mania and manic episodes

Next time your manic ..... get a bipolar tattoo!!!! It will remind you for life to take your meds...

lonnie1962 Community Member November 02, 2008
  • After a a severe manic episodes I was left with a 11 tattoos. Not a day goes by that I am not reminded that I am bipolar and need my meds. I hate to say but it was the best thing I did.....maybe a too extreme and could have stopped at 1 but I was manice and 1 is never enough..

17 Comments
  • KodyD
    Nov. 03, 2008

    Dont think thats fair blaming that on a BP disorder, you like tatoos period. im bp and would never do something like that nor do i have or want any tatoos, spontaneous spending and things like that yeah, but cmon tatoos.

    • lonnie1962
      Nov. 03, 2008

      "POOR JUDGEMENT" is that a symptom of mania? I am 46 in upper management in a super market chain. Never in my life had a tattoo until last year. I would watch Miami ink and LA Ink and think of all these ideas for tattoos I would want and I got them....I got 11 in 6 days.... So don't say never would being manic cause be the blame for that....

      RHMLucky777

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      "POOR JUDGEMENT" is that a symptom of mania? I am 46 in upper management in a super market chain. Never in my life had a tattoo until last year. I would watch Miami ink and LA Ink and think of all these ideas for tattoos I would want and I got them....I got 11 in 6 days.... So don't say never would being manic cause be the blame for that. A month later I had 5 days I don't even remember so it can get that bad. I never thought so but it did.

       

      You just haven't every been that bad....Count yourself lucky and I am sorry if I offended all the bipolar people on this site for blaming BP for my tattoos. 

      Lonnie 

       

       

    • KodyD
      Nov. 03, 2008

      oh ok well iguess that counts, my bad. U didnt say most of that. Im just bad with money and when manic, my raging temper.

    • lonnie1962
      Nov. 03, 2008

      Poor judgements gets us all when we are on that high. Money,emotions,life altering decisions etc....

    • alan
      Nov. 14, 2009

      well done for admitting it, I have done the same as you and now have a couple of skulls as well as a load of tribal on ost of my body. In a bit of a manic phase at the moment and looking and will probably get no doubt, another 2 skulls or jokers faces on smiling the other sad. best wishes from London regards Alan

    • Lovely Bones
      Jul. 19, 2011

      Every Bipolar is different, Lonnie your not offensive at all...what one bp does, doesn't mean the other will do....this disease sux......

    • lonnie1962
      Jul. 19, 2011

      The best thing I have done is take my doctor and therapist advice and get on disability. Having no stress really lets the meds work like they should. I spent the last few stepping down at work to elimiate stress but it wasn't enough. My SS check actually ended up to be more than I was making. Best thing I every did.

       

      Lonnie

  • HeyJude
    Nov. 02, 2008

    Lonnie...If you are happy with your tattoos, that is all that matters.  Yes, you should have stopped at one, but we bipolars are known to get somewhat extreme when manic.  Welcome to our blog. 

     

    Judy

    • lonnie1962
      Nov. 02, 2008

      Hey Judy,

       

      Thanks... I am really not that happy about the tattoos but they are there and might as well make the best of them. Took might shirt off a few minutes ago to shave and there they were.... I took my meds before I shaved.

      When I have been on manic spending sprees in the past I would always buy woodworking clamps somewhere around 100 total. One...

      RHMLucky777

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      Hey Judy,

       

      Thanks... I am really not that happy about the tattoos but they are there and might as well make the best of them. Took might shirt off a few minutes ago to shave and there they were.... I took my meds before I shaved.

      When I have been on manic spending sprees in the past I would always buy woodworking clamps somewhere around 100 total. One day I was trying to figure that out then Wow! it came to me what does a clamp do? It's holds things together. So then I put a tattoo of  C-clamp on my forearm where I could always be reminded to hold it together..... 45 years without a tattoo and now 11.

       

      Lonnie

    • pxm3965
      Nov. 03, 2008

      Hey Lonnie, I think it is great that you are taking your meds and doing what works for you to stay in control.  I wish my fiancee would admit about this disorder.  Instead he continues to ruin his life.  You would think after 3 marriages, taxes not filed for the past 10 years, bills not paid and multiple business's and jobs lost that he...

      RHMLucky777

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      Hey Lonnie, I think it is great that you are taking your meds and doing what works for you to stay in control.  I wish my fiancee would admit about this disorder.  Instead he continues to ruin his life.  You would think after 3 marriages, taxes not filed for the past 10 years, bills not paid and multiple business's and jobs lost that he would see there is a problem..  However to him, everyone eles is the problem, he has nothing wrong with him even though he was diagnosed around 04.

      I have now moved away from him, to Maui for work and he  is staying in my house and I had to even set all the bills up to come out of account online to make sure they are paid.

      Do you have any suggestions how I can get him to take meds and realize there is a 20 year pattern here?  I love him so much but I just feel we are drifting apart.

       

      Best wishes to you and thanks for reading, Paige

    • lonnie1962
      Nov. 03, 2008

      Paige,

      It's been a long 12 years I am on my 3rd marriage since 98' (7yrs this time). Filed bankruptcy in 2002 and looks like I am going to have to file again in 2010.

       

      I am really sorry for your problems with you fiancee but you can't help people that don't want to be helped. It's one thing to be BP and know it and take meds for it.....But...

      RHMLucky777

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      Paige,

      It's been a long 12 years I am on my 3rd marriage since 98' (7yrs this time). Filed bankruptcy in 2002 and looks like I am going to have to file again in 2010.

       

      I am really sorry for your problems with you fiancee but you can't help people that don't want to be helped. It's one thing to be BP and know it and take meds for it.....But to be BP and not know it is a whole different thing.

       

       

      Life really is to short and if he isn't willing to help himself it's time for you to help yourself.

       

      I am not sure anybody out there can you give the advice you are wanting to here but since I have daughters 25 and 22 this was the route I went. Plus I would rather be alone the rest of my life than have anybody else thrown off this biploar coaster from hell...  Yes, I even have a tattoo of a loop rollercoaster on my other arm call "Bipolarcoaster the endless ride" It was wild this time last year.....

       

      Good Luck and do what's best for you..... taking meds are not go to keep me from having ups/downs and not be easy to live with because they can't stop you from completely being who you are unless you are just sedated all the time. I guess I am trying to say meds aren't going to solve everything.....they just make it easier to cope.

       

      Lonnie  

    • pxm3965
      Nov. 09, 2008

      Lonnie,

       

      Thanks so much for the advice.  I agree meds are not going to change anyone completely and I hope for all of our sakes we can just get as well as we can possibly get in this life.  I am also working on not being so codependent and trying to accept what you said, that you cannot change someone even though you love them.

       

      I admire...

      RHMLucky777

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      Lonnie,

       

      Thanks so much for the advice.  I agree meds are not going to change anyone completely and I hope for all of our sakes we can just get as well as we can possibly get in this life.  I am also working on not being so codependent and trying to accept what you said, that you cannot change someone even though you love them.

       

      I admire actually the whole tattoo idea, I think it is a very positive and unique way to remind yourself of the good times along with the bad and to try to control it as much as you possibly can.  I wish you nothing but the best of the future and am so glad that you are taking control of your life.

       

      Blessings, Paige

    • lonnie1962
      Nov. 09, 2008

      Thanks, Paige and good luck with whatever happens.... the tattoo idea wasn't really meant for my medical management it just turned out that way and that is why I thought I would share it....

      Lonnie

    • pxm3965
      Nov. 10, 2008

      Hey Lonnie, I am not sure if I told you that I moved to Maui to take a job to see how my fiancee and I do with him on the mainland or not?  Anyway, it seems as though we get along just fine now over the phone.  Everyone I speak with that is intimately related to us (kids and my brother) say that my fiancee seems to be fine and staying busy and that...

      RHMLucky777

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      Hey Lonnie, I am not sure if I told you that I moved to Maui to take a job to see how my fiancee and I do with him on the mainland or not?  Anyway, it seems as though we get along just fine now over the phone.  Everyone I speak with that is intimately related to us (kids and my brother) say that my fiancee seems to be fine and staying busy and that he just misses me. 

       

      My thoughts are does he really have bipolar or can he control it and he is just a jerk?  I don't know.  The times that I have seen him manic are like no other that I have ever experienced surely no one of normal thinking, whatever that maybe, would behave like I have seen him behave.  However in times like now with the distance and such we seem to get along excellent and he is the "good" fiiancee and not the "bad" fiancee.  But as I mentioned to you before he is still have a hard time with bills and paying things on time so I do not know it is all so confusing.  I do not know like I said if the docs were right and he is bipolar (although the other ones said last time he was committed that he was not, go figure)  But in 05 they diagnosed him with it up north.  Or if he is just a complete ahole when he can get away with it with me and really does not have the disorder at all.  I think he truly does have the disorder because people of "normal" functioning do not experience, in length and degree the losses and suffering that he has indured, self inflicted or not?

       

      Just food for thought to a wonderful magical night here in Maui brother:)

       

      Paige

    • Lovely Bones
      Jul. 18, 2011

      I am manic today and I went and got a tattoo but I like it and it's something I have thought of getting for about 2 years, do you think this is because I am in a bipolar manic episode

    • lonnie1962
      Jul. 18, 2011

      I have several tattoos that I did put some thought in before I got them. Maybe I was a little hypomanic. But I just got one at a time when I was in that state. The night I got 4 at one time I was more manic.

       

      Lonnie

    • Lovely Bones
      Jul. 19, 2011

      @ Lonnie,

       

      I really think it's cool we got tattoos, I don't regret it, just cuz I am Bipolar...I GOT MY daughters name and a butterfly its so pretty, her step mom told her it was wierd that I got a tattoo...she is wierd lol ...thanks for posting

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