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Music Box
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Date Joined Aug 2007
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   Posted 8/1/2007 2:44 AM (GMT -7)   
Now, before I begin ranting, I would like to point out that I am not completely sure that I am bipolar. I have not asked a doctor about it at all. In fact, I haven't been to a doctor in around a year and a half (they scare me.).

I have a feeling I am bipolar for the simple fact that my mother is and her mother before. I am only fifteen so I really haven't really gotten to know myself that well, one could say. But what I do know is something is a little out of sorts with me. It may be a phase, who knows, I'm just really fed up with it.

I guess my main reason for concern is frequent hallucinations that I experience an hour or so after I fall asleep. It started around four years ago when my parents divorced and had a harsh custody battle over my older brother and I. I became very withdrawn and stand-offish. Over time I have come to realize it was mostly depression. I think the stress over that was a major trigger and I can remember lying in my bed when I heard a clicking noise. It slowly got louder and louder to the point where I got confused and opened my eyes to find thousands of spiders on the celling of my bedroom (the clicking being the billions of feet against the plaster.). That was the first time and one of the most frightening.

Around a week later it happened again at school (I fell asleep while skipping class in a bathroom) but I was so afraid I don't even know what happened. I just kinda blacked out and the next thing I knew I was covered in my own blood and had trashed the girls' bathroom, mirror and all. Shortly after that my father finally gave my mother a chance and my brother and I moved to Kansas with her and my step-father. As things calmed down the hallucinations got less frequent and certainly less scary. I have gotten much better since then all around. I do well in school again, I am social, and most important in my mind, I am happier. But alas, they still persist. Thankfully, they aren't spooky anymore. The last time was around two weeks ago when my pillow was gnawing on my hair and trying to get me to play with it, but I told it to let me sleep and just rolled over.

I have told both my mother and my father: Mom believes me, Dad thinks I am just taking lots of drugs like my eldest brother and sister. I have also spoken to my two brothers who share the same mother. They both have had similar experiences and have come to a consensus with me that, what ever it is, we are all effected by it. All three of us also have these episodes of extreme anti-social moods. I won't speak to anyone for weeks at a time, even though I am well-known in my school as happy-go-lucky and a class clown. The last thing is an unusually severe paranoia that we have non-stop about everyone and everything.

So, please tell me what you think. Because I really want to have other inputs on whether or not this is just a random and mistaken conclusion I have drawn or a real possibility. Also, if anyone knows any ways to help with the hallucinations I would love to hear them.

THANK YOU FOR LISTENING. <3
Much love,

Chelsea.

shine_on_u_crazy_dimond
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Date Joined Feb 2007
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   Posted 8/1/2007 6:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Chelsea.

I'm not entirely sure if you suffer from bipolar disorder, you would need to ask A doctor about that- some of them are helpful and not frightening :)

You say you experience frequent hallucinations after you fall asleep, but I'm confused because if you're sleeping how can you be conscious of them at the same time? If this is any encouragment, I did read this on wikipedia...

Hypnagogic hallucinations and hypnopompic hallucinations are considered normal phenomena. Hypnagogic hallucinations can occur as one is falling asleep and hypnopompic hallucinations occur when one is waking up.

So it's still possible to hallucinate but be mentally stable/balanced.

When you hallucinate, do you know you're hallucinating or do you think what you're seeing/hearing exists and find it difficult to distinguish between what's real and what's not?


There's deffinitely similarities with some of the things you described and bipolar such as being happy then extreme anti-social moods. Paranoia often occurs with the onset of mania as well, I think...

But it could be a number of things. You know, it could just be your age. You're only 15 years old, so the best thing, in my opinion, would be to go to a doctor and explain these things because if it is bipolar disorder then it's better to be treated as quick as possible to stop it from developing to full blown mania in the future.

You articulate and express yourself really well for someone so young, I hope things turn out O.K for you and you continue to do well at School :)

All the best

Shine_on

olivia of course
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Date Joined Jul 2006
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   Posted 8/1/2007 11:39 AM (GMT -7)   

Music Box,

1st I would like to invite you to the HW family.

I'm with Shine on this, I have been diagnosed for almost 3 years and have had BP for at least 5.  So I do know a little about BP, and what you describe does not trully describe BP.

As much as you are scared of Drs., you need to get this checked out by them or a trained person.

Yes, and some of the hallucinations are after you are asleep, so they might be how you  conscious processes the ugly things going on around you.  You have gone through a lot of rough changes.

Hhallucinations that can occur as one is falling asleep and hypnopompic hallucinations occur when one is waking up.

When you hallucinate you know you are, and this is a good thing, you are not retached from reality.
 
I have had hallucinations before, and they are no fun.
 
I hope you can talk to someone and get things sorted out.  Hang in there.



Olivia
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Post Edited (olivia of course) : 8/2/2007 8:16:47 PM (GMT-6)


Music Box
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   Posted 8/1/2007 1:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Many thanks to both of you. <3

Shine: Many times when I am sleeping it is that I wake up slightly from being thirsty or something like that. Then, as I slowly come out of the sleep I sometimes hallucinate. Also, at first I had no idea what was going on. But now I usually realize while it's happening that I just need to calm down and that none of it is real. A lot of the time I know because what happens I know couldn't possibly be real, though on occasion I have been confused about the more realistic scenarios. Anywho, I think I will try and work up the courage to talk to a doctor. Thanks thanks thanks. [:

Olivia: You have one of my favorite names in the world, by the by. On a more serious note, like I said earlier in this post, I will see what I can do about talking to a doctor or a professional. Though I understand that many drugs can cause hallucinations, I am not on any. Thanks so much for your support. It means a lot to me.

Much love,
Chelsea

olivia of course
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   Posted 8/6/2007 4:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Music Box,

How are you do these days, I hope thing got better for you. Hang in there.
Olivia
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Dx:  Bipolar 1, Anxiety-Panic Disorder
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