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I Have a Parent That Is Bipolar

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    My Mother

    My mom has undiagnosed bipolar disorder. It was pointed out to me one day that my mom is bipolar. I looked up the symptoms of being bipolar and yes the description was almost exact. I tell her to see a doctor for even just get a physical and she will not go. Her mood swings are...
    mnop123 mnop123 22-25 3 Responses Jun 25, 2008

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    Well i should say i 'had' not i have.

    My mom lost her battle with the disorder in 2010, that's the way i prefer to word it. She was mentally ill and she fought for many years. If it were a physical illness, everyone would say how she fought so hard and tried to overcome it so I see it the same way.
    bridgetdarcy998 bridgetdarcy998 18-21, F 2 Responses Aug 20

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    My Mother.

    First and foremost, my mother is a very strong woman. She raised my sister and I as a single mother recovering from physical abuse at the hands of my father. She worked two or even three jobs to try and give my sister and I the best childhood that she could.A couple years ago...
    jcm1091 jcm1091 22-25, F 1 Response Dec 15, 2011

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    My Mother Is Crazy - But I Still Love Her....

    My mother was diagnosed bi-polar about 15 years ago.  It was one of te times I had to put her in the hospital after we found her lying naked on the sidewalk, crying her eyes out.  I'm the dutiful oldest daughter, so I did what had to be done....now that I think about it...
    SerenitySeeker SerenitySeeker 41-45, F 6 Responses Jul 20, 2008

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    Mystery Diagnosis

    Ever since my parents divorced, my mom has warned me about my dad's behavior. Unfortunately, she didn't win the custody battle so she splits time with me 50/50. At first I thought she was just doing the usual in denial ranting. Slowly I started to see what she meant. One second...
    littlemisssunshine101 littlemisssunshine101 16-17 Jul 30, 2011

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    My Mom Has Been Sick Almost My Whole Life

    My mom was diagnosed when I was 17.she was molested as a child by her dad and brothers and supressed a lot of things.her 1st episode she had walked off.she would always go for walks and take 30 mins one day it had been a hour so I went looking for her.found her fannypack walkman...
    prettytasty prettytasty 31-35, F 2 Responses Dec 20, 2010

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    Dad Was Bipolar And Had A Sleep Disorder

    My Dad was bipolar and viewed psychiatrists as quacks. He was never diagnosed. It wasn't until I was away from the abuse that I could look back and realize that he was bipolar. I talked to a cousin and apparently it's genetic and everybody just sweeps it under the rug or self...
    lwbob21 lwbob21 22-25, F Jun 7, 2013

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    My Mother...

    She was diagnosed a few years ago, but I think it developed when she was much younger due to physical and emotional abuse over many years. I find that the calmer her environment is, the better her symptoms are. Problem is, my father has a quick temper. It's really hard to help...
    TheRealWoman TheRealWoman 31-35, F 1 Response May 20, 2008

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    Dad Diagnosed Bipolar.. But It Doesn't Fit.

    My Dad has some ups, some downs, but never really crazy extreme.  He does get manic and totally obsessed with an idea or project, but never seems to finish it even though the obsession lifts.  The psychiatrist has diagnosed him as bipolar which I can believe, but I...
    FlyingNinjas FlyingNinjas 26-30, F 4 Responses Nov 30, 2009

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    I don't know if I love my mom

    or not. I feel like love for your mom or dad is something you are born with, but I'm not sure if I love her. She has these insane mood swings where she either doesn't get out of bed all day , or she freaks out and yells and screams . Her words are thrown like knives , then she...
    undermybed undermybed 13-15, F 3 Responses Jan 27

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    Blah

    I cant bring myself to write a proper story yet, so have some song lyrics.   she breaths in she breaths out she wakes up and lays down she can hardly speak and so she screams well i wont give again because she takes so often   nothing i say will wash it away...
    Tesse Tesse 18-21, F 1 Response Dec 9, 2008

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    My Dad Is Bipolar

    My dad has been bipolar for as long as I can remember. He was diagnosed in 2005 or 2006. He will be mean and call names or yell for no reason, and he blames it on the heat. Even though he has been properly diagnosed, he denies having this disease and refuses to take medication to...
    Savviq12 Savviq12 13-15, F Jul 10, 2013

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    It Is The Most Difficult Thing In The World.

    My mom suffers from Depression & She is Bipolar. It's tough to understand. If I ever had a child I would never put that child through what she has put me through. She Lies, Cheats, Steals, Hurts you. Shes abusive, A alcoholic, A FreeLoader, A Crook, A Manic. Sounds like...
    EElena EElena 18-21, F Jul 9, 2013

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    My dad is bipolar..His mood changes all the

    time. I know he can't help it. But it just really upsets me sometimes.
    Rayven1997 Rayven1997 16-17, F 1 Response Aug 20

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    I Have A Responsibility To Live For Myself. Not For Her.

    I am lucky. I had a father who is normal. And what I mean by normal is that although he's a heart patient, his mind functions within the realm of logic and reason. My mother, however, is mentally ill. I was raised middle-middle class, with two college educated parents. My father...
    NolaDarling NolaDarling 26-30, F Feb 21, 2012

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    Please I Need Some Help...

    I work in psych and thought I could handle this but he is going to drive me over the edge.  The father of my 2 young sons is bipolar.   We have not been together for over 2  years but he has lived with me as he is not able to hold down a full time job and...
    JustACountryGirlAtHeart JustACountryGirlAtHeart 41-45, F 4 Responses Oct 3, 2009

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    As Good As...

    I think it's undiagnosed. =P She's CRAZY one day, crying the next, and then she's back to screaming.
    Cnbrrn Cnbrrn 16-18, M 1 Response Nov 7, 2007

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    Been with him since we were 17 years old... That's 14 years with him! He wasn't diagnosed until 5 years ago though! I now see that my life is the same as many other wives on here...
    Mytime32 Mytime32 31-35, F 1 Response Aug 16

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    My mom means the world to me but when she gets in her moods she GETS in her moods I have three brothers and I am not playing victim when I say they don't get it as bad as I do, I...
    miraguey miraguey 16-17, F Aug 15

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    Ok I will throw my **** in. Currently being left by my bipolar wife of 20 years, with our 4 kids...... Did anyone mention roller coaster!!!! And yes I'm open to any questions
    coaster550 coaster550 36-40, M 2 Responses 3 days ago

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    My adoptive parents hate me. I have no way of finding my real ones either.
    runningprincess17 runningprincess17 16-17, T Aug 2

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    My mom is my best friend in so many ways. Yet, she seems to throw it all away in just one phone call. I moved out of out family home at 16 (24now) due to her constant manic modes...
    breeze90 breeze90 22-25, F 1 Response Aug 8

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    My family is small.Its just my bro mom dad and me.I have no relatives except my grandmother as both parents are only kids.It is clear that my family hates me.I know they have their...
    dykie0810 dykie0810 13-15, F 1 Response Aug 13

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    My son started seeing his now wife about seven years ago. I never liked her from the start. He and I used to be very close and after she came into the picture our relationship was...
    Plava111 Plava111 51-55 3 Responses Aug 15

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    i have a weird craving for objects that can hurt me such as nails, pushpins, magnets, razor blades, needles, and batteries. i have swallowed 3 nails, 8 pushpins, 4 razors, 3...
    ashleymarieferguson ashleymarieferguson 18-21, F Aug 15

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    My aunt has fibromyalgia and about a month ago I started getting pain that got really bad in the course of a week. It started at the bottom of my feet and slowly worked all the way...
    searchingfar searchingfar 22-25, F 2 Responses Aug 17

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    Everyone tries to understand, but it's impossible for them to. At 14 I lost my mother to pancreatitis, which of course was difficult. Even more difficult however was losing my...
    mushumulan mushumulan 18-21, F 2 Responses Aug 8

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    It's in the middle of the night, and once again I can't sleep.. I've taken my meds, and they're suppose to make me sleepy.. but I'm wide awake.. I feel so low, and am listening to...
    Lily449 Lily449 18-21, F 1 Response 1 hr ago

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    I hate being bipolar. One minute I'm the happiest person in the world, the next I feel like **** and wanna die. It drives me insane.
    georgia2001 georgia2001 13-15, F 12 hrs ago

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    Hi.my name is,Irene i have no parents.my parents died when i was small.when my parents passed away my grandmother took me and raise me but then she got too old so she asked my...
    Ireneogy Ireneogy 26-30, F 1 Response 2 hrs ago

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      My name is Marie and I am 13 years old. I have a 15 year old sister that's bipolar. Everyday she is really mean to me and she says horrible things. She hits me, screams at...
    Miragesnow Miragesnow 13-15, F Aug 19

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    I found out I was bipolar about a year ago, and was diagnosed with severe depression when I was 15-16. Because I study abroad I can't get my medicine unless I return back home, and...
    Lily449 Lily449 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 21

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    Hey, guys. I have a little bit of a problem - I've been noticing bipolar symptoms in myself for around a year now. I've practically self diagnosed myself with type 1. Every single...
    faeishere faeishere 16-17, F 6 days ago

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    A poem I wrote earlier in the year, at one of my lowest points with my mother, after she drank so much she was hospitalized and I feared for her life: My Mother, MS My mother is...
    TheQuietGem TheQuietGem 26-30 8 hrs ago

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    I've spent my entire life pretending to be somebody else, I've always played all my roles to perfection never saying or doing anything that my parents doesn't approve of. I'm 21...
    Lily449 Lily449 18-21, F 3 Responses Aug 15

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    Parents: one that produces or brings forth offspring. Ephesians 6:2-3 Honor your father and mother... That it may go well with you and that you may enjoy longlife on the earth...
    brinahU brinahU 18-21, F 1 Response 10 hrs ago

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    Especially that they duped me into leaving a blooming business and a comfortable, independent life overseas and coming back to the States to live with them. As soon as I'd...
    FryMorgan FryMorgan 22-25, M 1 Response 10 hrs ago

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    I was brought up by loving parents who spanked. Now I follow the same path, but I think I am in a very small minority. The morals of this country are slipping - is there a...
    opaquelady opaquelady 36-40, F 5 Responses 3 hrs ago

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    I've had enough of my sister.. It's gotten to the point now where she doesn't wash for weeks and she never tidies up at all even if she's asked. And when she's asked and she says...
    CutiePie9999 CutiePie9999 16-17, F 9 hrs ago

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    Wake Up Part 1 "Girls! Wake up, we have to be in the car by 10!!" I shouted up the stairs at 9 o'clock. Isla was awake and dressed already but the older three were sound asleep...
    JoMumOfFour JoMumOfFour 41-45, F 1 hr ago

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    My official diagnosis is bipolar 1 disorder with mixed anxiety intermittent explosive anger and post traumatic stress disorder, But I still got denied social security disability go...
    dybbukbox dybbukbox 41-45, F 4 Responses Aug 7

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    My official diagnosis is borderline-rapid cycling manic depressive disorder with anxiety. For those who don't understand that completely it means I have borderline personality...
    SeraphineL SeraphineL 22-25, F Aug 3

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    After year & Years of fighting this Year my Parents Are officially separating & Getting a divorce . Living together was All about fighting . They did not have a good understanding...
    lordeley952 lordeley952 18-21, M 59 mins ago

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    I need some help. Please keep reading. I have very bad anxiety and have had it for a while now. I sometimes feel extremely happy (it's abnormal for me) and sometimes very angry...
    emmaisme123 emmaisme123 13-15, F 2 Responses Aug 4

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    I thought this visually summed up life in my Bipolar kingdom.I believe that "Bipolar" as a definition for this disorder oversimplifies the condition for those who do not have it...
    SShawnO SShawnO 41-45, M Aug 8

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    I was diagnosed with Bipolar disorder when I was 20. I'm 22 now, and I know and any one that knows me, knows that there's been something wrong with me my whole life. It really...
    UnstableSammi UnstableSammi 22-25, F Aug 20

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    Robin Williams tragic passing reminds the world bipolar disorder is a serious mental illness. I have bipolar & will answer any question you have in my recovery experience. It ain't...
    wiseprotector wiseprotector 41-45, M 2 Responses Aug 12

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    You Are 92% Bipolar You have some serious ups and downs, maybe to the point of endangering your own life. Consult a doctor to see if you may truly have bipolar disorder.
    xdarkangelx666 xdarkangelx666 22-25, F 2 days ago

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