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SamNowak

918d

what is the best way to deal with this disorder?

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    • des00000

      585d

      @SamNowak I feel you 1000000%

    • moonbear

      587d

      See a psychiatrist regularly. It's what has helped me. I see him every couple months. He talks to me about what's been going on with me recently and of course refills my medication. It's been a big help. I also see a therapist, she's even better.

    • rorose

      588d

      maybe being honest with yourself? thats a start for me. and being honest with those closest to you about how you feel?

    • Ramones

      591d

      Busying yourself tbh. Hopping between hobbies and interests, going out to try and ward off the boredom, working to improve the inability to maintain friendships. Another answer? Drugs. But, yk, probably shouldn't recommend it.

    • SkylerBoByler

      875d

      Mindfulness. You gotta get meta and think about your thoughts. Recognize mania and depression. It sucks. I never know if I'm hypomanic until after. I just think Im doing GREAT! I have to watch my behavior for signs. Actions and feelings begin with our thoughts. Physiology plays a big role, too. Look at your nutrition. Don't be scared to buy some ensure drinks or get meal powder to fill in some gaps. Low effort. Even on my high symptom days, i can mix water and powder together. Actually, thats a lie. I sometimes have to grab a bottle of premixed. I keeep both around.

    • Jadie

      875d

      In my experience I’ve never had a doctor or therapist give me any help other than medication. Which is ridiculous because bipolar or more then the on off episodes. My advice is to really educate yourself on the effects episodes have on you, telling the signs of oncoming issues, and lifestyle changes that will help maintain some sense of routine as our biological clocks are jacked up. Things that can help cope within episodes are also important. Like safe projects to get into while manic to keep the mind busy with a timer set to tell you when to eat if youre the type to drop all self maintenance. Not everyone will be psychotic but some of us are so its important to be aware of signs of psychotic features. Comorbid disorders are in high frequency with bipolar and can slightly change bipolar presentation and treatment. Talk therapy with someone who is very educated on the disorder (not every therapist is, ask what they know). And personally for me, being able to shift my mindset from “something is wrong with me” to “i have a mental chronic illness that makes me experience altered states” helps me as shame with this illness can be extreme. Research all medication you take as all drugs can have side effects and be cautious because some doctors dont seem to understand our depression wont be solved with the same methods as MDD or warn about side effects you might be particularly susceptible to.

      • FinnWren

        588d

        @Jadie I totally agree that thinking of it in terms of altered states instead of a shameful thing! its important for me to find ways to embrace and harness different aspects of bipolar in a more positive or neutral light. my altered states can be scary but others can be meaningful and I don't want to deny myself of those.

    • Sheeba

      876d

      See a psychiatrist to get a correct diagnosis. They will try you on different drugs until they find one that controls your symptoms. I have been tried on countless medications and have been put back on ablifiy ten mgs in the morning. I was taken off it years ago. It is working well.

    • Cbab

      896d

      Pristiq and lamictal!

    • ElliePavern

      896d

      Lithium and Cymbalta saved my life ❤️

    • Mars

      897d

      Give yourself the space to deal with manic and depressive episodes. For me that means that I find some free time to indulge a bit in how I’m feeling, usually by letting myself be“lazy” (depressive) or doing something creative or physically demanding (manic) instead of trying to fight it, which leads to a panic attack. Also. Try not to make big purchases or long term decisions during a manic episode. Speaking from experience, I tried to do two years of high school at once my junior year and failed like five classes lol.

    • Jag

      897d

      Prozac,Seroquel,Lithium for me.

    • SamNowak

      906d

      I take 300mg of seroquel, but it knocks me out and I don't feel myself the next day. I feel gloomy and down and don't wanna do anything. It helps with my anxiety and insomnia. My mind races so I need it to mellow out.

    • sleepyaries2

      909d

      the DNA test is called GeneSight‼️‼️ it’s RARELY more than $330 out of pocket (most people don’t even get a bill) & if it is, they’ll let u know

    • carli

      909d

      what is the dna test called ?

    • bekahcat

      910d

      If your stuck on what medications work best for you, there is a DNA test you can get that shows what medications you metabolize the best. All it is is a swab on your cheek and you get a complete list of what you can take, what you can take under supervision, and what you should never take

    • Cheeseballs

      916d

      Seroquel! Helps so much with mania and delusions

    • Waterparks

      916d

      I'm currently on Seroquel 350mg and its helped tremendously with depression and repressing mania. It has caused quite a bit of weight gain.

    • SamNowak

      917d

      I have taken both of those and neither one of them have worked for me. I've been trying to find out what drives me over the edge. I think the stress of being a single mom and having to deal with everything is one of them triggers

      • des00000

        585d

        @SamNowak I feel you 1000000%

    • Brandonxbean

      917d

      Hi love. The best way to deal with Bipolar is first to know what you if bipolar you have. Second, get on the right meds, trust me it will help you with mania and depression. Zoloft and lithium work well from what I’ve heard

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