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Old 09-24-2006, 08:08 PM   #1
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Question I don't know alot about Bipolar Disorder

Howdy folks

As the title says, I don't know much about BP. I would really appreciate it if you would fill me in. Everyone is welcome to pitch in, or not if you'd rather not

I would like to know what BP is, what the symptoms are, what treatments are available, and what side effects of those treatments may be.

With this information (personal details not needed) I hope to gain a greater understanding of what people with BP are going through.

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Old 09-24-2006, 11:35 PM   #2
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Hi ZS,
I think it's really great that you are trying to become as knowledgable as possible about this disorder, it's one of those that is very hard to explain and even more to understand.
I doubt that I am one to help the most but since I was just kind of ck'ng things out and saw your question, I thought I would give you what my take has been of BP.
I have never really posted on any BP forums.
As with any illness there is different symptoms and degrees of BP disorder, I have to say I have been very fortunate the last few yrs as I haven't had any major flares either depression or manic.
BP is not always easily dx'ed, at least not so with me it was many, many yrs I was just treated for dep. and not BP, that probably has mostly to do with having always been on the move and not being with one dr for any legnth of time and never seeking care for manic episodes as I really like em, though I didn't know that was what was going on til not to many yrs ago.
Imagine the worlds largest roller coaster with the highest parts being so high up in the clouds and your feeling like the world revolves around and just for you, then imagine falling and falling in to the deepest. darkest pits of hell that no man has come back from so fast you didn't even have time to blink!
Myself I have to say that I never really knew that the ways I was feeling wasn't normal and that everyone didn't have these same feelings as I really can't remember a time of not.
Even though of late I haven't had any major flares I can go from up to down or vise-versa in the blink of an eye and many times in the course of a day.
I hope this helps you to understand some, I'm sure others will give you their veiw and medical terms, I just wanted to say hi and tell you my version of BP and let you know I have been reading many of your post and find you to be a really all right person, thanks for caring..
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Old 09-25-2006, 12:48 AM   #3
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http://www.bipolarworld.net/Bipolar%.../diagnosis.htm
there are many good links to learn aboutbipolar
BP1 tend to run a bit more manic than bp2 who tend to be on the depressive side more often, Hypomania are the individual symptoms that are triggers for you to pay atention to and can lead you into full blown mania if not careful.
Pychotic, delusional ideation, paranoia, are the extreme out comes of mania, multiple sprending sprees, I bought 2 cars in 3 weeks....have thousands of dollars in debt from spending. Projects get blown over the top. excessive anything can trigger me. when I star something I usally go over board and through myself in then have to bow out when I come down and don't have the energy to continue. lots of folks experience aggitation and anxiety when they have symptoms. When depressed they are at risk for suicide.
Stress is a huge factor in all of this. I find that I do best with a routine...others don't.I will try to find more links for you.
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Old 09-25-2006, 03:45 AM   #4
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Thank you both for sharing

It looks like I have a lot of reading to do. So please bear with me while I do.
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Old 09-25-2006, 03:57 PM   #5
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Hi Zombie,
Hello and nice to see you.
Are you also asking what we do here? What are needs are?

I am easily stressed and easily fatigued (not every one manifests the same way). So I complain a lot -- or at least I am now because I just just moved 4 miles away from my old apt of 13 years and the boxes are everywhere and everything is not right yet.

I believe (and someone will correct me if I am wrong) that on our forum we can put up with someone saying something weird/out of character/ rough/ mean occasssionally. Usually in a day or so they come back and explain or delete. I am ok with that.

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Old 09-26-2006, 05:41 AM   #7
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Hi Zombie,
Hello and nice to see you.
Are you also asking what we do here? What are needs are?
Yes I suppose that I am.

So feel free to tell me well basically anything you want.

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Old 09-26-2006, 07:09 PM   #8
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On BT1, we used to warn each other if we were going to talk about something that we knew might trigger someone on the board. Or even if it sounded like it might be trigger-y. *Whitti's idea. *

Nobody seems to like it when people come in trying to peddle their wares or convince people to go off their medications without doctor support. Sometimes it is nice to hear what people have to say, yes. But sometimes it is dangerous.

If somebody is talking suicide, they need the numbers to the national and international hotlines and lots of support.

When some one is feeling dangerous, sometimes they just need to say it in front of people who understand and won't go running for the men in white coats.

Just like the other neuro issues, people here just need to know we are here for each other. Sometimes just a simple warning (privately please) may be enough to let someone know they are taking things too far or violating some rule. But we tend to be on the extreme end in here and it might take a bit to find out when things really are too far.

And we will yell for you and Whitty if we need help. Promise.

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Old 10-03-2006, 08:46 PM   #10
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For me bipolar was swinging almost daily between euphoria - dancing, singing, leaving jobs to go get "lost" and never return, felt like I hadn't a care in the world... or sometimes I'd buy big items- like fancy computer monitors/tvs, or bunkbeds... and it always felt "super". I'd talk a mile a minute about everything yet nothing one day then fall into depression thinking seriously about suicide the next. This went on for YEARS before I was finally correctly diagnosed. Before, I was told I was depressed. I also had vivid visions of maiming people which were VERY scary. Or I'd wander around the neighborhood "un-attached"- floating-like, through the world and everything seemed so much more vivid and dream-like. I would get afraid that I'd do something stupid, so I'd go to my boyfriend's house just to keep myself "grounded"- so I couldn't take off and drive away. Once, I took off to Georgia (I'm in Michigan) and got there in about 10 hours- to visit someone I'd only known online. The swinging moods were extremely EXHAUSTING! I just couldn't take it. The 'happiness" of mania, is not happiness at all- it felt like I was compelled to do things- to run and do SOMETHING ANYTHING! Uncontrolled and separated from reality and judgement. I evern have had sex on the first date w/o protection in the past.

As for treatment, I'm on Celexa - but not sure if they are just weaning me off, or just back to what it was- and just a month ago (when diagnosed) was put on Depakote for the mood swings.

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