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How do you work as a professional when you are manic? I have tried nearly 15 medications and decided it wasn’t worth it… and I typically go manic this time of year. I’m worried about how I can manage to go to work and act “normal” or be competent if I go manic… any advice?

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    • Alinaa

      861d

      I would explain it to your boss. I did recently and he has been very supportive. The way I see it, I’d rather be thought of as “crazy” than stupid or lazy.

    • Alinaa

      861d

      I would explain it to your boss. I did recently and he has been very supportive. The way I see it, I’d rather be thought of as “crazy” than stupid or lazy.

    • Relhavent

      866d

      Yeah that’s why I mentioned trazodone. A lot of people with bipolar have had some sort of drug history. Me included.

    • eggnugget

      866d

      Oo gotcha gotcha. I probably wouldn’t qualify for it anyway due to my drug history lol but I’m glad it works out for you!

    • Relhavent

      866d

      Yeah the ambien helps a lot. The only thing you have to watch out for is after a while taking it every night you will build up a tolerance to it. And the max dose is 10mg

    • eggnugget

      866d

      Does the ambien seem to help?

    • Relhavent

      866d

      Yeah I’ve always had problems with sleep even when I was very young. I didn’t really start to get bad until I was about 11. And it just kept getting worse from there.

    • eggnugget

      866d

      My sleep goes first too! I had hypomanic episodes when I was a kid, but it developed in my early 20s and I always noticed w/ both kinds of episodes I’d just stop being tired haha. Always thought of it as a superpower when I was young.

    • Relhavent

      866d

      It definitely would! That’s usually one of the first things to go for me when I’m manic. And my head starts buzzing.

    • eggnugget

      866d

      I used to take trazadone and I did like it - that’s a great idea. I’ve been sleeping okay recently but when I stop being able to sleep it’d be good to have for sure.

    • Relhavent

      866d

      Yeah no problem. I would say just watch your sleep. Maybe see if your GP could prescribe something for sleep to take as needed. I know sleep is a huge factor for me. My doctor prescribes me ambien but if you’re looking to stay away from controlled substances trazodone can work for sleep too. Granted I was taking 150mg of it most people only need about 50mg.

    • eggnugget

      866d

      Thanks for the support, and you’re so right about not being able to help others when you’re in a bad place! I’ll try and make a plan w my therapist soon, but I wanted thoughts from ppl who also actually have bipolar disorder so I appreciate it

    • Relhavent

      866d

      Yeah I don’t really have any other advice besides that. Last time I had a manic episode at work I ended up fired then in the hospital. I’m sorry meds haven’t worked out in the past and I hope your episode is short. Mine tend to last months without meds. It’s hard to help people in crisis when you’re in crisis yourself.

    • eggnugget

      866d

      In the past I’ve used drugs but I’ve been sober almost a year now. Hypersexuality, fast talking, intense spending, not sleeping or eating much. I finished my masters last year and work with the police department now (ugh… but it pays well..) and I interact w/ cops, community members in crisis, etc. I can’t really work from home unfortunately, not on a long term basis at least. I do like the idea of trying to focus on not talking to others too much and “keeping my head down” as you said

    • Relhavent

      866d

      I guess it all depends on how you get when you’re manic. It’s different for everyone. Just try to keep busy and keep your head down. A lot can wrong really fast when manic. Maybe try working from home if possible

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