#1
Well, i have been to a doctor about it all, I'm going to see a specialist soon about my mood swings. i haven't been officially diagnosed with bipolar, but unfortunately all my acts and moods seem to be leading up to a diagnosis of it.

Im just slightly worried about what lies ahead for me and was curious if anyone has any experience with the disorder, wether its you or someone you know.

I know its not the happiest subject to be talking about but i just would like to know everything i can about it before it gets worse. cheers.
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Medication thats going to make it worse is what's ahead for you sir.

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Medication thats going to make it worse is what's ahead for you sir.


meh that varies from person to person.
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Medication thats going to make it worse is what's ahead for you sir.

what do you mean by that?
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I mean every person I've saw go on ssri's and similar medicine have changed in one way or another, mood and personality wise. Not for the better.

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I think i may have bipolar disorder - or at least to a minor extent. I'm going to wait a while and see how i feel
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I mean every person I've saw go on ssri's and similar medicine have changed in one way or another, mood and personality wise. Not for the better.

so does the medication basically just take away any personality away from you because its that personality that is the problem, do you think?
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so does the medication basically just take away any personality away from you because its that personality that is the problem, do you think?


not the type of medication you're likely to get. But really it varies from person to person.
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I think i may have bipolar disorder - or at least to a minor extent. I'm going to wait a while and see how i feel

i was like that for a while, but the thing that made me want to get help was an experience that put myself in great danger, if anything like that ever happens i advise you to get help too.
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I've heard from people that it basically makes you emotionless also. Unable to feel feelings good or bad. Basically void of feeling.

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#12
Lithium usually does a good job. It's the only drug my step-dad takes for Bipolar and his "bad experiences" have decreased a lot. Obviously there will still be bad months, but Lithium has helped him cope very well.

Don't knock the drugs until you see how it reacts with YOU.
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I've heard from people that it basically makes you emotionless also. Unable to feel feelings good or bad. Basically void of feeling.

yeah that was the point i made before, i do not want to become like that. Is Lithium the drug that your are talking about, i have been reading up on it for a while and it can give those effects to some people
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I've heard from people that it basically makes you emotionless also. Unable to feel feelings good or bad. Basically void of feeling.


anti-psychotic drugs like thorazine and haldol do that, the kind of drugs they give you for bipolar disorders (anti-depressants and/or mood stabilizers) usually don't
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Also, on a more emotional level ; Don't worry about it. You don't know what the psychologist might think, their opinion is usually based on you, not a general view of mental illness as a whole. They'll find what sort of things will help you and your problems. Just try to keep yourself content with life, maybe a change of diet and lifestyle, see what sort of simple, small things can change your days.

You're in the UK, there are loads of help groups at every health centre. Even telelphone lines like SANE if you're wanting good information.

So yea, chill out and don't go looking for answers on Google, it only makes things worse in my experience! lol.
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Everybody has Bipolar disorder now a days...
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Also, on a more emotional level ; Don't worry about it. You don't know what the psychologist might think, their opinion is usually based on you, not a general view of mental illness as a whole. They'll find what sort of things will help you and your problems. Just try to keep yourself content with life, maybe a change of diet and lifestyle, see what sort of simple, small things can change your days.

You're in the UK, there are loads of help groups at every health centre. Even telelphone lines like SANE if you're wanting good information.

So yea, chill out and don't go looking for answers on Google, it only makes things worse in my experience! lol.

thanks man, that really helped. but i have read that bipolar is genetic and it has appeared in my family before.
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Yeah, similar story... my hamstrings have been tugging on nerves causing my knee to buckle and I fall to the ground. Im most likely going to need surgery

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Yeah, similar story... my hamstrings have been tugging on nerves causing my knee to buckle and I fall to the ground. Im most likely going to need surgery

This month sucks.

as ****ty as that is, how is that similar?
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thanks man, that really helped. but i have read that bipolar is genetic and it has appeared in my family before.


It can be genetic. My father's side of the family have a long list of mental illness running back for years. If anything, you know whats ahead (IF and I repeat IF you are bipolar), and that gives you a head start. Better than being 20/30/40 years old and then starting to realise your illness has cost you things (like close family members). The best way to cope with any mental illness is having an insight, some people lose everything because they simply wont admit to it. Other's deal with the fact and try their best to keep themselves happy and those around them, which works out better for everyone.

Just deal with the challenges that come ahead, if there are any.
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There was an interview with Max Bemis of Say Anything discussing his bipolar disorder. It was really interesting, I have no idea where i read it though.
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It can be genetic. My father's side of the family have a long list of mental illness running back for years. If anything, you know whats ahead (IF and I repeat IF you are bipolar), and that gives you a head start. Better than being 20/30/40 years old and then starting to realise your illness has cost you things (like close family members). The best way to cope with any mental illness is having an insight, some people lose everything because they simply wont admit to it. Other's deal with the fact and try their best to keep themselves happy and those around them, which works out better for everyone.

Just deal with the challenges that come ahead, if there are any.

A few "challenges" have already come and gone, i guess its just something to get used to. By the way, i'm really glad that i have talked to someone who has had experience with this, seriously you have helped allot
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#23
I have it and my dad has it so I've been on both sides of the problem. The only advice I can give is to take the damn meds! You won't want too, but they do help and it will keep you from hurting your friends and family.
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I've heard from people that it basically makes you emotionless also. Unable to feel feelings good or bad. Basically void of feeling.


Affective flattening is not a common side effect of SSRI's, or most other psychiatric medication for that matter. They will not make you "emotionless".
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I have a pretty severe case of bi polar, however, Im happy to say that I manage it without the use of prescription medication. I would recommend that you find a med you like, and try it for a minimum of three months before deciding against taking them. I don't like them because the myriad of pills I've been on has never done anything more than make me an emotionless zombie.

If you elect against the meds, at least stay off drugs. Doing drugs doesn't help.
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Stephen Fry is bipolar and he's fucking awesome, take solace in that.
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I have bipolar. It's not that big a deal really. Ignore the guy scaring you about drugs. They won't change your personality or whatever. They don't help a lot though (or at least of all the drugs I've tried they've never helped that much)