Patient Comments: Bipolar Disorder - Symptoms

What symptoms do you experience with your bipolar disorder?

Comment from: Liasis, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 25

I'm bipolar, mixed states. It started in my teens, my best friend and I often talked about death, I had severe depression. My mom had told me she was schizophrenic when I was young, she horribly abused me and my brothers. Fortunately, it had the effect of making me desire to never ever abuse my own kids. Memories of being tied to a chair so I'd eat, lying on a bed with blood pouring down my throat from being slapped, finding my mother (I was 8) after a suicide attempt. I never abused my kids, though I had horrible rages which I took out on things I didn't care about. I abused cocaine 12 years, then went on antidepressants. Currently untreated due to neuroleptic malignant syndrome 7 years ago.

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Comment from: 6catsue, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 13

I get very high moods, and set multiple high goals, and have optimistic hopes, don't sleep so much because I feel so high being awake most of the night. Then I start declining into a disabling depression after a period of a couple of months maybe. I lose my energy, lose interest in things, lose hope, get irritable, lay around, and don't feel like doing anything.

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Comment from: Angelique, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: February 01

I am 16 turning 17 in April this year. Last year I was told I have bipolar depression. My mom thinks I should just take my pills and get over it. The last few days have been so bad that I don't want to leave bed. I have been crying my eyes out. My family has been pushing me. They don't understand me. No one does. I put on a smile just to pretend I'm okay when I'm actually not. I hate my life. So many times I have thought of suicide, but then what does it bring me? Absolutely nothing. I'm sick and tired of everything. It doesn't even feel like my medications are working for me.

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Comment from: Disguise, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 03

I am bipolar. I have good days and bad days. Bad days I am irritable, sad, can stay in bed days on end -- never wanting to leave the bed, yet alone the house. Personal hygiene is a chore for me on these days. I go to counseling, medication, exercise. Prayer helps me a lot. I have good days as well days where I am active. I force a smile most days and this drains me. I stay strong for my children because they need me. I had one stay in the hospital and I make an effort not to go back. On bad days I tell my children I am sick and my 7 year old will give me a hug and tell me he loves me, which gets me to my next day. My children have my back and I have theirs. I work, am active in the church, and my kids are active. I am a football, basketball, and dance mom. I am an ear to most of my friends because everyone thinks I am so strong, but behind closed doors I am bipolar.

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Comment from: kymm, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 16

I experience anger and depression.

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Comment from: Matt, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: May 03

For those of you suffering with bipolar disorder, just stick with your medications and in time it will work out. I was told that I had it when I was 22. I'm now 28 and I've been taking my medications and I have really noticed a difference on how I feel. You will still have your good days and bad days, just not as intense.

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Comment from: harmony, 75 or over Female Published: December 22

As a black American woman I am so tired of every problem whether mental or physical is given to blacks. This is definitely not true. There are more than likely more whites who suffer from this disorder but reporting will not reveal it. Instead reporting likes to project everything on blacks and i am tired of it.

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