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Q:If you could pick two things that you currently have trouble doing that you could more easily do, what would they be?

1) I would be able to work
2) housework

Do you feel ashamed of what you cannot do because of your bipolar?
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Yes!


Q.Are you considered disabled by Bipolar illness?
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Yes (along with PTSD, GAD and OCD).

Do you have memory problems (inspired by forgetting the question I intended to ask!)?
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Yes, I have some memory problems. Some due to illness, some due to side-effects.

Q. Do you have chronic pain?
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No, thank God.

Do you think you inherited a tendency towards bipolar?
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Apparently. IP doctors thought my grandma had bipolar, but she died before she could ever be diagnosed with it, and there was ultimately dementia involved as well. But she had the whole no sleeping thing, hallucinating, hyperactivity, rapid speech, etc..

If you had enough money to buy only ONE of your meds this month, which med would you choose and why?
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That is a very difficult question for me because most of my medications have very clear important uses. If I don't take my levothyroxine, my hypothyroidism symptoms will come back. If I don't take my propranolol, I could definitely get tachycardia, which could be miserable, scary, and maybe dangerous. If I stop my Klonopin, I could get severe benzo withdrawal, which could be dangerous. I guess if I had to choose only one of my bipolar medications, I'd choose Seroquel XR because it is clearly my most all around effective one. If I didn't take Tegretol XR, I'd be afraid that musical hallucinations and other possible symptoms would return, but I guess I could live with them. A neurologist thinks I may have a form of epilepsy, and Tegretol XR is my primary antiepileptic med, as well as a bipolar mood stabilizer. I think the only medication I take that MIGHT be expendible is Lamictal. I take a small dose of that, and think Seroquel XR could make up for its discontinuance.

If I truly had to pick only one med for only one month I guess ugh ugh ugh...I'd pick Klonopin? I would be pretty bad off that month, though. Maybe hospitalized.

What medication that you've taken in the past (or present) was/is the least effective for you (excluding side effects)?
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Others: Propranolol (40 mg), Synthroid (150 mcg), OTC multi-vitamin, OTC iron supplement (during periods), Biotin supplement (for my otherwise thin fingernails)

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during 2016, I was on trazodone

big load of **** is what I'm going to say about that one

ever been involved in any charity work?
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Depends on what you define as "charity work." Have I ever worked for a charity? No. I had volunteered at my local library for 7 years straight at one point, though. I helped order children's books, read to children, set up children library events, etc.. But this was all before I moved and got a new job. Haven't volunteered here.

What was your longest period of stability?
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my longest period of stability as in not having been in hospital has been the past 15 months. but during that time i have had very bad mood swings and have only avoided being admitted because i wouldn't communicate enough.

what would your ideal house/apartment be like?
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