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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

Can I cancel a phone contract for mental health reasons?

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?
posted by Chenko on Dec 18, 2010 - 11 answers

Caught in same love trap again

What do I do about bipolar boyfriend? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 29, 2010 - 16 answers

How does Seroquel cause weight gain and/or diabetes?

Does Seroquel *really* cause diabetes and if so, how? [more inside]
posted by MuChao on Nov 17, 2010 - 5 answers

Books/films about manic depression

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?
posted by Chenko on Oct 15, 2010 - 9 answers

Can two people plan to take a break from a relationship?

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]
posted by brisquette on Oct 11, 2010 - 18 answers

Have I regained my sanity?

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?
posted by Chenko on Oct 7, 2010 - 12 answers

The Fixodent to Her Wooden Teeth

Why am I always drawn towards people I can "fix," and how do I stop? [more inside]
posted by Mach3avelli on Sep 7, 2010 - 21 answers

If a Manic Depressive goes nuts in the woods, and no one is around... is it still a manic episode?

How to approach - Bipolar but still want to take a year long wilderness immersion program? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 1, 2010 - 11 answers

Carry me Home

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

Does anyone know what happened to Percy Paul, the mathematician?

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?
posted by bananafish on Aug 10, 2010 - 2 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

Need referral for client

Therapist in downtown SLC? [more inside]
posted by ClaudiaCenter on Jul 21, 2010 - 4 answers

How can I best help a bipolar friend in Los Angeles?

How can I best help a friend who appears to be suffering considerably from bipolar disorder? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 19, 2010 - 5 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

Bipolar, music, and chipmunks.

Does anyone have any experience/knowledge of musical auditory hallucinations (possibly) associated with Bipolar Disorder and/or mood stabilizers? Weird experience follows. [more inside]
posted by MadMage on Jun 7, 2010 - 7 answers

How to deal with a friend who is basically using his girlfriend for a place to live?

A friend of mine is essentially using his girlfriend for a place to live. He really should break up with her, but that would mean moving back in with his family. He claims to care about her, but constantly expresses interest in other women, going so far as to say he'd leave her for any one of them, if one opened that door. The girlfriend is clingy, emotionally dependent on him, and completely lacking self-confidence. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by SugarAndSass on Jun 5, 2010 - 28 answers

Bipolar II?

I've had serious depression for bassically my entire adolescence which has steadily been getting worse. After a particularly bad episode last year I went on a high dose of venlafaxine which triggered, what I'm now realising was hypomania. It was actually a pretty great experience - it bassically just made me really high functioning. I didn't do anything irrational or dangerous and I made tons of friends and did lots of creative work. That's worn off and now I'm depressed again. Does this mean I'm bipolar? I've had depression for a long time but I've never had anything close to a manic episode that wasn't triggered by drugs. If I am bipolar, are future hypomanic episodes likely to be as pleasant or could it turn into full blown mania? My uncle's bipolar I so I know what that's like.
posted by Chenko on Apr 25, 2010 - 16 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

Is this normal?

I'm currently taking a second break from a relationship with a guy who suffers from Bipolar type I, OCD, paranoia (possibly paranoid schitzophrenia), and ADHD who also has heart problems. We've fought non-stop for most of 7 months and only for the last month or so has there been any extended amount of enjoyable time. Is there anything left in this relationship to salvage? [more inside]
posted by Accidental1 on Apr 14, 2010 - 61 answers

How to deal with a bipolar alcoholic sister

My mother and step-father are going to Europe for a month, leaving my bi-polar alcoholic 25 year old sister alone in their house. As I am the only family member without a job that will be in town when they are gone, my mother has told me that I am responsible for keeping an eye on her. The problem is that I am a stay-at-home mom to a 2 year old daughter, that at the moment my husband does not want anywhere near my sister. What to do? [more inside]
posted by Lapin on Apr 12, 2010 - 41 answers

Bipolar g/f wants space. How to handle?

My bipolar girlfriend of two years has just asked for distance. Two weeks before we were talking marriage, kids and moving in together! But it seemed she had an 'episode' and suddenly she decided I hadn't been loving enough and there was something 'missing'. She hasn't see her psych for 6 months and I fear her body may have gotten used to the meds. How should I handle this? [more inside]
posted by scottpatterson on Mar 11, 2010 - 29 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

Consequences of parent lying about me on job application?

My bipolar & (recently diagnosed) BPD mother, living on her own due to trial separation from husband, is trying to get a job and is planning to lie on applications/resumes...about me. Kicker: one place she is applying to is my employer. WTF do I do. Multiple questions inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 16, 2010 - 13 answers

How to develop realistic expectations for starting a relationship?

How do I flush out my unrealistic-due-to-mental-illness expectations for starting a relationship? (Way more after the fold.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 26, 2010 - 10 answers

Bipolar specialist in the LA area

(Asking for a friend) Any pointers to a good psychiatrist for bipolar disorder in the LA area? [more inside]
posted by Jacen Solo on Dec 23, 2009 - 4 answers

How to lose weight when meds pack on weight

I want to lose weight, but the drugs I take to manage my bipolar disease actually add weight. Do you have ideas on how I can lose weight? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 16, 2009 - 23 answers

Have you taken back your mentally ill partner and wish you hadn't? Or wish you had?

Do you do this? How do I escape the pattern of going back to, because I can't resist helping, my (I think) mentally ill (or unstable/intense) husband. See, he's not all bad... Do you regret going back? Do you wish you had? [more inside]
posted by Toto_tot on Nov 25, 2009 - 42 answers

Managing BiPolar Relative

Managing Bipolar Manic Episode? [more inside]
posted by bananafish on Nov 19, 2009 - 7 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

Help me deal with my mentally ill father, who I still need to talk to.

How should I go about handling my (very) mentally ill father who goes through (primarily) emotionally/psychologically abusive phases with anyone he holds a relationship with? Completely cutting off contact is probably not a solution for a few reasons. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 3, 2009 - 23 answers

I need insurance. They won't give it to me.

Insurance filter: I am quitting my job, and the insurance goes with it. As someone who frequently gets turned down for insurance, what do i do? [more inside]
posted by unlucky.lisp on Sep 16, 2009 - 11 answers

Trying to adopt with a psychiatric diagnosis

Is it possible to adopt a child when a spouse has bipolar disorder? [more inside]
posted by Pater Aletheias on Aug 27, 2009 - 10 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

We will break up again. But I want to be happy and there are some things I need to do. Advice?

Relationshipfilter: When we're together, I couldn't be more happy. When the inevitable breakups come, I feel so empty and no amount of time makes me feel as whole as when I'm with him. I know it won't last, but I'd take the pain of him leaving again just to have a couple months of happiness. Advice? [more inside]
posted by pyrom on Jul 3, 2009 - 42 answers

How will getting treated for bipolar affect my job?

What are the repercussions of seeking treatment for bipolar disorder on my employability? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 16, 2009 - 10 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

Also, my hairy legs mean that I have "failed at being a woman."

How do you deal with a crazy person's total hostility? [more inside]
posted by liketitanic on Apr 11, 2009 - 14 answers

Is there any recourse if you are fired for conduct due to disability?

Fired for misconduct (threats of violence) related to disability. Is there any recourse? [more inside]
posted by Danila on Apr 1, 2009 - 16 answers

A cheap replacement for Seroquel?

PsychMedFilter: A cheap replacement for Seroquel? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 20, 2009 - 18 answers

When's the right time to tell a date you're crazy?

When do I tell prospective romantic partners that I'm bipolar? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 5, 2009 - 35 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

Dating a "seperating" co-worker? WTF?

RelationshipFilter & BizarreSituationFilter: Turns out this Co-worker I have been flirting with seems to like me BUT is going through a separation (thinking about divorce). She is in a delicate situation and I have no experience with this level of (possible) relationship. Should I proceed? How? THERE IS MUCH MORE. [more inside]
posted by DetonatedManiac on Nov 12, 2008 - 28 answers

Should I look her up and contact her after all this time?

I've been out of contact with a certain friend for about five years now. She'd been dealing with bipolar (and relationship) issues for a while before then, but I'd never witnessed any signs myself. On a lark I recently decided to see if she was in the customer database at work, and she was, but I didn't open the profile. I've worried about her from time to time, but while it's tempting, I don't feel like I should look up her contact info that way. Is there any circumstance under which I could or should? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 9, 2008 - 13 answers

Can I get Health Insurance that covers the other stuff but not my Bipolar?

So, lets tackle this from a different angle: I have bipolar, I want health insurance, but I don't care if it covers nothing about my bipolar (Meds, Psychiatrist, Therapist or, god forbid: In-patient hospital care). Is this possible/affordable? Where do I go? [more inside]
posted by DetonatedManiac on Sep 1, 2008 - 3 answers

How can a bipolar person stop worrying and learn to love the bomb?

Bipolar filter: is it normal to feel like everything's about to go wrong, and either way, how to move past it, sort yourself out, live in the present and get on with your life? [more inside]
posted by mippy on Aug 31, 2008 - 8 answers

I've got the opposite sleep problem!

Instead of not being able to get up in the mornings, I have a problem with waking up TOO early. Typically I go to sleep around midnight-1:00 am (it's when I start getting tired) but for the last 2 months or so I've been waking up anywhere between 5:00 am to 7ish, and my alarm doesn't go off until 8:15. [more inside]
posted by dithmer on Aug 14, 2008 - 19 answers

I'm cured! Now what?

I've spent the last fifteen years suffering from bipolar disorder (bipolar II with the emphasis on depression) and a sleep disorder. Four months ago I switched to a medication that turns out to be perfect for me. I feel normal. Assuming this continues, my mood disorder is essentially cured. Fifteen years of mental illness have really screwed up my life. How do I get it back? [more inside]
posted by xchmp on Jul 29, 2008 - 22 answers

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