I was diagnosed with bipolar I in the spring of 1995 after being hospitalized for dysthymia;it was discovered I was bipolar after I became manic after being put on Prozac.I suffered from age 16 to age 31 with depression and auditory hallucinations because (1)I was religious and (2)my father didn't approve of treatment.Since 1995 I've had numerous treatments with varying degrees of effectiveness.For a while I bounced in and out of treatment until I suffered several psychotic episodes and realized I couldn't go off my medication without dire results.Thankfully I was never criminally prosecuted.I've been relatively stable since about 2004,on Effexor,Lamictal and Abilify,and with extensive Christian counseling.I'm here to share my experience,strength and hope.
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