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    DoOvers posted:
    No, I'm not talking about the one's that include death. About a year ago, looking back at one of the major problems with my prior cycle and all previous cycles was that occassionally when I would go in to a hypo-mania and always when I would become manic was my distrust in those who were trying to help me most. As a result, I would revoke both my therapist and psychiatrists ability to speak with one another and my parents. This not only took a heavy toll on them parents/friends, it made it difficult on my doctors and it prolonged the time it took me to return to health without the essential communication. So, while I was stable I drafted a form that would be able to legally over-ride any such doctors forms if any 'party' were to deem me outside the confines of 'relative-stability'. It is purposefully ambiguous and provides instructions as to my wishes in the event A, B, C, etc. should occur.
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    skypper responded:
    That's a good idea. I'm glad you have someone you feel you can trust to make those decisions for you, that's really great.

    If you are struggling, please talk to someone. There are good and kind people in this world. There is love to know
    DoOvers replied to skypper's response:
    Perhaps I phrased this wrong. It would probably be different for everyone. After a certain date, under certain conditions, it is revisable if both doctors are in agreement. In my case, I released both docs of any liability financial or otherwise. I phrased it along the lines of by signing this they are not obligated to abide, but it is my wish for them to do so. The main objective is that if either / both / one of the two, deems me outside normal limits I cannot take back my right for them to disclose information to the other doctor and my parents. I could ask for them back and tear it up, but I made sure both made copies that were placed outside of my file(s) and then had my dad keep a master in his safe. Legally, it can't be beaten. When I drafted it, it was kind of fun because it was like playing a game of chess against myself. I had to make sure it was bulletproof and it was tricky, because I had to account for all potential scenarios, condense it to a page and make it as obscure for them as possible so they had all the wiggle room while simultaneously binding me quite strictly. Make no mistake though, if I were to ever go manic (full-blown) not hypo, I would be on some top secret mission and would trust no-one. This document is more of a stop-loss to prevent a full blown hospitalization that would require restraints and so forth.

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