When I'm not in my right mind, my left mind gets pretty crowded...********************
I was hospitalized about 3 and half years ago for bipolar disorder. I was 20 at the time of my hospitalization. Since then I have gotten on the right medication and have been stable. I am currently in my last year of college and will graduate in May. Only my family and a few close friends know that I have bipolar disorder. Otherwise I don't think anyone would suspect that I suffer from this illness.
I went through a really hard time right after I got out of the hospital. I felt like my whole world fell apart in a a matter of weeks. It was hard to get my life back, but it did happen one step at a time. Just know that things can get a whole lot better.
As for your family calling you all the time, I think they are just trying to be supportive. They probably want to be there for you but don't know how. It might help if you just told them what you need as far as emotional support.
Christina, I You have come to the right place for support. The people here are wonderful and supportive. We've all been where you are, maybe not exactly but we can surely identify with what is going on, and be one support system for you.
You are very fortunate to have a supportive family. So many people do not have that. And, yes, sometimes we with psychiatric symptoms/bipolar are very misunderstood. It's a shame that more people aren't educated about it. It seems that depression isn't really scary, but the word bipolar strikes a note of fear for so many people, including ourselves. I was dx as depressed for over 20years before I was dx with bipolar 2 disorder. I'm grateful that I am on the right meds.now. It's like night and day because antidepressants can cause manic symptoms and rapid cycling unless you are on a mood stabilizer with them. And that was the case for me.
There are many resources online and otherwise that your family can access to help know how to best support you. Also, like someone said, tell them what you need. I'm sure you are overwhelmed by all this and most likely you don't even know what you need right now. There is a group called NAMI. It is the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill. If you just type in NAMI, you will come up with their website. They have chapters in many cities, esp. large ones. They offer support for you and your family members. It is a great resource.I advise you to stay with your medications. The side effects will pass. I know it is very scary, but give it time. I am on Lamictal and it is a very good medication . I have not taken effexor, but I'm sure the doctors had reasons for putting you on that paticular medication. If one doesn't work, another will. Be brave sweetie, and know that we are here for you.
Blessings and Wellness to you,
P.S. a good link to go to about medications and illnesses is remedyfind.com. To me, it's always been very helpful in seeing what has worked for others and how they are dealing biploar illness.