I was recently diagnosed....

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Date Joined Dec 2015
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   Posted 12/10/2015 6:56 PM (GMT -7)   
with Bipolar 2. Right now I am on 4 medications as we are trying to figure out what is going to work for me.
Its so confusing and upsetting to me to have this diagnosis. I have major depressive episodes.
I am scared that I am not going to get a handle on this.
My IC is a very nice man. The psychiatrist who the IC sent me to has the bedside manner of a hammer.
I dont have a lot of choice with my insurance as to who I can see.
For those of you who have been living with this can you give me some pointers to help me wrap my head around this so that I can lead as normal a life as possible. I would appreciate it.

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   Posted 12/10/2015 7:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Jamie,
I know how you feel..... It's like the elephant in the room, no one wants to talk about. At least that for me.

If this psych has the manner of a hammer, why not tell him it's just not working for you or you find hat when he does X or Y you don't like it. You need help but he also has to be open to criticism.

I am personally waiting on my diagnoses and well I also have the major depressive disorder as well. I am here if you want to chat.

L4/L5 herniated disc, spinal stenosis, rheumatoid arthritis, & bipolar ^_^
Med's: butrans patch (omg so itchy) Celebrex, Ciperlax and a basket load of other stuff

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   Posted 12/10/2015 7:52 PM (GMT -7)   
There is somewhat of a language barrier with the psychiatrist as he is from India. He speaks English but with a thick accent. My IC says the psyc, is very good at the medication part of this. I have only seen the psyc. 2x so far. I have an appointment next Wednesday with him.
I am also have some marriage issues that dont have anything to do with my diagnosis. The marriage issues and the diagnosis happened to collide at the same time.
Life is very hard at this time for me and for my husband. He is trying to be understanding about the bipolar and we are trying to work out the marriage issue with both of us being in IC. We dont know if we will end up staying married at this point though and between that and my diagnosis its rough

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   Posted Yesterday 6:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi jamie,

Welcome to the forum!

I am sorry for everything that you are going through. Are you attending therapy for your diagnosis? Both meds and therapy work together in treating Bipolar.

Regarding your marriage I would suggest you both try couples or marriage counselling. This may help the relationship and you can both decide whether you want it to work.

Pleas feel free to check out our resources area where you can find information on Bipolar and coping techniques:

I hope things will work out for you and your hubby. Please know that we are here for you.

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   Posted Yesterday 8:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Jamie,
I'm so sorry about that psych, a language barrier like that is the Worst! I use to work with folks in India training them via teleconferences .. So I feel the pain! I found making them speak more slowly, and asking them repeate was a key. Maybe that can help with you. If you do t find that helpful, maybe asking your referring doctor for another referral due to the language barrier? Maybe even before you go do a bit of research around town. Ask folks call them even just to get an idea or sense. Once you think you found the chosen one (hehe) then ask the referring doc for a new referral to that doc you want.

With my family doc I have done that before, but but but I had to lay a bit of ground work first. I had a complain a few times tell her my thoughts then she went with it.

Maybe I'm talking out of my 🔮 But hey it's worth a go!

I agree with UA too I hope if you can save your marriage. It's a chore sometimes and it's hard but if you believe you two should be together, than isn't it worth it? I've been married for 19yrs and I guess we are both too stubborn to find anyone else.. But really some days it's a chore to stay married then others are a sweet ride. But we have been through debit, sickness, and so poor we had to use the food bank. Really it's been hard. So you both have to make that decision fight or give up. My hubby is my friend before a mate. So I fight for my best friend always and forever. And **** 19yrs Christ I'm old. Hahaha

Anyways I'm here if you need to vent


L4/L5 herniated disc, spinal stenosis, rheumatoid arthritis, & bipolar ^_^
Med's: butrans patch (omg so itchy) Celebrex, Ciperlax and a basket load of other stuff

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Date Joined Mar 2009
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   Posted Today 1:31 AM (GMT -7)   
agree with all of the above. bi-polar does effect relationships if not correctly treated. hit and miss are meds, sadly trial and error is the go. a tough psychiatrist is a must. so, therapy, meds and support. get proactive about it, keep posting and keep strong. do not hide anything no bs and you will manage it. bi-polar aint a death sentence, you can manage, you can learn to know the cycles, mania, and downs etc. my shrink says I am relatively stable, in a mildly mixed manic way. I use my mania in the best creative manner available. my music, my laughter-but I have learn't a lot of control, not perfect, far from it, but truly understanding the disorder is paramount. cheers.


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