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Date Joined Aug 2009
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   Posted 8/17/2009 4:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi I am only new to this web site, but am look for someone I can talk to that doesn't think everything that I go though is all in my head.  I have not been fully diagnosed yet (with Bipolar) but my doctor thinks there is a good chance I have it with my symptoms.  I have tried to read up on it as much as I can since she told me last year, but still haven't had the currage or money to go to a specialist ( for which I have a referal).  I go throuh stages where everything is fine or wonderful so I think it has gone away, then all of a sudden I hit rock bottom, and I question the need to do something about it.  My problem is that everything I read tells me that I need regular sleep patterns and a low stress environment - which means that I need to quit my job which I can't afford to do.  So I am back to square one just hoping that it goes away.  Please help.

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Date Joined May 2007
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   Posted 8/18/2009 12:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi only-me,

Thanks for joining HealingWell and the bipolar board. You need to get together that money and that courage and get that evaluation. You are going to be okay. A bipolar diagnosis isn't the end of the world. You can make it work. You may have to learn how to make it work within your lifestyle. Good luck!

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Date Joined May 2009
Total Posts : 138
   Posted 8/24/2009 3:45 PM (GMT -6)   
i agree completely with Serafena. is there a clinic in your town with no or reduced costs where you could go to get help? do you have a pastor who could offer assistance through the church? our church keeps an emergency fund for any kinds of problems such as yours. i have bi-polar and blessed to have insurance through my husbands job. i wish everyone could have health insurance. i hope you are able to get the help you need and very soon.

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   Posted 8/24/2009 4:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello onlynew. I am new to this forum but not new to Bi-Polar (diagnosed over 22 years ago).  I really hope you can get to a psychiatrist to get professionally diagnosed.  I can only tell you that I totally relate to the being fine for a while then pow smhair I go so low.  My last major low was 10 years ago after my wedding.  I was in bed for 4 days and did not even have the strenght to get up to take a shower.  I was not on medication and was on a big high for a year.  It was very hard on my husband being a newlywed and seeing me this way.  Anyway, I had to get back on medication expecially because I could not afford to lose my job or lose my husband.  I have rough times especilly the last two years trying to adjust to C-Pap.  Sleep is very important to me.  My main goal is to get a good nights sleep and get to work.  You said the following: "need regular sleep patterns and a low stress environment - which means that I need to quit my job which I can't afford to do.  So I am back to square one just hoping that it goes away". Why would you ned to quit your job?  Is it very stressful?  Is it contrubuting to your stress?  Again, I sure hope you can get to a doctor and get into talk therapy with a therapist so you can get help with your condition.  For me that is what helps and of course my medication.  Without my meds I would not have a husband and not have a job.  I cannot afford to lose my job becauses although my husband is close to the man of my dreams he would not support me . One more thing when I made a low salary I was chaged on a sliding scale for therapy.  I hope you can get assistance.  Good for you to reach out for help on this forum. yeah
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