Patients Bipolar disorder
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Posted on 5/14/19 4:43 AM
What made you seek out a medical practicioner that resulted in the diagnosis of bipolar disorder? What were the initial syptoms you noticed?
How old were you at your diagnosis?
Beginning of the discussion - 5/30/19What were the first symptoms you experienced? https://www.carenity.us/forum/bipolar-disorder/symptoms-and-complications-of-bipolar-disorder/what-were-the-first-symptoms-you-experienced-980
Posted on 5/30/19 4:18 AM
I never really knew... I just kept thinking I was going through and struggling with depression and that is why I sought out a doctor. But once I was diagnosed and the doctor explained to me the condition, it was so clear... I had always had such highs and then such lows since I can remember.
I was diagnosed 2 years ago and still trying to best manage my condition. I am now 34.
Posted on 6/1/19 5:08 AM
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Posted on 6/6/19 7:26 PM
@Lee__R I was hospitalized numerous times as a preteen & teenager for depression and anxiety. The older I got the more manic episodes I had and that's when my psychiatrist who I've been seeing since I was 12 noticed my symptoms were different. I went through a very traumatic event when I was 19. I was finally put on proper medication for bi polar disorder and I also stopped heavily drinking. I'm now 22 and haven't had a manic episode in a few years
Posted on 5/24/20 7:20 PM
I had mild ups and downs throughout childhood. Just thought that was life. Did well in High School with my grades. In College I was extremely happy and restless and couldn't concentrate on my studies. I would take tests without ever having read any of the books I was supposed to. All I did was go to class and listen. I couldn't concentrate long enough to read. Somehow I got by. Then my sophomore year I felt suicidal at times. Thought about taking a bottle of pills. But same thing somehow I got by my sophomore year. My Junior year I made it only half way through. I went to my final exams and wrote my name on all the tests and nothing else and passed them in. I abruptly dropped out of school. I went home and cried everyday for months. It only got worse from there. Then I started having strange thoughts and behavior. Drank more and slept around some-one night stands. It got to the point that I decided I was going to go and live on the streets of NYC because NOBODY understood me. I started having religious delusions and racing thoughts. I felt like there were messages meant especially for me coming from everywhere. Luckily I didn't drive to NYC and live on the streets. I was so out of control and afraid. I told my Dad to take me to the Hospital because there was something wrong with my head. The rest is History. I am bipolar I and I have been hospitalized several times. I don't drink or do drugs but I had a big problem with smoking for a long time and periods of denial. Thinking that the doctors were all wrong. Now I have spiritually and faith in my life. I look for comfort in simple things. My mantra about life is "Keep it in the middle". I don't like to go to extremes over anything. I still struggle sometimes with concentration and focus. I really had to search for the hobbies and activities that work for me. This is a lifelong illness that I have to take medication for. But it's more than just taking medication. You have to find what works for you.. For me that has been a process. I could write on and on for hours. But I won't (ha,ha). Feel free to ask me any questions if you want.
Posted on 5/24/20 7:22 PM
Oh this is Laurie Ford again. I was about 22 when I was diagnosed.