Posted by whimsyfish on April 3, 2010, at 18:27:14
In reply to Re: it's on :-) » Dr. Bob, posted by gorgeouslygrim on March 30, 2010, at 5:07:19
I too am Bipolar II, and find that no one understands my condition either. My friends and my spouse get frustrated with me and say they can't help me. They say they are supportive, but when it comes to an emotional crisis, they just lecture me. My friends hardly call me - they don't seem concerned because when I'm out with them, I seem fine. People don't realize that so many depressed people are fine on the outside, and when they commit suicide, everyone says, "But she seemed just fine ..."
I wish my friends would do some research on this condition and realize how dangerous it can be, how it can jump from calm to crisis in a matter of hours, and then lead to self-injury.
In regards to medication, I'm on 900 mgs of Lithium, 337.5 mgs of Efexxor, 10 mgs of Abilify and 0.5 mgs of Clonzepam. I've had no weight gain or side effects, just lethargy and some dizziness. The meds seem to be working, but I'm still having bouts of depression, anxiety and some hypomania. I'm beginning to think that I'm mixed bipolar since my moods can go from hypomanic to depressed in a matter of hours.
Hang in there. It's hard. I'm going to find a support group to help me deal with my friends and to have some people to talk to who get it.
-Rock the boat