Bipolar I mixed states

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LoStAnDfOuNd
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   Posted 4/6/2008 9:08 PM (GMT -7)   
I am diagnosed with this. Can someone talk to me about it, anyhting it doesn't matter. Iam wainting for the meds to stablize me and i feel crazy really

sukay
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   Posted 4/7/2008 7:32 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Lost,

Gosh, I'm sorry that you're going through a difficult time. I know it is really rough right now. How long have you been diagnosed with B/P? Did this start suddenly? What meds are you currently on?

I have mixed episodes too at times. But since I have been dealing with my bipolar since 2004 I have a better handle of dealing with this now. I can feel when I'm starting to get depressed and I know I need to actively do things to help me pull out of that state. I've found things that work for me like, getting out of the house and going to the mall to just window shop so to speak. I just browse around and take my time to look at things that I normally don't have time to take a look at, and that helps me pass the time. I'll try to find something on T.V. or DVD that really interests me. I old movies. I'll call a friend just to get me out of the house and go for a quick bite to eat and chit chat. Lately, I have been trying my hand at making my own stationary/cards. I'm not good yet, but I have fun staying at my level and share them anyway!

When I start to feel manic, again, I am at a point when I can tell when it is starting to kick in and I quickly bring myself under control. I slow down, I go for a long walk to clear my mind, I deep breathe and listen to calm music, etc.

It took me a  long time to get here. Earlier I would just let things escalate. I use to think I had no control of things, but I learned that I have to make an ACTIVE ACTION. I HAVE to do something. The medication wasn't going to do it all for me.

Hope the meds are able to help you along. The correct medication adjustment is so important. Make sure you keep in close contact with your pdoc and inform him of any issues that you feel overwhelmed with. It took me a long time to find the correct medication adjustment and that was crucial in helping me finally being able to control myself better.

Hang tough! As I like to say around here!

 



~sukay~
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Post Edited (sukay) : 4/7/2008 8:35:39 AM (GMT-6)


serafena
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   Posted 4/7/2008 8:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Lost,

I have had mixed states too, even though I'm bp II. Mine feels like I'm depressed but I'm crawling out of my skin with restlessness and irritation. So uncomfortable!

Sukay's right. the best thing you can do is to distract yourself -- that's best for the depression and it gives the mania something to do. Being active helps counteract the depression. I know it's the last thing you feel like doing right now, but take a few minutes and think about things you like to do when you're feeling healthy? Read books? Ride a bike? Cook? Something that gets you off the couch. And then FORCE yourself to do something. You won't feel like doing it, but once you do it you'll feel a little better.

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   Posted 4/7/2008 3:16 PM (GMT -7)   
I have mixed states which manifest themselves in irritiability and rage (punching holes in walls, etc.).  I couldn't do anything to control them until I got on the right medication, which took a couple of years (mainly due to misdiagnosis).  I am sorry you have to go through this, it really sucks.  I hope your meds help you out.  The pdoc who diagnosed me said that Abilify and Effexor is a good combination for mixed states and they have really helped me.  Good luck!

Bipolar I, Mixed States, Rapid Cycling


LoStAnDfOuNd
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   Posted 4/7/2008 7:00 PM (GMT -7)   
I have rage and hallucanations. I am not hallucanating anymore but I am currently have alot aof paranonia and irratiability. I guess that is a little better. I just got out of a three week outpatient. I dont feel like that helped. I probably should have been in the hospital but told them i didnt want to go.

sukay
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   Posted 4/8/2008 8:12 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Lost,

How often do you see your pdoc? With everything that is going on with you I would suggest that you see him/her more often right now. What is your schedule with that?

Are you seeing a therapist?

 


LoStAnDfOuNd
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   Posted 4/8/2008 9:05 AM (GMT -7)   
I saw her twice a week while in the outpatient. then they said i am to see her two week after te last day of outpatient. that is next week. I just saw the therapist last thursday and will see another one on the 21st. I have two therapist. They aqlso want me to go to another group for bipolar education or something like that. I am not sure about that one. I hated the last outpatient group. I was having alot of paranoia about certain people in the group and counldn't sit still. it was torture at the time now it is just embarassing remembering it. also the last day I lost it on the therapist and was steaming mad at her. I cant remember now why. I would be embarassed to run in to her again.

LoStAnDfOuNd
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   Posted 4/14/2008 9:33 PM (GMT -7)   
I saw the pdoc today and she is getting my blood levels checked. I guess for the depakote? does anyone know about this and what she is checking for. It could be the seraquel, i don't know.

Joxster1970
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   Posted 4/15/2008 10:14 AM (GMT -7)   
yeah  it's your depekote level,  lost.
When i was on it, I had, work every 2 weeks..

quietpain
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   Posted 4/15/2008 11:46 AM (GMT -7)   
 
Depokote levels are important because one person may only need 1000mg to achieve a theraputhic level, another may need 2500.  The other lest they should always do is a liver enzyme test, since this drug is metabolized by the liver and many cases of liver failure are related to the drug.  I took is for a long tome betwwen 2000 and 1750, then had liver problems that took months to recover from.  Watching your enzymes is very important .
 
queitpain

olivia of course
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   Posted 4/15/2008 8:57 PM (GMT -7)   
You need to have your Depakote levels taken frequently only when you first begin taking it. After being on a few months, you don't need to get it done as frequently.
Olivia
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