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XyZspineZyX
07-16-2003, 03:11 AM
A very good friend of mine has just informed me that he has been diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder and I was just wondering if anyone out there knows a friend or family member with this disorder. If anyone has any knowlege or experience in dealing with this, please tell me what you know. Thanks.

http://psychcentral.com/resources/Bipolar/Symptoms/


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07-16-2003, 03:11 AM
A very good friend of mine has just informed me that he has been diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder and I was just wondering if anyone out there knows a friend or family member with this disorder. If anyone has any knowlege or experience in dealing with this, please tell me what you know. Thanks.

http://psychcentral.com/resources/Bipolar/Symptoms/


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XyZspineZyX
07-16-2003, 03:15 AM
I just checke the weblink. mood swings?

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XyZspineZyX
07-16-2003, 03:22 AM
medication and bing very understanding and a good diet

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XyZspineZyX
07-16-2003, 04:50 AM
shoelessTroy wrote:
- A very good friend of mine has just informed me that
- he has been diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder and I
- was just wondering if anyone out there knows a
- friend or family member with this disorder. If
- anyone has any knowlege or experience in dealing
- with this, please tell me what you know. Thanks.


First, bipolar disorder can be very effectively treated by lithium. This is a blessing and a curse - it offers those who suffer from bipolar disorder a chance to lead normal lives, but it also gives some individuals the impression that they are cured after taking the drug for some time. As a result, it is common for bipolar sufferers to stop their medication and relapse. The best thing you can do for your friend is to make sure he or she takes the medication (I assume some will be prescribed shortly if it hasn't been already).

Second, don't treat the person any differently - they are still simply your friend, so don't treat them like a patient or that they are handicapped. They might be sensitive to this for a while, or expect that you will treat them differently, so just act as you always have.

Thirdly, act as a mood buffer when necessary. Some of the hallmarks of bipolar disoder are quite hazardous. Severe major depressive episodes bring the risk of suicide, while manic episodes (or hypomanic, depends on the type of bipolar) can incite reckless sexual behavior, spending sprees, and delusional thoughts (that the person can fly when jumping off a 5-story building, for example). So if the medication doesn't work well or if the person stops taking the meds, these moods may surface again, and if you notice this you may have to help steer your friend into a less hazardous direction.

You might want to talk with a psychologist yourself for better advice on handling someone close to you with this disorder (I'm far from an expert, hehe), or contact online bipolar support communities and ask them their opinion, because it is probably much more valid than mine.

Hang in there, and kudos to you for seeking more information to help your friend out.

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Message Edited on 07/15/0308:53PM by Pope

XyZspineZyX
07-16-2003, 05:08 AM
Thank you very much Pope, that was quite helpful.

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XyZspineZyX
07-16-2003, 05:13 AM
Anytime. If you have any other questions, feel free to drop me a line. Psychology is both an area of study and a bit of a passion of mine.

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XyZspineZyX
07-16-2003, 12:36 PM
Pope is right with the right meds, bipolar can easily be controlled. My ex-brotherinlaw was diagnosed with it after he and my sister split up. Everything pope has said about the spending sprees etc is true. Just be a friend. Find out what the warning signs are for relapse, or episode, and keep them in the back of your mind. I have also taken some classes in this area, and my daughter has some issues with a few things as well, so if you ever need to talk just let me know./i/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

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XyZspineZyX
07-16-2003, 12:42 PM
hmmmmmm.dont know much about the disease but it sounds very similar to manic depression.ie sexual activity in front of others {masterbating,removing clothes},spending sprees etc.......my bro is a nurse at our local mental asylum and deals with people with these probs......anyhow hope he/she gets better.../i/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

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07-16-2003, 02:43 PM
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XyZspineZyX
07-16-2003, 06:39 PM
njcl wrote:
- hmmmmmm.dont know much about the disease but it
- sounds very similar to manic depression.ie sexual
- activity in front of others {masterbating,removing
- clothes},spending sprees etc.......my bro is a nurse
- at our local mental asylum and deals with people
- with these probs......anyhow hope he/she gets
- better...


Aye, 'bipolar' is the DSM-IV name for 'manic depression.'

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XyZspineZyX
07-16-2003, 08:38 PM
Several friends of mine have it and so does an unnamed relative./i/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

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XyZspineZyX
07-17-2003, 01:50 AM
Smart persons they are... under the proper treatment they can achieve stuff and careers(sometimes multiple) the regular Joe can only dream about.

I have Attention Deficit Disorder, and let me tell you... the hardest part of having any of these conditions is dealing with people who are not willing to accept that they exist or are just so blatantly ignorant put a label on you and decide you are dumb. This makes me laugh, it's usually the other way around...

XyZspineZyX
07-17-2003, 01:56 AM
agreed ..mental illness is as common as back trouble.....i myself am on 3 different types of nedications for depression and related problems......man iv suffered very severe depression in my time but have been free of the disease for 3 years now........love life now!!!!!!

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XyZspineZyX
07-17-2003, 07:57 AM
zaphodakaphil wrote:
- Smart persons they are... under the proper treatment
- they can achieve stuff and careers(sometimes
- multiple) the regular Joe can only dream about.


I heard of a study that found first-relatives to someone suffering from bipolar disorder are much more likely to be successful, due in no small part to a significantly increased creative capacity. I can't remember the exact percentages the study found, but it was interesting.

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