Bipolar is like have Schizophrenia and Psychosis - Forums at Psych Central



advertisement
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 04-29-2008, 04:45 PM #1
Social132 Social132 is offline
Junior Member
 
Member Since: Apr 2008
Posts: 11
Social132 Social132 is offline
Junior Member
Social132 has no updates.
 
Member Since: Apr 2008
Posts: 11

10 yr Member
Default Bipolar is like have Schizophrenia and Psychosis

I like to tell anyone with Schio... that not to get to caught up with the name of there mental illness. I have been through a lot-Doctors-hospitals-therapists etc and they told me never get to caught up with the name of their diagnois. Bipolar illness has parnoid thoughs and psychosis as well. I take an antipsycotic medication and a mood stabilizer for Bipolar. Recovery is possible and takes time and patience-we all need love, suport, and medications to fully recover and be ourselves again. Accepting your strenghts and weaknesses is really important once diagnosed with a mental illness. Never give up and look for the positive things you have in life. I once was a high achiver and gotten a univerisity degree, but I got sick with Bipolar and my world has changed around such as, my limitations of what I want or can do for a job. However, I am keeping strong by journalizing, using support groups, attending regular Doctor appt's and taking my meds, and I have a sense of spirtuality. Also, reading books about an illness, going for walks, etc. has helped me come along my recovery.
Good luck to Everyone and keep well!
Social132 is offline   Reply With QuoteReply With Quote

advertisement
Old 04-29-2008, 05:43 PM #2
Psychotic_Phil's Avatar
Psychotic_Phil Psychotic_Phil is offline
Veteran Member
 
Member Since: Feb 2007
Location: Seattle WA USA
Posts: 303
Psychotic_Phil Psychotic_Phil is offline
Veteran Member
Psychotic_Phil's Avatar
Psychotic_Phil has no updates.
 
Member Since: Feb 2007
Location: Seattle WA USA
Posts: 303

10 yr Member
Default Re: Bipolar is like have Schizophrenia and Psychosis

I would agree completely, even though I'm not bipolar or schizophrenic/schizoaffective. At times it may have seemed that way, but my illness is always episodic and my mood is always low and never really manic-y. Hyper and angry perhaps, but never manic. And my psychosis was so light and so fleeting and so much in my control that I never realized that perhaps it had something to do with my worsening possible dysthymic depression. It's most likely dysthymic and I've heard of people with that having brief and fleeting psychosis, like me. My personal theory on my psychosis is that it was a desperate attempt by my self esteem to regain control of my mind. Paranoia after all, made (POSSIBLE TRIGGER NEXT SENTENCE!!!!!) me (and I emphasize me) that someone or something, however dark and malevolent cared about me. Somewhere it was a strange feeling of reassurance that I was important.

But that's just a hypothesis that no doctor will ever take seriously. Then they would wonder if I was really dysthymic and not having major depression. Well doc, if you look closely, I have three of these symptoms most of the time:

* Poor appetite or overeating
* Insomnia or hypersomnia
* Low energy or fatigue (This one)
* Low self-esteem (This one)
* Poor concentration or difficulty making decisions (This one sometimes)
* Feelings of hopelessness (This one)

That is NOT MDD, as much as you'd think it would be. Why then did I have one year of low to moderate depression, the required time for children and adolescents?! Alas, I digress. It's like I'm debating already...

Stay strong and vigilant of course, regardless of your illness or prognosis, mental illness is not a death sentence for everyone. All it can do is torture most people in the most agonizing of fashions until you find a way to prevail in some fashion. Believe me, I know and I don't have one of the more serious ones like schizophrenia or bipolar disorder like my dad and former girlfriend.

That's all for now...
__________________
I'm the Crazy Cub of the Bipolar Bear.


60 mg. Geodon
3 mg. Invega
30 mg. Prozac
Psychotic_Phil is offline   Reply With QuoteReply With Quote
Old 04-30-2008, 08:53 PM #3
PsyChris's Avatar
PsyChris PsyChris is offline
Member
 
Member Since: Apr 2008
Location: Virginia, USA
Posts: 274
PsyChris PsyChris is offline
Member
PsyChris's Avatar
PsyChris has no updates.
 
Member Since: Apr 2008
Location: Virginia, USA
Posts: 274

10 yr Member
Default Re: Bipolar is like have Schizophrenia and Psychosis

Manic Depressive illness and Schizophrenia are confused very often. Schizophrenia tends to be a disorder of perception of reality whereas bipolar disorder is a disorder of emotion.

Obviously those two diseases can't be simplified like that. There is so much more that goes into the human condition beyond the criteria of the DSM that it's best not to think about your diagnosis at all
__________________
Chris

The great blessing of mankind are within us and within our reach; but we shut our eyes, and like people in the dark, we fall foul upon the very thing we search for, without finding it.
Seneca (7 B.C. - 65 A.A.)
PsyChris is offline   Reply With QuoteReply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Welcome to our Schizophrenia and Psychosis Support Forum! DocJohn Schizophrenia and Psychosis 104 04-28-2018 01:26 PM
Recovery from Psychosis & Schizophrenia spiritual_emergency New Member Introductions 10 09-13-2010 04:56 PM
Some 'presumed' causes of Schizophrenia and/or Psychosis spiritual_emergency Schizophrenia and Psychosis 50 07-15-2007 11:02 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:05 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® — Copyright © 2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.



 

advertisement

Psych Central Forums

Psych Central is the leading mental health website, overseen by mental health professionals since 1995.

 

Helplines and Lifelines

The material on this site is for informational purposes only, and is not a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment provided by a qualified health care provider. .

Always consult your doctor or mental health professional before trying anything you read here.
Please read the full disclaimer.