Dr. Jekyll and Hyde

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   Posted 12/15/2007 8:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Name: Dave

State: Maryland

Age: 41

Ocupation: Computers/Data storage

Meds: zolft in 96-97 and then stopped as I didn’t like the effect.  

Anti-depression meds Feb 06-July 07
Bipolar diagnosed last month, Nov 17th

I just recently had been through a difficult and stressful time as my wife didn’t know what was going on with me and wanted a divorce after 20years.

I had some passing thoughts of suicide while driving back from work late one night and that’s when I check myself in to the hospital for help.

I was not the happiest person to be around and was withdrawn from my wife and kids at times. My wife said I was verbally abusive and just a mean person at times.

She would say I was Jekyll and Hyde  devil   and never knew what mood I was in and felt she had to tip tow around on egg shells I was on ant- depression meds for a year and a half until last July and then I stopped as I didn’t make time to go back to my doctors office (I know now I cant stop)while in the hospital I was prescribed “Mood Stabilizers” 25mg of Lamictal  cool   in the AM And 25mg Seroquel before bed  mad  

I asked the wife if she has seen a difference in my mood and personality and she said she had seen a vast improvement and I converse with her more than before, she is glad to have a partner back and happy with my changes.

I have my first Dr appointment for therapy Dec 17th, I did do a lot of group counseling while I was in the hospital and got a lot out of it so I really am looking forward to individual counseling with a Dr.


From Maryland
I wanted to let you know that I gave your post a title

Post Edited By Moderator (olivia of course) : 12/15/2007 9:55:05 AM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 12/15/2007 9:16 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Dave,

Since I haven't seen you on this board before, welcome to HW :-)

I am sorry that you have gone through such a rough time.  But you are doing the right things to deal with all of this.  You should definitely give yourself a lot of credit for that...Even if it's taken a long time for you to reach this point.

Now that you've realized you need to keep up with the doctor, probably the right meds too, I have no doubt that things will get much better for you.  Having said that, being Bipolar things are usually very up and down...But as long as you have the tools to cope, you can really get through anything.  I too, have been in support/conselling groups, and I found them to be very helpful.

HW is also a huge lifeline for me.  This forum really helps me through the ups and downs of being bipolar.  Glad to have you here to add to the support system.  Keep us posted, and good luck with your appointment on Monday.

Bipolar II, Anxiety/Panic Disorder
.5mg Clonazepam, 50mg Trazodone & Lamictal 25mg/day..working my way up

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   Posted 12/15/2007 9:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Dave,
Welcome to our forum. Thank you for telling us a little bit about your situation. You will find a lot of information from reading some of the previous posts that go way back. I'm sure you will find something that you can relate to and help you along the way.
We all come here to post our concerns and give each other advise/support. Plus we have a lot of fun around her with our scheduled chats in our chatroom and some games to play along the way. Good way to keep our minds working and focused. :o)
I am sorry to hear what has gone on with you in your life. Most of us bi-polars hear that "Jeckle and Hyde" description, because most of us go through that.
I am so glad that you finally have a diagnosis for all the h#ll you have gone through with yourself and for your wife. Getting on the proper medications and staying committed to taking them along with seeing your psychiatrist and therapist is the Best Thing you can do to manage your illness.
I am happy to hear that you are starting to feel better and that your wife does see the improvement within you. Good luck on your first therapy session on the 17th.
Please continue to post so that we can support you along the way.

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   Posted 12/15/2007 9:37 AM (GMT -7)   
thanks mogli,

i been chatting on and off for the past month on the HW crohns forum and just stuck my head in over here
as i was just looking around and found Bipolar and thought i would post up here as be new to it.

The crohns I had since age 13 so that is a illness i had for a long time.

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   Posted 12/15/2007 9:42 AM (GMT -7)   

Hey MDdave,

I have crohns disease as well. Just thought I'd let you know. eyes

Diagnosed Bipolar - August 2004
                Crohns disease - 1995 

olivia of course
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   Posted 12/15/2007 10:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome to the Bipolar Forum, we are glad you  found us.  I too am from Maryland, and it is good to have you on board.
I am sorry you went through a rough time before you got to where you are.  But you are getting treatment for some of it, and that counts for something.  I hope your meds work well for you, and don't forget to keep up with your Dr appointments.  Best wishes on your 1st therapy session, don't worry it is not as bad as it seems.  Please keep us posted, and again welcome.
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   Posted 12/15/2007 10:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you all for the welcome:)
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