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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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    a lot of times i wonder

    if being bipolar is really a disorder that results from an imbalance or mal-absorption of chemicals in the brain, or if its just a result of stress and life and part of my personality...
    peaceinmiles peaceinmiles 18-21, F 3 Responses May 29

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    I'm in the hospital now

    because my symptoms got too out of control to manage. I was diagnosed in October 2013 and started lithium. A month later I started on my anti-psychotic, risperidone. These were the only two meds I was taking until I went through a period of depression so bad that I ended up in...
    avey10 avey10 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 6, 2014

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

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    Trying to slowly rebuild myself

    after a bit of a breakdown. Made plenty of mistakes but I'm trying very hard to learn from these and become the man I can be.
    Caoilin1 Caoilin1 36-40, M 2 Responses 2 days ago

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    I Have an Illness One you cannot see - it's

    invisible unless you know where to look One you cannot hear - unless you listen very closely One you cannot feel - unless you truly know the person who's suffering or have been there yourself I was diagnosed with major depression and anxiety back in 2009, then bipolar...
    deleted deleted 26-30 4 Responses Mar 2, 2014

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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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    dose anyone know if your bipolar meds help with

    anxiety? dose anyone else hate taking their meds?
    penpalwriter penpalwriter 41-45, F 6 Responses Jun 28

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    Please someone talk to me.

    I really need a friend. I'm sick of living like this. I don't want to do this for the rest of my life, can't control myself, can't control my emotions, I explode on people, they resent me - if only they knew, inside my head, the demons that exist. They beat me up, they laugh at...
    happycupcake happycupcake 22-25, F 6 Responses Nov 17, 2014

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    I lay in my bed staring at the ceiling.

    Everyone's voices sound so far away. My eyelids are heavy and I am curled in a ball. I can't move. I have go be still. If I am still nothing bad can happen. If I move the trail of fog and hatred will follow me like a shadow. I won't let it follow me. It consumes me too much . it...
    danielle18 danielle18 18-21, F 2 Responses Feb 5

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    it's rough with racing thoughts,

    I hate them. I just can't handle it, I wish I had a pill to stop them. I think I'm going to talk to my pyschatrist. the coping skills aren't working. ugh this suxs so bad. I am so angry at my sons father he triggered me today and now all I think about is disappointing situations...
    smashmouth4eva smashmouth4eva 31-35, F 3 Responses Jun 28

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    6/19/15 at 5:36pm coming through the baby

    monitor “What’s wrong with mommy? She’s acting really weird.” “Mommy isn’t feeling well. You know this happens sometimes.” “I know but it’s different this time. She’s more weird. I’ve seen her sad, but…” “Mommy isn’t feeling well. She just needs...
    ThistleAndWeeds ThistleAndWeeds 31-35, F 4 Responses Jun 19

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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 8 Responses Nov 6, 2012

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    I wish I could regulate my moods,

    how I feel and how my brain works. I feel so stupid sometimes, like everyone else around me is all ahead on why they want to do with their lives and I'm just sitting here in my depression looking gross. I know what I'd love to do in the near future but, I have no motivation to...
    QuietKitten QuietKitten 18-21, F 3 Responses May 31

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    I've always been a little off I guess.

    I don't know exactly when it started to show, but it was completely triggered when I went through a breakup with an emotionally abusive relationship. I did some crazy things, almost ended up dead. I got the help I needed, and am now come a long way, and am healing. I now take...
    AlwaysRestless AlwaysRestless 16-17, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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    omgwut omgwut 41-45, M 2 Responses May 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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    I've been everyday since taking the supplement.

    I'm thinking clearly and not getting cared away. It freeing every woman that I meet I'm not seeing more to things except friendship. Bipolars have big imagination and get so carried away. Meeting someone there's no stories I here anymore. Except things as they are. The changes I...
    equusrider equusrider 56-60, M 2 Responses Jun 25

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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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    Manic episode just came to a screeching halt.

    ..WTF do I do?? People are being so distant! More like WTF did I do? I have no self confidence & can't take it much longer! Help!
    IrisRays IrisRays 36-40, F 4 Responses Dec 19, 2014

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    I'm Bipolar, Not A Killer.

    I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder about 7 years ago.  My meds have changed several times and the stuff I’m taking right now seems to be doing its job with minimal side effects.  My only problem is my family, they…treat me differently now, like they...
    ImNotGood ImNotGood 31-35, F 149 Responses Jun 6, 2010

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    Yep definitely on the manic side,

    can't get my thoughts together, my house is trashed cos I've been digging stuff out to do things and then doing something else instead. Can't make sense of long messages to reply to them. The shopping I've done is ridiculous. Oh and I'm literally attracted to every man I see...
    animamia animamia 31-35, F 7 Responses Jun 28

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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...
    QuietKitten QuietKitten 18-21, F 6 Responses May 29

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    A Short Narrative of a Manic Episode

        I was walking up to my high school’s football field as all of the school stood in the bleachers waiting for me but I had come up from behind to where the cheerleaders and dance team were. I remember one girl yelling, “Hey Scott...
    Scottsimdb Scottsimdb 18-21 35 Responses Apr 28, 2009

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    It's important to have someone love you.

    It gets hard at times you need there support.
    equusrider equusrider 56-60, M 4 Responses Jun 23

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    One minute I want to run in a field of flowers,

    the next I want to put a bullet through my head... it ruins anything and everything. I'm incapable of happiness.. at first I felt I needed to hide myself away from everyone because of it now I'm just antisocial, it seems like every time I try to do what I think is right it turns...
    Britt4ny Britt4ny 70+, F 2 Responses Nov 2, 2014

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    Does anyone do things they regret during mixed

    episodes? I think I've been in a mixed episode for the past few weeks and I've committed to some things I now regret.
    animamia animamia 31-35, F 4 Responses Dec 18, 2014

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    I have a false belief system

    which leads me to believe I am a closed off person who has resigned his life only to fulfilling the curiosity of what the future holds. I substitute personal relationships for having an objective point of view. My complete lack of interest in knowing other people effects not...
    jammedapollo jammedapollo 22-25, M Jun 27

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    today went a little better

    as I got four hours sleep. physically better that is. my mind is still racing and it just won't stop. I'm at the point where I'll have to start self medicating soon just to sleep six hours. at some point this type of exhaustion combined with my state of mania will lead my...
    Polis195 Polis195 36-40, M 1 Response 4 days ago

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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 46-50 1 Response May 26, 2014

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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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    Well here comes the drop!

    Downward i swing. This will be interesting to witness. Its been a while now since I've had mood swings this severe.
    BeautifullySickkk BeautifullySickkk 31-35, F 4 Responses 5 days ago

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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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    Bipolar Bares All! Film At 11:00!

    I'm Bipolar all right, I certainly don't make a secret of it.  I wrote a memoir of Manic Depression which I continue to flog with the annoying insistence of a child tugging on a parent's pant leg.  I've lectured on it at universities and medical schools.  I've...
    ElLagarto ElLagarto 56-60, M 12 Responses Jul 12, 2007

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    Im extremely depressed

    and I went through a few manic episodes last year and got diagnosed with bipolar at 26 years old I really need some one to talk to the medication I've been on made me gain a lot of weight and I have not left my bed in months my dad also committed suicide in 2009 and he had a...
    branxo branxo 26-30, F 5 Responses Jun 1

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    Suicidal thoughts, uncomfortable subject

    for us all I think. It's something that can only be discussed when you're not having them. For anyone in an up down circle you'll almost certainly be having them. You're not alone, the statistics don't lie. I have when thinking about it think the danger is on upswings...
    Polis195 Polis195 36-40, M 1 Response 4 days ago

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    Converted Converted 46-50, M 5 Responses Jun 24

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    I actually cried when i was diagnosed

    because the things that i most like about myself was just described as a mental disorder. The creative ideas and drive that gives my life meaning was now something ugly. My manias, the moments i felt the best in my life, was now something i felt compelled to treat and suppress...
    AmyOnEP AmyOnEP 41-45, F 6 Responses Jun 20

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    The interesting thing about having my heart

    shattered is that I've never been in a depressive state with racing thoughts. Normally when I'm depressed I experience emotional and mental haze. Right now I've not slept more than three hours a night in four or five days, my pulse is up, my mind won't slow. Not sure when it...
    Polis195 Polis195 36-40, M 1 Response a week ago

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    Finally keeping track of my timing on

    when my mood swings are shifty. I'll be so happy for a few hours or maybe even days, then all of a sudden I'm just super quiet. I will not say a word unless someone is talking to me. I hate being forced to talk but I know I really want to. I just can't find the words to speak...
    QuietKitten QuietKitten 18-21, F 4 Responses Jun 9

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    I suppose it started around 15.

    More than twenty years later my life reads as a depressing case book of failed opportunity and terrible mistakes. I had been doing well for a few years, compromised and reconciled different emotions in my brain to find a balance. Recently things ended with the only woman I've...
    Polis195 Polis195 36-40, M 2 Responses Jun 28

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    Did you notice once you started your meds u

    felt more emotions? you weren't so cold? or is it just me? lol
    BeautifullySickkk BeautifullySickkk 31-35, F 3 Responses May 28

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    Hi, has anyone had an experience in going off

    their meds?! I do not want to be off my meds but I recently took an overdose and it make me very sick and now when I even think of stomaching my medication or even an Advil I feel like I'm going to be sick. I'm cold all the time, my head is pounding, and I just don't feel very...
    avey10 avey10 18-21, F 10 Responses Jun 17

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    It's time again. It's time to hear people

    whisper like trees in light rain about how ugly I look. It's time to listen to my memories repeating the stupid thing I said a year ago, overandoverandover again. It's time to watch the wall all day and night and not really remember if it's day or night; to listen to no tv, no...
    H2point0 H2point0 36-40, F 3 Responses Jun 27

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    I have been under a doctor's care

    for 5 years, but lately he is not listening to me. Last July, I was in uncontrollable tears for several days, so I made an appointment when I couldn't stand it anymore because I thought maybe my medicines needing to be adjusted. Instead, he told me that I had to wait it out...
    Shampati Shampati 36-40, F 8 Responses Jun 8

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    I truly HATE the suicidal ideation

    that comes along with this mental health disease. It amazes me how our minds trick ourselves into thinking we are a "lost cause". "It will always be this way" and "it won't get better " Hollar if you hear me !
    Brisco221 Brisco221 31-35, M 3 Responses Jul 14, 2014

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