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Doing Better in Canada Bipolar?

Posted by Susan J on August 28, 2003, at 10:21:19

Hey, guys.

How do you know if you are bipolar? Lately I've been feeling great one day and almost suicidal the next. Am I just reacting to a wacky change in environment by being in Canada, or is it something else. Also, I started Wellbutrin 6 weeks ago and I see one of the side effects is to bring out latent bipolar disorder, or something to that effect. Anyone have suggestions on some links?

After a bummy day yesterday, I feel better. I put a sign out on the Y's shared kitchen countertop asking if there are any solo travellers who want to hang out in the pm. And a woman from Germany responded, so now I have someone to do stuff with. I feel a lot less lonely.

(Of course, I still felt bad enough yesterday afternoon to call my therapist in MD crying my eyes out because I was all alone in Canada. So, here I am, feeling good. Please wish me luck on staying like this....Everyone I know here is going away for the weekend, so I have to fill the time myself. I *don't* think it will be bad, but we'll see.

Thanks for being here. It *is* a great comfort when I need it...

:-)

Susan

 

Re: Doing Better in Canada Bipolar? Susan J

Posted by Penny on August 28, 2003, at 10:48:40

In reply to Doing Better in Canada Bipolar?, posted by Susan J on August 28, 2003, at 10:21:19

There certainly is a possibility of a seemingly hypomanic episode to be brought on by Wellbutrin (really, any of the ADs, I think). I know for a fact that Wellbutrin has brought that out in me before, but I'm not *technically* bipolar.

Good for you in finding someone to hang around with! And try to not be so hard on yourself regarding your bad days. I, too, had a bad night last night but am feeling stronger today. And I, too, can go from feeling pretty darn good one minute to suicidal the next. It just all depends, and is consistent with a mood disorder. The least little thing, and sometimes nothing at all, will send me plummeting.

And I'm glad you called your therapist. Was it helpful?

Try to hang in there and stay busy, and enjoy the rest of your stay in Canada.

Take care.
P

 

Re: Doing Better in Canada Bipolar? Susan J

Posted by NikkiT2 on August 28, 2003, at 20:41:50

In reply to Doing Better in Canada Bipolar?, posted by Susan J on August 28, 2003, at 10:21:19

Hi Susan,

Thats great that you're feeling a little better about it all..
I know when I'm alone I try and indulge in the things I hate doing with other people, like museums.. (other people always move faster than me and I end up feeling rushed!) maybe theres a beauty salon or spa around that you could go to on sunday and be spoiled a little??

Hope you continue to enjoy yourself *s*

nikki xx

 

Is Bipolar in Canada a sequel to

Posted by kar on August 29, 2003, at 2:18:20

In reply to Doing Better in Canada Bipolar?, posted by Susan J on August 28, 2003, at 10:21:19

Sleepless in Seattle?
Re: the bp question, i guess it depends on how long you've been noticing the symptoms. Is it only since you got into Canada? Canadians can do that to you. :D Calling all Canadians- you know who you are...Sorry to joke. i just got Vicodin prescribed and know now why people become junkies on the stuff. i don't have any links for you but of course a good Google could cure all your ills. My take on it is that the stress of this trip (and sweet screamin' moses, it's been a lot of stress!)is probably just rocking you body out of wack. I mean how couldn't it?
Even if you are bp, you can pursue it when you get home. Give it some time, maybe- see how things are when life is back to normal. Wow, I wish i had a 'normal'!!\

>in MD crying
ooh I could just tell you were East coast.
My sis lives in Bethesda.

You have done an awesome job helping yourself get by up there- reread your posts from a few days ago...WOW! Really, it's a big accomplishment no matter what happens from here on. And a true adventure!
So glad you thought to seek out a playmate...kudos on taking that step as well.
I think that when you come back you will be happy you went and you're going to realize that you got a LOT of good out of this trip.

Congrats on your stellar persistence!

 

Re: Is Bipolar in Canada a sequel to kar

Posted by Susan J on August 30, 2003, at 14:45:14

In reply to Is Bipolar in Canada a sequel to , posted by kar on August 29, 2003, at 2:18:20

Kar,

>in MD crying
ooh I could just tell you were East coast.
My sis lives in Bethesda.

<<Oooh oooh, how could you tell? Gonna have to think about that one. :-) But thanks a lot for the kind words. This board absolutely amazes me sometimes, and has helped out so much in the short time I've been visiting.

Things are better. I have to get through a 3 day weekend without people from the school that I know now (they went on out-of-town trips). I found a group of students from Mexico to pal around with today, later. Hope that turns out OK. They are about 20 and I'm mid-30s....

:-)

Ciao, all. Even if I've felt like cr*p a few of these days, this has been an amazing experience. I'm really glad I did it. And I'm really learning French,

Thanks!

Susan


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