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antuna
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Date Joined Mar 2005
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   Posted 3/21/2005 1:34 PM (GMT -7)   
my mother is bipolar and know i am afraid that i am suffering from the same. i am aware that not because she is means that i have to be but there are times when i barely sleep and have tons of energy and exercise two to three times a day and still have energy to keep going, and everything great kind of like a high but then there are days when i cant even get out of bed and ive been like this all through my adolescene and know adulthood. i m afraid and worried because my husband is starting to get worried because hes noticed wants to help and understand but dosnt know how. i have been treated for depression and anxiety before. ive also suffered from bulimia for several years then anorexia. i dont know what to do.

antuna
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   Posted 3/21/2005 1:46 PM (GMT -7)   
because of my mothers illness my parents divorced. my father doesnt believ in these type of illnesses. im afraid that if i accept that i really do have a problem i think things will get worse. since a was a little girl ive always wanted to help people now that i am older im studying psychology ... the funny thing is that i want to help people but i cant even help myself. i dont know what to do. i ve called the few psychiatrists in mu hometwon and they charge at least 200 way too much.

antuna
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   Posted 3/21/2005 1:47 PM (GMT -7)   
i feel so dumb for writting this... i m afraid of what someone could respond.. im afraid and feel silly because maybe no one will respond......

antuna
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   Posted 3/21/2005 1:49 PM (GMT -7)   
im sorry for writing this.
good bye

Danarx
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   Posted 3/21/2005 5:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Tuna,

I'm sorry the bipolar area on healing well, is not too active yet. And it takes awhile for people to respond. I would like to welcome you to the forum. I usually write on the lupus forum which is really active and try to look here when someone posts.

Don't feel dumb about anything. I think your fears are very normal (but you are studying psychology so why am I telling you this :)

I was in your shoes when I was going through college to be a pharmacist. And I was freaking out. Luckily there were people I could talk to at the college I was attending. They helped me get through it.

I was very afraid of becomming like my mother. She would have very bad episodes of psychosis. Luckily my father decided he was going to read all he can to understand this illness.

I think that you can help yourself. Starting with educating yourself and your husband. Your father may never understand, but it may be that he is just unwilling to accept it.

I don't know if you have read anything about Kay Jamison or other authors with bipolar disorder. She's probably the best. I've posted on here several times about bipolar II and psycheducation.org, for people who have questions on what it is and the difference.

I was diagnosed with bipolar II my 5th year of college, and I know that my brother is. It all presents in different fashions. I think that if you educate your husband now, and he is willing to work at understanding that you will have a lasting relationship.

I'm sorry about the psychiatrists being expensive. I know that can be hard.

I hope I helped a little
 ~ With Love ~ Dana, Pharm. D.
 
~ Diagnosed with Lupus in May of 2004 and Bipolar II in April of 2001. 
 
Disclaimer:  On any medical information I provide, please bring your concerns to your physician.  I have no financial interests in any drug or drug company.  I will try be as objective as possible.  If I am giving my opinion I will state it first. 


antuna
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   Posted 3/22/2005 8:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Dana,

thank you for being so understanding and supportive. i spoke to my husband last night and he thinks its time i take this seriously and that hes there for me like he always has (that made me feel so much better). I am so used to having people around me telling me that its wrong to be sik and that its a good wayt to drive a man away. This may sound crazy but I feel a just a little better and calm knowing that i am finally getting the help i need.
I called my father insurance and guess what it doesnt cover psychiatric tx, i should have known. Why would a man who doesnt believe in this buy it? Im just of afraid....
sorry for going on and on again. thank you so much you dont know how much this meant for me.
tuna

Danarx
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   Posted 3/22/2005 9:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Tuna,

I am so glad that I was able to help. I know this is a scary time for you, but it's best to get things under control. When you get insurance you don't usually have a choice to pay for psychiatric treatment or not. It's usually all inclusive. Not like dental or vision. My husband is usually very supportive, however gets frustrated sometimes. But things work themselves out. You married him for a reason and trust is a big factor in that. Knowing what your mom went through I'm sure in the back of your mind that has always been a factor (speaking from experience).

I hope that you are able to continue communicating and getting support.

And make sure you find a doctor that you trust.

And you can post anytime. I usually look at these. And try to help if I can.
 ~ With Love ~ Dana, Pharm. D.
 
~ Diagnosed with Lupus in May of 2004 and Bipolar II in April of 2001. 
 
Disclaimer:  On any medical information I provide, please bring your concerns to your physician.  I have no financial interests in any drug or drug company.  I will try be as objective as possible.  If I am giving my opinion I will state it first. 

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