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    Reading news magazines, singing, cooking, drawing, playing with my dog. Political views (yawn): Independent Moderate. Religious views? - can't pick just one...

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  1. "Any idiot can face a crisis. It's day-today living that wears you out" - Anton Chekov -suzie
  2. I think there's a NAMI chapter in my town. They might know some BP stuff I want (and need) to know. I may call them today. Thanks for the link. Nice to have, and I appreciate the thought.. I've heard they give answers RE: Lots of BP questions- especially to non-BP people. Also about any MI they know about. Also as a potential support site, I know some people think they're really a Godsend. I''ll check it out. - suzie
  3. You've been diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder yourself along with the current MDD and severe OCD diagnoses you have now. It doesn't sound like you have "less severe" illness. I'm not really sure what the last part of this quote means. What isn't true? No, but you should understand from your experience that expecting someone to recover on some timeline is ridiculous, and getting angry at them for not doing so is pretty crappy. I'm not angry. I'm worn out. If i didn't care about this person I wouldn't even be asking for advice. Hell - I know nothing about BP. Yeah, I
  4. I am done with this thread. I am done asking questions. It's futile. -suzie
  5. You just said more than once you're frustrated/pissed off at her. That's not an intellectual pursuit. And... I think you're showing some lack of insight here when you say you are completely baffled by this whole thing. If you've been hospitalized six times, you've been more like she is right now that you're willing to admit. It seems like you're putting this artificial barrier that somehow BP and psychosis are worse and harder to understand than MDD and OCD. That's just not the case. Maybe, with your own illness to deal with, you're not the person to be dealing with her crisis day
  6. It can sometimes be rough, I imagine, being a man. It can be tough sometimes, being a woman. I had "too much" testosterone in my late teens-early twenties, and it made my face break out. A lot. It sucked. I couldn't take "the pill" after age 35, because it almost made me batshit insane. So....I guess there Can be "too much of a good thing" as far as hormones, Eh? Med side effects? For me: Mostly too-sleepy-like. For other people: Dunno. - suzie
  7. This post here just started, and I don' know why; it just seemed to pop up blank, and wouldn't cancel. t don't have anything to write. I just can't cancel it. Apparently I have to write something first? Maybe then I can cancel it. If not, just ignore this post. Sorry. -suzie
  8. From BPLadybug: "It is problamatic if a person is older, lives alone, and still becomes ill from psychosis. That is obviously much less than ideal. They could be psychotic and break a hip or have a stroke, or another physical health issue. God.....not good. No one around to inquire about medication or seeing their doctor. After she is discharged and has some good days/weeks I would talk with her about it. Hopefully she won't be totally defensive." I am actually pretty concerned about this. Because she's older, and lives alone in this big old house (which seems to need constant mainten
  9. Thanks for the information, dedoubt. Good and interesting to know. Actually, she told me that. Guess it's not true (about Lithium.) I would have researched it, but I figured she knew. She says she's BP, so I took her word for it. She could have been mis-informed (or lying.) She can also tend to rely on medical "facts" that are decades old, in some cases (depends on the topic.) She said: "Unfortunately, I'm one of the very few people who cannot take Lithium." Glad to get correct information, though. -suzie
  10. they say zyprexa can work in 24-48 hours. But my reaction to my dose wore off after a year. I was on 20mg zyprexa when I saw a life sized cartoon character run across my backyard. Haldol calmed me down right away once, but not so much the next time. One thing about mental conditions is different for each person, and for each mood episode.Thanks for this information. I appreciate it. Maybe her meds just pooped out. She's been on Zyprexa like, forever. What you experienced (the cartoon guy) sounds scarier than _hit. Sorry it happens.
  11. Suzie, there are no answers to these questions. Mentall illness and treatment is so variable. And you must have noticed from reading on CB forum that people have remarkably different reactions to treatment. Yeah. The situation is fishy for another reason. And I know this is going to make me sound waaay paranoid - BUT I am totally in touch with reality. I hesitate to even say this. But - this hospital is in a "financial crisis". And so - I was starting to think. Hmm. The longer people are "sick" there, then the longer this hospital can charge Medicare. Obviously, I don't have a l
  12. God, I am glad that there isn't a set schedule for my brain to get itself together after I fall apart, because that would really stress me out. One time when I was hospitalized for psychosis, I was feeling pretty well a few months after I got out of the hospital. This time, I'm still barely making it day by day, I've been out for almost five months and I wasn't psychotic when I went in. So yeah, no timeline will fit anyone, ever. And knowing the label the doctors may have put on your friend wouldn't change how you respond to her, right? It's just a word. Whether she has bipolar or schizoaffect
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