I've been searching on the internet for a Bipolar hotline/helpline and I haven't really found one. I'm not suicidal so I don't want to call a suicide prevention type hotline. I'm actually embarrassed to even call any of these lines, but I need help. I really want to talk to someone who is knowledgable about BP and can help me with a crisis that's kinda been going on with me. My psychiatrist hasn't called me back, I called him hours ago, he's always busy. Also, I don't think he's well-versed on BP, he just prescribes my meds and doesn't seem to care too much. I don't have a therapist as she has resigned because of health issues, and I work and go to school so I don't have time for a therapist, but my shrink strongly suggests I get one. For now though, I'd just like to talk to a human being on the phone that is knowledgable on BP. If anyone has any hotlines they have used please let me know. Thank you for your time.View Thread
Hello to all of my fuzzy and friendly friends!!!
Skypper aka MC here!
Life has taken on a myriad of changes. New job new stuff new place new surroundings.... Still the same old me.
Just wanted to stop on by and say hello.
I have a new address if anyone is interested just email me and I'll send you the details.
I am single
I am alone but not alone because I have my Koda.
Things have been weird
Things have been new
Things have been stressful
I have been trying my hardest to be strong
I could really use some support
And most of all
I just really miss everybody
Just in case you need my email it is:
~Sky~ I had to fight like hell and fighting like hell has made me what I am.
I am feeling hopelessly entrenched in bad life choices like really poor nutrition and physical inactivity....
Posted by An_261718
I am feeling hopelessly entrenched in bad life choices like really poor nutrition and physical inactivity. When I examine this, I've come to believe that I don't really want to live a long life. I fear the future: lack of money, probable poor health, loneliness. In the back of my mind, I really think I might be trying to nudge myself toward an earlier death. At my age, 51, I feel sad about this but not sure it's the wrong decision. I've never discussed this with my psychiatrist. He does a good job managing my meds, but we don't talk. I've only rarely experienced what I considered to be good, effective therapy. I myself have manageable bipolar II (I have a full time professional job); I'm in a long term relationship with someone who has well controlled schizophrenia. I think there are a lot of positives to our relationship, but I think we reinforce each other's poor decision making skills. I feel resigned to the life I have, which I don't think is a bad life, but isn't a very robust one either. I think it might be the most I can manage and still maintain equilibrium.View Thread
It's San, just under a different [if similar> name ... I have a quick question. My doc is ever-working to find a good mix for me, and the Lithium that was working well with all my other meds [Lamictal, Celexa, Wellbutrin, Trazodone, Xanax> had to be taken off because of toxicity issues, after almost a year and a half.
We've tried Seroquel before, to negative effects. My doc first gave me 25mg to help as a sleep aid with Traz, then slowly took me off the Traz because he thought it was too much anti-d [with the others> and making me manic. So, no more Traz, and he suggested to stay at 25mg/night, maybe 50mg if I still had trouble sleeping.
I tried the 50mg over the weekend, just to see the effects, and it made me drop off to sleep the next day at the drop of a hat. He wanted me to email him and update, which I did this morning, and now he wants me to take 75mg??
I'm kind of timid about it, because I don't need to be falling asleep at work; I'm still at the hospital, and it's stressful, high-paced work. I've heard that the higher the dose of Seroquel, the less likely it is to be a sedative and make you tired - is this correct?
Here is an article about exercise and how it can improve our mood. Even going for a short walk can help. I desperately need to start taking my dog for a walk every day. I've been making up excuses as to why I can't do this but my excuses are just excuses. There are no real reasons. It only takes 15-20 mins and I can def. squeeze that into my day.
I will go for daily walks for a week and I want all of you to do the same and then we can report back here with our results and compare them.
Weather: Its been cloudy but warm. The weather has been kinda odd lately. Since Feb. it has felt like the starting of Summer. Even the birds and plants are confused.
Sleep: been having strange dreams
Mood: due to hormones and pain, I never know what kinda mood I will be in
Anything else: I've been making jewelry. Made a necklace and I hate it. blah. Making my daughter some ear rings and its taking me forever to complete. When it comes to crafts, art, jewelry, etc...nothing is ever easy.
I recently had an initial appointment with a new doctor. It was when I was in a tailspin in terms of hypomania possibly heading to mania (still am). I had to switch because my doctor retired-the new doctor didn't want my previous records. I was wondering if things might have been treated differently because he didn't really want to change anything without knowing me. Since he didn't know me he wouldn't know if I was exaggerating things or if they really were going that badly. Would he have treated things conservatively for that reason? If yes, how many visits before he starts to trust what I actually say? I decided to bring a letter from my boss to my appointment talking about what she sees when I'm doing well and what she sees right now while I'm in what she said is "a tailspin." I am thinking that this will show him that I am not exaggerating with what I am saying and possibly trust me more. Do you think this could be helpful? Would taking someone with me to the appointment on Thursday be beneficial?View Thread
I have been experiencing all of the symptoms of hypomania getting close to mania except any type of...
Posted by An_260942
I have been experiencing all of the symptoms of hypomania getting close to mania except any type of psychosis. There have been no depressive symptoms. It is really impacting my day to day life. I am currently on mood stabilizers, antipsychotics, an antidepressent (recently reduced to see if it was impacting hyperactivity-it made no difference) and anxiety meds. (Lamictal, Gabapentin, Buspar, Vyvanse, Wellbutrin, and Saphris along with Trazodone and Klonipin for sleep which I am getting about 3-4 hrs of per night) Do you think adding to the mood stabilizers either dosage wise or new prescription wise would be the most effective way to curb the symptoms? I was on Lithium a while back but came off it because my doctor didn't like having to have the blood tests done (not due to the efficiency or side effects) and was wondering if I should ask my doctor to put me back on that because it kept me stable for a long time in the past. He has added to the antipsychotic dosages but that hasn't seemed to help (I'm on the highest approved dose of Saphris). I'm really at a loss and looking for suggestions on the best way to treat hypomania. I know that he should have the suggestions but I'm looking to go into the appointment informed so that I know whether or not I agree to what he is saying.View Thread
I just went to a training for work and part of what it talked about was what executive functioning is and how to help kids develop it. I learned that my executive functioning skills are extremely low and I am 37 years old. Does the bipolar and ADHD affect these skills? Also, where could I turn to to help me learn strategies to deal with these deficits? It is really impacting me at work dealing with relationships and responsibilities.View Thread
I've never been in therapy but am wondering if it might be beneficial to me. I've really been struggling at...
Posted by An_260942
I've never been in therapy but am wondering if it might be beneficial to me. I've really been struggling at work with relationships and responsibilities. I need to get some strategies for ways to interact with others as well as deal with the symptoms that go along with the bipolar and adhd. Would therapy be able to do that for me? Also, what is the difference between a psychologist and a therapist?View Thread
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