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Wed Apr 19, 2017, 09:51 AM

My father was first diagnosed at age 62 with bipolar disorder

1979, he was first diagnosed. My dad and I went to the Super Bowl in Miami together, and his manic episode started there. He still had enough control to not get into serious trouble, but he was starting to scare me with his eyes and his affect. I was only 21 and had no idea WTF was wrong with my dad.

We went back home, and his episode escalated. Eventually his business partner convinced him to check himself into a clinic in Lakeland, away from home. He was diagnosed there. His psychiatrist told me bluntly on the phone I didn't know shit from shinola, which was pleasant to know (NOT). At any rate, he was placed on Lithium and began to get the required blood monitoring.

Later on, I found out that he had been having hypomanic or full-blown manic episodes his whole life, but they had been carefully hidden from me. Apparently his older brother had been bipolar also, and this was a huge family secret. Somehow he had avoided getting treatment all these years.

Yes, being diagnosed at age 62 is definitely atypical. My reading tells me that people are even diagnosed in their 70's, very atypical. The classic age is early 20's, late teens, that sort of thing. My son had his first manic episode at age 21, "right on schedule" so to speak. Poor kid but at least he's getting treatment and will be OK.

To be really open, I'm a tad nervous I will get diagnosed later in life myself. I've had depressive episodes since age 7 and am currently on 2 meds for that. Could I have a manic episode still ? It's possible, but I'm not losing sleep over it. If it happens, I'll do what I need to do.

Be well, my forum friends. We all do the best we can. Mental illness sucks, but there is HOPE, love, understanding and a decent future with treatment.

Steve

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demosincebirth Apr 2017 #1
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irisblue Apr 2017 #2
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CaliforniaPeggy Apr 2017 #3
steve2470 Apr 2017 #6
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Response to steve2470 (Original post)

Wed Apr 19, 2017, 10:08 AM

1. Good luck my friend

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Response to demosincebirth (Reply #1)

Wed Apr 19, 2017, 11:42 AM

8. thanks

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Response to steve2470 (Original post)

Wed Apr 19, 2017, 10:17 AM

2. ((Steve))

The best for you

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Response to irisblue (Reply #2)

Wed Apr 19, 2017, 11:41 AM

7. thank you, you also!

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Response to steve2470 (Original post)

Wed Apr 19, 2017, 10:47 AM

3. You know we're here for you, my dear Steve...

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #3)

Wed Apr 19, 2017, 11:40 AM

6. yes thank you, you rock Peggy

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Response to steve2470 (Original post)

Wed Apr 19, 2017, 11:00 AM

4. if the depression isnt manageable on ad's

you might think about talking to your doc about a mood stabilizer.
i suspect that mental illness is a lot like other chronic illnesses, where you might have the full blown disorder, but you can also have a lesser version w/o all the hallmarks.
going through this w my youngest, who we think has a genetic disease that is considered quite rare. but recent research is showing that there are many "subclinical" versions that stump the docs. and it is much more common than was thought.

but we are here, steve. i think you know that. i hope you know that.

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Response to mopinko (Reply #4)

Wed Apr 19, 2017, 11:39 AM

5. I'm very stable on mine, thank god

I do know you all are here for me. Thanks all.

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