Hey DCer's, I havent been on here for a long...mainly due to university work and wanting to concentrate on that. Anyway the MSc is going really well and I am applying for PhD's at the moment and jobs. But 3 weeks ago I had a complete mental breakdown and my mood swings were getting out of control. It ended up with me getting so desperate I had to phone Samaritans for help because I was feeling suicidal and had no idea why and its not the first time either. They told me to see a doctor ASAP.
So the next day I went to see my local GP, who gave me antidepressants...which turns out to be one of the worst things you can give to someone exhibiting bipolar disorder symptoms. They sent me manic for the next week and my older brother was so concerned he drove over to see me, since hes also bipolar and is a mental health nurse. The manic episode ended and I felt horrendous again and I got taken to A&E. They referred me to another doctor who then referred me to the local psychiatric hospital where I was seen by an SHO. I have been put in the system and have seen the psychiatrist, but need further appointments to get an official diagnosis. At the moment its either Cyclothymia or Bipolar II disorder.
Im kind of relieved to be honest. Lots of my friends have freaked out over the news and are worrying but for me the worst is over! Im looking forward to keeping my good traits and eliminating the ones I dont like, mainly the defeatist attitude I get when depressed or discouraged. It also explains a whole lot of why I behave the way I do sometimes, sometimes for the good and sometimes for the bad.
So onwards and upwards, possibly down again but hey thats nothing new!
Bit of a wild story with the doctor giving you bad medication. Sorry to hear that happened.
I'm happy for you discovering your condition (disorder seems like a poor choice of words). Now you can understand yourself a bit better and begin moving forward with improving your life.
Sorry to hear that man.
Do you know about juicing ? I mean taking lots of vegetables and putting them through a juicer and drinking them each morning.
It may really help to look at your diet. I would avoid all processed foods and cut down on meat, IMO this will help you stabalize your mood.
Do a little research on youtube
Cheers for the bump borderline lol you're trolling is weak, train harder.
My diet is really good. Im really into weight training and healthy eating anyway, I probably train for about an hour to an hour and a half each day 6 times a week. I only eat out about once a week, which is usually my cheat meal. But thanks for the suggestions!
if you need someone to talk to you can always PM me - congrats on taking the right steps, hopefully the doctors can get you on the right combo of medication/therapy to help. it's no easy task as I've known a lot of people with mental illness and it runs in my family.
Eating as healthy as possible is just a good idea in any situation, although I have never seen any evidence linking it to easing the symptoms of bipolar.
That said, best of luck. With treatment, there's no reason to let it hold you back from accomplishing anything.
Bit of a wild story with the doctor giving you bad medication.
Standard in regards to mental health, and especially bi-polar spectrum.
From what I know about bi-polar, eating well/exercising doesn't really bi-polar peoples. + the dogma of "if you have a problem just exercise/eat well!" isn't always +EV advice for those that have depressive symptoms anyway.