Does your Bipolar get worse with age?
By December 19, 2013 at 10:52 am 316 9
Does your episodes get worse with age?
I'm 40 years old, diagnosed at age 25. Until 9 years ago I was only on Zoloft and Topamax. Since I turned 31 I started needing Seroquel an Lamictal. From there on it's been downhill for me. I had 6 hospitalizations, I've been on all possible medications (Zyprexa, Abilify, Seroquel, lithium, you name it). My work suffered as a result of my episodes. I've been on a stable dose of Geodon for 6 years at least. Other medications needed to be changed. I'm on the highest dose of Lamictal and my antidepressant (Valdoxane). I need a sleeping tablet and Klonopin to sleep. I was diagnosed with ADHD when I was 35, the medication did change my life. But, I had 3 hospitalizations last year. Ok, all for the same episode. At least I can say I'm on the least medication I've been on in the last 9 years. I'm trying to take out disability cover. Have all sorts of co-morbidities. Hypothyroidism and back and neck spasms etc. that aggravate my mood disorder. Not sure if I will get the cover.
My manager doesn't think that I'm able to do my job any longer. I got another job and resigned. I want to be stable again. I was stable for 4 years until 2011. I was quite resilient. I worked for a dictator who would pull me apart if he knew about my diagnosis - (maybe it motivated me to stay well. And I had no time to be ill)
What is your story? How has your illness progressed? What helps you keep stable. Work stress is a trigger for me. And an overactive thyroid. What is your trigger?