Reckless Behavior

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   Posted 10/9/2009 9:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Has anyone ever had reckless behavior?  I was asking because my reckless behavior has now gotten me into legal troubles. Now I don't know what to do. I'm scared and alone. I feel like I'm standing in a room screaming and no one even bothers to look up. It's like I'm treated like a child.
Please help!

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   Posted 10/9/2009 10:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Leah27,

Welcome to HealingWell. I hope you find the community you're looking for here.

I think part of the disorder is reckless behavior, the trick is learning to control it and your own behaviors. You said in your other post that you have trouble staying on your meds. That's really crucial.

You can't change the past, but you can control your future behaviors. Bipolar doesn't take free will away from us. Do what's in your power to get healthy and show your family you want to be well. Look into therapy and get back on your meds.

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   Posted 10/9/2009 11:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Leah,
I would also suggest that you educate those closest around you and try to set up a support network for yourself.
You can ask them to help look for signs and triggers in when you are needing help and they can reach out to you.  A lot of times we don't recognize the actions that are escalating in ourselves but when others help point them out to us in a caring way it can help us to take the correct measures to help fix them.
There is a good book titled The Bipolar Survival Guide that you can all read together.  It will help to explain Bipolar in more detail to you and others and help explain why it is important to have a good support network from family or close friends.

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   Posted 10/12/2009 7:24 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi; I don't often post here. I also have Fibromyalgia and it is more critical to the quality of my life right now, than even the BiPolar. However, I did want to add my 2 cents to the "reckless behavior" topic. When I was younger (I'm 52 now,), but when in my late teens and twenties and even into my 30's I would become manic. I really didn't know how to read the signs well at all, and I ended up doing quite a bit of damage to myself and others, mostly in matters of the heart. I would gladly take it all back now, but alas, we cannot. I did join a twelve step group, for about 7 years as I'd been self medicating with alcohol (I think it's ok to say that here, I certainly am not endorsing that behavior), and those groups helped me tremendously to recognize when I was hurting myself and others, and gave me tools to work with the damage. I would recommend those groups to anybody here. Through the twelve step group, and through maturation, I have gotten to know myself pretty well. I have discovered the manic stages coming on and "go to base", as much as I'd prefer to go bananas, but I make myself sit still, meditate, relax, get calm, even though my inclination is quite the contrary. I have learned to recognize and respond to my erratic behavior, by stopping, reflecting, thinking, and it has kept me out of trouble (for the most part). I hope something here helps.
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   Posted 10/15/2009 2:53 PM (GMT -7)   

Reckless behavior is part of the mania until you learn what it is and how to control it. I used to spend and drink like there was no tomorrow. I would never endorse any such type behavior. I used to sabotage nearly every relationship, except the ones that were bad for me.

You have to stay on your meds. You need a core group of people around you that can tell you when you are getting out of control. You can even have a code word if you're with other people who don't know you are BP.

I have no idea what your legal problems are. I just hope they are not too serious and that you get a second chance. Sometimes it takes something bad to happen before we realize all the harm we have caused ourselves and others.

If you are going off your meds because there is some side effect you don't like, talk to your Pdoc and they can change the meds.

I wish you the very best in solving your legal problems. I do understand. {{{{HUGS}}}}

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