Living with Bipolar Disorder Explained: Bipolar Schizoaffective Disorder

This last week has been arguably the most surreal thing I’ve ever experienced. Also, its been arguably the most difficult. I’ve been chasing the shadows in my head and tied myself up in knots. One thing I can say is that you are certainly kept on your toes with mental illness. As I was filling up my pill box, I opened up my Quetiapine and I put the leaflet you get in the box to one side for a read through when I had finished sorting my weekly pills.

In Section 1 it explained what Quetiapine is used for. Bipolar Depression, Bipolar Mania and Schizophrenia. It then had a concise description of the associated behaviours associated with each. I have experienced every single one of the behaviours over the last week or so and I can explain how and why too.

Schizophrenia

I’ve been seeing shapes peripherally again of a man and a dog. Where I sit in the office, there’s a meeting room with a mirrored window in front of me, I can see a silhouette of a man in the meeting room. There’s another man who walks into the office from the front door towards my boss’s desk but as I look towards him he disappears. Also there’s a dog bringing me a ball or toy etc but it disappears as I look in the direction of it. These are happening more and more frequently and I know it’s not real but they’re all there. This scares the shit out of me. I’ve become introverted and I’m struggling to communicate. If I’m asked a simple question like ‘do you want a brew?’ I am just mumbling or nodding. It’s rude I guess to some people but I don’t mean to be. I then get paranoia and feel suspicious about being slagged off. I get more withdrawn. People obviously don’t like rudeness. I just wish they knew how much I don’t like being this way and acting like I’m being rude when I’m not and I have no control over it.

Being Bipolar or Schizophrenic isn’t about acting crazy in a Jekyll and Hyde kinda way, it’s about living with the biggest, disruptive FUCKING PAIN OF LIFE! Avoiding eye contact like you have something to hide but it’s because you don’t have it in you to look a person in the eye. You wish you were invisible.

Bipolar Depression & Mania

I’m quiet all day, beating myself up and then just a comment or something like that that grabs my attention in a positive way and I’m off like a rocket. So, I’m unaware that my heads up in the clouds before I know what’s what. This causes my confusion which then leads to the agitation. I get agitated as I can’t do simple things like I once did. So much so I don’t realise that if I just took a deep breath and I gave myself 30 seconds to compose myself I would be fine. See, I know what to do but can I do it? This head fuck doesn’t happen once or twice a day. It’s happening 24/7 at the moment it seems. This has taken me a week to write by putting it together bit by bit. Something that I was capable of doing in 30 minutes once upon a time. What is in store for me on this basis? I get angry with myself. Poor judgments. I worry if I am like this then am I a flight risk at work? A liability? A catastrophic fuck up waiting to happen?

Bipolar Depression pre-empties your confidence in yourself. I managed to write my 7.5k word book/thesis/paper/manifesto or whatever it is. The handful of people who have read it have been complimentary in their opinions about it. But rather than build on this I think it’s futile. I’m just a bipolar fuck up who is under psychiatric care. I’m mentally ill. I’m not In a position to be writing a book when I’m not right in the head. It’ll be nonsense. Who’s going to be rushing to get a copy of a book by a 38 year old mental nut job who still lives in his parents box room? I have attached the link to it for you if you want to read it.

I have an incurable illness. The meds are just containing it. They’ll probably fuck me before the bipolar will. My piss absolutely stinks at the moment. It’s because of the meds. What they are doing to make that stench can’t be a good thing. If I came off them then I would be greeted by the bipolar but more intensely I have been told? Fear factor maybe? I might fuck the lot off and go picking some magic mushrooms trip myself normal. You never know, I could be the pioneer of ending stupidity in a World were picking a mushroom from a field is illegal and can get you a fine and incarceration!!!

I can only surmise that medication free I’d be disruptive to the social norms. I would act as if repercussions didn’t exist and that everything I did was ok. No worries at all. Crashes of depression and I can’t get the notion out of my head that self harm would return. You have a complete detachment of your senses. You don’t have the fact that you are slicing in to your own body with a razor blade registering in your head. It’s a sensation I will never forget and hope never repeat. If you can do that to yourself, you can do it to someone else too. It’s frightening!

I’ve had one night so far of 4 hours plus sleep in October. Not great in 14 days! You reckon you could cope with that?

I’ve not managed to get a bath either during October. I wash daily and I brush my teeth, clean underwear et al. Fortnightly haircut, fresh bedding every 2 weeks but I can’t run a bath! It’s common it seems for many people with mental illness. I bloody love having a bath too when I actually have one. Tunes on, relax and soak in the tub for an entire album of my choice.

Hope this explains things a little better and why I am as I am. It’s hard. Fucking hard! To act as you are ok too is the hardest part. I don’t want this anymore though. I just want to be normal, even for just 24 hours and have a break from my life.

Published by Rochdalestu

I’m a 38 year old male who has recently been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. I have found it as a new chapter in my life that has opened my eyes to a whole new perspective on myself and everything around me.

4 thoughts on “Living with Bipolar Disorder Explained: Bipolar Schizoaffective Disorder

  1. I checked myself in for 10 days. Best thing I could’ve done for myself. Actually, the best thing I’ve done for myself in quite some time. They wanted to keep me another week but I threw a fit because 10 days without a cigarette was all I could take. Sounds silly I know but the patch doesn’t cut it for longer than that. Hopefully they will get your meds right because not sleeping is what is causing you so many symptoms.

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    1. I’ve been on the patch as the Champix isn’t available anymore in the UK because of Brexit as it’s manufactured by Pfizer in Belgium. They can get the vaccines for covid however and now that we’ve vaccinated the majority of people you would think they were capable of providing other medication that is still needed etc. I read over 65% of people who were taking Champix started smoking again. Is it a coincidence that cigarettes are taxed to the max here and it’s a way of recuperating the money granted to the public throughout the pandemic? Call me sceptical 🤨 Anyway, I wanted to quit so I got the patch and cut down from 20 a day to 3 or 4 a day. I’ve got some lozenges now for the final push. I’ve found that breaking the routine was key for me. If you enjoy your cigarettes then you should be entitled to enjoy them. I’m more concerned about the situation with the handling of peoples issues by the health professionals. I don’t think that they are allowed to practice their profession and use their knowledge that they worked so hard for. You are simply just thrown a prescription here nowadays. I was given the zopiclone last Wednesday and I slept Wednesday night, Thursday and Friday. Didn’t take Saturday night and only had one hour sleep, took Sunday and slept but as today is my birthday I didn’t want the zopiclone hangover so didn’t take Monday night and I slept 1 hour. Rather than looking at the reasoning behind the fact I haven’t slept in an alarming amount of time, I’m just thrown a drug. I have been taking 3.75mg zopiclone, 30mg Mirtazapine and 150mg Quetiapine before bed. The average person wouldn’t wake up until 2022 with that 😂 Anyway, rant over

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      1. I take 150mg of Quetiapine a night too. I have rapid cycling bipolar as well. I can go months on little to no sleep but now that I am sleeping I can tell a significant difference. I also get a monthly injection of Abilify and that has helped tremendously! Plus venlafaxine 250mg.

        Poor us 🙃

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