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madeg
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   Posted 10/17/2006 4:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello,
I'm new here. My situation is about my boyfriend just diagnosed a bipolar disorder. I have no clue or idea how to deal with that condition. He is very moody. I really don't know what to do?

Jade11
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   Posted 10/17/2006 8:51 PM (GMT -7)   
It may take a few weeks for the meds to start working, and for him to get on the right meds.  Once he is on the right meds he might not even have major symtoms.  The best thing that you can do right now is to be supportive.

CounterClockwise
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   Posted 10/18/2006 12:29 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Madeg --

Welcome to HW! -- This site is great for sufferers and for loved ones! (I came here as the partner of someone with bp as well!)

Bp can seem like a very scarey diagnosis at first -- for the sufferer and for those who love and care about them. The best thing we can do to help is to educate ourselves, and to help our loved ones educate themselves, on the condition, and to make sure we have support in place as well as them. Has your boyfriend started getting treatment? You have made an excellent start by coming here for support, and I really hope that this helps you as much as it's helped me.

There are many good resources on the web for finding out about this condition. I posted a few for Chelle (seachell) the other day after she was first diagnosed (over in the anxiety-panic forum). You can link to that thread through this: http://www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=9&m=623705

I also always recommend David Miklowitz's "Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide" -- great for the sufferer and for loved ones. It's a really practical look at the condition and treatments (including really good info on meds).

I have to rush off to work this morning (I'm over in the UK), so having to keep this short, but I'll be back on later and will check for you then (and post some more!!).

Lovely to meet you.

Rosie x


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CounterClockwise
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   Posted 10/18/2006 3:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Madeg,

How are things this evening?

One thing you should probably look into is getting some support for yourself. When my ex started exhibiting bp symptoms and was undergoing diagnosis it was really bewildering, and sometimes emotionally draining and even damaging. Yes, bp can be managed, but the initial diagnosis period is tough -- and chances are there have already been a lot of tough times as a result of your boyfriend's bp before he was actually diagnosed.

You have to look after you too: you've done a lovely caring thing to come here to help him, but I do think you could do with your own support -- for the tough times, as well as to help you with any issues that might have arisen from the stress of coping with the bp so far. Bp is a condition that affects the loved ones of the sufferer very much -- maybe not as much as the sufferers themselves, and,no, not in the same way, but it does have a big impact.

I had counselling therapy to help me with what was going on, and it *really did help*! And reaching out here has done wonders for me too, so please come here for *you* as well as for your boyfriend.

Rosie x
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People are not like fish: they do not work well battered.

When I'm not in my right mind, my left mind gets pretty crowded...

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