Bipolar Disorder

United States
December 5, 2006 9:44pm CST
I am just curious as to how other people have gone through their diagnosis and such of bipolar disorder. I am currently medicated taking, Lamictal, Wellbutrin and Zoloft. I finally think that my medicine is actually helping to stabilize my moods though honestly the Lamictal tastes absolutely disgusting. I have always suffered from depression but wasn't diagnosed with bipolar until about 2 years ago. How have other people dealt with it?
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@diego9774 (172)
• United States
16 Jan 07
I take Lamictal as well and don't taste anything. As for dealing,I don't really have a choice. Keep your appointments,take your meds and go to one on one therapy.(that is if your doc doesn't do sessions with you but only writes you scripts).Keep a mood diary.(you'd be suprised how you can actually track where your moods are headed.You can find one online.Also there are two books I swear by. The Bipolar Handbook by Wes Burgess & Bipolar for Dummies (seriously!).All in all i do what i need to do and get on with my life.
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• United States
25 Jan 07
thank you for sharing. I've been on medication now for 5 years. Go to therapy regularly ( though not so much any more because I am in college and I don't like the counselors here at my school) see my doc and I have tried to track my mood with a diary but I never liked seeing how depressed I was and being reminded it. I'm glad you do what you need to do and get on. I hope everyone can do that.
• United States
28 Jan 07
I hate tracking too. But think of it this way. When you see your moods changing that will give you the heads up,putting you back in control rather than the other way around.As for your Counseling go somewhere where you're comfortable and get feedback.Therapy where your not comfortable is like talking to your dog about your feelings!(Smile) A friend once gave me advice. He said " Go where it's warm". Hope this helps. Good Luck!!!
• United States
29 Jan 07
thanks for your advice. I like your comment. I may start tracking my moods
• United States
8 Dec 06
I have bi polar disorder was dignoised in 84 when 14 years old . I just started taking lamictal I have never tasted it swallow it whole .I also take topamax that has a mood stabalizer in it also and Lexipro for depression and anxiety seroquel for racing thoughts xanax for anxiety . I hope you get stable but remember no matter what meds we are on cycles are a part of our life meds just help make them not as bad .
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• United States
23 Feb 07
Thank you for the info. My doctor wants me to take lamictal as soon as Im done breatfeeding. Now I know not to taste it!
• United States
29 Jan 07
I'm bipolar also. I'm taking Lamictal, WEllbutrinXL and Paxil(mostly for my sleep.) Lamictal is DIGUSTING!! hehe. Its great when you find the right combination of medicines and things start to get stable. It took me a really long time to find medications that worked for me. Took almost 2 years. I'm 22 now and was diagnosed when I was 18. Before I found the meds I was horrible, definitely a totally different person than I am now. I've had breakdowns, anger fits, mania and the other stuff that you dont want to have hehe. As of now I'm doing better, still having problems with my sleep, and I'm a little snappy some times. I'm not able to hold a full time job so I've been working part time, mostly working from home I found its best for me especially when I was going through the worst part of the disorder. I suppose my family and friends have handled the news as well as they can. I've definitely changed as a person and it is hard explaining all the feelings that go along with the disorder. I tell people you really need to be in my head to understand hehe. My friends for the most part are really understanding about it but I have lost a couple friends along the way. How have your family and friends dealt with it?-Stephanie
• United States
30 Jan 07
My family was pretty good. My sister used to get very angry that I would get more attention from my parents and would say I was faking. My mother has always been great saying that whatever helps me we'll do because the medications are so expensive and i'm going to college so I'm a very expensive daughter :) I am a much different person as well with my medication. 2 days ago I went up 50 with my Zoloft. Your right the lamictal is disgusting it's horrible. I wish they would coat it or something to make it easier to take. In my uncooperative stages I've refused to take my meds because the lamictal is so gross. I appreciate you sharing your story thank you so much.
• United States
7 Feb 07
I was diagnosed first as paranoid pschizophrenic, but then as bipolar in the early eightees. When I first started out I was put in jail on mental warrents, put on heavy duty meds like melaryl, prolixen, and thorazine. I stayed knocked out most of the time and didn't function and lost every job I got. Now I take two pills at bedtime and that's it. I'm on cymbalta and seroquel and they're working wonders for me. I sleep like a baby at night and feel like getting out and living my life during the day. I haven't been hospitalized in over 20 years. I was off meds for 15 of those years and thought I could handle it, but I finally realized that I have a condition that needs to be treated and I take my medicine every night. Also having people to talk to helps. I'm no longer flying off the handle and losing my temper and I'm not depressed or anxious. I just feel normal and I'm able to do the things I always had fears about before. Becky
• Janesville, Wisconsin
7 Dec 06
I struggle with SAD depression I been accused of being bipolar, but I think that is because I do act similar to it around the seasonal changes.... This link below is a good site and support for bipolar, and many ways people used to handle it. I hope this helps. Take care - DNatureofDTrain ========= Bipolar Disorder - manic depressive illness from diagnosis to medications A comprehensive source for information about bipolar disorder, also known as manic depression. Info for patients, professionals and loved ones of people who have bipolar disorder. ... You are here: AboutHealthBipolar Disorder. Bipolar Disorder ... for diagnosis of those with bipolar disorder. As per Dr. Kulkarni, "people with bipolar disorder typically have to endure ... http://www.bipolar.about.com
• United States
8 Dec 06
thank you, i appreciate your comment. I feel like i have always handled my disorder well but i appreciate the advice. i hope your comment will help others
• United States
7 Feb 07
I don't consider being told I have bipolar disorder an accusation. It's not like I'm WRONG for being this way, it's just an imbalance of chemicals. A diabetic has an imbalance of chemicals and bipolar is no different. It's a physical condition that's treatable, and once you get on the right meds you're completely normal. Finding the right meds can be difficult, but you don't want to self medicate. You need to find a doctor who understands the condition and knows what to give you based on your own experiences. Becky
@meholl (510)
• United States
13 Mar 07
I was diagnosed with Bi-Polar 2 1/2 years ago. My doctor put me on Topomax and seems to work great. Before we found topomax, I did counseling and unfortunately that didn't help much. Every day is a struggle, but I found something that kept me grounded that I enjoy doing. I bake at least 3 times a week. Sometimes it is desserts or a bread product. But just the feeling of accomplishment helps keep the mood swings from getting to much for me to handle. I always keep in mind that having this disease doesn't change who I am, but it is how i deal with it that changes who I am. The biggest thing I found was being aware of what the problem was and trying to avoid things that would make my moods swing, and learning how to deal with the emotional rollercoaster that comes along with the disease. Mostly it was my family that suffered when I was untreated. But even without meds, which sometimes you have to go off them, I have learned that sometimes you have to walk away from a situation and take some time for yourself and think through things, find out what the real problem is, and start solving the issue from there. There are many different ways of dealing with Bi-polar, as long as you are dealing with it instead of ignoring it
• Kabul, Afghanistan
1 Apr 07
Well this has been an eye opener for me tonight. I was diagnosed with a chemical imbalance when I was 16 which was many moons ago. Initally I was put on thorazine.. I got quite well at doing the thorazine shuffle. Then I was put on valium, that didn't slow me down a bit. I went from that to being non medicated up and to include now. My problem is I haven't found any doctor I trust to medicate me now. So I try to do therapy weekly, work part time and try to keep those racing thoughts on the back burner. And I unwind by strolling on the net. I did find prior to my mother passing away that she too had bipolar and my sister has it as well. Genetic ?
@bethmt (419)
• United States
26 Feb 07
I was misdiagnosed for a long time but finally a good therapist told me that I had bipolar tendencies along with ptsd and major depression. I'm super sensitive to medications so it was hard to find one that didn't give me a bad reaction but I was finally able to settle on Neurontin and it's helped a lot. Because of the epilepsy that I have the meds help with that too. It's tough sometimes, as I'm sure you know, and there are good days and bad days but I try to just focus on the things that are important to me. When I feel that I'm having a bad day then I think of things to do that are more soothing or calming and that seems to be working so far. I wish you all the best, take care.
• United States
28 Feb 07
Good luck. I'm glad you found some meds that work for you. It's a difficult thing to find. May you have more good days than bad.
• United States
23 Feb 07
I have Post-tramatic stress disorder, Bipolar, and geral Anxiety Disorder and my life has been a mess. Im afraid to take the meds because i feel as if I shoudl just be able to handle it on my own. Right now Im on Lexipro-but I think its makeing me fat. ive never been this heavy before. my doctor wants me to start taking lamictal when im done ninny feeding, but i am not weaning my son. im afraid of the side affects and how I will cope on that strong of a med.
• United States
28 Feb 07
You don't have to be afraid to take meds. This is a chemical imbalance, how can you be expected to handle that on your own? It's not your fault just like having any other disease would not be your fault. If you think the lexipro is making you fat than talk to your doctor. And could you be heavier because you just had a child?? You start on a small dose of the lamictal and slowly build your way up. It may help impore your life a great deal.
• United States
7 Feb 07
I went misdiagnosed for nearly seven years. The one thing I can tell you from experience is DO NOT stop taking your meds without consulting a psychiatrist (not just your family doctor, it isn't their specialty) first. I am forever thinking I am better, going off the meds, then crashing and burning and having to start over again. Resist the urge!
• United States
8 Feb 07
You are so right! DO NOT ever stop taking your meds! It is a known fact that people with Bipolar Disorder think they are better and in fact they are not!
• United States
23 Jan 07
Dear Midnightuser, I am pleased to hear that you are on meds and coping. My mom has struggled with bipolar for nearly her whole life, and she didn't get on meds until I was about 6. So there are a lot of scary memories from my childhood. She has had her meds changed and rotated very often. I know she takes lithium, Wellbutrin and Zoloft. She has had a lot of ups and downs but that's kind of how it goes with bipolar disorder. I am thankful that my stepdad intervened and made her take meds b/c otherwise she probably would not be around. Stay strong and do not be afraid to ask for help from your doctor, family and friends.
• United States
25 Jan 07
I'm sorry to hear about your mother, and I'm glad that she was finally medicated better late than never though I'm sure childhood was difficult. Good for your stepdad and good luck to your mother and your family.
• Philippines
9 Feb 07
always seek for medical advice because they are the best person who knows how to handle people with bipolar syndrome or disorder. there are anti-depresants that you mentioned and good that you are following these medications. but then, i believe that a support coming from your family and friends would be a great way to ignore or at least get it out of the way. not totally irradicating it. because i don't know how to get rid of it to a person. or how a person be healed. a support and loving family should be with you always.