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   Posted 3/22/2008 7:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi. I am a 44 y/o male just diagnosed as bipolar. It has been a tough time to get here, I was diagnosed with clinical depression about 10 years ago and the ADHD. I recently lost my hose and my wife has decided she needs some time away from me. I understand. I have caused a lot of people pain. I am on day 10 of lacmital. I hope I have found an answer.

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   Posted 3/22/2008 8:40 PM (GMT -7)   
welcome to HW, our (dis)functional family.  most of us have been where you are now and you have the empathy of all of us.  We know how painful this period can be.  i went through denial (WHAT?  i don't have bp!!!)  than anger (that d*mn*d dr just doesn't know what he's talking about!).  you know - or can guess - the rest. 
please lean on us whenever you need to.
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   Posted 3/22/2008 10:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Welcome, and I hope you hang in there with your meds.  I too was diagnosed as just depressed first.  Since the new diagnosis of bipolar and the new medicine regimine, I see a light at the end of the tunnel.  So hang in there. 

"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 3/23/2008 1:16 AM (GMT -7)   
thanks, as you can see 3:00 am and no sleep again...

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   Posted 3/23/2008 6:31 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi mr44,

Welcome to HW.  I'm on Lamictal; and for the most part I'm doing a bit better.  I'm a rapid cycler, so my bp is very hard to control.  Lamictal doesn't have any side effects for me...maybe a little tired, but definitely not drowsy. 

I haven't been sleeping well at all lately.  I'm definitely a mild insomniac.  It's awful to not sleep when we need it so badly.

I'm sorry to hear about all that has happened in your life recently, but at least your diagnosis is now correct.  It's so common for us to be dx'd with depression first, and then somehow it becomes bp or maybe it was bp all along...  I think there are a lot of ties with ADHD as well.  I am confident that you are now on your path to wellness.  Are you in any counselling to help you sort out the emotional turmoil?  I think it's important you get past some of your guilt, and maybe heal some bonds that may have been broken in the past (if that's what you want).  In any case, I think it's important to work through it so you can move on and be well.  Of course, I don't want to overwhelm you.  You have quite a bit going on right now.  Hopefully the Lamictal starts making you feel better soon, and the rest will come one step at a time.

Take good care of yourself right now, and keep us posted. 

Bipolar II, Anxiety/Panic Disorder
Clonazepam .5mg as needed, Trazodone 50mg/day & Lamictal 200 mg/day

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   Posted 3/23/2008 10:46 AM (GMT -7)   

Welcome to the Bipolar Forum on HW. I too was diagnosed for depression for a long time before I was diagnosed for Bipolar. I think it is because most people seek help when they are depressed and not in a manic/hypomanic state.

I am sorry about what has taken place in your life recently. Hopefully the Lamictal will help you handle things better. Please let us know how things go with your meds and anything else you have questions on.
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Only by seeking challenges can we hope to find the best in ourselves.
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   Posted 3/23/2008 12:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Mr44,

Let me take just a moment to say hi also. Sounds like you've been having a rough time. Hopefully the diagnosis and medication helps out. Let me echo Mogli in suggesting counseling. It's worked wonders for me.

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