How have you coped meating the "new" you?

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happy bill
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   Posted 2/10/2009 2:32 PM (GMT -7)   
   It's been a bit of a trying time here. The new meds i'm on have been working well, except for a rise in anxiety, and i am generally very happy with the results. However i now have noticed that i feel like i am living in a new "house" that seems a bit out of wack to what i am used to.
    THis is hard to describe, but i feel like i am me, but not me. Does that make sense? So much has changed in my life i am honestly overwhelmed by all the changes.  Who am i now, who was i?  I really feel like a new man, however i am experiencing a huge range of new emotions and challenges with all these changes.
    Does anyone else out there feel like this or remmeber feeling like this. It is hard to explain to my wife these changes i feel myself going thru. She doesnt understand and i dont blame her, she isnt crazy. tongue

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   Posted 2/10/2009 9:57 PM (GMT -7)   
I do understand what you mean, Bill. But it's been so long I hardly remember my old self. There are so many changes to embrace and understand. It's going to take a while. Just recovering from an episode takes a long time. My psychiatrist says it takes six months to a year for a person to feel normal again after having a mood episode. Let alone adjusting to the knowledge that you're bipolar, the counseling, the changes you make to your lifestyle... I miss days when I never thought about my mood, when I didn't take medication, when I was free. But I wouldn't be healthy anymore if I did that, so I plug on...

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   Posted 2/12/2009 5:38 AM (GMT -7)   
I am having a hard time understanding the new me. The old me liked reading crazy books like "History of the World in 6 Drinks", "Spice", "Salt", etc. For some reason I don't find them that amusing anymore. The old me loved shopping. Now I only shop when I need something; I don't have an overflowing wadrobe anymore. The old me was addicted to desserts and candy. The new me likes them in moderation. The old me loved religion. The new me likes spirituality, not religion. My relationships with people have changed. I have a clearer perspective now. I can see which people were using me before.

Dealing with the changes is hard. I am glad I have a better perspective now but I don't know what do with my past interests and friends. I guess it will all get sorted out with time.
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