I had been diagnosed with Bipolar I in my early 20's. I was able to work on and off but could never keep a steady schedule. My depression was so severe, I was always suicidal. My sister talked me in to working with The Bipolar Center and Curtis and Ann saved my life. I had to fight my Psychiatrist to get him to help me get off my medications but he finally did. When my head cleared from the six different drugs I was on, it was wonderful. I am able to work full time now without missing days, I was promoted at my job and people keep asking me what I did.
I recently started with The Bipolar Center (3/2020) at my sister's insistence. I came down from Norther Michigan to stay with my sister for 3 months. I have had Bipolar disorder for some 60 years. I've been depressed and anxious my entire life. I'm on a suite of medications. I felt better after the first session and currently I have very low depression if any, and very low anxiety. I also haven't been able to sleep in forever and I'm sleeping 8 hours a night. I have my life 'back' for the first time ever.
I started working with Dr. Schindeler 8 weeks ago on 10 week 20 session treatment plan for my Bipolar Disorder. I was suicidal every day. I was able to work but I was not doing well. He assured me that I would start to feel better pretty quickly. He was right. Within 2 or 3 sessions I was no longer fighting the suicidal ideation on a daily basis. That alone felt good. I've done about 14 sessions to the time of this testimonial and I am so much better. My depression is down from an 8-9 to a 2-3 on a daily basis. I'm sleeping well, I'm not angry anymore and I'm beginning to get my clarity back. I can start focusing on getting my life going. I'm so thankful that I found them.
I recently gave up on my fight with Bipolar. I had had it. I've been living (or not living) with this horrible disease since I was in my teens. I had a plan, I knew I was done and I was ready. I packed a bag full of my medications and started drinking. I couldn't take it anymore. This life is not for me. My mother discovered me and found out what I was doing. She begged me to stop and to find help. I've been to countless therapists. I've done a ton of medications. I've been to lots of Psychiatrists. I've even done 20 sessions of Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). ECT is shock therapy, right out of the 1950's like One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest with Jack Nicholson. I have done Ketamine. NOTHING worked. She said I know but we have to keep trying. She found some office in Sarasota that says they have help for Bipolar Disorders. She dragged me there and I said sure I'll try it. I started feeling better in the first few sessions but I had so many other stressors in my life I couldn't really tell. By the time I completed the 20 session protocol (I went in almost every day) I had no more depression and no mania. I am no longer suicidal and I have no depression. I would've been happy with a 50% reduction in my symptoms. I got 100%. I don't even know what to do with myself. I'm pointing my toes in new directions and don't even know where to start. Thank you Dr. Schindeler, you've saved my life! My mother loves you!
I heard about The Bipolar Center from a family friend in Michigan. He said I had to go down to Florida and do this treatment because it had worked so well for him. I went down with my mother and stayed in Sarasota for two weeks going to see Dr. Schindeler every day. After about 3 sessions my severe depression began to change and lift. It got better and better with each session until it was GONE! I completed the 20 sessions and went back up north. For the first time, I was able to get a job, work, and go back to school. I am able to focus better in class. I sleep normally now. I do not have severe depression and anxiety any more and my psychiatrist worked me off my medications.
My father brought me to see Ann and Curtis and it's the best thing that ever happened to me. My life was crying, depression, anxiety, fear, guilt, wanting to hurt myself and drugs. I couldn't go to class and I wasn't doing well in school. I just wanted to die. My mania would drive me to shop and run my credit cards up to the top but I had no job. My father was losing his patience and was always short with me. I started my sessions with hope, excitement and fear. Fear that it wouldn't work. They are so nice there and so supportive that I knew it was going to be different. After the first session I could feel something happening. After three sessions I could feel the depression going away. After about 10 sessions it was like I was normal. I had no more crying spells, instead, it was my father who was crying about how well I was doing. My psychiatrist kept telling me it wouldn't work and I'd be on medications forever. He was wrong and he had to help me get off my medications. This was 2 years ago. I am in school doing great and I work part time. Ann and Curtis saved my life and I am so thankful.
My mom dragged me down to Florida for some seemingly random bipolar treatment plan. My life was not my own. I was always sad, depressed, angry, suicidal, hopeless. I slept all the time or I couldn't sleep at all. I hated the medications. They never helped. I worked but I was failing out of college and hated my job. I didn't care. I had shut down a long time ago, maybe middle school, maybe early high school. Nothing had any value. Nothing was pleasurable. I had a girlfriend but she was as depressed as I was and we fought all the time. I went to lots of lots of therapists and I had a psychiatrist that I liked but nothing really helped. I slogged through my days wondering what it was all worth. I was hopeless and had given up. Curtis seemed confidant that he could help and my mother was hopeful but I was like whatever, nothing works, nothing will. After the first session I slept for the first time in a long time that night. I went to his office every day (even Sunday) for two sessions a day, 10 days straight. I got better and better each day until I felt great, which was about 10 sessions in. My anxiety had gone away, my hopelessness was gone and I was really curious. Is this going to work? Is it going to stick? It's now been about a year and a half and I'm doing great. I have straight A's in my college coursework and I'm planning on going to graduate school so I can do the same with work up in Michigan. I am so excited about where I'm going now.