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  • faithful | Activity Streams | bpHope - bp Magazine Community
    things that came to my mind I think it s very important to have a good psychiatrist who can monitor your symptoms and monitor how the medications are working for you As you know many of us with BP go through different medications until we find the right combination that are Read more faithful changed their profile picture 1 week 5 days ago faithful replied to the topic Should I pursue it in the forum Disability 1 week 6 days ago Hi Seekinthelight82 From my experience SS makes it hard to quarify people to be eligible for receiving the benefits The amount of monthly benefit defers by individuals based on the past incomes I don t know if there is a way to find out how much without applying for the SSDI The easiest simple situation is to receive the monthly benefit and Read more faithful replied to the topic Social anxiety senior paranoia in the forum Group Bipolar Seniors 1 week 6 days ago Hi Karma I m also new here and don t know what you posted but I like all your comments I ve been You seem to be very genuine and kind so I don t think it s you I just thought I should let you know Don t worry faithful replied to the topic Struggling with BP2 partner s moods outbursts in the forum Partners 1 week 6 days ago Hello Clementine I m sorry to hear what you are going through Feeling stuck in a codependent relationship is hard to deal with I ve had a similar experience and I know it s very very hard to redefine clear boundary with someone you love after years of codependency I can understand if you are afraid of his reaction by taking a new step of Read more faithful replied to the topic Hypo manic sleep deprivation in the forum Group Bipolar Type II 2 weeks 1 day ago Hi bdoverco Have you asked Dr for Rx sleep aid It s very hard trying to sleep when you are hypo manic state I know it ver well Even Ativan didn t help me sleep through the night in the past I now have Vistril for sleep and anxiety I take when I feel like I need to adjust my sleep It helps I m still trying to figure out what works Read more faithful replied to the topic Mixed Rapid Cycling Bipolar Type 1 HELP in the forum Group A place for folks with BiPolar 1 2 weeks 1 day ago Great advise Oceansblue I agree with all that you recommended to bpmixed It does take a while to find a right combination of meds that work for each individual with BP Side effects are different too I have BP 1 and lack of sleep is the most dangerous sign for triggering mania Do you have any meds for sleep aid I take Vistril or Ativan to Read more faithful replied to the topic Bi

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  • Helping Boyfriend Understand Bipolar II - A Discussion About Bipolar | bpHope - bp Magazine Community
    know how to help him understand I fear that this new knowledge of bipolar will just make things more strained How can I get through to him about this We care about each other very much and have discussed our intentions of taking this relationship very seriously so I do feel that he d be willing to work with me I just don t know how to go about speaking to him in a way that he will respond to February 8 2016 at 2 37 am 147423 rban101 Participant People digest certain news differently If your Boyfriend really cares about you then it shouldn t bother you much We can men be aloof about certain things unintentionally Our brains are not programmed like yours On the other side as you said your boyfriend does care then I very much believe its your mild hypomanic phase where we tend to get little anxious and restless We just want instant gratification and validation for our action and hopes I am a BP 2 very much like your case Just try to be calm and talk to him again Discuss the treatment and tell him you would need his help with it He might just say OK and nothing more Dont worry about that if he cares he will be with you when you need him The care need not always be in words its the action at time of need that will count February 8 2016 at 8 42 am 147433 faithful Participant Hello the cure I have BP 1 BP episodes in my case are like a storm It comes down so hard leaving all kinds of mess to clean up and settle down to be able to have some what of a stable life I was diagnosed 5 years I got married to my husband while I was starting to take college courses It was devastating and didn t believe that I have mental illness I never heard of BP disorder then Neither my my husband s family had any clue What I learned is Education is the key Learn as much as you can about BP yourself so you can educate others people including us with BP have all kings of ideas about BP or MI Breaking stigma is the biggest challenge as most media portrays negative impression of BP people crazy However first thing you need to ask is that were they on medications A lot of the time NO Take care of yourself Work with psychiatrist and therapist to communicate how you are doing mentally physically Stay on meds Don t believe that you are CURE because you feel fine and the symptoms are not so bad I think your boyfriend doesn t have much knowledge about BP illness It would be a good idea to watch educational films or better yet bring him to your visit to psychiatrist therapist and hear from them There are many resources such as this site that could educate both

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  • I'm new, trying to cope with my husband's recent mood changes - A Discussion About Bipolar | bpHope - bp Magazine Community
    an appointment on Monday How do I make sure he does this without furthering his resolve not to He s had this diagnosis since his early twenties currently in his midthirties and I must say this man is so lucky to have the supportive friends and family that he does and I m fortunate to have a mom who has worked in the mental health field all my life and close friends with the same disorder who I can talk to I m looking forward to being part of this community February 7 2016 at 10 19 am 147368 faithful Participant Hello catsareeverything Welcome to bphope Hang in there you and Imbmom are among many other people who experience same situation You both seem to be very loving and caring people I d like to see more people like you to support partner spouse with mental illness I hope you ll find this site helpful Already you can see that you are not alone When we people with BP suffer loved ones suffer too My husband has been very supportive and we went through a lot He has been my barometer and expert at catching me before I hit the ceiling or go into my dark cave It s been a hard journey but it has strengthen our love even more Now a days I feel less fearful having established a solid prevention plan with my support team and a emergency drill so I can get help immediately I hope your husband will find a good support group to hel him gain strength The fact the he is willing to go to seek for help is a very good sign I m praying for that to happen tomorrow Nobody chose to be BP but we can t change the diagnose We can still enjoy life and try to stay stable Medications and therapy definately helps We just need to accept and commit our life to do whatever it takes to be stable He is very lucky to have a wife like you Hang in there P S Are you a cat lover I have cats and dog There are my therapy pets They have helped a lot during my recovery and everyday challenges Best wishes Faithful February 7 2016 at 12 40 pm 147378 magdalena Participant That s a tough question My husband tries the best that he can to deal with my mood changes and breakthrough maniac depressive episodes and I am medicated currently Honestly what he did when I decided that I was all better and didn t need my meds anymore was to leave me Sounds harsh I know However I am pretty destructive when I go off my medication We have children and he wanted to protect them from my bs first and foremost also he knew it would be the only way I would be forced into getting myself straightened out I am not saying this is the healthiest way to deal with this problem

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  • Trying to survive with a bipolar husband - A Discussion About Bipolar | bpHope - bp Magazine Community
    I m sure there are some folks here who can give you some advise So keep checking the site First of all like always I want to make sure that he ll be able to accept this illness and the importance of staying on medications Things will be more manageable if he does find the right combo that works with minimum side effects That s why it is very important to find a right Dr psychiatrist and therapist Sounds like you have already being trying but no luck Unfortunately until he accept that it would be hard to change the situation I don t have suggestion for making it happen but I hope he will decide to do whatever it takes to be stable for his family if not for himself Meanwhile I hope you can keep your stress level down Is there anyone in your family or friends who would be willing to help babysit your little girl It would nice to take a mini break by yourself to go for a walk or take a break at a coffee shop Managing Bp illness is not easy but it is manageable As soon as I accept my diagnose after a period of denial and experiencing the consequences of my mania episodes I was finally face the reality Like many other illnesses and addictions acceptance is the first step for a recovery I hope you will regain the courage to get through this hard time The more knowledge of this BP business the better Please utilize the helpful resources on this web site You will be in my prayer February 6 2016 at 6 57 pm 147299 polarmouse Participant Hi imbmom Like faithful I can t offer advice from a spouse prospective as I m diagnosed with BP2 However I can tell you that his behavior indicates to me that he is either not taking his medication as prescribed not taking it at all or on the wrong ones He also needs to go to counseling to learn how to deal with life and his moods consistently to avoid this back and forth life he is living I d highly recommend couples counseling and or counseling for yourself You need to understand that this is not the way things have to be either with or without him Your right to be concerned about your daughter and what she is hearing from her dad This can and will effect her in the long run You deserve respect and love my dear and reaching out is the first step Best regards PM February 6 2016 at 9 37 pm 147309 lmbmom Participant Thanks for all the responses My husband is aware of his diagnosis He s been to many psychiatrists and tried many medications He does not take it regularly He says he feels like a zombie and doesn t like other side effects and that he feels as if it s not working Back when he was first diagnosed he seemed

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  • sharing a song – :) - A Discussion About Bipolar | bpHope - bp Magazine Community
    is called Aum and if you interested in hearing it its on youtube Go to youtube and type Scott Pickel Aum there will be an eye in the picture check it out if you want to my singing is bad but I m a pretty good guitar player but the words are about this illness and my struggles with it I think they may resonate with some on this forum Thanks February 4 2016 at 11 08 pm 147015 whatwasthequestion 2 2 Participant Hi My Friend Northpolar Thank you so much for sharing this with all of us Creativity is such a hallmark of the community of those with mental illnesses but particularly with Bipolar Illness think Touched With Fire by Dr Kay Redfield Jameson who suffers Bipolar Illness herself This her second text explains the creative spark we most likely have and makes many Special like You It does burn in most of us Apparently in you My husband is a Youtuber is that a word I think my flame is a flicker as far as creativity unless movie reviewing or baking in mass quantities is included in that I guess how we express ourselves is so subjective and is what makes us creative not only the particular arts that I would usually think of I will tune in as soon as I can Okay By the way I am proud of what you decided to write and sing about as I am sure it will ultimately help many people with BP illness and many mental illnesses along with BP also like me with several Congratulations to you Sheryl February 5 2016 at 8 42 am 147055 karma Participant WOW Scott what an Amazing song the beauty of your music reflects the beauty inside you Thank you for sharing this and being a champion for all of us with bp Karma February 6 2016 at 12 50 am 147215 northpolar Participant Thanks guys Im happy you listened to it Im a guitar player and song writer but Im just beginning the singing thing so its a work in progress Now that I quit drinking etc its tough to go play with other people as many musicians like to drink or smoke or whatever so its something I have to avoid but with the computer I can write stuff snd then post it up to youtube to feel like I showed it to people hope you guys are doing well I m ok lots of stuff going on at home with family etc partner is not feeling well she is depressed and processing some childhood stuff so Im trying to be supportive and keep my together she is OK though just processing stuff so I m trying to help by not getting crazy lol February 6 2016 at 8 12 am 147238 seekingthelight82 Participant AMAZING SONG The lyrics that really stuck out were when you re trapped in a bubble for days when the hurricane in your mind throws you

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  • Marriage - A Discussion About Bipolar | bpHope - bp Magazine Community
    though I know that my emotions are not real because I am bipolar I m very confused My wife is my caretaker Without her stability I don t think my life would be together for long and to end at the beginning I ve been married 16 years along with My wife has been a very supportive and codependent partner I ve always had girlfriends along the way I sure hope I didn t overdo with all of these but I absolutely find them relevant and actually insightful to your questioning You say that your wife of sixteen years has been your caretaker your obvious emotional support and possibly your financial support in ways too She is the mother of your child and has been there for you even as you have gone outside of the marriage also You do call her codependent and only you would understand this to be true or not and you say you have an objective therapist that says you won t be happy until you get a divorce I would question that advice if you are speaking the whole and honest truth to her Where is your daughter s placement in all of this concerning another person outside of your marriage or while contemplating a divorce in order to find your happiness How would you rank the happiness of each of your family members individually or as a whole Or is it only your happiness you seek as it is an emotion and can be quite fleeting sometimes I am married also and have learned over the years along with having severe mental illnesses three major life changing illnesses along with my husband having illnesses also NEVER to trust my Emotions Feelings especially concerning any major change as they LIE to me and the next day I may feel totally different Even the next minute I may come to a change of my mind also As faithful asks what if there is a severe depressive mood swing of either of you and the relationship is just not all that fun anymore Your wife of sixteen years is still there for you and your daughter a constant that has put up with recurrent affairs and whatever your illness has put the marriage through if anything as serious as this is You certainly should think hard about going through marital counseling to see if any help with behaviors could be added to help you to see your wife for who she is and what she has gone through in this same marriage as you have been going outside of Another issue that concerns me is that you seem like a huge thrill seeker as you do not care if different activities could cause your own death Once again I must ask you where would that leave your family your daughter losing her father due to a death from an activity you seek out Where is the responsibility of fatherhood in this activity or activities Your post causes me a lot of alarm for your family and for your thinking as it sounds almost magical to me possibly grandiose and a good talk with a truly objective therapist would aid you in decisions that are necessary to see where your illness is in charge as you admitted You also should deliberate taking medication if you are not already taking it daily as Happiness in a marriage constantly is not always there it is just as fleeting as sadness or loneliness We go through a myriad of normal emotions within a relationship and nobody should ever expect to be happy all of the time and when we have great responsibility to a child it should never be overlooked for ourselves alone Any intimate marriage relationship takes a great amount of continual work and that would include a brand new one with this other woman Who knows if you are totally trusting your feelings you may just want another woman down the line and not wish to be with the newest one anymore This is an example of trusting your feelings and not your head along with medication and also solid advice from a therapist Take your time before deciding on what you are willing to trade for your happiness as it affects so many more than just you Blessings to You and Your Family Sheryl February 5 2016 at 11 23 am 147068 sonofsatan Participant Thank you for the feedback that is exactly what I needed An objective point of view That s what I wanted from the psychologist and I was shocked with her suggestion after only visiting for an hour I go to see a different one next week and I ve agreed to go to marriage counseling with my wife I think it s long overdue Not on her part She is the perfect wife I have some serious issues that need addressed in my mind though As far as medication goes yes I m medicated on the latest and greatest Latuda It works as well as all the other medications I ve tried which is not at all The only reason I m still taking it is because the transition from medicated to not medicated almost always leads to a psychotic break When I subtract the emotions from this affair and the risky behavior there is really nothing there She s like a train wreck She s me without support Which is a disaster I can t believe I would even consider giving up what has been so stable for a ball of bullshit emotions that will fade in a month or two Thanks for your feedback everyone I ll focus on my family and my daughter now I just hope she doesn t get killed following me around Maybe the psychologist can address that too I did decide to mitigate the risky behavior by buying a helmet for when I m Mt Biking and I m trying to keep the speed down on

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  • A Lonely Effort - A Discussion About Bipolar | bpHope - bp Magazine Community
    I m actually winning But no one sees what I m up against No one knows the little battles that I win And until I just wrote this I didn t either I just wanted to share because I don t have anyone to share these things with Thank You January 25 2016 at 12 04 am 145435 northpolar Participant Hey Thanks for sharing sounds like your doing well and thats amazing I lived alone for many years and those were hard times for me because of the cycling moods Also when issues come up you face them alone It takes a lot to accomplish wellness and it sounds like your trying and succeeding at keeping things together This is a cool place to vent and get some good feedback on issues your facing Im new too but I have found I m checking back in with folks regularly here and getting a lot of good support form it so welcome and keep checking in cheers NP February 4 2016 at 12 17 am 146750 colem1100 Participant Hello You sound as If you might need a medication adjustment Possibly Otherwise you seem to be doing really well you have so much going for you It just seems like your putting way to much pressure on yourself that being said I can understand what your trying to say hang in there it should work out okay February 4 2016 at 7 29 am 146767 wonderwoman Participant Hi Meelsz I really wanted to reply to you as I live alone a very isolated life too and know how much these replys can mean I feel for you Meelsz as we are living very similar lifes I have my dog my family one best friend and this site I keep my family at a distance because they put the d in disfunction They never say well done for what I accomplish everyday they only complain about there own lifes and find something they feel I don t do right My best friend runs several businesses so we really have a phone friendship mostly I am so glad I have my bestie and my dog but apart from that I run my own life and find things very difficult because there is never anyone just to say well done Thats where this site comes in because most members get it So well done for keeping your head above water and if you need that extra nap sometimes thats ok too Maybe check in with your doc and see if there is anything he can do to help as well Stay in contact with this forum it can be great company You are doing well WW x February 5 2016 at 9 14 am 147056 faithful Participant Hello Meeksz Welcome to BP hope Do you like to listen to music I found music and painting watercolor to be very therapeutic I choose music according to my mood but opposite to emotion as a technique for

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