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Bipolar patients are misdiagnosed on average eight to 10 times before they see a doctor who diagnoses them correctly. Back then, I thought they were all right. Behrman: The manic behavior is easier to remember. My lows seemed a lot different than the lows that a unipolar depressive feels. My lows were filled with rage, anger, and irritability. I was dysfunctional and agitated, really miserable with life, and desperately trying to get back to where I had been the day before. I completely understand.

But at the same time, bipolar is so frightening. Behrman: Not at all. I was married in November , and my wife and I just had our first child, Kate Elizabeth, on April And a bipolar is a person who never sleeps. If you feel like going out for a snack at 4 a. The potential for getting into trouble is much greater in Manhattan. There was nothing that would break my manic cycle.

I was walking around on drugs that were sedating me and not allowing me to function, literally being in my apartment for five years and just watching television. And at the same time, cycling back and forth from mania to depression. It was a really uncomfortable, pretty horrible time of my life. Behrman: At that critical part of my life, I was just begging for help.

My psychiatrist was initially opposed to it.

Behrman: The next day. Behrman: My initial reaction was: this is really glamorous; this will be another adventure. Behrman: After my first electric shock treatment, I felt like everything had been recalibrated, my thinking was a lot clearer.

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I needed to be rubbed and massaged. I was in tremendous pain, and barely recognized my sister when she came to the hospital. This whole bipolar world is so connected on the Internet that basically I could do this sitting behind a computer. But people want to see you in person, and somehow when you speak in person your story is more meaningful. I never get tired of it. Even at book readings, I never read from the book, I just start talking.

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Except for the movie, Mr. Jones, starring Richard Gere, about a man with bipolar who falls in love with his psychiatrist, Behrman says this will be the first mainstream Hollywood film with a bipolar protagonist. Please do not use your full name, as it will be displayed. Your email address will not be published. Kissed by God is a film about bipolar disorder and opioid addiction as seen through the life of three-time world champion surfer Andy Irons. The pride of Hawaii and revered for Although taking medication as prescribed is one part of achieving stability, it alone is not enough.

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You also need to work on bettering yourself. Psychiatrists have been taught that medication will stop the symptoms of bipolar disorder. I am still learning to accept the limitations that come with this disorder——especially when it comes to my ability to work and my ability to remember important things. After working mostly full-time for 19 years, Bipolar is a limiting illness, and I grieve over the adjustments I have to make.

But I can live with the grief. I never really get used to having bipolar disorder. I get better and then try to do more things Empower yourself with tips, advice and the latest research on bipolar! The Shocking Tale of Andy Behrman. By Sara Solovitch. Post Views: 8, ECT , electroconvulsive therapy , mania , summer His bravely raw reminiscences about the hardships he overcame truly humanize him and demonstrate the kind of brutal honesty all memoirs should have.

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