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And it turns out that two aspects of such treatment include support and companionship, which you should give to any significant other. I can go on and on but I will discuss on a later day. We do have a physical relationship, and I know everyone says to not do this but I need to stay connected to him. My world spins so fast that it is nearly impossible to grasp and hold onto a really stable lifestyle.
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Much of his negativity and cynicism stemmed from his job and a lousy upbringing. We live 3 hrs apart and miles and I am in one state and him in another….. I believe that people That have not been diagnosed with anything could have those extreme types of thoughts and emotions at times too, in times of stress. We are a welcoming community that understands the trials and pitfalls of managing a mental illness. I feel her new meds has suppressed more feelings then ever because I hate how I feel on it for just anxiety. So that is progress, she has never been truthful with me. This is a woman that I have been so nice to since the beginning of our relationship and now cannot even have the courtesy to give me a call to tell me what happened.
The bphope forum provided by bp Magazine is a fabulous bipolar chat room with a fresh and creative feel. The bipolar chat room is just one feature of the site, and it is VERY easy to use.
An added bonus is easy access to the bphome. This is another supportive and knowledgeable community where you can also enjoy some other cool site features along with online bipolar chat.
Yes, it provides some great support, but it has many other features that make a appealing for a wide range of folks, especially young people. The combination of a light, personal touch with so much useful info is unique in bipolar chat room land.
Harbor of Refuge is exactly that. The mix of chat and education and support resources makes this a great choice for the recently diagnosed. Note that there is an expectation that users are actively following a treatment plan and have a commitment to staying well.
However, there are many reputable online services for genuine, sincere singles, and some of them have fantastic track records of success for online dating that leads to wonderful relationships, including marriage.
For example eHarmony or Match. Also, it is widely misunderstood in the general community so it makes sense that bipolar people reach out to each other for advice and support. Once your sister is stabilized which should be a given once you attract the right physician- throw out the fear, guilt and doubt and make it clear to your sister she is now accountable for every breath she takes. Let her know that if ever she ever self-diagnoses herself as cured and stops the meds, you will have her certified.
I may throw a tantrum if i hear the threat but it's sobering- in retrospect. Okay NOW im finished. Thank you for coming back, I showed your reply to my sister and parents.
She has made an apointment to see her Psychiatrist the day after tomorrow. Thank you for your help. Hello Hannah, I just finished reading your initial post and I believe you have every right to just let all your feelings flood the page until you find that small sense of relief. Talking about your side of caring for your sister and being completely honest on how it makes you feel, is a hard, bold, and positive step for yourself. You also need to know how strong you are compared to most. I have dedicated all of my life, body, and soul to caring for my mentally ill family members.
They are my life, my love. You are not the first and you will not be the last. But do you understand how frightening it may be for your sister to not know when those outbursts will happen and then remember her uncontrolable action?
The guilt she may feel? You are in her shoes and she in yours, what would you hope for? Bipolar patients, from my experience, have a higher level of hope than the average person.
Your sister has a chronic disease that seems to sometimes drive you mad but you are well and healthy and that is something you must come to terms with. We all have sacrifices that we must make, that goes for everyone. I go to college full-time, work full-time, take care of my father currently in chemo — and has been since I was 6 yrs. I also take care of myself. I am a 26 year old female that suffers from bipolar disorder II, anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, panic disorder, and seizure disorder and Hannah, the only thought that allows me to never commit suicide, is knowing my family needs me and I need them.
I understand you have all your our stressors, frustrations, sad moments and happy moments but for someone with bipolar disorder there is no cause to their outward mood reactions. I can relate to this. And they are so exasperating. They argue off the top of their head.
My father would just throw a fit about nothing. This is such a great post Natasha and describes me perfectly. I can see why is has been so popular. One of my professors said I immersed myself in projects.
I think immersed is a better word than compulsion because it offers the possibility of choice, with maybe a hint of self control.
Another opinion — a diagnosis is just a word, it allows people to play scrabble with your brain. A person with BP at any level do not have the filter, social cues or self control that normal people do period — medications and therapy helps for sure. Diagnosis is not just a word, it is a word that follow a real medical illness followed by treatment. No one in their right mind would ever say that.
Mentally unsound people think outside the box they have ideas mentally sound people have trouble coming up with. I want to be the voice of the mentally unsound and physically handicapped. Let me be the voice of million Americans.
Let me cry for you let me laugh for you let me carry you. I may that cute girl at Starbucks reading the latest issue of Batman. I may be that guy at the gym you were always afraid to ask out. I may not even exist as a human. Have you ever thought your living in a Matrix?
Oh well this is the country of poor, gaammer, were, a Cunt-ry of immigrants wright: Were on a path to destruction ask yourself, who will you elect to worsen you, destroy everything you stand for, make you cry, lead you to your demise, create animosity between mother and son, mother and daughter, husband and wife.
Are you sad yet? Think about how great if you elected someone like me for DNC, I can turn heads with just my smile. I think we could all reach out and touch faith at this point.
Sorry for the long exposition you said you wanted to know what talking to a Bipolar person is like. Be careful what you wish for you may just get it and live happily ever after. I was killing myself laughing at your all over the place post and slight narcissism.
No this is exactly why the rest of the world needs help adapting to the life of people with bipolar, instead of making fun of us by laughing at us etc.. We all have to adapt to your lives which can be hard to understand. We all came from the one same God and he loves us all bipolar or not bipolar. I have dealt with people with BP, addicts — sex, drugs, gambling and booze.
Thank you for this, Ricky. You really have given honest expression to the bipolar mind and your writing is like exhilarating beat poetry. I hope you find your way to some peace and security. You are right about us being able to think outside the box, but it can be a rough journey. I hope you find your safe harbour. I have to say thank you for this post, it made me feel like I was not just crazy, that when I face conflict with my sister my mind immediately says to kill myself or that it is vital to run away.
Just reading this information reduces a lot of stress. Its comforting to know the impending doom and obsessions about the doom are normal for a person with my disorder. Car drives by slow: Must going to get robbed later on. Food order takes longer than expected: Must be spitting in the food. Get looks at the store: They must think I am going to shoplift. Cop gets behind me: I have cancer and I am going to die. I struggle with some of these on a daily bases. I have had similar periods of thinking like that in the past too.
Exercise helps me have a better baseline state of mind and mood. Also finding ways to either distract my mind or be more in the moment and not caught in thought take sustained effort, but are possible and some of the main ways people deal with this situation. Cognitive behavioral therapy in general can help with a therapist, but you can do things on your own as well. Is this why bipolar people leave the people they love zo often?
They are already thinking of what can go wrong or imagining that that person is going to leave them? My ex makes sure he stays in touch but tells me he is afraid he will hurt me again. Again, I detach to guard my heart. Having bipolar is a lot about moods, moods that we are problems managing. Hi Paige Its complicated.
We have known each other 40 years, dated as teenagers and he has pursed me for 30 years. Fonally took a chance and we were so happy. We do have a physical relationship, and I know everyone says to not do this but I need to stay connected to him. He has just told me he only takes half of his lithium. Because he is not manic or depressed he thinks he is fine. I believe he has been cycling since last march, definitly hypomanic and hypersexual.
A relationship that has endured for 40 years is going to be complicated, especially when tender feelings are still alive.
I believe those of us who have bipolar are ultimately the only ones who can save ourselves, at least this was true for me. The lithium will only take him so far.
Bipolar is not curable, but it is treatable. You mentioned having a physical relationship with him because you need to stay connected. This is your life — you have the freedom to make choices.
The consequences are unknown until they happen. Please be kind and gentle with yourself. You deserve to be loved and cherished. This can sound cold from someone not struggling, the advice you gave that is. Wish I could read more people with BP express your views of owning it and trying to work with it. Wow… Paul you seem very angry??!! You sound as angry as my ex was and probably still is.
He was diagnosed as BP but never got as far as to what degree and yes he seemed like everything you stated above. Wish you all the best! I have not been diagnosed as bi polar. I have been treated for pmdd, and depression. I just watched my father die, and all I see is him dying over and over again. I long for the mania. At least I would get something done.
I live in my bed. I am quite accomplished,in some areas but, right now I am nothing. I begged my dr for ativan. I was afraid to be labeled, but I explained, this is a serious condition I have! My pshch doc is seeing me Sat. I am getting ritalin to combine with the wellbutrin and celexa.
When I I start to be that person you see in all these videos? I was treated for depression most of my life. Diognosed last year with bp2. I experience rapid cycling and mixed states often.
I take lithium, lamictal, and seriqual. I woorry so much about the effect on my kids and husband. Rage dispair rule me so much of the time. I was sexually abused by a family member and lost both parents in the last 5 years. Should I ask him to come to my next psychopharmacology appt? I saw my previous therapist for thirteen years. Any resources are welcome. You may wish to look here for resources: And I highly recommend you check out this book: In addition, if you want your partner to join you at a medical appointment, I highly recommend it.
It can be very helpful for them to chime in and help you remember exactly what you doctor may have said. You may wish to take your partner to therapy sometimes, too. There are many issues to work out when mental illness is in the mix. Hi Beth — I think your suggestion to include your partner in your specialist appointments is a great idea: Your best ally is regular, open and honest communication so that you can both understand what each other is going through and feeling.
What does crystal Meth do to a brain that is bipolar. If they are using or having been using for years? Ones that are medicated with prescriptions and doing meth? To getting off there medications and then going to meth? Someone is commenting under the name Eve, which is not me.
I was so damn confused when I read it. I thought, how the hell did I write that and not remember? So maybe whoever you are, could you add your last initial? Like you said about the little things, sunrises, your daughters embrace, you need to find hose things in each day. I appreciate the time you offer on this topic. I am with a wonderful, nearly perfect man and my biggest fear is that I destroy the relationship. It drives me crazy — and I know this effects my boyfriend. What do I say?
I have been on and off antidepressants since I was 15, I attempted suicide that same year this occurred after I spent a month in a facility. I just want my self assurance to improve, to be the happy person my boyfriend deserves, and not have to struggle so hard to deal with these emotions. Thank you in advance for your time. You have every right to access proven and effective treatment and support for your health condition. You are not your illness, it is a health condition you are experiencing and which can be effectively managed through tailored treatment.
This treatment may involve a combination of pharmaceuticals as well as psychotherapies. Together with a healthy lifestyle, treatment for mood disorders such as bipolar disorders there are several sub-types has come a long way.
Arm yourself with as much information from reputable sources organisations that specialise in research and treatment of mood disorders. Be wary of taking on the opinions of every other person with or without a mood disorder or mental health condition. I just wanted to assure you that with accurate information and professional support, your health condition can be managed and you can improve your quality of life.
Education is absolutely crucial — seek out evidence-based, objective information sources that are peer-reviewed. Psychotherapy with a clinical psychologist — mental training — this is where you can have regular, ongoing emotional and psychological support.
There are a number of other psychotherapies which are essentially strategies that improve coping mechanisms. Remember, everybody has stressors in life but what makes people with Bipolar Disorder different is the ways in which we respond to these stressors. Much of this can be altered with a little training and practice. This is not a cure, Bipolar Disorder does not go away — rather, it can be effectively managed so you can get your life back.
Support — different people can offer different styles of support. That job is for a professional, or a team of professionals such as a psychiatrist, psychologist, social care worker, dietician, etc.
The role of loved ones is to educate themselves on how best to care for their loved one. This is NOT there job. Also, pick and choose whom you disclose to and how much you disclose about your illness. You are not under any obligation to tell others you have Bipolar Disorder or any other illness for that matter. You can work out who you trust and go from there. Lifestyle — activites that you love, exercise, yoga, mindfulness and anything you can do that you can become immersed in.
For me it is a good book, I get lost in it and when I come back, my mind is calmer because it had some time off from the thinking, etc. Find something to engage in. Diet — a healthy diet will feed the brain and body with all the nutrients it needs and will eliminate the strain that processed foods can put on your system.
Food really does influence mood. There is increasing evidence that indicates inflammation and cellular degeneration as being a part of Bipolar Disorder and other mental health conditions. It is a neuro-biological disorder. Pharmaceuticals and psychiatric medicines — Insist on being referred to a psychiatrist preferably one who focuses on Bipolar Disorder from your GP.
A psychiatrist is in the best position to have all the up to date data on which pharmaceutical options you can begin to apply. Be realistic, the brain is a complex machine we are only just starting to understand. There are many regions of the brain and they all talk to each other in various networks for various purposes. Medicines that interact with these networks are well-researched and we have the ability to use them safely and with wonderful outcomes. Manage your expectations and be open to the fact that this is a complex disorder that presents in different ways the more you read about the different types of Bipolar and what other diseases can be found in concert with bipolar and how each person is treated will be different to another when all their symptoms are taken into account.
For example, symptoms may range from manic to depressive, to hypo-manic to mixed state, to rapid cycling. Some people will have insomnia, others hypersomnia. So, step into this with your eyes open to the complexity in which these things will need to be managed. Communicate with your psychiatrist, tell them about your symptoms, they can shed light and help you decide whether to ride it out till the symptoms subside or to manage a transition to another medication. Medications can work in concert with one another so be prepared to combine them to get a stabilising effect.
Mood diary — tracking your moods through a day can be done on paper or in an app. It can be really hard thing to recall off the top of your head how you were feeling last week, last month, etc. But this information can be used to understand your symptom patterns and what treatment needs to be applied. Keep a safety plan — knowing what to do in an emergency, such as who to call or where to go, is essential in your self care plan.
Then you can apply some of the coping techniques you learnt in CBT. Private Health Care — one day you may have to go to hospital and stay there until your mood is stabilised. If you can do this in a private facility it is very different to the emergency psych ward at a public hospital.
A private facility is the best place to be for monitored recovery. If you can get private health care with unlimited private hospital cover, it is worth every dollar and may just save your life if you are having an acute suicidal episode. I hope this information has helped. The worst thing is wandering around in the dark and operating on false assumptions, misinformation and faulty thinking.
Hello Eve, Thank you for the kind words. I am indeed lucky to have the support of my wife. My kids, now that they are grown do the same for me. That was fourteen years ago. Not knowing that I had bipolar, life threw everything it cold at me all at once. Our much loved dog of 17 years passed.
This dog taught me so much about love and life that I could never describe him as anything less than a member of our family. He grew with our children and came to become a loving reminder of the kids as they had just left us to start their own lives. I recently heard of a term someone coined. We lost our beloved pet.
We lost our kids. My Dad was diagnosed with lung cancer and had just died a horrible death that I was witness to very personally. Sixty hours a week of pure stress. I lived a state of perpetual burnout for twenty six years. I coveted this job as it was high paying and allowed me to raise my family without financial hardships. We still knew what scrimping and saving was all about though. Then one day while trying to process the loss of my loved ones.
I came to work and met the third shift people coming out to go home. There were armed guards, trained dogs, and frightening looking people in suits with bullet proof vests. We were herded into the cafeteria and told they were closing the plant. There was no consideration or compassion about how this was done. I was 46 months away from retirement and this hit me like a sick joke.
I had fretted for two years over this day as I had learned how the company functioned and saw many telling signs that something was up. When I questioned this with the managers they denied the possibility.
Well it finally happened. But the closing was on their terms. They would close when THEY wanted. I watched helplessly as the equipment that I had become part of over the years was ripped out and disappeared.
This was done on weekends when no one was allowed to work. We came to realize that we would witness another loss when we were scheduled off for the weekends. This became a death of a thousand cuts for me. Then the next step came. We were watched constantly. I felt like a prisoner and a criminal.
We needed to get our worthless asses out and work like real workers. Oh, and by the way I was scheduled 70 hours a week of this. Well, it finally became more than I could bear. As I drove to work on that Sunday trying to fit any of this together so that I could move on, I played my usual Sunday game of count the cars that were on the road early in the morning on a Sunday the day of rest. Well one of the vehicles was a family pulling a boat to spend the day relaxing and enjoying.
I was instantly overcome with the deepest grief and hopelessness I have ever felt. I spent the day drowning in this hellish state. That night I went home to an empty house as my wife was out with friends for the weekend. I realized that my life was less than useless. I had been told and shown that by the authorities that ruled me seven days a week.
I was trying to deal with the grief of losing my family and all this was thrown of top of it all. My wife was glad to be off with friends. I was glad she was gone. The hell that I was in was spilling over onto her. I hated the toll I was placing on her as I tried to cope. I expressed my fear and confusion as anger to her. It was killing her. I was the enemy of everything I knew. It was clear in m bipolar mind.
I had to die. I went dutifully to work Monday. I had sealed my death sentence the night before. I faced the hell one last time…and melted down. In true bipolar fashion I truly needed to die and truly wanted to find a reason to live. This tore me emotionally to pieces. I went home convinced that peace was to come ONLY thru death. My high powered rifle was waiting for me. An instrument of death that was about to become my angel of peace. My place of death picked out as the place that I would last see this realm in which we all live and love…..
I was already dead. My decision, as god is my witness was to die. I was emotionally gone already. Only the simple act remained and I was now headed to finish it. There was my wife. I had an appointment with death and now she stood in the way. I laughed at the folly of what I was. Two EMS techs guarding me. The one told me: You can make this easy or hard on yourself you can sign you in or we can. I faced the hardest thing I have ever done.
To say to the world thru this paper: I am mentally ill. I am less than what a whole man is. I submit to you because of this. I signed the paper. Never to be the person I was again. My actions thru Bipolar has robbed me of who I was and left me an empty shell. The richness of life is only a shadow now.
A beautiful sunrise, the love for a daughter, holding her sobbing after being betrayed by her husband. I now live in the hope of someday once again to feel whole and truly alive. This what Bipolar is to me. Well my situation sounded and went like this…. I said sure whatever right?? So a few more months down the road, I found out he was carrying on with another girl — I left.
We talked and worked things out. Fast forward a little bit…his neighbor committed suicide over the holidays a few years back, weeks after that he tells me he thinks about suicide all the time…total shock to me?! So convinced him to go to his GP, I went with him.
Appointments later, a scip and an appointment with a therapist — he was diagnosed as BP and will have to work hard at it. He told me he was taking the meds who knows??
I just know he went from severe depression to this person and I will say crazy…the things that would come out of his mouth…OMG! He was canned the next day…surprise!? This man has never been able to save a penny because he just spends it randomly with no thought at all, mind you he is a single parent of 2 boys, but still you know.
So he has this great opportunity to re open his business with a partner and asked me to join it — I said no way I can start to see the writing on the wall I said good luck and then he turned around and asked for a loan to start up…haha!
I gave a loan — -stupid I know but I did! Now during all this he is depressed, missing work days here and there, not eating and loosing a ton of weight, smoking weed, coffee and candy is all he is eating for months on end. Rages at everyone for the littlest things as usual.
I said nope not this time your own your own. Well that was when he turned in a monster seriously, from that day forward. I was getting tired of missed family functions, skipping work, numerous car accidents because of raging, he attitude was just horrible, threats of emailing everyone I know and will make up lies about me, porn addiction — would not go to work and sit home watching porn all day not lying , threathen send indecent photos to my father, blaming me for his condition, I make his life miserable, he hates me, he used to love me, trash talk about me to my son about what a deceitful bitch I am, refusing to pay me back the loaned money, would leave the front door open when he left the house — for the whole day, I would come home and think WTH?
From that day forward, I found a place to live stayed out of the house as much as I could. Kept my son away from him, and locked my bedroom door every night. He owned a hand gun…yippee! So I moved it weekly until I moved. If he does great, just stay away from me. Such a crazy roller coaster and the stress that came along with it…wow!
I will say he destroyed me emotionally , I have no interest in romance, companionship and honesty loathe him for destroying this part of me. Time heals and I will heal. Ted and Ruth Ted: I feel for you buddy. I know that feeling of desperation and having to go to the hospital with a cut up wrists and feeling embarrassed because someone you love saved you.
Which in reality we should be thankful for. But know that each day the sun will rise and time moves on. I commend you for being honest with your emotions on here with us. Your wife sounds like a very loving and commendable woman and I hope that you never take advantage of that. By the sounds of it, you are very lucky to have her. I may not have done things as extreme as your ex did, but I still have expressed my feelings of remorse and hope for a future without disappointing those close to me.
But at the same time, BP cannot be the blame for everything. As I mentioned before… My partner cheated on me.. And I will stop there… But he is not BP. People still need to be accountable for their actions.
Your ex may have been suffering BP, but that can never excuse the abuse you suffered at his hands. You deserved better from him and you deserve to know that maybe, just maybe it was the fact he was an unkind human being.
I have great relationships with people. Being BP doesnt make you stupid. Xx If you want to talk my email is below. Not in a bad way though. I am currently dealing with a situation that has brought what you said into some focus. I indeed am aware of the pain and suffering I cause my loved ones. I am Bipolar II. Fifteen years ago I attempted suicide. I cause the suffering. If we fall off in our treatment, experience a traumatic event or our meds stop working, we could go into relapse.
We need less sleep. We are more social, in an erratic sort of way. A depressive episode, on the other hand, feels like walking through peanut butter.
If you date someone with bipolar disorder long enough, you might have to see them through an episode. However, undesirable things happen to everyone, even people without a mental illness. Everyone you date and care about is bound to live through some bad stuff.
There is a treatment for a bipolar episode, things to make the person feel better. And it turns out that two aspects of such treatment include support and companionship, which you should give to any significant other.
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Reading your nightmare i immediately thought this girl is Schizophrenic. My question is is it possible for a Bipolar person to stay in a year long affair? We needed to get our worthless asses out and work like real workers.
This has helped considerably as I was forced to examine some of my behavior. She is in Texas Fort Bliss so there was no way I could help her or know this was coming.
I should add that this was the second time my model was destroyed. You don't need long term medication forever Wanted to let everyone know that I am over 4 months stable and dating bipolar person off of medications. Let her know that if ever she ever self-diagnoses herself as cured and stops the meds, you will have her certified. We ended up meeting. Seems like he just want to stay alone dating bipolar person a room….
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