlines WINTER BLAHS By bp Magazine January 27 2016 12 32 pm Winter blues winter blahs seasonal affective disorder call it what you want but for many of us the darker months of the year usher Read more The Stigma of Hypomania By Sally Buchanan Hagen January 15 2016 2 00 pm I have been hypomanic for the past few months This may come as a surprise to people who are not close to me since I Read more Discovering Your Healthy Self in 2016 By Dr Christina Girgis January 6 2016 12 01 am Another year another resolution Was your new year s resolution this year to lose weight If so you find yourself in a similar predicament to many Read more Mania or Depression Signs Things May Be Breaking Down By April Southworth December 22 2015 12 01 am I saw this sign the other day and it really resonated with me Personally I know that an unmade bed is definitely a sign of Read more Breathe in Breathe out Anxiety and Family this holiday season By Princess Marksalot December 21 2015 12 01 am So I have been doing Chopra and Oprah s 21 day Miraculous Relationship meditation It wasn t deliberate it was effortless I very naturally picked it Read more Ho Ho How the Heck Am I Doing This Holiday By Wendy K Williamson December 19 2015 12 01 am Every year I am pretty organized for Christmas but this year has been a scramble I do not like this feeling Spending time in overdrive Read more When Christmas means mania instead of depression By Sally Buchanan Hagen December 18 2015 12 00 pm December the first month of summer and my happiest time of year The weather becomes warmer the days get longer jumpers get swapped for tee shirts Read more 1 2 11

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  • Mood Disorders | bpHope - bp Magazine Community
    Associations Letter to the Editor SOUNDOFF Talk to bp Writers Magazine Current Issue Archived Issues Customer Service Print Digital Subscription Buy Past Issues Frequently Asked Questions Digital Subscriber Access Page Subscribe Home mood disorders Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About BIPOLAR DEPRESSION By Donna Jackel August 10 2015 10 25 am Bipolar depression disrupts and devastates lives and tends to dominate the course of a person s illness Yet it s still difficult to diagnose and treat Read more Researchers Identify New Spectrum Disorder Called ALPIM Syndrome Clarifies Relationship between Anxiety and Physical Disorders By bp Magazine July 9 2015 1 23 pm The relationship between mental and physical health is well established But when mental and physical illnesses co occur patients accounts of physical illness are sometimes arbitrarily Read more Family History of Mood Disorders Identifies Risks of Anxiety Substance Abuse Effects Course of Bipolar Treatment By bp Magazine June 1 2014 3 22 pm June 1 2014 SAO PAULO Brazil Having a family history of mood disorders makes a significant difference in the course of bipolar according to a new Read more Sadness versus Clinical Depression How Do You Know the Difference By Victoria Maxwell March 18 2014 12 01 am Melody Moezzi recently wrote a guest article entitled Depression Chemistry and Circumstance for my Psychology Today blog I then shared it on several LinkedIn groups Read more Delusions of Worthlessness By Melody Moezzi July 15 2013 12 00 am Several years ago for a short period of time I believed I was a prophet I believed that every magazine I picked up was full Read more Am I feeding off them or are They feeding off me The woes of a Bipolar Mom By Marybeth Smith August 5 2012 12 04 am Now when I say

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  • Spotlight | bpHope - bp Magazine Community
    Parenting Children School Spouse Partners Stigma Work Hope Celebrities Hope Inspiration Motivation Religion Faith Spirituality Success Stories K i d s All Articles Diagnosis Family Stories Genetics Living Well Support Symptoms Treatment Blog Most Recent Posts Meet Our Bloggers Comment Policy Forum Log In Forum Home Topics Discussions Partners Page Members Forum Rules Community Blog Forum Associations Letter to the Editor SOUNDOFF Talk to bp Writers Magazine Current Issue Archived Issues Customer Service Print Digital Subscription Buy Past Issues Frequently Asked Questions Digital Subscriber Access Page Subscribe Home spotlight Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About BIPOLAR DEPRESSION By Donna Jackel August 10 2015 10 25 am Bipolar depression disrupts and devastates lives and tends to dominate the course of a person s illness Yet it s still difficult to diagnose and treat Read more Three Bipolar Disorder Symptoms No One Wants to Talk About By Julie A Fast January 29 2015 12 44 pm The three symptoms below represent the side of bipolar disorder we all know is there but we rarely want to let the public know exists Read more Bipolar Disorder Anger Stuck on the rage road By Stephanie Stephens November 1 2008 6 16 am In the bipolar equation anger has long been overshadowed by mania and sadness Now it s time to take a hard look at this isolating emotion Read more Mind over mood Points to ponder By Stephen Propst November 8 2005 7 44 am 10 Ways to Support Someone with Bipolar By Stephen Propst For those of us who have bipolar disorder we are kidding ourselves if we Read more CURRENT ISSUE Recent Issues October 1 2015 11 50 am Fall 2015 BIPOLAR DEPRESSION Letting the light in By Robin L Flanigan Strategies to dispel the darkness of bipolar depression starting with

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  • Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About BIPOLAR DEPRESSION | bpHope - bp Magazine Community
    go for long periods of no health care Refuse to shower or brush my teeth let alone hair I try to start doing them one by one Mostly due to exhaustion Set small goals If you re in bed Move to the couch When you move eat something Find an app to help track your moods I use cbt I find it helpful in identifying my mood going down and coming back up I hope this helps you feel like you are not alone You re not Just a rough patch Katieh August 11 2015 Reply Thank you for posting this information about BP This has helped me better understand what my husband goes through daily He struggles with extreme swings and the results of this is he left me a few months ago And we just got married in January While I m hurting because of him leaving I m also relieved in a way too because he s very hard to deal with emotionally It s been very difficult to understand with what he goes through but because of articles like this I m better equipped to understand better Kenny August 12 2015 Reply nothing here I haven t heard before i have bipolar 1 and have been in a depressed state since my last full blown mania in 2011 I have never attempted suicide but I understand the feeling I have had 17 ect treatments with no success nothing seems to help GB August 12 2015 Reply Great article You hit the nail on the head I ve been going through this for 3 years Tried every med available but haven t found the right combo as of yet Need your faith family and friends to weather the storm This has been the most difficult battle of my life I ve buried a dad stepfather son sister and my mom and this is as bad as all of those combined because it is 24 hours a day Good luck to everyone affected by BPD Michael August 12 2015 Reply I think I have the Bi Polar Depression but not the mania I never leave the depression I stabilize somewhere just below normal for awhile and on good days I can be happy for a few hours But I m always sleepy and always hungry After an overdose in December I have learned to live with it and am surviving I ve been dealing with depression and anxiety for at least 4 years and it s been so bad the last 2 I ve been unable to work and been in the psych ward 3 times plus the extended hospital stay for the ovedose Now I m just happy when I manage to do a little house work I do take care of my son get him to and from school Karate and Swimming I am trying to volunteer a the school or church for an hour a day and I use my experience to chat with survivors and other with depression in hopes of helping others on face book Bob August 25 2015 Reply Hey Michael you need to have either a manic or hypomanic episode to be diagnosed with bipolar Otherwise it s considered depression Still very serious but you might need to see a pdoc for proper diagnosis and treatment Please don t guess Shelby August 13 2015 Reply I have only just been diagnosed and its such a relife to know I m not alone The highs and lows and when they come together is horrific I also have PTSD which dosent help especially if I think people are conspiring against me Thank you God for helping me find this Alice January 23 2016 Reply I was diagnosed two years ago but have been living with symptoms since I was a teenaer I was self medicating myself with alcohol and pot up until I was diagnosed with bi polar type 2 ptsd and panic disorder These articles help me tremendously I have tried committing suicide three times thankfully I was not successful I am slowly learning to love and enjoy myself as a person Being stuck in a dark whole for so long not only took a major toll on me but my family and support system too Thankfully the one and only time I went to an inpatient treatment facility it literally scared me to never what to go back It was the most horrifying experience Went through major withdrawals due to them taking all my meds away from me then giving them back to me two weeks later I promise I will never go there again I m still trying to get on a good regiment of meds have my fingers crossed it will happen this month Lizet August 13 2015 Reply My depression has got totally out of control My head is fussy all the time Permanently half asleep And slightest problem worsten it drastically Getting out of bed and doing chores just about impossible Judy August 13 2015 Reply I was diagnosed about 15 years ago but think I have had BP since a young woman Thank you for this article Am 65 years old now just retired and doing pretty well but have made major mistakes in my life due to BP Hope you all can get help Hang in there and DO NOT GIVE UP God is there for us all Paul Marino jr August 14 2015 Reply I m sick I have this illness I need help and I m going to get it I have to lose everything to know its me I m sorry Capone August 15 2015 Reply Thank you for sharing i learned a great deal about myself thru this article I live with Bipolar Depression and PTSD Donna August 16 2015 Reply Thank you for all your comments I wrote this article several years ago and it s rewarding to read it has been helpful Donna Jackel Stephanie August 23 2015 Reply Great article I watch my husband live with Bipolar everyday He was diagnosed several years ago we feel like we have finally found the right prescription combo The best advice I can give anyone living with the disease or living with someone with the disease is educate yourself Research all you can learn your triggers learn your symptoms so you can try to pick up on why you feel a certain way why you react a certain way This will help I married my husband fully knowing he had bipolar and I married him with no intention of divorce Our first year of marriage was the worst year His fatherwas dying of cirrhosis he lost his job we switched his doctor and changed medications all within a 1 2 month time frame All the changes stress from it all through his body into a tailspin We had a horrible fight he threatened suicide i called for help He ended up in the hospital for the first time I was terrified I wanted out This was not what I signed up for Then I remembered my vows that he had a disease I wouldn t leave him if he had gotten sick with cancer or any other disease He didn t choose to be this way So I started researching found a local NAMI class a support group I went It was very informative helpful We both learned more about his disease with the new dr got the diagnosis of bipolar ptsd paranoid personality We have since found the right combo of medication for his diseases Stability as less stress as possible is huge for my husband He is doing a lot better we have been married going on 8 years now We use humor as much as we can to help We also share our story with others to try to educate end the stigma You can have a life with this disease Please don t lose hope don t be afraid to ask for help Sharon September 23 2015 Reply I have just found this article on Facebook by chance but I believe I was meant to find it I was diagnosed with bipolar 5 years ago didn t want it so I told myself to ignore it That wasn t the right thing to do as the lady before wrote If you do educate yourself about this condition it makes it a lot easier to manage I have been seeing a psychiatrist for 5 years and my last visit to her I realised It was not helping I went to see my GP and asked if I could be treated by her instead of the psychiatrist and she asked me why and was shocked by my answer I asked my psychiatrist if I could try Lithium again as it had helped in the past but she was very reluctant saying about side effects which I was already aware of My GP had seen me 5 years ago when I had my third big Manic episode and I was admitted to the psych ward My GP said if you haven t got BP then what did psychiatrist say you have I replied she said I don t think you have BP I don t even think you have depression what I want you to do is try CBT do a online course Like I said this was my third episode previous two were in 1981 when I gave up nurse training and 1989 after my daughter was born I had ECT on both occasions and asked if I could have it this time 2010 they refused point blank I feel I am beginning to get to grips with whatever condition I have I have 4 5 weeks good then 2 weeks bad I call them sunny days and cloudy days If I had to impart any useful information to a newly diagnosed bipolar person I would say stay as positive as you can when you have cloudy days you will come out of them it won t feel like this for ever RIDE THE STORM Mary September 24 2015 Reply I am in the same ish boat My husband has bipolar 1 depression ptsd and is an alcoholic I am starting to really struggle I knew he had issues when we got married but the alcoholism has been going on for multiple stints in rehab and I am starting to doubt if he will ever choose to receive help and treatment How did you decide to stay and how do you deal with the constant yo yo of emotions and the fear that one day he will either never get better and you have no future or if you hold out he will I know that it is not his fault and I love him but how can you love madness and what if it destroys me too Lauren August 23 2015 Reply This was very helpful I m going through the depressive state right now and it s terrible I m agoraphobic Just five months ago I was stable and active Now I ve gained weight and fixating on it theusualsuspects August 25 2015 Reply Report user I ve been depressed for a couple years now despite my near religious devotion to taking my meds I wish I had a BP friend or two who could share their physical feelings as an episode starts Krista September 22 2015 Reply I get the need for BP friends As much as family and friends try to understand they just can t get how hard it is to keep going Do you mean physical feelings before manic or before depressed Sometimes I feel like I don t fit inside my skin when I am ramping up It is extremely uncomfortable Also I have trouble being still paige14 September 4 2015 Reply Report user My dx is BP11 The psych doc talked about 3 depressions with one mania But this article said it s 40 1 if you have BP11 and that shocked me I learned something new reading this article being snappy overly critical and obsessive are three things relating to BP depression I thought they were manic symptoms Paige Chery September 22 2015 Reply What a great article I ve found as I get older and have been on meds a long time I don t have the euphoric manias so much but instead mixed states in addition to depressive episodes It s like the manias have been replaced with mixed states Anyone who experiences this will agree that these are very uncomfortable and can be really scary sometimes I ve also found that during the mixed states OCD and Geneal Anxiety are elevated and become really problematic Craig September 22 2015 Reply I have had exactly the same experience as you as I get older I too have been on meds a long time 12 yrs My pdoc told me that this change to mixed states as you get older is very common I can t agree more that the mixed states are extremely uncomfortable and yes even scary at times I think they are also much worse for my family to deal with I normally have pretty mild OCD but during mixed states it is much worse From one who s been there and continues to be there you have my sympathy my understanding and my support Linda September 22 2015 Reply After 7 1 2 years my boyfriend who is bipolar broke up with me He was extremely depressed and said he needed to do what is right for him and that maybe he doesn t love me anymore A few days before the breakup he said he was sorry because he knows what he s putting me thru with his highs and lows He said he was more depressed than I ever knew It s a year later and we don t talk but he will text to check on me On a few occasions he d say he thinks about me all the time I had hoped he would feel better and we d get back together but I don t see that happening He keeps to himself and has no friends so I don t want to abandon him I don t know what I should do He s sees his doc every 6 months and takes his meds daily Is it common to be in such a deep depression for that long Thank you for listening Anne September 22 2015 Reply As a spouse this is very helpful for me in terms of understanding what my husband goes through and what can be helpful It s easy for me to get frustrated or let his depression get me down too I m going to talk with him about putting a plan in place Thank you julie September 22 2015 Reply i have BP too diagnosed sinse 2000 i take my meds till 2002 i have had only two major episodes during them i was needing hospitalisation i only once went thanks to my husband my kids my ex how diagnosed it and send me to analyst where i m still going i can stand real good be cool with ma life thank you all for listening julie athanasiou Stephanie September 22 2015 Reply Thank you for posting this article I needed this to convey what I ve been going through to my family I was diagnosed with Major Depression for many years I have been with the same Psych Dr for six years I started rapid cycling about six months ago and the medications I was taking at the time was an antidepressant along with a mood stabilizer The hypomania became an everyday visitor to me It was hard for me to determine what was worse the hypomania or depression Finally within the last two months my whole demeanor has changed with medication adjustments still a long road ahead but I m feeling much better Thank god for my Dr catching it and started treatment Thanks again Pam September 22 2015 Reply I was diagnosed bipolar when I was 29 when I had post partum depression I ve had 4 suicide attempts the first one at age 11 when my mother left us I am 63 now and have tried many drugs some worked well only to wear off after about 6 months 5 months ago I asked my psychiatrist about ECT treatmentys shock treatment I went ahead and had 8 of the 12 treatments After about a month I woke up feeling like a new happy person I am so glad I had the treatments They have completly changed my life I still take seroquel and effexor and always will be taking meds But believe ECT is nothing to be afraid of and so well worth it bjk September 22 2015 Reply I am a musician w Bipolar a b u tiful lady sweet 17 yr old my gf S kid living in a wonderful home I struggle w depression and embrace mania but know the mania will fade to depression I will do all i can to tame this MONSTER STAY STRONG MY FRIENDS BJK kb September 22 2015 Reply I know the darkness well I ve had problems with depression anxiety and panic attacks all my life since I was very little I guess mine is lifelong The stigma needs to be removed I do better when I have a best friend that I can spend lots of time with but I haven t had that for over 10 years now I need that badly I need a friend that lives close by Danielle September 22 2015 Reply I struggle everyday with bipolar depression it s not easy my doctor had given me 3 different meds But I took myself off my Prozac wishing now I didn t I lose control of everything I get mad easier and flip out on anything But I have my fiancee who helps me everyday I wish it didn t run in the family due to I found out about 7months ago my daughter was diagnosed with bipolar I just wish there was another mediation for this bipolar depression because that Prozac doesn t help I don t like having this Stephanie September 28 2015 Reply Prozac is an anti depressant which can make things worse like this article says Don t give up There are a lot of meds out there and you may feel like a guinea pig but you will be thankful when you find the right combination No the symptoms never FULLY go away but there are ways to help reduce it Good luck in your fight and remember you re not alone Lorna September 22 2015 Reply The Last 3 yrs have been incredibly difficult and I felt many tes I had reached my end My doctors are very good and see me regularly and trying various tactics ie Meds therapy activity Then my doc suggested ECT I wish I had done it yrs ago In the middle of the sessions usually 5 10 to start I had a heart attack ugh As soon as I m cleared to continue I will resume For me And Bi Polar since I was 17 this has been a lightbulb Isobel September 23 2015 Reply I wish I had known about this condition 20 years ago I did my best to help with the limited understanding I had at the time My relationship with my daughter was damaged while she was suffering K8ty September 24 2015 Reply I just got out of the hospital Louse September 25 2015 Reply Maybe try writing more about the horrible life that the manic side of bipolar hands you Not just You demand attention Sondie September 30 2015 Reply I agree it seems for BP sufferers the worst is the depression but as the wife someone with BP the hardest is the mania to emotionally deal with He becomes narcissistic insensitive self absorbed outspoken obnoxious It s very hard to continue to love someone win these non redeeming qualities and truly believes he does nothing wrong rose58 September 27 2015 Reply This week has been really bad for me I am Bi polar 2 PTSD and major depression Thankfully no suicidal thoughts this time I can not get out of bed haven t showered or anything for a week I think some things hit my triggers for the PTSD and depression In the last 10 years I was diagnosed with all this and didn t have any support Now I am divorced have many health conditions newly diagnosed which limit me I like to be active and now due to health problems I can t I think the lack of activity and not having a family most just turned away from me In this time I almost died due to severe asthma and COPD heart failure and was put two times in the ward several plans to commit suicide This evening I thought I will do one thing today maybe that will help me I WASHED MY DISHES LOL I have to be careful cuz when I come out of a deep depression I get really manic and clean the house with a toothbrush My Therapist and shrink tell me not to try to jump out of the depression to take is slow I always joke that I ride the roller coaster and I never know which way it will turn dip or go upside down Susanne2220 October 8 2015 Reply Hi rose58 Your diagnosis and present symptoms sound like mine I have just spent a year forcing myself to get up forcing myself to have a shower and take care of the dogs The rest pretty much went undone A month ago I thought I was having a stroke I felt my speech was slurred so called a friend I ended up in Emergency where they discovered my hemoglobin was at 85 instead of 125 SO because of this I came under the care of a wonderful Doctor I have had Cat Scans searching for growths colonoscopy and endoscopy one more scan to go Two weeks ago I went to Emergency because the urge to kill myself was so strong I felt I needed help Now I am in the Out Patient Program and have a Psychiatrist My Point I was not eating properly this caused a HUGE problem for me ALSO I was horribly stressed because I felt responsible to contribute my time to a family project I wasn t sleeping at all some nights What I learned Keep a log of my moods sleeping what I feel stressed about my eating etc This is for my Psychiatrist and for me ROSE58 I suggest you see about eating properly and well this makes a big difference Sleeping my psychiatrist gave me sleeping pills they are like magic Have your blood tested for iron and hemoglobin I wasn t a slug I just didn t have enough oxygen Do one 15 minute task a day record these accomplishments on a calendar it s amazing how great you will feel and what wonders you will accomplish XOXO Susanne2220 Dawn September 28 2015 Reply I suffer from bipolar II It is an everyday struggle these days currently in medication adjustment I appreciate you all for sharing This is a very isolating disease and it helps to not feel alone in this struggle Jim September 29 2015 Reply I ve been reading this stuff for years Diagnosed OCD in late 1980 s then BP then Depression then atypical BP Taken SSRI s mood meds Lost a dearly loved service job suicide attempt hospital stay Have a diagnosed son divorced wife I don t care what the label is Just wish I didn t have it Jan October 3 2015 Reply Sorry but it s not that simple Each person is different and each person s symptoms are different I am 70 years old and have suffered with the disease for most of my life and I still don t know everything there is to know about it So please don t you presume to say that you know everything there is to know about bipolar Melanie October 10 2015 Reply 7th at really frustrated me is that my medical staff seem more concerned when I am manic than depressed I get hospitalised when manic and left to mange by myself when depressed My depression is life threatening whereas my mania is not U S President 2016 October 11 2015 Reply BIPOLARS NEED A LOT MORE MONEY LOVE TO BE STABLE MANY ARE PERMANENTLY DISABLED and living on Social Security Disability at 1000 a month Rent for a 1 1 is 1000 a month I have tried to work for 20 years I keep getting fired for no reason My last boyfriend was 5 years ago Bipolars are suicidal because we are POOR IN MONEY AND OVERALL QUALITY OF LIFE THE MEDS ARE NOT HELPING MUCH WE NEED A LOT MORE MONEY LOVE TO BE STABLE Mimi October 24 2015 Reply I was diagnosed with bi polar 1 along with depression Ptsd personality disorder ocd Some days I don t feel like getting up or do anything I have no friends because of my illness My family are very judgemental think it s all in my head and that I can change They just don t get it and it Pisses me off Who the hell wants to have a mental illness Not me but I do I deal with it and take one day at a time I don t work seems like I can t hold down a job because I don t feel good or I m depressed I also suffer from panic attacks I went through alot growing up molested as a child and then date raped So I want to tell my family it s Not In my head it s real EveryDay is a struggle but I get through it I was miss diagnosed in the past and was put on paxil I had bad experience I seek counseling and my shrink I have days that I don t like people and just stay to myself and then there s times I wanna go out but then I have the panic attack and gotta leave I hope whoever reads this and know that you are never alone There is help don t wait until it s to late God bless Linda November 24 2015 Reply hI have I palmer depressionHDmajor depressive disorder PTSDADHD it used to be my bipolar depression was not such a big deal as the PTSD but now that I have progressed to getting better I find bipolar disorder crippling mean I get a glimpse of happiness and I long for long Of depression taking care of myself is a constant battle which most of the time I do lose I have contacted my doctor and he says that I m on all the regiment that I can be on and thehe just doesn t want me to have a maniac episodes but I like the manic episode or what they called a manic episode I take care of myself everyday do things around the house my house is kept up really nice I can be around other people I do not see a psychiatrist because the only ones here that I could see is MHMR and they make you sign a consent form that they can put you in the hospital anytime they deem it necessary the hospital is not a good place for someone like me especially during a depressed episode all they do is talk about how I feel every man s that make me feel miserable sometimes I end up feeling really good and being free going in there and they don t not like that so they gave me more meds and take away meds until I m in Ocean State again that s crippled state again the holidays are a horrible time of the year for me I hate the holidays might disorders were made in the from the ages of first born 2 8 years old I was in constant fear for my well being I was not afraid to die and wanted to die I feel like for someone like me its just hopeless I feel like I ll never experience happiness again I ve been to a lot of psychiatrists to help me sort through things but some things just can t be explained they say that every child has an angel that watches over them I do not believe that might be stopped cuz I stayed in the hospital that s died in the hospital met Jesus and he sent me back I had never been shown the emotions that came out of him to me before that point in time I was just unlovabletreated like an animal and behave like an animal and I love animals they were my friends when I was a little girl especially cats I have a way with animals but humans make me feel uncomfortable cheerioI don t trust people very much I have become delusional and embarrass my children in public they don t speak to you now they re all grown up and I m just waiting for them they make contact with me there are no psychiatrist hear that take my insurance except for MHMR and I m not going to have them put me in a facility because I m happy I m doing great with animals so they think that I m having a manic situation my manic situation is just me being happy and being able to be me when I m happy I m extremely grateful that I am happy which makes me happier I don t knowif I will be able to be social during this holiday season someone shot my dog I took him to the vet and he had to be put down that day I can t work they won t give me a Social Security check because I m married and I spent over 100 at the vet s office to be able to see my dog got a proper loving compassionate passing it s ridiculous that I don t get my 700 a month anymore I also and paying back the government because they said that they overpaid me 30 a month for 3 years I don t know what to do I don t know what to say I don t have a professional to talk to you I know that that would help what does people at MHMR have an attitude that s not good for people like me there s no way they can help me all I have to do is happy and maybe saying you can talked and yes I can communicate with annaanimals animals love me I don t think I can communicate with a big ol bear or a animal that can eat me for animals are almost human you just have to read their body language their tongues their eyes that s their homes homes tons Tones I ve had to do that with people my whole life because I m deaf not completely about 70 definite talking tomfat StonesTones it s a survival tactic to be able to read a body movement a facial expression tell what a person is saying before you can hear them because of my love for animals family I was in would do whatever they said to hurt my animal relationship one time I had a cat friend who was pregnant I was so happy she was going to have babies carrier she was a little on the wild side so I met her under a bush in a field and let my mom know about her I went to meet the cat in the bush under the seaunder the Bush and she was cut open and a babies were playing out of her because somebody decided to kill her and leave the display for me to find my mom was the only one I had told about the cat its like she was jealous of my ability to be happy with what God provided me with even when I was in an abusive situation I m trying to get better there are much worse things that I ve been through I think the worst of all was not being good enough to be held talk to except for when there was something for me to do if you have anything that will help I would really like to hear it Latisha November 24 2015 Reply I just want to say thank you for this Not only do tid bits like this help me but they help my family too I have so many issues trying to explain to them what i go through on a constant basis I get so lost attempting that i just give up The struggle has been much worse over the last year as no insurance or doctor or medicine and no work has caused me to have to fight hard every day to try and contain my out bursts I have to say that most days i lose my battles But I remain as optimistic as i can in hopes of being happy once more the one thing i wish i could change about me is not so much taking this away from me as bipolar has made me most of who i am but oh how i wish i could have been diagnosed very early in life This is insanity to just go through what feels like normal one day then bam wake up and everything you used to feel and how easily you used to handle things and situations freaking changes all of a sudden i never used to be such and angry person but now it is not even anger anymore someone angers me it is more of feeling like a bystander while i watch a volcano blow its top and bring nothing but pure distruction to everything around it and everything it touches which is so so horrid i hate the way it makes me feel the way it makes my loved ones feel ugh and im rambling take care everyne and ty again for this going to go lay down now Kansas November 24 2015 Reply My episodes started young with sudden outburst of sadness or happiness and I was never diagnosed until I went to college after the military and learned that my natural opiates were out of whack when I was younger but the nightmares continued The racing mind that wouldn t let me sleep for days on end Counting sheep I should have been shearing them Because nobody understands me I m alone I m always alone I think about suicide all the time but haven t ever acted on it I m ex military and have guns so it is just the thought of screwing up on an attempt and ending up a financial burden on my family I go through jobs like crazy really getting into them but then self destructing on little things It s frustrating When I was younger I would self medicate with booze but that burned out I m not an addictive personality I ve never found anyone that could love me longer than 3 years and that depresses me even more Just writing this is depressing me I live life as a working hermit go home right after work don t talk to anyone Never go to malls or places were large groups of people will be I don t want to be seen by classmates or even relatives I ve always been a failure and

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