I was very happy to find this board. I have seen other boards that are for folks with bipolar, but usually they have a post a month. This seems to be a board that is active.
I have always experienced problems with depression and other stuff, but about 8 months ago was diagnosed with bipolar, NOS. Its NOS because I rapid cycle and have mixed episodes. I dont fit neatly into the other categories. At any rate, I spend most of my time depressed, cycling to hypomania every week or two. Its a barrel of laughs.
I am curious about one thing, though. Having read the rules of the board, I was surprised that no comments about suicide are allowed. I am not suicidal and will respect the rules. But I fear some folks will come to this site with that problem and feel badly rejected. Nothing like feeling rejected by a board. Just wondering why that is a rule.
Anyway, this is my brief introduction. I hope to talk to others with this disorder and learn from other peoples experiences with coping with the disorder.
Firstly, I hope you're getting some help for your problems. You said that you're still cycling - does that mean the meds aren't working yet or have they not been prescribed?
I'm not 100% sure about the suicide rule, but I think it might be something to do with others unintentionally making the problem worse by giving inappropriate advice? I'm not completely sure (somebody else will be, give it a bit of time!) but I think if there is a posting about suicide you're supposed to report it and I think that's so the moderators can get the person professional assistance rather than well meaning board users giving advice. Like I say, I could be wrong on this, I'm sure some of the others will have more definite answers.
Anyway, welcome again. Post regularly, we love to talk, and we've all been where you are now so there'll always be someone who can identify with what you're going through.
Hi Picali, I appreciate the response. Just to answer your question, I am in therapy and on medication (Lamictal and Effexor). The meds aren't really working, but I'm sure they will keep changing them. We will see. I have always had MI problems but let it go for years. I got into see someone this time just before I lost all my coping skills. I have managed to stay out of the hospital by the skin of my teeth. I was hospitalized four times a few years ago and I don't want a repeat.
My BF is also BPII who experiences mixed states as well as rapid cycling. He has trouble accepting the rapid cycling part because he wants so badly to understand the why's of it all. I'm not so sure there's an answer to that.
It sounds like you're on the right track and by coming here, you've added a great positive step!
Location: Minnesota, just moved from California where I lived my whole life.
I just wanted to welcome you to the group. This is a really happening board. Looking forward to talking to you soon. Good luck with everything you have going on. I've seen a lot of folks on lamictal and effexor on these boards, I've never been on them myself, but I have had many med changes in the last year. Hang in there.