I thought I would give you a little background about me.
I am the Co-Founder of Bipolar(s) Supporting Bipolars which has been running for 5 years so far on Facebook.
I was born a and raised in Brighton (UK), where I lived most of my life.
I came to Munich (Germany) in September 2001, and have been here ever since.
I have always had highs and lows, as far back as I can remember. I thought this was normal. I can remember saying to myself on a number of times, that things cannot get any worse, which sometimes it did.
I had my first suicide attempt in my early 20’s. I cannot remember why now. I had very strong suicide thoughts just a few days before I came to Munich.
My journey to a diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder, started with the death of my grand mother in 2008.
I was extremely depressed, and stuck in a whole, where I couldn’t see the light at the end of the tunnel. I subsequently when to my doctor and told him how I was feeling. He immediately give me a telephone number of an English speaking doc to call (which I am still with).
I saw her a few days later, and told her what had been happening, and immediately put on anti depressants.
Everything had been going semi OK, and was able to still work.
The March the following year, from one day to the next, I felt great and stopped taking my meds. Boy was that a mistake !
In November of the same year, I crashed badly, and as not even able to work. I went back to my pdoc, and was put back on meds.
After lots of talks, and my family history, I was diagnose with Bipolar Disorder 2 with rapid cycling in March 2010.
I went to a day clinic, just up the road from where I live, which was a great experience.
In Sept 2010, I did a 6 week stay inpatient at a wonderful clinic.
Since then I’ve been up and down, and my stable is a 4 on the mood scale.
Last year, I experienced for the very first time, borderline manic, which thankfully only lasted a day. It was an interesting but exhausting experience.
Well, that’s most of my story from 2008 until present. I hope you can relate from my story, and even find the strength to find yours.
Have a good day.