Wednesday, March 3, 2010


Continuation of my story being Bipolar

When I became ill in 2007 a psychiatrist was assign to me. After a year had gone by the psychiatrist became frustrated with my situation. We could not eliminate the auditory hallucinations and the depression. Most of the year I was sleeping throughout the day and fighting for my sanity with the voices/hallucinations.

The side effects of the medications were horrific (gaining weight, restlessness in the legs, bloating, rash on my face, hair falling out and many more) There were times I did not want to go anywhere(shopping, visiting family etc.). "who am I now", "this isn't my body" I would say to myself. The psychiatrist told me I just have to deal with the voices/hallucinations. After seeing her for a year we moved on to the next doctor. I was determined to get my life back.

A few suggestions when seeing a new psychiatrist would be to write your own history, list all medications you have tried and why they failed, explain in detail about your moods, sleep and how proactive you are. I wrote my own history and made it easy reading. Remember some psychiatrist only have fifteen or twenty minutes for each client.

I will finish writing about psychiatrists in a couple days

Thank you for taking the time in reading my blog. Any comments and questions are welcome.



  1. Thank you so much for your supportive comments on my blog.

    I admit I hadn't thought of preparing my own history. It would have been an advantage as I saw three psychiatrists in as many days and then after my weekend break at the psychiatric hospital I saw a further three. I'm glad you're dertermined to get your life back and that you're so open about it. It's helping me. Mart

  2. I hope you were able to find a doc that could help you and that you could feel comfortable with. I've been through a enough in my time and medicine to go with them. Keep trying, trust your gut, don't ever give up. There is hope out there. More than can be imagined.

  3. Oh my, you sound like a strong person! Good for you! What you write here will be a help to so many people. My sister's boyfriend is bipolar and I will tell them about your blog. I am a retired nurse so I know a little about this illness. You have my support...and my prayers.