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NOWI
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   Posted 6/17/2008 7:21 PM (GMT -7)   
IM A MESS!!
 
I have been diagnoised with bipolar about 4-5 years ago... I have tried a few medications, but I am pretty much not willing to try anything else because I always seem to get some horrible side effect. 
 
But sometimes I even wonder if Im bipolar, I cycle REALLY REALLY fast sometimes in the same day, not sometimes MOST of the time.  I got from being EXTREMLY hyper, no stop talking, rocking in my hair, to irritated, feeling sad mood?  It is so fusterating, and I think more fusterating because people around me notice my mood swings.  And my mood swings use to be much "less" obvious to people who didnt live with me.  Am I bipolar?? Is it possible to cycle through all those feelings day after day after day??
 
HELP!?!

sukay
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   Posted 6/17/2008 11:20 PM (GMT -7)   

Hello Now1

Welcome to healingwell. I hope you are able to find the support that you are looking for around here. :-)

I wonder why you are asking if you are bipolar or not when you previously stated that you were diagnosed 4-5 years ago? What type of doctor diagnosed you? A psychiatrist is the one who should be giving out a diagnosis of that.

It is very common to be going through those mood swings day after day especially if you are not medicated. No butts about it...if you are bipolar you need medications to help put your chemical imbalances back on track. Besides going unmedicated can become very dangerous for you.

Sure most of these medications have side effects but you work those issues out with your pdoc. There are a variety of medications to choose from if one  is giving you a hard time.

My advise is to make an appointment to a psychiatrist ASAP. and start to deal with your illness in a healthy way.

Good Luck


missflip
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   Posted 6/18/2008 6:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi. Welcome. I agree with Sukay. You have to see a Pschiatrist asap. Some meds have side effects and then others may not have side effects for you. It is a trial and error thing. Then when you find the ones that work for you the best, sometimes the side effects are liveable simply because you feel so much better. Right now, I am on two meds that do not bother me with side effects. I have been on some that were just awful. Again, you just have to try, try, try again. No matter what, it is always worse to stop taking your meds for whatever reason without consulting your pdoc.

It sounds to me like you may be a rapid cycler (like myself). I cycle like that too, like you are describing. I went to a special pdoc who diagnosed me as a rapid cycler. You just cycle in and out of moods at the snap of a finger. I'm not saying for sure that you could be too but it sounds similar to me. I am no doctor. I cannot take antidepressants due to being a rapid cycler. They make me cycle worse. So I take mood stabilizers and antipsychotics. I am on Tegretol and Seroquel right now. I take Ativan for panic attacks. These combinations work best for me.

So...get yourself to a psychiatrist and fast. Tell him or her everything. And start the road to making yourself and your life better. Your relationships will improve too when you start taking control of your illness and feeling better. Trust me.

We are always here for you. So keep us updated.

Missflip
"I'm not crazy; I'm just a little unwell."  Matchbox Twenty


loving frustrated wife
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   Posted 6/18/2008 12:40 PM (GMT -7)   
NOWI, Rapid recycling is common. My H & S do this as well. They are both BPII. As the person living with them, it is hard. Much of the time it feels like living in a mine field. BUT...what makes it the HARDEST on me is when they don't OWN their stuff. They don't recognize the connection to the BP and therefore take responsibility to acknowledge..."Ooops, I over reacted...sorry", or "Wow, I don't get why I am feeling this way, and don't mean to take it out on you...you have done nothing wrong...but BOY...I'm irritated...and I know it REALLY isn't because of you." And then they can talk it through. I am there to listen...always. BUT...I HATE HATE HATE having it spill on me and be treated like crap because of it, and blamed...etc. So...with that said. you should be seeing a proper pdoc who can monitor your meds properly. EVERYONE responds differently to different meds. While you may have tried a few, there are countless ones out there that can help you, and you CAN get along with. Unfortunately, it is trial and error. BUT, if you persevere through it, and work closely with the pdoc's, you will emerge the victor - and that means stabilizing your life and having a quality life to enjoy. The choice has to be yours. I hope, for your sake, and those around you, you choose wisely. LFW

NOWI
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   Posted 6/18/2008 12:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Well unfortunatley I dont have health coverate right now, so being on meds isnt an option. Im thinking of getting some "third party" insurance. Those drugs just make me feel so crappy, and I dont want to jeopardize my job because of that...

serafena
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   Posted 6/18/2008 1:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi NOWI,

Welcome to our board, it's nice to have you.

If you're going to go it without drugs, I'd try learning some calming techniques and centering techniques from some school of exercise like yoga or meditation. You need to learn how to have some control over your emotions, because drugs aren't doing any of the work for you. Naturally books and DVD's on these topics are available at the library -- so cheap! You should probably learn about recognizing your triggers and keeping a mood chart. Several books on bipolar have mood charts in them. My favorite is The Bipolar Survival Guide by David Miklowitz.

Good luck,
serafena
Serafena
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Ankh
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   Posted 6/23/2008 1:56 PM (GMT -7)   
I rapid cycle like you described also. There is sometimes a trigger, like someone being annoying in the grocery store, or stubbing my toe, or something small and silly. Sometimes I just switch though. I start to feel blah and then it turns to irritability.

Do you have a pdoc at the moment? If you explain how you don't have insurance, they sometimes have tons of samples or coupons. You can also try contacting the drug companies themselves. Visit their websites and they should have information about qualifying for reduced, low-cost, or even free drugs. I'm sure they will send you samples. They do it because even though you can't pay for it now, you will in the future, and whatever they put out for you now will be made up in the profits they make off you later. Ah, wonderful drug companies. I've done this with diabetes medications when I had no insurance and couldn't pay. The company sent me a few $285 prescriptions for free!

FredB
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   Posted 7/23/2008 2:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi. I'm new here but I'm not to Bipolar and I am a rapid cycler, too. But I take my meds. My psychiatrist and I haven't got the dosage or med mix quite right yet but we're working on it! I am told we can't stop the rapid cycling but we can reduce the extremes of those moods, which I hope will make it tolerable.

But let me speak plainly to you. You must get medication. You must. If you don't you will die. You can't mess with BP because it's about as forgiving as The Mafia if you steal their money. In other words, it doesn't forgive. Period. And you will be "period" if you don't get medication! Don't become one of that 20% or so statistic of people with BP who don't survive.

serafena
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   Posted 7/23/2008 5:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi FredB,

Nice to meet you and welcome to HealingWell. It's good of you to respond to NOWI, but this thread is over a month old. Why not take a moment and create a new topic, introduce yourself, and that way we'll all be sure to see your sparkling new face. :-)

Thanks for joining!

serafena
Serafena
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FredB
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   Posted 7/24/2008 1:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Ah ... so it is! My concentration ain't what it used to be!! Ooops! I'll try to do better next time!

Thanks for the warm greetings.
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