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support needed I have bi polar 2 disorder

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jelly bean

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hi

I have bi polar 2 disorder. I find it very hard to cope with day to day life. No1 knows I have bi polar 2 disorder as I feel they may not understand. I dont tell people how I feel or what is going on. I tend to shut myself away from the world when not working but I do work as much as possible as i feel if i keep busy then it will take my mind of things. When I was told i had bi polar i was not ready to accept it and self harmed as i felt it was my fault. I think i am now ready to accept it and would like to know what support is out there .
Thank u 4 reading
Take care
 
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i found when my gp suspected things he set up meetings with all the right people for me (CMHT physciatry team for example) they saw situation and set up daily visits and it all took off from there, my only advice is dont change your area as it can take ages to have you details moved for whatever reason....still if your GP hasent already sorted things out go to CMHT some places ive found them to be usefull in other places in uk ive found them to be amazing with the amount they can do......oh wait i just reread your post.....your clearly already with cmht or phyciatrist at least to be diagnosed....sorry....ill post what i wrote anyway just incase....do you know the crysis line and other mental health numbers and websites? there on here somwhere i belive, try looking into MIND, the samaritians can usually transfer you to right people if things are getting to much....i had no clue who to call and they got me to the right groups in my last manic phase...
 
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sorry i just relized how useless that probably was for you.......sorry
 
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jelly bean

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thank u for ur reply I was seen by cmht and a phyiatrist and they were the 1s who diagnosed me. I have loked MIND up and have read about it but not sure if i will be able to go to a place like that meeting new people for me is vary scary.
I did the the mental health home treatment team visit but they didnt help much useless really.
Just wondering what other support there is for people who bi polar
 
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meeting new people difficult eh? not sure what cmht can do in your area (as i said ive noticed dramatic diffrences in them in diffrent areas) but im soon to go to a small meeting with 2 or 3 others, not a large group with a social worker (well im not sure what she is but shes part of cmht) and my phyciotheripist and apparentley theyll be a few other cmht workers........meeting and getting on with people isnt normally a problem with me (well it is and it isnt depends on the mood sate im in) so i dont care so much about the small group factor.....apparently its just for cinema visits and what not, but if anyone has a bad experience or the unforseen occurs the group of cmht people will be there,,,,,pherhaps you could ask for somthing like that? ive found although normally im great with people bipolar has ruined most relationships and friendships, hopefully this will help out a bit.....may work for you to if youve got trusted theriapist or whatever,,,,,,just a suggestion, the last place i was with were terrible though and basicly did nothing.....but also pherhaps a short stay at a ward of somekind? when they first started looking into my issues they suggested the idea to annalyse and try to figure out best course....unfortunatley the first 3 places deemed me to high risk (how can you be to high risk for a mental health ward when your not even ther for any violent reasons?) anyway just a suggestion good luck
 
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Are you on any medication? That would be a good place to start, as meds can also help with anxiety, which it sounds like you might have about meeting new people. I resisted meds for a few years, and scraped by because I only have hypomania, although last time I went up seriously my psych said it would have been a full blown episode if I hadn't already been on meds. I have a love-hate relationship with meds, but I won't go off them because the consequences of that are too frightening. I'm from Canada so I don't know anything really about the mental health system in the UK. I had to do a lot of self-advocacy in order to get the help I needed, and it was really hard. Hope it's easier for you.
 
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The single most important thing I do for myself is to take my medications. The second is to keep a regulated sleep schedule.
I avoid caffeine. I spend alot of time on forums. I keep a diary/journal. I read to learn more about my illness (I particularly like Kay Redfield Jamison's books). It helps if I get an hour's sunlight a day. I also take fish oil supplement. Many people take vitamin D.
I am working towards a schedule of doing my tasks at home.
Before I moved a few weeks ago I saw a counselor weekly and went to a class on bipolar once a week.

I am not yet wanting to be around people but when I do I will probably choose something that is like an event (music, church, a class) rather than aimless socializing..I have a very difficult time with that, altho' when I am hypomanic I am great at it.
 
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jelly bean

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hi
Thank u all for ur replies and support.

I am not on any medication as at first before they toldme I had bi polar my GP put me on antidepessants and they just made things 10 time worst I was out of control. I lost my friends, nearly my job. and was in trouble with the police.
When getting in trouble with the police they locked me up all night and day and wouldnt let me go until I was seen by a doctor as I was going crazy locked up. I told the doctor I was ok and that I would go and see my GP and stuff. But really all I could think about was getting out and ending my life. They let me out and once home I cut my legs up and took an overdose. My flat mate called an ambulance and I was taken into hospital. Once in hospital I had to see 2 psychaitrist who wanted me to stay in hospital but agian I told them I was fine as still all I could think about was ending it. On return home I spoke with my flat mate and told her I was ok then retuned to my roon and took another overdose and went to sleep praying I would not wake up the next day as I knew i was losing everything and had no control over myself. This felt very lonely and the only was out was to end my life. I woke the next day and had to petend to every1 that I was ok and put a smile on my face. This really hurt and all I wanted to do was die.
I was then told I had bi polar 2 disorder the psychaitrist put me on medication which made me put on a lot of weight so I went to see my GP. She had not read any of my notes and handed me a presription, It was until I left I noticed she had put me back on the anti depressants that made me out of control. I took them for a while to see if it would happen again and it did so I never went back to the doctors and come off the meds all together.

Hope u r all well take care.

And whirl I hope u find the strengh to be able to be around people 1 day
 
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oh tash it seems like you are having a really rough time at the moment. my heart goes out to you. i have recently been diagnosed with bp2 and the same happened to me several years ago i went to the docs with depression and they gave me A'D's which made me worse. since then ive been ref to pdoc & mental health team and they are wonderful in terms of support. Every area is different.

I do hope you get the support you need and you will find the strengh and have the confidence to be around people eventually.
Sounds like you've had a really rough ride and thats why it will take you a little while to find stability, but you will find it and it wont be long before you are stable and living your life again. Remember it wont be like forever, you will get better. Hang in there :)

lots of hugs xxxxxxxxx
 
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Have you tried any of the mood stabilisers like lithium, valproate or lamotrigine? ADs are well known for sending people manic and many people do very well on these mood stabilisers instead.
 
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Huh? this makes no sense, a GP cant prescribe drugs for bipolar only the psyc can so for her to not read the notes and give you anti deps (and I know as they sent me manic too) is terrible!!! Its dangerous!!!

You need get an apt with the psychiatrist and see if there is another mood stabilisor you can have, Im on lithium and have had no weight gain from it but put on a stone from olanzopine which has fallen off now. If meds do make you put on weight it is sadly the case to put up with it and to eat healtily and get loads of exercise to combat it.

Let us know how you get on
 
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jelly bean

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there is no support for people who have mental health problems where I live. So not really sure what to do or where to do.
I only got told I had bi polar as i tried to kill myself. After that I was ment to have the mental health home treatment team visit me they visited for 10 mins then I never seen them again. I was completly on my own not knowing what was happening to me. I lost where I lived as my flat mate couldnt take anymore. She was close to having a breakdown herself due to having to c me in such a mess and she couldnt deal with me self harming and trying to take my own life all the time. She couldnt understand how 1 min I would be laughing and the next I would be crying she use to shout at me all the time as she just could never understand my moods and in fact I didnt so couldnt give her the answers. She use to lock me in the house to stop me from going out and hurting myself. It was no life for her so I walked out after having police there the night before after we had a massive fight and she asked them to section me for my own sake. But again I got away with saying Im fine when really i think i was a danger to myself.
 
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