Lashing out at My Partner Made Me Realise I Had to Get Help; ATTACK LED TO BIPOLAR DIAGNOSIS FOR GABRIELLE WHO RECOVERED WITH HELP FROM VICKI; When Gabrielle's Girlfriend Tried to Cheer Her Up by Tickling Her, It Had the Opposite Effect. after Pushing Vicki and Knocking Her Unconscious, a Remorseful Gabrielle Sought the Help She Needed. the Couple Talk to Nan Spowart about the Effect of Bipolar

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Lashing out at My Partner Made Me Realise I Had to Get Help; ATTACK LED TO BIPOLAR DIAGNOSIS FOR GABRIELLE WHO RECOVERED WITH HELP FROM VICKI; When Gabrielle's Girlfriend Tried to Cheer Her Up by Tickling Her, It Had the Opposite Effect. after Pushing Vicki and Knocking Her Unconscious, a Remorseful Gabrielle Sought the Help She Needed. the Couple Talk to Nan Spowart about the Effect of Bipolar


Byline: GABRIELLE & VICKI'S STORY

HOTEL worker Gabrielle Quinn was appalled when she hurt her partner Vicki.

"I pushed her and she hit her head on the couch, which knocked her out for a few moments," the 25-year-old said. "I was horrified at what I had done."

For Gabrielle, the incident proved to be a tipping point because it led to a diagnosis of bipolar disorder, sometimes called manic depression.

Partner Vicki, 24, remembered how their frightening ordeal started.

"Gabrielle was very energetic but she didn't sleep or eat," she said. "It seemed strange and weird."

The situation intensified when Gabrielle started to ignore danger and Vicki grew alarmed when she had to stop her from walking out into traffic.

Then, one night, shortly after the hyperactivity started, Gabrielle seemed to deflate and became very withdrawn.

As she'd suffered from depression before, Vicki thought she knew what to do and tried to cheer her up by tickling her to make her laugh.

"It was the worst thing she could have done because at that point I could not bear to be touched, so it was like poking a tiger with a stick," explained Gabrielle.

"When you are psychotic you are stronger than normal, so I must have pushed her quite hard.

"But after that happened all the buzzing in my ears and the stress in my mind broke and I realised I had done something bad."

Panicking, Gabrielle dialled NHS 24 and was told to take Vicki to casualty, but once there she became even more upset when medics tried to treat her rather than her partner, who had fully recovered.

"I was annoyed at the time but actually I had lost touch with reality," admitted Gabrielle, who lives with Vicki in Glasgow.

"I had been depressed and my GP put me on antidepressants but they seemed to trigger a manic episode."

At the hospital, Gabrielle was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and put on medication immediately.

"They gave me strong medication to get it under control and that did turn me into a zombie for a while, but it was to level me out.

"Now I'm just on one medication," Gabrielle said.

"That was three years ago and I've only had mini episodes since then."

Despite being able to control her condition, Gabrielle found it difficult to get work after her diagnosis. …

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