Question Ice Queen writes: My doctor has said that the best way to treat my bipolar is with lithium but i am just not 100% sure about it. At first i thought well if it helps me stop doing stupid things then taking a tablet is not really much of big deal. But now that i have started to take the tests to see if i am ok to take the lithium, doubts have started to kick in do i really have bipolar disorder what if i don't have it and i start on the lithium. I know deep down that i have bipolar. I know my doctor has given me the right diagnosis but i just can't stop these thoughts running through my brain at such a speed. Then my thoughts switch to this is an illness that is never going to go away something i am going to have to live with for the rest of my life. It's going to affect every part of my life. I think i am just confused at this point in time. Still that question is lithium the way forward. Answer Hi, Ice Queen. I think you answered your own ques...
The "100 Individuals with Schizophrenia" interview
campaign continues. I talk now with Marvin
Spieler, director of the Consumer Speakers' Bureau of the Mental Health
Association of New York City (MHA-NYC).
CB: Give us an introduction for our community members.
MS: I've been living for the last 14 years in Brooklyn in a supported apartment
that is OMH-subsidized. I pay 30 percent
of my income in rent. It's similar to
Section 8 and is sponsored by the Office of Mental Health.
CB: Okay, let's talk about your history.
You were diagnosed with schizoaffective in 1960?
MS: In 1960, it wasn't called schizoaffective, it was paranoid schizophrenia. Schizoaffective came 10 or 20 years
later. I was 16 years old, in high
school, and I got what I call "hypomanic." I knew what I was doing, but I was
acting differently. I was more
outward-going, more social, more controlling.
CB: What was going on at the time?
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