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    Anonymous
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    Are there any of you out there that are in recovery and also bipolar?

    #162919
    Anonymous
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    DoingWell…You might try checking the “Mental Health” and ETC. forums below.

    I have anxiety issues but sometimes have symptoms similiar to BiPolar and even adult ADD.
    I am on a low daily dose of Xanax that helps greatly with the anxiety and often, other symptoms I may be experiencing.

    I have been clean from a nasty Vicoden habit for over 3-years.

    ~Jane

    #162921
    Anonymous
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    I am, and am on medication for it as well. I was on medication for it before my drug use, lost my insurance decided I didn’t need the medication anymore since I had meth because it worked better for the bipolar and ADD. (or so I thought) 😉

    #162922
    Anonymous
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    Doing Well – Eighteen years diagnosed here. Is there anything specific you’re needing to know, or are you just looking for people you can relate to, or is your diagnosis new?

    I’d check out the mental health forum. I post there as well for these issues. It’s a pretty helpful group.

    #162925
    Anonymous
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    I was diagnosed bipolar quite a few years ago when it was called manic depression, but since I was mostly manic (enjoyed the manic highs) I didn’t really pay attention to it and sort of stayed in denial.. when I had some really tough times come into my life is when I began self-medicating with booze/benzo’s really bad. I’ve been completely clean and sober for almost 8 months. I’d like to talk to others with similar experiences. I’m currently seeing a therapist, go to group therapy and also behavioral therapy as I’ve learned that I have been a self-medicating addict long before any drink/drug and it’s really helped to learn that about myself.

    Thanks for the replies!

    #162923
    Anonymous
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    Doing Well; I’m the opposite as far as my more severe part of the disorder is the depression; my manias were actually hypomanias and you’re right; when you feel that way, you don’t want to take your meds, you don’t want anyone telling you you’re not OK. You think everything is great. Then comes the crash.

    When I was in detox in June I finally realized that my Number 1 trigger for using was not taking my psych meds and self medicating. At first it worked, but after a while it negates all your psych meds and you end up even worse off. It’s a vicious cycle (no pun intended) Now my husband checks with me every day to see if I’ve taken my psych meds. If I start forgetting I start on that path I don’t want to go down.

    #162920
    Anonymous
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    My Best Friend Is A Recovering Coke Addict And More Recently Recovering From Dope And Has Been Diagnosed With Bipolar/manic Depressive. So If U Ever Need To Know Something I’m Here And Know A Lot On The Disease

    #162918
    Anonymous
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    Lots of people, especially dope addicts and drunks, are misdiagnosed as bipolar. I was one of these people. Here I was in the psych unit withdrawing my butt off and some doc decides that I’m bipolar. “I’m kicking dope for chrissake, doc!”, is what I said. He put me on a pile of stuff, zyprexa, lithium, neurontin, and a couple of other things. The nurse, doing her nails, said that if I didn’t “take my meds” then I’d have to stay longer. No way was I gonna stay in that nuthouse. It took me a couple of weeks to become unretarded from those meds.

    #162924
    Anonymous
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    Windy, you have a way with words.

    Moving; my diagnosis was pre drug abuse so I can be of help.

    Windy, what color was she painting her nails, kidding!!!

    #162926
    Anonymous
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    Doing Well; I’m the opposite as far as my more severe part of the disorder is the depression; my manias were actually hypomanias and you’re right; when you feel that way, you don’t want to take your meds, you don’t want anyone telling you you’re not OK. You think everything is great. Then comes the crash.

    Exactly.. good description!

    Lots of people, especially dope addicts and drunks, are misdiagnosed as bipolar. I was one of these people. Here I was in the psych unit withdrawing my butt off and some doc decides that I’m bipolar. “I’m kicking dope for chrissake, doc!”, is what I said. He put me on a pile of stuff, zyprexa, lithium, neurontin, and a couple of other things. The nurse, doing her nails, said that if I didn’t “take my meds” then I’d have to stay longer. No way was I gonna stay in that nuthouse. It took me a couple of weeks to become unretarded from those meds.

    Yes I agree most are mis-diagnosed and often diagnosed in early sobriety, however I was diagnosed LONG before I touched any substance, same with addictive behaviors, I had them long before I touched any substance.

    The main struggle are the manic phases, I’ve tried many mood stabilizers and either they had really bad side effects or didn’t do anythign at all, currently I’m just on Abilify after tapering off Celexa which I was on for years. The manic episodes are somewhat stabilized but I’m left with a very “flat” feeling like I just need “something” to pick me up.. I’m coming up on 8 months clean/sober ..alcohol was like a two-sided drug for me, sometimes it helped me come down from mania and sometimes it picked me up to that level of euphoria.. I know that is insane thinking but the thoughts are still there none-the-less.

    Thank you for your responses, I am in group therapy for those with polysubstance abuse and underlying mental health issues but like the person mentioned here, I get the feeling some of them were diagnosed too soon being off drugs/alcohol. I realize now that when I was younger I used other ways to self-medicate (work, video games, relationships) and I didn’t start drinking or abusing benzo’s until my marriage was falling apart, so I don’t have a LONG history of substance abuse, just enough to wake up and know I was heading down that road.

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