This blog has officially been active for about … almost 9 months now. Before this, I began browsing other bipolar blogs and started researching as much as I could about the illness. Not to mention both my son and I suffer from bipolar disorder.
Why is this information relevant do you ask?
Out of those nine plus months (Probably about three years of learning about and meeting others with bipolar), I have YET to meet even ONE person who suffers from bipolar and ONLY bipolar. Thus, somewhere in this last year, while I was talking with my sister I believe, when I was asked about diagnoses I coined the phrase “The Buy One Get Five Free Illness”.
My diagnosis … Bipolar II, with a side of ADHD and Anxiety, and for dessert a lovely portion of depression topped off with a sprinkle or two of OCD tendencies. I’m sure there’s a 5th undiagnosed disorder floating around in there somewhere.
My son’s diagnosis … Bipolar served on top of a little ADHD, garnished with some ODD and followed up by a hearty portion of Anxiety. Now considering he’s only eight, there is plenty of time to add another diagnosis or two.
Now most people call these “coexisting illnesses”. I call them pain in the @$$ illnesses. I mean seriously…as if having bipolar wasn’t complicated enough! Do I really have to deal with all these attention and anxiety issues too?!?!? How come I couldn’t just get a cold? Oooh ooh … or maybe a toe fungus. TOTALLY easier to hide, albeit a tad more gross.
I’m not trying to be all whiny or anything, I’m just slightly annoyed. I haven’t done the research or anything (but as I have OCD tendencies, I probably will be compelled to do so now), however, I cannot think of many other illnesses that have coexisting issues. Actually, I can think of MAYBE two.
Obviously heart disease tends to go with high blood pressure and cholesterol. And I’m pretty sure lupus and fibromaylsia (sp) go hand in hand. But that’s about it. And that is so NOT five free!
So although it’s not a “technical” we ask the question day, I’m still curious…do you or anyone you know suffer from ONLY bipolar?