Hello Cloudy Sky,
Welcome to Healingwell. I am sure you will find a lot of information around here as you get a chance to read through some of the past posts, so take your time.
In answer to your questions, the symptoms that you describe are very commonly associated with bipolar along with a few others. Sleeping more, memory loss and become very irritable are pretty normal but that is why medications are needed to get your moods more stabilized. What medications are you taking right now? Most medications can take a while before kicking in the way they are supposed to.
I hope you already have an appointment made to see your psychiatrist soon. This should will be the person who will be managing your medication adjustments for you and it is very important that you continue to follow-up with all of your appointments. This is where you need to become patient, as it will take some time to fine tune the correct balance of meds for you to feel well. Always be honest with your psychiatrist explaining how the medications are working for you or if you are experiencing any hard to deal with side effects. Explain to your doctor exactly how you did here about what you are experiencing. They will know which drugs are causing what.
Will you also be seeing a therapist to help you along with your wellness program? They are essential as well. Mine has helped me to adapt/cope with my mood changes and has taught me new techniques on how to live a balanced life with my illness.
I hope I have helped some. Please continue to post and we'll all chip in and try to help you out around here. Again, Welcome.
Bipolar IIIt 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
Hello again CloudySky,
Having the home treatment people come around first thing in the morning is a great idea... especially if you are finding morning difficult at the moment. Please dont feel stupid about not being able to open the curtains. If you have been in a hospital for 2 months surrounded by medical staff and patients, it is perfectly understandable that you struggle to be in the house by yourself. You have gone from having loads of people around you to having no-one and that takes some getting used to. But it will pass... the more you do something, the more you get used to it. Have you found something that makes it easier? Perhaps opening them with your eyes closed? I know it sounds silly but its the silly little things that can make a difference sometimes.