Re: club bipolar and friends
I was diagnosed bipolar eleven years ago after I suffered from depression. What you are all saying is so true--that no one understands what it feels like except someone else who has the illness. I have several close friends who I can discuss my depression with, but not the extreme mood swings of bipolar. I attend Al-Anon and Families Anonymous because I found out my son inherited my bipolar, added drugs and alcohol to the mix to escape having to acknowledge the mess it causes in our lives. I love this forum because many of you have bipolar. The philosophy in my support groups mentioned above is taking care of yourself despite the chaos caused by others who haven't taken steps to help themselves. Luckily for me, I wanted to get my cycles under control and have spent many years trying different anti-depressants and at last, have a good combination without horrible side effects on Zoloft. Also I found a warm, loving psychologist, who doesn't really know bipolar first hand, but works well with me. My son is quick to point out to me that there are many famous people that were bipolar and very creative; therefore, there is nothing wrong with having it and going untreated. He is yet to realize the chaos, pain and heartache we go through watching him self-destruct. He hasn't asked for help, but we stand ready to offer it if he ever does. Meanwhile, I accept that I am a lifer on medication and psychotherapy talking. But I lead a happy and basically stable life. It took years, but was worth it to me. There are plenty of us out there who are happy to share our bipolar experiences in your Bipolar Club, so keep reading and writing on this forum. Good luck!