... depression. This I don't understand, because depression seemed to be a part of Bipolar. For the last couple of months I've been through the mill w/Adderall. I hated every minute on it. It did absolutely nothing but make me miserable! My Doctor wanted to treat the Bipolar first. I was like no, I'm not bipolar! All I've ever heard was people who have daily anger, hollering, throwing things, temper tantrums must be bipolar. It just wasn't my problem. Its just been after joining this site that I've learned the truth about this disorder. So now, I'm going to start the meds for bipolar on Monday. Can anybody tell me what I've got coming? What seems to be the best med to get started on? What has the worst side effects and am I looking at "just deal with it" weight gain? Im so confused! The symptoms of ADHD and bipolar disorder seem to be the same???
Hello & welcome to the site. I am certainly not the one to answer all of your questions, but hope by answering you some of the more experienced people will see my answer , & get to you directly. First of all, I really wish you would change your handle. It sounds to me like your are labeling yourself, & you don't want to do that. Just a suggestion. Second I wanted to point out from what I have gleaned from this part of the site is it may take several trys with several different meds and/or combinations of meds to find what will work best for you. Only your phsyc & you can make these decisions as each med works differently for each person. You need a tailored fit that works just for you. Please don't get frustated & just give up the hope. It takes these types of meds several weeks to begin to help with depression and/or bipolar.My hubby is bipolar, & it has been quite the struggle until he found the right doctor he trusted, & the right meds.
He is on 200mg of Zoloft, & was recently added wellbutrin 75mg. It has done wonders for him is all I can say.l He was very suicidal before, & now is very mellow even with all his physical limitations & chrontic pain. This is a wonderful site for support, & learning information about different treaments that can help. Others will give you what works for them, but usually tell you what works for one, may not work for another, so just be patient & hang in there. We will be here anytime you need us...
Welcome to the site Sillygoofy, and you are probably neither silly nor goofy. Our brains just make us feel 'different'. I was diagnosed bipolar type 2, depressed when I was 13 and I'm 56 now,and add. Denial is a major part of bipolar because when we aren't screaming uncontrollably or crying out of control, us bipoar peeps feel normal (what is normal anyway?). Well, let's call the non-screaming or crying days, EVEN. There is nothing wrong with us because we believe we are thinking just like everyone else, just maybe get irritated or aggravated more easily than others because we are more feeling, feel our emotions more intensely, can out think anyone, are better problem solvers than others... whatever your particular situation may be. And the psychiatists definately don't know anything. Whatever do they know about what goes on in your head? I am just different, better or worse, than anyone else.
And that makes me special! AND, if any of the above sounds familiar, you are special, very special. And that's good, but we need to allow you and your brain to be the best we can be You can replace we with I if you like, just my way of explaining stuff. Don't forget... I have had this disease for 43 years.
First of all, find a psychiatrist you can talk to as this is an integral part of therapy. Plus, the doctor will help you find the right medication combo FOR YOU. There are many variations of bipolar, some meds will help some won't. But having someone sitting across from you asking questions helps you be more honest and open about your feelings and thoughts and concerns.
Second, when you do find the right medications, take them every day. Another interesting thing about being bipolar is, that after being correctly medicated forever how long, we think we are cured and stop our meds. This really isn't the smartest thing to do as bipolar is a disease with no cure, we manage the symptoms with medications. If we stop them, all he manic and depression symptoms return worse than before. The manic side of bipolar sends one out in space, do things we know we shouldn't, but don't care about the consequences... This is hard enough. But what goes up, must come down and you just might find yourself in a deep dark hole and find it quite difficult to climb out. I have done this several times, thought all was well and stopped all meds. Well I had fun for a while, but when I crashed and ended up in the mental hospital, I usually required Electoconvulsant therapy tof get out of the hole. Not a pleasant experience, kind of barbaric, but it works. then I as a happy little girl flitting from flower to flower, no memory of what had happened, but at least I wasn't depreassed.
Third, google famous people with bipolar disease... some of the most creative people are bipolar. Who would have thought that? You'd be surprised.
Please write back and ask me anything you want to, I will answer as honestly as I can. YOU ARE ALRIGHT. Stop denying and get to work on becoming the real you, i am sure you will like yourself better.
The symptoms of bipolar and ADHD can be confused, but are definitely different. I am bipolar and have to share, as Mary did, that finding the right combination of medications can be frustrating, a trial and error sort of ordeal, but very possible and necessary. You didn't mention what med you are starting on Monday. There are so many to choose from depending on the primary presenting symptoms. See it is a matter of treating the symptoms rather than getting caught up in the diagnosis.
I have taken many different medications over the years. I'm old and have been treating my symptoms for over 30 years. You may experience some side effects when you first start the medication such as nausea, headache and drowsiness. This will pass with time, and you will begin to feel much better. Just going to have to be patient and give your body time to adjust.
Weight gain can be a side effect, though if you are careful that you burn more calories than you eat, you will not gain weight.
To read more about the symptoms of ADHD and Bipolar try the following site:
Hope this helps,
Start the meds as directed by your physician and you are on your way. Yes many have to be tried to find the "one" that works best for you with the least side affects. It is quite the bother sometimes, but once you feel better you will see the difference in your self. Bipolar as you know is difficult to diagnosis and treat because of the so many different signs and symptoms that we have with this annoying disease. Happy, sad, crying, getting angry and what I liken to being on the "poor me, pitty pot", we call living and life. Its tuff out there, but bipolar can be managed by the beauty of modern medicine we call serotonin inhibitors and uptake type medications. Yeah, the weight gain isn't pleasant, but the sanity is worth the gain versus the value of sanity and good thinking.
The deal with the bipolar is the mood swings from happy to sad, from tired to wore out and sleepy all the time, and the I just don't feel like doing anything... Help is on the way. If the first thing doesn't work keep an open mind when discussing it with the doctor and be willing to be a guinea pig until the medications start to work their magic for your mental health. Take some breaks from the job scene when you are able to do so, get up walk around, get a cup of coffee, take a bathroom break, or mental health break 1-5 minutes is great to take a deep breath, a walk outside is great for the brain to recover from the stresses of where you are at that moment, I know you have heard this one... breath slowly and deeply, you will be amazed at the outcome and the "good", positive" feelings you get from this exercise of breathing calmly and confidently you will regain your composure. Living with another person with bipolar is very difficult, demanding, stressful and frankly can be a pain in the rump if both have different cycles of highs and lows, or the fear of not knowing when an episode is going to and bound to happen. Can't stop it, but recognition of cycles helped me deal more effectively with the inevitable to happen, but then the mood will change and everything will be okay. Just give the meds time to work, all the meds if you are on multiple ones, and remember its going to pass in time, start keeping track of the stress, or situation, or person that is affecting you causing a "flare-up" in the brain to fire or not fire good transmitters.
One of my acquaintences started on adderall, very bipolar,manic/depressive and all that good stuff of mental health issues that we all have to deal with, she told me that she never realized who much her attention span was off kilter, and wished she had been diagnosed in high school. There are so many anti-depressants on the market today for bipolar, most of us are on multi structured meds for the bipolar/depression/manic episodes, ADHD etc.. Wellbutrin, Zoloft, Zyprexia, Celexa, Prozac, Lyrica, Lexapro, Lithium, Xanax, Klonipin, Valium, Adderall, on and on.
Try whatever you can and pick what works for the majority of your symtpoms that help with your mental health.
My mom is just like you and uses goofynursemary as her screen name, but it is definitely for her personality and not Goofy. I am not sure you have seen the doctor yet? Here is what my experience was like. A therapist tried saying I was Bipolar in 2008 which of course like we all do, I DENIED the claim, refused medications and went about my business.
In March 2011 filed for custody of my grand baby and I was ordered to get on Bipolar meds. My doctor and I chose Geodon. Now remember this is my experience but within 3-4 weeks I experienced side effects of major involuntary movements (Which my husband and I were scared to death and thought they were seizures). After 5 long excruciating hours he takes me to the ER and we don't even have insurance and all they gave me was IV benedryl and within 5 minutes the movement stopped. I was completely confused, lethargic, in pain lower extremities, so much swelling in lower extremities I had to go back to ER (my feet were purple). They gave me Bumex that caused a severe reaction to the Geodon. (Funny how I found it yet the doctor probably didn't look it up). If you are started on this Drug please look at ALL of the drug reactions, I think there are 673. I experienced so much confusion and loss of reality that I lost 3 days of living because I slept.
Since I am here and you where I was some 8 months ago, I will share what I can. Some call this OCD, but I feel it is necessary, and that is to document everything (calls to Dr.s office, who you spoke with and what was said, date, time, etc., document any adverse reactions, LITERALLY EVERYTHING). You might not get it right the first time but dont give up, I finally did and it was Lithium. I can't even tell I am on it except for the excessive sleepiness.
I know you tried Adderall in the past and hated it but my doctor recommended Provigil and I loved it. NONE of the side effects of Adderall. I will try and check back soon
- Adderall Information for Consumers
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