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  1. B

    HELP Drug induced psychosis????

    Hey this is random but I’m really scared and would greatly appreciate any help. Last night I was smoking with my friend and all of a sudden things started to get really weird. At first I thought it was a panic attack because my hands were all sweaty and everything felt heavy, but I just couldn’t...
  2. C

    Do I really need medication?

    When I was 13 I was put on Zoloft because I was sad all the time. 5 years later, I have gone off all medication entirely (except for adderall) and now I’ve been diagnosed with BPD and bipolar II. I have suicidal thoughts pretty much everyday and consistently feel sad or very angry (usually for...
  3. J

    Bipolar and your job

    So many reading this might understand the difficulty of holding down a full time job whilst fighting a war against your bipolar. My question is simple, how do you keep the bipolar from affecting your work?
  4. S

    Need Help and Advice

    I'm really new to this still and I don't really know what I'm doing but here I go anyways. (i hope I'm posting in the right area) I'm a 20-year-old pre-med student diagnosed with major depressive and anxiety disorder. I'm a rape and sexual assault survivor along with surviving abusive...
  5. M

    How do you know if your bipolar

    I dont know whats wrong with me but when i was looking online and I found a test which i took and scored 43 on it was goldberg something or other and if said over 18 was consideded on the bipolar spectrum and to seek medical advice thing is i do get times of energetic and low but most of the...
  6. S

    Thoughts on Lithium

    I’ve been on lithium for two months now, impressed over all. However have some days with bad shakes and heavy head aches, put on a stone in weight. I’ll take that for the black hole it pulled me out of! I was on a fairly low dose and gradually building up, as I’m coming into a time of being...
  7. G

    How to deal with hyper and agitated behaviour I just cant control?

    Hello, I'm not sure if I have a mental illness as ive never been stuck with one diagnosis. I 21, I have been in mental health services since 15, diagnosed with psychosis, schizophrenia, depression, eating disorders, bipolar etc. I have been doing well for years but just been discharged from...
  8. M

    Is this a thing?

    So what I was told when I was diagnosed was that schizoeffective is like the lovechild of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, whenever you have an upswing or downswing (or both times) you experience psychoses. I looked at different mood disorders and my mood swings and other symptoms look more...
  9. Lupin731

    Bipolar and perceptions of the world around us

    So I have bipolar with possible psychosis, and was wondering if anyone had experience with altered senses depending on your state of mind? When I am depressed, it seems like living in a fog, like walking through water in order to accomplish something as easy as getting a shower. But I also...
  10. S

    Potential misdiagnosis

    Hello, I was hoping anyone who had been in a similar situation to me can offer me some advice. I was diagnosed with cyclothymia in April this year but at the time I said I also related to a lot of the BPD signposts. I have had depression since 13, severe anxiety, and the bipolar diagnosis came...
  11. Prairie Sky

    Just Curious

    As far as I understand, schizoaffective disorder can have either bipolar subtype with mania, or depressive subtype with only major depression. Is there such a thing as a bipolar 2 subtype?
  12. Q

    How Do I Request a Second Opinion for a Diagnosis

    Hello, I have been diagnosed as Bipolar of which the Psychiatrist nor the Mental Health Nurse can actually say what type. I was in hospital a year and a half ago due to depression and being suicidal. I was getting verbally abused by my family and harassed by my neighbour. They gave me a...
  13. EddieH

    Can you have schizophrenia and bipolar?

    Hi all, Been having a bit of a strange time lately. I've been diagnosed with schizophrenia but seem to have periods that get completely out of hand. Been staying awake for days, talking heaps, gambling heavily , driving aggressively etc. Could this be bipolar on top of the schizophrenia? Seems...
  14. J

    Possible Bipolar? New Here

    Hi :) I have recently been to see my GP and she has referred me for Talk Therapy, I originally went to her because I self harm and have been since I was roughly 13 year old. My memory is not the best and I can't quite remember the Whys, Hows, or Whens from back then. I will be 26 next week. I...
  15. 2

    Ruined a friendship during an episode - anyone else?

    As posted elsewhere, I don't tick enough boxes to be bipolar but I do experience hypomania / possible cyclothymia, who knows? Usually short highs followed by long lows. Imaginary cookies for anyone who gets to the end of this: A couple of weeks ago, I felt as if I was suffering from fatigue...
  16. 2

    Just dropped in...

    Hi, I've been on meds for depression/anxiety for over 20 years but it probably started before that. I've had several different kinds of episodes along the way but I don't tick enough boxes to be any flavour of bipolar. Just on the spectrum. Recently had an odd one and thought I'd try this...
  17. Prairie Sky

    Heightened empathy or lack of?

    I was just doing some Google research into the effect of Bipolar on empathy. It yielded some wildly divergent results. Here is a blog post that mirrors my own experience. I'm intensely sensitive to the feelings of others, to the point that I will allow myself to be walked on. However I...
  18. S

    Lithium insight please

    Hi. I'm new to this forum but it looks great. I'm trying to find out more info on how Lithium affects people. My boyfriend and I have only been together for 3 months but it looks like it's the real thing. We both feel like we've found our soul mate. He's bi-polar and his doctor recently changed...
  19. T

    Difference between bipolar and schizoaffective

    I was diagnosed for a decade with bipolar and have been diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder for about 4 years. I know they're supposed to be similar, but what are the differences between the two diagnoses?
  20. V

    Has Anyone Else had ECT?

    I have bi-polar depression with psychosis, anxiety, PTSD, and night terrors. I spend most of my time in a serious state of depression and anxiety. The last few months I have been hospitalized multiple times, and I started ECT while inpatient back in August. After a course of three treatments a...