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Realistic Ambitions for someone with Bipolar?

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basicspray

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Hello all, and Merry Christmas Eve!

This is my first post - massive excitement! Just wanted to say hi to everyone, Seasons Greetings, and ask a question:

What can I expect to achieve in life, given that I am more stable now - what's realistic? What are your past experiences and ambitions for the future?

Many thanks in advance for any kind of replies!

Have a fantastic Christmas and New Year!

Basic.
 
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sammoore1972

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welcome to yu but i ave no idea 2 lol, sorry, but i just take one day at a time and i dont like to plan anything anymore coz i dont no if i will be ill. Even tho im stable now, fuck no's wot the future will hold.
love sam (who swears a lot) xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
 
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Shine

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I feel like I have to live day to day...making long term plans is hard. I do know what I'd like to do but I'm not putting all of my hopes on it. And I'm not asking too much of myself...I was just starting to get into acting after graduating from drama school but I realised I can't cope with that lifestyle. So then i thought teaching....but screw the responsibility! Teaching assistant? Yes. Dramatherapist? Maybe in the long run.

It's about being realistic and having several goals on different levels i suppose.
 
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sammoore1972

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yeah shine, ur 100 percent right, one day at a time. As a bipolar sufferer i have unrealstic goals, but, its nice to dream sum times. I did my first year of nursing training and quit after a year coz i could not cope, so yeah, one day at a time. I did eventually work for the NHS, I do now but off sick, but as a support worker, less pressure, Just try not to get out of your depth, i find i cant handle change and pressure x
 
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I graduated with a BA in Psychology 17 years ago!! It was a real struggle to get my degree as I had 5 admissions during my studies. I got my degree in the States and I worked for a year in the mental health field. Loved it. I had planned to get a PhD in counselling and work mainly with hearing impaired or deaf individuals as I felt that I would not like to have to have an interpreter in with me if I wanted therapy and wanted a counsellor.
It never happened as I took sick again and had a further 2 admissions and had to return home to N.I due to not being able to afford my medical bills. I am now 40 years old and the new restrictions that are coming up with the DLA etc - are very worrying and it looks like that there is a likelihood that I will have to return to work. What shall I do?? Haven't a clue! Haven 't worked in 16 years - YIKES!
Jacqui
 
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charliebean

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Hi, I was diagnosed a few weeks ago after suffering for 15 years!!!
In that time I qualified as a management accountant and now have a very successful business.

The sky is your limit - reach for the stars x

P.s I will admit though that along the way and through my very up times I also tried many things that I thought would make me millions!!!!!!!!!!! ;-)
 
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suzy

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In my opinion bipolar is not going to get in the way of anything I want to do, if you work to keep stable it should not affect things
 
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TOONAFISH

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I was advised not to do any job that would involve working shifts so it did change my options a bit. Even working backshift mucked up my sleep patteren and ended up a bit manic. I think it is so hard to make plans for the future, like i want to go to thialand to see my friend but i worry that if i book to go i will end up ill. however i am a pessemistic soul.

I think once you are stable you can start to make more plans. x
 
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Shine

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Yeah now I'm more stable I've planned going to Oz...and thank god I am more stable because I know I couldn't deal with this stress if I wasn't!

Toona...I know that having Oz booked has given me the kick up the backside to really focus on managing my illness, I've looked into my triggers and written ways to diffuse situations when I know I'm getting worked up or down. I've spoken more openly about how I feel. It's been enlightening and encouraged and helped me to stay stable. Having that goal to work towards xx
 
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RunawayDreamer

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Hi everyone, find this thread really interesting. Cos maybe sometimes having the Bipolar is what makes us achieve more stuff - more creative flow and ambition - I dunno? I have run 2 marathons, passed ITEC Anatomy and Physiology and also in the middle of ITEC MAssage just in this past year - this stuff i dont think i could of done when depressesd but i know i have been manic and able to do it - not without hickups mind when on a downer

The hardest thing is when the depressions comes mid swing of a project - then your screwed...but most is picked up again...eventually

Im just worried now im diagnosed and have pills are they gonna stop me from achieving stuff??

Who knows?? sorry if this is a bit rambly - had some wine and have a crashing headache!!

But then again - maybe the pills will stop me from ditching everything - promotion at work, steady boyfriend, flat and then going to Thailand for 2 months - like it did 5 years ago! Mind you sometimes ditching everything and running away does sound like a bloody good idea...
 
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lauli-ann

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hey
I think the only thing thats gonna stop you achieving what u want (when youre ok I mean) is you and your thoughts...however I know that when youre depressed, it is the depression that stops you from achieving....Big hugs
xxx
 
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Diamonds

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I have no idea what realistic ambitions are anymore - if people laugh I guess then what I'm planning is unrealistic. However, people did scoff when I said I wanted to be a stand up comedian, and did quite well. But packed that in due to low mood. I'm now teaching myself web programming and pastry making. These new hobbies will probably pass by the wayside at some point.
 
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