Today during my psychiatrist appointment my doctor brought up SSDI. He said he thought I would qualify and he thought it would be beneficial for me and he didn't see me going back to work soon. I won't qualify for it because I don't have 40 quarters. He said since I'm married I need 40 quarters and I only have 39 quarters. I am $1200 of income short of 40 quarters. It is fine with me that I don't qualify. However, it is a little discouraging that my doctor thought I would need it. I'm only 31 years old. He is always telling me to "be real" about things regarding my illness. His suggestion that I should be real about my illness in parenthood is the reason my husband and I decided not to have more children. Will I ever get past this illness?View Thread
I am a 60 yr old female. After being on Celexa for years for anxiety, I questioned my dr about its continued use and he prescribed Cymbalta 60 mg generic. I felt horrible on it. I had many of the side effects especially the sweating, dizziness and general feelings of lethargy. He advised to drop to one capsule until my body got used to it. I don't want to take emotional altering drugs any more but understand why they were prescribed. I have gone cold turkey off Cymbalta. the worst withdrawal for me is not being able to sleep. Honestly, I have slept well since entering menopause - about 7 yrs. The Celexa never made me feel bad. I am willing to go back on it. Any advice from professionals seeing this board is welcome.View Thread
I have both bipolar and adhd. I've been having symptoms that are similar to both. How can you tell if it's...
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I have both bipolar and adhd. I've been having symptoms that are similar to both. How can you tell if it's that the adhd meds aren't as effective vs. it's a hypomanic episode? I've been very hyper, easily frustrated, easily antagonized, a little aggressive, cry very easily when frustrated, talk really fast, distractable, I have been spending more money than I should but not a huge excess which hadn't really been a problem, some days I get around 8 hours sleep others around 4, difficulty paying attention, sometimes overproductive while other times the frustration is gertting in the way, easily distracted. It's been going on for about a month now-before that everything was going well. It happened suddenly one day rather than over a period of time. I'm on meds for both the bipolar and adhd but am wondering which it is more likely to be? How can I tell the difference?View Thread
He was diagnosed about 2 years ago. The Dr. prescribed him lamictal...did not go so well. Since he has "tried" to manage without medication. He is a recovering addict and continues to drink. We have been together for coming on 6 yrs. I have seen the good, the bad and the ugly and encourage him in positive and uplifting ways. 90% of the time when it is just he and I living together we do great and work through the episodes. As of recent his little brother moved in (no job, doesn't contribute to the house, no respect for me) I have noticed the past month fiance is goin through a manic episode (irrational, spending, drinking excessively, etc) I as someone who has been around him understands having any type of roommate... even for a 'normal' couple it puts a strain. Fiance is 27 and bro 20....mindsets are on completely different levels. Has anyone else been through this? How did you approach it? Is there anything I can encourage for fiance? (Have suggested/offered counseling, finding treatmen. Any suggestions at all are greatly appreciated! Currently I'm staying at a friends house for a few days and he is still at home.View Thread
Hello all! I've been dealing with bipolar disorder for years and in the last year it's been extremely hard for me because it has gotten worse. I use to just brush it under the rug and try looking past it. However, now I can't control my life and how I feel on a daily bases. I struggle with learning how to control my emotions, thoughts, anxiety and everything else. It's effecting my marriage and every other relationship I have with everyone else. I am not currently diagnosed with bipolar, but I'm 10000% sure that I am because it runs in my family and I've been dealing with it for years. I do not know how to handle it or know how to control my emotions or thoughts. I also don't know how to calm myself down once I get to that point. Does anyone know tips that could be useful for someone who isn't on medication yet? I also don't know how to go about telling a doctor or whoever that I need to be seen for it. How expensive is the process? Please help!View Thread
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