Living with Bipolar Disorder

Living with Bipolar Disorder

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Melissa

Nottingham, UK

#1 Nov 5, 2011
Hi everyone, my dissertation that I am currently doing is about how people with Bipolar Disorder live and cope with the disorder. I would be ever so grateful if anyone diagnosed with Bipolar can spare some time to complete this questionnaire via survey monkey which I am using to collect data. This topic is very close to my heart and I could not thank you enough for taking part!:) x

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MFLJW2D
jkb

Panama City, FL

#2 Dec 5, 2011
Melissa wrote:
Hi everyone, my dissertation that I am currently doing is about how people with Bipolar Disorder live and cope with the disorder. I would be ever so grateful if anyone diagnosed with Bipolar can spare some time to complete this questionnaire via survey monkey which I am using to collect data. This topic is very close to my heart and I could not thank you enough for taking part!:) x
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MFLJW2D
Hey melissa--my name is Julie, and I am bipolar, and have been dealing with all the ups and downs for the last 27 years! I hope that this reaches you because I wasn't sure as how to respond! Well--let me tell you--this bipolar illness is horrible! I have experienced some of the highest of highs, and lowest of lows imaginable! I have had 4 serious committed relationships, and they all have dissolved because of my illness! I have had over 100 jobs in my life, and I'm a very good worker...yet--they too dissolved because I either got too manic to focus on my jobs, or I got so severely depressed that I couldn't function to focus on my jobs! I was diagnosed in the military in 1984, and was given an honorable discharge--yet the military made several errors w/in my discharge papers so that I have not had any health benefits at all--even though the military is responsible for my illness! I have been in such severe manic phases that I have had to be baker-acted into the hospital several times, and I have attempted suicide at least 5 times in which I also was entered into the hospital! I experience long "phases or mood episodes"--meaning I may go into a manic phase and eventually enter in a severe manic phase over a period of years, and I may start out in a depressed phase and then go into a severely depressed phase over a period of years! My parents and sister have suffered tremendously because of my illness, and I have been fortunate that my Mom has been my main sole supporter all these years, and [because of the denial of the military]--my Mom and Dad have had to pay for most of my hospital bills! At one point I had to file for bankruptcy to pay off a hospital bill because I had attempted suicide, and couldn't afford the bill....it ruined my credit! I have gone into such severe manice phases that I would speed in my car, spend alot of money, or all the money I had available, and do some stupid things as in date alot of women[by the way]I'm also gay...and just do stupid things that were totally out of character for me! I grew up in a small town and participated in 3 sports all through high school, and my sister did the same--yet she can manage a good career, and she is married w/3 boys, and she's only a year younger than me! I am a good person, and I have alot to offer--yet I can't hold down any job because of my illness interferring! I have moved so many times--it's out of count by now, and as far as friends--I have one best friend that I have had for almost 30 years, and I truly believe that God brought this friend to me because she actually understands me and has been through alot of my "phases" with me! I now live on my own, and have for 3 years, but this is the longest! I am now struggling to try to obtain social security disability, and have a claim pending against the military to obtain health benefits, and also a claim against the military for punitive damages in which they owe me back-pay for the last 27 years after being diagnosed while serving in the service! I try to live day by day, and it has taken me a long time to admit to myself that I am bipolar, and to accept that I have to take medicatoin [lithium]in order to live as close to a "normal" life as possible! I used to self-medicate with alcohol and other things in which I could feel relaxed and not "so uppety" per my manic phases! I am now going to focus on speaking and helping others understand the horrible illness, and I hope that this has helped you to understand me and my dealings with bipolar! Sincerely, jkb
JanetGrims

Walnut Creek, CA

#3 Jan 11, 2012
Living with bipolar disorder can be extremely difficult. This website ( OnlineCEUcredit.com/edu/bipolar-ba )was very helpful in offering ways to cope with bipolar disorder.

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