Welcome to Healingwell. I was dx with bipolar 1 almost 6 years ago. It's been a battle but after 4 years I got on the right combo of med and that pretty much stablized me.
Like most other people with bipolar I had my life turned upside down by it. I lost a job I loved because of bipolar. But since I've been stable I've gotten another job and am able do my job every day with very little problems.
A lot of people when they hear the word mania they think it's all fun and games. Most of the time my mania's come out very angry. I've had some fun mania but mostly they got me in trouble. I've been in partial hospitalization twice. The first time for 3 weeks and the second time for 9 weeks.
When I go through depression I have a hard time getting out of bed too. Luckly I haven't had bad depression in quite a while.
Dana and Psychnurse: I really enjoyed 'listening' into your conversation threads as I'm trying to learn more about BP as my brother is in a manic phase right now ... have no idea where he is sleeping or eating as he has no money so I don't know what he is doing right now.
The common thread I am sensing however, with both of your BP problems and Dana, your Lupus is that I have in common. I have Crohn's, IBS, migrains, anxiety disorder and Fibromyalgia and have a hard time functioning most days, getting to work, taking care of my kids (I'm a single mom) and finding the right cocktail of meds that you refer to. I wish you both the very best and acknowldge how hard these diseases are for you - my thoughts and prayers are with you. Thanks for being you ... Liz