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   Posted 3/28/2009 4:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Here is a little about me 50 year old male married with lots of kids(7) I had a breakdown last July and ended up in the hospital, pdoc thought it was just depression and loaded me with meds which did not help and the side effects were terrible. was in the depression for 8 months, the worst of my life. I am now in the manic state and the meds have all been changed so many times I cannot count. I'm not sure if the meds are doing anything at this point. I have gone from sleeping 12 hours a day to sleeping maybe 4 hours a day, my biggest concern is that if and when I go back into depression I will not survive this time, I barely made it this time if you get my drift.
Has anyone been thru anything like this?

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   Posted 3/28/2009 7:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello Thomas2 and I just want welcome to the Bipolar forum, as the moderator is taking care of a family emergency. This isn't my forum but I am sure the some of the regular members will be along soon and can answer any of your questions.........Have a good day..........and good luck.
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   Posted 3/28/2009 8:44 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Thomas,

This is Kitt from the Depression Forum.  It feels to me like a lot of what you have endured is due to a mistake in your dx and you should now be on medications and on the right path to recovery.  I hope this is true for you.

Effective and appropriate treatment is vital for reducing the frequency and severity of manic and depressive episodes and allowing you to live a more balanced and enjoyable life. Maintenance treatment — continued treatment during periods of remission — also is important. People who skip maintenance treatment are at high risk of a relapse of their symptoms or having minor episodes turn into full-blown mania or depression.

Medications are a vital part of bipolar treatment. Because medications for bipolar disorder can cause serious but rare side effects, you may be reluctant to take medications. But you can work with your psychiatrist and other health care professionals to find a medication regimen that works for you.
Psychotherapy is another vital part of bipolar disorder treatment. Several types of therapy may be helpful.

Cognitive behavioral therapy. This is a common form of individual therapy for bipolar disorder. The focus of cognitive behavioral therapy is identifying unhealthy, negative beliefs and behaviors and replacing them with healthy, positive ones. In addition, you can learn about bipolar disorder and its treatment and what may trigger your bipolar episodes. You also learn effective strategies to manage stress and to cope with upsetting situations.
I know this is the one that we talk about a lot in the depression forum.
To answer your question, yes many people have been through what you are going through and I am sure the members here will be sharing with you.
There's no sure way to prevent bipolar disorder. However, treatment at the earliest sign of a mental health disorder can help prevent bipolar disorder from worsening. Long-term preventive treatment also can help prevent minor episodes from becoming full-blown episodes of mania or depression.
Acceptance is a huge key in dealing with any depression disorder.
Take care and stick with us.

Kitt, Co-Moderator: Anxiety/Panic & Depression
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olivia of course
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   Posted 3/28/2009 8:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello Thomas2,

I wanted to welcome you to the Bipolar Forum. I am in total agreement with Skitt's statement. There is no quick fix with the illness, this is especially true with finding the right medication. I am sorry that you have recently struggled with severe depression, it is a rough place to be. But without correct medication, therapy (cognitive and psychotherapy), your symptoms could worsen. Bipolar disorder symptoms get worse if the symptoms are not treated correctly and each episode gets worse over time.

There are a lot of people who have felt the way you did at your lowest, just give it a little time for their posts. Please hang in there and don't hesitate to post when needed.

Olivia :-)
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   Posted 3/29/2009 5:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you all so much for the comments, I have accepted what I have finally..and hope maybe that is the first step for me to start understanding what I have not understood for years.
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