Scared to tell anyone?

Amy Asked: Scared to tell anyone?

I think I may have bipolar disorder. I am very very depressed for months on end and then it goes and I seem to feel full of life for a few months then the depression will come back and so on. Its like this all year every year. My gran has serious mental illness and has been battling with it for years so it runs in the family. I am a mother of 3 though. It doesn't affect my mothering I am a very good, devoted mother but I'm scared if I go to a doctor they will alert child services and I will have my children taken away or even being monitored is bad enough. I don't want to put myself at any risk of loosing my children and if that means not telling anyone then so be it. What can I do? I go through patches where I feel like I have no energy, I don't want to open the curtains, I just want to shut out the world, I have no friends, I hate myself, I hate being stuck in the house but at the same time can't bare the thought of going out. I cry myself to sleep most nights sometimes for no reason. When I wake up in the morning I hate the thought of a whole day ahead of me.

Answers:

Olivia White Answered:
Don't be afraid of telling someone. It's what is best for your kids. That's the pure and simple truth, no fluff, no cushioning. Your children need stability as they grow up. Until you get help, you cannot provide that for them.

Sorry if I was too blunt.

Feel better, and do what's right! icon smile Scared to tell anyone?



SheWolf awooo Answered:
I have schizophrenia and bi polar so i know where you are coming from. honestly the help ive gotten hasnt helped me that much. im not sure about the laws but mental illness can be used against you. i hope you can get good help and your symptoms go away



Answered:
Bipolar disorder (also known as manic depression) is a mood disorder caused by chemical imbalances in the brain. In bipolar disorder a person has mood swings from depression to mania which have to last 7 days each to be diagnosed but generally last weeks or months at a time. I developed bipolar when I was 15 and diagnosed at 18, when I was depressed I would sleep constantly, cry, self harm, wouldn't leave bed for days, didn't eat, wash, dress, constantly felt suicidal, hopeless and worthless, withdrew myself from family and friends and stopped going to school. This lasted for 6 months. Then I switched into mania when I was constantly full of energy, didn't sleep for days and if I did I would sleep up to 3 hours only, went out every night abusing alcohol and drugs, got into meaningless relationship, had sex with strangers, spent every penny I had and even stole from my mum, shop lifted, racing thoughts, aggressive and irritable, psychotic when I would hallucinate and be delusional to the point I stabbed myself and almost my boyfriend, I was constantly doing one thing to the next and I nearly failed college. This lasted for 4 months.

No one on here can diagnose you but if you are worried about your mental well being you NEED to go and speak to your doctor. This will not go away on its own if you are suffering from bipolar disorder, it will only get worse over time. You have 3 children, 3 children who need their mother, please even if it is just for their sake go and see your doctor. Your doctor will be able to refer you over to a psychiatrist who is the only one who can give this kind of diagnosis and get you on to medications.

You say it does not effect you being a mother, that is a great thing. Your children will not be taken from you at all unless you are a clear danger to them or yourself which you are not. Also it does not seem to be effecting you to the point you need to be hospitalised so you can be dealt with on an outpatient basis seeing a psychiatrist weekly or monthly if you go and speak to your doctor.

Please see your doctor and get the help you need and deserve.

Good luck.



Answered:
Bipolar disorder (also known as manic depression) is a mood disorder caused by chemical imbalances in the brain. In bipolar disorder a person has mood swings from depression to mania which have to last 7 days each to be diagnosed but generally last weeks or months at a time. I developed bipolar when I was 15 and diagnosed at 18, when I was depressed I would sleep constantly, cry, self harm, wouldn't leave bed for days, didn't eat, wash, dress, constantly felt suicidal, hopeless and worthless, withdrew myself from family and friends and stopped going to school. This lasted for 6 months. Then I switched into mania when I was constantly full of energy, didn't sleep for days and if I did I would sleep up to 3 hours only, went out every night abusing alcohol and drugs, got into meaningless relationship, had sex with strangers, spent every penny I had and even stole from my mum, shop lifted, racing thoughts, aggressive and irritable, psychotic when I would hallucinate and be delusional to the point I stabbed myself and almost my boyfriend, I was constantly doing one thing to the next and I nearly failed college. This lasted for 4 months.

No one on here can diagnose you only a psychiatrist can. If you are worried about your mental wellbeing then I suggest you go to your doctors and explain this to them, if they feel you have mental illness they will refer you to see a psychiatrist who can diagnose and give medications if there is something wrong.

Good luck.



Got a better answer? Share it below!