How do you deal with bipolar?

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serafena
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   Posted 9/21/2009 9:18 AM (GMT -7)   
To all my bipolar friends,

I thought it might be helpful to discuss what we do, besides medicine and therapy, to deal with the mood swings. So what do you do when you start to feel depressed? Manic?

My first line of defense is to talk to my husband. He is so steady and so devoted to my happiness (I'm a very lucky girl) that he always has time to talk about what's on my mind. He's also the first to notice changes in my moods. He's a cheerleader to keep me focused on being well.

After that, I write about it. I keep a journal and have since I was a young teenager. (I have 50+ notebooks filled now.) Writing about my emotions helps me sort through them and look for potential solutions. Sometimes I feel better after writing about something that's making me sad or mad and I realize that it's not always a mood shift, but just an emotion. Sometimes it's hard to tell the difference, isn't it?

What do you do?

serafena
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Bipolar II

"Bipolar disorder can be a great teacher. It's a challenge, but it can set you up to be able to do almost anything else in your life." - CARRIE FISHER


chrisnsteph1022
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   Posted 9/21/2009 9:50 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm the same-my husband is my rock. He's amazing and is always there for me. I don't think I could do this without him. Both my pdoc and my therapist tell me to journal. I try to, but usually do it once, then forget for weeks. I would like to spend more time doing this.
Stephanie, 29, married for 10 wonderful years and mommy to two awesome toddlers
dx with Crohn's 4/2003, in remission from 11/2003 to 7/2009
omeprazole 40mg, zoloft 100mg, apriso 1500mg, dicyclomine 3/day
dx with bipolar II 8/2009, re-diagnosed with bipolar I 9/09
Apparently allergic to lamictal...waiting on next rx


JoyArtFul
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   Posted 9/21/2009 1:33 PM (GMT -7)   
ditto ... my hubby is my rock. If there is a particular obstacle that's setting me off, he's usually pretty good at helping me look for logical solutions. (My urge is usually just to completely avoid anything overwhelming.)
I've never really tried journaling.
I haven't really learned to combat the way I feel - but as far as actions are concerned, I have a couple of tricks that keep me on a somewhat even keel. Before I open my mouth to make any single statement, I try to hear it in my head. Sometimes I just don't say anything that isn't totally necessary.
When I'm manic, and tempted to do things that aren't so wise, I try to remind myself all of the logical reasons I wouldn't normally do that. Sometimes, that isn't effective - but I can scale myself back some. For example, instead of barhopping I may have one or two friends over for a card game.
For me, as an artsy person, delving deep into a painting or ambitious art project can give a lot of relief. Somehow, I can work for days on a piece without ever really thinking. It's like a vacation from my own tilted little mind.

JoyArtFul
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   Posted 9/22/2009 11:05 AM (GMT -7)   
10fold - I hear ya on the typing, I absolutely HATE writing by hand these days. It's too hot for the garage here, too, at the moment. I'm lucky enough to have a spare room, which I have declared a semi-art studio. :-) Nothing fancy, but I dont worry about messes in there (the paint will dry, lol). The drawback is that company has to sleep on the couch. ;-)

serafena
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   Posted 9/23/2009 3:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Yep, I have "a room of my own" and no guest room also. I have a lovely futon in the basement though. :-) It's so worth it.
Serafena
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Bipolar II

"Bipolar disorder can be a great teacher. It's a challenge, but it can set you up to be able to do almost anything else in your life." - CARRIE FISHER

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