How’s it going for you today?
I am actually really annoyed. My computer is driving me out of my mind. It’s amazing to me how long you can waste trying to do the simplest things.
For some reason my MS word has a mind of it’s own. It took like 45 minutes to get it back to how it’s suppose to be.
Someone once asked me, “do you think that the people who make bipolar medications use the medications themselves?” This person was making the point that if they did, they would make them easier to take and have no side effects.
I said “no” and also said, “do you think the people who make programs like MS word
use the programs themselves?” She said “no way.”
I agree. The people who make these computer programs simply can’t use them or they would know they were messed up and fix them, right?
Okay let’s move on so you don’t have to hear about my ongoing struggle against my computer.
I have to share this post with you from Danielle, because it is VERY important:
“Dave, I have to ask you something. First let me
tell you what happened. See, I was really unhappy
with my life. So I broke up with my boyfriend
and I started seeing this other guy. I dyed my hair
cuz I hated the way it looked. Then I went on a
diet and lost a bunch of weight cuz this new diet
pill was so great, but I had to go off my bipolar
meds cuz I couldn’t take them together.
So then of course I had to go shopping and I spent
all this money buying a whole new wardrobe.
I moved to a new apartment. I stopped seeing my
old friends cuz they were bringing me down and
judging me and holding me back and everything.
But that was ok cuz I made new friends and that
was great cuz they were a lot more fun and we
started going out a lot and I drank a little bit but
only socially, ya know?
I quit my old job and got a new one and even
started my own home business which was going
real good, but the next thing I knew I was in the
hospital in a manic episode, which I don’t understand.
So here’s my question. Where did this episode come
from and how did it happen? I was doing just fine
before it. Danielle.”
Now, you know the first thing I’m going to say, right?
I’m not a doctor, psychiatrist, therapist, or any other kind of professional, and I don’t know this woman personally, so I don’t know all the details – I don’t know what she left out of her story -so I can’t give a professional answer.
But I do have a lot to say personally based on my experiences and other people’s experiences and all the vast research I’ve done on bipolar disorder.
And this post sure screams out MANIC EPISODE to me!
But let me go through the points one at a time.
There is a lot that Danielle did wrong to cause this episode.
First of all let me say one thing, though –
I am NOT saying that it’s not ok to change things in your life. Change is ok. But not all at once, like Danielle did.
Changing everything all at the same time is a recipe for disaster for someone who has bipolar disorder, as you can see by her story.
The first thing she did was break up with her boyfriend. Which is ok by itself, but may have been a rash, impulsive decision, as indicated by the fact that she immediately started seeing another man. But again, I don’t know all the details, so I’m only making an educated guess here, but there may have been some risky sexual behavior involved.
Then she dyed her hair. Women do that all the time, especially when they want to change something about themselves, so I’m not even going to go there!
But then comes something very, very important.
She went on a diet.
Now, in my courses/systems, I talk about how you need to be on a healthy diet in order to manage your bipolar disorder. But she’s not talking about a healthy diet here. She’s talking about taking diet pills.
SUPPORTING AN ADULT WITH BIPOLAR DISORDER?
SUPPORTING A CHILD/TEEN WITH BIPOLAR DISORDER?
HAVE BIPOLAR DISORDER?
This woman took diet pills to lose all that weight. So there’s another mistake she made. Do you
know what that was?
She didn’t check with her doctor first.
Then she made the most DANGEROUS mistake of all!
SHE WENT OFF HER MEDICATION in order to take those diet pills!
NEVER go off your bipolar medication by yourself. Always check with your doctor, and listen to what he/she says.
Going off your bipolar medication by yourself is almost a sure way to go into a bipolar episode, which is why the rest of the things began to happen, all symptoms of a manic episode.
Danielle “spent all this money buying a whole new wardrobe” indicating excessive shopping, or spending of a lot of money, which is one symptom.
She changed apartments, which was an impulsive decision.
Paranoia can be a symptom of a manic episode as well, like when she said that her old friends were judging her.
She then said that she (quickly, impulsively?) made new friends, began going out and drinking. Substance abuse is another symptom.
Quitting her old job, beginning a new one, and also starting her own business all seemed to happen too quickly not to be impulsive as well as probably overwhelming when it caught up to her.
When all these things caught up to Danielle, they were probably like a high tower that toppled all at once down upon her, as manic episodes often do to people with bipolar disorder.
It’s no wonder that she ended up in the hospital, where she probably needed to be stabilized with medication.
She asked, “Where did this episode come from and how did it happen?”
I would say that it happened because she went off her medication and then began exhibiting most of the classic symptoms of bipolar mania – impulsivity, excessive spending, substance abuse, risky sexual behavior, poor decision making, bad decisions, etc.
Have you or a loved one experienced similar things as Danielle?
In other words, have you tried to do too much at once or gone off medication and ended up in a manic episode?
David Oliver is the author of the shocking guide “Bipolar Disorder—The REAL Silent Killer.” Click Here to get FREE Information sent via email on how and why bipolar disorder kills.