Would just like to know a little more about it before i go to my docs.
Hi Kirsty, I'm new too. I was first diagnosed with general anxiety, and depression by my general practitioner about 2 years ago. I went through a list of meds like you would'nt believe for almost a year. Nothing helped.Finally he gave up a sent me to a psychiatrist.After about 2 months he diagnosed me with bipolar disorder.I have been through a lot of different meds with him too. I've been seeing him for over a year and I think he has just about got my meds right.Just be patient, and do exactly like your doc says.Make sure you tell him/her the truth about everything, like drug abuse past or present, they will ask.I was up front about everything.Make sure you tell them about any side effects.I have had some major ones.They will change, or adjust your meds.Like I said , just be up front about everything, and be patient. Good luck.
Hi Kristy! I was diagonsed as bipolar when I was 12 and am now 25. While I believe signs and symptoms can vary by person, its all relatively the same in a way. All of us most generally have episodes of mania and depression. The mania might out number the depression or visa versa. While I can't speak for every bipolar I can share a little of my own experiences and maybe that can help. My mania consists of periods of not needing sleep (thinking I can go for days with as little as 2 hours or less a day), not eating unless my husband "forces" me to eat, money problems ( it is really easy in a manic stage for me to overspend and overindulge therefor my family keeps close tabs on my spending), the feeling that I'm on top of the world, and sometimes an increase in sex drive. In my depression, it is the exact opposite. I feel worthless, fat, lazy. I don't want to get out of bed and when I actually do I feel horrible for not being able to talk myself to get out of bed. The littlest things set me off, which with a 4 year old daughter isn't the best thing in the world! I don't want to have anything to do with the outside world and when I do I put on my best fake smile and just go thru the movements. I cry sometimes because I just want to be "normal" and "happy" like everyone else. I feel worthless as a wife, mother, sister and daughter even tho I know deep in my heart and mind that I'm not.
Now, for me the depression outweighs the mania. I am generally depressed more than I'm manic. Some people I know love the mania, which is understandable! I don't exactly mind it when I'm happy, but I also know that staying manic isn't very healthy either. People tend to everspend in mania and they have been known to lose everything.
Everything I have said might be totally different that what your feeling. I have all the classic sypmtoms and signs of bipolar 1 except for suicidal thoughts, I used to when I was younger, but I don't anymore. You might have suicidal thoughts all the time or not at all.
If you are feeling any of these or are feeling anything different, I would seriously talk to your doctor. Be honest and don't be afraid to tell your doctor everything your feeling, it will help in the diagnosis and treatment. Even if your depressed he/she can help either by prescribing you medicine or maybe suggesting going to therapy. Please give these consideration. I didn't do either for almost 10 years and I can honestly tell you it was pure hell. Medicine may not be what you want but it may be what you need, or just being able to talk might help. Both have helped me in the past 3 months I have been doing it again. And if you do decide to try medicine, don't get discouraged if it takes a few tries to find the right one. They effect all of us differently. What works for me not be for you.
As I said before you may not be experiencing anything like I have and my course of help might not be the same for you, but the first step is just talking to your primary doctor and going from there. I hope I have helped even if just a little. Remember, your not alone in this and your not crazy ( as I used to always think!). Good luck and God Bless.
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