Glad you reached out for help.
I have bipolar, also. Seems like the usual situation is they misdiagnose you for 20 years, then you finally get Lithium for your mania to go with the anti-depressant to help your depression.
Actually, I read that wrong. It was the first person on this thread who said he was misdiagnosed for a number of years, getting diagnosed first as depressive for some years, then bipolar.
So if they got you diagnosed right the first time, as bipolar, means psy. is finally catching up to the times, after 50 years.
So unemployment. Yeah, been there done that. I tried for a number of years to hold a job and couldn't do it for the most part. I have put in a number of years work over those years, but lost numerous jobs.
Couldn't figure out what was going on. I could hold a job for 6 months a lot of time, but when I looked back, I had held about
4 or 5 jobs for about
6 months. Others I held for a year or two or three, but had great difficulty with them.
Could not figure that out. I was in denial a lot of that time probably. Many years of that I had not been diagnosed, was not on medicine, and was having difficulties with jobs. My social life was not real great, either. When I married, my married life was not real great.
So, what, life in general was kinda rough. You can be positive that you can do the best you can. You can realize that the person you have to defeat is the person you have to look at in the mirror every morning.
We can realize that there are many things we can't do very well, but there are many things we can do very well. We can help somebody. We can do volunteer work which may or may not lead to a job.
We can be better in some ways than some of the best workers in the world. We just have to be positive and look for those ways.
What are some of the ways you do well? What do you enjoy doing?
Bipolar is often inherited. Does one of your parents or grandparents (it can skip a generation) have bipolar?
Sometimes it helps to know you didn't just invent this, that you may have inherited it, and it makes it easier to understand.
I talked to a lay counselor one time years ago, and he said, "I knew your uncle and he had bipolar, and you probably do, too."
That meant my mother's mother, who was mentally ill, was bipolar, and that's where I got it from. It was a relief to know where it came from, and what it was: bipolar.
The psychiatrists, about
four of them, didn't know, they called it depression. They were wrong, leaving me without the benefit of Lithium.
There was no diagnosis or treatment for bipolar back then, she went from medicine cabinets to medicine cabinet in peoples houses she was visiting, looking for any pills she could take for relief. she never found it. We can be glad things have improved, I mean, we can be really glad.
No diagnose, so no medicine, right? How are you doing right now.
What lead to your going to a doctor, or seeking treatment. How was your life going?
Hope the appt. goes well Monday.
You mentioned life was like a "Tilt a Whirl." That was a ride at the fair when I was a kid. Is that where you got that expression?
Do you have housing and food until you can get financial help? It's good that your wrote in.
This is a separate topic from the one at the start of this thread, so somebody probably wants to start you a new thread.
Post Edited (Tim Tam) : 1/5/2017 5:27:15 PM (GMT-7)