bipolar

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    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...
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    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...
  3. 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...
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    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...
  5. 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?
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    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...
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    Diagnosed Bipolar 5 years ago and realized yesterday that I really am bipolar

    Diagnosed Bipolar 5 years ago and realized yesterday that I really am bipolar Hi everyone! I'm new and this is my first post. My step-dad committed suicide last month and my kids have been putting me through it and there is no communication between my husband and I. And yesterday I realized...
  8. J

    Bipolar rodeo

    So anyone reading this will know how it feels when your bipolar decides that it is time for rodeo lessons and all you can do is go along. My apologies in advance but I am trying this new thing where I treat the bipolar as an unwelcome house guest. I am not even really sure why I am posting this...
  9. Prairie Sky

    Why Depakote??

    Depakote Bipolar Disorder Therapy - Is It The Best Bipolar Medication for YOU? | Bipolar Lives 1. Okay... 2. Not male. 3. I am a WHALE. Gained 30lb so far. 4. Is a two-year depressive episode considered rapid cycling? 5. Never been manic in my life. I can think of a whole host of reasons why...
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    does medication help?

    I'm getting more fat and lonely. I think i might have bipolar, manic, and anxiety. i tried taking medication to ease my mind. i took olanzapine latuda and trazodone, but latuda and trazodone causes nasal blockage. olanzapine doesn't work well. Can someone recommend a medicine for me, please. my...
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    Antipsychiatry Thread - The Myths of Mental Illness

    The Chemical Imbalance Hoax The Chemical Imbalance Theory of psychosis arose from an understanding of how the antpsychotic drugs act on the brain. Antipsychotics block dopamine receptors, which causes an alleviation of symptoms, therefore the illness must have been due to an overactive...
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    Diagnosed with bipolar II recently(had the wrong diagnosis), will it ever get better? I feel lost

    Diagnosed with bipolar II recently(had the wrong diagnosis), will it ever get better? I feel lost Dear kind people who went through hell because of mental illness, I am a 19 year old, who has been treated from severe depression for 2 years unsuccessfuly, one attemp of suicide, and two...
  13. Prairie Sky

    Trauma as an Infant?

    A family member of mine (my guardian) has PTSD after a severe accident almost 30 years ago. He claims that my symptoms of social stress, strange sleeping patterns, chronic depression, irritability and nervousness match his, and despite never being diagnosed with it, he strongly believes I have...
  14. Prairie Sky

    Considering Full-Time Work

    Since I left school (I quit college after one semester) I have worked part-time jobs, first living with family and then boarding with a couple from my church. I really long for the independence of living alone, but though I have a sizeable amount saved up for a down payment, my income isn't...
  15. Prairie Sky

    Hello from across the pond.

    As my "name" suggests, I live in rural western Canada, under the endless, beautiful prairie sky. My childhood was difficult and I have struggled with depression all my life. Last February, at age 25, I was hospitalized and diagnosed with Bipolar II disorder. Since then it has been a painful...
  16. Random5

    I’ve just joined and thought I’d introduce myself.

    Hi, Just to introduce myself and say Hello! I joined to gain some mutual support and share experiences with others experiencing Mental Illness and possibly make some friends. I have Bipolar 1 disorder. Stabilised with Epilim and Lamotrigine. Hope to chat soon. Kind regards Random5
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    A question about relationships

    Hello everyone, I'm new to the forum and joined as this has been bothering me. I was diagnosed with depression age 16, this was changed to Bipolar when I was 19 and now at the age of 26 I've just been told it is actually BPD that I have. Huge relief to be honest because I hadn't heard of it...
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    BPD possibly being BP2??

    Okay so a little while ago I posted to the BPD thread about my therapist being unsure about BPD symptoms but through more research and observation, I've come to feel as if I'm somewhere on the bipolar spectrum. Here's the mood timeline from 2016 up til now that I've analyzed: Mood of 2016...
  19. Cry-Baby

    ▲ family doesn't get it ▲

    I have been prescribed with bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and agoraphobia. My parents are forward-thinking people, my sister is a hospital RN, and yet they just don't want to do some research on my illness. I don't get it. I have begged my mom to read NAMI's...