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Date Joined Sep 2007
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   Posted 9/16/2007 1:39 PM (GMT -7)   
hi! my name is miranda and i was diagnosed with bi-polar disorder towards the end of last year. i have had probably the most trying year this year. after i was diagnosed it seemed like everything went downhill. i was involved in a study with seroquel and it helped. after the study i stayed on seroquel. in march my grandfather died. i was out of work for several days afterwards and felt like there was no light at the end of tunnel. i was put into another study except it was inpatient. im all for helping modern science but i will never go inpatient again. while i was in the hospital i was diagnosed with post traumatic stress diorder on the count of my fathers abuse and was put on lorazepam (sp)i left my husband the last day of the inpatient study and got involved with another person who was completely wrong for me. shortly after being put back on my medication i went back to my husband and we havent had any problems since. one of the first nights back with my husband we went to a local show and it hit me like a ton of bricks. i had hurt someone that i loved and some friends along the way during the month that i was gone. when we got back it was almost like normal again. it was like nothing had happened. the only release that i have right now is my music. i used to do roller derby but was forced to stop due to lack of money and reoccurring ankle injuries. for right now my stress relief is music and i am taking yoga classes at a local church. for now it works, but part of me still misses roller derby.i look forward to talking to everyone.


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   Posted 9/16/2007 3:03 PM (GMT -7)   

Hello and welcome to the HW family, I am glad you found us. I hope you find the support you are looking for here.

Sounds like you have had a few rough patches along the way. There are so many here who have had similar stories to share. Again, welcome. :-)
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   Posted 9/17/2007 6:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Miranda. Welcome. How are you feeling brain-wise right now? Would you say you're stable? Do you think your meds are helpful?

We're a friendly community. Nice to have you.

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Date Joined Sep 2007
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   Posted 9/18/2007 10:40 AM (GMT -7)   
i dont feel 100% stable, but ive found out that i can control my anger mood swings which has always been a big issue for me. so far, i feel like the seroquel is helpful, but there are some days where even with the meds im really just all over the place. i try to calm my self down by listening to my favorite play list. my mom was recently diagnosed ( in the past few months). im more on the manic side and shes the exact opposite she has severe depression. she was put in the inpatient program so they can find out what meds would work best for her. i always suspected that there was some depression in the family with my grandfather being an alcoholic, my uncle killing himself and my grandmother having mood swings. the study i was involved in had another thing where they tested to see if there was a familial link for bi-polar. i really after what ive been through with my mother i definitely think it could be.


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Date Joined Mar 2006
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   Posted 9/18/2007 2:23 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi miranda,

Welcome to HW.  Being bipolar is so hard.  The best advice I can give you is to have professional support, a pdoc, and a therapist.  I was in a bipolar support group and it helped me tremendously.  I have to get my sleep (your seroquel should be helping you with that...I'm assuming you take it at bedtime) and I have to keep stresses away.  I took Lorazepam for a long time, just recently switched to Clonazepam--these definitely help with the anxiety.

Anyway, being a memeber of this forum is also very helpful in releasing stressors and getting information.  We all understand you here.  It's definitely one single day at a time...


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

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