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Date Joined Nov 2007
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   Posted 11/11/2007 2:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey guys!
I'm new to the forum, but not new to bipolar disorder. I was finally diagnosed 4 years ago after reading an article in a tabloid (yeah go figure eh?). I had always experienced extreme mood swings since I was 11 but always associated it with pree-teen stuff and teenager moodiness (and I think my parents did too). All through high school I was pretty depressed but would be happy with my friends, but very moody at the same time. I would go high to low about 10 different times in 30 minutes, depending on the situation.
By the time I brought it up with my doctor, I was already diagnosed with depression but I never mentioned mood swings. I was hurting my family, my husband and myself with my episodes. My doctor originally started me on Celexa but I felt like a zombie :S So he switched me onto Litium which I have been responding very well to.
I don't like to let a lot of people know I deal with this problem because it's not very well-known and people usually think that people with the disorder must be nut-cases. It's a shame that most people aren't diagnosed until they're adults and I really wish there was more awareness out there for parents and individuals. You see the commercials on TV and the ads in the tabloids, but are teenagers going to pay attention to either?
Anyway, just thought I'd say Hi and introduce myself!!! :-)
Bipolar disorder - Lithium 300mg in the morning, 600mg at night
Depression - 150mg Effexor
Hypothyroidism - 0.05mg Synthroid
Judge me all you want but keep the verdict to yourself

olivia of course
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Date Joined Jul 2006
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   Posted 11/11/2007 4:33 PM (GMT -7)   

Welcome to the HW family and the Bipolar forum. I am glad you found us, I hope you get the support you are looking for here.

Like you I was diagnosed until I was an adult. I was diagnosed as depressed when I was 18, but continued to have the mood swings none the less. After counless meds and therapy I am doing alright now. Again, welcome, we are glad to have you here. Please feel free to read the past posts or to ask us questions you may have. We are here to support you.
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Date Joined May 2007
Total Posts : 3715
   Posted 11/11/2007 5:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Laula:

I'm serafena, also dx'd as an adult after being dx'd as depressed for sometime. This is a very warm and fuzzy board, but we're very serious about straight talk about the disorder and taking care of ourselves. I hope you are doing okay, and please, feel free to jump right in and let us know what you think. Welcome.

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It is a melancholy of mine own, compounded of many simples, extracted from many objects, and indeed the sundry contemplation of my travels, in which my often rumination wraps me in a most humorous sadness. -- William Shakespeare

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