SO how about some success stories or even partial success stories to keep peoples sprits up.

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happy bill
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   Posted 11/30/2008 6:01 PM (GMT 0)   
 
   Well let me start. When i finally realiized there was a problem i had allready had an affair, my marriage was in the gutter, and i had taken down a street thug who got 3 slash's to my face with a knife before i landed a roundhouse that knocked him cold. I wanted to die, i wanted to be rid of all the pain and torment it faced every day, i just wanted that huge weight lifted.
   Well  i got help, got on abilify (15mg) but might be switching to gedone? or depacoat? to help relieve the restlessness i get on the meds. That being the worse side effect i get, i feel lucky.
   Since i got help and continue to get help i feel so much better. My wife and i have experienced a rebirth of love and romance going on 3 months now. I no longer stress about money anymore and many of the old things that would set me off no longer do it.
  I sometimes miss my "highs" however i remember the lows and that keeps me on the meds another day.
 
    ALl in all my life has be vastly improved because i accepted who i was and decided to get help. I had no choice in how i was born,  however i have a choice on how i live my life. I have chosen to face this thing head on, and with the help of the medication, have at least battled it to a draw.
 
   So i want to hear other success stories, be proud of your fight, pat yourself on the back. You are fighting a monster that normal people could never understand, so stand up and take a bow.  You all deserve it.
 
       Happy Bill   

shebsy
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   Posted 12/4/2008 5:00 AM (GMT -7)   
I have spent 16 years being used, abused, harassed and mocked because of my disorder. My parents thought it would be a brilliant idea to suppress my problem instead of getting help. I finally got in legal trouble when I became psychotic and was court ordered to get a psychiatric evaluation. My parents hired a private lawyer, got a conviction on my record and got me out of the country. They thought that was the solution. Finally, a relative intervened and I got a psychiatrist. I spent more than one year cursing life for the way I was born and for the pain I had been through for most part of my life. People who had used me were globetrotting and earning 6 figure salaries. Finally, one day I found a mentor. She helped me make some sense of life. She encouraged me to write a book to help those others who have not yet been diagnosed. She told me I deserved more than a six figure salary and taught me to work hard and consistently. Now, I do my chores and have a routine. I write everyday and hope to help others like me. I have found a lawyer to help me sort my legal mess. I am grateful that my life is somewhat back on track and that I have found one person to support me along the way. I know life is only going to get better since I have found medication that suits me.

bipolarbutcool
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   Posted 12/10/2008 7:55 PM (GMT -7)   
turn Last year for me was very rough. I was hospitalized for two weeks in Nov./Dec., hospitalized again in February, again in April and again in May. May was the worst hospitalization, where I was experiencing extremely psychotic symptoms. It was awful. I have very vivid memories of what I experienced.

However....since then I have been doing better and better each day. yeah I have been steadily on my medications (Abilify 10 mg, Lamictal 100mg, and Depakote 250mg) and they have really helped me with minimal side effects. I started out at a day-treatment program right when I got out of the hospital, and they helped me to transition from the hospital to the real world. That helped for awhile, but it was somewhat depressing being there, because people there were not functioning on as high of a level as I wanted to be. They brought be down, not up. I got alot of help from a Peer Mentor, a case manager, and my therapist and doctor. I had a lot of support from these people, and I think they helped me get thru this transition from the hospital to home. And helped me afterwards.

I started volunteering after I left the day treatment program, and have been doing that ever since, three days a week. Now, I am looking for work, and will be hopefully attending nursing school come this April. So, my life has turned around for the better drastically from my experiences over a year ago, when I was on and off in the hospital! I am pretty happy with things.

serafena
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   Posted 12/11/2008 8:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi bipolarbutcool,

Welcome to HealingWell and to the bipolar board. We're glad you've joined us.

It sounds like you had one terrible year. Let's hope the new one will be better, shall we? It sounds like you're a lot stronger. I hope you find some support and friendship on this board. We're a pretty laid-back group.

Good luck finding work. I'm looking right now too and there's just so little...

serafena
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Precious Gem
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   Posted 12/11/2008 1:33 PM (GMT -7)   

I am thankful that even though I just started medication number 8, 9 or 10, I lost count, that I have not given up.  My success lies in the fact that each and everyday I wake up and know that if this med does not work out, i will find the strength somewhere to keep trying.  I am much better than I was just a few short years ago but I want even better, and I will get there.  Atleast I have come to terms with my illness and I know the abnormal things I have done in the past were because of mania and not that I was a bad person.  I have been successful in finding this forum because before I found it, I felt I really had no one to talk to that had any idea what you go thru.  I am a lucky person in that I have a husband who is still with me, loves me and lets me know in a flat minute if I am unreasonably out of line and gives me space when I need it and a hug when I need it, two great kids who think I am the best person they know regardless of past failures (I guess in my eyes, not theres) and my in home therapist, my dog.  He listenes to me for hours on end and never tells anyone (haha), he licks my tears when I cry, when I am depressed he will come over to me and push his forehead against mine and has taught me that a good nap fixes alot of things.  My success is realizing all the good things I have going for me in my life.  I just wish it had not taken me so long to appreciate it all, but if that is the worst thing, i am good.

 

BP Gemini turn


serafena
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   Posted 12/11/2008 6:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you for that positive wake-up call, BP Gemini. It's good to be reminded to appreciate whats working, too.

serafena
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