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shebsy
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   Posted 11/24/2008 1:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi,

I am an Indian with bipolar disorder living in Kuwait with my family and my dog. I am an aspiring writer and am working on my first two books.

I was diagnosed last year after 15 years of having bipolar. Life feels very different with medication.

I am looking to make new friends on this forum and share experiences.

Thanks,
Sheeba

happy bill
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   Posted 11/24/2008 7:36 AM (GMT -7)   

 

   Well life will feel different, and in my case so much better. I now live a life that no longer features an obsession with my own death and no huge monster load of life resting on my shoulders. Funny i just finished a tour in kuwait back in the Jan-may time frame. SO nice to meet you, hope you are feeling better, and what kind of writing are you doing?

    Bill

  


shebsy
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   Posted 11/24/2008 8:33 AM (GMT -7)   
It is lovely to meet someone who has been to this weird country. I am writing a cookbook on classic Punjabi cooking with a friend of mine. I am also writing a piece of fiction based on experiences from my life. Most Indians never come out with their disorders since it is a huge stigma to have any psychiatric problem. In villages, psychiatric patients are stoned to death. I was also asked to pressured to commit suicide and I want to share my story of survival with others.

happy bill
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   Posted 11/24/2008 8:45 AM (GMT -7)   

 

  Well i can understad a bit, i am a military firefighter and there is a huge stygmia attached here also. We are supposted to super tough and never have any feelings or problems at all. The truth  is that we are human, with all that is involved in that.

    I to write fiction, mostly scifi but fiction none the less. Hopefully you will spend time here and share some of your stories, i for one allways look forward to hearing about new things. Plus i am a big believer that the more you air your problems and sadnesses, the easier they are to bear. Those who never talk bear the greatest burden of us all.

    As for weird little country, my experiences in the military were of a distinctly "military" sort of weird. LOL LOL LOL


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   Posted 11/24/2008 8:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi shebsy,

Welcome to HealingWell and thanks for joining our bipolar community. I know you'll find the friendship and companionship you're looking for. We're a very open, friendly group. I'm a writer too, though I have not been to Kuwait. :-) But I do love Indian food -- so hurry up with that cookbook.

The stigma is universal, but it sounds especially severe where you're from. It'll be interesting to hear more about that.

Welcome again,
serafena
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shebsy
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   Posted 11/24/2008 9:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Dear Happy Bill,

I would love to e-mail you excerpts. Please send me your e-mail id and I will send you what I have written. You can also send me your excerpts. I have worked in the publishing industry in NYC nd have a pretty decent idea of what sells (I worked for a liberal house and a military history one).

Best,
Sheeba


(Sheeba, I had to take your email addy out. Put it in your profile and people can access it there, but bots can't. Thanks. -- serafena)

Post Edited By Moderator (serafena) : 11/24/2008 9:25:40 AM (GMT-7)


shebsy
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   Posted 11/24/2008 9:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Dear Serafena,

Thank you for your welcome.

I have tonnes of recipes of Punjabi food (a north Indian style) so if you are looking for recipes of lamb curries or chicken curry, let me know. We also cook a lot of pulses, lentils, beans and vegetables, some dry and some in curry style.

As I mentioned to Happy Bill, you can send me your e-mail id and I will be happy to send you excerpts from the book.

Thanks,
Sheeba

Post Edited By Moderator (serafena) : 11/24/2008 9:26:16 AM (GMT-7)


shebsy
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   Posted 11/24/2008 9:28 AM (GMT -7)   
How do I add my e-mail address to my profile? There are no "Edit" options.

serafena
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   Posted 11/24/2008 9:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Shebsy,

I just wanted to make sure you saw the edit on your post -- We discourage email addresses in posts because they're continually being scanned by bots and spammers. Put your email addy in your profile ("Control Panel" link at the top of the page) and we can access it but it's too much trouble for spammers.

Thanks,
serafena
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shebsy
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   Posted 11/24/2008 9:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Dear Serafena,

Thank you for your help.

Sheeba

Precious Gem
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   Posted 11/24/2008 10:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome Shebsy!

All BP's feel better on meds. Just finding the right one is the time consuming battle. Same Dis-ease but everyone responds differently to different meds. I can relate to the stigma thing, not to the severity that you have to deal with in your country, but I am from a "fine ole' southern family" and we do not discuss or acknowledge such problems. How dumb is that?

Hope you have a good day and welcome again.

BP Gemini
Bipolar I
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

shebsy
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   Posted 11/24/2008 10:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Gemini,

I am on Carbamezapine (Tegretol). My psychiatrist put me on Lithium in the middle but I did not respond well to it. I am doing well on Carbamezapine. I rejected 7 psychiatrists in the U.S. and finally settled for an Indian psychiatrist who has worked in the military because he told me he would not put me in a hospital. I think a good psychiatrist is more important than the medication. I have been on Zyprexa, Abilify and Risperidal in the U.S. This psychiatrist lets me call him whenever I need to speak to someone and he writes to me every week.

I think it is dumb for societies to ignore such issues. Each person has something unique to contribute to society. Some of the most talented writers and entrepreneurs have bipolar disorder. It is best to focus on the stories of successful people who have the disorder and ignore people who live in denial or treat patients badly. I have started ignoring the people who told me to kill myself and I can tell that they are really hurt.

Sheeba

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   Posted 11/24/2008 11:21 AM (GMT -7)   

Shebsy,

I just recently was given Zyprexa, it has been great so far.  This is medication #9 as I have a bad time with the side effects.  You are so right, you have to stay positive and use the gifts you were given to there fullest, even if they seem unimportant to you, they may be of great value to someone else.  People never stop to think that even the smallest act of kindness can have a great impact on someone in such a positive way.  At point, I went off all my meds, as BP's are famous for doing, and tried Ayurvedic Herbs.  Now I am sure they work for some people, but they sent me spiraling into depression like I have never experienced given that I lean towards mania and rapid cycling.  I wanted to go all natural, I wanted to believe that I did not have BP, I wanted to make myself well by sheer will.  But none of that happened.  Just accepting the fact goes along way to be med compliant, do everything you can to feel well and stop taking yourself so seriously as I have a tendancy to do.

Be well, talk to me soon and I will talk to you soon.

 

BP Gemini turn


happy bill
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   Posted 11/24/2008 11:29 AM (GMT -7)   

 

   shebsy feel free to check my profile and send me some reading material. I would love to read what you have written. Funny all my doctors are Indian and i have found them extremely helpfull and much more attentive than american doctors. Gofigure turn    

    It seems you have found a home here, hopefully we can keep this board hopefull and filled with love and help for others.

 

      Bill


mommy.michele
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   Posted 11/24/2008 8:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Welcome Sheeba.  Meds definately make things different...hopefully for the good, especially when you find the right ones (WHEN being the operative word here)

"Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending" ~ Maria Robinson


shebsy
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   Posted 11/25/2008 12:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Dear BP Gemini,

Please never make the mistake of experimenting with Ayurveda herbs. I was big into natural healing techniques myself and refused to take allopathic (conventional Western) medication even when I was psychotic at one point. It did not help that my doctors could not agree on a diagnosis and were unable to explain the problem to me. One famous Indian doctor went into denial when he saw me because I come from his clan. So I self medicated myself and things only got worse. Finally I was taken to India where a patient has no right to refuse treatment. The second doctor I met there diagnosed me and we had a long conversation about ayurvedic herbs. He told me that because of the stigma attached to psychiatric illnesses, no effective ayurvedic herb till date has been discovered. There is one generic mineral to cure all psychiatric illnesses but it has awful side effects which include death. My doctor has spent his career in the Indian army and has travelled to the remotest of regions where Western drugs have yet not reached. He told me what I told you before - psychotic villagers are still killed, they are not treated. If a company is selling Ayurvedic drugs for bipolar, it is a scam because they do not exist in Ayurveda. These days, most Indian doctors study Western medicine so they can get a job in a fancy hospital in a big city, some doctors study homeopathy but I have not heard of anyone pursuing Ayurveda. There are very few innovations happening in that field and if there were, Indian doctors would be the first to hear of it.

Just the other day, I was going through some organic products site and they were selling organic Indian washing soap for $30 a sack. It costs less than $1 in India. There is a lot of trickery and hogwash on websites out there.

Sheeba

shebsy
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   Posted 11/25/2008 1:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Dear Bill,

I have mailed you an excerpt.

I think you got lucky with Indian doctors. I went to a very well renowned Indian psychiatrist and he went into denial after seeing me. He could not bring himself to admit that I had bipolar so he did not prescribe me anything. He gave me a box of Risperidal and told me to take it when I felt like it. After a few accidents that could have cost me my life and a legal order to get tested, I was taken to India. The psychiatrist I ended up with is not a celebrity - he is just a middle class ex-armyman and he has turned out to be better than bigger names.

Sheeba

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   Posted 11/25/2008 6:20 AM (GMT -7)   

Shebsy,

Thank you for responding.  I really am smart enough to know that there is a "snakeoil" salesman on every corner.  I guess I was just grasping at straws, anything to keep me from realizing the truth.  But I have come to accept it.  My new med is doing great but this morning i have a rash on my neck and chest but I changed soap last week also, so I am thinking it may just be contact dermatitis and hopefully not a react to the med.  I will give it a day or two and see if it clears up then call PDoc if not better.

Have a great day and I will talk to you soon! smilewinkgrin

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