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Aging with bipolar disorder, have you noticed changes?
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I have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder 1 for a large majority of my life. I seem to notice that in my older age I have more episodes, on average, and I seem to be in a depressive state longer. I rarely have very strong manic states as I did when I was younger.
Can anyone else relate?
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I think you make an interesting observation about your condition. Let me see if anyone else has noticed a change in their bipolar episodes type, frequency, or duration.
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What about you, are your bipolar states different than when you were younger? How have they changed? How have you adjusted?
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I'm 47 and still have period, however over the last few years there is a lot of moods, anxiety, depression, bad dreams before I start , to be honest I get more lows than highs, but when u get a bit uplifted it can feel good after the stress, hormones + bipolar is like double trouble, more intense. When like this it could effect employment and relationships as everything u put in your stride comes to the surface causing you to be more irritated, upset, making you make wrong decision s that you can regret if u don't deal with it rite, you need to tell someone and set up a plan for when you get this. I do understand that what I experience could be different to others symptoms and experience's.
My bipolar has improved as I get older. I haven't been hospitalized since 2003 and that was a serious manic episode. Now I get blips mainly i suffer dream hallucinations if I'm too tired or go to bed too late. Generally I'm pretty well mentally.
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