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   Posted 7/28/2006 7:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello everyone...
I've checked out this forum a few times already in the past, but things got a little serious last night with an incident.  I was just wondering how you go about being diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder?  What are the most common symptoms?  Is it possible to only be Bipolar around just one person, but be fine the rest of the time? 
Trying to hang in there,
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   Posted 7/28/2006 7:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Jordan: I don't know about being BP around one person but I think there are instances and circumstances that most likely make it worse. Just go to the web and do a search under "Bipolar" and you will find lots of stuff on bipolar illness. Symptoms are different for different people - for me it was periods of euphoria followed by intense crashes into major depression. I would go through periods where I felt invincinble and I would take on tasks that I felt so positive about. Then I would crash and I couldn't even function much less complete a project. I would be at work and all of a sudden the papers in front of me made no sense. I couldn't organize my papers. My thoughts and actions were scattered. These are just a few of my symptoms that are not (Thank God) under control with medication. Hope this helps. Good luck...Lazy

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   Posted 7/29/2006 10:07 PM (GMT -7)   
hey, jordan.
i was originally diagnosed with schizophrebia by my pdoc.  he later changed the disgnosis to psychoeffective behavior after the x-rays and c/t scans showed no evidence of brain abnormalidy.  finally i was talking to my shrink about the disgnosis and he pulled out the dsm.  together we went through the symptoms of bi polar and schizoeffective.  according to our research, i am much more bp than schizoeffective.
but everyone's set of symptoms are diffeent, as ellie said.  there are a number of symptoms listed in the dsm and, to be bp, you have to have (i think) at least 5.
some people simply give you energy.  in metaphysical terms, they can simply be "givers" or you may be an "energy vampire" with them, taking their energy.  there are other people who will bring you down.  these are "energy vampires" who are feeding off of other people's energy.  there are some people you like hanging out with and others that you don't.  this may be the reason. :-)

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   Posted 7/30/2006 2:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Jordan,

I've read that it's quite common for someone with bp (and depression, I think) to be able to behave perfectly fine around work colleagues, etc. (a kind of projection of an "I'm fine" persona), but then naturally not to be able to keep that up 100% of the time and/or with people close to them, so those people then get the full force and some (because stuff's been suppressed and then explodes). If this one person you're talking about is someone close to you, that may explain what's happening. If they're not, it could be an anger management issue, or you could actually just be angry with them but not have properly acknowledged / dealt with that yet. Let's face it, though, if you've got bipolar and things are bad, it's not surprising that you'd show that to *someone*; in a sense, it'd be more concerning if you didn't. That's not an excuse for letting someone "have it", but, if you are close to this person, maybe you could explain more to them and deal with it that way.

Take care,
Rosie x
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