I was diagnosed with bipolar2 back in November.
Due to circumstances that were beyond my control, I didn't actually begin treatment until mid-January.
I'm almost 4 weeks into my lithium, and have seen a psychologist for talk therapy twice so far. I have every intention on seeing him regularly because I fully believe therapy will help me - maybe even moreso than medications.
I first began therapy at the age of 15 after threatening suicide. I stayed in therapy for 5 years - my psychologist (the same one I'm seeing now) suggested way back then that part of my problem could be a chemical imbalance. But...I never pursued it.
I did ok until my son was born in 1997. He was 3 months premature and gave us a scare. I'm pretty sure my current depressive state got jump started by post partum depression - I just didn't notice the signs because I was so concerned with my son's health.
I've lived the last 10 years under a cloud. I haven't been able to enjoy my child (who is as healthy as can be these days) and I haven't been able to enjoy life itself.
My marriage has been rocky the last few years, and I've engaged in some pretty self-destructive behavior. Infidelity has invaded my marriage, financial stresses, parenting challenges...my husband and I are deeply in love, but we're holding on by a thread...and I think a lot of it has to do with this disease.
I have a million questions right now, and probably not a whole lot of advice for anyone just yet. Hopefully I'll become an active member of this board and will be able to contribute as much as I'll gain.
Thanks for reading.