Bipolar deression and working non-stop

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pinkelephant
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   Posted 7/25/2007 3:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi folks,
 
    I'd like to know if anyone who is bipolar is/was a workaholic.  My husband was always career oriented but as I look over his decisions before and after his bp was diagnosed (which is not yet under control but all the right steps are being taken in terms of meds etc.), it seems that he uses his work as a means of escape.  I'm not talking about the hyperdrive of someone in a manic state, but someone who is depressed and puts all his energy into his job.  I haven't seen much in terms of relating the two for bipolar depression but have read a few articles on men and depression which did make a link.  He exhibits all the other behaviors of bipolar depression but works constantly.  I have already dealt with many of the other negative situations that SOs face when their spouse's moods are not yet managed to some degree, but this is the hardest emotionally for me to deal with which may sound odd for those whose spouse can't work at times.   Its very hard to try and make a connection when the laptop is always in front of him, he is always on the cell phone, is angry if I interupt his work, leaves early in the morning, gets home late at night, only wants to talk about work and is incapable of showing any empathy.      I'd like to hear from folks that are bipolar as well as other SOs.  Thanks for your help.
 
Nancy
   

olivia of course
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   Posted 7/29/2007 11:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Nancy,
 
I would like to welcome you to the HW family.
 
I would not call myself a workaholic in my present state.  Maybe a little bit when I was younger and not yet diagnosed.  These days I just work at a steady pace and know when to stop.
 
As for your husband it maybe a symptom of hypomania, that ot he is just a natural workaholoc.  He could also have tons of work to so and he is trying to catch up with work, or there is someehint bothering him and he buries himself in work instead.
 
I hope you the best in the situation.
 
Olivie

fantasy land
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   Posted 8/4/2007 4:13 PM (GMT -7)   
i have been diagnosed bp for about 4 years now and am a workaholic it takes my mind of having an illness and having to take meds it
has been very hard for me to understand so many things and work is my only escape everything else is very confusing or doesn't seem real. The deep depression to the hypermania to the stuggle that i am an itelligent human being why can't i will it to be gone alot of times feel weak and when im at work don't have to think about any of it.

olivia of course
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   Posted 8/4/2007 5:23 PM (GMT -7)   
fantasy land,
 
I wanted to welcome you to the HealingWell family, I hope you find the support you are looking for here.
 
 
Olivia
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pinkelephant
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   Posted 8/8/2007 6:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Fantasyland: Thanks for your response.  My guess is that my husband shares your feelings although its impossible for me to know for sure (I don't walk in his shoes).  I did have the opportunity to speak with his pdoc and ask this question.  In addition to using work as a distraction he suggested that work also provides structure and order for an otherwise chaotic life.  I do get it but am challenged because of how I am wired.  See a problem, confront, and move on.  Probably not the best partner for someone thats bp and struggling everything from the diagnosis itself to the mood swings, medication, etc. 
 
 
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