New here, past traumatic manic experience

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Date Joined Oct 2009
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   Posted 10/22/2009 11:49 AM (GMT -7)   
HI everyone. First of all, I appreciate everyone who reads these forums, if they respond or not. 
I had a manic experience 10 years ago that still bothers me.  I was having problems with depression, so I decided to try prayer and meditation to treat it.  I would feel really, really calm, but within a few days "God" started talking back to me through voices.  I became a different person, and was eventually hospitalized for 2 weeks. It took 6 months and heavy doses of risperdahl for the voices to go away. I know there are many of you out there who have ongoing problems like this,and I should be thankful my problems are under control, but I have been having problems with depression for the last 18 months and I can't help but think if I had someone to share my experiences with things might get better. I have a counselor, but he thinks I should leave the past in the past. Thanks for any suggestions. 

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Date Joined May 2007
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   Posted 10/22/2009 5:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Gingermom,

Welcome to HealingWell and to the bipolar board.

It's good advice to leave the past in the past, but being bipolar, you do want to plan a bit for the future. Depression doesn't last forever, and knowing what to do when you FIRST start feeling manic can help make the episode shorter and less extreme. Have you read "The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide" by David Miklowitz? If not, I highly recommend it.

I'm sorry you're struggling with depression too. We've all been there. Feel free to tell us a little bit more about that and what your days are like.

Be well,
Co-Moderator, Bipolar Forum
Bipolar II

"Bipolar disorder can be a great teacher. It's a challenge, but it can set you up to be able to do almost anything else in your life." - CARRIE FISHER

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Date Joined Oct 2009
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   Posted 10/22/2009 7:40 PM (GMT -7)   
How do I describe my depression? I just feel numb. I have trouble completing simple tasks. My husband passed away in July, and my doctors are saying the depression is because of that, but I was depressed before he became ill and died.  I was on Lamictal for a while, and I started having suicidal thoughts soon after starting that. I have been off of lamictal and on abilify and seroquil for the last few months, but I still have suicidal thoughts from time to time. I have no plans on hurting myself, but the thoughts are bothersome. I want to sleep 12 hours a day.  I wish I could have a little hypomania, I have been depressed for a year and a half now.   Gingermom
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