Hi, for reason's of privacy my name will be Gordon.
 I was diagnosed as bipolar II in 1983. I was at work and having delusions about my coworkers one October day. That night, I imagined my father had died in a traffic accident and had a nervous breakdown. He was only late coming home. Not long after that I went for my first doctor visit and was put on lithium. I have been on lithium for many years and went to several doctors, one of which I saw from 1985 until 1998 when he retired.

 Over the span of 25 years I have been through many trials and rough patches. I have wanted to kill myself many, many times. One time, I actually almost went through with it, my only attempt. I almost intentionally drove into traffic. Luckily, I was at the doctor's office almost and I actually stopped myself from the attempt. I was hospitalized for almost a week and Zyprexa was added to my lithium.
 I saw a few different doctors since 1998, and now have a very good one. Now I take lithium, lamotrigine, and thorazine. I have been fairly stable now, but I still have times where I am not 100%. I'm sure with most sufferers, the treatment will change from time to time. I have had the blackest depressions and despair and the mania associated with overspending and hyper-sexual thoughts. Nowadays things are getting better, but this illness has way of tripping you up when you least expect it. I have some relatives who are bipolar, and I know I am not alone.
 I have learned to stay away from caffeine and get plenty of sleep at night. Regular exercise is a must! Prayer is a wonderful comfort as well.
 Take care.......


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