Patient Comments: Bipolar Disorder - Symptoms

What symptoms do you experience with your bipolar disorder?

Comment from: jessie, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 28

I was chasing my niece around the couch when I lost my balance and before I hit the floor I tried to catch myself ramming my pinky finger into the couch. It bruised up for a month or two and now the bruising is gone but in the mornings my finger is constricted closed and it is getting harder every day to get it to open.

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Comment from: chistletoe, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: May 25

No doctor, therapist, hospital, or medication ever helped me at all, although I suffered their treatments for over 40 years and spent several hundred thousand dollars on them. The stigma is more harmful than the illness. The medicines have left my body permanently damaged, but fortunately not too severely. Many years ago I decided to take charge of my own life, to take responsibility for my own actions and feelings, no matter what they might be. No one around me now would ever suspect that I had ever been regarded as "crazy".

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Comment from: Are, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 07

I have been diagnosed with bipolar since i was 11 I have tried several times to kill myself. In and out of hospitals. The thing that I struggle with is there are no doctors and I'm not sure if I'm even taking the right medication and I always have a hard time getting my meds because of the lack of doctors here get angry when people say it's all in your head get over it. It is an unbalance in your brain at least that's my understanding. I have been in counseling, treatment. I have done everything that I can think of and look at me today still the same just learning to cope with it.

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Comment from: sonam, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: September 27

A patient having fever took Calpol and after 4 hours she found her skin was damaged and her skin was coming off when touched. She had severe headache and fever.

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Comment from: Drysie1169, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: November 05

Right now I am not feeling the symptoms of bipolar disorder, feeling down, depressed, suicidal, anxieties, homicidal; my life is going wonderful! I am working a full-time job in the career that I wanted, which is the restaurant business.

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Comment from: RudeGirl, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 15

I have bipolar 1, PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder), and high anxiety with no support system. I have been on everything under the sun. I have been done for a long time now. I'm reckless with my wellbeing. I found online about ECT (electroconvulsive therapy) and it's my last hope now. I am disabled.

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Comment from: mslainey, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 04

I have been diagnosed with bi-polar disorder just over 6 years ago. I sure wish that I had been diagnosed earlier in life, it would have made a major difference in my life. But I struggle with depression, some days it's difficult to get out of the bed. My husband travels a lot and I am alone a lot (not healthy), but I try my hardest to use self-talk and I have a small business that I am trying to grow. Living with bipolar disorder is no joke! I have never had suicidal ideations, I just would never hurt myself or my family in that way. But I struggle with this illness in ways that most people just don"t understand. I wish I didn"t have this disorder, but there are things that are worse than living with bipolar disorder that many people have to deal with daily.

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