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ask me anything.
I'll be fielding any questions for the next hour or so
Hope things get better for you.
Hope the treatment sorts you out.
Meant to be in relation to having a diagnosis etc.
Hope it all helps - are there things planned in terms of next steps?
Do you find it helpful? I hope you're being well looked after :)
(I have lots of experience of bipolar btw- family member and close friend have it- so feel free to ask me anything offboard.)
I odn't know anything about EPD- what is it?
Tbh I think we're all a wee bit mental.
Just that over the course of the years, I';ve realised there are very few people who don't suffer fomr some sort of mental wobble from time to time. Your situation sounds a little more serious and defined, but I think it's great that you've sought help for it and I wish you all the best.
I ruin relationships with my deplorable behaviour. Not like knocking people about deplorable. Just weird shit
Hope you're OK BTW, welcome back.
Or all human relationships, including with your all time dogs?
I think those closest to me will ultimately hurt me.
but she mixes it with loads of booze and it ain't good. So please don't booze too much.
that in my personal experience, booze is the main cataylst for bipolar episodes.
for some reson, th epeople who are bipolar don't seem to be very good at staying away from booze. It took my mate getting pregnant and not boozing for a year to realise that, wait a minute, she could actually cope with life after all.
more or less intriguing?
How'd it work out with the new lady btw?
maybe not the most sensitive thing to ask in this thread of all threads.
Just occurred to me that I hadn't caught up with S since our lovely IRL chat a few months back, wonder how the cat's jivin'
that the breakup was the cataylst for his breakdown. Sorry if I've picked that up wrong silky! (also, fair play you've been away LT, but come on- a bit of common sense.)
I did suspect the answer was 'not well' but wanted to offer support & encouragement. this is S's venting hour - he's a dude who finds catharsis in public discussion so I doubt I've crossed too many lines. apologies if so.
it's that I absolutely cannot type catalyst properly.
it's a completely redundant word. ;)
sorry, S. courage.
I didn't mean to make you feel bad. You weren't to know if you've been taking a break from the boards.
I hope you can find something that works for you.
Just to level me. Next step...psychoanalysis
do you feel like, ultimately, cat_race is to blame?
but yeah, cat_race is right up there
Also how did you get diagnosed? Did you just describe your symptoms or tell them you suspected you had one? Or is there like a test?
saw a psychiatrist. told him my issues. due to the cyclical nature of my mood swings, he made a preliminary diagnosis.
I have since been in touch with another psychiatrist who drilled down further and come up with a firmer diagnosis
That what you mean by cyclical?
(thanks for this btw)
I'm up (hypo manic) for 3-4 months, then bam....6-8 months of depression
Not that it makes it better, but it makes it easier to treat each phase in isolatoin,m if you see what i mena? My friend had what they call 'rapid-cycling'. She'd be ok for a bit, then suddenly so terribly down for a few weeks, followed by a high of extreme mania, another low and then level again for a bit. It might be a bit trial and error for a while but at least now that you know what you're dealing with, you can work on coping strategies and all of that stuff.
howd they react?
Would you be straight, gay or a bi-polar?
If you were a big white bear.
All the best dude.
here's a question: was it a sudden decision to go and talk to someone about this or had it been on your mind a while? I had to take a real run up even when I'd decided it was time to actually say "something's wrong" to a professional, but some people are braver than me and just manage it from a snap decision.
I ended up going through some CBT and it did me more good than I can ever really explain out loud. Good for you for addressing your issues. Get well x
I tried to hurt myself...hence going to a&e
and that's what counts from here on in.
for sussing out the state you're in and getting help. In my experience that is the harder 50% of the task of getting better.
Now you've got a name to it, and the chance to find insights from other people that you can apply to it, doesn't that give you cause for optimism?
There was a really good article I read a couple of months back by a man who had a personality disorder and wrote an article on how that does not mean he need be put on the scrapheap, and that it can be managed and overcome. Will try to find it.
I do want to say all the best because you are one of the good ones, you really are. Things are always a little duller when you aren't on here and I hope so much that this is the start of being able to address the problems you have and come out of the other side in a much better place.
Stay in touch guv
If the cardigan is still an issue, maybe best not mention it to the medical bods.
but cool that you've making moves in the right direction
Long spell off work with depression and big dose of Citalopram and therapy. When I eventually went back to work I was a bit of a social leper to other staff. I quit but am so much happier now.
Keep safe. You are def going in the right direction...
Preferably something about his massive head - those are my favourite ones.