I'm bipolar and I started taking Lamictal and Seroquel around a year ago. I'm in my second year at art school after taking a year out due to depression. I'm finding it very hard to be creative this year. I used to instantly think of a million ideas as soon as I was given a brief, now it takes me days to come up with one. I'm also finding it very difficult to draw which used to be one of my strengths. My first semester assessment is in few weeks and I'm kind-of ashamed of what I'm handing in. I've heard bipolar meds can effect peoples's creativity, has anyone else experienced this? Is there anything I can do about it short of coming off the meds (which I definitely don't want to do)?
Relationship with bipolar SO--please help. [more inside]
Can you help me to better understand bipolar mania/hypomania and the thought-processes of the manic mind? [more inside]
My currently-ex-girlfriend is bipolar. She is only hard to be around some of the time, but often enough that I'm looking for a way out. Help me not make the stupid decision of getting back together once she's feeling better? [more inside]
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]
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]
How do you deal with difficult family situations without imploding? [more inside]
My other half seems utterly paralyzed. How do I talk to him about it? [more inside]
I am in need of bipolar power supply that is +/-5vdc to work with an electronic device that is not important (thus I'm not worried about frying it). I was wondering if it would be possible to get two 5 volt adapters and wire one into the +5v circuit and the other into -5v circuit with the corresponding -/+ wires going to ground? [more inside]
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]
I have bipolar disorder. I live in Ontario, Canada. I'm not sick enough for disability and not well enough to keep a job. What should I do? [more inside]
My doctor doesn't think I should work, but our family finances are dire. Everything I've heard says that disability is not likely for me. Now what? [more inside]
Boyfriend is bipolar but won't take bipolar meds - help? [more inside]
Mentally ill brother is getting worse...and worse...and worse. What are our options? [more inside]
How can I convince my bipolar friend to get treatment? [more inside]
Recent break up, ex is bipolar, need some help. [more inside]
How to tell the difference between depression and regular sadness/ennui, especially if you've struggled with depression/bipolar previously? [more inside]
Short-term coping techniques for Wellbutrin-related hypersexuality? (likely NSFW) [more inside]
Could I actually have bipolar depression? [more inside]
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]
My friend's bipolar kid is going to be out of medication tomorrow, and no doctor is in sight. We're wondering what we can do. [more inside]
MentalHealthFilter: Anyone personally dealing with bipolar partners sexual issues? Mildly NWS, and long as heck. [more inside]
Bipolar filter: Righteous indignation or education? Making the world safe for individuals with bipolar disorder.
Bipolar filter: Righteous indignation or education? Making the world safe for individuals with bipolar disorder. [more inside]
So I missed out on my 20's, how to catch up? Should I catch up? Lengthy explanation inside. [more inside]
My therapist now thinks I've got ADHD. Everyone agrees I'm bipolar. I'm self-diagnosed with medical students' disease. How do I sort this out now that I know she's biased? [more inside]
How is diagnosed but treated Bipolar I viewed by the US Coast Guard and Dept of Homeland Security when seeking MMC and TWIC? How about maritime employers? [more inside]
Almost 30, filled with hang ups and doubt, on collision course with self-prescribed therapeutic imperative. [Abridged Autobiography Inside] [more inside]
Is there anything in the Bible that can help one justify the estrangement of an abusive parent? I know that not speaking to my mother is the right thing to do, but what does the good book say? [more inside]
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]
Bipolar, doing better, wanting to get an MBA... [more inside]
[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]
How to deal with an SO who is an abuse survivor and always seems to need something? Therapy is the obvious answer, but I'm looking for something else. I may end up in therapy, but I'd rather work my way there after trying a few other things. [more inside]
Character & Fitness District Committee: How serious is this? [more inside]
Have bipolar. Getting better. No employer. Debt collectors. Help! [more inside]
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]
A year ago I went through a serious manic episode, during which I signed a 24 month O2 phone contract which I can't afford. Is there any chance O2 would cancel the contract if I explain the situation and provide medical evidence?
What do I do about bipolar boyfriend? [more inside]
Does Seroquel *really* cause diabetes and if so, how? [more inside]
I've seen The Devil and Daniel Johnston and Stephen Fry's Secret Life of the Manic Depressive and I've read The Unquiet Mind by Kay Redfield Jamison. What are some other great books and films about manic depression?
I really want to take a break from this relationship, maybe in the next six months or so. My boyfriend is slogging through the process of sorting out his mental health issues, and I'd like to let him know that I want the break, but I don't want to force it on him right now. Is that a bad idea? [more inside]
I was diagnosed with bipolar a few months ago and I've been taking limotrigine ever since. Since then I've noticed that, for the past 5 years or so, even when I wasn't depressed or manic, the way I was thinking was pretty irrational. Among other things I made important decisions like which university to go to and what to study for reasons that don't make any sense to me now, and I had very unrealistic ambitions which I was convinced I would achieve even though I didn't do anything to work towards them. Does bipolar effect the way you think, even when you're not experiencing a manic or depressive episode? And if so would mood stabilizers fight that part of the illness?
Why am I always drawn towards people I can "fix," and how do I stop? [more inside]
How to approach - Bipolar but still want to take a year long wilderness immersion program? [more inside]
Girlfriend has just been diagnosed bipolar. Now what? [more inside]
Random documentary filter: I just watched this film about Percy Paul, a brilliant mathematician with bipolar disorder and I was wondering how he's doing today in 2010. By chance does anyone on the green know?
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]
Therapist in downtown SLC? [more inside]
How can I best help a friend who appears to be suffering considerably from bipolar disorder? [more inside]
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]