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Bipolar support thread?

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Crawling Sun 03-Feb-13 19:04:00

Ive noticed there are quite a few of us and thought maybe a thread for us would be good. All are welcome those diagnosed and those awaiting diagnosis.

Ill start with Ive been depressed so long now I dont remember how I used to feel, yet id still prefer this to mania as the havoc I reaked last time was very painful to clean up after my episode. If I had to chart my mood today between 1-10 1 being I cant think how to make a cup of tea and 5 being good 10 being the tv is talking to me and I must go out now im about a 3 today what about you guys?

nenevomito Wed 24-Apr-13 13:57:08

Well done on the weight loss, Crawling. I could do with following your example!

Crawling Wed 24-Apr-13 14:20:11

Babyheav ask to switch meds If weight gain is bothering you abilify is great no drowsy no weight gain no fuzzy brain Whats not to like. Plus remember you will take these meds forever Its important your Happy with them.

nenevomito Sat 27-Apr-13 15:46:42

I'm not putting on weight at the moment as I'm doing enough exercise to keep me stable. I'm just going wrong by eating too much crap. There's nothing healthy about a cheese and salami toastie for lunch grin. It doesn't help that I walk past a vending machine every time I go in and out of my office at work either.

How are the wedding plans going?

I'm doing OK. I'm staying pretty stable in the face of an enormous workload, but I'm going to take a 1/2 day this week and a day off the week after to break the week up so I'm not so utterly knackered by the end of it.

Crawling Sat 27-Apr-13 16:11:47

Wedding going great im not i feel im going mixed one moment im talking dirty with a guy im going out with on the weekend others im thinking wtf am i doing and crying my eyes out. But the peoblem is i want to go up so i dont have to be down.

Crawling Sat 27-Apr-13 16:15:35

Btw Its a long term friend and a part of me knows this is wrong but i cant seem to stop myself cpn need to admit me soon before i do something stupid they know Whats going on but im on the max dose.

nenevomito Sat 27-Apr-13 18:15:33

That's a pain that you're mixed again. I was hoping for a bit of stability for you. The positive that I take from your post is that you're still aware of what's going on.

You really don't want to be admitted though. It will be impossible to sort out the wedding if you're on a section.

I have everything crossed that things even out again for you soon.

Crawling Sat 27-Apr-13 19:26:51

I know i dont think pychiatric wards do marriages. Im seeing my cpn regularly and pychiatrist im sure they can add another med to the mix.

Crawling Sat 27-Apr-13 19:27:23

Thanks btw im really trying to stay stable.

Crawling Sat 27-Apr-13 19:30:47

That came out wrong Thanks for your concern about my wedding and everything. I really am trying to stay calm.

nenevomito Sat 27-Apr-13 21:00:09

No worries. I prob didn't express what I was trying to say v well. I know you've got a sensible head smile

Juneywoony Fri 10-May-13 07:15:27

Hi everyone just checking in to see how you are all doing?

I'm doing a lot better at the moment and think I have evened out and got used to the depokate although not taking the suggested dose of 1000mg a day but 750mg which seems to be suiting me, CPN said this was ok and just to tell the psych when I see him next week.

It has mucked around with my periods a bit but i'm hoping that will settle and the hair loss has calmed down although had to have a fair amount chopped off last week to make it look a bit thicker sad

On the plus side my migraines have really calmed down so defo a bonus there!


Crawling Fri 10-May-13 10:49:28

Glad to hear your meds are going Well sotrry about the hair loss though.

Juneywoony Fri 10-May-13 14:18:54

How are things with you at the mo crawling? How are the wedding plans coming along? xx

Crawling Sat 11-May-13 21:45:31

I been very mixed was offered addmittance but refused not doing Well they want to change my meds as they are not working

DiamondDoris Wed 15-May-13 20:31:01

Full of nervous energy at the moment with worry one minute then not a care in the world - but nothing too drastic ie no depression but no highs either. On medication so they are taking the edge off my "real" moods (wish I wasn't on meds, selfish I know). I hope everyone is okay. Obviously no time to read as I'm in a permanent rush. Anyone else like this right now? I'm kind of seeing faults in people - feel bad about that.

Mitchy1nge Thu 16-May-13 11:33:19

hello bipolar people, hope you are all ok and that it's ok to join you for a quick question? Just wondering how you deal with unfounded concern about your mood and intervention (people contacting CMHT and GP and making extra appointments for you) - especially if you think their motives might be questionable but you can't say so without fuelling the situation. Or in case you know, they are actually being nice?

Would you just go to the appointment and trust to the judgment of whoever asseses you in the hopes that it will be ok? I HATE it and have been much better since I finally got discharged after over ten years angry

Mitchy1nge Sat 18-May-13 16:20:04

sorry, did I kill the thread? blush I survived the appointment anyway

will leave you all to it!

Just1willdo Sun 19-May-13 12:08:44

Hi there

I can see this thread is old but I wondered how did you approach your GP about your condition because I strongly think I am Bi-Polar, all the symptoms I see here I recognise in myself.
I have been too embarrassed to see my GP about mental health issues afraid it might affect my work. I know I need help, I've told noone about my mental health problems that I sometimes hear voices telling me to walk in front of a bus or just go jump on the train tracks. Sometimes I hear voices telling me I'm this horrible person who doesn't deserve to be alive and do everyone a favor and go.
Sorry to be rambling on.

Mitchy1nge Sun 19-May-13 16:52:48

I didn't approach my gp, it was more sort of straight to hospital without passing GO, a really big shock have never quite got over because I didn't know I was ill (am still not sure I was) then I was just in and out of hospital quite a lot (their fault for later giving me antidepressants I think, made me really really ill) until it settled down with lithium (or the passage of time?)

Obviously it must be better to see someone and discuss your concerns before it gets to that stage, you will probably need to be referred to a psychiatrist. Am not sure but don't think gps can do much except the blood tests and things, mine won't anyway, she just bounces me back to the mental health people for any medication changes. Could you write it all down first, would that help?

Mirages Wed 19-Jun-13 15:04:17

Guess who is back!
How are you all doing? I got out of hospital last month and I am doing better.

gatsby79 Wed 19-Jun-13 16:03:02

Hi, is this thread still current? I have bipolar and am in the two week wait right now. It's my first real go and it is driving me crazy. Like really. I'm doing pregnancy tests every 12 hours and spending all my time googling pregnancy symptoms. Should I be worried? Can't seem to focus in anything else at all.

MightyQuin1201 Thu 18-Jul-13 08:18:36

Would love to get this thread going again... Hello everyone, I'm bp2 and currently doing pretty well- been off the meds for 3 months now and I've been having B12 shots which have had an incredible effect on me- anxiety massively reduced with a good example being the fact that I have been properly terrified of spiders for years- as in screaming at the tops of tomatoes terrified, but now I don't freak out if I see one...

Silly example, but an easy way to explain reduced anxiety to non bp people too...

Anyway, I hope this thread isn't dead- really useful place to come.

nenevomito Thu 18-Jul-13 12:35:26

Hi MightyQuin - just noticed this popping up in my Active convos.

I'm interested in your being off your meds. Are you worried at all about relapse or going back on them if you find yourself slipping? I'm going to be on mine forever I think.

That's good about the B12. I didn't know that it could reduce anxiety, although thats not a big problem of mine. Is it just the injections that do it or would supplements be enough?

Crawling Thu 18-Jul-13 14:21:22

Popping in to ask do you know what your b12 levels were I was at 90 and severely deficient and my psychiatrist is pushing for a pernicious anemia test but my go won't do one. I have b12 tablets at a high dose and while my levels are raising its very slow.

Mirages Thu 18-Jul-13 19:31:33

MightyQuin1201: sounds interesting. Maybe one can use it alongside meds. I am aiming to be med free but it won't be happening anytime soon.

My mum had her B12 levels measured and she started to take injections. She had loads of, good knows what, problems. She seems to be doing much better both mentally and physically.

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