I went into hospital november 2007 and was discharged in april this year! YAY! It was difficult but i made it through. i was diagnosed with bipolar this year and was also treated for psychosis. I am Currently on 225mg venlafaxine, 500mg seroquel, and zopiclone to help me sleep. ( although i dont take it every night).
It was a rough time going into hospital as i didnt really know i was "ill". But thankfully my friends and family had me admitted. However i wasnt thankful at the time lol.
I have irritable highs and really bad lows but am currently doing a relapse prevention plan which is helping me deal with different things.
I did try ECT which is electro convulsive therapy, i only had 3 treatments as i dont like having anaesthetics. It didnt hurt and it didnt last for long however sometimes i would get a headache afterwards and had some short term memory loss.(i had a bad memory any way lol).
I have now been out of hospital nearly 5 weeks and doing quite well. i still have bad days but am learning to cope with them using different techniques.
Now i am going to study for a nail technician diploma to keep me occupied and give me something to work for.
i hope this post gives some people a little bit of hope that are struggling.
One thing that keeps me going is to say to myself "I am not an illness...I am a PERSON...I wont let it win".
Big Hug to anyone out there that needs 1 x
IF LIFE GIVES YOU LEMONS...
BOATS ARE SAFE IN THE HARBOUR...
BUT THAT'S NOT WHAT BOATS WERE MADE FOR.