I was Dx. Bipolar when I was 27, I had three small childern 7,5,3. I had been wonderfully married 10 years, and the in an instant my whole world became upside down, the first 8 years that I was DX I was in treatment 22 times, I had been on every medication available at the time, I had ECT, nothing worked. I took 2 overdoses, and I became a cutter.I was going to therapy 1 to 2 times a week, eventually I did stop cutting, but then I started self-medicating,which turned into a prescription drug addiction, so then I ended up in NA, I went for 3 years during this time the years began to go by, the childern grew up,they got married,and now I have 2 wonderful grandsons.My Bipolar has effected my life greatly,in the last 5 years my Bipolar has gotten pretty bad again thoughts of suicide had become strong again, I began cutting again, imagine a 50 year old cutting. But on june 9th I went back into treatment IOP, I was there from june 9-august 14th,I am doing some what better and learned a lot of coping skills while there, I joke about being 50, because with my Bipolar, I still feel emotionally like that 27 year old when she was first DX,except I have alot more aches & pains, and a few health issues.
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