Does "it" ever just hit you out of the blue?

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   Posted 4/27/2008 9:55 PM (GMT -7)   

So for the most part I have been doing pretty well. It has been about five years since my last hospitalization. And have not really had any major breakdowns since. Have been on the same medication since then and it has been working. I graduated from college, got a professional job, and am living on my own. Then this week I got overwhelmed and boom of the old emotions/feeling returned.

So, last week I had a horrible shift at work. I didn't know it was possible to hate a job that I usually love. It has kind of bothered me the whole weekend. Then this week I had a "guy" issue. I came home from seeing the guy and just felt so depressed and lonely. My appettie was even gone. I ended up going to my parents for dinner thinking it would cheer me up but it didn't really. Then on the way home I started crying in the car. I know it is that time of the month for me but I usually don't cry. I was so let down my the guy situation plus I dreaded going into work. I do get a little concerned when my stress levels get a little to high. I sort of worry that it might trigger something. I am almost considering calling in sick the next day or two to work. I mean they won't even notice and I can make sure I get my sanity back. I had the fantasy about just going to my manager and saying "here is my two weeks notice." Of course I need my job to stay independent and the truth is that most of the times I like it.

Does anyone ever have little periods of time that seem overwhelming? How do you deal with it?

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   Posted 4/27/2008 10:43 PM (GMT -7)   
I can get easily overwhelmed. When I feel like the stress is adding up and I'm getting overwhelmed, I try to slow down. Instead of thinking about getting through the next day, I slow things down. I focus on getting throught the next 5 minutes. I try to not sweat the small stuff. Don't let the little things bother you.
Do you have a hobby or something that always makes you smile and takes you to a grat state of mind? For me, I will garden,read a book,walk my dogs, or just turn on my favorite record and dance around the living room like a fool. Anything to take my worried,stressed mind off whatever is bothering me.
Maybe you could try that.
Hormones can really mess with a person badly. I wouldn't make any major choices during the "monthly". You might do something you regret. Ie quitting job,ending relationship with guy. Wait to decide those things when you are feeling more like your normal self.
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   Posted 4/28/2008 7:03 AM (GMT -7)   

I think everyone has those periods of time that are overwhelming. I talk them through with my family -- whomever you trust to be a good ear. I do just as edwina says -- I try to engage in activities which take my mind off of what's bugging me, reading, being online, watching movies, having coffee with friends. I wouldn't quit your job just yet. Try and work through your frustrations first. If it's something someone did that's making you angry, the feeling will cool down and you'll feel better. Give it a couple of weeks at least to see if you still feel the same way.

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   Posted 4/28/2008 3:04 PM (GMT -7)   

Yeah, I don't really plan on quiting my job. More of just a thought I go to as a fantasy really. If I do continue to dislike my job I would look for another one or just transfer. I have talked to friends and family about how I feel. And I did end up taking a "sick" day at work. I really did feel nauseated and have symptoms this morning. I think I will be fine to go to work tomorrow. I sort of thought that I had my barriers up and somehow they got swept away. It might be the weather too. It has been cloudy and gray for almost a week where I live. I geuss I will continue to take care of myself and things should start looking up.

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   Posted 4/28/2008 11:00 PM (GMT 0)   

Hi Jade,

I totally get you. Just remember there is no cure for bipolar but it can be managed. Sometimes we have set backs, (even if you have been doing well for 5 yrs.) and we just have to give more attention to ourselves at those times and if it means taking a few days off work to just chill and regroup by doing what we have to do to get to feeling better we do it. Don't sweat it, it happens.

I'm sure you will know when it's time to call the pdoc. But first start with what you know you should do. Everyone has given you great advise so far.

Hope you're feeling better soon.

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