Posted by Greg on October 19, 2000, at 9:29:54
In reply to MY OFFICIAL INTRODUCTION, posted by laural on October 19, 2000, at 6:53:49
Wanted to say welcome to Babble and tell you that I always think it takes a great deal of courage to share your story with others. The ability to do that should be a positive affirmation for you.
> 1) family reactions to illness--should i expect support from my boyfriend?
You should expect support from your family especially your SO. Whether you get it or not is questionable. Some people do, some don't. My experience is that the more educated my friends and family are, the more comfortable and supportive they are. I've downloaded websites and given them books to read about my illness and that has really helped. Education is a powerful tool.
> 2) what can i expect in terms of going back to school with this illness? I want med school but stress nullifies my meds--
Take baby steps, know your limitations and let people you trust know what they are. If you have a counselor, perhaps discussing this with him/her in advance might help. Also, check to see if your college has any depression support groups. I can assure you that you are not the only one there with this type of problem, use your resources. I'm sure your college has had to deal with issues like this before and may have resources available that you are not aware of.
> 3) how to combat lethargy?
I wish I had advice for this one. I am lethargic too, or maybe mine is more fatigue related. I am Bipolar II. I recently started Zyprexa and Neurontin which really seem to be helping with my symptoms (rapid cycling, mood swings, rage) but I'm still pretty fatigued. I also have Insomnia which doesn't help. I take a lot of vitamins, b-6 is an excellent one, and drink a lot of OJ which helps but certainly isn't the cure. I'm hoping that an "activator" like Wellbutrin can be added once my body aclimates to my new meds.
And ask a lot of question here! There are some very intelligent and informed people at this site many who have gone thru what you are and really help you out.
I'll be wishing you the best and please let us know how things go for you.