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  • In need of help/support - A Discussion About Bipolar | bpHope - bp Magazine Community
    helpful when the doubt creeps in I am in therapy exercise every day take Seroquel XR and Alprazolam for panic attacks and have extra quietinipine generic Seroquel on hand when I need to calm down or the thinking errors take over I was also like you abusive when drunk but pretty much reasonable if not a bit too belligerent for the most part when not drinking I am a 38 year old woman so aggressive behaviors coming from me seem to really surprise people What I can tell you about my experience with a psychiatrist is to find one who takes their time explaining all of the aspects of the brain chemistry the drug chemistry why he she thinks it will help in your specific situation and then pay out of pocket for the visits if you have to It s easier to shop via word of mouth and to find one that genuinely cares about people meaning easier if you don t leave it up to your insurance provider The insurance needs to be in place for the prescriptions though Do not seek a D O for any diagnostic stuff You will probably have a counselor paid for by insurance which will not be the same person as the psychiatrist But I have found both my psych and my counselor in one office I make them share notes about me so that the counselor can look for issues with medications and she can tell me how to talk about the psych etc I highly recommend you cover yourself in two ways a psychiatrist who operates on the medical model b a counselor who operates on the wellness model Each alone will not do the job I KNOW this is easier than it sounds but don t stress out about things Always ask yourself what you have control over and know that you are doing your best in that regard the rest is out of your hands Good luck to you Your loved ones will forgive you It is a good idea to buy them that book I mentioned so they can tell when red flags pop up that you may not be able to see No I am not plugging for the author While it is a good idea to refrain from imbibing it is also okay to give yourself a realistic goal of say only having two glasses of wine and keep it at that That way you wont over react to stressors When you start medication you will not want to drink as much as it pretty much sucks to fall asleep at the party anyway January 13 2016 at 7 59 pm 143929 clementine Participant As a partner of someone with bipolar I highly recommend your boyfriend seek out some support by way of a support group or even on here There are loads of partners here who can help make sense of things and help him feel heard I commend you for being so committed That s incredible I am so sorry you re struggling I wish I had more advice to see a psychiatrist I m not American so I m not sure how you would do so without insurance You should be very proud of your choices and your decisions While your boyfriend has every right to do what he feels us best I m not sure it s fair to give you a deadline These things take time He needs to understand that I think you should encourage him to join the forum or seek out a support group And again keep doing what you re doing All the best January 13 2016 at 8 29 pm 143940 polarmouse Participant Hi pokeman The other posters here have given really good advice I d like to add that there is a site called NAMI that has a lot of information broken up by region for finding a psychiatrist counselors financial help and more There are also low cost or pay based on salary clinics in most states Once you find a psychiatrist and have a proper diagnosis I d suggest that you ask your partner to go to an appointment with you When I was first diagnosed I had my husband go so he could have things explained to him and he could ask questions This really helped him to understand and also to have some information on what he could help me with I respectfully disagree about any type of alcohol use when taking medications for BP The alcohol is a depressant and can counteract the medication Finally I commend you for reaching out for asking for help and for trying to make a better life for you and your partner Best regards PM January 14 2016 at 1 02 am 143974 fullycapable Participant Hi pokeman I am married to a man with BP and while I am extremely new to this he was only diagnosed last month I will still offer my 02 First of all you are doing the right thing Your commitment to your mental health is a BIG DEAL and should be commended so I commend you for that Once you have your insurance worked out you may want to consider simply voluntarily committing yourself to a local mental health ward Take the time to do some research on this before you decide to go anywhere because not all hospitals are made equal especially when it comes to mental health in America However they should all provide you nearly daily access to social workers psychiatrists and medication I m not sure how viable of an option this is but you may possibly be able to go just for the weekend you will have to ask how long the minimum stay is for VC if any or you can try to work out FMLA and or disability leave from work if necessary Either way the staff at the hospital should be able to work out a discharge plan with

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  • pokeman | Activity Streams | bpHope - bp Magazine Community
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  • Christmas Wishes - A Discussion About Bipolar | bpHope - bp Magazine Community
    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 46 Views Christmas Wishes Home Bipolar Support Group Topics Family and Friends Christmas Wishes Search for Reply to this Discussion Start Your Own Discussion Tagged christmas This topic contains 4 replies has 4 voices and was last updated by wonderwoman 1 month 2 weeks ago December 24 2015 at 9 17 am 141234 wonderwoman Participant Hi to all my friends old and new wishing you all a merry christmas and healthy new year stay safe and well during this season of celebration I have had the present I wanted most the health of my little dog Bertie who has been really ill but now recovering at home How is everyone spending their christmas Lots of love WW x December 24 2015 at 4 28 pm 141304 birch2 Participant Happy Holidays to you WW and all Two full weeks of R R for me over the holidays is much needed Mental Health break I am thankful and optimistic for the new year Doug December 24 2015 at 9 37 pm 141317 carmen619 Participant Thankful to be in a stable state spending christmas with my new husband in our new home Mostly spending time reflecting on this new journey and trying to find peace I too am optimistic for the new year I hope your dog is okay my pets are the reason that I get out of bed sometimes and they are so precious to our lives December 25 2015 at 6 29 pm 141388 polarmouse Participant Thanks wonderwoman and Merry Christmas to you as well Also to everyone on this forum who I can always count on We have spent our day with family and friends I m thankful I can take a break when I need it and no one judges me I m also grateful for my new puppy who is so sweet and a great napping partner Best to all and I m so glad you pup is better wonderwoman December 26 2015 at 5 17 pm 141448 wonderwoman Participant Hi birch carmen and polarmouse thanks for your reply and I hope you ve had a great christmas My little dog bertie has been with me thirteen years from when I was really ill til now he has done nothing but love me when most left me or found me unloveable To say he means the world to me could never describe how much I love him He is still ill at moment but hopefully in the new year the vet can get to the bottom of things Best wishes for the new year WW x Viewing 5

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  • My best friend has Bipolar Disorder - A Discussion About Bipolar | bpHope - bp Magazine Community
    people in our fine universe I have a best friend who I d pretty much die for And I can say with a lot of confidence that I mean that quite literally BUT Like any best friend she has issues just as I have What makes her different is that she happens to live with Bipolar Disorder and as I m sure anyone reading this knows that is no picnic She s been my Grey s Anatomy kind of person for a very long time and I m terribly ashamed to admit I ve never really done the research regarding her disorder I ve always just played it by ear see my dad may he rest in peace had Bipolar disorder and I figured I was familiar enough with the situation that I never needed to know much more Boy was I wrong My best friend and I recently moved in together and it s been a fantastic few months It s also been a tiny bit of a roller coaster as a result of my misjudging her disorder Please understand I love her more than anything and all I want to do is help But I need help with helping her she is so incredibly stubborn and I have no idea how to help when approaching her with anything regarding trying to get her disorder under control either sends her into a tailspin or just gets brushed off like it has no merit I realise I m no psychiatrist so I don t expect her to just do what I say but I d at least want her to hear me out I ve done and am doing a lot of research regarding lifestyle to help with managing the disorder It s obviously affecting her life in a major way and to some small extent my own I honestly just want to help in whichever way I can and I ve told her as much as well as asked what I could do for her but I m getting no where taking that approach Does anyone have any advice October 7 2015 at 1 55 pm 131069 wonderwoman Participant Hi N Reading this made me think of my wonderful best friend we have now been friends for twentyfive years Those years have not been without there problems but the friendship stayed strong because of our mutual respect and love for each other Quite a few years ago before my diagnosis we reached a bad point She knew something was wrong with me and was so frustrated one hour I was so happy and laughing and within hours of that I would have a self harm attempt One time she was trying to ask me what was wrong and I had enough I said I had no answers and I didn t want to speak again until I did When I finally had an answer I wrote her and slowly we resumed our friendship like no gap had happened What

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  • nikkithebff | Activity Streams | bpHope - bp Magazine Community
    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 Members nikkithebff active 4 months 1 week ago Activity Profile Friends 0 Forums Personal Mentions Favorites Friends Show Everything Updates Posts Comments Friendships Topics Replies Viewing item 1 to 2 of 2 items nikkithebff started the topic My best friend has Bipolar Disorder in the forum bphope Forum Help Topics 4 months 1 week ago So Like many people in our fine universe I have a best friend who I d pretty much die for And I can say with a lot of confidence that I mean that quite literally BUT Like any best friend she has issues just as I have What makes her different is that she happens to live with Bipolar Disorder and as I m sure anyone reading this knows that is Read more nikkithebff became a registered member 4 months 1 week ago CURRENT ISSUE NEWSLETTER 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

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  • My husband is bipolar and I don't know how to handle it! - A Discussion About Bipolar | bpHope - bp Magazine Community
    family members this as well as depression seems to be the thing Over the course of our marraige I have clung to my love and commitment to this man But I am taking a beating in all meaning of that word He s on anti anxiety pills and he won t go to the doctor to talk about his bi polar diagnosis and they didn t give him any additional meds while in the hospital other than upping the dose he currently had of Lorazepam from 1 per day to 4 per day They told him about an in patient treatment that he could check himself into and when he s in a good mood it s in the middle of the night so we can t exactly call and set this up for him By the next day he s off to a new idea whether it be good or bad but the old idea is not something to pursue any longer I live out of state from my family and I want to leave with my kids and never return to the horrible Jerry Springer nightmare that has become my life but at the same time I love him and I know he needs love and support for this I m currently on Zoloft myself for the depression he s put me in I remember being a strong person but somehow it s a distant dream The only reason I m functioning is my kids And barely I haven t really brushed my hair in a while I just put it back in a bun and make the visble parts against my head straight so that I can go to work I stopped reading watching tv I have no money to hardly do anything but work so going to the local park with the kids requires more gas than I have in my car thanks to mostly my husbands illness He s not working His unemployment ran up and yet he still wants to eat out everyday and buy himself clothes I hide my money and his but he finds it or guilts me into it that s my fault How is a person supposed to live with this I know he needs my love and support but I need it now too and I m all alone He blames me for everything even when I know its not my fault or when anyone else wouldn t blow things to the proportion he does but it wears on me I can t say or do anything without getting attacked in some way I m walking on eggshells trying to avoid confrontations and arguments and when he s in his good mood it takes me a while to not be so wary around him I try to remember to enjoy it while I can and not get hung up on what will come after but switching that feeling off and on is pretty difficult I want him to see

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  • wildislandcrush | Activity Streams | bpHope - bp Magazine Community
    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 Members wildislandcrush active 6 months 1 week ago Activity Profile Friends 0 Forums Personal Mentions Favorites Friends Show Everything Updates Posts Comments Friendships Topics Replies Viewing item 1 to 3 of 3 items wildislandcrush started the topic My husband is bipolar and I don t know how to handle it in the forum Bipolar Support on Family and Friends 6 months 1 week ago My husband was recently diagnosed with early onset tramatic bipolar disorder after checking himself into the hospital after a day of burning my things while I was on vacation to visit my family out of the state with our kids You name it he s done it Drinking gambling cheating abusing verbally and physically not sleeping destroying Read more wildislandcrush changed their profile picture 6 months 1 week ago wildislandcrush became a registered member 6 months 1 week ago CURRENT ISSUE NEWSLETTER 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

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  • How to correctly ask "Could it be you?" - A Discussion About Bipolar | bpHope - bp Magazine Community
    bipolar disorder well but sometimes will blow up at me going on long and disproportionate tirades over the tiniest things We re sitting down to talk soon How can I politely ask Is it possible that your perceptions and reactions were influenced more by your mental state than by my behavior He and I are going on tour with our theater company soon and I need to find the right language Further I d like to establish a code word or phrase with him that I can use in the future to privately ask the same thing so we can keep situations from escalating Thank you for your help This is my first time having so much interaction with someone with BPD July 26 2015 at 5 44 pm 122674 polarmouse Participant It s definitely a touchy subject to ask someone whether they are having an issue with their BP disorder when they seem out of control If you have a good relationship with this person then I d be honest and express concern I would put it a little less confrontational than your above statement though Perhaps something like I ve been worried about you lately because you seem agitated Then proceed to give him an example I agree that clearing the air would be a good idea if your going to be spending a good deal of time with this individual July 27 2015 at 12 51 pm 122749 jasons Participant The question as you posed it in your post Is it possible that your perceptions and reactions were influenced more by your mental state than by my behavior and then do a PM said give an example or start with the example Myself I can be a little crude and sometimes when I say to my girlfriend Look knucklehead that was more your BP acting up than what I said or did I get myself in trouble But presenting something as a possibility is a great way as long as you give a clear situation that the illness can be affecting July 29 2015 at 10 42 am 123004 outdoors4life Participant I think it would also be of benefit to both of you if you talked to your friend about anything you are doing that is possibly consistently triggering his behavior I m definitely not trying to make excuses for him blowing up at you but I believe that people with BP feel things more deeply which is what makes it difficult to not act on what we are feeling Everyone has their pet peeves but at least in my case sometimes the simplest things push me over the edge especially on days when I am short fused to start with Another suggestion is to simply ask them how they are feeling before a potential blow up i e when you first see them on any given day This shows them that you actually care about what is going on with them It s extremely difficult and

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