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I am so glad I found this site. I am a 32 year old female and have two beautiful children. I am married, it's complicated. I was recently diagnosed with BP I. My biological mother's side of the family has many MI's. Why I was never diagnosed at a younger age I am still wondering. SOOOO...I was recently diagnosed after a long 5 years of going to my PCP for crying spells, sleeping all the time, fatigue, then high days of no sleep and crazy spending and actions. ( I was two different people) I was prescribed Antidepressants. As you can imagine they made me worse. I was sick and tired of everything (my PCP said it was "depression" but no AD he gave me worked) so I went to a Psychiatrist and she said I was BP I. I didn't believe her so I went to another. I didn't tell him about the previous Pyschiatrist. But what did he diagnose...yep, BP I. This was a few weeks ago. So I wanted to do research on the disease and what popped up in google? CB! I love this board as you all have really helped me understand this disease more as well as feel like I am not ALONE. I have only told my husband and I am not getting any sympathy or understanding from him. No one understands, but you all do. I REALLY appreciate all of your posts. You have know idea that once you post something how it helps others like me. I wish I would have known about all of this sooner. I lost my job due to my inability to get to work. I did not care. I slept for days..literally. I wanted to get up, I wanted to not be so tired and drained all the time, but I just couldn't. My husband said I was lazy and he could not see how someone could sleep so much. He still does not understand. I refuse to tell anyone else close to me since I know they will not understand.

I am taking Abilify and Lamictal. I haven't noticed a change other than I can actually get up out of bed. I go to sleep around 330 am and wake up at 7 am. Its crazy. But at least I am able to get up now. I am hoping with time my Psychiatrist and I will find the correct dosage. My doctor has me taking Lamictal in the morning and Abilify at night with another Lamictal.

You all will definitely be my lifeline in these upcoming months as I know it will be some trying ones. Thanks for listening and most importantly posting your stories.

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Hi! We're glad you found us. I'm sorry your GP was so clueless---I would think he would have referred you to a pdoc years ago. When I went to my GP with depression, the first thing he wanted me to do was go see a psychiatrist. Well, water under the bridge and so on.

Give your husband a little time to get used to the idea of your diagnosis. Mental illness makes some people extremely uncomfortable. If he continues to say that you're lazy or similar things, there are lots of approaches you can try. (A meeting with your pdoc, couples counseling, getting a book on BP, etc. I'm sure you've read about all these on the boards).

Anyway, you're on the road to understanding this whole thing. If you don't see improvement, stay in close touch with your pdoc. If these meds don't work, there are lots of others.

Good luck!


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