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Date Joined Nov 2009
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   Posted 11/22/2009 12:45 PM (GMT -6)   
   I was diagnosed with Bipolar I in May '09. Feel lost and confused about all the information out there about it,and wondering if I'll ever figure out how to manage. I was recently released from the hospital a few days ago and feel completely overwhelmed by this disorder. My pdoc wanted me to go,but the pdoc at the hospital said that I should have rode out the symptoms
i was having,so now I'm wondering where I should turn. I am very impulsive at times,and this impulsitivity led to going to the hospital. I'm wondering how I can control it,or is it even possible? Does anyone out there understand where I'm coming from? Should I have listened to the pdoc at the hospital or do you think I was doing the right thing by listening to my own pdoc? Any insight would be appreciated.

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Date Joined Feb 2003
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   Posted 11/22/2009 5:07 PM (GMT -6)   

Welcome unresolved,

You don't say what symptoms led you and your pdoc to make the decision to go to the hospital.

I think your own pdoc knows you better and you should stick by his/her decisions if you are comfortable with that.

Are you seeing a therapist?  That would really help you with this illness.  It's nice to have someone to talk to in a more personal way and really help you resolve some of your questions about your impulsive actions.  I see one on a regular basis ever since I was first diagnosed.

Welcome again. I hope some of this helps you out.

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Date Joined May 2007
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   Posted 11/22/2009 9:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Unresolved,

Welcome to HealingWell and the bipolar board. I agree with Sukay (as always.) You needed to listen to your own pdoc. Just because the hospital pdoc doesn't agree with your regular doc doesn't reflect on you. You did as you were recommended to do. And I don't think we should mess around with acute episodes. There can be such awful consequences. Better to be safe than sorry. Do you feel the hospital was beneficial?

In terms of learning to live with bipolar: How are the meds helping you manage the illness? How often are you seeing your psych? Do you have therapy? Have you considered joining a bipolar discussion group in your area? (I could lead you to some links, if you want.)

Joining this group was a great start. We can point you to a lot of other resources if you need them. Did you check out the "Bipolar Disorder Resources" thread yet?

It is possible to live with this disorder. You'll grow to know your own needs better and how to meet them.

Glad to have you,
Co-Moderator, Bipolar Forum
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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