Q: I have not been to see someone about myself
but I really do need help. I have attempted to commit suicide before and
one minute I'm happy, the next minute I'm not. I cry for no reason at all
and sometimes I find that I want to have sex to express my anger. I need
to reach out to someone and I am hoping that you can help me and tell me
what to do. Please write back asap thank you.
Wisely, half of the battle is over for you. You have asked for help. The
difficult part is yet to come; that is, to follow through on suggestions that
will get you better. The choice is yours.
Are you feeling suicidal now? If so, you must somehow gather the strength to
get yourself to your local emergency room ASAP. If you can, call a close friend
who is IMMEDIATELY available to drive you or if not, call 911 for an ambulance
service. This is critical in light of your past suicide attempt(s) and present
Even if you are not actively suicidal you STILL need to start to take the first
steps to do whatever you can to assist your recovery when you MIGHT have
problematic bipolar behaviors. I say "might" because moods can vary for any
number of reasons which can include hormones, personal stress, personality
disturbances, diseases of the brain, or ingestion of drugs or alcohol. Second,
people with the disorder often have trouble describing their mood states to
others and giving accurate histories of their disorder. Third. mental health
professionals are not always adequately trained to recognize the more subtle
forms of the disorder such as mixed states, rapid cycling, mild depressions,
Be relentless in getting the correct diagnosis. Select a psychiatrist who is
knowledgeable about bipolar disorder and keep your appointments to manage the
disease. Communicate openly about all of your behaviors and symptoms and select
a psychiatrist who is persistent in getting as much information from you as
Many individuals when in their manic phase often engage in hypersexual behavior
and have difficulty with impulse control, that is, they don't view their
reckless behaviors as problematic. Has this been your experience?
Keep this in mind. The only failure in life is in failing to try. You owe it
to yourself and to those around you to take advantage of these suggestions.
Treat the bipolar disorder medically first. Do not hesitate to make yourself
feel better than you now do. Good luck and thanks for writing in.
David Schafer, M.Ed.
Published May, 2006