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wen4003
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   Posted 8/22/2007 7:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Although I'm new to the HW board, I have been posting on the anxiety board for a few days.  I am so glad that I found HW, what a help it's been so far and what a great family of people - always so willing to help and offer advice.
 
I was recently hospitalized (of my own will) for depression and suicidal ideation.  I ws ready to take all my meds (I have some medical conditions) and just end it all.  But while I had the pills in my hand, I had a moment of clarity and thought about my kids, husband and the rest of my family.  I called my physician and she told me to get to the ER and they would place me somewhere.  Well, long story short - that's what happened, I was admitted for 12 days with the initial diagnosis of depression.
 
While there, the doctor there asked tons of questions about me, my life history, my family history, etc.  After gathering all of this info he changed the diagnosis to Bipolar Disorder (which I have found out runs in my family) and Anxiety/Panic Disorders and Agoraphobia.  Since the anxiety stuff and agoraphobia have taken over and are "in my face" right now I've been focusing on those things.
 
But I really do need to start learning about the bipolar disorder too.  Does anyone have any suggestions of books to read, websites to go to, etc? 
 
Wen
I have Bipolar Disorder, Panic/Anxiety Disorders, Agoraphobia, Fibromyalgia, Severe Acid Reflux, Barrett's Esophagus, and Narcolepsy
 


serafena
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   Posted 8/22/2007 9:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi wen,

Welcome to the board. I'd recommend "The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide" by David Miklowitz. It's very clear and straightforward about the disease, medications (although slightly out of date there) and most importantly, how to manage the disorder and recognize your triggers.

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olivia of course
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   Posted 8/22/2007 1:44 PM (GMT -7)   

Welcome to the HW family, I am glad that you found us.  I am also glad that you are finding the support that you are looking for.

A book that I found very helpful in the past is "Bipolar Disorder Demystified: Mastering the Tightrope of Manic Depression" by Lana R. Castle.  There is a lot of info on BP and is an easy read.  You don't have to buy it and you should be able to find it at the local library.


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wen4003
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   Posted 9/4/2007 6:24 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you for the suggestions.
I have Bipolar Disorder, Panic/Anxiety Disorders, Agoraphobia, Depression, Fibromyalgia, Severe Acid Reflux, Barrett's Esophagus, and Narcolepsy
 


mogli
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   Posted 9/4/2007 2:01 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Wen,

Welcome to HW :-) I am sorry to hear about your rough time recently, I am also glad to know you made it through and you are still "here".  Good for you, you have proven your strength.

My favourite bp book is "Surviving Manic Depression" by E. Fuller Torrey & Michael B. Knable.  I use this book all the time. 

What type of bp did the doc diagnose you with?  Glad you're here, keep posting, ask us any questions that come to mind, we are here to help.  It's really good that you are wanting to learn about all of this, that is what has helped me the most. 


Mogs
 
Bipolar II, Anxiety/Panic Disorder
Clonazepam; currently not on meds for bp


wen4003
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   Posted 9/4/2007 2:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for your support Mogs, it sure helps.  I'll take a look at that book too.  I have no idea what type of BP I have - honestly, until you asked, I had no idea there were more than one type.
 
Wen
I have Bipolar Disorder, Panic/Anxiety Disorders, Agoraphobia, Depression, Fibromyalgia, Severe Acid Reflux, Barrett's Esophagus, and Narcolepsy
 


serafena
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   Posted 9/5/2007 9:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Wen,

There's BP I -- which is the "classic" BP with strong swings from "full blown" mania to deep depression; there's BP II which is a swing from hypomania (a low grade mania featuring irritability, elevated mood, confusion, etc...) to deep depression; and there's variations on those themes like rapid-cycling bipolar or mixed states. Here's a decent web-page to check out if you haven't already:

http://www.dbsalliance.org/site/PageServer?pagename=about_bipolar_types

serafena
Ask me about my Bipolar Disorder!


wen4003
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   Posted 9/5/2007 10:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Serafena - that's a big help!

Wen
I have Bipolar Disorder, Panic/Anxiety Disorders, Agoraphobia, Depression, Fibromyalgia, Severe Acid Reflux, Barrett's Esophagus, and Narcolepsy
 

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