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04/03/2010 07:44 AM

Remission?

Volante
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While there is no cure for Bipolar Disorder, I have read and heard that BP can go into remission. Has anyone enjoyed being in remission where the symptoms has disappeared and you are stabilized by your medication cocktail? Please let me know. I could use the hope.
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04/03/2010 07:56 AM
Dit
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I spend 12 yrs working full-time (in and out of different jobs) highly functioning in my 20s. I did have some high stress times though (episodes) but they did go away and was right back up again. I was only taking an anti-dep and small dose of Klonopin. I look back on this and i think i was hypomanic a lot of the time...i also drank a lot of alcohol maybe to self medicate. I'm not sure if you'd call me in remission...i still took meds and had some episodes where i would leave jobs or they'd let me go which caused me a lot of stress.

I honestly thought i was "well" and that i was no longer depressed or anxious. I did not know i had bipolar at that time, only found out in 2007.

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04/03/2010 08:50 AM
uppitywoman
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I have not heard about BP remission. I do know that my symptoms are under control right now with the med cocktail I take and I feel stable in that I am not experiencing deep depression or mania, neither am I a zombie from the meds.

04/03/2010 09:11 AM
YorkieLove
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I have heard people say you can be in remission. If it can be called remission, then I'm in it. There is hope.

04/03/2010 10:17 AM
cptblack
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I would just say it was under control. Remission is when you can go without treatment for the condition.

"The condition or period in which something, such as the symptoms a disease, is remitted". Second College Edition, The American Heritage Dictionary, Copywrite 1982.

Clear as mud? Ermm

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04/03/2010 10:35 AM
CynthiaJ

I don't think that BP goes into remission because most of us still have to take medication and/or go to therapy. However, there is stability. I have been stable and gainfully employed. I am also back in graduate school while I am working. I still have occasional episodes and issues that I am working through, but to the outside world, I appear "normal" and I am functioning in the world with everyone else. Is that what you're talking about?

04/03/2010 12:00 PM
santos63
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cptblack and CynthiaJ are both correct.

04/04/2010 06:14 AM
Volante
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Thanks for the clarity on remission Cptblack. What I really wanted to know is it possible to be symptom free for long periods of time?

04/04/2010 10:12 AM
santos63
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It really depends on the individual, environmental factors such as stress, are you compliant with your meds and see your pdoc regularly, etc.

04/04/2010 06:26 PM
UnsureOfMyself
 
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I believe I am in remission now, I am getting things done, getting very very productive, going to work, building a company, and enjoying every minute of it. The only time I get feeling in rough shape and like old thoughts are coming back is when my ex gives me a hassle about trying to see my daughter.
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