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26 Apr 2018

My life is a mess, out of control for too long
I have had far to many bizarre interests that have distracted me from reality, which I have only recently realised, now my life has collapsed. Perhaps I have been manic, but seemed normal to me. Now I can't cope with the life that remains and just want to end my life quietly and painlessly as I am so embarrassed and ashamed. I have little left to build a new life with, even if I could identify what I want. I feel so lost and alone. HELP please
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26 Apr 2018

Hello CT,
In Manic episodes, it very often seems normal to the individual having the episode, even if most other people an see something's wrong.  But it's an illness, and nothing to be ashamed of, any more than one might feel ashamed of having ingrown toenails. I have no doubt that with competent assessment and advice, you can be helped. 
First you'd need to see a good local psychiatrist, privately or through  provincial hospital, for a thorough assessment and diagnosis to identify the problems, and then a discussion of the treatment options. Work with such an advisor, who in the process will help you to form useful plans, identifying what you want and need to achieve,
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