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Date Joined Sep 2011
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   Posted 9/21/2011 12:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi my name is Jaxx,31 and newly diagnosed with bi-polar disorder and depression. I am so lost on this bi-polar stuff I really don't understand it. The meds they put me on seem to take my personality away. I understand I need medication but I would also like to be me at the same time. My doctor hardly speaks English so its just making it so much harder for me to get how i am feeling across-ed and it seems every time i go talk to him he just prescribes me another med. eeeekkkkk im sorry for venting........... I just wanted to say hi and get some of this off my chest. turn
31, Ovarian cancer survivor (2001), fibromyalgia, myofascial pain syndrome , chronic fatigue syndrome, Depression, Bi-polar disorder, Gastric bypass (2005)

getting by
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   Posted 9/21/2011 12:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jaxx,

Welcome to the forum. What about getting another psychiatrist? One that you can understand. I know how hard it is when you can't understand somebody.

This could be a side effect that will go away in time, but if it persists, I would see aout getting a different doc and try some different meds. I know it is hard when you feel like a guinie pig.

Don't feel bad for venting, that is what we are here for. We have a wonderful bipolar forum too if you feel like checking it out. What medications did they put you on? Maybe somebody here has taken them and can give you some insight on them.

Take care, keep posting.

Hugs, Karen
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   Posted 9/21/2011 3:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jax

My husband is bipolar and he said he felt empty when he took his meds. He missed the manic stage where he could get things done and he felt good. Don't give up, he got on effexor and lamictal and that was a great combo for him...so hang in there, finding the right meds is the hardest part, I think....and get a psych you can understand(no offense)

We are always here and there is always somebody who can chime in...take care


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   Posted 9/21/2011 3:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Finding the right medicine combination to help can be tricky as we are all different.
But I do agree with Getting-By look into another doctor, as a communication gap
doesn't always work out good. I had a Russian PM doctor he was good at procedures,
but he didn't get it, when I would use some slang words (not curse words mind you),
but it was a bit of a communication gap...so I had to get another PM doctor...so yeah
it can be trying and very hard when there is a communication barrier, he could
be the best doctor in the world and yet not right fit for you, so please seek out
another doctor it will be worth it...many many well wishes to you and do keep us posted
we do care...
* So many dx's I could write a book* "It would be nice if we could use the edit button in real life"...

It's Genetic
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   Posted 9/21/2011 4:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, Jaxamillion, and welcome to the Depression Forum,

I'd like to add that the information given to you regarding what bipolar illness is isn't  at all an accurate or correct view of the totality of the illness and the fact that people do have periods of remission in this illness and some may have quite different conditions than those given to you on the post by one of the newest people to join the forum.

For your encouragement and understanding of bipolar illness, I recommend that you read "Manic-Depressive Illness" by Dr.Frederick K. Goodwin and Dr. Kay Jamison Redfield. It is a thorough analysis and realistic understanding of the illness. The book has "great ardor and compassion"  with respect for people who suffer the illness.

So much positive information is contained in it that you will feel much relieved about your new diagnosis and how well you may thrive in life with appropriate medications and what to watch for in terms of life stresses.

We have all been warned not to believe everything that is printed on these forums. So much more positive and helpful information that leads to your relief and understanding of a very complex illness is there for you to absorb. One interesting point is that there is frequently a significant giftedness in bipolar illness, and giftedness alone often carries its own set of sensitivities. Please do your own research for the right answers to your diagnosis. And
even better for a quicker understanding of it correctly, consult with the appropriate psychiatrist for you.
With best wishes for a positive turn of events for you.

It's Genetic

Post Edited (It's Genetic) : 9/21/2011 3:45:39 PM (GMT-6)

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