OK, yes I have undergone the questonnaires over and over, because I was in denial too. Most everyone is at some point, even tho they improve on the meds, they tend to stop it thinking maybe, just maybe everyone is wrong. Then they find out, people and docs aren't wrong!
I really wish EVERY pdoc would do those tests. GPs never do, I don't know how many of them just treat with an antidepressant. They don't ask anymore than that, and often miss the mania part.
I have seen many pdocs over the past 15 years or so, and every single one has done those tests, even tho they know after about 10 minutes of talking to me that I am manic.
Just trust your pdoc, Shan. He's right! And everyone around you, if they have found out anything about BP knows it too. You know deep down that you have this illness, and that you always will. You have got to work on the acceptance in order to work effectively with your pdoc and get better.
No one wants to believe they have it because there is such a stigma about mental illness, unfortunately in this archaic (sp) society we live in. But I will tell you, we're about the only country that treats these things as they should be treated medically or even recognizes mental illness as that - an illness. People are ignorant and blind, and many don't want to learn about it, for some reason, even tho their loved one is affected.
Turn to the friends and/or family members that DO support you. It's a huge help to talk to someone who isn't judging you. And keep it from everyone else, if you can.
The aggression/irritability is very very common in mania! Surely you know that by now. And studies show that the majority of BPs had traumatic childhoods, me included, usually involving some type of abuse, physical, emotional, sexual and/or neglect. It suggests, but not proves, that trauma can trigger the gene or whatever causes it to activate. Just a theory, still a mystery. But what a coincidence, huh?
You know you have us anytime! We will always be here to talk and listen.
Post Edited (psychnurse) : 7/25/2005 7:40:44 AM (GMT-6)
Well blow me over! I've never heard of them even knowing about that!
I went to LOADS of GPs/Internal Med docs over the years, convinced my insomnia, er "anxiousness" (mania) and the extreme fatigue that would happen was a physical problem. They did test me for every conceivable illness, but everything was always ok. I seem to recall when I was 25 (the year I got diagnosed) an Internal med MD suspected it and referred me to a psychologist, who knew right away and referred me to a pdoc. Of course, I tried lith, but quit it promptly! Anyway, even last November the depression started again with the crippling fatigue and again I went to my Internal med doc!!!!!!! Again with the tests, he was concerned because I lost 6 pounds in a week. I don't have much fat, it was mostly muscle, even worse. I was in bed for 3 weeks. Of course everything was normal, even I didn't realize what was happening. I wasn't on Lamictal at the time, so I got it and it saved me. I don't get really sad when I'm depressed, just so weak I can't move, then mad because I can't do anything. OMG I am TOTALLY rambling! I'm sorry. The point I was making was so few of them pick up the signs of BP, and none that I ever knew of (worked for several as well) would give the test, haha! Yours is way better than most, I have to say.
Thanks for listening to me drone on, sorry!
I hope you are feeling ok today, I know it's so stressful to be cramming for finals. You will do great, I'm sure, you always pull through when you have to, huh?
Don't think your rambling, I just wanted to get it out there like I have been trying in the past that my doc is honestly great. I am sure he is not up to date on everything he should be, but d*** he sure goes the extra mile with me. One thing I did, ant to ask you Shannon, I just got back from there. One of my physical questions for my school was What meds are you currently taking and what for? he looked at me, I said well you have to put it down. They cannot hold that against me , could they? That would be some form of discrimination, wouldn't. Or at least violate some act or law. Anyways get back to me on this one. I know you probably know the answer to this! Thanks , Nickie.
P.S . I was dx, at 26. Strange or ironic or not!
Hi, Nickie - I don't like that question any more than you do, trust me. Part of me is like "what business is it to you?"
But the reality is, they need to know because your safety is involved. If you ever got hurt, went unconscious or whatever and couldn't tell the medics or hospital what you were taking, there could be a deadly interaction possible. It really is for your safety. But it is confidential, those records should be as confidential as the doctor's notes. I have a problem with them asking "what for"?, as they have the information that's important. I'm not sure if you have to answer that. I'm going to look into it, tho, that's a really good question. Let me get back to you on that!
Hey girls, thanks for the words! I have not slept thru the night for one week (on 300 mg seroquel)-the red flag finally went up-insomnia, *****y..ahhh! Hypomania. I took some extra seroquel and feel better today. I never go off my meds, but give it serious thought. In the end, as always, I know that the meds help me. I know about the releasing drugs info-I hate telling, but I do. If anything went wrong, we would be responsible for the result, not the med prof as they were not fully informed. But gosh, does your dentist need to know? Drug pamphlets say yes, my p doc says he does not kbnow, he won't take responsibility-I don't blame him!!On that same note, I was going to join a support group (not that this isn't great!) then realized once I did that, I bwould be revealed. I am 8 months away from my nursing degree, love mental health (even before I got ill) what if I run into a patient? Coworker? Think I can get a job in a small community like that (big city, small health region) with them knowing I am bipolar!!! I hate the other segments in nursing (med, surg, etc) so it means a ot. I am 30 and no where near retirement, so work is a must! Kitty I know what it is like trying to get your schoolwork done-nursing school exacerbated my condition to the point that I actually went to get help-AT AGE 29!!! Exams, paperas, patient research, pt care, it sent me over the edge! Take care of yourself, one step at a time right!!! Sorry I have been away so long. I read everyday but for some reason feel too far away to post...you're going in for surg tech right?
Best to ya'll, chat again soon!
Ok, I've looked everywhere and can't find if you can opt not to tell what the meds are for; but no matter what, the records are to be strictly confidential, and only certain people should have access, (medical, legal, supervisory).
If your confidential records are leaked, or the wrong person or people view it, you have grounds for a lawsuit.
These records will NOT "follow" you around, they will have no bearing on future employment, etc.
That's all I could find for now, I hope that helps!