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  1. I was diagnosed bipolar about 7 years ago around the same time as my first suicide attempt. Long story short - I rejected the diagnosis and eventually went off all meds because I thought my issues stemmed from the stress of nursing school. School over - no meds needed. About 3 years later, started seeing a new psychiatrist and taking antidepressants. I actually felt like I had my life back... Then, at some point recently, my son died. I had an affair. My husband and I had another child. And then affair was discovered by my husband. The intense guilt and depression led me to try to
  2. Ok, I am just curious, I am a 45 year old Mom, have been married for 20 years, have occasionally suffered from depression and anxiety in my life but not consistently. Also ADD, and take Adderall regularly. I had been on anti depressants for short spurts and occasionally anxiety meds as needed. I have never been suicidal or anything and never had a manic episode up until 40. At 40 I was on an Pristiq for about 9 months and decided to go off it cold turkey. I ended up having a manic episode within days and was forcibly hospitalized. The Dr's told me I was bipolar, gave me Depakote and Abili
  3. I'm here again because I am free for the umpteenth time from captivity in a psych ward. And my mind won't stop going. Sure, the wizard doctor switched around my meds a bit, but nothing more or less than what I had previously been on. I was saddened that my psychiatrist, who works in the hospital, chose not to attend to me even though I was screaming at everyone who would listen that he was the only one I could talk to and the only one who could save me. The main precipitating factor of my spiral was my relapse on alcohol and subsequent overdose on a bottle of tylenol, bottle of lithium, and bo
  4. I'm heading to the Mayo Clinic in January for bipolar treatment. Has anyone ever been? If so, were you hospitalized? Did you like/dislike it? What should I expect?
  5. It is becoming clear that my depression and lack of insight is very serious. However, I can often function normally. Still, I feel that it may be necessary for me to go to some sort of mental health facility, both for my own health and to protect my partner, who has a very serious autoimmune disorder. We are both unable to adequately care for each other and our interactions have become very unhealthy. I presume that my first step is to see a psychiatrist and get evaluated. My understanding is that a real mental health hospitalization is only for very serious circumstances where the patient is
  6. I am thinking that i should go into inpatient care...I'm in the midst of a mixed episode and it keeps getting worse. How long were you in the hospital before you were stabilized on meds and released? Thanx for reading and hopefully answering.
  7. I wrote an article on living with someone with mental illness and how "getting help" for that person isn't as easy as those who accuse Nancy Lanza of "negligence" might think. I would love feedback from those who currently live with someone with mental illness or those who, like me, have in the past lived with someone with mental illness, especially at the site where the article is published, http://www.xojane.com/family/stop-blaming-mom-for-nancy-lanza-and-all-women-who-share-a-home-with-someone-with-mental-illness If any of the comments are awful, I apologize, but please note that I have no
  8. Hi! I told several of you I would keep you filled in on my appointment with my headache treatment with Dr. B at Stanford's pain center. I am posting things I think might be useful for future migraineurs. I got a referral from my neuro sent to the Stanford Pain Clinic, and then scheduled an appt. I think I had a 3 month wait, it could have been a little more. But I was *still* waiting to hear back from UCSF after over a year. Stanford actually scheduled me for an appt. right when I called. In the interim, I was sent a 30 page questionnaire that asked in detail about my headache history, w
  9. I am checking into the hospital today for another series of ECT. My last series was last December, so not that long ago, and I was in the hospital about 6 weeks. This time after I am done I will go in about once a month for just one ECT and hopefully that will keep me better. Last time I lost a lot of memory and husband says that it took about 3 weeks after I got home before I was able to form regular memory and be able to read and understand what was going on. I still don't remember most of last year. But it was worth getting the ECTs even with the memory loss. I have run out of medic
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