advertisement
Question
Posted by: Nicole | 2011/02/03

Afraid

I am afraid the bipolar is going to kill me.
I can sort of handle the highs cause at least then i have some desire to live. But the lows, well, the lows fill me with so much anxiety and terrible thoughts. I struggle to get up in the morning, i struggle to get through my work, i struggle to communicate with everyone. I want to believe that i will find the right medication and that i will be ok, but the uncertainty about that fills me with fear. Dont know if i can keep on fighting this thing in my head. I do the right things, i go for psychotherapy, i see my shrink often, i take the medication. But still i feel stuck in a never ending circle. How is research about this coming, any chance of cure in the near future?

Not what you were looking for? Try searching again, or ask your own question
Our expert says:
Expert ImageCyberShrink

Bipolar doesn't usually kill us. Indeed, it can be more like seasickness, which doesn't kill anyone, but can make us fel so awful we wish it would.
Your psychotherapist ought to be using a CBT approach, to helping you find the purposes in living, and how to remain usefully active even when depressed. And how to vope with uncertainty - life is always uncertain ; it's just that with some conditions, we are more aware of that degree of uncertainty.
I doubt we will find, or should be looking for a CURE for Bipolar - medicine actually very rarely CURES things ; but there are new and improved treatments being developed steadily, and CONTROL of such disorders is becoming more practical and more achievable. We need to learn the art of living with whatver disorders life produces for us, rather than expecting to be totally without disorder ( actually a very rare situation ).

The information provided does not constitute a diagnosis of your condition. You should consult a medical practitioner or other appropriate health care professional for a physical exmanication, diagnosis and formal advice. Health24 and the expert accept no responsibility or liability for any damage or personal harm you may suffer resulting from making use of this content.

2
Our users say:
Posted by: Outsider | 2011/02/03

I hardly know anything about this illness, maybe you should make a small book of happy things you have done and or still want to do in the future " happy things"  or stick a few little things around your workstation and when you have these thoughts you should page through the " happy book"  and re-direct your thoughts.

Just an idea

Reply to Outsider
Posted by: cybershrink | 2011/02/03

Bipolar doesn't usually kill us. Indeed, it can be more like seasickness, which doesn't kill anyone, but can make us fel so awful we wish it would.
Your psychotherapist ought to be using a CBT approach, to helping you find the purposes in living, and how to remain usefully active even when depressed. And how to vope with uncertainty - life is always uncertain ; it's just that with some conditions, we are more aware of that degree of uncertainty.
I doubt we will find, or should be looking for a CURE for Bipolar - medicine actually very rarely CURES things ; but there are new and improved treatments being developed steadily, and CONTROL of such disorders is becoming more practical and more achievable. We need to learn the art of living with whatver disorders life produces for us, rather than expecting to be totally without disorder ( actually a very rare situation ).

Reply to cybershrink

Have your say

Thanks for commenting! Your comment will appear on the site shortly.
Thanks for commenting! Your comment will appear on the site shortly.
advertisement