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Date Joined Dec 2007
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   Posted 12/13/2007 5:07 PM (GMT -7)   
I am new to this forum.  I am a 35 year old, married mother of 3 girls.  I was diagnosed manic bipolar 1 month ago, although I now know I have suffered with it for over 15 years.  I am on zoloft and risperdal, my body seems to be doing ok with this.  Emotionally I am doing better, now that I am with a new therapist with a new take on bipolar.  At homw I am keeping myself busy to not swell in the depression from the guilt.  My mania manifested in spending sprees and I hid this from my husband to the tune of tens of thousands.  I also suffer with moments of wanting to really achieve and then give up on it.  I have started and quit college numerous times.
I come here hoping to gain some insight, to not feel alone, and to hopefully gain some hope.
"Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending" ~ Maria Robinson

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   Posted 12/13/2007 6:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Mommy.michele,

Welcome to the board. I hope you can find the support and community you're looking for here.

Many of us can certainly sympathize. I'm a 35 year old mom too, who also started out with lots of plans; now my plans are lots smaller. :-) Still got plans though! You will too. Give yourself time to adjust and get a feel for the bipolar ropes. Let yourself off the hook a little. It's alright, no one will mind. Many of us struggle with various elements of the disorder, and some of us are in relationships with bipolar loved ones, so everyone's a little kooky, and no one judges.

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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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   Posted 12/14/2007 7:28 AM (GMT -7)   

Welcome mommy.michele,

I'm glad that joined in with us. Take your time and read through a lot of the posts. I'm sure you'll find some interest/similiarities with your own self that will help you along the way.

Many times I get so overwhelmed with things. I find for myself right now, that it is easier if I just focus on one thing at a time and accomplish that before I jump ahead and think of Everything at once that is jumping around in my head! Focus on taking one step at a time. It will get easier as time goes by.

Try not to feel guilty. You have been diagnosed, you are seeing a doctor and therapist plus taking your medications. That is the most important step, plus you found us to help along the way. You've made the most important decision already and that was to accept your diagnosis and to be responsible for maintaining your wellness.

Continue to post and join in. We're all one big family around here.



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   Posted 12/14/2007 9:13 AM (GMT -7)   

Thank you for the welcome.  Like I like to least I still have hope, because I think without it I would really be in the toilet right now.

I agree with both of your suggestions on taking it one step at a time...and having smaller goals to achieve.  That is what I am focusing on right now.  Just to give me that sense of accomplishment...even if it is just cleaning the bathrooms and kitchen in one day :-)

Again thank you for the welcome.

"Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending" ~ Maria Robinson

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   Posted 12/15/2007 11:16 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello mommy.michelle,

Welcome! :-) I agree with Serafena and Sukay, try to not feel too guilty, at least now you have answered for what you have been going through. With time, things will get better. I hope your meds keep working for you, it can be hard to find the right ones. Please keep posting and letting us know how things are going.
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