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Anonymous


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Posted Tue Aug 14th, 2007 12:13pm Post subject: Introduce yourself
Here is a thread for new forum members to say hello to each other. You are sure to find this board a welcome place for people who are seeking friendly advice, discussion about Bipolar Disorder and support when needed. Please try and keep all posts carefully worded so as not to cause offence and remember that everyone is here for each other.

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trouser material


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Posted Tue Aug 14th, 2007 1:11pm Post subject: Introduce yourself
Hello.

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katysara


Moderator

Posted Sat Aug 18th, 2007 12:52pm Post subject: Introduce yourself
Hello ,

My name is Katy Sara and I have had bipolar disorder since I was 5 years old, (I'm now 32, oooh, old). After my biochem degree at Nottingham I studied at Oxford for a PhD (or DPhil as it is called at Oxbridge) in clinical medicine, and now I work for the Bipolar Foundation - Equilibrium, based at Oxford Uni. I just thought I'd tell you all this because I am probably quite a good person for you to ask questions of from both a personal and professional point of view.

As I've mentioned in a post, Stephen Fry is the special Ambassador for the Bipolar Foundation and I am very much hoping to meet him one day because of this! Do have a look at our website (url below) if you have any questions about bipolar disorder it will probably help and if it doesn't then please tell me because I need to make sure people ARE helped.

Hugs,
KSx
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Katy Sara Culling
EQUILIBRIUM -
THE BIPOLAR FOUNDATION.
Bipolar Testimony Project Manager.
katy.sara@bipolar-foundation.org
http://www.bipolar-foundation.org/

I am an administrator on this site.

"Having a great intellect is no path to being happy."
~ Stephen Fry

See my website: www.katysaraculling.com

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Leatrice


Member

Posted Sat Aug 18th, 2007 2:50pm Post subject: Introduce yourself
Hi Katy

Welcome.

I am new here too and don't actually have a diagnosis as yet. My GP did tell me that I was suffering quite bad depression at the moment and has given me anti-depressants, but I don't know whether it will turn out to be just a bout of depression or whether on delving a bit deeper there is more of a history there. I personally think there is, but I'm not the specialist!

I would welcome any advice you can give on my latest posting in 'how manic do you have to be for it to be manic depression?'

Thanks
Leatrice

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Leatrice


Member

Posted Sat Aug 18th, 2007 3:04pm Post subject: Introduce yourself
Hi again

I should have said, I would welcome advice from everyone else as well! I am feeling very confused and just a little scared about the whole process! :-//

Thanks x

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katysara


Moderator

Posted Sat Aug 18th, 2007 7:48pm Post subject: Introduce yourself
OK, I will reply here quickly then go and have a look at the other post. I think I read a little of it already, and people have already written good advice.

A recommended screening questionnaire can be found on the Bipolar Foundation website at http://www.bipolar-foundation.org/index.aspx?o=1222. Scroll to the end of "could I have bipolar disorder" and you'll see some questions about mania. If you answer yes to 7 or more then you are likely manic.

Other than that then you need to look at the DSM-IV or ICD-10 for symptoms.

OK, that's the quick answer, now I'll look at the post.

KSx

I am an administrator on this site.

"Having a great intellect is no path to being happy."
~ Stephen Fry

See my website: www.katysaraculling.com

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Pongo's Mum


Member

Posted Fri Aug 24th, 2007 3:06am Post subject: Introduce yourself
Hello, I'm new.
I was diagnosed with clinical depression some years ago, (23 years ago.) I have attempted suicide, and wanted, not to hurt myself, but just to die, with no problem to anyone. Just to go away.
My GP liked prozac, after which my new GP prescribed Seroxat. Seroxat has suited me fine, although if i went without them for longer than 24 hours i would be very ill, with the withdrawal symptoms that are not supposed to exist.
After a very deep episode of crippling depression another GP recommended Lithium. After being prescribed first prozac, then seroxat, I was more questioning of my GP. And decided not to take his advice.
I was especially moved by Stephen Fry's documentary for a number of reasons.
I was really shocked at his opinion of himself, and i found it quite upsetting, because, this is a man with a vocabulary and a brain. Who i stupidly supposed would be able to identify his feelings automatically.
I loved what that lovely chap from 'Jaws' said, about fear/anxiety/confidence lifting with medication. It described my very similar feelings.

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catasa


Member

Posted Sat Aug 25th, 2007 9:41am Post subject: Introduce yourself
The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive has been shown on Swedish TV this week. It was interesting to watch. Thank you Stephen. I don't have bipolar myself, but I suffer from depression. I have Asperger's Syndrome (AS), which is not a mental illness, it's just being wired differently than most people. But with that comes depression in my case, because I'm being misunderstood and I'm different (too many people don’t like different). I wouldn't want to be "cured", if such a thing was possible. But as most people with AS, all I would want is other people (people without AS) to try and listen, try to understand and respect me for me.
I wish I could do a TV programme, where I could show people and get people to understand that Aspies are not retarded, we are not stupid and that we are not something to be afraid of. I wish I could find a way to show other people that we are nice, funny, and interesting people with much to learn other people. That we are too often just misunderstood.
Take care everyone!

(I’m sorry if I’ve said something wrong)

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rootcause666


Member

Posted Sun Aug 26th, 2007 11:09pm Post subject: Introduce yourself
My story. A lone child, intelligent well very intelligent who was bullied and then really lost interest in people. I found a new "friend" in technology.

Fast forwarding a little and i find myself at the age of 23 ish and i have had what i now consider episodes of depression but what teenager / young adult doesnt. I was succesful and met someone who made me smile, for the next few years i changed jobs and had a wonderful child and then it came.

I was in business in a technology firm, it was very successful but stressful, i couldnt communicate my stress well... the need to please ? Who knows, but then I snapped...

I had enough... i could nt function things hadnt been done... stress had crippled me ... i stayed at work till god only knows what time well actually about 3 am most days when i say days i got up at 6 am. so you can do the math.

Oh i was good at hiding it I cried in private, vomitted every morning in the shower and took huge qtys of calms (they didnt work) nor did sleeping pills or anything else. But all my partner saw was my mood swings, well functioning on 3hrs sleep i wasnt the best person to be around lol. My daughter didnt see me much by that time I had built up a good little complex that i was a shit dad to so... it really had to happen at some point.

I dont know what it was but it broke me and that day i took my bag and showered, completing my daily routine and left. but i didnt go to work, i got on the train , i knew then that i wanted to kill myself there was nothing else in my head, not to run, not to hide just was too much.

I got to the countryside, dont know why just didnt want to let other people see me... and i walked and walked until i found a part of a river swollen and just wanted to jump in like reginal perrin i start to strip. It was late in day i had been missing now for some hours and i knew had kept my phone off either paranioa or old housewives tale told me about triangulation of mobiles.

So there i was and i didnt why i thought of my daughter, and to this day i will say that it was cos my phone turned on by itself, but i know that we tell ourselves these things to cover the fact that we did it.

I rang my parents and just cried... and since well i went to my doctor and she put me on something which made me even more sick... but I didnt care about anything i vomitted more, constantly tired and couldnt eat so decided to come off and I have managed my illness myself.

I say illness because it is and it still cripples me, I have like we all do i am sure, have weeks were I cant function but i make myself. The irony is I have a good job and it is pressured but i feed off it. You talk to anyone that knows me and they will say that i am the most up person they have met. inside though I am still crippled.

And now well ... I have split with another girlfriend and find myself staring at the walls TV or Mac. I wonder if that is what it is I am maniac cos I own a Mac. I must admit like Stephen I find that i try to easy my pain with technology you know anyone else that has a 32 inch TV as a monitor and a second as a TV.

So thats me ....

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ShaylaMorris


Member

Posted Mon Aug 27th, 2007 8:37am Post subject: Introduce yourself


(I’m sorry if I’ve said something wrong)

You said nothing to be sorry about and I love your pictures.


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Pongo's Mum


Member

Posted Tue Aug 28th, 2007 2:27am Post subject: Introduce yourself
Hi Root cause666.

I buried myself in books, and my dogs. Then i found i could earn a living helping other people with their problems -Oh, its so eay to hide there! I introduced myself somewhere in here, but if you aren't used to this forum, you end up introducing yourself everywhere X-D Which makes you look a So, how are you now?
What did your GP recommend?
Has she/he followed it up with you?

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rootcause666


Member

Posted Tue Aug 28th, 2007 8:33pm Post subject: Introduce yourself
Hi Root cause666.

I buried myself in books, and my dogs. Then i found i could earn a living helping other people with their problems -Oh, its so eay to hide there! I introduced myself somewhere in here, but if you aren't used to this forum, you end up introducing yourself everywhere X-D Which makes you look a So, how are you now?
What did your GP recommend?
Has she/he followed it up with you?

I ran away from it, i ask for an appointment with the local mental health nurse which i attended and without thinking persuaded her that everything was fine, my fear was saying something, and I know this sounds stupid, but humilating myself... there was a great deal of shame for me in that I thought then that i had failed. So after that i managed everything myself, my highs and lows, the eventual split with my partner. All the way through and this is ironic but the highs would keep me going until another trigger and i was crippled and spent days in bed.

Now well, I continue to manage but there are dark days they dont go away i just have to keep going, I have visited the darkest of those only a couple of times but just try to read as much as I can, understand as much as i can and now thanks to the programme i keep a mood chart.

Failure is my cross i suppose, the thing that i beat myself over the head with, failure in relationships and at work. I dont know whether that makes any sense...

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ChrisGreen


Member

Posted Wed Aug 29th, 2007 1:13am Post subject: Introduce yourself
Basically I have spent a long time classed as schizophrenic and on anti-psychotics, schizoid personality, personality disorder, depressive, etc.

In 2003 I was reclassified as autistic having both Asperger's Syndrome and High Function Autism.

On the depression side I get short bouts of mania followed by long bouts of depression and this comes round every 3 to 5 years and lasts up to 6 months.

Also I have 7 kinds of arthritis and the pain is acute and chronic and I get depression as a consequence of that - I wear a powerchair.

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Fourth Feline


Member

Posted Wed Aug 29th, 2007 3:55pm Post subject: Introduce yourself
Basically I have spent a long time classed as schizophrenic and on anti-psychotics, schizoid personality, personality disorder, depressive, etc.

In 2003 I was reclassified as autistic having both Asperger's Syndrome and High Function Autism.

On the depression side I get short bouts of mania followed by long bouts of depression and this comes round every 3 to 5 years and lasts up to 6 months.

Also I have 7 kinds of arthritis and the pain is acute and chronic and I get depression as a consequence of that - I wear a powerchair.

Dear Chris,

I sounds like you are handling a considerable battle with great and sustained courage.

My respect goes out to you.

Keep up the good work.

Regards,

F.F.

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ChrisGreen


Member

Posted Thu Aug 30th, 2007 2:18pm Post subject: Introduce yourself
[quote="Fourth Feline"]

Dear Chris,

I sounds like you are handling a considerable battle with great and sustained courage.

My respect goes out to you.

Keep up the good work.

Regards,

F.F.

Courage?

No, I regard that as being the province of those who have a choice between doing something or not doing something, e.g. being brave and going and doing something despite the reality of death like my uncle who was a radio operator on Lancasters.

I do not have the luxury of choice so I am simply stuck with the way I am and with coping wit it to the best of my ability.

I have been like this from birth and have never given in to things - oh I get despair and anger and depression and I hate being like this, but I suppose that even at the worst I retain a sense of optimism and of a glass half full.

Also I have looked at the world as a learning experience and that everything can teach us something even if it is only patience - grin.

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