Treatment For Bipolar Still Complex

Scientists are testing seasickness patches and other surprising options in a challenging search for new ways to treat the crushing depression and uncontrolled mania of bipolar disorder. Read more
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concernedfriend

Raleigh, NC

#493 Nov 2, 2008
Does anyone know what it would take to be miss diagnosed as bipolar and getting the medical records of that diagnoses cleared. My friend was diagnosed a while back but I think he is a genius, but because his parents/friends/all of his family/former girlfriend/everyone that he is closest to him thinks he was crazy they treat him differently. How could he be totally fine for 20+ years then need to take all of those mind altering drugs all of the time because he lost touch with reality one time after he did not sleep for a few days? He has never showed any signs of wanting to hurt himself or anyone else and never would. He has talked to me about how he thinks the doctors might have been wrong, but if he lets them know that they will just say he is being manic whatever that means, and they will not take him seriously/possibly make him a ward of the state. I really do not understand all of this please someone help out if you can. The only person that does not treat him like he is crazy is me (even though he has not done anything abnormal since his diagnoses), and i think it is really getting to him. I know he takes a lot of pills that the doctors give him but not all of the time they all were anti somethings like depressents, anxiety, psykotics, etc...
Chick

Glasgow, KY

#494 Nov 2, 2008
concernedfriend wrote:
Does anyone know what it would take to be miss diagnosed as bipolar and getting the medical records of that diagnoses cleared. My friend was diagnosed a while back but I think he is a genius, but because his parents/friends/all of his family/former girlfriend/everyone that he is closest to him thinks he was crazy they treat him differently. How could he be totally fine for 20+ years then need to take all of those mind altering drugs all of the time because he lost touch with reality one time after he did not sleep for a few days? He has never showed any signs of wanting to hurt himself or anyone else and never would. He has talked to me about how he thinks the doctors might have been wrong, but if he lets them know that they will just say he is being manic whatever that means, and they will not take him seriously/possibly make him a ward of the state. I really do not understand all of this please someone help out if you can. The only person that does not treat him like he is crazy is me (even though he has not done anything abnormal since his diagnoses), and i think it is really getting to him. I know he takes a lot of pills that the doctors give him but not all of the time they all were anti somethings like depressents, anxiety, psykotics, etc...
Has he tried another doctor? Maybe get a second opinion. That would be the first steps that I would take. I am bipolar and I have had to change doctors before because they were over medicating me. But I found a wonderful one who is willing to work with the meds. He has an open mind on different treatments.
Chick

Glasgow, KY

#495 Nov 2, 2008
Gail Perry wrote:
Chick, I have a theory about such people. I think they post on line because no one will give them the time of day on real life. No, that person does not have a clue, but on the other hand I think readers can spot the real people from those who are just here to take pot shots or are completely agenda-driven.
I know, they were just making pot shots. But I read that post and it just flew all over me. It's hard for me to keep my mouth closed sometimes. HA HA
Gail Perry

Tampa, FL

#496 Nov 3, 2008
Oh Chick I think you're so right to speak up.
Peg

Mount Croghan, SC

#497 Nov 4, 2008
concernedfriend wrote:
Does anyone know what it would take to be miss diagnosed as bipolar and getting the medical records of that diagnoses cleared. My friend was diagnosed a while back but I think he is a genius, but because his parents/friends/all of his family/former girlfriend/everyone that he is closest to him thinks he was crazy they treat him differently. How could he be totally fine for 20+ years then need to take all of those mind altering drugs all of the time because he lost touch with reality one time after he did not sleep for a few days? He has never showed any signs of wanting to hurt himself or anyone else and never would. He has talked to me about how he thinks the doctors might have been wrong, but if he lets them know that they will just say he is being manic whatever that means, and they will not take him seriously/possibly make him a ward of the state. I really do not understand all of this please someone help out if you can. The only person that does not treat him like he is crazy is me (even though he has not done anything abnormal since his diagnoses), and i think it is really getting to him. I know he takes a lot of pills that the doctors give him but not all of the time they all were anti somethings like depressents, anxiety, psykotics, etc...
You didnt mention the age,but they normally do not put people in a hospital or mental institution unless they are threatining to hurt themselves or someone else.Also,my son is bi-polar and was just fine as a young child.A very good and well mannered child,he started having problems after a car accident.If he dosent feel good on the meds have him tell them so they can change them or drop doses.Bi-polar is where they are just fine for a period of time,then for some reason they just flip out.I think a lot does depend on who they are with,I can calm my son most of the time.There arent many others that can get him calm at that time.Good Luck to you.And also,I was fine all my life now cant function without nerve pills and anxiety pills so yes it can happen.
Peg

Mount Croghan, SC

#498 Nov 4, 2008
Also,forgot to mention,people with mental issues usually are extremely intelligent.A doc once told me my son was so smart he could be dangerous(meaning he could think of stuff no reg.person would ever think of)
Peg

Mount Croghan, SC

#499 Nov 4, 2008
Peg wrote:
I used to have my own business cleaning houses.I couldnt figure out these rich people,seemed to have it all.80% had antidepressant medications.I wondered why are they depressed,they have it all?I realized no they dont have everything,they are probabily in major debt.Got to worry about their image and stuff. I am so glad I dont live that way.I live in an 86 mobile home,paid for and own 11acres of land thanks to my parents. But I dont know why depression hit me to,but Im glad I dont have that to worry about. I dont need the fancy stuff.That isnt happiness.
What I meant in writing this was,it dosent matter who you are depression or mental issues can hit anyone.Before I got issues with these I used to think of people with depression like just get off your butt and do stuff.It dosent work that way and I unfortunately found out because of getting depression,anxiety,and nerve issues.I dont understand why depression occurs I shouldnt be depressed.Why am I?Could issues from the past flare up after all these years and cause it or just chemical imbalance?Any suggestions?
Peg

Mount Croghan, SC

#500 Nov 4, 2008
Chick wrote:
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Has he tried another doctor? Maybe get a second opinion. That would be the first steps that I would take. I am bipolar and I have had to change doctors before because they were over medicating me. But I found a wonderful one who is willing to work with the meds. He has an open mind on different treatments.
You are so lucky to get a good doc.My son had found a wonderful one here when we moved here 5yr.ago.She recently moved to Alabama in January this year.Such a loss because she was the best we ever had.I feel for you and others with bi-polar though because as I have posted on here He has been through such struggles with this illness.The best med we have found is lithium though.And he takes seroquel at night to sleep.He is 18 however,and sometimes dosent take meds as he needs to.Plus he has started smoking pot.But there are so many struggles with bi-polar people and I definitely feel his pain.I love him so much. Good Luck to you and God Bless You.Keep posting it helps.I have problems too with me and it is very theraputic to talk with others who go through things also.
Chick

Glasgow, KY

#501 Nov 4, 2008
Peg wrote:
<quoted text>You are so lucky to get a good doc.My son had found a wonderful one here when we moved here 5yr.ago.She recently moved to Alabama in January this year.Such a loss because she was the best we ever had.I feel for you and others with bi-polar though because as I have posted on here He has been through such struggles with this illness.The best med we have found is lithium though.And he takes seroquel at night to sleep.He is 18 however,and sometimes dosent take meds as he needs to.Plus he has started smoking pot.But there are so many struggles with bi-polar people and I definitely feel his pain.I love him so much. Good Luck to you and God Bless You.Keep posting it helps.I have problems too with me and it is very theraputic to talk with others who go through things also.
I am very lucky to have a good doc. They are very hard to find, I had to wade through a lot to get to the doc I have now. It's good your son has a good one also. Being a teenager is hard enough, much less dealing with bipolar disorder. My prayers are with him and you. I take lithium, along with some other antidepressents and anti anexity drugs. It took a while but I am slowly finding the right balance. It's a constent battle. But we must push on!
Peg

Mount Croghan, SC

#502 Nov 4, 2008
Chick wrote:
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I am very lucky to have a good doc. They are very hard to find, I had to wade through a lot to get to the doc I have now. It's good your son has a good one also. Being a teenager is hard enough, much less dealing with bipolar disorder. My prayers are with him and you. I take lithium, along with some other antidepressents and anti anexity drugs. It took a while but I am slowly finding the right balance. It's a constent battle. But we must push on!
His doc has moved out of state.January this year.So we are back to searching.I take antidepressants,anxiety,and nerve pills.Im not on the right combo yet,but hopefully soon.I am checking out a psychiatrist next week.Hope they get something better.I am so moody,sometimes I cant stand myself.Thats bad,huh?I also wanted to say hello Gail and HS how are you all doing.I hope youre well.Can anyone give me some ideas on some better meds I can check into?I have gained so much weight with this effexor,I cant keep going like this.I am also between crying spells and angry spells.Anyone please leave suggestions on what may have worked for you or others?Much appreciated.Take care everyone God bless you all.Got to go now.Time to vote if lines arent too long.Shouldnt be in my little hick town,LOL.LATER.
Gail Perry

Pinellas Park, FL

#503 Nov 4, 2008
Peg, unfortunately there's no way to know ahead of time what meds will be best for you. It really doesn't sound like what you're doing is working for you.

The lines have actually been very short here because so many people (1/3 in my area) used early voting. I had to stand in line an hour to vote early and there would have been no wait today! LOL!!

But I was doing last minute campaigning for "the candidate of my choice" today, and I voted early so I wouldn't have to take time off today to vote.

So now it's just nail-biting time!:)

Everybody go vote!
Peg

Mount Croghan, SC

#504 Nov 5, 2008
Gail Perry wrote:
Peg, unfortunately there's no way to know ahead of time what meds will be best for you. It really doesn't sound like what you're doing is working for you.
The lines have actually been very short here because so many people (1/3 in my area) used early voting. I had to stand in line an hour to vote early and there would have been no wait today! LOL!!
But I was doing last minute campaigning for "the candidate of my choice" today, and I voted early so I wouldn't have to take time off today to vote.
So now it's just nail-biting time!:)
Everybody go vote!
I voted,only had to wait 15 min.It was slow in SC. Dont work too hard.Time for me to take kids to school.Later
Paxton

UK

#506 Sep 23, 2013
I have ordered 2 times from this website PILLSMEDSHOP. COM . I called yesterday the customer care and asked for a discount as i was about to order twice the regular amount.
Lurlene

UK

#507 Jan 30, 2014
I've been on Effexor from http://goo.gl/kHgRdx only one week but am cautiously very optimistic. Prior to this I was on citalopram but still feeling very low and sleeping poorly, feeling like I needed to be in bed 12-16 hours a day. Now I am waking naturally after only 8 hours sleep and finding it much easier to concentrate at work. I can hardly believe it is working so quickly but I feel so much better. I've had no side effects.
Serena

Chicago, IL

#508 Feb 15, 2014
I find a very informative source about Lithium - http://lithiums.org A number of chemical salts of lithium are used medically as a mood stabilizing drug, primarily in the treatment of bipolar disorder, where they have a role in the treatment of depression and particularly of mania, both acutely and in the long term.
Michelle

Gaffney, SC

#510 Apr 20, 2014
Tampa,

Thank you for addressing these inaccuracies. I have dealt with bipolar disorder for fifteen years now. I am a bright and loving person that is always working on helping others (special education teacher). I tried so hard to hide things and look normal, and many times I cracked from that pressure. It takes a lot of work sometimes to make everything look normal to those around me, and that can be exhausting!! Perhaps that is because of all of the ignorant statements people make when not in our shoes. Now I've decided to become a mental health advocate. Part of taking charge of my health plan is educating others. Being in families and supportive relationships means that everyone knows what they can do to support each other. I decided I wanted to advocate for myself, and for others without a voice. Making goals to live a productive life without dramatic and often dangerous mood swings does not seem like a coward; I think that's called growing up.

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