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Date Joined Aug 2007
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   Posted 8/6/2007 8:37 PM (GMT -7)   
I just wanted to introduce myself. I was diagnosed with Bipolar not too long ago. I've been in therapy for a year and a half. My tdoc and I are still trying to find the right meds that work for me. It's been a struggle. My moods still shift very rapidly. I'm dealing with a lot of aggression right now. The depression seems to be overwhelming me too. I've had to call into work a lot this past month. I work in a very stressfull field.
I'm just hoping to talk with others here who can relate.

olivia of course
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Date Joined Jul 2006
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   Posted 8/6/2007 8:48 PM (GMT -7)   

Welcome to the HW family, I hope you find the support you are looking for here.

Finding the right combo of meds sometimes takes time. I have switched so many times, that I had to write it down to remember. Best wishes on the meds search.
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Date Joined Mar 2006
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   Posted 8/7/2007 6:07 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Heather,

Welcome to HW :-)

I can relate to almost everything that you said.  My moods change rapidly too.  Sometimes I'll have an episode last weeks, have had some last months (depression).  But a lot of the time I'm all over the place.  Mind you, I'm not on any bp meds.  It's been almost a year since I went off the meds.  It was a decision I made for myself b/c they all made my bipolar sypmtoms worse.  I decided to focus on learning coping skills like CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy).  I went into a support group, and I have done lots of reading.  I also made a very scary decision this past January...

I too was in a very very stressful job.  It got to the point that I knew if I didn't make a change, I was probably going to end up in the hospital.  The illness was getting out of control.  I left my job, went on unemployment from the goverment (for sick leave).  Then I applied to the government for funding to go back to school to get trained for a new career.  I will never go back to what I was working in.  I am now starting school one week from today.

Managing this illness is about many different things.  Making the right decisions for yourself, for your health, is number one.  Therapy is key, glad you have that.  Meds for a lot of people is necessary as well (it might be again for me someday).  Having a good doctor/pdoc.  Having some support (family and friends); sometimes that's hard...HW is a great support system. 

You are doing the right things to accept your illness and to get better.  It will all fall into place because you are making the efforts.  I hope your depression lifts soon, and that you find the right meds.  Keep posting, let us know how you're doing. 

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

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Date Joined May 2007
Total Posts : 178
   Posted 8/7/2007 9:18 AM (GMT -7)   
just wanted to say hi and welcome. i too was just recently diagnosed. (may 9th) i think i now have the right combination of meds. its a process that requires alot of patience and i'm not the most patient person. so my advice to you is to be patient and give the doc and the meds time to work. hope to see you around. welcome again.
I have bipolar disorder, panic attacks w/agoraphobia, social anxiety, diabetes, asthma, and high blood pressure.
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