A positive attitude is essential to cope with bipolar disorder

Published 19 May 2017

Positive mental attitude and writing are keys for Lorna in her everyday life. Lorna is a local author who  through this interview tells us all about her life with Bipolar Disorder and how writing and prayer helps her get by.

A positive attitude is essential to cope with bipolar disorder

Hello Catwoman123, could you introduce yourself in a few lines?

Hi my name is Lorna Murby or you can call me Catwoman123. I am 45 married, and I have a daughter Lydia who is almost 17years old.

How did you hear about Carenity and what motivated you to subscribe? 

I first heard about Carenity on the internet, and thought this would be a good opportunity to meet people who have the same illness as me. I want to help people, and I thought, if I wrote about my experiences, and what has helped me to cope, then this would help others too, to feel that they are not alone.

When was your bipolar disorder diagnosed?

In the year 2000 I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder (Manic Depression). Before I was diagnosed with Bipolar, after I had given birth to my daughter Lydia on December 22nd 1999, the doctors thought I had Post- natal depression, however they misdiagnosed me. It's all in the book I've written Snappy but Happy.

Do you have other conditions?

Yes I have other conditions such as: Diabetes (insulin dependent), back pain, mobility issues, panic attacks, Insomnia and Obesity.

Has it been easy for you to cope with your condition(s)?

No it's not always been plain sailing. There have been times when I found that I couldn't go on, but I have found inner strength to carry on by prayer, believe me. I find it helps me a lot. Also as a local author, writing about my experiences has helped people I know learn how to cope. Since I was diagnosed, I have found that some family members have found my illness difficult to cope with. My husband Pete does understand me, we have been married for almost 6yrs now.

What has been the most challenging thing you have had to go through because of these conditions?

The most challenging thing I've had to go through was when I was first diagnosed with Bipolar. It's a difficult illness to cope with, especially the mood swings, up one minute, down the next, a bit like a rollercoaster.  Also when I found out I was diabetic, sometimes my blood sugar was low. If you ever have a low reading below 5, I recommend that you take 4 Dextrose tablets as this will bring your sugar levels back up.

As for today, what medication or treatment you think has worked best for your bipolar disorder?

Everyone is unique, so the medication I take, might not suit everyone. Some people are allergic to different medications, however I have found that these medications have helped stabilize me: 3 Depakote (250mg), 1 fluoxetine (20mg), and 1 Quetiapine (300mg) in the morning and at night I take: 1 Atorvestatin (10mg), 3 Depakote (250 mg), 1 Quetiapine (300mg) and 1 Tolterodine  (2mg).

What practical advice could you give to other people who live with several chronic conditions on how to cope with them in everyday life?

I would advise everyone to take their MEDICATION regularly because then you will start to feel better within yourself and be able to cope. Also try to have a positive mental attitude as this will help you feel good about yourself.

What positive message would you like to share with our readers?

We all have bad days only time will heal your wounds.


on 22/05/2018

Thank you for sharing your insightful  story Lorna.

I have my daughter staying with me atm on sick leave.

My daughter is 27 yrs old and has suffered from depression self harming and overdose in her teens. I have thought many times that she might have bipolar as her mood can change dramatically on an hourly basis simetimes. She is a perfectionist and is a great worker and has a beautiful soul but she always feels like she's failing in life. 

She has seen several Drs over the yrs who send her down the path of self referral to illicit various forms of group or one to one counselling. As she struggles to open up she's not found this very helpful. She won't go on anti depressants either.

At what stage did you feel that Drs started to recognise that you were struggling with moods swings and actually give you your diagnosis and the help you subsequently needed. Is there anything l can suggest to my daughter that might help.

Thank you in advance 

Carey x

JosephineO • Community manager
on 06/11/2018

Hello @Catwoman123‍ , I don't know if you have seen these latest comments on your testimonial but I think you would like to read them :)

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