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BiPolar and Me!

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  • Posted By: lorna38
  • March 3, 2008
  • 10:36 PM

I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder just over 1 year ago. I am a 38 year old woman living in Ireland. Prior to being diagnosed, my life had become ***l. I did everything to extreme - I was a complete workaholic, health freak and ironically a chronic drinker. My life was totally unmanageable. I would be excessively high one minute and suicidally low the next. I lost weigh, I isolated from friends and went on major drinking binges. I found life and people boring and uninteresting and would get outraged and angry with them. I came up with mad ideas and would say crazy things. I tried to take my life three times, the last time I drove my car into the river near me. I had drank excessively and swallowed loads of pills. I ended up in Psychiatric Hospital for over 3 months and was wrongly diagnosed with severe depression. I was put on anti-depressant medication which made my rapid cycling more frequent. I self-harmed and was extremely frustrated. I also was unable to work as I was so unstable. Eventually, after counselling, different types of medications (which didn't work!), I was referred to a Psychotherapist who after two visits diagnosed me as Bi-Polar. I am now on Lithium and Lamictal, two mood stabilisers. I am due to return to work in April and my life is getting back on track. If anyone is going through the ***l that I did, please seek help as the proper diagnosis will make things a whole lot better. :)

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  • I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder just over 1 year ago. I am a 38 year old woman living in Ireland. Prior to being diagnosed, my life had become ***l. I did everything to extreme - I was a complete workaholic, health freak and ironically a chronic drinker. My life was totally unmanageable. I would be excessively high one minute and suicidally low the next. I lost weigh, I isolated from friends and went on major drinking binges. I found life and people boring and uninteresting and would get outraged and angry with them. I came up with mad ideas and would say crazy things. I tried to take my life three times, the last time I drove my car into the river near me. I had drank excessively and swallowed loads of pills. I ended up in Psychiatric Hospital for over 3 months and was wrongly diagnosed with severe depression. I was put on anti-depressant medication which made my rapid cycling more frequent. I self-harmed and was extremely frustrated. I also was unable to work as I was so unstable. Eventually, after counselling, different types of medications (which didn't work!), I was referred to a Psychotherapist who after two visits diagnosed me as Bi-Polar. I am now on Lithium and Lamictal, two mood stabilisers. I am due to return to work in April and my life is getting back on track. If anyone is going through the ***l that I did, please seek help as the proper diagnosis will make things a whole lot better. :) Well done u, i hope u continue to do well.I wish u the very best of good luck.:)
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