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Date Joined Jan 2008
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   Posted 1/17/2008 5:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, just wanted to introduce myself.  I am a new member, seeking to learn what I can about bp.  My 68 year old mother (who has been loosely diagnosed with Alzheimer's) may truly be bp.  
I have many questions but will lurk and hopefully learn.  But a couple to get out there-is drug abuse (mostly pain meds and anti-anxiety) common with bp and could some of these have masked the disease for awhile?
Does manic always have to be wild and crazy or can it be just very active, busy, nervous,'hyper'?
I just wanted to let you know I gave your post a title.

Post Edited By Moderator (olivia of course) : 1/17/2008 7:00:16 PM (GMT-7)

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Date Joined May 2007
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   Posted 1/17/2008 9:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi CanCook,

Thanks for joining the forum, I hope we can help you. I'm curious as to why you think your mother may be bp (as opposed to Alzheimer's?). Drug abuse is very common. Although I don't have numbers, I think a little research could get you those numbers quick-like. Manic does not have to be "wild and crazy" either, there is something called "bipolar II" which is a "hypomania." Here's a link:

Have you talked to your mom's doc about this?

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It is a melancholy of mine own, compounded of many simples, extracted from many objects, and indeed the sundry contemplation of my travels, in which my often rumination wraps me in a most humorous sadness. -- William Shakespeare

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