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How do I get my hope back?

My question is this: how do I get my hope back, and how do I reject my apparent acceptance of my current state? (Way too many details inside. Huge wall of text. Apologies in advance.) [more inside]
posted by xyzzy on Jun 23, 2014 - 20 answers

Lamictal - therapeutic dosage for depression/bipolar?

Okay, so I don't really have bipolar but I was prescribed Lamictal off-label for depression since the SSRI's were giving me all kinds of side effects (none on Lamictal, yay!) I'm on 150 mg right now, and I am doing a lot better. I do, however, still go into these dark moods every once in a while. I heard that the therapeutic dose is closer to 200mg, and am debating asking my psychiatrist to bump me up. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by CottonCandyCapers on Jun 13, 2014 - 15 answers

Exhaustion and Bipolar Disorder

I am currently going through a period of extreme exhaustion but with little depression. I am bipolar, and I want to know if this is most likely a part of being bipolar, or something unrelated. [more inside]
posted by Thanquol180 on Feb 26, 2014 - 8 answers

Unstructured schedule, complicated by mental illness

I am a writer on disability for bipolar depression and anxiety. Because I am on disability, my days are largely without structure. Right now after a mental health crisis, I have a lot of structure lent during weekdays by various mental health appts. (therapy 2x/ week, a DBT group, checking in/picking up meds at the mental health center weekly). Otherwise, I'm left to my own devices. I am an ambitious and prolific writer, but I still have trouble sitting down to do work. It's nearly impossible for me to say "I'm just going to work on x project" and stick to that." (I was being treated for ADD, but the meds were making my mania worse and the only non-stim med was making me really fatigued.) Anyway, given that my moods/sleep schedule are so changeable, I have trouble committing to a schedule. I just started reading The Willpower Instinct, and I'm hoping that helps. For those of you who've dealt with having a lot of unstructured time, what's been helpful?
posted by mermaidcafe on Feb 8, 2014 - 9 answers

What's my next step in dealing with depression?

I have rapid and extreme mood swings and am generally empty and anxious. I've got all the time in the world. What should I try, medication, self-help or therapy wise to get better and find happiness? [more inside]
posted by awesomathon on Nov 10, 2013 - 18 answers

Pre-Shrink My Bi-Polar

What should I do to prepare for my first visit with a Psychiatrist? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 9, 2013 - 5 answers

When to take leave of absence for depression?

I am in a depressive episode and my symptoms are getting worse. They manifest themselves almost exclusively at work or when thinking about work. Should I ask my psychiatrist for a leave of absence to get my symptoms under control? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 27, 2013 - 12 answers

Suicidal ideation support group?

Do you think starting a suicidal ideation support group (in the flesh, not chat groups or hotline numbers) would be helpful or detrimental? [more inside]
posted by mingo_clambake on Oct 15, 2013 - 13 answers

Tool kit for treating mental illness.

You are familiar with what things are effective in treating someone who is bipolar, paranoid, and/or schizophrenic. Please tell me about these things. If the person is willing to accept help, what type of help are they likely to receive? If medications help, what is the nature of the medications and where could one go to learn more about them? If there are behavioral options, where can one begin to learn about these? What else is out there? [more inside]
posted by sock me amadeus on Oct 8, 2013 - 15 answers

fear and self-loathing in medium-sized city USA

New(ish) city, new jobs, still at home, mental health issues: I'm at a very transitional place right now, and can't seem to get any traction. I recognize the value in stability for stability's sake, but feel like I'm doing it for somebody else (my family, an idea of what I should do) versus what I want. How do I go forward without sputtering out? [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish on Sep 26, 2013 - 6 answers

Bipolar II and diet

"Curing" bipolar II through diet (specifically, by giving up sugar, alcohol and caffeine). Is this BS? [more inside]
posted by whistle pig on Jun 10, 2013 - 21 answers

How can my family bar my bipolar father from access to credit?

My bipolar father will go on crazy consumer debt fueled sprees of spending / gambling. What can we do on a severely limited budget to ensure he doesn't end up homeless or otherwise in major trouble? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 28, 2013 - 10 answers

Self-soothing or opting out?

When is it a good idea to cancel trips/plans when you're feeling badly? [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish on May 10, 2013 - 16 answers

Accepting bipolar

How do you get used to yourself as bipolar (II)? Trying to understand my lows and mixed highs better, but find myself slipping into despair. [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish on Apr 28, 2013 - 11 answers

Manic episode in Major Depression?

I have major depression, and am wondering if anyone can explain to me what a manic episode feels like (for someone who might be bipolar but is being treated for depression). I know that no one here can give me any definitive advice (YANMPsych.) but I'm just wondering if I should be curious or if anyone has any experience with this. [more inside]
posted by bengalibelle on Mar 10, 2013 - 26 answers

How can I help my friend get help for suspected mental illness?

I'm sure that my friend (who lives cross-country) is dealing with un-diagnosed untreated mental illness. I'm 99% sure it's bipolar disorder, based on lots of information and evidence. I don't want this thread to be about diagnosing, but rather about how to help (I think we can agree that the steps I should take to help would be largely the same regardless of what he's grappling with, right?). [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 10, 2013 - 7 answers

I don't know how to help him or myself

My boyfriend of 8 years just had what looks very much like a manic episode. It involved him doing incredibly stupid, dangerous stuff with alcohol that got him arrested. He's out of jail now, he's in touch with a lawyer... So, the legal stuff is as settled as it can be right now. But now we're dealing with much larger psychological issues, and I am desperate for advice. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 2, 2012 - 8 answers

Specialist for a very special illness

Gastroenterologist for brain cooties? [more inside]
posted by lunalaguna on Sep 14, 2012 - 9 answers

How do I get better at managing multiple social cues?

How do I get better at managing multiple social cues? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 19, 2012 - 8 answers

Online forums/support specific to health care professionals/students with major mental health diagnoses/problems?

Are there online forums/communities for support for medical professionals/students with serious mental health diagnoses? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 26, 2012 - 2 answers

Bipolar family member draining everyone's health

My sister (in her 20's) has recently been diagnosed as bipolar, after many manic episodes that have previously been attributed to depression. Right now she is staying with our parents and driving them crazy - every time I talk to my mom on the phone she is either close to tears or past that line. I have no idea how to help, maybe you do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 9, 2012 - 14 answers

Hypomania or hype?

I had what I believe to be a hypomanic episode a couple of months ago. Should I bring it up with my doctor at my next consultation? (lengthy special snowflakeness behind the cut) [more inside]
posted by terretu on Jul 4, 2012 - 10 answers

Can you really hold down a job? REALLY?

How do you figure out whether or not your mental illness is serious enough to (basically) permanently stop working? Are there books or worksheets you can use to sort this out? [more inside]
posted by Fee Phi Faux Phumb I Smell t'Socks o' a Puppetman! on Jun 22, 2012 - 13 answers

I need someone to make sure I do my chores...

How can I find help keeping up with life? I need an option between permanent supportive housing and crap, I haven't taken out the trash or paid a bill in three months. [more inside]
posted by Fee Phi Faux Phumb I Smell t'Socks o' a Puppetman! on May 14, 2012 - 13 answers

Do people prone to depression and similar illnesses tend to (unwittingly?) form social groups together?

Do people prone to depression and similar illnesses tend to (unwittingly?) form social groups together? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 3, 2012 - 6 answers

School me, please, for I am ignorant.

I am a nutritional newbie - I never took any classes on the subject, I'm a lifelong selective eater, and what little I know has been memorized, mostly in the last two months. I'm in need of some specific schooling on my current peculiar weight-loss situation. [more inside]
posted by Fee Phi Faux Phumb I Smell t'Socks o' a Puppetman! on Mar 7, 2012 - 12 answers

How do I pursue my career and not leave my husband in a depressive mess?

After 2 years in a crappy job, I finally have an opportunity for more work with another company! So excited! Problem 1: the work is 1000 miles away. Problem 2: I’m afraid if I leave for periods at a time my husband might fall into depression. [more inside]
posted by feidr2 on Feb 16, 2012 - 10 answers

anti-depressants for people who can't take them?

anti-depressants for people who can't take them? [more inside]
posted by unlucky.lisp on Dec 17, 2011 - 20 answers

Share your experiences of stopping taking lithium?

I'm gradually coming off Lithium, having been on it few years, and I'm looking for experiences/warnings about what to expect. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 5, 2011 - 2 answers

This is not the time to be randomly guessing

How should I structure my gradual return to full-time work after two months off for a psychiatric illness? Have you actually done this, and if so, do you have tips? Have you even known or heard of someone who did a part-time transition after disability leave? All advice sought in creating my return-to-work plan. [more inside]
posted by Fee Phi Faux Phumb I Smell t'Socks o' a Puppetman! on Oct 30, 2011 - 5 answers

Love In A Void

My other half seems utterly paralyzed. How do I talk to him about it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 9, 2011 - 22 answers

I have it on good authority that I get to keep my shoelaces!

I'm going to an intake (evaluation/show-and-tell) session at a psychiatric partial hospitalization program, due to severe social anxiety, ADHD and most importantly my current acute bipolar depressive episode. What kinds of questions should I be asking? How should I prepare? [more inside]
posted by Fee Phi Faux Phumb I Smell t'Socks o' a Puppetman! on Aug 28, 2011 - 13 answers

Depression vs. ennui

How to tell the difference between depression and regular sadness/ennui, especially if you've struggled with depression/bipolar previously? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 26, 2011 - 12 answers

Bipolar Depression?

Could I actually have bipolar depression? [more inside]
posted by altopower on May 16, 2011 - 24 answers

How do I help my friend who has panic attacks?

My friend constantly has panic attacks. Is there any coping mechanisms that I can suggest or anything I can do or say as a friend to help him calm down? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 7, 2011 - 17 answers

On collision course with self-prescribed therapeutic imperative

Almost 30, filled with hang ups and doubt, on collision course with self-prescribed therapeutic imperative. [Abridged Autobiography Inside] [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 21, 2011 - 17 answers

As Needed Anti-Anxiety Medication In Conjunction With Seroquel

I am wanting to ask my psychiatrist for an as-needed anti-anxiety medication. I'm being treated for bipolar II with Seroquel and am mostly very happy with it. I'd like to be as well-informed as possible when I see the doctor next. [more inside]
posted by MuChao on Jan 29, 2011 - 24 answers

[Life Path/Career Advice Filter]: How can someone a person with diagnosed depression work in the field of social justice?

[Life Path/Career Advice Filter]: How can someone a person with diagnosed depression work in the field of human rights and social justice? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 12, 2011 - 5 answers

Bartelby Ain't Got Nothing On Me

I've been diagnosed as ADD/ADHD by 3 separate professionals through my life and on medication to treat it for nearly a year. The meds don't work, and I've been on a lot of them (i.e. Ritalin, Vyvanse, Strattera and now Adderall.) How can I give myself a swift kick in the butt to become a productive, organized individual? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 20, 2010 - 9 answers

Carry me Home

Girlfriend has just been diagnosed bipolar. Now what? [more inside]
posted by Mach3avelli on Aug 24, 2010 - 38 answers

i scream in my mind all day

i feel like there are two of me and i am constantly fighting myself it is exhausting (big ol' long crazy post inside) [more inside]
posted by inmyhead on Aug 6, 2010 - 23 answers

How do I reenter the job market after dealing with bipolar?

I need a job and just found out I'm bipolar. Problem is, my mental disorders has caused me to crater every job I've ever held. Do I come clean about my job and school history, or should I start with a blank slate? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 17, 2010 - 14 answers

Dealing with a morbidly obese, bi-polar diabetic with chronic depression and suicidal thoughts?

Dealing with a morbidly obese, bi-polar diabetic with chronic depression and suicidal thoughts? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 19, 2010 - 8 answers

Help me help my anxious, bipolar, stressed-out friend.

What more can I do to help a very dear friend who suffers from bipolar disorder and is currently having a very difficult time, both as a result of his illness and due to outside factors? I am also bipolar, so I kind of know what he's going through. Lengthy but informative explanation of his circumstances and history follows. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 22, 2010 - 6 answers

Is it depression and am I making it worse?

Every night that he comes home and winds up browsing the internet for hours, I feel like I'm going to scream. Am I a nagging worrywort, is my boyfriend mildly depressed, or both? And what's the best way to work on it? [more inside]
posted by brisquette on Nov 17, 2009 - 39 answers

How do I know whether I'm depressed, or if it's birth control?

I've started hormonal birth control (Ortho Tri Cyclen Lo) for the first time, and am currently on my third day. I've heard/read of the accompanying depression and mood swings. When can I expect side effects, so that I can assess myself and decide whether or not to continue with the pill? What sort of red flags should I look out for, in case I don't realize I'm being depressive, mood-swingy, or sans sex drive? [more inside]
posted by Xere on Oct 21, 2009 - 21 answers

How do I find the motivation to leave the house?

Long-term cabin fever, please help me get out of the house. [more inside]
posted by Danila on Jul 31, 2009 - 17 answers

I've been slowly regaining my sanity, how have you been?

How I move on from my past and accept the new me? I've spent the last 2.5 years rebuilding my life and getting treatment for bipolar disorder. While I was in law school, I swung from "normal," to full blown mania, and then crippling depression. How do I deal with seeing people who last knew me as crazy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 22, 2009 - 17 answers

What is wrong with me?

What is wrong with me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 18, 2009 - 31 answers

RelationshipFilter: How do I convince her I'm not scared?

RelationshipFilter: How can I convince this girl that her issues don't scare me and I really do want to be with her? Rambling details and soul-baring inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 1, 2009 - 48 answers

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