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Bipolar Disorder

Posted by blaheen-314772 - Created: 6 years ago
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Posted by mrbluesky-229427 - 6 years ago

I endorse much of what cocobonnie has said. Modern medication is effective and has few side-effects. It is helpful to build up a relationship with a psychiatrist specialising in the condition who can advise on major fluctuations. However, it is also important to trust your husband and maybe some close friends to comment if they think your mood is getting out of control- they can give helpful early warning of either over-excitability or of depression before you are aware of it yourself.
People with mild bipolar disorder are often very effective members of society who just need a tweak of medication when going to extremes. Severe bipolar disorder (which was called manic-depressive psychosis) is admittedly a different ball game but has become quite unusual now that the milder form of the condition is well recognized and treated.
I hope you can take a much more positive view of the future.

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Posted by cocobonnie - 6 years ago

Yes, absolutely. I don't know if this is your case, but I have learned that, like addiction, bi-polar is often linked to stressful and difficult situations that have had to be dealt with in childhood. Apparently there does have to be a natural susceptibility in the person concerned as well, but there are triggers as I understand it. People scoff and sneer when childhood is mentioned in these instances, but it's only logical to me. After all, most adults are ill-equipped to deal with frightening and traumatic situations...imagine what psychological meddlings it does to a child when faced with some very adult situations without the emotional insight to begin to deal with them, and often without the wherewithal to ask for help. Often these difficult and frightening times get locked away but they inevitably come out at some point, usually through depression. It is the "inner child" (another expression that makes many people sneer and laugh) but it is so true, so true, and peace has to be made with that child.
If I sound as though I'm interested by this subject then it's true. I am not bi-polar but I have suffered from my own hiccoughs in terms of mental wellbeing, namely depression and severe anxiety attacks. My own experience took me to individual and group therapy in various forms and I was helped greatly by it. I finally understood what was making me anxious and unhappy and how not to go on repeating the same unhealthy patterns, and now, I'm pleased to say that it's four years on and life is good. It's very fashionable nowadays to talk about depression and bi-polar as if they're an excuse for bad behaviour (celebrities etc..), but they are very real and frightening things and although you're right when you say that lots of people are scared off by the subject (by their own secret fears in my view), thank goodness we live in 2012 where there is a much greater understanding of these types of conditions and where real help can be given.
I'm supposing that you got my personal e-mail? Do go and have a look where I suggested and find the contact. I'm certain you'll find it useful to talk to him.
All the very best to you. You've won half the battle anyway by being brave (and it is bravery) enough to ask for help and to be honest about your situation. I applaud you for that, and it can only be a good thing if it makes others less fearful too.

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Posted by blaheen-314772 - 6 years ago

Hi there,

thank you so much for your very positive and kind message. I shall certainly look into what you mentioned. It would be useful to know how it affects other people and how they cope. The thing is, even in this day and age people are still scared to talk about it. How sad, when all those people could be helped by others. I was strolling through the net last night and there is another terminology for the disorder. Top Psychiatrists, Professors Doctors etc refer to the disorder as " The curse of the strong" so, it means the strong will survive. Did you know,
Winston Churchill suffered from severe depression as did Florence Nightingale. Google them and you will see.

Thanks once again, much appreciated.


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Posted by cocobonnie - 6 years ago

Correction...I meant "since my friend started treatment three MONTHS ago"... not three years.

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Posted by cocobonnie - 6 years ago

Please don't be scared Blaheen. Nowadays there is a lot of understanding of this condition and very effective medication to manage it. A very dear friend of mine was diagnosed, on the lower end of the spectrum, not long ago. My advice to you is to go to a psychiatrist as soon as you can, if you don't already have one that you trust. They are there to help you with exactly this kind of condition. If you can speak French well then if you need me to I can recommend you one via personal message, in Cannes. If not then I'm afraid I don't know any English speaking psychiatrists but somebody on angloinfo must know of someone I'm sure.
Please, don't be scared. You will go through a period of adjustment once suitable medication is prescribed for you and it is obviously going to be a bit nerve-racking, but I have seen the amazing results since my friend started treatment three years ago. Finally, he can control his moods rather than the other way around. It has made a very big difference to his life. It' is not just medication though. Stress can be a big trigger of bi-polar episodes, and alcohol consumption has to be watched as well. All these things will be talked through with you by a good doctor so don't worry.
I have another suggestion for you, if you would like to be in contact with a suffer of bi-polar, which I will send you by email.
Best of luck and please don't think it's the beginning of the end, it's not.