I went a long time without being diagnosed correctly. Now that I am diagnosed correctly, I can learn how to deal with the ups and downs of this illness. I had no idea what was really going on with me and had no clue why I was not getting any better even with the meds. The answer was I was not on the right meds.
I can't say I have come to terms completely with my mental illness. For the most part I have, but I have times when I struggle with acceptance. Acceptance of mental illness partly comes from learning that you cannot change the fact that you have a mental illness, you can only learn how to manage it. I don't talk to many people outside of my therapist and doctor because it is hard for others to understand it when they have not experienced it. I'm not necessarily ashamed of it as much as it is just easier not to try to make people understand who do not really want to. One thing your loved ones can do is to go online and do a little research on the illness in question (such as bipolar). I have my times when I obsess over the illness and why I have it and all of that, but I try to focus on other more important things in my life like my daughter. Having the realization that you will not be able to change the fact that you have a mental illness will go a long way in helping to refocus your thoughts. Trying to find other things in your life that you can replace the obsessive thoughts with can help. Like cookie does crafts and I think there are others here as well that do crafts.View Thread
Plans: I did a little Christmas shopping today. Online of course because I don't want to go into the stores. I am taking a new antidepressant that I've never heard of and it's making me not feel too well. Hopefully that will pass. Other than that, nothing today.View Thread
Plans: Didn't do much today. Went to Walgreens to get perscriptions, went to the grocery store to pick up some chicken and ice cream. I took a nap and am still tired. Didn't help with the irritability though. I can't stand it because everything is irritating me.View Thread
Plans: Did not do much today. Slept most of the afternoon. My nephews are over visiting right now so that is good. I was supposed to go to the store today but didn't feel like it. I was also supposed to do homework and did not do that. So I have not had a very productive day.View Thread
The best thing to do is to try to convince him to see a doctor. This way he can be properly evaluated for Bipolar or any other illness he may be suffering from. He can get a referral from his primary care doctor. Good luck.View Thread