|Posted by L. Townsend on July 27, 2003 at 12:11:51:|
In Reply to: Re: Manic Depression & Meth... posted by Anonymous on December 09, 2002 at 02:17:08:
> > I've been wondering what I should know, need to know, and what to be worried about. My closest friend had been in terrible pain, for some reason deeply ingrained. He found 'the right girl' but what came along with her was Crystal (what he and she refer to as 'shit that hasn't been cut'). So, he rationalizes it as clean methanphetamine usage. Since also he's been diagnosed with manic depression, like I am. I'm not wondering because I can't seem to tell if his personality or health is in danger........
My sister has been exhibiting signs of schizophrenia, i.e., people following her, people watching her, someone bugging her house, someone breaking into her house, etc. Since she is 40 years old and never exhibited signs of schizophrenia before, everthing didn't make sense. We found out later that she had been using crystal meth for the past two years (I suspect longer) and that it was causing her paranoia. We believe that she is bipolar and started to self-medicate herself to deal with the mood disorder. (She used to self-medicate herself by drinking heavily.) (At first, we just thought she was bipolar with schizoeffective disorder.) In researching meth I found that it crystalizes your lungs, will eat away the cartlidge in your nose, and also crystalizes your brain. People on meth eventually become very paranoid and very, very angry. They also become very delusional. Please try to get your friend off of the meth. It may be a cheap high, but in the end the toll it takes on the person and people around them is very high. Good luck! Laurie