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Im struggling to keep my head above water. I dont want to die, this isnt a suicide post, I just need help really, really bad and I cant afford my therapist anymore.

 

 

Okay. I was recently diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, and my family is freaking out and I told my mom I wanted to stay up where Im going to college, and she wants me back home. I need a job to be able to stay up here and Ive been trying, and I made the decision to move into a place with my best friend to cut my rent in half and signed a 13 month lease when I thought I had one. But I dont and its hard to find one here. Thats one problem. I cant go back home and I dont WANT to. My life is up here and my family makes it all worse. But my mind keeps changing. I gave myself a month deadline and if I cant make up my mind I guess Ill move home but that will ruin my roommate.

 

Another problem is Ive tried dating and I cant do it, I miss my ex of 2 years too much. But I still SLEEP with people. I feel like I owe them my body to make them happy for being there for me. I hate guilt and people seem to know to guilt me and Ill give them anything. I cut, and I carved a huge "sl*t" into my leg, as a scarlet letter, so at least those Im giving myself to know what I am. It hasnt stopped anyone yet. I just keep thinking of him when its happening. I just want someone to stop and say "look we dont have to, let me hold you instead." But I want them to say that every time. I want him back. I hate myself for this. I cant say no to anyone about anything.

 

I hate that I have to rely on medication for my life to be normal.

 

I cant make my mind up with school. Im in a great university, but every DAY my mind changes about what I want to do, going from neurosurgeon, to artist, to drug therapist, to who knows what else! Ive had 5 major changes in my 2 years. I cant stick with something, and recently I fell apart too much to study half way through, and I got kicked out of the Honors College, and was on academic probation for a bit. Im not stupid, I just cant focus ever. And nothing is what I want to do. But to survive I need a college degree.

 

 

I dont know, Im already depressed and this stuff gets me down so bad. I feel like shutting off and giving up and watching my life fall down around me. For the first time in my life today I actually woke up and forgot where I was and when it came back to me I felt like dying. I need help, advice, anything.

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Take the medicine that they give you, first off. Your life will never stabilize without it. Many people with bi-polar think that it will, but it never does.

 

Don't worry about changing your major. Many college students change their major. I'm on my last year in college and i've managed to obtain high honors. I changed my major 3 times and put almost no effort in during my Freshman year. Stop trying to prepare yourself for a career and simply enjoy your education.

 

Risky sexual behavior is an unfortunate event that is attributed to bi-polar disorder. It's not your fault, and I would go as far as to say not to worry about it. Just don't get pregnant! If you think you're having emotional trouble right now, imagine being responsible for your emotions and the emotions of a baby!

 

Going back to your major... are you familiar with the major "liberal arts?" If not, it's essentially a major where you fulfill general education requirements and then do 96 credits of electives. Alot of people think that selecting that major will result in a fruitless life, but it's not true. One of my best friends has a bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts and is working on a master's degree. He's hoping to become a high school teacher at a private school in line with his own values, which is only one of the thousands of different kinds of jobs you could perform with that major. Instead of preparing you for one specialized career, it prepares you for everything else. You may want to consider such a major. If you did, then you'd be able to take whatever you wanted. There's plenty of time to make a decision about your career, the important thing now is enriching yourself.

 

Working part time while in college isn't so bad. I work full time (32 hours/wk) and go to college full time. Use your personal time to it's fullest and you'll be alright

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Catfeeder:

 

Thank you so much for at least reading my post. That means enough, thank you for your encouragement. Im not a bad person.

 

 

Anonymous:

 

I cant stop worrying about my sleeping around, my ex will never take me back if I do and I dont want to end up being 30 with 60+ partners. Im trying to take my medication but I hate it.

 

The liberal arts thing is a great idea, actually.... I might check into that. Ive never given it much though........ thank you so much....!!!!! You took a load off... I hope this works out. I just want to get out of school with a degree. I used to work 50+ hours a week and go to school 13 credit hours, and it burnt me out.

 

Thank you for not telling me I should go home, either.

 

 

Im not a bad person, I swear Im not, I feel like I almost cant help the decisions I make but thats so stupid to think because if I cant who can??

Im not a sl*t, Im not sleazy and I genuinely care about everyone. I just cant show it and I let this stuff happen and I dont know what to do.

 

 

Thank you so much though. Your reply meant the world to me.

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Ditto catfood. I can't look at this and give out anything of worth at the moment but not ignoring it. Have to eat and take meds. Late doing so.

 

You don't owe anyone anything in the way that you're viewing it.

 

Am wondering about childhood, adolescent abuse. (?) If so, there's a way to address such and actually heal. Without drugs.

 

Do you have any spirituality? If so, this is the time to get a focused connection like never before. That's possible too.

 

How are your grades in school? Wondering if you're hanging in OK with all this going on inside. That's intense. Just putting out as a possibility, you may have to put school off for however long to get back into a good groove. You could blow your chances in school with all this. You don't want to go home and you're in a do-or-die situation to make things happen. Don't know your situation enough on the school performance front.

 

Leave it there for now. Have to go for a while. Let me know.

 

Every bit of this is doable.

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Will you be on later today/ this evening? I need a couple hours as most but will be back.

 

"I feel trapped in my life, my situation, my past, and my own head." - Understood. This is common for many and can be remedied.

 

Focus on relaxing and envisioning a true solution, for the moment.

 

Breathe and clear your head. Then focus on this. It will come.

 

Anything abnormal about your youth to mention? (Welcomed to PM me if you like.)

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Catfeeder:

 

Thank you so much for at least reading my post. That means enough, thank you for your encouragement. Im not a bad person.

 

 

Dear paintedfish,

Thinking about your post, and never once did it occur to me to believe you're a bad person. I also agree that you're probably better off not trying to pin yourself to a career path right now. Half the people I know don't work in fields related to their majors, and just about every job has training.

 

If you can take that kind of pressure out of your cooker, maybe you can also decide that you'll enjoy your college experience and throw yourself into learning for the sake of learning.

 

What concerns me most is your statements that you hate yourself. That's not something anyone else can decide for you, and it's the single most important fundamental worldview that will stubbornly ruin your ability to know any joy in any experience--boyfriend or no boyfriend.

 

If you believe you need help in working through self-hatred, you're entitled to access to the therapists at your school. I hope you'll please use them. If you'll work to tackle that one core problem, you'll be amazed at how everything else becomes manageable.

 

In your corner.

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You learn from the past to redesign your future so you'll get a different outcome.

"I'll never give you more in one day than you can handle." -my spirituality. I guess that's where the saying "Take it one day at a time." comes from. Point being, you don't have to take all of this on at any one point in time and overwhelm yourself.

 

You must set goals and sub-goals to get whatever it is you want/need. Break it down into little parts and figure it out piecemeal.

 

Do you take finals the first day of class? Nope.

 

With unconditional Love, Indigo

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How can I stop hating myself when my past is so messed up and my future is heading the same way??

Im tired.

Ive seen 2 therapists and my psychiatrist. Nothing helps anymore.

 

Dear, everybody has a messed up past--have you been reading these boards?

 

It's true that some people are gifted with a naturally optimistic disposition. I don't know too many of those, and they'd probably drive me nutz anyway. The majority of us need to work at it. It is work, and it is hard, and it's not fair--but it pays off. You are way too smart to work so efficiently against yourself. If you want to live your life like a big temper tantrum, you can certainly do that--and nobody, not even the best therapist in the world can talk you out of that if your mind is made up.

 

You can start with understanding that our private attitudes are choices we each make--every single day. Some days are easier than others, but you'll find they tend to meet your expectations. If you expect horror, you are sure to create it. If you're especially stubborn about that, you will mistakenly believe that you have no choice or control in the matter--it's all about what happens 'to' you and nothing at all to do with how you decide to respond to it.

 

I've got no skin in your game and nothing to gain by telling you that I think you're a smart and beautiful young woman who has every reason to expect happiness and good things out of living. But I certainly can't make that decision for you, and I hope you'll consider that choice carefully--every single day.

 

In your corner.

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I know that things happen because of me and not to me. I definitely dont sit here thinking WHY ME!? because I know why... it is my own fault. But I freeze up, and I guess I am living one big temper tantrum, but from what I understand, thats sort of what Bipolar is at times.

 

I LET people walk all over me and I LET them use me. Its not that theyre malicious. I just dont know HOW to stop them. I want to. No one seems to give usable advice on it though. Its usually "its your body, tell them no" or "dont get into situations like that" but that doesnt help. I already know that....

 

My life and my dreams and my sanity are crumbling around me. I never wanted to be promiscuous. But I get into those situations and my libido takes over and after the first few minutes I regret it and its too late.

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