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Old 04-14-2005, 01:08 PM   #1
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Constantly overwhelmed

Hi folks,

I havenít posted very often, mostly because Iím, well, overwhelmed a lot of the time by schoolwork (Iím a graphic design student) and other day-to-day ďstuffĒ Ė but I do visit a lot. I was diagnosed with BPII last October. Anyhow, can anyone out there relate to this feeling of barely keeping a grip on lifeís endless to-do list? I donít know how you moms out there do it, I really donít. Truthfully, Iím sure that compared to a lot of people, Iíve got it pretty easy, yet I still find it so difficult to stay on top of things. Last week, I jumped all over the fact of coming down with a cold just so I could feel justified in taking a day off.

On top of all that, I feel like Iíve been all over the map mood-wise for the past month or so. I was having a particularly tough time with an assignment a while back, spent Easter Monday crying like a whiny child as I worked on the thing, all of which triggered a depression which lasted for over a week. Once the depression lifted, irritation set in. Through it all, there have been bouts of feeling relatively good. I do see a p. doc (about every 3 or 4 weeks now) and Iím on low doses of Epival (aka Depakote, I think) and Celexa. I also take Klonopin on an as-needed basis, and while it helps with anxiety and irritation, it can also make it very challenging to stay awake. ;-)

And now, even as I write, Iím realizing Iíve only got about 20 minutes left before I have to head out to class. Ack! Anyhow, thank you all in advance for giving me the space to vent. There are some very nice people on this board.

Cheers,

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Old 04-14-2005, 07:37 PM   #2
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Re: Constantly overwhelmed

Sorry things seem so rough right now. I think when your meds are about right, your days will be a little more predictable, (at least thats what they are telling me - lol!) Be sure to tell your pdoc how you've been feeling. You really do have a lot on your plate right now. Maybe you need an adjustment. Try to hang in til it gets better! Love, Lori

 
Old 04-15-2005, 10:09 AM   #3
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Re: Constantly overwhelmed

Thanks, Lori! I do try to keep track of the moods and keep the doc updated. I think that beyond the moods though, I have a lot of "issues" (mostly having to do with low self-esteem) that could be worked on, and to that end, the doc is setting me up with a colleague of his who's more psychotherapy oriented. He'll still see me on a less frequent basis and keep dispensing the meds.

On a positive note, school is going really well (A's all over the place - yay!) and last night my husband and I went out for drinks with the classmates and had a great time. I think we all needed to kick back and get silly for a couple of hours.

 
Old 04-15-2005, 10:54 AM   #4
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Re: Constantly overwhelmed

Kick back and get silly! Now that is something I need to do! I think I have my weekend plans!
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