Psych Central

Go Back   Forums at Psych Central > Mental Health Support > Bipolar

Thread Tools Display Modes
Unread 01-11-2010, 10:13 PM   #1
Giabrina's Avatar
Giabrina has no updates.
Member Since: Jan 2010
Location: Pennsylvania
Posts: 134
My Mood:

5 yr Member
24 hugs
Blush Menopause and being BiPolar


Does anyone have experience of being diagnosed as Bipolar before you started menopause? And did it get worse during menopause as compared to before or after? The reason why I ask this question is because I seem to be getting worse since my diagnosis and I was wondering if the hormones and menopause had anything to do with it. I was able to function better in my 20's/30's without knowing I was bipolar than now being in my 40's and knowing I have it and being on meds for it. Any thoughts?

"The past cannot be changed. The future is yet in your power."
-Hugh White
Giabrina is offline   Reply With Quote

Unread 01-12-2010, 12:55 AM   #2
who reads this, anyway?
Yoda's Avatar
Yoda has no updates.
Member Since: Oct 2006
Location: Appalachia
Posts: 9,918 (SuperPoster!)
My Mood:

10 yr Member PC PoohBah!
Default Re: Menopause and being BiPolar

I was diagnosed before menopause but when I became perimenopausal there were definite change in my bipolar symptoms. My mania was higher and I dropped within hours to a very depressed state. And I started having severe insomnia. I never had problems sleeping before when I wanted to sleep but for several years now I can only sleep with meds. Without meds I am up for days. I had hoped that taking estrogen and progestone would be enough but my psychiatrist has had to add several bipolar meds to get the mood swings under control. But the good part is that my symptoms are now improving.
The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well. anonymous
Yoda is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 01-12-2010, 05:04 PM   #3
Grand Poohbah
Pomegranate's Avatar
Pomegranate has no updates.
Member Since: Feb 2007
Location: Florida
Posts: 1,611
10 yr Member PC PoohBah!
Default Re: Menopause and being BiPolar

Consider menapause another form of bipolar. I had it pretty easy but it still sucked. Keep talking to both your medical and psychiatric doctors. This will pass. That's the good news.

I'd rather have a visit, note or pretty picture
than an "I'll say a prayer" or a "god bless you."
Doesn't make me feel better, no meaning to me for sure.
Can't stop you from praying and blessing me,
and if that makes you feel better feel free.
But keep it to yourself please, don't tell me.
And let's all respect each other's feelings.
With kindness, support and "sweet dreamings."
Pomegranate is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:32 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® — Copyright © 2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.



The material on this site is for informational purposes only, and is not a substitute for medical advice,
diagnosis or treatment provided by a qualified health care provider.
Always consult your doctor or mental health professional before trying anything you read here.


HomeAbout UsContact UsPrivacy PolicyTerms of UseDisclaimer
Forums HomeCommunity GuidelinesHelp

Helplines and Lifelines