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Question by Valerie
Submitted on 7/29/2003
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My husband was diagnosed in November of last year with Bipolar.  My questions is how do I know if the person I am dealing with is him or his illness?  He sometimes says things that are out of character for him

Answer by lysh
Submitted on 8/5/2003
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I was unfortunately diagnosed with bipolar not too long ago and my family was asking those same questions and getting treatments now i think that i can answer your question... If you think that what he is saying is out of character for him then it very well may be his disease but just remember please when you are considering It may be the real him. I know that when I was diagnosed I thought I'm only fifteen I can't have a disease. I know that it took me a long time to cope with it and I still am coping with it. Just give him time and love him no matter what he says for the time will come when it will get better. I know I thought no one would love me because of my disease and I'm getting married in March..

With love

Someone who knows


Answer by annary
Submitted on 8/15/2003
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Make sure he follows MDs advice and takes meds.  He should not mix meds with other intoxicants, nor should he go off Rx meds and self medicate.  You, my friend, should seek solo counseling.  this is not a game for amateurs.  I have lived with someone for over 11 yrs - it isn't easy, but worth it.  I will pray for you all.


Answer by Marie
Submitted on 9/19/2003
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Oh, this is deja-vu for me... my husband was diagnosed in 2000 as a Rapid Cycling Bi-Polar. A lot of what he did and said was not him. My husband had gone YEARS without us both knowing what was happening to his personality. While in couples therapy we found out.  The previous response is right-on. Help him to stay on his meds, he won't be "cured" despite his insistence. You should seek counseling and find someone you can be comfortable telling them EVERYTHING you're feeling. Including your feelings of thinking of leaving him, I've been there. But, now he is on the perfect dosage, sees his doctor bi-monthly and we are like newly-weds again. So, stick it out if you can. Just be sure to vent your feelings with someone or you'll explode.

Good luck!


Answer by Brooke Kirkpatrick
Submitted on 9/27/2004
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Hi, I need to know how it will be before i get over bipolar disorder? Can it last my whole life?


Answer by sleepless in sidney
Submitted on 5/25/2007
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My husband was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in October 2006.  He is seeing a counseler at a mental health clinic but he and I both feel like they are treating him like an experiment.  Can anyone tell me what type of medication they take so I have something to go on?  They currently have him on Geoden and now they've added a medical that is used for seizure patients. HELP!!!! I don't know what to do for him.  Please somebody help me!!!


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