Bipolar disorder ruined my future

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John909
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   Posted 8/4/2016 4:32 PM (GMT -6)   
I am a new member. I have suffered from depression for the past 20 years. Recently I was diagnosed with bipolar when I had a severe manic attack which lasted 3 months. If you research bipolar on wikipedia, it describes the actions one can take in a severe manic phase. Well, I did everything. I felt on top of the world, talked fast, spent money I didn't have, everything. I ran up so much in credit card debt that I could not pay the cards off. I have an attorney doing a 'debt settlement', which will take 2 years to complete. My credit is very bad, so bad that I will not be able to get a job in my profession of accounting for the next 10 years. All this because of a bad episode of bipolar mania that lasted 3 months. Anyway, no pity party for me. I will have to get some sort of job that does not require a background check. Please take bipolar seriously. It can ruin your life.

Tim Tam
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   Posted 8/4/2016 4:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry to hear of this.

As a manic-depressive myself, I'm wondering, were you ever under the care of a sychiatrist?

The reason I am asking is this:

I went to psychiatrists for 20 years, off and on, and would complain of depression. They would diagnosis me as depressive.

I was mania-depressive, but they would never inquire about a possible manic side, by asking, "Well, do you ever stay up until 2 a.m. in the morning?" and "Does you mind every race from idea to idea for hours?"

Finally, after 20 years, I was given Lithium for mania, which also knocked out my panic attacks. Why 20 years?

The Lithium, which lowers mania and lessens depression, goes along with my anti-depressant.

Ok, you've answered the question in the second sentence of your original post. You said:

"I have suffered from depression for the past 20 years. Recently I was diagnosed with bipolar when I had a severe manic attack which lasted 3 months"

You were on an anti-depressant for 20 years, and they never asked once in those 100's of sessions. "Do you ever stay up until 2 the in morning, or having racing thoughts?"

For 20 years, they never mentioned the word "Lithium?" Never mentioned the word "mania?"

That could have been prevented.

John909
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   Posted 8/4/2016 5:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, I did see a psychiatrist since the mid 90's. I was never asked if I stay up late at night (I never did). I really had no symptoms of bipolar until earlier this year. I seldom slept, talked fast and a lot, was delusional, and engaged in reckless spending. I am currently on Lithium, Zyprexa, and Lamictal.

Tim Tam
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   Posted 8/4/2016 7:05 PM (GMT -6)   
You have a better attitude about things than I do.

I wasn't particularly manic in a lot of ways myself, in some ways I was.

I got my best tip about that from a man who knew my uncle, and he said, "You uncle was manic-depressive and you probably are, too."

I had never heard that from a psychiatrist.

When I took my first Lithium pill, I felt the air had been let out of an over-inflated balloon.

I never knew I was that uptight. It really helped me.

I'm glad you're doing a lot better and that you wrote in. Maybe others will see this and be more aware of the condition of bi-polar.

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   Posted 8/6/2016 5:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi John,

Welcome to the forum :-)!

Thank you for sharing your story and experience.
Are you presently attending therapy? I hope the combination of meds will work for you.

UA
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Depression, Borderline Personality Disorder.
Chronic Pain - Cervical Kyphosis, Cervical Spondylosis, Thoracic Scoliosis.

John909
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   Posted 8/6/2016 5:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, I am currently in therapy. Plus I go to Emotions Anonymous and have a sponsor and am working the 12 steps (step 2 currently). Thanks for responding as I don't feel so alone.

UserANONYMOUS
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   Posted 8/7/2016 2:59 PM (GMT -6)   
That's great. I hope these things are working well for you so far.

You are never alone. You will always have us.

UA
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Depression, Borderline Personality Disorder.
Chronic Pain - Cervical Kyphosis, Cervical Spondylosis, Thoracic Scoliosis.
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