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Manic Depression / Bi-Polar
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Posted 2/5/08

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Dusterbayala wrote:

I was diagnosed with this when i was 16. I've been through various treatments for it and nothing seems to help.
It effects my daily life and relatioships with people.
I am not crazy
It's actually a chemical imbalance in my brain that causes me to lose it every once in awhile. It affects people differently.

Does anyone else share this problem with me?
What are your thoughts about it?



I'm not sure if she's bipolar or manic depressive, since she's diagnosed in Japanese, but my mom has うつ病 [u-tsu-byou], which is usually simply translated as depression. Hers isn't from a genetic tendency, it's the traumatic experience-kind (I was being bullied at school, then her father died of cancer, and soon after she found out my dad was having an affair). For a couple of years our family was insane - I'm not saying that people who are depressed are crazy but that these disorders can really mess up someone life, and the lives of everyone around them. At least she's a little better now - she doesn't try to commit suicide anymore - so that the meds actually work properly and keep her from getting super-down. Isn't it a lack of dopamine in the brain, or something?

I just think that it's a really hard thing to live with, for the person especially but also for the people around them. I also think you're lucky if your triggers are so clear - my mom's depression has dozens of factors linked to it, so I had to religiously avoid every dangerous-seeming topic when I was in late elementary, Still, it's not an impossible situation, so I hope you can keep dealing with it! (In the meantime, wish me luck - I'll be evading the psychiatrist . . . I have ADD and my mom's psychiatrist suspects that maybe all the stuff that happened in elementary gave me depression, too. I've got some symptoms, I guess, but I'm too busy to take notice and definitely too busy to have to deal with more problems. *sigh*)


It's lack of dopamine receptors... The body is producing enough dopamine, however, the receptors in the brain are blocked or non functioning. Which causes the "low" feeling.

Your mother's could be from a genetic tendancy, sometimes mental problems just need a trigger to set them off. (Such as the problems you listed as the beginning of her problem)
I have a bunch of other triggers, but not always do they effect me very strongly.

Its good that your mom's meds are working, I bet it makes the house much more peaceful.

Mine actually began earlier then 16, however I was officially diagnosed when i was 16.. after trying to kill myself multiple times, and after i stole my dad's car and went on a three state joy ride.

The traumatic event that started my problem was my mother beating me. But, i had the possibility for it from my genes. My grandmother is now showing signs of bi-polar. She had a tough life, but for the most part she held it together, however, recently, my uncle and aunt (who she lives with) have been complete jerks to her, which triggered the beginning of her depression. She refuses to go see a doctor and take anti-depressants, sadly - they would probably help her - because she feels she's too old to worry about it.

I'm actually much better now, however, i've become somewhat of a recluse, so not having external influences, with the exception of my little online addiction - which i'm actually breaking .. i don't have many factors that effect (affect?) my mentality.

I was never ADHD or ADD so i'm not that sure what you're going through, but from what i understand, bi-polar can stem from ADHD and ADD. However, I don't know how common that is, (i guess common enough that i read it somewhere)

I can definately understand about the being too busy part of it, though.
That certianly helps get you through the cycles.. Just keep yourself focused on a couple of goals, and allow yourself time to stop and smell the cherry blossoms. ^.^
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OMG my rumate such a suck!! making noise in the middle of night??!! what the f**k she is!!!!
!$#%$^&^&*^&^%*&*@@##$$ ** bang!!) shoot her head.
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how do u know u have bipolar and not just have mood swings (i think my dad has it though)... ive had highs and lows for abit now (probally the past year or so) but how would u actually know u had it ... and how would the doctors be able to dignose it ... idk people that live with it though i have to highly respect espeally the fact that there working through it and making something of them selves
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Bipolar disorder = Prolonged period of mood swings I think... Best to go to a doctor.
How the doctor diagnoses it? How should I know? I'm not a doctor.
Well... I've had depression before, so I kinda know how it feels like... at least a little bit.
So I won't comment much on it.
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how do u know u have bipolar and not just have mood swings (i think my dad has it though)... ive had highs and lows for abit now (probally the past year or so) but how would u actually know u had it ... and how would the doctors be able to dignose it ... idk people that live with it though i have to highly respect espeally the fact that there working through it and making something of them selves


They aren't just regular highs and lows, everyone has those... when you're bi-polar it's an extreme... Like when i'm high... i'm SUPER high... almost like being on cocaine.. nothing can stop me..

and when i'm low... i'm REALLY low... like.. seclusion is good... people are bad... sunlight = satan, smiles are WAY too much energy... hell getting out of bed to go pee is almost too much energy... i've spent hours sitting on the floor in the bathroom because there was no point in going back to bed, because in a few hours i would just have to pee again... THAT type of low...


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There is a very long history of it in my family, and while I could have symptoms of it, I am not going to get diagnosed/checked. Even if I did, I wouldn't take the medication. Somethings need to be overcome on your own will. (View for myself. Medications are great for some people, just not me)
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Posted 2/5/08

Dusterbayala wrote:


slybobs7 wrote:

how do u know u have bipolar and not just have mood swings (i think my dad has it though)... ive had highs and lows for abit now (probally the past year or so) but how would u actually know u had it ... and how would the doctors be able to dignose it ... idk people that live with it though i have to highly respect espeally the fact that there working through it and making something of them selves


They aren't just regular highs and lows, everyone has those... when you're bi-polar it's an extreme... Like when i'm high... i'm SUPER high... almost like being on cocaine.. nothing can stop me..

and when i'm low... i'm REALLY low... like.. seclusion is good... people are bad... sunlight = satan, smiles are WAY too much energy... hell getting out of bed to go pee is almost too much energy... i've spent hours sitting on the floor in the bathroom because there was no point in going back to bed, because in a few hours i would just have to pee again... THAT type of low...




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Posted 2/10/08
My older brother was recently diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and he has to see a psychologist once every week or two weeks, and he has to take 3-4 different kinds of medicine for it, some of his behaviors are scary, like one time when he got really depressed and he went out into our garage, and he layed on the floor and curled up to a fetal position, and another time he drooped his eyelids halfway down, rolled his head back and forth and side to side, then he did this sort of laugh that sounded like a giggle, but a little bit louder, i'm pretty much used to his behaviors now, since we live in the same house
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Posted 2/16/08
I was diagnosed with this bipolar when I was 15 and I actually walked around with it for a long time cause my parents ignored my symptoms only until a year later. Bipolar isn't actually very easy to spot except for the mood swings which was quite common already for me.
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Posted 2/18/08
One of my best friends has it...
Idk it he is really bi-polar, but he'd be depressed one minute, then super jolly the next.
He actually cries over small things when he's depressed, for God's sake.
I feel bad for him because he also has school and family to worry about.
(He is the oldest, male child in a Korean family; so he has a lot on his shoulders)
Plus he is also, I guess, "in love" with a girl who doesn't like him back.
Man, all I can do for him is lend him an ear while he goes through all this.

I feel bad for everyone who has this... =/
Posted 2/18/08
I usually think that my brother is bi polar but im not exactly sure...there s a high chance of it from the way he acts...
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Posted 2/19/08
I think I might be Bipolar....
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Posted 2/23/08
well my mom have depressiom and we have to learn how to deal with her
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i'm bipolar 1 & ADD

i was diagnosed at 17 (although i knew for a LONG time that i had serious depression problems)

when i entered college at 17 as a freshman i realized to the full effect how much my disorders play a role in my life. i could hardly concentrate in classes, i was failing my 1st quarter & i went to EVERY resource on campus to figure out why i wasn't doing well. i tried all kinds of new studying techniques, i began to see a counselor on a regular basis, i talked to disability resources, and i finally i had to have a hardship withdrawal from my 1st quarter because there was no way of salvaging my grades.

the disorders really make it a challenge for me to do well in school even though i'd graduated with a 3.5GPA from high school & never had problems before (i went to a crap school and the work was easy) so when it came time to learn how to REALLY work, i couldn't do it. mentally, i've been working really hard to stay in school, it's rough though.

i was on a bunch of different meds for a while & after spending time in a mental hospital the 2nd to last time i tried to kill myself i've kind of weened myself off them. i've tried EVERY THING under the sun to get better. i mean, i voluntarily got myself checked into a mental hospital. i decided to reach out & talk to counselors. i've been seen by doctors, social workers, counselors, therapists, you name it--i've done it. i've been on meds & now i'm off them. it's been a long, hard road, but from january of 2007 to the present i haven't once attempted suicide =] & that's good considering the 1st time i'd tried i was in elementary school & following then i regularly hurt myself & attempted suicide & got myself arrested 3 times.

it's a constant fight, but in the end it's your decision whether or not YOU want to change your life. i know that it's a disorder & that can't be helped, but the way you choose to live your life & the actions you take are all in your own control.
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Wow, that is actually quite interesting.

But like say I knew someone with it but they never actually told anyone. I know its completely their privacy and choice to choose to tell me or not. But I believe that if I knew I could help in daily things and just help in an overall sense.

How do you actually tell someone has this disorder?
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