I'm new here and want to share my story with you.
When I was born 30+ years ago, I had so many birth defects the doctors said there was less than a 10% chance to survive to be 2 years old.
Part of the way I handled the social and physical challenges was to educate myself on my conditions.
When I was in college, I was diagnosed with major depressive disorder and put on antidepressants (Celexa and Bupropion). I've been attending Celebrate Recovery (Celebrate Recovery is like AA except that it is Christian and for any "hurt, habit or hang-up" instead of just alcohol) for support and taking my meds as ordered, but was still struggling. I told my GP doctor about
my issues, and he put me on the highest dosage of Lexapro and took me off of the Celexa.
Instead of helping, the increase made me feel like I was on an emotional roller-coaster.
I decided to see a psychiatrist instead of seeing my GP again.
On Thursday last week the psychiatrist determined that I have Bipolar Disorder - not major depressive disorder. He took me off Lexapro and put me on the lowest dose of Lamictal. On his recommendation I am also taking a month off work, and seeing a therapist for talk therapy weekly.
I am also increasing my attendance at Celebrate Recovery from once a week to twice a week, checking in with my Celebrate Recovery sponsor via email daily and talking to an accountability partner on the phone each evening. I've told my parents, my sponsor and the accountability partner about
the new diagnosis and medication. I think I'm heading in the right direction.
Because learning as much about
them as I could helped me accept and manage my physical issues, I'm trying the same approach with my bipolar diagnosis.
Here are the questions I've thought of so far: Will my mood swings get worse before they get better? Does it matter if I take the meds in the morning, afternoon or evening? Should I tell anyone else about
the changes (Friends, other family members, people at work)? Any tips on managing my condition in addition to what I'm already doing? (Exercise - if so does it matter what type; diet changes - less sugar, carbs...; methods to reduce the length/severity of the manic or depressive episodes; etc.)
I'd appreciate your input on these questions or anything else you think may be useful in understanding and/or living with bipolar disorder. Thanks.