Hi; I don't often post here. I also have Fibromyalgia and it is more critical to the quality of my life right now, than even the BiPolar. However, I did want to add my 2 cents to the "reckless behavior" topic. When I was younger (I'm 52 now,), but when in my late teens and twenties and even into my 30's I would become manic. I really didn't know how to read the signs well at all, and I ended up doing quite a bit of damage to myself and others, mostly in matters of the heart. I would gladly take it all back now, but alas, we cannot. I did join a twelve step group, for about 7 years as I'd been self medicating with alcohol (I think it's ok to say that here, I certainly am not endorsing that behavior), and those groups helped me tremendously to recognize when I was hurting myself and others, and gave me tools to work with the damage. I would recommend those groups to anybody here. Through the twelve step group, and through maturation, I have gotten to know myself pretty well. I have discovered the manic stages coming on and "go to base", as much as I'd prefer to go bananas, but I make myself sit still, meditate, relax, get calm, even though my inclination is quite the contrary. I have learned to recognize and respond to my erratic behavior, by stopping, reflecting, thinking, and it has kept me out of trouble (for the most part). I hope something here helps.
Hypothyroidism, Fibromyalgia, Facet Joint Syndrome, High Blood Pressure, menopause, Migraines, Chest Pain, Anxiety and Depression/BiPolar II
Synthyroid .075mg., estradiol.5 mgs., Amyltriptilene, 100mgs, bedtime, Tylenol 3 PRN (six-eight, daily), Valium 7.5mgs. daily prn. Flexeril, prn (not so helpful), Zoloft,150mgs., Zomig approx. 12 per month, prn., Meds for High Blood Pressure, vary.