How to deal with bipolar disorder?
- 4 Feb 2016 by Let There Be Light
- 21 May 2016
- bipolar disorder, disorder, diagnosis
I've been diagnosed as bipolar II for about three years now but only just recently have I come to accept that diagnosis. Every day is a tough battle that I just can't grapple with. I'm not sure how I can go on like this. How do you get through it? Is your world always grey and dark? Was there ever a moment in your life when things really got better and your symptoms became less severe? Are you successful or just a bump on a log?
I'm considering checking myself into a psychiatric hospital for a long term stay but I don't know how much good that would do but at least it would keep me safe. All I can think about is putting a gun to my head but I know I'm too afraid to do that which causes me even greater anxiety.
The known and the unknown are terrifying.
How do you go on?
Hello Light, I am sorry you are going through this. Has your doctor made recommendations for medication and/or therapy to help you get through this. The thing is... you were diagnosed 3 years ago, but you have always had it. I think the good thing is, now that you have accepted it, you can get better if you let the treatment help. Joining this sight and asking your question was a good step, because now you are asking and seeking help. You want to get better. We all want to get better, and that is why we are here - to get better, and to help others who are going through similar situations. Don't give up! I agree that the known and the unknown are terrifying - many of us go through that. We are here to help. Let us know how you are doing. StarGlitter
Hi, Light! First off, put those thoughts of a gun away ~ I'll have none of it.
I was diagnosed with a subtype of Bipolar II about 3 years ago by a new psychiatrist who correctly diagnosed my condition and started me on a regimen of medications that are working beautifully. I feel fully alert, with it, happy, healthy, and fully functional. Prior to that I was exactly what you're describing; severe mood swings, apathy, hostile rage and self-medicating myself with booze and drugs into an early grave.
No, you are not alone and yes, there is every reason to hold out hope for a better life.
If I might ask, what if any medications are you currently taking and are you seeing a physician or a trusted psychiatrist?
We aren't professionals here, but we're happy to give whatever advice and support we can because we are proof that life can be better. It can be a long, hard road getting here but it's well worth yhe patience and effort. Hang in there!!
Best wishes, WCV
Dear friend, all of us empathize with your plight. There really is hope. It's a long journey but you'll make it, as will we. There are many roads to recovery, one of them being very important and that is your medications. Prescribing medications is an art as much as a science. Work closely with your psychiatrist, but also don't hesitate to work with your pharmacist as he/she can be of great help. Join a support group because those who are in the support group for depression and bipolar have been there( and still are) and can give you great advice on medication and other tips on getting better. Sleep hygiene is very important-it takes discipline and resolve. We are all struggling, but we are all surviving together because we do it together as "kindred spirits". Keep participating on this board. We can all help each other. John T.
Hi Let There Be Light
I was diagnosed 3 years ago after being put on an antidepressant that pushed me to the edge of suicide. I was so lucky that a young pharmacist sensed there was something wrong and started asking me questions. I burst in to tears and told her that my plan had been to go home and take all the medication while my husband was away. She helped me get off that medication and only gave me a small amount of it at a time. My own personal angel.
Then I had to deal with all the mood swings that this medication started me on. Prior to becoming Biploar II my Psychiatrist feels I was Cyclothymic and the med caused the extremes I now have with the added bonus of rapid cycling and mixed episodes.
I had to try a few meds to find something that worked for me as I had reactions to some of the meds. I am now on Divalproex Sodium and Risperidone which has settle the worst of the mood swings and sleep issues as well as the anxiety.
It took me about a year to accept my illness and another year to stop being so angry at the doctor that gave me the first mediation that started me on this trip. That acceptance has helped me learn to start on a path of recovery.
I learned to track my moods and recognize my triggers so that I can avoid things that upset me.
Depression is the one thing I have really had a hard time with but even that is getting better. There is light at the end of the tunnel. I cannot take the newer SSRI and SSNRI antidepressants as they make me a danger to myself and to those around me but a couple of months ago I started on a low dose of Amitriptyline which is an older type of antidepressant and that seems to be helping quite a bit.
The point here is that it was not that long ago that I was feeling the same way and I know that I will be in that place again as that unfortunately is the nature of our illness. BUT it does get better as we learn to function and push ourselves to learn more about it. There are so many good books you can read for guidelines and ideas. Go to your library, search online and learn all you can especially things to help you. You will find that the best books are written by Psychologists suffering from this same illness.
Best of luck to you and if I can help any please let me know.
I also suffer from bipolar disorder, with the right doc and meds it can be controlled. There's no magic Med to make it all go away,I went to several docs and lots of meds before I found the,perfect fit.a cocktail of meds has me living life once again.I had to accept the fact I suffered from this illness, and other illnesses also.I didn't stop trying to find the perfect meds for me.the mania is calm,the anxiety is calm,and I see light again.don't give up.!
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