mask your bipolar disorder?

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Date Joined Jun 2007
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   Posted 6/25/2007 3:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Within the last 7 years i have experienced highs and lows... depression and anxiety and anti-social followed by months of hyperness excitment and the constant need of being around people.  when im hyper and excited i tend to spend too much money, go out incessantly, have an increased sex drive and rarely sleep when its the complete opposite during the months of depression.  It's almost like they both come in a 3-6 month cycle and i can feel it coming and going, almost like my body recognized the both and warns me.  I really don't understand, but some of my friends have told me over the last year or so that i could be manic-depressive or bi-polar.  I also suffer from anxiety and (horrible to say) have been self-medicating over the last 8 months just to calm my nerves so that i'm able to go to work and concentrate better without feeling so anxious.  Following the peak of my hyperness and excitment and rush of energy i experience extreme panic attacks where i can't even function at work around friends or even perform simple tasks and then fall into a depressive state.  I'm finally coming to grips with the fact that i potentially have a mental illness, but i have expressed this to family, friends, and even my significant other and it's taken as just a joke and not serious despite my despiration.  I'm reaching out for help and all i'm getting is "you're not crazy"  "your just putting yourself in situations that create stress."  even in times when everything seems perfect my body tells me otherwise.  i want to reach out for support from somewhere, i'm so tired of self medicating with alcohol.  Beginning to run low on hope... does anyone have any advice?

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Date Joined May 2007
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   Posted 6/25/2007 1:27 PM (GMT -7)   
i think you need to go to a doc and tell he/she how you've been feeling and acting. it's time to get help. your not crazy you just need some help. and alcohol is not the answer. trust me i've been there and it doesnt fix it. there is hope and help out there. dont give up. just got to get pointed in the right direction. and the bottom of a bottle isnt it. i never found any answers there anyway. so if i were you i would call my doc and make a list of how i've been feeling and acting and take it with me and tell him/her everything. thats the first step. and the best thing you can do.

and welcome to healingwell. hope you'll stick around. theres lots of love and support here and no judging. so hope to see you again.
I am bipolar, have social anxiety, panic attacks w/agoraphobia , diabetes, asthma and high blood pressure. Life is short but i am not.

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Date Joined Mar 2006
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   Posted 6/25/2007 5:25 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi kimberlie,

Welcome to Healing Well...This forum will definitely be very helpful to you, and I am so glad you found us and decided to reach out.

When I was reading your post, I definitely able to relate, which happens a lot here at Healing Well.  I too have been suffering for the past 7 years.  I was first diagnosed (by my pdoc and physician) w/panic disorder/anxiety and depression.  Then just over a year ago, with Bipolar II.  I was definitely experiencing the highs and lows (mostly lows) for the past few years.  The bp diagnosis was a little late, which is pretty common.  I learned it's much better to "nip it in the bud" to make treatment easier.  That may be, but no matter what, you really should get to a doctor (doesn't have to be a may get referred to one, that would be best) and tell them what you are going through.  Because no matter what stage of the game (or battle) you're in, you need to get the correct diagnosis and start the healing process.

Family, partners, etc.  - I have lost SO many friends due to my illness and that was before the bp, but what kind of friends were they really!?!  I have very few (2 to be exact) close friends.  It doesn't matter to me.  I have learned that what matters is ME and my health.  My bf is pretty good, he'll never fully be able to understand and I have accepted that.  We're working on the rest.  I had several JERK bf's before this one, and now I've got it right.  I had to learn about myself, my illness and my values before I could live with this illness and then live with someone at the same time.  My family was extremely tough though.  When this all first started 7 years ago, my Mom wouldn't accept it at all.  My Dad was okay, and to this day I can't really talk to my sis about it.  But through time, they have all gotten better.  Especially my Mom.  I never thought the day would come.  And they said some pretty horrible things to me back then, but time was what they needed.  And I found it was really best for me to just concentrate on myself and deal that way.  It was hard b/c I had to put boundaries in place...I basically said for years, Unless anyone is willing to listen and be open minded, then they're not allowed to talk to me about the illness at all.  It was really hard, but now a few years later, it was all worth it, b/c now I am truly trying to heal, and I can be proud of myself for doing it.  And now my Mom educates herself by asking me questions, the right way.

Alcohol is something you just can't do.  Something else I have learned.  I don't drink a lot, but during the highs (the more hyper times) I like to have some drinks, and have some fun.  Now, when I want to do that, I am very strict and only have a few....really a few and that's it.  Drinking will sink you into a depression.  Ask your doctor. 

Hope that helped a little.  Other things that have helped me is reading everything I can about the illness, websites, books especially, and I was a part of a couple of Support Groups at my hospital, and of course Healing Well. 

Educate yourself, put yourself ahead of your partner, family etc. and go see someone. 

Take care of you....

Bipolar, Anxiety/Panic Disorder
--currently not on meds for bp--

olivia of course
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Date Joined Jul 2006
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   Posted 6/25/2007 7:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Welcome to HW, I hope you are finding the support you are looking for you.

~~~ Olivia  ~~~
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"Don't let your yesterday, ruin your today"
"The moon if always full, think about it."
Dx:  Bipolar I (mixed-episodes), PTSD, Anxiety/Panic Disorder 
Current Meds:  Lithium 900mg, Geodon 60mg 2x/day, Ativan 1mg

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