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I Am Bipolar

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    Do any of you ever get this feeling

    where you know that if you close your eyes and breathe and calm yourself you will probably fall asleep but yet your mind is racing and wanting to do 100 things first. It's not that I don't feel tired, it's more like I don't want to sleep even though I know that if I don't go to...
    Mari3028 Mari3028 31-35, F 3 Responses Aug 22

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    It's on days like this

    where I wonder whether I'll be able to break the cycles that I have and move forward, to be able to enjoy a more fulfilling life. It's been around a year since my last hospital admission for mania, which as per usual lead to full blown psychosis. After I came out I settled...
    SolitaryFriend SolitaryFriend 31-35, M 4 Responses Jul 24

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    I was diagnosed with Rapid Cycling Bipolar at

    the age of 12. I was voluntarily admitted into a psychiatric hospital to receive help during an extremely depressed phase. At one time I was taking many medications but now I am currently only on one medication. One thing that bothers me the most is feeling like I have no one...
    deepinnerthoughts deepinnerthoughts 18-21, F 2 Responses Aug 17

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    In a nutshell, I have extreme swings of

    emotional responses...extreme highs of pleasure and fun, followed by extreme lows of depression where I'll sleep for long periods of time...until I reach an equilibrium of sorts.. I did see a therapist once, and it was liberating, but due to other family priorities, I cannot...
    guitarman493 guitarman493 61-65, M 1 Response 15 hrs ago

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    So its been 6 days that I've been on my meds.

    I feel amazing. No more rage, no more depression, no more mania (feeling like im so damn hyper and ready to go jump off a building for fun). I feel so calm. I can think more clearly. I can concentrate. Things dont bother me like they use to. Its just crazy how much a difference...
    WickedlilAngel WickedlilAngel 31-35, F 3 Responses Jan 24

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    I don't want to be on medication

    for the rest of my life. I've had success with Animal Assisted Therapy and have been 95 percent better since I got my dog. I also find that exercising stabilizes me (and also gets me tired enough that I'll sleep through the night). Does anyone else have any successful...
    giannaboleyn giannaboleyn 26-30, F 2 Responses Aug 20

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    I just told someone to go to hell.

    First, he says that people who are depressed are living in the past. I told him that when I was depressed, I lived in the present but I had no energy to act. Then he tells me not to be depressed. This is when I gave him both barrels. What would you have done?
    emperornorton47 emperornorton47 56-60, M 3 Responses Aug 22

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    It's coming to the point again

    where I'm just overthinking and I can't calm myself down
    MissingMistake MissingMistake 16-17, M 2 Responses Aug 19

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    I know you are not supposed to self diagnose,

    but I totally have and now am just sitting around waiting for people to agree with me. I have not felt this certain about what is going on, ever. Half a year ago (after like three or four years of struggling with my mood constantly) I was finally like "ok I actually have...
    mofo33 mofo33 18-21, F 2 Responses Aug 24

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    I have absolutely no desire to get out of bed.

    I'm so fearful of going outside, maybe it's my social anxiety. I don't know what to do. No one understands me or takes my illness seriously, I feel so alone and incompetent. I can't even force myself to go outside and pick up my meds. I don't know if I can deal with this forever...
    StrangeDisaster StrangeDisaster 18-21, F 8 Responses Jul 17

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    I ran out of meds for a

    while in between doctors recently, so I got a stuffed mammoth and named it Klonopin. My anti-anxiety mammoth.
    rainallthedays rainallthedays 31-35, F Sep 7, 2014

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    raffelle raffelle 56-60, T 1 Response 3 days ago

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    I get very very high

    and then I crash. I hate when I crash.
    lovelinessbathes lovelinessbathes 31-35, M 5 Responses Apr 7, 2014

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    My dearest friend is sick,

    I was trying to be there for her but my impulsive personality got in the way and caused her pain. I'm torn by the agony of guilt. We both thought by visiting her would give her some relief, I just made things even worse. A long time ago, I built a wall around myself to keep my...
    Nohope12 Nohope12 31-35, M 2 Responses 2 days ago

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    Converted Converted 46-50, M 4 Responses Jun 24

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    I've been doing good

    but today I'm crawling. Bipolar disorder is a full time job, no one understands it expect others with a mood disorder. Families have empathy for physical illness. But when it comes to a mood disorder because your sick they just think your lazy. I am looking after a wife with...
    deleted deleted 26-30 6 Responses Jul 10

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    my bipolar is acting up right now.

    its one of those days where I wish I had a different life, different family. a kind of day where I just dont want to be alive.
    penpalwriter penpalwriter 41-45, F 2 Responses Aug 19

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    omgwut omgwut 41-45, M 2 Responses May 20

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    Did any of you notice that

    once u got on the right cocktail of meds your once through the roof s_x drive became "normal"???
    BeautifullySickkk BeautifullySickkk 31-35, F 10 Responses Aug 26

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    Bipolar is not psychotic I was first diagnosed

    with just depression & anxiety when i left home for college. Got on antidepressant meds. Didnt stay consistent with the meds til i was older. Once the meds were making steady improvement my new doctor thought i was having mania symptoms because i talked about some unrealistic...
    stufy stufy 51-55 1 Response May 26, 2014

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    Sigh, yeah, tmr go to the doc

    for full psych eval. Finally. Cant believe I have never had one -_- considering the past four years of my life... I am like 90 percent sure I am bipolar. Which is awful but also not awful? Anxious because I have like zero faith in my judgement but I do want answers. But also...
    mofo33 mofo33 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 19

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    How do you deal with this

    when you're stuck in a place where people pretend like it doesn't exist?! I have had some awesome progression when allowed to flourish in my own element but since they refuse to acknowledge the illness or my personal progress with it, as well as the events that lead to it...
    WarriorsHeart WarriorsHeart 22-25, M 1 Response a week ago

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    mellowwwave mellowwwave 26-30, F 1 Response Dec 15, 2014

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    So close... four more hours

    until going to a mental health program intake. Meaning I will soon be seeing a real psychiatrist who has time to actually get to know me, unlike the ones in mental hospitals who have spent at most 30 min with me. I seriously feel like throwing up... I have had nausea every day...
    mofo33 mofo33 18-21, F 2 Responses Aug 19

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    What no one seems to talk much about is

    that there's a kind of psychological purgatory that exists somewhere in between the high points and the end of your rope. Those moments when you want to do nothing more than to run from yourself! We have a laundry list of triggers that catapult the slide into what feels like an...
    honestcloud honestcloud 26-30, F Oct 2, 2014

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    It'S Who I Am !

    Learned I was bipolar about 3yrs ago I'm very different as I allways knew but sorta good way. I will try to make anyone laugh smile fit in. I'm prolly to open with life I will spill my guts to whoever will listen. I will try to find the good in anyone till prove me wrong. I'm...
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Nov 27, 2013

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    mofo33 mofo33 18-21, F 3 Responses Aug 19

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    I was recently diagnosed with this disorder.

    I guess I've had it for a while, but the symptoms did not match until recently. I made many risky decisions during my manic stages, like spending too much money, when I am normally very frugal, and I thought I was invincible. Now I am in the "mixed stage". I am not super...
    JuliaHiC JuliaHiC 22-25 5 Responses Sep 18, 2014

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    I wish God would take me now.

    I'm tried now, I dont want to hang on anymore.
    penpalwriter penpalwriter 41-45, F 1 Response Aug 20

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    So after my violent episode with my hubby.

    I was able to get back on my meds I am taking 1200mgs of trileptal, 15 mgs buspar, 20mgs lexapro, 25 mgs topimax (for binge eating disorder along with added advantage of the mood stabilization), 100mgs trazadone. So far so good. The Dr wants to see about slowly switching me...
    BeautifullySickkk BeautifullySickkk 31-35, F 1 Response Aug 18

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    The Gifts Of Bipolar

    What is the nature of disability? What does the idea mean? It is a statistical concept, I think. Which is to say, it is a measure of comparison. We can only be “disabled” in comparison to a group of others who have more ability on this particular measure. Everyone can be...
    wundayatta wundayatta 56-60, M 13 Responses Feb 21, 2012

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    I'm back on my full dose of Geodon

    after trying to taper. I couldn't handle it. So I'm still on both Latuda and Geodon an lots an lots of Benadryl and 3 mg of lorazepam to try to control the extrapyramidal side effects... I'm so frustrated with my medication. Has anyone here tried controlling their bipolar...
    SeaOfMonsters SeaOfMonsters 26-30, F Aug 22

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    F..ck me! I'm in a serious mania episode!

    Hyper and extremely irritable! I hate this type! I like the happy hyper! guess it looks like my meds need fixed again! Ugh! I was warned it was a challenge getting on the right meds and it might never work out! I'm not like some that their mood swings are mild. Mine are at least...
    BeautifullySickkk BeautifullySickkk 31-35, F 5 Responses Jun 28

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    So i have been diagnosed

    as bipolar by several therapists now but i have never accepted it and i still have my doubts. I know i'm not okay, something is definitely wrong with me but i don't know if this is it. I have severe mood swings which is basically why i've gotten this diagnosis but i can't help...
    littlebird88 littlebird88 13-15, F 2 Responses Aug 23

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    Finally, after like three weeks of sucky up

    and down I could feel the calm coming on... and today I woke up calm and have remained so for the today. Still a bit tired but considering everything, that is not too bad LIke, I actually have had an appetite today,so eating wasnt miserable like it has been, and was able to...
    mofo33 mofo33 18-21, F Aug 20

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    My Mother Claims That I'm Just Slavic.

    My mom's 100% Polish.  She says that Slavs just have mood swings.  I think I'm bipolar, but she doesn't believe in psychological illnesses.  I know that I'm old enough to go to a doctor and get diagnosed for myself, but I still live under my parents' thumbs while...
    Chanteuse1984 Chanteuse1984 26-30, F 10 Responses Jun 6, 2007

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    Lotusflower80 Lotusflower80 31-35, F 16 Responses Aug 25

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    I'm thinking about trying to go medicine free

    now. I've had a break from the bad depression and I was able to keep myself from committing suicide for 5 years without meds before. I think that I could do it again now that I've had a period where things weren't so bad. I still have suicidal thoughts here and there and I have...
    thornedrose thornedrose 18-21, F 2 Responses 4 days ago

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    I hate being bipolar like I love my boyfriend

    or even being with ppl the next min I hate everyone ugh it's so annoying
    rainyday10 rainyday10 22-25, M 3 Responses 3 days ago

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    Finally normal again

    and feeling amazing - Wow it's been almost two years since I've written. I just read all my posts again and its so surreal. I can't believe I went through all of that. To be honest I don't really remember a lot of what happened but it makes me so sad to read through all these...
    lololala lololala 18-21 2 Responses Aug 24

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    My dr upped my dose of Latuda to 160 an began

    to slowly taper off the Geodon at my request because Geodon give me extrapyramidal side effects. I made it Dow to 40mg, but I'm absolutely miserable. I feel depressed and angry and anxious. Nothing makes me happy. So I sleep as much as possible, all day, to avoid my feelings...
    SeaOfMonsters SeaOfMonsters 26-30, F 1 Response Aug 18

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    Lotusflower80 Lotusflower80 31-35, F 1 Response Aug 22

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    So for the first time in my life I sought

    treatment for bipolar. I was put on meds. I gotta say. Damn I wish I'd of done this yrs ago! I feel calm. I don't feel that rage or depression or like im about to go fly off a building for fun. lol I just feel normal! The last few days have been the calmest I've ever been in my...
    WickedlilAngel WickedlilAngel 31-35, F 4 Responses Jan 22

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    Those of you who are on anti convulsants

    as a mood stabilizer. (seizure meds) Do you find that if ur off with a dose or two you start getting very unstable with ur temper? I find that if I do that. I start getting very irritable and snappy at ppl. It takes me like 3 doses to kick it an go back to a more calm mood. The...
    BeautifullySickkk BeautifullySickkk 31-35, F 7 Responses Aug 18

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    I M Bipolar

    Without medication i have racing speech, anxiety attacks, i wont sleep, and have lots of energy. I am taking meds and they are working for me. I go to a support group call DBSA (depression, bipolar support alliance) . I have friends that understand my mental illness. The...
    starship33 starship33 36-40, F 6 Responses Nov 6, 2012

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    Being bipolar doesn't automatically make you

    evil or violent. I am bipolar and I do not hit or hurt people when angry. My mood swings can be really bad but I know not to harm people around me, for I would feel 100x worse :( so when someone tells you the are bipolar, don't run away. How do you think that makes us feel...
    xMellowButterflyx xMellowButterflyx 18-21, F 6 Responses May 29
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