Feelings about having bipolar

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Jade11
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Date Joined Feb 2006
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   Posted 5/7/2007 9:25 AM (GMT -6)   
How do people feel about having bipolar?  As much as I accept what I have, it is still hard to live with the stigma of it.  I know that I shouldn't let the stigma of having bipolar bother me, but it does.  It is something that I feel I have to keep hidden from everyone, and only tell those that are closest to me.
 
There are things that don't have a stigma but are medically much harder to live with.  Even having diabetes is something that you would have to think about every time you eat or excercise.  I am on one medication, and have to take a few pills at night.  Otherwise my life is completely normal.  So, maybe I shouldn't even complain about what I have.  I have managed fine for about four years.  I just keep wondering when I will stop thinking about what I have constantly.  But maybe that is something personal that I will just have to work on.

APG
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   Posted 5/7/2007 10:25 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm dedicated to trying to eliminate some of the misconceptions about mental illness to people I have contact with. So few people have a clue about the causes and effects. My husband understands that I talk about with folks to help me accept his problems. It is strongly genetic in his family. The past generation or 2 covered it up. Had they been more open, he could have gotten help years ago and not waited for a total crisis and mental collapse.

I don't hang around his family, but there are family members who are obviously bipolar (obvious to me) who haven't sought help or acknowleged the disease in any way. I cannot understand this "head in the sand" mentally.

You are lucky to have either a mile case or one that is under control. The Psy. actually told Joe last week that he had a severe case of bipolar. We had already figured that out since he was diagnosed 16 months ago. He never breaks the rules and always takes his medicine........The high dose of lithium that he needs cannot be tolerated by his body. This disease for him is very hard to live with medically. You are lucky. Best wishes- APG

Jade11
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   Posted 5/8/2007 9:57 PM (GMT -6)   

Maybe things will work out better for your husband in time.  It takes a while to recover from a major episode.  If he is not on the right medications then it is harder to be stable.  Some mood stabilizers won't work for certain people, but will work well for others.  Also, pay attention to side effects.  I was on a psych drug once were anxiety is a side effect.

I think there are many people out there with bipolar disorder that are functioning just fine.  However, because of the stigma, most of them would never tell others about it.  There is a women named Kay Jamison who teaches psychology at John's Hopkins University.  She also has suffered from bipolar disorder for years.  I hope that your husband will find the right medication/(s) so that he can function better.

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