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Date Joined Feb 2008
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   Posted 7/24/2008 8:52 AM (GMT -6)   
I was diagnosed with bipolar I disorder about a year ago. Ever since I was little, I've had a pretty extensive imagination. I had some imaginary friends when I was younger. I made up how they looked, what they did, and what they said and I had complete control over those things and my interaction with them. As I got older, I found myself having less control over what entities looked like, said, did, and when they would appear. If an entity were to appear it's usually because I'm under an extreme amount of stress and having a break of reality. My reality breaks aren't often and last less than an hour, but if entities appear, it's normally within these times. I also can communicate with disembodied entities which can be spoken or some other form of communication.

Now I would be kind of worried about these experiences, but the thing is that I cannot physically see or hear these entities like one would experience real life. "Seeing" things is more like involuntarily imagining it and "hearing" voices is more like inner monologue. I'm just confused by the whole thing. Aside of that, I have a paranoid personality and can be very suspicious of other people.

olivia of course
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Date Joined Jul 2006
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   Posted 7/24/2008 6:51 PM (GMT -6)   

Stress can play a great part when dealing with BP symptoms, it can make the situation worse. I realized that my reality is blurred when I am severely stressed, and my judgment can be impaired. The longer and more stress I experience, I realize I get more detached from people, situations and places. It is important in those times to try to find things that calm you down and relieve some of the stress. Stress over time can consume your life in a negative way, you should bring this up with your pdoc next time you have an appointment.

Do you have a regular therapist? If not, they are great sources when it comes to dealing with life stresses. They can help you with techniques and exercises that calm you down in rough times.

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