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Hi. I was diagnosed with Bipolar a few months ago. It was a shock to me at first. I had been misdiagnosed with depression for most of my life, since childhood. As you can see in my signature, I've been on an array of antidepressants that didn't work, or I stopped taking them during my manic phases.

I used to smoke a lot of weed and drink a lot to numb my emotions. I had a stressful job in IT and I got to the point where I couldn't handle it anymore. Finally I realized I was an alcoholic and I went into rehab. I also went on long-term disability. Once I sobered up, I was diagnosed with BP. I've been sober for 9 months now. With all the meds I'm on now, I'm afraid to drink again!

I like animals (more than people) so I have a "zoo": an ex-racing Greyhound, an adopted Chihuahua, three cats, and a ball python. I also live with my boyfriend, who is OCD. Imagine the scene if one of the animals has an accident on the floor! The end result depends on whether I'm depressed or hypomanic!

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