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Topic: idk

4 posts, 0 answered
  1. Asdfghjkl:)
    Asdfghjkl:) avatar
    1 posts
    19 June 2020

    I think that i'm bipolar and i don't know what to do.

    Mid way through last year my family caught on that i was feeling really bad about myself and not wanting to do anything so I went to a counsellor and they said that it was most likely that i was dealing with depression and sent me to go to a therapist. Others things came up and i ended up not going. I felt bad like this for a while but then I just started feeling a lot better, more energetic and generally happy. I never though much of it and just assumed that it was just because it was something that had happened and I had gotten over it. I made a lot of commitments to partaking in sport and other activities during this time and was basically ready to do anything. Then later on that year i was hit with another phase of depression once again feeling terrible as well as not wanting to go outside at all or spend time with others and therefore braking the commitments I had previously made and been confident I would fulfil. During this time I was extremely lazy and unmotivated, causing failure in most aspects of my life. I felt worthless and went through a period of contemplating suicide and self harm.

    Over the past month I have been really energetic after feeling blue before and into quarantine. For a while I have had a feeling that I had had bipolar or some similar issue but today when i lashed out at those around me for no apparent reason i am realising that there is definitely something going on and I need to stop it before I hurt someone or myself. Looking back on it I can't count the amount of similar situations where i have just lost control of my mood and unnecessarily attacked someone verbally.

    I feel lost and am unsure on what to do. I found these forums whilst learning about mental health at school.

    Hopefully i did this right :)

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  2. Sophie_M
    Sophie_M avatar
    3672 posts
    19 June 2020 in reply to Asdfghjkl:)
    Hi Asdfghjkl:) - Welcome to the forums!

    Thank you for sharing your mental health journey so far with us. It sounds like there have been intense moments over the last year that have you thinking a lot about where to go next. Please know that there are lots of options moving forward. If you would like to talk more about what's been happening for you and what might be helpful, call us anytime on 1300 22 4636 or through Webchat 3pm-12am AEST here: www.beyondblue.org.au/getsupport. 
  3. Nurse Jenn
    Health professional
    • Health professional
    Nurse Jenn avatar
    435 posts
    21 June 2020

    Hi Asdfghjkl:)

    Thanks for sharing your story. You did your first post just right.

    It sounds like you are experiencing some ups and downs in your mood that are causing your some distress. That can be so difficult. I am sorry you are going through this. There are many things that can contribute to mood changes and seeing a psychologist can help you get to the bottom of this. Bipolar is not the only reason why people have changes to their mood, sometimes people can cycle up and down in their mood in relation to the weather and seasons, other times it can be due to hormones, and sometimes it is stressors that are not easily identified.

    I would recommend getting to your therapy appointment for an assessment to your mood changes or at least going back to your GP. You could also try using a mood tracking app like Daylio and track your mood each day. Doing this can help establish any patterns over a period of time which can be helpful information.

    If you are feeling overwhelmed and need to reach out at any time, the Beyond Blue Support Service 1300 22 4636 or the Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467 is a great support. Calling a support number when you are feeling confused or distressed can be really helpful, even in that moment.

    We are listening and here if you want to talk more. The forum is a safe place to share your story and sometimes writing things out can really help.

    Sending you strength,

    Nurse Jenn

  4. sisu100
    Mentor
    • Masters of Psychology student on placement
    sisu100 avatar
    71 posts
    2 July 2020 in reply to Asdfghjkl:)

    Hi Asdfghjkl:),
    Great work on finding the forums and creating your own thread- you’ve absolutely done it right! :)

    It sounds like you’ve been experiencing some big mood swings recently which has been really difficult for you to cope with, and I’m sorry to hear that it’s been so tough for you. I imagine that it must feel quite overwhelming and confusing to understand and control your mood with everything that’s been going on. Please know that we’re here to help and support you through this time.

    How have you been going with your mood lately? I’d love to hear how you’re tracking on if you feel comfortable in sharing :)

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