Ditto to the other post, how long?, and any medication yet? On with some helpful useful advise or suggestions if you will allow.
It looks as though you have done atleast some research or therapy for bipolar disorder. Yes it can be destructive in our lives, but it also a manageable disease. There are many a different type of bipolar diorders, getting a "name" of the type helps you understand the ebb and flow,( ups and downs of bipolar), plus getting medical management curbs the majority of the highs and lows of depressive disorders, a physician should, will, and can help determine what type you have, thereby recommending medications specific for the bipolar diagnosis specifically beneficial to/for you. Yes it may be a guessing game for a trial period, some medications work for one person, and not for another, most people who suffer from bipolar have to take more than one kind of medication to even out the temper, anger, outburst, depression, mania, rage, suicidel thoughts, nightmares, tremers, shakes, uncontrolled swings in mood, crying spells for no apparent reason, our inability to even think right, get a point across, or express how we feel, go to work, or be productive citizens in society, we can't even cook supper, make a sandwich, we tend to take things personal, literally, and as fact and truth, we doubt our very own life making, changing, decisions and choices that at the moment were hey!!! okay. Therapy sessions one on one helped me, my personal physician and the right medications, and my decision to help myself let me be me again, no stero-typing, no bother about what others think any more. It just doesn't matter when it came to me taking care of me, you take care of you first, then the rest will follow, this I know and can say with out uncertainity. Give yourself some credit, not every person is born normal, others of us get sick later in life and can manage for the rest of life with medication to make us whole and healthy again, or we can stick our head in the sand and worry forever about what's wrong with me, why are they judging me, and on and on and on. I am not a sick person because I grabbed this by the head any took control back by allowing medicine work its majic and straighten my brain wiring and chemical imbalance back to a so called "normal", don't be ashamed, or shy or fearful, its not as bad as it may appear. You are definitity alone, drowning by yourself, all that is necessary is the desire to be good to yourself. Seek medical advise and treatment.
That's a tough question, as everyone here will probably have their own unique coping mechanisms for dealing with this condition. Plus since there are so many variations to this illness - some people get a little bit too manic, other people get a little bit too depressed, some people get agitated and angry... well, where to begin.
In a nutshell, just for me, there are three ways I go about trying to beat this thing, so that it doesn't get the better of me. The first route is to find the proper combination of pills which work for you, and which may not even necessarily work for anybody else. You need to work with your psychiatrist on this, and maybe even experiment a bit until you have found what's right for you. The second thing which I find invaluable is to see a therapist, and to do that on a weekly basis if you can. You'd be surprised by how well talk therapy works. The therapist can't FIX your problems, but he/she can help you put your worries into perspective, and it's just a great way to release stress. And finally, maybe it's the biggest thing of the lot, you have to make an effort personally to get yourself out of the rut which you are finding yourself in. Because you have this condition, , you have to make some lifestyle adjustment changes, such as getting into a very regular routine, pursuing hobbies which you like, getting a decent amount of exercise, and just for me, involving yourself in meaningful activities which get you out and about among people. Because loneliness is a killer for anybody, and if you are finding yourself sitting home brooding, well that'll do it! And you know, at first you might not feel like doing all that, but after a while you do discover that social engagement has improved your mood, and what you do is fun. So it's just worth mulling over what you could become involved in, in your community, and making a resolution to do it.
I wish you all the luck in the world. I know how hard this, but bear in mind that while you can never whip this thing, you can control it so that you win, not it.
That was a great answer. That was exactly what I was going to say. I have found an excellent psychiatrist. I would be lost without my therapist. Mostly though, I know for me, is the right combination of meds. I take Abilify, Cymbalta, Seroquel, and Lamictal, and I can tell you, if I miss a dose of Abilify, watch out. My mood will slide so quickly. I get suicidal and very emotional. Abilify is the best med out there I think. Norhan have you ever tried Abilify or Lamictal? They are both mood stabilizers and I personally think they work great.
Also I do little things for myself to help keep me in a good frame of mind. I am disabled and can't work, but I have a cookie business on the side. I bake and sell cookies to craft fairs and to others by word of mouth. I used to volunteer with a local police dept. but then I moved out of the area and I had to give it up. I am now looking into starting up a Fibromyalgia support group in our area.
I have a lot of candles. I use a lot of body mists. I like the aromatherapy. It calms me. I have a lot of house plants, I like to tend to them and watch them grow. Any little thing you can do for yourself is a plus. Anything that makes you feel better is what you want to do. If you are frustrated and want to punch someone, punch a pillow. Also, pets are good therapy. You can talk and talk to them and they listen well.
Do you have a family? Spouse or children? It is important to get them involved in your care. It is important to get them to understand Bipolar Disorder and how it works. They need to understand your cycles and be supportive. Maybe they need to go to counseling with you.
I hope you feel better soon. I know exactly how you feel honey. There are days when I just want to run away... but you just have to learn how to live with it. It will all fall into place. You will see. Best wishes,
You will need the following:
1. psychiatrist - one that you can be a team player as well
2. combination of meds - meds for the rest of your life; some can manage without but it takes time for you to understand everything about bipolar first.
3. mood chart/journal - mood chart to share with psych and therapist as well as to help you learn your patters and triggers. Journaling to help find what your triggers are to cause you to go up or down.
5. therapist - to help you learn all about bipolar, triggers, and how to deal with them.
6. support groups - to meet others who deal with the same issue as yourself. You can also meet others to form a good support system for you.
7. support - from family too.
8. research - equals knowledge the more you know the more power you have to stay stable with the right combination of the above.
Please remember to be patient, kind, loving, forgiving to yourself as well.
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