After almost 30 years of living and surviving schizophrenia I was informed 2 years ago that I also have bi-polar disorder as well. Needless to say it was a bit of a surprise. Then I started to think back through the years gone by and it seemed to make sense. The hallucinations, the delusions, the fear, all filtered sort of, through the maze of lows and highs.
The reason I write this on your site ( I usually write on Schizophrenia Connection )is that I have been feeling depressed for a long time and I don't know what to do about it. My doctor wont give me anti-depressants (she thinks that I'll get manic). I live in Canada, and you don't really get to choose your doctor up here. (but we do get cable TV, even HBO!!!)
My partner has chronic depression and she gets the right treatment and is doing well. It is through my own experience and hers that I understand depression, but feel powerless to help myself, short of legal action, of which we are considering.
What I'd like to ask this community is can you think of anything else I should/could be doing?