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Kelly B

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What are the odds of getting manic again even if you’re medicated?
 
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From memory i think the chance of a relapse is 73% but in that 73% 91% relapse into depression only 2% go back into having manic symptoms and only 0. 66% of those people relapse again
Hope this is helpful :)
It probably isn't
 
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That is VERY helpful. One of my greatest fears is going manic again. I have a great support system in place but have never seen the inside of a psychiatric unit and would prefer not to. The depression is horrible, but I’d much rather that than running around embarrassing myself all over town. 🥴
 
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I have had an experience similar to that and its a painful feeling when you know you have hurt your loved one a bit ago I snapped at one of my friends luckily she understood and forgave me for it but it hurt to do that to your friend
 
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I snapped (more like raged) against my husband and other family members. My daughter was afraid of me. We’re as thick as thieves now, but I will never forgive myself for that.
 
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I snapped (more like raged) against my husband and other family members. My daughter was afraid of me. We’re as thick as thieves now, but I will never forgive myself for that.
Odly my boyfriend's the only person who I haven't snapped at he's great he always helps me to calm down he is also the only person who has gotten me out of a flashback it's frightening what a condition can make you do to your loved ones
 
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Never had a relapse in 14 years on depakote, even though I was also drinking too much. Tried to quit my meds, did about okay for six months and bam: 8 months psychotic mania, wrecked my
Life, at 40 (!). Back on meds, back on tracks + sober: 4 years stable now, so I guess if you’re lucky enough to find a mes regimen that works for you with not too heavy side effects, and avoid steer drugs and alcohol, you can avoid relapse!
 
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I’m sorry that happened to you! My last manic/psychotic episode almost caused me to almost lose everything I cared about. I have a very forgiving family so I am fortunate that way. If you don’t mind my asking, why did you stop taking the meds?
 
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And congratulations on quitting drinking and pulling it together!!! I drank like a fish until a year and a half ago when I decided to give it up. One of the best decisions I ever made.
 
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Thanks! Not sure why I quit the meds.my shrink thinks maybe I was already a bit hypomanicto do this. Maybe. Maybe just midlife crisis. Thought I was out of the woods after so long and my previous episodes had been triggered by ptsd not bipolar. Felt my life as it was was not whAt it should have been. Thought I’d manage the symptoms with just meditation. Guess I was slightly hypo...and guess I’d forgotten how bad it is. Also I had some side effects from depakote (sleepiness, mostly) and was afraid of long term side effects. My family and friends forgave me too after some time... three months in hospital. But I’ve mostly rebuilt my life. Quitting booze was the best decision for me too.
 
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