- Nov 23, 2008
- Belfast, N.Ireland
Hi there. I am new to this forum, but not to mental illness. I have been ill since i was 17. (Now 38) At the time, I was living and going to university in the States. I lived there with an American family for 6 years there. In the 6 years, i was admitted to a psychiatric hospital 6 times. I have had many different dx's over the years from BPD to Schizophrenia to major depression and now the current dx is Bipolar.
I returned home from the States 14 years ago as i just couldn't afford my co-payments from my insurance bills. I have lost count of the amounts of times i have been hospitalized since I'm back home the past 14 years. Probably at least 30 times. However, I am now out almost three years. In 2005 i was became very obviously extremely manic. I did just the craziest and outlandish and out of character stuff. Was sleeping less that half hour at night. Went into hospital again and spent 6 months there.
I was put on Lithium 1200, Epilim 1700 and Seroquel 800mg. Despite being out of hospital almost 3 years - I struggle very often with my moods. Generally high or at times, almost manic moods. I swing very quickly. I suffer with Mixed moods and ultra-radian cycling. I don't have depressions often. Normally swing from very high to high or normal.
So i think that will explain a wee bit about me. Hopefully I will get to know some about the rest of you.> Jacqui