Posted 24 October 2007 - 11:59 AM
I'm an experienced GS and currently talking to PIPs. It has finally come out that the IM is bipolar.. She has been on meds for 11yrs and says she has a mild case. Because of the meds she cannot get pg (birth defects). She did try to go off meds last year to attempt to get pg but it did not go well and her doctor recommended surrogacy (gs w/ed).. I have absolutely no experience with bipolar disorder & am trying to do my research before making a decision..
So my question is- Would YOU work with an IM that was bipolar? Why or why not?
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Posted 29 October 2007 - 02:12 PM
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Posted 19 November 2007 - 03:00 PM
We all do, we all have things we need to do to stay balanced, massages, chocolate, prozac! lol!
I say your on the right track, ask plenty of questions and ask the most important one IF she for whatever reason goes off her meds and is being irrational, will the other IP make decisions or work directly with you and limit your contact with her. You wont want or need the drama...I mean this seems a little far fetched to me, like I said being an IM myself I wanted to do anything and everything I could to make it all "okay" before my life changed with a new little baby, if I had been on meds that I knew I needed that would be the last thing I would have changed.
I wish you the best!! Good Luck!
Posted 29 November 2007 - 09:43 PM
The term "mental illness" is actually misleading. Bipolar is caused by a brain chemical imbalance. It is a PHYSICAL abnormality in the brain of which its symptoms can be emotional and behavioural. Like epilepsy - classified as a physical illness - it can easily and permanently be controlled with medication, and in the right circumstances, without medication provided one has a holistic and healthy lifestyle.
Women with bipolar disorder dread pregnancy because of the hormonal fluctuations that mess with their brain chemistry. It would be wonderful if GS and TS women would take special consideration for women who live with bipolar disorder.
The IM in this case may be more than willing to provide a clearance or some type of medical reference from her treating specialist. It would not be rue to ask, rather sensible. If the IM has a problem doing this then you should be concerned.
There are many levels of bipolar ranging from very mild and not requring any medication to super medicated and out of their trees! Do take care, but don't discriminate and ask for a doctor's report.
(I worked in mental health for many years)
Posted 06 December 2007 - 03:00 PM
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