bipolar issues

Posted by healthytoday @healthytoday, Dec 10, 2018

Bipolar, I decided no matter what, I could study it, and get to know it. From there, I added vitamins (especially B and omega3. I felt better. Also, activity and funny movies helped. There are so many things I could do besides medication. I do have the milder form of it and have seem family members with a more severe illness. Meds are a life saver at certain times, and I was put on prozac back in the 1990’s for 7 years that helped me get through my teaching career. At that time I needed “the big boys” to help with the heavy lifting, but being retired I rely on life style and not on any psy. agents. What a struggle. Anyone have simple ideas that help? Oh, I did find good coffee a boost against depression, but since my heart abif no more caffeine….: (…but dark chocolate is okay. I do miss coffee. I love beautiful music really can raise my mood. Once a therapist suggested a sad movie once a week to bring on a good cry. Tears release toxins. What else can we do for ourselves?

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Hay Mayo Folks, why are these sideways?

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I JUST DISCOVERED IF I CLICK ON THE PHOTO IMAGE, IT COMES IN OKAY….??? SO, CLICK ON IT….

Hope I'm not getting to manic in sharing! Anyway, Cacti Garden at Phoenix Campus with Scott who stood by me during heart failure CLICK ON PICTURE TO TURN IT ON IT'S RIGHT SIDE UP.

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Hi, @healthytoday – I'd also like to bring into this conversation @iwishiwasanon, who recently joined Mayo Clinic Connect and has an interest in mental health issues. I believe you two have met in another discussion.

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Hay Mayo Folks, why are these sideways?

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@healthytoday and @lisalucier — saved photos to my computer, viewed, rotated and uploaded again. Really beautiful shots of cactus. One of my favorite accounts when I was working for IBM while living in California was Johnson Cactus Gardens in Paramount, CA.

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Hi, @healthytoday – Thanks for sharing these cacti photos. Did you take your photo using your cellphone? One of our Connect members, @johnbishop, has mentioned the following about photos appearing sideways: I've had the same problem with images being rotated sideways when I snapped the picture holding my phone in the normal vertical orientation like when you are talking on it. If you take the photo with your phone in the horizontal orientation, the photo will appear normal when you upload it to Connect. You can also fix it on a computer by opening it with an image program and rotating it 90 degrees.

Since it appears you are an artist, @healthytoday, I'd like to recommend you check out this Connect thread, "Art for Healing," when you have a moment https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/art-for-healing. @windwalker is also an artist, by the way.

I also wanted you to get to meet @hopeful33250 @gailb @parus, who are very involved in a number of discussions in the Mental Health and Depression & Anxiety groups.

In addition to art, you mentioned an interest in massage. I also go to a local school to get massages from students. I've found it is not only helpful with kinks and tension in my body, but also seems helpful for general relaxation and self-care, which help elevate my mental health. Have you found that massage helps with your bipolar disorder in any way?

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Could anyone help with finding a good psychiatrist that takes Medicaid? I had good insurance but lost my job from my condition of pain and anxiety . I did CT scan for 6 yrs and my life feel apart. Now I am on Medicaid, can't work and the system is so unhelpful. Please reach out to me, I want to feel good again

Hello @9119, welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. I saw a link that may help you find a good psychiatrist that takes Medicaid on the Psychology Today.

Find a Therapist Accepting Medicaid
https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapists/medicaid

Are you able to get any help through your local or county social services?

John

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Hello @9119, welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. I saw a link that may help you find a good psychiatrist that takes Medicaid on the Psychology Today.

Find a Therapist Accepting Medicaid
https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapists/medicaid

Are you able to get any help through your local or county social services?

John

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Been to that site, have called with no luck , either they now do not except Medicaid or are at the max of patients. Been to my community help centers and they state health care in Macomb county, Michigan is under funded. I understand , but that is no help to me..feeling helpless, and defeated….just about ready to go on News stations for help, daily panic attacks and anxiety are controlling my entire days. Any inspiring comment would be so appreciated

@9119 I wish I was smart enough to have an inspiring comment to give you. I hope you keep advocating for yourself and keep looking for things that help move you to a better place. A few years ago I had the opportunity to listen to Dr. Amit Sood talk about how the brain functions and it was eye opening for me. He has some really good YouTube videos. Here are a few that may be helpful.

Dr. Amit Sood – The Mayo Clinic's Handbook for Happiness
https://goo.gl/e6YUgb

Happy Brain: How to Overcome Our Neural Predispositions to Suffering | Amit Sood, MD | TEDxUNI
https://goo.gl/dRiaCx

@9119 do you have any activities that you enjoy doing or that make you happy?

John

I sympathize with you. I have similar problems. Do what you think is right. I will pray for you. God bless

@9119

Could anyone help with finding a good psychiatrist that takes Medicaid? I had good insurance but lost my job from my condition of pain and anxiety . I did CT scan for 6 yrs and my life feel apart. Now I am on Medicaid, can't work and the system is so unhelpful. Please reach out to me, I want to feel good again

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Hi, @9119 – sorry to hear that you lost your job and are having such a challenging time with pain and anxiety.

We have a couple of groups I'd recommend to you that have lots of discussions on anxiety and about pain:

– Depression & Anxiety group https://connect.mayoclinic.org/group/depression-anxiety/

– Chronic Pain group https://connect.mayoclinic.org/group/pain/

As you came to a discussion on bipolar issues, I'm wondering if you also have a diagnosis of bipolar, @9119?

I was diagnosed bipolar a few years ago and was put in Lamotrigine for the mood swings. This was the first time that I was able to take things out of my shopping cart and return them to the shelf. Now I find myself in a financial bind.
I’m hoping to connect with others who have bipolar disorder.

I’m also ADD, so my doctor, therapist and I often are challenged when my Mind races and focusing seems near impossible. Russell Brand has the same 2 diagnoses, and I have no problem being in the same group with him. He’s a brilliant comedian, actor and 14 year recovered addict. It seems brilliance and creativity often are characteristic of those with bipolar disorder. Yet, not all bipolar sufferers are creative.

Can anyone relate?

What meds and practices help you to control the illness?

@petangelkat1, you'll notice that I moved your message to this existing discussion about Bipolar Disorder in the Mental Health group, so you can meet others talking about bipolar issues and medications and practices to help control it.

Here are other discussions that may also interest you:
> New here, dealing with bipolar and depression https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/new-here/
> What to do for socially phobic depression and anxiety & bipolar https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/what-do-you-do-for-major-and-socially-phobic-depression-and-anxiety/
> ADHD https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/adhd/

Are you able to continue to take Lamotrigine if it is working for you?

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@petangelkat1, you'll notice that I moved your message to this existing discussion about Bipolar Disorder in the Mental Health group, so you can meet others talking about bipolar issues and medications and practices to help control it.

Here are other discussions that may also interest you:
> New here, dealing with bipolar and depression https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/new-here/
> What to do for socially phobic depression and anxiety & bipolar https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/what-do-you-do-for-major-and-socially-phobic-depression-and-anxiety/
> ADHD https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/adhd/

Are you able to continue to take Lamotrigine if it is working for you?

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Yes, I’m still taking Lamotrigine, and it gave me a lot of energy in the past. I don’t feel the energy this time BUT I do NOt have the hot flashes like before.
Today my fibromyalgia pain is higher,
and I’m tired tired.

Hi, @petangelkat1 – You mentioned after starting on the lamotrigine for the mood swings that you for the first time were able to take things out of your shopping cart and return them to the shelf. Will you share more about this? Was a certain mood swing affecting your shopping?

I'd like to request that @pjss48 @healthytoday return and offer their input on whether they also have ADD, if they have mind racing and focusing challenges, as well as what meds and practices help to control the illness. Hoping that @amberpep @mamacita @oprah @catcatanzaro60 @mizmaui444 @cathy615 @windwalker might also join this conversation and offer any input they may have on the same.

@9119, do you also have a diagnosis of bipolar disorder?

@lisalucier

Hi, @petangelkat1 – You mentioned after starting on the lamotrigine for the mood swings that you for the first time were able to take things out of your shopping cart and return them to the shelf. Will you share more about this? Was a certain mood swing affecting your shopping?

I'd like to request that @pjss48 @healthytoday return and offer their input on whether they also have ADD, if they have mind racing and focusing challenges, as well as what meds and practices help to control the illness. Hoping that @amberpep @mamacita @oprah @catcatanzaro60 @mizmaui444 @cathy615 @windwalker might also join this conversation and offer any input they may have on the same.

@9119, do you also have a diagnosis of bipolar disorder?

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Yes, I am bipolar and have tried lamotrigine. It had no effect on me whatsoever. I have never experienced symptoms such as you describe, however. Good luck.

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