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Date Joined Feb 2008
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   Posted 2/3/2008 8:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello everyone
I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder last wednesday ... I have suspected im bipolar for the last 2 years , but tried to be clever and "deal " with it myself.
This of course nearly led to disaster and I finally decided to see a shrink after severe health problems caused by stress ... I had also appled for a new  job and I knew I wouldnt be able to cope with my mood swings.
I tend to the " manic" with severe irritability , often thinking violent thoughts .. and racing thoughts .. so bad I havent slept properly in years.
My Doc has me on tegretol and rivotrol and I cant believe I feel so much better after a mere 5 days .. A friend of mine has announced im now behaving like a decent human being yeah I never realised I was so bad .... sad
Im South African and 46 .... sheesh so many wasted years sad

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   Posted 2/3/2008 8:51 PM (GMT -7)   
here's to a continuation of the great progress!

That light at the end of he tunnel?  It's an on-coming train.

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   Posted 2/3/2008 11:38 PM (GMT -7)   

Oh I think of the wasted years often.  Instead, put a good spin on it and see how wonderful your life will be from now on.

Welcome to the board!

"Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending" ~ Maria Robinson

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   Posted 2/4/2008 8:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome! :-)  
I agree with warren. We go though a process with managing this illness and we learn the ropes as we go along.
Sometimes we learn the hard way. I think that happens to a lot of us!
Well we are here to support you along the way. I'm glad you're feeling better. My first bit of advise is to stick to taking your medications and keep in close contact with your psychiatrist. Let him know how the meds are working/not working with you. The slightest bit of adjustment of these meds make a world of difference. And if one dosen't agree with you there are a whole range of other ones that they can try. So try not to get discourage.
Good luck this time around. I hope we can help make it a little easier this time around for you.

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   Posted 2/4/2008 9:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Carolsclan,

Welcome to the board. I hope you find some companionship and support here, we all have. Bipolar is hard enough without having to go it alone. I think a lot of us try to "deal with it" on our own at some point and find it's a lot harder than it seems like it should be, but you were wise and got help eventually. I hope the meds continue to help.

So, welcome to the board, browse through some past posts, ask questions if you have any, and we're glad you're here.

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Bipolar II
It is a melancholy of mine own, compounded of many simples, extracted from many objects, and indeed the sundry contemplation of my travels, in which my often rumination wraps me in a most humorous sadness. -- William Shakespeare

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   Posted 2/4/2008 11:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the fantastic welcome ... I have several questions but will start a new post. :-)
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