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Date Joined Nov 2006
Total Posts : 15
   Posted 12/9/2006 8:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey there. I posted on this forum about a month ago,but then i couldn't remember the webisite i signed up to so i couldn't check if anyone responded. I checked anyhow and thanks to all you guys who responded,they were proper dedicated responses and i learned a lot.

Now i'm just wondering if you guys could explain your stories to me,i'm really quite interested in how bipolar affects people,i'm not too sure if it's bipolar i suffer from,i've not yet been diagnosed and i'd worry myself sick if i diagnosed myself,but either way it's still very interesting for me to learn about other peoples lives and how you's live with this.

I was wodering...d'you have physical symptoms at all? How do you's know when a manic episode is beginning,what does it feel like? Do you lose your thoughts completely or do you think you've found answers to everything? What was it like when you first knew something was wrong,what happened? When your depressed,what do you do,do you go out and socialise and put a false face on or do you keep the despair to yourself? Is the manic feeling really good or do you know it's happening,do you have inisight but just cant stop it? What do you do for a living? I'm really interested in all this.

Also,i've heard a couple of people say this is not a 'mental illness' (i hate the stigma attached to those words) and it's a physical abnormality in the brain. I'm not too sure i understand this,i thought it was more to do with nuerotransmitters in the brain.

One last question,do you suffer from anxiety or obsessions,or any anxiety related disorders? The whole thing is very hard for me to understand at the moment,i would love to hear from you guys and i hold no judgements,it is

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Date Joined Apr 2004
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   Posted 12/10/2006 4:03 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm just visiting here and wanted to respond to one of your questions. I have been treated for moderate to severe depression for over 40 years and have a brother who is bipolar. My first psychiatrist was very forward thinking for the 60's and said that he thought that my problems were caused by chemical imbalances in the brain, not by 'sick thinking or mental illness'. Sadly, he didn't live long enough to see his ideas proved true.

So I don't subscribe to the mental illness idea, but instead call it a chemical imbalance of the brain. I also have a metabolic imbalance called diabetes and another one called hypothyroidism. My meds help me get back in balance. I like the idea of the whole 'balance' thing.
~ Jeannie

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."

- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

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Date Joined Sep 2006
Total Posts : 657
   Posted 12/12/2006 2:26 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi cfc_kenny,

When my mania's beginning I start to feel like I can do more (as I can't do much at all when I'm depressed), I have racing thoughts....more than I can deal with , I wake earlier and can't get back to sleep , I feel the need to do 101 things at a time.

Sometimes I think I can take on huge things (which in reality would crush me). I obsessively try to do things perfectly , usually cleaning and symmetry (I used to have quite strong OCD symptoms which over the years have lessened , although I have never been diagnosed).

I have also been diagnosed with Anxiety & Panic disorder.

I hope this has helped answer some of your questions.

Take care ,

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