Perhaps you need a little help in understanding what your disorders are. Schizoaffactive disorder is a combination of schizophrenia and bipolar so saying you have bipolar and schizoaffective disorder is redundant. As far as a mental breakdown goes, that is just an informal way of saying that your schizoaffective disorder is not under control. Using the term mental breakdown doesn't tell anything as it can be almost anything.... crying all the time, sleeping long periods, hearing voices.... anything so it is a useless term.
So, what do you have? Schizoaffective disorder that is not under control.View Thread
Having you come in for a med check for your thyroid more than once a year is not unreasonable. My pdoc has my blood sugar and cholesterol checked every six months and the report is also sent to my PCP as he is the one that prescribes my cholesterol medication. He only writes a script for six months at a time even though my test results have been good for several years. I want my tests to be up to date so that any problem can be caught relatively quickly. One year is not often enough. He does write a script that covers a year for my nose spray and rescue inhaler but there are no tests that need to be done.View Thread
I also take a beta blocker, propranolol, for akathisia. It caused a lot of orthostatic hypotension. I switched to taking it at night and it has decreased while still working on the akathisia. Maybe that's your solution... since it makes you sleepy, take it at night.View Thread
Since your stepmother is not part of your daily life it will be easier to deal with it. My father died in January and one of my brother in laws died in September. Neither was part of my daily life and although I miss them their deaths hurt but haven't caused any problems with bipolar. I took some momentos and set up a shadowbox for my father's things - medals, arm patches and I like to look at it. It would be nice if you could get a memento if/when you go to the funeral... it doesn't have to be expense, just meaningful to you.
Now, as for a death of someone part of your daily life. In the fall of 1992 my husband left. Three months later my only child, Serena, 16 years old, died in a car accident. I went from having a family to being completely alone. It sent me into a depression that lasted 2 years and included two suicide attempts. It actually kick-started my bipolar again. It was horrible. After her death, every day I would wake up and remember that she was dead. I went to work. I came home and sat in my chair in the dark until it was time to go to bed. I laid on the bed and stared at the ceiling. I got up, showered, changed clothes and started the day again.
It's been 20 years now. On her birthday on June 30th and the anniversary of her death December 30th I buy her flowers. In the summer I take them to the Children's Memorial and cry. In the winter I keep the flowers on the piano next to the picture of her and me taken just days before she died... and cry. I only cry about her when it is close to one of the anniversaries, the rest of the year I am pretty good. I have pictures and painting of her throughout the house. I feel a twinge of sadness sometimes when I look at the pictures but usually I just think of how much I love her.
I never have understood how people can say "I loved her/him" after someone died... I still love her.View Thread
I have akathisia from Abilify and was put on propranolol, a beta blocker, and was surprised to find that my anxiety was gone along with the akathisia. Propranolol's main function is for high blood pressure but also works for anxiety and akathisia. Perhaps you should consider this as it is not addictive.View Thread
I can agree with you on one point, the mental health aspect of the gun law can quickly get out of control and shouldn't be part of it. I do find it offensive to include personal attacks especially on how someone looks or has no control over. It is not much different than when nasty things are said about people with mental illness.View Thread
Since you listed all these disorders, you must realize that they are all separate disorders. Bipolar itself doesn't have ptsd as part of it, or ADD/ADHD/OCE. You can have several disorders but they are part of each other.
High IQ? Look at the normal curve. Some people with bipolar have high, low, and average IQs. I happen to have a Ph.D. and it can be assumed I have a high IQ.
No, I am rarely sick.
Being dark and self loathing can, but does not have to, be part of a depressive episode. Does everyone require analysis? Actually, few people have analysis anymore. Many people with bipolar have therapy such as Cognitive-Behavioral, learning coping skills, DBT.View Thread
patients, not patient's misdiagnosed as unipolar depression, since both deal with depression. not misdiagnosed for unipolar depression, since both deal with depression.
It is not clear whether you are talking about people with bipolar being misdiagnosed with unipolar or are you talking about people with another disorder being diagnosed with bipolar. You seem to go back and forth making it very unclear. You need more than two references. Try reading your writing aloud so you can brush it up a bit.
Another note, what tests are you referring to. Most "tests" used are questionnaires in which you rate the presence or absence of a symptom. I complete the PHQ-9 every time I see my psychiatrist. I wasn't diagnosed on the basis of a test, but on an interview by my psychiatrist. That is the most common basis of determining a diagnosis.View Thread