Dr. G, didn't you write something on the "kindling" effect at one time? I think I remember Hope pointing me to a page with that information quite awhile back. (is that link still available?)
Melly, In my case, it appears that more than one factor could have triggered my bipolar disorder. According to what I've either read or been told, here are a few things I might mention:
1 - family history of bipolar, ADD and ADHD, schizophrenia, PTSD and alcoholism. 2 - I've had 2 head injuries, one that involved a concussion almost exactly the year before what's been determined as my first episode of mania. 3 - personally traumatic events
So it makes sense to me for any one (or all) of the "possible" factors to be true.
First let me say that although I haven't responded much, either here or via email, that I appreciate all of the thoughts and wishes that have been expressed. It means more than you may ever know. As for myself today:
Weather - "ONLY" supposed to get to 95 today...not the usual triple digits, so I'll take it. Sleep - none other than catnaps for the last week. Mood - sad and only sad...losing my sister has been so hard to take Plans - supposed to go to my day program today, but not sure yet if I can...not up to going much of anywhere.
My fact of the day: Gustave Eiffel, designer of the Eiffel Tower, enjoyed a successful career as an architect despite having dyslexia and a paralyzing fear of heights.View Thread
Female 46 College - after about 4 yrs of Liberal Arts, I settled on pre-law, but never finished even though I had the 2nd highest GPA in my class (3.90 - was 4.0 until I decided to take a week off to go see Jane's Addiction at Lalapalooza) Married 13 years, divorced since 1995 (happily). First job - age 10 - a paper route, and have worked ever since except for 2 brief periods on disability. Suicide Attempts 1991,1992, 1993 Diagnosed Manic-Depressive 1994 Currently on Risperidone, Cogentin, Klonipin (for bipolar and anxiety), Trileptal (for seizures) & other meds for pain and GI related issues. Last hospitalized Winter 1994 (some of my stays were 7-8 weeks at a time) Won a "Young Artists of America" in 1974 from President Nixon (I know, I know, but still...it was an award from the president, and in 1974 I didn't know any better) Most recently had a career in IT Client Services doing account and program management (basically "cradle-to-grave" program and project mgmt. Volunteer Activities include CASA, Nebraska AIDS Project, Habitat for Humanity, and currently involved with the Street Team for "To Write Love On Her Arms". Charities - TWLOHA, The Kristin Brooks Foundation, Yele Haiti Genealogist & Medieval Historian Special interests: Lay expert on histories of Great Britain, France, Spain and Italy; Welsh, Irish, Scottish and English nobles, barons and royal families. Walking, talking encyclopedia of useless and esoteric knowledge and events. Currently beside myself in mourning for my sister.View Thread
yeah, i wasn't exactly sure about ssi, because mine is ssdi. your calculations sound right for yours. i'm terrible with math, so i alwasy have to look at the formula. good luck with your case. the wait just sucks, but it's not like you get to choose, right? View Thread