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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

Lexapro/bupropion: light at the end, or just a really long tunnel?

Without going into whole life stories/clinical history, I just want to know - does the exaggerated anxiety that appears as a side effect of Wellbutrin subside after a while? [more inside]
posted by anthom on Jul 25, 2008 - 27 answers

How do I help my father get help for mental illness?

I'm pretty sure my father is mentally ill and I need to get him into some sort of public assistance living situation. Does anyone have experience with something like that? What do I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 6, 2008 - 9 answers

the drugs don't work

What can we do? Kid's parents are divorced and his mom wants him to be on drugs for ADHD/bipolar disorder, but his dad is vehemently against it. He's 7. [more inside]
posted by thisisfake on Jun 10, 2008 - 33 answers

Activities for bipolar children in Seattle?

Summer programs for bipolar children in Seattle? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 22, 2008 - 3 answers

To disclose or not to disclose, that is the question.

Need advice on disclosing bi-polar disorder to employer. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 24, 2008 - 8 answers

Individual Health Insurance with Bipolar? Help!

I am in the process of switching jobs. I need health insurance (likely individual health insurance) but I am Bipolar... help [more inside]
posted by DetonatedManiac on Feb 6, 2008 - 12 answers

Help me handle this complicated crush.

What to do now? I'm a single, mid-thirties female, and I have a crush. Oh, wait. It's a lot more complicated than that. I'm sorry this is so long... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 16, 2008 - 37 answers

If I tell you I'm bipolar, will that make you run away?

Mental illness/dating filter: Four years ago, I broke up with a great guy (possibly the right guy, definitely the wrong time). We've had contact maybe three times since then. Two years ago, at age 38, I was diagnosed as bipolar. Now he wants to have dinner. How much does he need to know about my illness and how do I explain it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 8, 2007 - 20 answers

Should I buy a house? This one? Now?

Should I buy a house? This one? Now? (Sticky family and personal issues involved.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 6, 2007 - 15 answers

Can't do it, not even if sober

I think I might have bipolar II. What now? [more inside]
posted by cuban link flooded jesus on Oct 8, 2007 - 10 answers

How do I handle my bipolar disorder?

How do I handle my bipolar disorder? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 6, 2007 - 20 answers

BipolarFilter: Help with bipolar manic phase.

Is it possible for my wife (with my help) to manage a possible hypomanic stage down without meds and without too much of a depression swing? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 3, 2007 - 31 answers

Scar

Why do Bipolar sufferers cut themselves? [more inside]
posted by hadjiboy on Sep 8, 2007 - 28 answers

Bipolar husband has walked out on a friend of ours. What now?

What are the next steps for a wife who's husband has just walked out? Not-so-delicious twist: husband is mentally ill and probably going to worsen. [more inside]
posted by jquinby on Aug 27, 2007 - 19 answers

Daughter seeks escape from clingy, overbearing mother

My mother has become very clingy. I have things I want to say to her but I don't want to hurt her, as it isn't her intent to hurt me. [more inside]
posted by desjardins on Jul 18, 2007 - 25 answers

No, really, you can't do it all.

Wife is bipolar and in the manic part. She's taking meds and her doctor has ordered her off work for a week while she ups her meds and ordered her to quit several activities which she enjoyed doing, though they stressed her. She's getting depressed and unfocused. How can I help her? [more inside]
posted by MichaelKnight on Jul 11, 2007 - 12 answers

Carbamazepine/Tegretol for bipolar disorder?

What should I expect when taking Carbamazepine/Tegretol for bipolar disorder? Should I expect it to do something clear in regard to the depression? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 18, 2007 - 3 answers

I'm Bipolar and Disorganized -- Please Help

I'm trying to get my life organized. As I've mentioned here before , I'm also bipolar. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by SteveTheRed on May 16, 2007 - 10 answers

My head's not been shrunk well!

Can someone recommend a good psychiatrist in the north suburbs of Chicago? Someone near my job in Libertyville with a good understanding of bipolar disorder would be ideal. I'm just not getting along with my current doctor. Email's in my profile if you'd rather respond privately. Thanks.
posted by jammer on Apr 20, 2007 - 1 answer

Job advice needed

I'm bipolar, have a criminal record and need a job. Got any advice? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 18, 2007 - 25 answers

What can I do about my unbalanced mother?

PsychologyFilter: Help me. My mother's fantasy is escalating and becoming more dangerous. [more inside]
posted by SinisterPurpose on Jan 24, 2007 - 24 answers

Nag nag nag

How do I stop myself from being overly critical of everything I do??? [more inside]
posted by hadjiboy on Jan 21, 2007 - 9 answers

Self-diagnosed bipolar

My kid brother thinks he's bipolar [more inside]
posted by chickaboo on Dec 4, 2006 - 32 answers

Help a guy with bipolar get back into work

How can I best cope with getting back to work after an extended break due to bipolar/ depression, and how can I best explain my condition to potential employers? [more inside]
posted by AuroraSky on Dec 4, 2006 - 6 answers

Should I claim my psychiatric meds on my insurance?

Here's the situation: I changed health insurance plans about two years ago ago. I have a good plan, based in Californa, that costs me about $250 a month. Since starting the coverage, my major medical expense - for about a year - have three monthly medications which I take for recently-diagnosed bipolar disorder. I have never claimed these expenses on my insurance, nor have I ever put any of my psychiatric costs on a claim. The reason is that I've been advised not to do this, especially with a bipolar diagnosis, since, in the words of my psychiatrist, "once that's on your record, you'll have a very hard time if you need to change insurance plans." (I should add that the diagnosis, while scary, and the resulting treatment, has changed my life so much for the better that I'd sell pretty much sell a kidney to keep paying for the meds, if I had to.) [more inside]
posted by soulbarn on Oct 16, 2006 - 6 answers

I'm Bipolar and I Want to Stop Smoking. Any Ideas?

WhineFilter: I'm bipolar and I am having a very hard time quitting smoking. Does anyone have any ideas that I haven't tried yet? [more inside]
posted by SteveTheRed on Sep 16, 2006 - 14 answers

How do I talk to my friend, productively, about his drug use and mental state?

Friend in trouble: bipolar, taking Zoloft, smoking huge amount of marijuana which exacerbates his mania. He's acting crazy. I'm far away -- how can I help? Especially, how can I support his girlfriend, and convince him to accept treatment and quit the pot? Other advice about treatment for bipolar disorder? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 28, 2006 - 12 answers

What's wrong with my friend?

Is my bipolar friend pregnant, or is it just her meds? [more inside]
posted by starbaby on Aug 9, 2006 - 17 answers

Should I dump my boyfriend before he dumps me?

Should I dump my boyfriend before he dumps me? [more inside]
posted by beth on Aug 4, 2006 - 56 answers

Am I losing my mind while trying to save it?

What are the more serious side effects that can come from taking Lamictal? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 25, 2006 - 20 answers

laws surrounding involuntary commitment for psychiatric treatment in CA?

What are the laws surrounding involuntary commitment for psychiatric treatment in California? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 12, 2006 - 6 answers

Available treatment facilities for mental illness

MentalHealthFilter: To try and sum up a fairly long and complicated issue: My brother, 23, is diagnosed as bipolar. It's been an uphill battle ever since he was admitted to the psych hospital at 11/12 years old. Although his diagnosis and medications have switched many times, nothing seems to work. [more inside]
posted by unsigned on Jul 10, 2006 - 5 answers

bipolar

well my ex bipolar gf has still yet to call me after 1 month..i know she loved me but basically split and left town w/o telling me. Even after death of my family member. Anything i should do? Her mom even stopped calling me maybe to let me grieve. I thought i loved her. Advice? if she calls(doubtful) what should i do?
posted by magic74 on Jun 3, 2006 - 15 answers

Undermedicated bipolar month endurance rally

Bipolarfilter: I'm in a weird situation - I lost my health insurance, ran out of two of my meds, and now it's a month til my appointment with a good practitioner. There's more to it, but I just generally wanted some help with coping strategies to help me get through this next month. Some of the time I feel ok, but other times nothing feels good and I burst into tears at the drop of a hat. [more inside]
posted by beth on Mar 3, 2006 - 22 answers

how to break up without tragedy?

I'm having serious doubts about my 8-year relationship, but my SO is going through a really rough time right now--& may even be suicidal. I think I want out, but I'm afraid it could drive him over the edge. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 26, 2006 - 32 answers

Wait- who are you again?

Drastic change? Bipolar episode? Suicide concern? [more inside]
posted by peewee on Feb 24, 2006 - 48 answers

Dealing with a loved one's Bipolar Disorder.

Dealing with a loved one's Bipolar Disorder. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 26, 2005 - 29 answers

Seeking Support Groups

Can anyone here recommend a good on-line support community for a friend whose s/o is undergoing treatment for an undiagnosed mental illness? [more inside]
posted by anastasiav on May 26, 2005 - 3 answers

Is bipolar mis/overdiagnosed?

In your personal experience, do you think it's possible (or even common) to be mistakenly diagnosed as bipolar? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 20, 2005 - 29 answers

When to tell the boss

Managers, employers, and workers with this experience: should I tell my boss about my bipolar disorder? I'm about to enter a situation where it might disrupt my work... [more inside]
posted by veronitron on Apr 26, 2005 - 18 answers

Helping a friend with bipolar disorder

I think my ex-boyfriend may be bipolar. He refuses to admit that, or seek help. His mother and I are both worried, and both want to help, but we don't know what to do. Does anyone have any experience convincing someone to seek help? [more inside]
posted by occhiblu on Mar 30, 2005 - 29 answers

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