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How to deal with bipolarism?

Asked by King_Pariah (11413 points ) July 27th, 2012

Recently I accepted the fact that I am also seriously bipolar on top of every other god damn issue I have and am seeking a way, any way really (minus meds, I’m never touching medication again), to help myself deal with it so I’m not so prone to becoming malicious and sadistic when I swing towards my more foul mood. I’m sick of it and of all the pain I’ve dealt to those who were/are close. So if anyone has any suggestions on how to manage one’s bipolarity, it’d be much appreciated.

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SpideySense's avatar

Yes. Find a safe place to be yourself, and stop trying to be who you are not. I find that finding a safe accepting positive environment where one can start being ones true self helps calms me down.

Kardamom's avatar

I don’t mean to hurt your feelings, but having dealt with multiple family members and several co-workers who had severe to moderate bi-polar, meds are really the only way to help you and us. Even if you have to try several different meds, several different dosages of particular meds, several different therapists, and adding in talk therapy and exercise and a healthful diet. It’s a chemical imbalance, you can’t fix it with hypnotism, juicing, tai chi or hard work.

You might have to put up with some unpleasant side effects such as impotency or insomnia, but it’s better than wreaking havoc on your friends, co-workers, potential girlfriends and innocent service persons. Believe me, I had boyfriends, relatives and co-workers who didn’t want to take/except meds and I suffered the consequences of those decisions. Please talk to a therapist, a psychiatrist and your primary physician. If they suggest meds, please, please, please take them and have an on-going conversation with all of these care-givers to try to find the right combo/dosage/therapy for you.

_Whitetigress's avatar

Seriously sounds like marijuana would do. I’m not talking getting “baked.” I’m talking pack a bowl into a pipe, take two hits come back to that every 5 hours. I too am bipolar, it sucks but marijuana seriously has me focused only on the positives in life. I have never felt any negative vibes on marijuana. I’ve never had aggressive thoughts either. (Like when I read political stories not on marijuana, I form really strong aggressive opinions right away, but on marijuana I just brush it off easily) Screw meds that damage liver, go marijuana.

King_Pariah's avatar

@SpideySense I suppose worth a try

@Kardamom I don’t really have anyone left to hurt. No relatives, not many friends and none that I keep in contact with regularly, no lovers or potential lovers. As for work, masking it for 8 hours a day isn’t the easiest thing for me but I do it only to vent it elsewhere now and I have the benefit of having minimal contact with my co workers. I just want to be able to get it under control enough that I can have friends again.

@_Whitetigress drugs go in the same pile as meds for me. A big fat no. well… I guess it’s more of a last resort that I really, really don’t want to ever have to do.

Thank you all for your answers

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

@King_Pariah : I was diagnosed bipolar 1 eleven years ago. It wrecked my life. I have been hospitalized 3 times. I will happily trade PMs with you about my experience. I can say with firm experience and personal understanding the only thing that has worked for me is medication in addition to exercise, meditation, and therapy. I hope you will reconsider your aversion to proven medical help.

Best of luck to you.

King_Pariah's avatar

I did once shove aside my aversion to meds and took them. The results weren’t pretty. I had to be rushed to an ICU due to the rate I was losing fluids through diarrhea, vomiting, and heavy sweating.

And currently I can’t afford meds.

Shippy's avatar

I do believe good nutrition can help, also good habits like sleeping early and keeping a routine. Plus maybe talking things out when it gets tough. But all in all we have a brain disorder that requires medication. The mood swings are not easy to deal with because when we are in that state other people suffer, as well as ourselves. Often we cannot see clearly at those times to understand we need to talk it out, as I said earlier or get help. I am on meds sporadically, and my life is a mess to be honest. Although having said that, I do have friends who take their meds regularly who are always in hospital receiving emergency care.

So it seems very individual to each person and medication seems to also be a long road, in finding the correct ones. But as lot’s testify here, it has made a difference to them. So really the choice is yours, but also to consider those near and dear to you, if you are harming their lives by your behavior for example. I live alone so I don’t harm anyone with my ways, but myself. Which is just as bad.

blueiiznh's avatar

It is a neurological issue and simply saying you want to do it in your own is common, yet part of the issue.
You need to be patient with your providers on finding the right mix or therapy and right meds.
On average it takes many years and many med changes to fund the right one and te right balance.

i will post more later as I am mobile currently

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