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Bipolar.... anyone familiar with this disorder?

inafixiinafix Posts: 158
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:23 AM in Depression and Coping
Hey y'all I have been trying to get some answers regarding someone very close to me. I think they may have bipolar disorder. I know this person's sister has been diagnosed with it and their dad also seems to have many of the same issues. I'll list the things I see and you guys tell me what you think. I may try to get them to go for help.

Extreme moodiness from one hour to the next. May be very pleasant and "happy" one minute and then bam any change in environment or setting even as simple as something not being just right turns him into a mean irritable ogre. Always looks ticked off. The up times are few and far between and are short lived.
In my reading of BPD I can't discern if the mood swings are within a day or hour or weeks??? I am really worried about him but don't want to be an alarmist.



  • Try to get him to see the family Doctor. Maybe needs a psych referral and therapist. Many people suffer from these things. Maybe it's only depression. Take him to the Doctor meds can completely make a difference. Take care. Real mental health site is helpful. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • I am bipolar type 2 and it took 2 doctors, 3 Pdocs and 1 family counselor to come to my final diagnosis.Just like our backs it can be difficult to lock into the dx, my manic rides are not as bad as a typical bipolar hence the type 2 addition.Trying to diagnosis this via the web can be dangerous, certain meds can make the mania far worse.Not to be scary, but this is really for the professional to diagnosis, so many symptoms carry over amongst each other and as you can see in my case, a lot of trial and error(some firings too) came about and by that time I couldn't work,function in public places and had one very bad episode that nearly ended me.

    Now I am on SSDI and with my back issues almost homebound most days except my "safe areas" that don't trigger episodes.If you suspect mental health issues, I suggest getting a referral to a specialist.I wish someone helped me before it got worse so its great to see initiative.

    One point, don't rely solely on meds, its best to get a well rounded solution with counseling, family support and meds if need be.

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  • :''( I am a newbie to this, so bear with me! I am looking for anyone who may be able to help me put a name to my leg pain. I feel it is due to my many back problems, I have had 4 laminectomies, but my 2 Orthopedic Doctors said it isn't. The pain feels like my hip is going to explode. The pain rips into my groin, thigh muscles, side of my legs, into my shins. I get severe leg, ankle and foot spasms that last for hours, along with little "travelling" spasms in my shins, thighs and hips. The pain through my lower back is so excruciating I cry out before I can stop myself. The leg pain started suddenly 2 years ago, and has progressively gotten worse. No one can tell me what is going on. I just want to know I am not crazy! One of my doctors called me a Fatalist. I had offended him after he had done 2 surgeries in a year, and they failed.
  • :) Twink,hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can.i don't know what to tell you except i feel your pain. you know your pain is real so don't let anyone tell you differently. :? finding a correct diagnosis can take a long time sometimes. please be patient and continue to try and find pain relief. good luck and i hope to see you around the forum! Jenny :)
  • Kelly jo,

    Good day to you! I myself am bipolar and have just been finally diagnosed with it within the past year. I have been treated for severe clinical depression and anxiety for over 14 years since finding my husband after he committed suicide. I have been taking Effexor ER for quite some time and it does wonders for the depression, but I still wasn't feeling as good as I thought I should.

    Then I found the doc I have now.... he is into research and is just awesome. He asked me a couple of questions which I surprisingly answered Yes to all of them..... do you spend money you know you don't have? Do you find that you overreact to things? and several others. There are many degrees of BPD. I think it would be nothing but a good thing to get him in with a reputable psychiatrist/psychologist just to see if he "fits" the bill. Once we made the determination that my doc thinks that my problems are depression for sure and anxiety, but when he started me on the Seroquel for the bipolar everything just fell into place for me. I am more calm and focused... no more racing thoughts. I feel more centered and more able to deal with whatever comes my way. It has been a godsend for me. I still take the Effexor for the Anxiety and depression, but this combination has really cleared things up for me and have made me feel better in my own skin and better about where I am in life. I am less hard on myself, and the coolest thing was that my family noticed the major change in me before I did. i thought that was very cool.

    Today, I am as mentally healthy as I have ever been especially since the suicide. I wake up and am anxious for the day , but not in a bad way , you know? It has been nothing short of a miracle for me. The Seroquel is also something I take before bed and I have slept ALL NIGHT ever since startng it. I never realized how sleep deprived I was and how long I had been. You can't imagine what a few weeks of restful sleep can change your whole outlook. It sure did with me anyway.

    I hope some of this helps and I would be more than happy to answer any specific questions you might have.

    Good luck in seeking the best medical care for the one you love.


    Amy 8}
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  • Hi There,

    Your hip pain - you could see an oesteopath / PT who through exercise and movement could test the spine and give a pretty good opinion if it is coming from your back or not. They can also write to your doctor with their findings.

    I have learnt that hip , groin pain CAN be linked but is equally many other things too. You need a skilled practitioner to pull you about over a few weeks to help decide!

    Bipolar - If it were my friend, Check that they are not using other substances, alcohol and such as well. The body is so carefully balanced, it doesn't take much.Too much St Johns Wort or even percribed meds - A careful assessment with persons who know the individual well can be very illuminating. Get them to their doctor too.

  • Let me start by saying I am not a mental health professional (but my husband is). We also have a family member who suffered from bipolar disorder.

    The symptoms you describe - mood swings, irritability, etc - can be lots of things: depression and drug or alcohol use/abuse come immediately to mind. Bipolar disorder is currently a diagnosis frequently made and covers a lot of territory. However, generally it involves dramatic shifts in mood from mania to major depression. The cycles of bipolar disorder usually last for days, weeks, or months rather than changing from moment to moment.

    I will PM you a site that I think describes bipolar pretty well

    All of that said, you should talk to a mental health professional about your concerns for this person - he/she can ask specific questions to get a clearer picture of the situation.

  • Thanks guys,

    I really appreciate your help. I will see if I can get my friend to go get help. He is pretty hard headed but a smart guy. He may just need to have it spelled out for him. I'll have to see if I can get him to seek help.
    Man is this thing called life a crazy ride or what?

    thanks again

  • >:D< I appreciate the kind thoughts and support. One would think after 30 years of pain, I would get used to it! It just gets so danged depressing. Sometimes I feel like my family is ready to give up on me. My hubby of nearly 38 years, and I got the chance of a life-time to spend a week at Disneyland with our 2 Granddaughters, who are 10 and 8. I was so afraid I was going to bum everyone out and not be able to have fun with the girls. I had one of my Orthos pump my knees full of cortisone so I could have a little relief. We flew to California from our home here in Montana, For 5 days I rode every ride, and walked until my legs about fell off, but, Oh what a Blessing it was to actually be without so much of the pain. The cortisone eventually wore off, but for a few days I was able to make some good memories for Holly and Hanna. I have had 4 laminectomies, 1 arthoscopic surgery on my right knee, and I am facing total knee replacements. I have had rotator cuff repair, and 6 other surgeries. There aren't too many medicines I have not tried, along with every kind of therapy~ physical, spititual, and mental. I am a 57 year old Grandma of 6, and I love every second of it. Just when I feel there is no one who hurts more than I, I just take a few seconds to read some of your comments, and I don't feel so bad. God bless you all for being such wonderful supports for each other while dealing with your own pain.
  • Hiya Kelly Jo, >:D<
    I am familar with BIPOLAR :( . My daughter has rapid cycling bipolar disorder ~X( . Firstly you need to get him referred to a psychatrist, so he can be diagnosed :? . There are many types of bipolar, so i would not like to say whether he is or isnt :S . Sorry i cant be more help. Keep us posted! >:D<

    Angie x :H
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