BIPOLAR ALLIANCE

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Apocalypse Meow
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BIPOLAR ALLIANCE

I suffer from bipolar I. I know there are others here who suffer as well. I say we team up so we can have a spot to both talk about our struggle with bulimia, as well as mental illness as there is a very high incidence of co-morbidity. An alliance to give us strength to fight our demons. Power in numbers. I'll even design a logo. Who's with me?!

"When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on".

Kat_1
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Not quite the same I guess,

Not quite the same I guess, but I have been diagnosed bipolar II. Decided not to accept the label (although once they give it to you, they sure don't let you forget!), but I fit a lot of the behaviours. Definitely wouldn't reject any support though as I've never met any one else diagnosed (although I've got an 'excentric' shall we say uncle, who well let's leave it at excentric...)
Do you find it affects your eating a lot? I tend to binge way more when I'm really depressed, and then just forget about food and eating when I'm high. Sometimes feels like the two issues are one and the same.
Anyways, I'm Kat, nice to meet you

Apocalypse Meow
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Bipolar I and II are so

Bipolar I and II are so similar anyway. I'm interested that you didn't accept the label. Does that mean you don't receive any treatment for it?

"When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on".

Kat_1
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Well, I know it's drawing a

Well, I know it's drawing a fine line in the sand, but I accept that a lot of the sypmtoms describe me and that knowledge gives me some power over myself, but I refuse to accept that someone who met me once for 30 minutes can tell me my mind is incurably sick, and I should happily drag around a label with me for the rest of my life that says I've lost my marbles. I have all my marbles, sometimes they're just a different colour than everyone else's :) Means we're special, not crazy. And I lived with this for probably 12 years before, so what gives? I'm still the same person
I am seeing a counsellor and tracking my moods, etc, but I don't take medication for a bunch of somewhat complicated reasons (although I take a bunch of vitamins and supplements that should help a bit if I could just you know take them every day....) Don't know if that answers your question?

Apocalypse Meow
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Fair enough! Usually an

Fair enough! Usually an assessment goes on for much much longer than 30 minutes! That is absurd. It's typically stretched out over a period of many months. Where are you located?
It doesn't have to be a label, it's all a matter of perspective. I try to never say "I'm bipolar" instead "I suffer from bipolar disorder" or "I've been diagnosed with". The label is no different from being diagnosed as diabetic or any other chronic illness. We need to shake off the stigma. There's nothing wrong with being labeled just as there's nothing wrong with rejecting the label, I guess. I've just chosen to own it and shed the shame and show the whole world that I can be bright and shiny in spite of a psychiatric condemnation.

What vitamins do you take? I'm taking fish oil and vitamin D, not sure if they're aiding with the depression or not...

"When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on".

Kat_1
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Oh, absolutely! It's totally

Oh, absolutely! It's totally a matter of perspective, and I think that everyone has to have their own way of wrapping their mind around it that leaves them standing strong,and not feeling beaten by the disorder. I'm located in Manitoba, Canada, and I'm sure the process probably varies by country. I think with me part of it might have been that I was on prozac from an eating disorder program, and I had the bright idea I should try to overdose on it, and then ended up high as kite after I failed. I only told a milder version of that to the program staff, but I ended up with a rush appointment to see a psychiatrist who I think already had decided I was bipolar before she ever met me. She ended up sending me away with a diagnosis and a list of possible medications and sites where I could search for info online about them (and no follow up appointment). I've thought about getting a second opinion, but I think I would have to find someone and pay for it myself, and it's expensive as hell. And anyways they'd probably say the same thing.
But anyways....
I take a ridiculous amount of vitamins: Vitamin D, C, B complex, niacin, zinc, and fish oil. Problem is though, i'm terrible at following through with them every day. I'll get depressed and give up on them, I'll get excited and think they're stopping me from feeling amazing.... I think that if I do stick to them they help, not miraculously, but they do make a difference.
Keep being bright and shiny girl :)
You sound like an amazingly strong person

Apocalypse Meow
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I'm next door in Ontario!

I'm next door in Ontario! Hey-ohhhhh!

Yeah, judging by your particular situation, I'd eager to reject their diagnosis as well. Fucking psychiatric medicine. Sometimes hinders more than it helps.

xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

"When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on".

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