This is my first time engaging here. I watched the Sane Impact forum today and realised I have been missing out on an opportunity to connect with others of like experience and maybe even to make a contribution. Hence here I am!
I was diagnosed with Bipolar 2 fifteen years ago. I have been medicated effectively and managing my condition fairly well for the past 5 years or so - it took many years and a long hospital stay to get to this point.
I find the inconsistencies that are hallmarks of this condition to be the most difficult to accept and tolerate - the feeling ok for a little while, and then not. Sometimes I have days of feeling functional and content, occasionally it's even weeks. Sometimes it's only enough hours to get a task done or have some sort of interaction before I collapse in a drained heap.
Then I become insular and isolated - I am unable to stop myself from holding those who might support me at arms length. I become lonely, despondent and... you know how it goes.
I have never consciously met another person who has been diagnosed with Bipolar 2, so sometimes I feel like I'm the only weirdo in the world! I know this isn't true, so hello to you all!
Meet a fellow Bipolar 2 weirdo! My diagnosis is only recent so the psychiatrist is still trying to find the right combination of meds.
I understand the inconsistencies and rapid cycles! The spending most of your time in the low moods. Then the high moods may last for a couple of hours or last a couple of days and crash badly afterwards.
I'm glad you have found this space. I have always found it to be very supportive and can help ease feelings of isolation or 'no-one gets it/me'.
I am just recovering from a bad episode of depression where I needed to be hospitalised. I have a diagnosis of BP 2 which I am not 100% certain is accurate and have had healthy debates with my psychiatrist - a lovely man.
It sounds like it has been a long road for you but I'm so pleased to hear that things have been going better the last few years. Ah the ups and downs and twists n turns off the condition hey? I hear you when you describe the challenges, very hard indeed.
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