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Date Joined May 2009
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   Posted 5/12/2009 7:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello All,
I am new to this site and I just wanted to introduce myself. I have been on a downward spiral for about 4 years now and thought that alcoholism was my problem. After seen a therapist and a Natrupath, I was actually diagnosed BP. My mother is BP so it makes sense. It also makes sens why AA and those types of support groups never worked for me. I drink because it shuts off my brain and helps me relax. That is the only time I can relax actually. I am moody as heck and fly off the handle at little things. I have thought about hurting myself or others, never really going to do it though. I am on Seraquil XL, and wheening off Lexapro. I am here just hoping that if I talk to some others like me, I can start to get better. My marriage is almost gone and I can't let that happen. Please help with words of wisdom or anything you can share.
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Date Joined May 2007
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   Posted 5/12/2009 10:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi C23,

Welcome to HealingWell and to the bipolar board. I hope you find the community supportive and vital as so many of us have.

Alcoholism certainly is a problem, but it is a problem that lots of bp sufferers have in addition to their bp. Addiction problems are very common. I'm glad to hear you're in therapy. What does your psychiatrist currently think about your meds? Why is he/she weaning you off of the Lexapro?

You say your marriage is in danger. What can you do to make it better? Have you invited your spouse to therapy with you? To a psych appointment with you? Are they supportive about your bp and your quest to get better?

It's good to have you on board. You will find a medicine to help you stabilize, but if you are still drinking, that definitely won't help. I hope you've found a way to cut alcohol out. You can do it.

Good luck,
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Date Joined Jul 2006
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   Posted 5/12/2009 2:20 PM (GMT -7)   

I too wanted to welcome you to HW and the Bipolar Forum. There are a lot of people in the board that have/had similar struggles to you, and I hope you find the help and support you are looking for here.

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