Riding the Wave ... And the Trough

I am mentally ill, diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder I, OCD, ADHD, PTSD and a vitamin B12 deficiency (a key element in brain development). For over 12 years, I took anywhere from 5-8 psychotropic meds each day, and have been recently giving myself a monthly injection of B12.

In January 2012 I was hospitalized for depression, and management of my currrent med cocktail. Immediately all but two of my meds were discontinued and, after a few weeks of adjustment, and some near hospitalizations, things seem to be going much better.

I have been on permanent disability since January 2010, and am adjusting to life on a very limited income.

My prayer is that in walking with me during the ups and downs of Bipolar Disorder, you might find solace, and benefit through my experiences.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

A Big "Cut-Up"

I was on a blog the other day where a 46 yo man was talking about cutting himself purposefully. He was bipolar, and wasn't consciously deciding to cut himself; he just did it. It seemed to be more a reaction to some impulse than driven by an occurance. He thought this was something that much younger people, such a teens and early adults, did. He wanted to know if it was "normal" for him to cut, and if his age indicated another issue.

That is one of the problems with mental illness. People who don't suffer from this condition see any manifestations of the illness as "childish". So when we adults

What do you think? Is this a symptom for younger people only? (I know, an absurd question, but it needed to be asked.) The stigma associated with MI is not just that "scary" image; it is also the "childish" image too. Makes you think, eh?

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