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Building a life as a long-term single in middle age

After spending many years with my head buried in the sand, I am trying to adopt a more realistic and pragmatic approach and build a smaller, simpler, but less stressful life. I ended my long-term relationship as while in it I had no possibility to do voluntary work or retrain for paid work (I posted a 2012 question about this but it took me until now to face the facts). I will soon be moving out into my own modest flat, with few friends and limited work opportunities due to not having worked since 2005. I am 44 and don't plan to seek a partner again, at least not unless I was working and in better shape physically and mentally, so I was wondering what middle-aged single people do that brings them happiness? Given some free time, what would help me the most to rediscover my appetite for life? [more inside]
posted by AuroraSky on Aug 10, 2014 - 18 answers

I don't wanna be sick :(

Can you recommend books and other resources to help alleviate the self-stigma of mental illness? *Aerated Wall of Snow inside* [more inside]
posted by bengalibelle on May 7, 2014 - 20 answers

Austin: Seeking quality ongoing manic-depression / bipolar support group

I spoke last week with a close friend who recently found out -- in an interesting way -- that she has this manic depression illness, aka bipolar disorder. Knowing that I've dealt with it myself over the years, she asked me if I have found any helpful F2F support groups here in Austin. My answer -- I have not. She's looking for a group to join, a place to meet, talk with, support and gain support from a community of people suffering this thing but willing to do the work to kick free, such as they are able to. She's open to starting a group herself, and/or even hosting it in her South Austin home, if there are not currently any good meetups available. [more inside]
posted by dancestoblue on Jul 16, 2013 - 5 answers

I Can't Afford My Meds

NYS Health Insurance Filter: I live in New York state. I am between jobs. I just enrolled in Healthy NY because I can no longer afford my monthly COBRA payments through my former employer. The good news is that my monthly premium with my new insurance is reduced by 50% from what I was paying for COBRA. The bad news is, I just realized that in all likelihood none of the prescription medications I take regularly are covered by this plan. Please help me figure out what, if any, my options are at this point. [more inside]
posted by thereemix on Jan 26, 2013 - 20 answers

IUD failed - what now?

My copper IUD was removed a month early - because I got pregnant. As it's been five years since I had to think about it, I was wondering what contraception to go for next. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 9, 2012 - 20 answers

Ennui - why?

I feel really fed up and I don't know why or what to do about it. My current situation may be the best one for me at the moment, so why do I feel unhappy? (A lot of long snowflakiness inside.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 2, 2012 - 16 answers

An affinity for random numbers

What is the significance of numbers/units of time (months/weekdays) in disorders like schizophrenia/bipolar? [more inside]
posted by six-or-six-thirty on Mar 12, 2012 - 10 answers

Calling it quits.

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]
posted by anonymous on Nov 8, 2011 - 16 answers

How can I tell if my mother's nagging is helpful in my fight against depression?

I am 21 years old. I've made little academic progress since high school, largely due to depression (hypomanic bipolar). My mother talks to me like I'm almost, but not quite, a lost cause and an albatross around my families' neck, slowly bankrupting my mother and raiding my sister's college fund. How do I know if my mom's negativity is affecting me and if she should stop, or if I'm just taking normal criticism too hard? [more inside]
posted by MuppetNavy on Nov 3, 2010 - 28 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

Am I crazy or what?

Am I crazy or what? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 13, 2009 - 15 answers

I want to hear from the (happy) partners of people with bipolar disorder.

I have looked at several posts on bipolar disorder and have not found this exact question addressed. I would like to hear from people who are in good, functioning, long-term relationships with people who have bipolar disorder. I don’t want to hear from people who have been burned, or whose lives have been shattered, or whose partners were not being treated or medicated. I’ve read all of those stories and I’ve lived it myself. I’m familiar. [more inside]
posted by kensington314 on Aug 7, 2009 - 9 answers

How do I start dating now that I'm sane?

I've been single for the last three years and my previous relationships have been few, brief and generally awful. I want to change this. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 13, 2009 - 4 answers

Help

I sometimes have the habit of (unintentionally, at least I feel), putting people down. [more inside]
posted by hadjiboy on May 1, 2007 - 11 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

MedicFilter: tests for bipolar disorder?

I was recently diagnosed with bipolar disorder. As part of the ongoing diagnostic process, I was asked to take the MMPI, the results of which took a long time to return to me. Turns out that I scored 'invalid' on the test, with the implication by my doctor that I was trying to throw the results, even though I answered the sometimes insipid questions completely honestly. Now doctor and family alike are looking askance at me, and I feel a bit paranoid over where treatment options will go next due to this (I've already had some very bad reactions to alleged "low side effect" medications). Should I change doctors, re-take the test, or just let it pass?
posted by WolfDaddy on Jun 6, 2004 - 10 answers

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