SparkPeople Living with Bipolar Disorder Team Messageboard Living with Bipolar disorder is an ongoing struggle. This is a team dedicated to helping each other get through the hard times and sharing knowledge of the disorder. SparkPeople Living with Bipolar Disorder Team Messageboard Beginning a new journey to a new me Good evening, my name is Deborah and I am a 53 year old wife, mother, grandmother, and amateur photographer. I was diagnosed with bi-polar disorder several years ago and it has been a long road to this point, under control. Doctor after doctor for one reason or another left me, bringing on severe anxiety and depression, that is till I found my current doctor. She may be out of town, but she is wonderful and got me on the right medicine quickly. The other medicines I had been on kept messi... Sat, 24 Feb 2018 18:20:52 EST Anxiety So I have both bipolar (1 or 2 is somewhat up in the air) and GAD. The only thing that has worked thus far for my anxiety are benzos...since they are addictive, not meant for long term use, and my dose is pooping out on me...I don't know what to do. I also take Vistiril for's supposed to be an anti-anxiety also but has never done much for me. My bipolar is actually pretty much under control at this point but my anxiety is kicking my butt. I just went off my last SSRI because it was... Fri, 16 Feb 2018 09:48:21 EST February Valentine's Chat Sorry this is a bit late.. forgot. <BR> <BR> Today is my birthday!! I'm 35. Happy Birthday to me! Sat, 3 Feb 2018 15:01:04 EST January 25th 2018 Letter to a family member Dear (Brother´s daughter in law (27 years old)) <BR> <BR> <BR> Guess my mother and I just had come into an argument as she always wants the last Word no matter what is happening <BR> I have a diagnose as a lunatic ...this has always given very Little respect to my person <BR> So my presence could not have helped my son <BR> <BR> Actually a psycho analyser told me in december that I never should have had a diagnose <BR> The psycho analyser is the first one in 44 years who has paid interest... Thu, 25 Jan 2018 04:31:22 EST How to lose weight with respiradon Happy new everyone I need to know how to lose weight with respiradon injection...thanks. Thu, 4 Jan 2018 03:43:40 EST Happy 2018 January Chat! Here's the chat room for January! Hope you have a great 2018! Wed, 3 Jan 2018 16:48:56 EST Hello a third time Well, I am back once again. In Feb I began seeing a health coach after being diagnosed with diabetes. I went on the keto diet and lost 36 pounds by August and got my blood sugar under control without meds. And then I quit seeing my health coach and my diet. So I've gained back about 10 lbs. And my blood sugar started going back up. So now I'm back to try to become more accountable. Tue, 26 Dec 2017 00:18:15 EST December Holiday Chat Can you believe it's December already!? Fri, 1 Dec 2017 22:01:20 EST November 19th - Letter to a psychoanalyst Dear Elisabet <BR> Is there a chance that I can come wednesday or Friday before Christmas? <BR> There is something I would like to talk about – This may be the reason why I had to go to psychiatric hospital the first time <BR> And the reason for conflicts and bad relations with men after that - <BR> It was an attack as i child – when I was between 7 and 9 – I managed to escape – I have been thinking about things that happened since then and some thoughts when I was hospitalised 1st time that ... Sun, 19 Nov 2017 09:46:10 EST Coping Skill #16: Imagine Today's Coping Skill is "Imagine: Create a mental picture that helps you feel different (for example, remember a safe place)." Our minds are very powerful! If you are having an anxiety attack, for example, just remember a time when you felt safe. If you are manic, remember something that calms you down, like a favorite stuffed animal. Use your imagination to get you out of a rough spot! Tue, 14 Nov 2017 00:01:37 EST Coping Skill #15: Talk Yourself Through It Today's Coping Skill is "Talk Yourself Through it: Self-talk helps in difficult times." This is very true. When things get hard, just talk to yourself. Maybe not out loud, but inside, just tell yourself that you can get through it, that you are strong. Make sure your self-talk is positive, and it will get you through! Thu, 9 Nov 2017 21:27:05 EST Coping Skill #14: When In Doubt... Today's Coping Skill is "When in doubt, do what's hardest: The most difficult path is invariably the right one." While I may not always agree with this personally, it is a good thing to keep in mind. Sometimes the hardest thing to do is the best thing for us- like yesterday's coping skill of self-compassion. Fight for yourself, because you are the most important person! Mon, 6 Nov 2017 15:53:06 EST Coping Skill #13: Compassion Today's Coping Skill is "Compassion: Listen to yourself with respect and care." I know I'm the hardest person for me to have compassion for. It's easier for us to have compassion for others because we are taught how to have compassion for others, but rarely for ourselves. Be kind to yourself- learn how to be kind, do something nice for yourself, and take care of your basic needs. If you are feeling down, be kind! Not only know it will pass, but others have been there. Talk to yourself like yo... Mon, 6 Nov 2017 01:13:07 EST Thankful November Chat <em>465</em> New month! And there's no doubt it's fall now! <BR> <BR> I've been cycling the past few days. Manic on Saturday and Yesterday, Depressed Sunday and today. Had to get up early today for a brain MRI. Hoping they find the reason for my paresthesia. Isis has a cold... has had it for a little over a week now. Well now little man has it too and it's making him miserable. Wed, 1 Nov 2017 15:30:26 EST Coping Skill #12: Set A Boundary Today's Coping Skill is "Set a Boundary: Say "No" To Protect Yourself". This is one of the ones I chose to implement. I had to say no to a lot, and it's helped me tremendously. I need to stop saying yes to things that I don't think are healthy for me. If someone asks you to do something you aren't comfortable with, say no! You can say no to people and your true friends will still like you! If someone gets mad that you say no in a healthy way, then they might not be a true friend. Sat, 28 Oct 2017 02:31:24 EST Coping Skill #11: Do the Best You Can! Today's Coping Skill is "Do the Best you Can with What you Have: Make the most of available opportunities"- Sometimes we just have to do our best! Take the chances you are given. If you have a good thing come up, try going for it! Give it all you got and keep your mind open! Sometimes good things come in unexpected places! Tue, 24 Oct 2017 02:11:59 EST Coping Skill #10 ~ Create Meaning Today's Coping Skill is "Create Meaning - Remind yourself what you are living for: Your children? Love? Truth? Justice? God?" We all have something that is worth holding on for. Just keep reminding yourself of whatever you choose to be as your higher power. You don't have to be religious, you can find something that is worth holding on for! <BR> <BR> ---- <BR> <BR> Diane's note: I'm not religious, but my Higher Power is Love. The Bible says "God is Love", so Love is God. Mon, 16 Oct 2017 23:50:22 EST Coping Skill #9 ~ List Your Options Today's Coping Skill is "List Your Options - In Any Situations, You have Choices." It's hard, but like some of the other Coping Skills listed, you can choose the best thing for you. It may seem like you don't have any options, but if you look hard enough you can find something. Even if someone is holding a gun to your head, you can try and kick them in the balls or something. It might not be an option that you first think would be good, but you always have a choice! Sun, 15 Oct 2017 00:20:09 EST Coping Skill #8: Take Good Care of Your Body Today's Coping Skill is "Take good care of your body- healthy eating, exercise, safe sex". It's important to take care of ourselves to feel good! I know it's hard when you are depressed, but sometimes getting up and taking a shower, having a good lunch (because face it- when you are depressed who's getting up in time for breakfast?), and maybe go for a walk. Safe sex is also important because you want to be careful with not only who you have sex with, but also using condoms to prevent your bo... Sat, 14 Oct 2017 01:46:43 EST Coping Skill #7: Choose Self-Respect Today's Coping Skill is "Choose Self-Respect: Choose whatever will make you like yourself tomorrow". This is really important for us to remember. If there's a choice you have to make, make the one that is going to make you love yourself. If you don't like yourself, you will have depression and possibly even be suicidal. As the song goes, "Learning to love yourself is the greatest love of all" <BR> <BR> --------------- <BR> <BR> Me personally (Diane) had to leave a bad relationship, even aft... Thu, 12 Oct 2017 21:49:54 EST Coping Skill #6 - Cry! Today's Coping Skill is "Cry- Let yourself cry, it won't last forever!" Crying is a good thing, and it releases a lot of pent-up emotions. Let yourself cry and get it out instead of holding it in. Crying won't last forever and is actually a really healthy thing to do! Don't be afraid to cry! Mon, 9 Oct 2017 01:14:47 EST Coping Skill #5- Honesty Today's Coping Skill is "Honesty- Secrets and lying are at the core of PTSD and substance abuse, honesty heals them." Be honest about what you are going through. If you struggle with addictions, then be honest with the people you trust about them. They can help you with your recovery. Don't be afraid to tell the truth! <BR> <BR> ---------------------- <BR> <BR> Note for Today's Coping Skill: I don't know how it relates to PTSD, but I can see how it relates to substance abuse. I have PTSD b... Thu, 5 Oct 2017 23:23:10 EST Coping Skill #4 - Persist Coping Skill of today is "Persist- never, never, never, never, never give up!" Like Churchill said, "When you are going through Hell, keep going!" Things can get better when you are in a bad place emotionally. Yes, things do go bad in life, but things also can go much better than planned. Just keep going! Suicide should never be a real option. Remember, there is a rainbow at the end! And maybe even a gold pot at the end of that rainbow! <BR> <BR> --------------------------- <BR> <BR> Note f... Thu, 5 Oct 2017 23:19:23 EST Coping Skill #3- Leave a Bad Scene Today's Coping Skill is Leave a Bad Scene- When things go wrong, Get Out! Don't be afraid of walking away. Sometimes it takes a strong person to walk away instead of getting into a bad place. Think of a time when you should have walked away and remained, and then remember that the next time you get into a bad situation. Walk Away! Tue, 3 Oct 2017 16:36:31 EST Coping Skill #2: Inspire Yourself! Today's coping skill is: Inspire Yourself! Carry something positive with you to remind you to think on the bright side! It cold be a poem, a photo of a loved one, or a piece of jewelry that reminds you of something good! <BR> <BR> --------------------------------- <BR> <BR> Note #1 on today's Coping Skill: Virtual Hope Box is an app on your phone. It's free, and you can load pictures on it to inspire you, you can distract yourself with puzzles, and more! It's going to have it's own Coping S... Mon, 2 Oct 2017 17:42:39 EST Coping Skill for 10/1- Ask for Help! #1: <BR> <BR> Ask for help! Reach out to someone else when you feel that you need some help! Don't be afraid to ask for help- it's a hard thing to do that strong people do! Sun, 1 Oct 2017 22:25:29 EST Autumn fun October Chat New month, new chat. <BR> <BR> We took the kids to Roba's Family Farm today. I think we did a family record on both corn mazes. Less than 15 minutes in each of them. And that was including a stop at the cafe inside the big maze for an apple cider donut. Sun, 1 Oct 2017 21:12:17 EST Anyone manage without meds? I have been off and on meds... currently off. Want to live without them and remain stable. Is anyone successfully doing so? If so, for how long? I know creating a routine for me definitely helps. I stopped eating meat in May and I did without it for 12 years before I got diagnosed at 29. I am 36 now and I think diet helps... I need to eat cleaner for sure.... but I would definitely like to hear from others out there who are also living with bipolar disorder. <BR> Sun, 10 Sep 2017 23:01:22 EST Is it Fall Yet? September Chat! It's HOT here!!! The heat index yesterday was 113, and right now the heat index is 112. Is it Fall yet?? <BR> <BR> Sending prayers and love to Carol (KawaiiCarolAnn) because she is in Houston and was in Harvey's path! Fri, 1 Sep 2017 16:20:35 EST Awesome August! <BR> Hi all, hope it was okay to create an August chat. Hopefully one of our lead/admin can put a sticky on this and unsticky the July. Thu, 3 Aug 2017 11:57:50 EST July Fireworks Chat! Hi All! <BR> <BR> Here is where we post our July posts... Sorry this is late! Wed, 5 Jul 2017 00:03:51 EST Hey BP Fam! Hi Guys, <BR> <BR> I'm newly diagnosed and have no idea as to how to understand what I'm dealing with. Could definitely use some help, friends and guidance! <BR> <BR> Thanks! Mon, 12 Jun 2017 18:51:11 EST Jump Into June! I hope that this can become a sticky post, but if nothing else it can be a springboard. <BR> ----------------------- <BR> <BR> Been doing okay I guess. Doc is shifting around when and how much of my meds I take during the day and so far it is going well. <BR> <BR> Not been losing, but not been gaining either, so that is a good thing. Just got back on the exercise wagon and am now three for three on days I have walked. Yesterday I went swimming for the first time in months--brand new suit to... Tue, 6 Jun 2017 15:58:20 EST Drinking, weed and Bi-polar Hi all! <BR> <BR> I hope everyone can get involved with this. Weed does help when you are hyper. <BR> <BR> Cherie Sat, 20 May 2017 11:44:43 EST Help: My girlfriend has Bipolar Hi, I'm looking for help and support on how to help and support my girlfriend who has bipolar and is currently going through a very depressed and anxious time. I haven't seen her in weeks, she is now telling me she is too anxious to drive all she is doing is sleeping or feeling anxious and "doesn't know what to do with herself" (I don't understand what that means). I'm on edge, and getting bitchy and feeling like she doesn't care anymore. I feel like as much as I am trying to be supportiv... Tue, 16 May 2017 12:00:37 EST MAY FLOWERS CHAT Welcome to the May Flowers Chat. This will be the new Chat thread for the month of May !! I hope to see you all around the ;new thread soon. Take care and God bless Deb <em>220</em> <em>247</em> Mon, 1 May 2017 18:40:51 EST Defining Your Manic Depression Here's a clarification of the TYPES of bipolar disorder, and the SPECIFIERS that go with it: <BR> <BR> TYPES of Bipolar [from NAMI]: <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) defines four types of bipolar illness: <BR> • Bipolar I Disorder is an illness in which people have experienced one or more episodes of mania. Most people diagnosed with bipolar I will have episodes of both mania and depression, though an episode of depression is not nece... Fri, 14 Apr 2017 11:21:28 EST April Fool's Chat! It's April Fool's Day! Happy April! Here's the new chat thread for Spring! <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful month! Sat, 1 Apr 2017 13:48:32 EST Hi - Here I am I am 42. I have lived with the symptoms of mental illness since I was an early teen. Like many, I didn't get good help for a long time. it's pretty controlled now and I have mostly good days. Looking forward to interaction. Thu, 30 Mar 2017 12:16:29 EST Do you guys...? Have steady jobs? <BR> Spouses? <BR> Kids? Tue, 28 Mar 2017 15:15:49 EST March Chat Hi everyone !! I hope that you are all looking forward to Spring and better weather. Hopefully all the snow and ice will recede and more fair weather will reign. Has March come in like a lion for you and your area of the country? We have rain, rain and more rain here in the lower elevations of the Pacific Northwest. Some of the rose bushes in our flower beds are beginning to bud, but most of the trees are still stark and leafless. The fruit trees will be beginning to blossom soon. I love... Thu, 2 Mar 2017 05:28:15 EST Hello everyone Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm Aylamay, or Ayla. I live right now in Bourbonnais, in a nursing home for the mentally ill. I have lived here for a year on the 15th. I used to take care of my parents, but it got to be too much for me. It literally mad me nuts. I am doing much better now, and I am planning to move closer to Chicago, to the western suburbs in a couple of months. <BR> <BR> I have been bipolar for most of my life. I have been on disability for 13 years. Before then I worked ... Mon, 13 Feb 2017 05:45:26 EST February Chat Hi everybody, <BR> <BR> February <em>129</em> is a new month and we are moving ever closer to Spring <em>573</em> !! I hope that you enjoy this new month. This is the place to come to chat this second month of the year. I hope to see you all here really soon. Sending positive energy and hugs to all that need them. Take care, Deb <em>220</em> Sun, 5 Feb 2017 00:02:18 EST My mom died today :( Today, Tuesday January 31st at 5:15 am my mom passed. Please keep me and my family in your prayers. I am holding on okay. Her husband was by her side, and there was a service on the TV talking about being at peace. That's when she passed. I'm sorry I haven't been posting on the team even though I said I would. I got here on Saturday night, and she had a stroke in front of me Sunday morning. Tracy (her husband) carried her to bed and I lay beside her, holding her hand and brushing her hair. Th... Tue, 31 Jan 2017 16:42:17 EST Weight gain with meds...Vraylar? Is or has anyone taken Vraylar? My Dr just put me on it a couple weeks ago. It seems to be helping but it's brand new to the market and I'm nervous about weight gain. Any ideas to help combat weight gain associated with medications? Sun, 8 Jan 2017 14:56:57 EST Insecurity Is anyone else suffering from an extreme amount of insecurity? It's few and far between when I can run errands by myself. I pretty much never leave the house except for doctor appointments. I thought when you got older it was supposed to get easier. Yes, I have been in therapy numerous times and been told over and over again that most people don't pay attention and those who do really don't care. I don't believe it! I feel like I'm in hell! Wed, 4 Jan 2017 10:02:22 EST New Year January Chat I had a decent New Year's eve and day. I have been getting headaches (not migraines, because I get those too) and sleeping off and on. I feel great today... I hope everyone has a safe and happy New Year! Mon, 2 Jan 2017 16:50:42 EST Roll into December chat Oh my goodness. Can't believe I am creating a chat thread for December already! It seems like this year has flown by and yet at times I remember it wasn't going slow enough for me. The cooler weather tends to usually want me to stay indoors but I still have the inclination to enjoy the brisk air as it feels my lungs while walking. <BR> <BR> We can't put up a Christmas tree this year. We tried but one of my adorable kitties keeps eating it. We tried constantly spraying her with a water bottle... Thu, 1 Dec 2016 10:44:16 EST November Chat Whoops. Looks like time got away from me! <BR> <BR> Happy November everyone! <BR> <BR> What do you have going on?? <BR> <BR> We celebrated my step-dad's 55th birthday on Tuesday. Yesterday was Xena's dance class, and the church had their bereavement mass. It made things interesting. We've been looking at a house, but after lots of consideration, we think it would be more headache than it's worth. Thu, 3 Nov 2016 08:44:47 EST Introduction Hi everyone. I'm goodfeline, and I am new to the group but not to SparkPeople. I'm a boomerang - I swing in and out every so often as I keep falling on and off the wagon. I've been mostly on for this year, though I disappeared from the site for about 6 months. I am trying to lose about 200lbs and am considering weight loss surgery (which apparently gets more complicated if you have a mental illness). I am 29 (30 tomorrow), married with 4 cats, and I work full-time/go to school full-time. Tue, 25 Oct 2016 00:34:06 EST Hello Hi everyone. My screen name is Outdoor_Girlie but my real name is Rhila (phonetically Ree-Lah). I used SparkPeople back in 2008 and just rejoined this morning. =) My weight tends to decrease during manic phases and increase during depressive phases, so I am hoping joining SparkPeople will help me keep it moving in the correct direction. Mon, 24 Oct 2016 11:39:41 EST This week's topic - Binge Eating We are going into the holiday season. I know it's definitely too early to think about Christmas, though I do keep seeing everyone on Facebook posting the countdown, but Halloween can be a dietary game changer for everyone. And it's approaching fast. Has anyone noticed how delightfully tempting Halloween themed treats look and sound. Mmmm. <BR> <BR> Back to my point. The holiday season as we all know too well, offers too many opportunities to overeat. And with our waxing and waning moods, bi... Mon, 3 Oct 2016 16:14:16 EST Happy October Chat A new day, and a new month! <BR> <BR> I've got more of the cleaning/painting going on. Grandpa has the heat on. I went from being a little chilly to sweating my arse off. Sat, 1 Oct 2016 10:04:01 EST Dealing with Soon to be-ex Argh! I'm trying to get a divorce (we've been separated for over 2 years now), and it's like he's constantly throwing a wrench into it. This time I had budgeted all month, typed the papers myself so I wouldn't have to get an attorney, and was going to file after he paid child support. He's been sick the last two weeks so, of course, he couldn't pay the full amount. I hate how he makes me come and almost beg for the money to begin with, and then when he won't pay, I feel so angry, small, pathe... Fri, 23 Sep 2016 22:47:06 EST Back Again Hello! I'm a single mom with 3 kids: a son, 17, another son, 15, and a daughter, 10. We homeschool and attend a Messianic congregation. I'm having a weird time emotionally with some manic and some depression symptoms. Not sure what else to say. Thu, 22 Sep 2016 12:52:55 EST Overwhelmed w/ work - strategy suggestions wante Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I have been battling this issue for about 2 years now and I'm wondering what solutions you have found, if any, to work for you. Right now I work for a non-profit organization and get paid for 8 hours a week. It is very flexible, no set schedule, work from home, and no real pressure on deadlines (getting response time with other team members is very hard though). I don't agree with the Executive Director's direction though and am very vocal. Other than that, an ideal wo... Wed, 14 Sep 2016 11:02:53 EST So you need some motivation? Fall 5% Challenge <BR> Are you looking for a way to get fit, lose weight, and have fun along the way? Check out the Fall 5% Challenge! Team members will work towards losing 5% of their starting weight in 8 weeks by participating in team challenges that focus on exercise &amp; healthy lifestyle habits. Let’s have fun, make new friends and get in shape! Challenge starts in September 24th. Please click on this link to join the Challenge and pick your team. <BR> <BR> <link> ... Thu, 8 Sep 2016 09:26:04 EST Hubby is my stability My hubby was home on vacation all last week. We've been battling dealing with my constant hypomanic swings for almost a year now. Every week having multiple moods during the week. I've noticed that when the weekend comes by Sunday morning I begin to become stable and then by Tuesday I am back into a swing. I was stable for the past 4 days but hubby went back to work and I started into they hypomanic swing by the afternoon. I think hubby is a stabilizing force for me. He obviously can't be hom... Wed, 7 Sep 2016 07:48:01 EST Falling into Autumn September Chat Here comes another month and another season. How are you feeling about it. <BR> <BR> Right now it's stressful for me. The next 3 weeks are super busy for me. Getting into the kindergarten groove, dance classes start back tonight. No school Friday - Monday. A baby shower and birthday party Saturday. Our annual trip to the Renaissance Faire Monday. And then the following week, library story time starts back plus the hubby's birthday, which means baking. So much to do, so little patience and sa... Wed, 31 Aug 2016 11:39:48 EST Chaperoned I have been having progressive issues with speech, typing, and spacial control. It takes me a few tries to get through a few thoughts. All under the heading of: Deteriorating Cognitive Abilities. <BR> <BR> I was having lots of trouble focusing on more than one thing in a quiet and calm room. She asked about driving and I had to tell her that I had a few times that I could not tell the gas pedal from the brake. Also how driving in traffic was a very, very stressful thing. Her response: No dr... Tue, 30 Aug 2016 23:48:06 EST The bipolar Diet Hi everybody !!! This last Sunday in August we are discussing Diet and it's effects on those who are Bipolar. We all know that diet affects us in many ways, so how does food fit in with your plan? What do you find helpful to include in your weekly diet plan? This article guides you to those foods which are beneficial for those of us who are Bipolar and must worry about mood triggers. Let us know your thoughts !! <BR> <BR> <link> sorder/nutrition#1 ... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 12:16:41 EST The Pessimist's Predicument Hi everybody, <BR> <BR> Are you pessimistic? Do you find yourself making excuses? We are all negative sometimes, but what about chronic complaining? Today's article dwells on this topic. Do you see yourself as a pessimist or an optimist? What are your thoughts on the article? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>s_articles.asp?id=2099 </link> Sun, 21 Aug 2016 14:48:25 EST Constantly trying to find the magic organization I'm noticing that I seem to always be on the hunt for the "perfect" organization system when I am manic. I am at it again. Do any of you do that as well? Thu, 18 Aug 2016 12:29:21 EST Serequel Is anyone taking this? My doctor upped me too 100 MHgs at night. I sleep very well. Any one have any weight side effects? Mon, 15 Aug 2016 14:38:14 EST Forgiveness Hi everyone, sorry I misposted before to the wrong topic. I thought that I had started my own topic, but I accidently posted the "boosting mood" topic. So, here is the information from the article that Larissa recommended to me for Sunday's weekly topic. <BR> <BR> <link> s_ articles.asp?id=2130 </link> Mon, 15 Aug 2016 13:03:17 EST 15 ways to boost mood I just read this article on Spark and it was timely. <link><BR>s_articles.asp?id=1562 </link> <BR> <BR> I have found that the following from the article help me tremendously and I believe what has been helping me lately on not going into depression. I can implement a few more of the suggestions though. What do you do to alleviate your mood on a daily basis? <BR> <BR> My current mood boosters: <BR> - waking up to journal writing with a happy mood playl... Sun, 14 Aug 2016 12:13:15 EST DNA Testing -- Have you done it? Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> Came back from the psych just now and he wants me to do some DNA testing from GeneSight. I called and it is within our price range (I think; gotta double check that later). We have gone through 20+ med combos over the past 8 years with no success the past 6 months. I am experiencing swings still and experiencing side effects for the past 6-months. So, he is thinking this DNA testing will help provide us with more insight. So, have any of you done it? If so, did you fin... Mon, 8 Aug 2016 16:17:23 EST Building a Routine When You Are Bipolar Hi everybody, <BR> <BR> Last week we explored getting to know yourself and your illness. Having a routine is extremely important if you are Bipolar. What is your routine everyday? What do you do to keep up your activities of daily living when you are sick? How do you stick with a routine and make it work for you? <BR> <BR> I keep a very detailed diary which helps me stay on track by plotting my behaviors daily. I use my diary to help create my routine day by day. Since each day is dif... Mon, 8 Aug 2016 08:04:43 EST Awesome August Chat The end of summer is coming near. The kids will be heading back to school. (Ugh. I can't be the only person that HATES school bus traffic.) <BR> <BR> How will your August be shaping up? <BR> <BR> Most noteable for us, Xena has her first dance recital on the 17th. She starts back for a 2 week kindergarten readiness course on the 15th, and I'll have to pull her out for the recital. Kindergarten orientation is the 25th, and she has her first day of actual kindergarten on the 29th. <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 31 Jul 2016 20:11:51 EST Getting To Know Yourself and Your Illness I was rummaging around looking for a topic for the week and I came across this article detailing six ways to distinguish between yourself and your illness. These are some good ideas for helping you to get to know what is you and what is your illness talking. Do you have some other good ideas for distinguishing what your illness is and what is you? How do you keep yourself grounded ?How do you manage your illness? I know that I need all the tips that I can get. <BR> <BR> I keep a diary to ... Sun, 31 Jul 2016 10:04:31 EST Motivating ourselves - gently Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> Here is this week's article as food for thought this week. What do you think? How do you motivate yourself? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/take-control/201403/gentle-touch-emot<BR>ions-and-motivation-in-bipolar-disorder </link> <BR> <BR> Here's something from the article I liked: "If your moods aren’t yet well regulated, be gentle. Don’t try to turn up the volume on the negative emotions to force yourself to get going. Try to soften the em... Sun, 24 Jul 2016 15:07:25 EST Belated intro Hello everyone! <BR> I live in the middle of nowhere in central New Mexico. I have been off and on Spark for years, the first time losing about fifty pounds.After my husband died in 2013 I started to put those pounds back on. And kept putting on the pounds. Well, 90 pounds later I am here. I am 31 but have been the same 230 pounds for the last year. <BR> <BR> Between having bipolar disorder, rheumatoid arthritis, and a love for food, I have the deck slightly off my side. The arthritis is pre... Wed, 20 Jul 2016 17:37:44 EST Medication weight gain - plan Hey there! <BR> <BR> I've noticed that with my medication increase of Risperidone that my mood is slightly improving but I am very tired, unmotivated, unhealthy food cravings, and noticing an appetite increase (I've been fighting eating the extra meals though). I've been able to not give into the appetite increase even though it is torture because I feel so hungry but the cravings have been increasing in regards to sweets and I've been listening to them a little bit more. I've researched thi... Wed, 20 Jul 2016 08:13:07 EST How is your routine? I thought we could discuss routines this week. What is yours? What has been the most helpful part for you? Do you find yourself "lost" when not having one? Read this article and discuss the points you agree on and those you disagree with. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ine-when-you-have-bipolar-disorder/ </link> Sun, 17 Jul 2016 15:50:07 EST Not losing hope - discussion for July 10th week I've been having a rough time these past 6-months, mainly dealing with hypo-mania. I had a time period before that for about 9-months where I was relatively stable so I saw promise. So, with my recent relapses I started losing hope. I started feeling discouraged. Just yesterday my husband had to remind me of the promise of a better future. Basically... don't lose hope. As you read this little blog post on BP Hope's website think about your own journey, about a time when you lost all hope, and... Sun, 10 Jul 2016 21:25:50 EST New to the team Hi everyone! Today is my 27th day on SparkPeople, but my first day on the team. <BR> <BR> Right now I am in a mania phase, so motivation is high and my efforts are paying off (down 10 pounds since joining SparkPeople). However, I am pretty consistent with my cycles and it dawned on me today that I am probably going to shift into my depressive state soon... so I thought I would search for like-minded Sparkers. =) <BR> <BR> Thanks for reading and looking forward to getting to know all of you! Sat, 2 Jul 2016 12:07:37 EST July Chat Here we are in July. What do you have going on? <BR> <BR> Plans this weekend for me... tomorrow evening we're heading out to visit my Uncle Shane (and aunt Denise). Shane's feeling like the world is against him and needs a pick me up. Sunday evening we're doing our own fireworks show at my father-in-law's. And Monday will be spent BBQing and at the park for the fireworks. Fri, 1 Jul 2016 19:40:34 EST Hypersexuality in bipolar children Tougher topic today, and maybe it's just something that I'm too personally experienced right now. Hypersexuality in bipolar children. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>traight-talk-about-kids-and-sex/ </link> <BR> <BR> Now, technically, my daughter isn't diagnosed as bipolar, but I highly suspect it. Officially, she has ODD. However, I find that hypersexuality is a issue for us. She's a bit obsessed with touching herself. I won't say I find it disturbing, so much a... Sun, 26 Jun 2016 16:48:32 EST What are your triggers? I just read this article and thought it would be a great discussion to have. It's about managing our triggers. <link> </link> So I ask you, what are your triggers? <BR> <BR> For me, my triggers are: <BR> - Not getting into bed around 10 PM. I wake up naturally between 6-7 AM so I think it's my bodies way of getting in the right amount of sleep. <BR> <BR> - Too much to do. This one is tricky because I'm the one who makes the long to-do list and yet if I d... Sun, 26 Jun 2016 13:49:08 EST Hypomanic with finances Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> Well, this Friday my hubby starts becoming more involved with the finances and starts laying down the foot a bit more. I've asked for this to happen but now that the day is coming upon me I am feeling a little defeated. I've been having a hard time with spending because of my hypomania to where we are close to having problems financially. I need for this to happen but I've been the one in charge of our finances our whole dating life as well as my own I know I do a good... Wed, 22 Jun 2016 16:13:53 EST The stigma around bipolar disorder This week's topic: The stigma surrounding bipolar disorder <BR> <BR> <link><BR>pagename=help_advocacy_stigma </link> <BR> <BR> We've all dealt with it. Whether from friends, family, coworkers, classmates...ourselves. People who are uninformed of everything our disorder involves are quick to pass judgement. Looking at us like we are less than because we are afflicted with a condition that we cannot change. It is up to us to change the way others think ... Sun, 19 Jun 2016 20:59:54 EST From our first weekly e-mail So this is both a little late for the season (and a bit late considering the publication date, oops), but it is concerning the change of sesons from the winter weather into spring and summer. It seems as though it is a trend that the warm and pleasant weather brings an increase in hypomanic episodes. <BR> <link><BR>-you/201103/spring-has-sprung-and-so-m<BR>ight-your-hypomania </link> <BR> What are your thoughts on this? In your experience, do you find ... Sun, 12 Jun 2016 23:04:32 EST Favorite exercise routine/ workout? Hey everyone, <BR> <BR> Read the Spark people article on finding your exercise that fits your goals/personality. I think I've finally found mine, which is why I am slowly losing the weight. I LOVE my hikes and schedule them 2x a week; one is more of a fitness hike and the second is more of a leisure hike where I take pictures and calm myself with nature. With both of these I get my social interaction in it because I coordinate it with a group. With bipolar is important for us. I then have my... Mon, 6 Jun 2016 17:46:29 EST June Summer Kick Off Chat Here we are in June! The weather is getting hot and the sun is out and not hiding behind those dismal winter and early spring clouds! It sure puts a little extra pep in your step, doesn't it? <BR> <BR> Today's a big day in our house. It's Xena's Pre-K Graduation Day!!! They still have school till Friday, but this is definitely a huge milestone! When I think back on everything we had to do to find a Pre-K to take her (sometimes it really sucks to not be in poverty), and the year just flew by ... Wed, 1 Jun 2016 08:43:16 EST Article on being fit mentally and physically I just read this article and thought I'd share it with you because it has a lot of good information in regards to our bipolar and keeping fit mentally and physically. Some great pointers. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ness-workout/?utm_source=iContact&amp;<BR>utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=H&am<BR>p;H%20Headlines&amp;utm_content=HHH-Ex<BR>ercise-mood-May19-responsive </link> Sun, 29 May 2016 15:42:53 EST Ever get this straight? I am so discouraged. It seems like this always happen when I get serious about getting healthy and on track. I've been battling hypo for about 4 months now. It was under control (manageable) for a 2-week time period but now it's been here for 3-weeks. We've been working with medication but it's not effective. How do you stay motivated when your mind is all over the place? How do you not discourage yourself? How do you get your butt out there when you are physically tired? Tips anyone? Wed, 25 May 2016 15:36:43 EST High Functioning? Hello. New here. I am a professional person who has trouble getting along with people at work sometimes. If I go along with the consensus, people are disappointed w my lack of contribution. If I stick my neck out, people get irritated. Sun, 15 May 2016 10:54:22 EST May Showers Chat Welcome to May! <BR> <BR> And let me tell you... May showers is no joke here right now. Nothing but rain <em>257</em> in the forecast for the next week. Sun, 1 May 2016 16:37:56 EST SparkPeople noob! hi! <BR> <BR> i'm glad to join everyone! this looks like a fun way to stay motivated while working towards my goals of getting healthier and fit! I have two main reasons I'm doing this: I'm getting married June 2017, and also I want to work my way into joining my local roller derby team. i also have bipolar disorder, which makes community support super important to me. thanks for reading! <BR> <BR> -charm Fri, 22 Apr 2016 07:32:30 EST April Fool's Chat New month, new chat. Thu, 31 Mar 2016 08:39:47 EST Weaning from meds Anyone else wean themselves from Abilify before? I've started weaning slowly but it's having a weird effect on me. I thought it would push me to the depressed side but it seems to be making me more manic. I feel crazy. I need to be off my meds so I can get and be pregnant without harming the fetus. <BR> <BR> Any tips for being medication free but staying stable and sane at the same time? Fri, 11 Mar 2016 12:10:38 EST March Madness Chat <img src=""> Mon, 29 Feb 2016 10:01:29 EST Anyone else taking Depakote? Hey guys. Hope everyone is doing well. Just wanted to get some opinions on this. Is anyone taking Depakote (Divalproex) ER or has anyone taken it? I've been on it a few months and I take it at night (it does say may cause drowsiness) which is also when I take my Prozac (I've been on that a lot longer, though). I've noticed since I started taking it that I seem to have more trouble waking up in the morning, almost like the drowsiness thing is a delayed reaction that doesn't kick in until maybe... Sat, 27 Feb 2016 01:27:08 EST New to the team! Hi there! My name is Sarah and I am new to the team. I was diagnosed with both Bipolar disorder and Celiac about a year ago, leading to a complete change to my life. I had to start taking medicine, change my whole diet, and learn to cope with the stigma of mental illness all in one fell swoop. I am looking forward to finding support and friends in this team. <BR> <BR> A little about me: I am 28 years old, married with two young boys - ages 2 and 3, and I stay home with them (partially to sav... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 10:39:29 EST February Valentines Chat This month treat yourself to something special! Welcome to February :) Fri, 5 Feb 2016 12:28:32 EST Giving up Lithium for my Health I have been bipolar for about 35 years. In the beginning I was defiant and quickly threw away all meds against popular belief that I would need them for life. I went along for 20 years without any problem then suddenly went Manic again. I never get depressed only manic so I have often wondered why the bipolar diagnosis. I got back on Lithium among other drugs, got stable again and stayed with the program. I have now been on just Lithium for 10 years and faithfully do my blood work ups. ... Wed, 20 Jan 2016 12:12:21 EST Inspirational Music I am a huge music fan, and there are so many good songs out there to help us when we are feeling down. I thought I would start a thread so we can inspire each other- it could be any kind of song, as long as it inspires you. <BR> <BR> there is this song Meghan Trainor called "It's all about that bass". One of the lyrics goes "Every part of you is perfect from the bottom to the top" and other body-positive lyrics. I'm a big music person. David Guetta's "Titanium" is an empowering song, as wel... Sat, 9 Jan 2016 21:25:07 EST January New Year's chat Happy New Year! I'm glad to see another year. Geo is starting to exercise on his own and I'm so proud of him. He got a special water bottle where there is this container in the middle of the water where you put fruit. The fruit then flavors the water and it tastes pretty good. I think I will go to the gym with Geo, even if it is early. I just don't want to go to my gym for a couple weeks until the crowd thins. My apartment complex has it's own gym, so we are going to go there. I need to get b... Sun, 3 Jan 2016 20:01:00 EST medication Has anyone noticed that they have gained weight once they started their medication. I did and ever since I have struggled with my weight. I know when I am depressed I eat more which I have more depressed episodes than manic most of the time.. Sun, 27 Dec 2015 08:03:15 EST New to the team I may or may not have bipolar, as its been a questionable diagnosis for the past few years. It all started in 2011 when I decided to try to take SSRIs, which made me manic in about 2 days. I was put on antipsychotics to counteract the mania. That was an interesting experience! I dabbled a bit with anti anxieties and found that they didn't really help too much. About a year ago, I tried medication again - gabapentin. It also made me manic, but the theory was that it got rid of all the anxiety ... Sat, 5 Dec 2015 10:33:03 EST December Ho-Ho-Holiday Chat Happy December everyone! I apologize for the thread title not being entirely P.C., but I think it's cute, so I hope you'll excuse me. <BR> <BR> So far I have our Christmas tree up, but no decorations on it. And if the kids don't learn how to clean up after themselves, I don't guarantee that Santa's going to visit. Too much stress for me to keep up with everything. <BR> <BR> How is everyone else's holiday preparations going? Tue, 1 Dec 2015 10:22:28 EST Cheap Therapy - Draw something every day Challenge I was waiting for my neurologist appointment and noticed an "art table" at the end of the waiting room. (I got there early, as I left early to travel 400 miles to get to my appointments as I live at a place called "the end of the road.) <BR> <BR> I tried it... really lowered the stress to fiddle with beads or clay or draw things. For about 9 months now I try to draw something every day - often with chalk, sometimes with the simple "paint" program on my computer. It reduces stress a LOT. I go... Tue, 24 Nov 2015 11:32:24 EST New here, and newly diagnosed Hi, <BR> I'm Christina, I'm 36, and was just diagnosed with Bipolar, ADD, OCD, and a touch of PTSD. Long story short, my 15 year old daughter was diagnosed with Bipolar/ADHD at 11, then diagnosed with PTSD at 13, (she was raped while in a manic phase hitchhiking) Over those years, we've dealt with 5 runaways, 4 hospitalizations (crisis stabilization units, so only 1-2 week stays) multiple suicide attempts, and now, she's in residential care. <BR> <BR> After she got put into residential c... Mon, 23 Nov 2015 19:33:19 EST lost all interest.... hello, I have bipolar, and I take all my medicines as prescribed. I have been trying successfully to lose weight slowly over the last year. I have done fairly well. I have lost just over 50 pounds. I have really enjoyed sparkpeople and going to gym. However, since october, I have just given up on all of it. I quit the gym and quit counting calories. This is the first time I have been on sparkpeople in a while also. I have gained back 11 pounds and feel horrible physically. I know all... Mon, 9 Nov 2015 17:19:54 EST November Thanksgiving Chat This is the chat thread for November... If you want, you can post what you are thankful for! *hugs* Mon, 2 Nov 2015 15:31:01 EST The Thyroid/Bipolar Connections <link><BR>-and-bipolar-disorder/ </link> <BR> <BR> Is anyone here knowledgeable about the connection between hypothyroid and bipolar symptoms? Has your doctor addressed this? How were you diagnosed and treated? Was there any resistance or pushback from your doctor regarding this subject? Sun, 18 Oct 2015 16:30:49 EST New with Lots of Questions Hi, I've been recently diagnosed as Bipolar and my doctor wants me to start taking Seroquel. I haven't started taking it yet as I'm waiting to get some tests done regarding thyroid and hormone levels. (I'm 50 and recently went through menopause and have gained a lot of weight even though I haven't changed my eating or exercise habits.) <BR> <BR> I would be interested in knowing if it is possible to actually lose weight on Seroquel. I also wonder if it will actually make day-to-day life easie... Sun, 18 Oct 2015 16:06:04 EST October Fall Chat Can you believe it's already October? There have been Christmas stuff in the stores since September. Time is flying! Soon the days will be shorter and that can cause depression. Try your best to get in a bit of sun everyday or a sun lamp. I hear it works wonders with those people have Seasonal Affective Disorder. I'm lucky I live in Miami so I get more sun and less cold... anyone wanna come to take a break from the cold? LOL. I'm going to Chicago soon and it's going to be cold... I have to pu... Thu, 1 Oct 2015 15:31:51 EST New to the Team, Not New to Bipolar Disorder Hi, I'm Marla. I'm 32 and have been living with type II bipolar disorder since I was 21. I also have the added hurdles of generalized anxiety and seasonal affective disorder to contend with. It's no picnic, but my doctor is on top of things and we finally found the right medication combination for me. <BR> <BR> I was really sick with what turned out to be adenomyosis last year, which led to severe anemia and a huge gain in weight. As a result I had to have a hysterectomy and became the h... Tue, 29 Sep 2015 00:53:46 EST Weaning off Cymbalta. ..advice? My daughter is being taken off Cymbalta as her sleep is awful - she can sleep all day and night yet never feels rested. She is also on Lamactil and Lithium, the new doctor says she most likely does not need the Cymbalta anymore as she is not really depressed, she just tends to be up and down with her moods. <BR> <BR> Just wondering if anyone has some advice about getting off this medication? We are down to 20mg every other day (last capsule will be on Thursday) but it seems like the side eff... Tue, 15 Sep 2015 05:08:26 EST September chat Sorry it took so long to get this started... My internet is down at home so I can only use my cell phone. Chat away! Sun, 6 Sep 2015 19:53:04 EST down.... <em>39</em> <BR> Today I am feeling a bit down. A lot of negative things going on at work. I have taken time off, but that is not stopping the problems there from eating away at my brain. Fri, 21 Aug 2015 11:29:16 EST Brand new to this group Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> It's late and I'm up (of course, I'm bipolar, lol). I use to be on Spark, but stopped for a year, but now that my weight has creeped back up to an unmanageable 184 (I am 5'3") I have decided I need to come back and get moving on losing some. I personally blame my medicine--one in particular (Thorazine) makes me gain when my dose level is up. I will call my Psydoc and ask him if we can cut the dose back down or not. In any case, I still have to deal with the losi... Thu, 13 Aug 2015 00:44:44 EST August Chat Well, it's a hew month and a new chat! Things are a bit rocky where I am, but I'm hoping that things can get worked out. *hugs* to all! Sat, 1 Aug 2015 21:46:05 EST hypomani c....and question about abilify Hey everyone I believe I may be a little hypomanic today. I feel great though! lol I guess that is one sign because I feel over the top today. Anyway, I had a question for anyone who takes abilify. I take abilify 30mg daily and lately I have been having some strange nervous tics(for lack of a better word) I have had a lot of facial movements and stuff. I can stop them if I concentrate on it but I keep wanting to blink my eyes a lot and raise my eyebrows up and down. Weird I know, but I... Wed, 15 Jul 2015 15:46:02 EST July Fireworks Chat It's a new month! What healthy things are you going to do? How are you feeling? Feel free to post anything here! Wed, 1 Jul 2015 11:31:33 EST Mom of a Bipolar Teen Good morning....I'm joining this team for support as my daughter (17) was recently diagnosed as being on the bipolar spectrum....she did 1 week in a hospital, followed by 2 months of daily outpatient therapy and now we need to find a therapist she can see on a regular (less often) basis who can also monitor and adjust her meds as needed. She is on lithium, Cymbalta and Lamactil right now and seems fairly stable but of course, that can change in an instant. It's nice to finally have a diagnos... Sun, 21 Jun 2015 06:46:40 EST do you find it hard to stay on track all the time Hi, do you find it hard to stay on track all the time with your diet while having bipolar? I am having such a hard time lately with this. I have lost a regained the same 5 pounds since April. I will do real good for one week or two then do bad for one or two weeks. I don't know if it is because of my moods going up and down or what. Just sometimes I feel much more motivated and focused on losing weight and then sometimes I just don't care. My weight is already out of control but I have... Thu, 18 Jun 2015 13:58:02 EST hello, new here hello everyone, I am new to this team but not new to sparkpeople and not new to bipolar either. I was diagnosed with bipolar about 12 years ago. I look forward to chatting with everyone on here. Tue, 16 Jun 2015 13:55:30 EST Quick intro I am a proud mom of 2, from Powell Tn, natural witch. Have gone thru some traumatic events & r currently finding myself again. Lookinf forward to meeting everyone Mon, 15 Jun 2015 17:23:40 EST June Bloom Chat Sorry I haven't posted this earlier, but I've been going through a lot of crap lately... But please, post away! Sun, 7 Jun 2015 20:06:09 EST I felt good today when..... I looked outside and saw our brand new car!! <BR> <em>240</em> Sun, 7 Jun 2015 15:56:50 EST New..just dropping in to say hello! Hello everyone!! My name is Deborah, I am 51--wife, mother, and grandmother. I've been diagnosed with Bi-polar 1 for just over 3 years now...just this year PTSD was added...I also have diabetes type 2, hypertension, sleep apnea, severe depression and anxiety. My doctors call me a walking time-bomb...any episode could put me in the hospital or worse. I spend most of my day at home on the laptop playing FB games and working a FB wrestling group I co-own with my best friend. I enjoy spending... Fri, 5 Jun 2015 07:58:03 EST May Flowers Chat Sorry it took so long to start this chat... things have been busy for me... I will try to do my best to keep this site up. *hugs* Wed, 13 May 2015 20:14:35 EST Weighing oneself & Lithium Hello, <BR> <BR> I began taking Lithium two months ago. The most frustrating "side effect" is getting on the scale. Lithium hasn't caused me to gain weight, thankfully. It does cause the scale to fluctuate greatly though. What the scale says I weigh depends on what I ate the day before, how much sodium was in it, and how much uncaffinated fluids I drink. One day I can be 164lbs, the next 171lbs, and the third 167lbs. It is never the same. <BR> <BR> This is frustrating me to no end. I consi... Wed, 13 May 2015 00:19:25 EST April Showers Chat Sorry it took us so long to open this chat... Carol is going through family stuff and my Geo just got gastric sleeve surgery (like gastric bypass but not as severe).. I would love to have a new mod join the team so we can all be on top of things. <BR> <BR> But that's not either here nor there. Start chatting! Fri, 10 Apr 2015 14:50:49 EST great Anti-dep ressants and weight gain article Hey guys - know I haven't been on in a LONG time, but found this article and thought it would be very useful to everyone here - Love ya - Ruthie <BR> <BR><BR>urtman-phd/weight-loss-10-tips-to-pr_b<BR>_629564.html? <BR> Weight gain as a side effect of antidepressants is very common and distressing. Patients may even stop their medication because they have gained so much weight. No one has a good explanation for how these drugs increase eating. Nonethel... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 12:57:53 EST Advice in regards to electro shock treatment Hi all, <BR> <BR> I have bipolar type II ultra-rapid cycling. My mood can change from fine or hypomanic to depression within minutes. I have tried pretty much all meds and combinations that are available but nothing worked sufficiently for me to be able to live a normal life. As I am typing this, in fact, my mood shifted from okay to me crying and feeling hopeless and depressed. <BR> After discussing this with my psychiatrist last week, she said that there really isn't anything more that I c... Sat, 7 Mar 2015 08:23:25 EST March Chat Thread <BR> Here we are again starting a new month. Can you believe how fast this year is already going? <BR> <BR> New chat, new month........continue on! Sun, 1 Mar 2015 00:17:33 EST Fabulous February Chat Thread <BR> We will start the month off by wishing Diane (Larissa) a very Happy Birthday! <BR> <BR> Here we are another month into the year. Anyone have plans, goals or happenings for the month? <BR> <BR> Welcome to all our new members, jump right in and chat with us! Tue, 3 Feb 2015 21:53:49 EST when to increase dumbbell weight?? I have 5lb dumbbell weights. I can now do 15 side lifts (lifting arms straight from my sides) and I can do more than 20 bicep curls. Should I increase my weights and by how much? I read an article about this but I want to know your experiences. Sat, 17 Jan 2015 00:15:27 EST What did you say YES to today? We have a thread about what we said NO to, so I thought that I would make a thread where we say what we accomplished. Today I said YES to exercise for my goal of at least 10 minutes a day, and I did 15 minutes on the bike. Thu, 15 Jan 2015 20:59:07 EST 2015 Hi!! I've been in & out of this site for several years. (Depending on my weight & "my head") Happy New Year!! 2015 holy crap where did all the time go? & so,so, fast. I've been on "meds." <BR> 4 at least 12 yrs. now. Never really seem 2 get better or "happy" just o.k. or really bad. I'm 52 yrs. old & now I'm single all alone. My friend of 32 yrs., live-in-boyfriend of 12 yrs. lost his battle w/lung cancer. I'm all alone & I don't like it! My shrink is like "do u ever feel like hurting ur sel... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 19:36:11 EST January Chat - Happy New Year! <BR> New Year, new chat thread. Welcome to all our new members, everyone jump right in and talk about what's on your mind. Thu, 1 Jan 2015 19:04:05 EST Returning Member Hey everyone! I have been a member for awhile, but I haven't signed in for a long time. This is a tough time of the year for me for lots of reasons and need to get back on the healthy train. My parents got me a FitBit for Christmas so I am excited to get back in the game. I am on Lamictal for depression and Seroquel for sleeping and both are weight gaining meds as I am sure you all know. So, I am just feeling reenergized to get back into shape. I'll be checking in a lot more to ensure t... Sat, 27 Dec 2014 21:37:52 EST The Lift of a Gift I don't know if any of you folks have read 29 Gifts, but the short book (and even a whole website at one time) revolves around the advice given to a woman with MS who was feeling very overwhelmed. Her advisor suggested giving -and writing down- one gift a day for 29 days. <BR> <BR> Of course I've always resented the advice to "get involved in volunteer work" when I'm down, because 1) at the time I was working 60 hours a week for 40 hours pay doing work in public service, and 2) while excell... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 14:17:25 EST Good Morning Hi Im Erin, im new to this board been on sparkpeople for awhile, sometimes I do great then I seem to hit a rough patch and forget all about it. I am 42 and have been diagnosed BP for 20 years and recently social anxiety. I used to self medicate with drinking and smoking but have now stopped and put on new meds. I rejoined 2 months ago and started out with a huge bang and lost 10 lbs, be believe I was on a manic high, and now ive come off of it im having a lot of trouble cause I am turning t... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 10:27:25 EST Drinking and meds I began drinking more and more, sneaking. taking taking klonipin, Effexor,lithium lactimal, focalin and wellbutrin. When I went to the psych, She said one is counter acting the other. She even said we need to detox you. Ive cut my meds way down, not drinking . After thankgiving is gonna be cold turkey with drinking I hope. Trying to get the right mind set. My husband said he was gonna leave me. I just cried, sobbed. Finally we started talking. I explained it to him, little by little. We love ... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 14:40:14 EST December Chat <BR> Come on in and let's talk. Sat, 1 Nov 2014 23:03:28 EST October Chat This is the main group for chatting... talk away! Wed, 1 Oct 2014 21:21:12 EST Goal Pendulum with Mood Swings. I am noticing that when I'm low/depressive, I get really apathetic and angry and don't care about my goals to be healthy, its like I'm this other person who would rather just gain and gain and gain and then disappear from the planet without making any impact. <BR> <BR> But when I'm up/happier (not manic, just happier, an upswing) I feel like I'm motivated and inspired and ready to do all the fitness-y things and track and do and walk and dance and run and do all I can, all I need to make ... Sun, 7 Sep 2014 17:54:55 EST Accountability Buddy Hello, <BR> <BR> I am great at tracking my food when I have to "report" to someone. My new PCP had me track for a month and I didn't miss a single detail on my Nutrition Tracker. Without this accountability, I skip more days than I input...and those normally are not complete. <BR> <BR> My weight loss, my motivation to exercise, and my stability is better when I track my food. I become anxious trying to keep an eye on my food without the program, but if I miss a day or two I become annoyed ... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 12:08:45 EST September Chat Thread Happy Labor Day! Another new month with new starts! Mon, 1 Sep 2014 19:06:14 EST August Chat <em>235</em> Thanks for joining us! <BR> <BR> Feel free to discuss as you wish! <BR> <BR> We've had a lot of new members join, so you all just jump in and let us get to know each other! Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:33:28 EST New here! Hi there! My name is Jeanne. I am 45 years old and was diagnosed bipolar at 23. I am an ultra rapid cycler with the mood swings and what that means for me is a mood flip about every 3-7 days! Wheee! It is good in the fact that no mood lasts for long. <BR> <BR> I am trying to lose a total of 174 lbs. Most of which I blame on emotional eating - a small amount on meds. I have been with the program for about a month but serious about it for about half that time. I like it a great deal and belie... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:18:33 EST Med Check In This thread is for us to remind ourselves that we have taken our meds. Some may have multiple times daily, so I wanted a place for us to all gather and post. *hugs* Sun, 27 Jul 2014 21:08:44 EST Medication weight gain I was diagnosed and started medication a year ago and have gained 65lbs in the mean time. I know it's common to gain weight on these medications (depakote, trazadone, prozac, zyprexa) but at what point does it become excessive? Should I talk to my doctor about other options, even though my medication is working fine for me? And will it be harder for me to lose the weight because of my medication? Sat, 26 Jul 2014 22:58:35 EST A little hypomanic but doctor adjusted my meds :) I've been a whirlwind lately! Jumping from project to activity to event to event! And getting irritable and making some poor choices :( But my pdoc adjusted my antidepressants so I should calm down in a bit. at least I've calmed down enough to be more responsible. I'm bipolar undefined. with generalized anxiety disorder and panic disorder. And chronic migraines, lupus, and fibromyalgia. Fun Fun Lol! Still a bit hypo <em>246</em> At least it's more in control, Thank Goodness! And on it;s w... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 09:30:44 EST Media (books, movies, music, etc) & Mood Hi All, <BR> <BR> Just want to ask questions to people of similar brain function: do you notice mood switches when exposed to different media? Like books, music, or TV/movies? <BR> <BR> My therapist has recommened I read_An Unquiet Mind_ by Kay Jamison. It is about a psychologist who is bipolar and her discoveries about herself and the "glory" of bipolar. <BR> <BR> Im noticing (specially in this book) the story effecting my mental shift. It's so hard to not bring it into my real life. I'... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 08:24:08 EST Another Newbie Hi everyone!!I'm entering my third week with SP and so far I've lost 5 pounds(!) All my life I knew something wasn't quite right with me, and when I was in my early 40s I was mistakenly diagnosed with depression and generalized anxiety order. I was medicated accordingly, but the right combo could never be found. It was when I was in a psychiatric hospital for suicide threat that I visited their library and discovered Bipolar II. My doctor wouldn't listen to me, so I switched docs and the new ... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 12:22:47 EST July Chat Thanks for joining us! Feel free to discuss as you wish! <BR> <BR> I've been really off with my eating. I need to get it back on track. I've gained 3 pounds for the end of the month. I had fast food, Japanese buffet, and too many pork ribs. It's hard since I can't walk far with my foot (I have a bad sprain and it's swollen). I see my podiatrist tomorrow, so hopefully she has good news. Wed, 2 Jul 2014 21:33:16 EST new to bipolar I posted before about our insurance issues. We easily got on Medicaid, just waiting for it to kick in and find a doctor. <BR> <BR> I just need some help understanding all these ups and downs. I've spent most of my life in a major depressive state. I've been suicidal several times and have had numerous nervous breakdowns. Looking back I can now pick out some of the hypomanic episodes I had, but without treatment my default state seems to be depressed. <BR> <BR> I really don't understand how ... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 19:26:40 EST Educating others I need help finding ways to educate my boyfriend about my illness... <BR> <BR> My boyfriend and I have been together for just over 2 years. We've been living together for almost a year now. He's been with me through a few episodes in that time, both mania and depression. He knows a few things about bipolar disorder...just the essentials. How can I get him to, or help him, educate himself about my illness? I tried getting a book for him and he couldn't get past the first chapter. He's been ... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 15:58:03 EST loss of insurance (help) Has anyone had to deal with losing their insurance and access to their provider/medications? <BR> <BR> My husband was injured on the job last year and is on workers comp. We were able to keep our insurance for awhile with his job provided short term disability. But it ran out along with our insurance. I'm not cut off from my doctor and new prescriptions. <BR> <BR> I'm terrified. I have enough of my Lamictal (the one drug that has ever made a difference in my life and made me feel normal) to... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 20:45:37 EST Any suggestions for a mixed episode? Hi everyone, I wanted to see if any of you had advice for dealing with a mixed episode. I'm usually more at risk for hypomania this time of year, but I've been very easily angered/irritated or depressed lately. I have an appointment with my psych today, but any suggestions from fellow people dealing with bipolar would be a huge help. Thanks. Fri, 23 May 2014 11:53:44 EST June Chat here's the chat for May... it's great to see all of you participating! Thu, 1 May 2014 22:34:30 EST The benefits of support groups Wed, 30 Apr 2014 08:37:55 EST Back for the last time! Hi all. I was diagnosed with bipolar ii at 32. Previously was misdiagnosed with PMDD and put on prozac, which helped for a bit but, if you have bipolar, you know antidepressants alone are a recipe for disaster... <BR> <BR> Getting diagnosed was one of the best things that ever happened to me. I'm not crazy about HAVING it, but this meant there was a reason I felt the way I felt, and there were things I could do to help myself. <BR> <BR> I take meds, but I don't know that I'm where I need to... Mon, 28 Apr 2014 12:16:35 EST HELP!! Bipolar folks-- I've got food poisoning!! Hi BPers, <BR> <BR> I usually just hover here. <BR> <BR> Anyways, I've have serious good poisoning for like 3 days. I've missed one day of meds. So I'm mostly ok there (I have a call into my doc). <BR> <BR> Does anyone have suggestions of things to eat/drink to mellow a tummy and keep my brain mellow? =). I've been eating white rice, hot tea with honey, water, applesauce,and bananas. Oh, and one egg a day. <BR> <BR> Any suggestion is a good suggestion at this point <BR> Thanks all! <... Mon, 28 Apr 2014 05:54:30 EST Topamax and weight loss? Hello! <BR> <BR> My name is Stephaney and I am bipolar. I just got put on Topamax today so I can lose some weight. Has anyone had any experiences with this medication? Good or bad experiences are welcome. <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance :) <BR> Stephaney Fri, 25 Apr 2014 01:16:19 EST Latuda and weight gain I've been on Latuda for a long time, on a pretty high dosage now. I find myself getting VERY hungry sometimes. Even after I've already eaten. I also have become very irritable in the mornings, before they have had their full chance to set in properly. <BR> <BR> Keeping all sweets out of the house has helped me and moving at least 5 days a week, doing something also helps to keep me from putting on weight. <BR> <BR> I'm watching my food intake and keeping my snacks to nuts and dried fruit. ... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 07:41:23 EST "Just" Bipolar Disorder: A bit of perspective Yesterday I experienced a series of events that served as a major eye opener for me. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:28:19 EST new Hi I just joined the program I am BPI I have had this and my 14 yr old has it as well along with my 19 yr old son just a wonderful family trail. well anyways I am a emotional eater. I was almost 300 lbs than went to size 4 now i am up to a 10 I am trying to get back down the rollarcoster is spinning and I am working with food and meds for some time hopefully this will work my doctor suggested it. I am hoping i can find others for support and give as well. I am 51 and have had this all my life... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:26:43 EST NAMI Walks - please participate or donate Hello Fellow BP'ers, <BR> <BR> Most of us know how hard it is to get help and appropriate support for our "special brain" functionality. =) <BR> <BR> About 5 years ago, I had the opportunity to spend some time in a hospital. It was not-entertaining and something to NEVER do again. However, with the help of my meds, doctors, family, and friends, I am finally able to say, "I'm BiPolar," and NOT BE ASHAMED! <BR> <BR> I am nearly 40. I have my small family with my husband and our 6 year ... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 09:34:48 EST Risperidone and Seroquil and weight gain Hey everyone I have a question, <BR> <BR> I am currently going through med changes and was wondering if anyone else has ever had to deal with this. <BR> <BR> I am currently in the hospital and trying to figure meds out. I am on Seroquil and they really upped the meds which caused me to gain 12 pounds in under 2 weeks. Now we are talking about going off of it completely to go on Risperidone which I guess causes less weight gain. <BR> <BR> I was wondering if people have any experiences the... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 10:57:49 EST HELP: Non-fitness goals Hey all, <BR> So I set 2 goals for myself each week, one fitness related and one non-fitness. At the end of the week I post a blog and reflect on my accomplishments for the week. I used to do 3 fitness goals/week but felt I was getting in over my head and wasn't accomplishing much. I restructured my goal system and only do one fitness goal each week along with one non-fitness goal. I'm having some trouble coming up with ideas for non-fitness goals though. Last week's non-fitness goal was to e... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 11:01:35 EST The dark side of hypomania Can anyone relate to my experience of dysphoria? Hypomania isn't all fun and games. <link> </link> Mon, 3 Mar 2014 00:48:33 EST April 2014 Chat! It's March! Can you believe it? <BR> <BR> This is where we will talk and support each other this month. <BR> <BR> Anyone have new March goal(s) they want to share? <BR> <BR> Let's talk! Sat, 1 Mar 2014 19:15:53 EST My new blog Hi there <BR> <BR> I've decided to start my own blog. The idea is to chat about my daily bipolar life, provide useful resources and take a deeper look at some of the issues surrounding the illness. Still a work in progress, but I'd love to know what you think so far: <BR> <BR> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 14:52:47 EST What's for Dinner tonight? We will be having turkey soft tacos with homemade simple salsa. Hubby does not like anything spicy so I have to tame down my salsa so he'll be able to eat it. <BR> <em>240</em> <BR> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 12:26:35 EST Been Awhile Again, and not exactly that great... Hello - It's been a while - a LONG while since I've been on here. I see there are new team leaders again. <BR> <BR> I'm not working now because it had gotten too stressful. I'm in the appeal stage of my disability claim (not sure what the attorney should be doing during this time, haven't heard from her since December). I think I was/am depressed for awhile, but didn't even know I was. I thought I was just having a bad day, or whatever reason I could blame it on. I'd say I'm mildly depr... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 22:28:32 EST retospective super pension in Australia I am writing to encourage people to stick with it when facing pension applications. Ive just had a four year battle for a rertospective pension payment back to 1998 succefully found in my favour. <BR> <BR> Ive now been able to buy a house and have some money left over for ongoing security plus a regular disability pension from the super fund. <BR> <BR> It took five medical specialist reports to the fund to achieve it and a very stressfull four years of appeal Sat, 25 Jan 2014 23:01:28 EST Hey Gang, What Did You Say "NO" To Today? Today I said NO to lazing around the house and took a 30 minute walk! <em>311</em> Sat, 25 Jan 2014 18:49:33 EST side effects of coming off Seroquel After discussing it with my psychiatrist, I'm being weaned off Seroquel. I've been on 100mg a day for about a year (don't know if that's little or a lot), am now taking 50mg for the next 2 weeks and then stopping. It's been three days and today I've had the worse stomach cramps. I was wondering if anyone has experienced the same thing? I've read that it can be a side effect, but I don't know about doses ect. I didn't think the decrease in dose was large enough to cause side effects. I'd app... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 14:00:47 EST Getting married Hey everyone.... <BR> <BR> So question. I am 5 months from my wedding and there is a lot going on... normal I am sure. However there have been some stressful situations come up like having to change the venue and such. I am just not sure I am dealing well with these things and I am wondering if anyone else has been in the same boat of getting married and being stressed. Can people tell me how they have dealt with it cause I just feel like an emotional basket case on a good day. <BR> <BR> T... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 13:07:25 EST goals...short and long term I thought starting a goals topic may be a good idea. I know we used to have this on here before so I thought about bringing it back. I'll start. <BR> My short term goal is---Lose 5lbs. by 2/16 <BR> My long term goal is---Lose 25lbs by summer <BR> <BR> Since I set a date to my short term, I can update and see how I'm doing. Good idea? Just let me know. Setting goals, I think, is important. It gives u something to aim for. Don't make them unattainable though or you'll just discourage yoursel... Sat, 18 Jan 2014 21:25:44 EST DBT Therapy Has anyone ever tried DBT therapy (dialectical behavior therapy) or know much about it? I've been doing a little research and it seems like a viable option but I'm curious to know more about it, especially from anyone who's been through the process. Tue, 14 Jan 2014 09:31:13 EST Metabolism Miracle Diet I'm curious if anyone has heard of this or tried it. I found out about it when I was looking up some info on weight loss for PCOS. I am trying to get some feedback from people who may have done it and what they found... anyone? Sun, 12 Jan 2014 22:23:46 EST Hi there.. Hi! I am Jenny. I will be 40 in July. I live with my significant other, Matthew. I have Bi-polar type 2. I have mood swings like crazy and I ALWAYS wake up really really MAD. I am on a huge group of meds for everything. I know that I have gotten better over the last 7 years but am in a constant struggle to keep it together daily. Its nice to be here. Sun, 12 Jan 2014 17:00:33 EST New ot group Hello I am trying Sparkpeople again. Recently found out that I was bipolar. Sure does explain a lot. Looking for diet buddies. I have a hard time staying motivated. Any tips or suggestions are welcome. Last time I tried Sparkpeople I wasn't very social. This time I am going to try and meet people. Plus, make a daily blog entry. Hope everyone is having a great day. <em>334</em> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 14:50:28 EST Winter Hey everyone, <BR> <BR> So things are going well here over all. My moods are generally stable but I have a question about winter. <BR> <BR> Do you find that during winter you are way less motivated and your moods can be more easily affected? <BR> <BR> If you do how does this affect your ability to keep reaching towards your goals and how do you work around it. <BR> <BR> I don't think I have SADS but I think everyone with mental health issues struggles to some degree with changing weather... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 13:10:45 EST Mental Health Awareness I was approached today by someone on my mental health team to see if I would be interested in visiting the state capitol in May for Mental Health Awareness. People go in front of legislatures and tell their own story. I'm so excited and honored to be invited to such an event. Do you know of anything like this near you that you might be able to participate in??? Fri, 3 Jan 2014 16:53:12 EST February 2014 Chat New Year, new chat thread! Feel free to start posting! Sat, 28 Dec 2013 21:58:59 EST Second (or third) Chances Hi all...I'm Kate. I'm 24, from Michigan. I'm so excited to have found this group! I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder just 2 years ago. For so long I had only been diagnosed with "clinical depression." For me, it is a relief to finally have an accurate diagnosis so that I can get proper treatment. I am on a handful of medication and see a psychologist and psychiatrist regularly. However, I can still say that I have not felt "stable" for any extended period of time since I began my t... Thu, 26 Dec 2013 16:29:11 EST 2014 daily-mont hly-yearly affirmations? resolutio what are you goals, affirmations, resolutions, choices for today and the upcoming year? <BR> <BR> i've never been one for resolutions. or goals. i don't like making promises i don't know if i can keep. <BR> <BR> so i choose to keep making healthy steps .. literally and figuratively and conjecturally .. whatever the word is ... i will keep walking .. i will keep eating healthy stuff even when i indulge in not so healthy stuff on occasion ... i will live with my consequences .. i will celebra... Thu, 19 Dec 2013 21:10:49 EST New to SP Hi all--my name is Melissa. I'm 30. I was diagnosed bipolar type 1 when I was 18. Due to my lovely medications, I have gained 80 pounds. So, here I am. I hope to make some friends and get/give some support. Nice to meet you all! Sat, 14 Dec 2013 21:51:21 EST My Bipolar Youtube Channel ^_^ Hey guys! <BR> <BR> As a way for me to cope with my fairly recent diagnosis, I made a youtube channel devoted to discussing my experiences with bipolar 1 disorder. Sometimes I think it's a bad idea, but so far I've gotten only positive feedback. I really want to do my part in helping erase the stigma of mental illness. <BR> <BR><BR>ideos <BR> <BR> <BR> Does anyone else here vlog or blog about their bipolar experiences? I'd love to sort of "band to... Sat, 23 Nov 2013 09:47:42 EST When is your birthday sept. 25 Thu, 7 Nov 2013 20:58:10 EST Grateful November Challenge I thought it'd be a great idea to go A thru Z of all of the things we are grateful for!!! <BR> <BR> It doesn't have to be just one category ... let's mix it up and around .... food, exercise, family, places, things, community, etc.... <BR> <BR> Let's see how many times we can repeat the alphabet!! <BR> <BR> <em>430</em> <em>321</em> <em>381</em> Sat, 2 Nov 2013 15:17:01 EST Irritability So, my doctor put me on a new mood stabilizer - Latuda and I'm also on Remeron. Latuda I've been on for a little over a week, but I feel more and more angry every time people seem to be near me. The littlest things just make me wanna SNAP! I'm constantly stressed out. A lot of times, internally, I can't seem to calm myself down, although I don't always show it on the outside. At home, I'm quick to snap at people and sound "inconvenienced". I feel like I can't help it. There's a lot of emotion... Thu, 17 Oct 2013 22:13:24 EST Person Below You Game The way this game works is you say something about the person who just posted before you. It can be anything, as long as it's not insulting or bad. Have fun! Sun, 13 Oct 2013 20:45:32 EST Recently Hosptilized for Manic Episode 3 weeks ago, I was in a phychiatric unit, 2 days prior to the unit, I was going to run on to a freeway by my house and doing many more out of control acts. Today, I am by the grace of God, alive, and more than grateful for this chance to get my stuff together. I was diagnosed with "MANIC- Depression" back in 1987, at age 14. Back then they didn't call it Bi-Polar. I have been hospitilized countless times throughout the years. As a teenager, my symptoms waid towards the depressed side, but in ... Mon, 23 Sep 2013 11:00:48 EST Season's changing affecting mymood, anyone else? I have been horribly depressed the last 4 days but I seem to be coming out of it, thankfully. I have a daylight that I forgot to use more than I use it which could be part of the problem. I feel like I'm starting to come back into the light. However I did do 20 minutes of yoga most days but I failed at eating right, I barely ate at all. I was stressed, angry, depressed etc. Technically I don't have a real diagnosis, my pdoc says I have mood disorder-nos. However with the meds I'm taking it se... Tue, 10 Sep 2013 11:59:02 EST Howdy!! Hello everybody!! I'm Julie. I'm a thirty four year old married gal living in the Nashville area. I lived in Northern Virginia (just outside D.C.) for over thirty years, and I've been living in the Nashville area for about two and a half years. Other than not having family around, Nashville is great!! I don't have any kids yet, but I would like them some day. <BR> <BR> One challenge that I face is being Bipolar. In order to have a safe pregnancy, I need to significantly decrease my med... Sun, 8 Sep 2013 12:47:53 EST Are some posts being removed? I noticed that some of the posts are being removed. Did anyone else notice it too? Fri, 6 Sep 2013 18:00:59 EST Hi! Newly Diagnosed Hello all! I'm so glad I found this group. Just looking for support after being recently diagnosed as bipolar 1. <BR> <BR> I'm 25 and have struggled since a teenager with *something*. Very impulsive, spending money, leaving jobs out of the blue, random tattoos I regret very much, getting into crazy relationships, punctuated by extreme depression and suicidal thinking. I self injure (but I'm recovering) and suffer from hallucinations/delusions and paranoia when in extreme states. <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 2 Sep 2013 08:11:04 EST Bipolar I or II? Just wondering how many of us are bipolar I or II? I am probably bipolar II but have been in a major depression for going on 2 years. This has kind of been my pattern so I was misdiagnosed as having major depression for a very long time (since the early 80's). comments? Sat, 24 Aug 2013 15:21:52 EST Does it really get worse with age? I am 55 and I've been mostly depressed for 35 years. It feels like I'm getting worse. I was recently diagnosed as bipolar II and I'm on new meds. I have read and been told by my therapist that bipolar disorder gets worse with age. Any experience with this? Thanks. Sat, 24 Aug 2013 15:14:12 EST I'm lost! I came in here to post, and there is no August section. Yeah I know - it's been awhile again. So where is everyone posting at. Wed, 21 Aug 2013 14:39:59 EST My Daily Progress...o r...Slip-ups Today was a good mood day for me. I discovered I had not made a huge mistake with my PayPal account and that was a major relief and put me in a better mood for the day. I also received some of the wood working plans I have ordered and I was able to connect with a new friend via the good ole' phone for the first time and we had a blast talking!! Lifted my mood to a good level. A place I have not been in many months. It is amazing what a little personal conversation can do to life your spi... Fri, 16 Aug 2013 21:41:36 EST Intro to Me My name is Deborah and I was diagnosed as bi-polar with manic depression and anxiety just a few short years ago. I have been struggling to understand myself and how to deal with all my emotions. These have led to my gaining weight as I eat to comfort myself. I know I have a long battle ahead of me to fully understand my condition. My biggest stressor right now is our son going back to college. This will leave me at home alone. I have ordered some wood working plans to start working with... Wed, 14 Aug 2013 21:45:43 EST Saphris for Bipolar 1 and Schitzophrenia This drug has been a miracle for me and I am just trying to get the word out there that even though it is expensive, it can be provided to you through your psychiatrist and the pharmaceutical company. It is a sublingual pill, which means it dissolves under your tongue, and you can't eat or drink anything for 10 minutes, but it works wonders, way better than seroquel and depakote, in my experience at least. <BR> <BR> If you have any questions, please feel free to ask me or spark-mail me : <... Wed, 14 Aug 2013 11:23:50 EST Help please, manic for over 2 weeks. I've been manic with racing thoughts and anxiety for over 2 weeks. This has never happened before for this long. I feel like my mind is going 100 miles an hour and my body 5. It feels like torture. I took soma and it didn't even help, it should have wiped me out. So I just tried some melatonin and I am drinking Camomille tea. It's almost 4:00 am! I even walked around the block 3 times to wear myself out but that didn't help. I am so sick of this roller coaster ride. Does something usually tri... Tue, 13 Aug 2013 06:04:17 EST New Member Hello Everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Stephaney and I am 29 years old, living in North Texas and diagnosed with Bipolar I Disorder last year. I just got out of the psych hospital yet again, trying to get my medications right and I am super hopeful this time that that has happened. It has been a very long and hard road for me, literally like a roller coaster and I am so glad they have a group for bipolars on this site! Support is hard to find most of the time for me. I would love to meet s... Tue, 6 Aug 2013 11:22:53 EST Could feel better I had to leave work early today because I got so mentally tired. Yesterday I decreased one med and increased another, so my brain is still adjusting. It bothers me when I can't work because of med changes. Mon, 5 Aug 2013 18:08:03 EST Hi I'm a high functioning bipolar and have not been able to find a suitable support group or anyone in person who is also a high functioning bipolar. So, it can get kind of lonely. <BR> <BR> I'm an HR professional with a master's degree. I have a full-time job and have managed somehow to always work. I fear that someday I may not be able to and that I'll lose my independence because of it. But, that's just a fear. I would like to know what people's experiece have been at work with coworkers an... Fri, 2 Aug 2013 21:26:56 EST New Member Hey everybody, just joined the team and I'm looking forward to sharing with you! Thu, 1 Aug 2013 21:10:17 EST Touching Base I know - I haven't been on in EONS. It is a little hard to balance my social media. I have FB, Twitter, Google+,... <BR> <BR> Things are ok. I took another hiatus from work, though there is this blogging job that gives me some pocket change. I think I'm either very bored or just burned out. There's other things I have to make myself do too, which is irritating. At this point I really just want to throw up my hands and surrender regarding work. It is just stressful anyway I look at it.... Tue, 30 Jul 2013 21:31:35 EST What happened to Courtney? I basically "dropped out" of this group after being active when it seemed to be a lot of rule-making (don't write about this or that) & nitpicking & "know-it-alls" who complained about the same thing over & over but when the whole group joined in offering legitimate, helpful suggestions each one was shot down--"Already tried that & it didn't work." OR "That's a stupid idea." You get the feel of it--negative, belligerent & consumed w/self rather than helping others. <BR> <BR> However, Courtne... Tue, 23 Jul 2013 01:47:55 EST NEW MEMBER HERE I am new to SP and glad to find this group and the other BP board, also. Have just started my blog today and would like to read other BP bloggers here. Care to post your link? I would like to visit your blog. It is so amazing to find support for BP here! I have looked everywhere on the net and only find people who feel REALLY sorry for themselves! This site is great! Together we can do it! Visit my blog! <link> </link> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 21:07:13 EST holding on could use some support the last few days are hazy (have disassociation too (very mild form of "multiple personality where I just see myself at a distance its hard to explain) - end up not caring and dont really control my intake) and I overate, slipping into my ED. I'm "back" now, in a low but have the control, willpower whathave you and am back on track with my eating. However I gained like 5 lbs. I'm just so upset about yo-yoing for months now, so far not dropping the med weight I gained. Honestly, I really d... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 17:21:41 EST what is a huddle and how does it work? I see that there is a thing called a huddle. What is it and how does it work? <BR> <BR> I appreciate any answers you can give. <BR> <BR> Many thanks sincereky, <BR> Ayla Sun, 21 Jul 2013 06:45:17 EST colleagues don't know how to handle me A colleague of mine who I also consider to be a friend called me in to a meeting today. If been under some pressure with interviews for promotions and so issues with my boss. Basically she told me that I've become very self-involved, aggressive and irritable. When she said it I knew she was right. At work they know that I am bipolar because I had to be hospitalised last year. Apparently everyone is tip-toeing around me afraid that at any moment I'm going to explode as I am constantly over r... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 06:08:47 EST Do you work? So the point of my post is to find out if others manage a job? I have spent most of my life working for myself. I find I can't actually do a job all the time so this has been the solution thus far, that way I can accept work well I am in a state to and deline/postpone it when I'm not. I was hoping I to change that. I had been offered a full time position which I was hoping to start September 2014 (long way off I know). Right know I am feeling a need to review this idea. I am not really sure t... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 08:23:19 EST Where is everyone? Just wondering who is all still active here in this group since I took a long hiatus. There seems to be less activity now. Fri, 12 Jul 2013 22:59:13 EST Mixed Episode part 2 Well I went to see my doc today. He didn't talk to me for long, though it seemed like forever. He is not happy that I haven't been in more often because that way I can be monitored more closely. I had to explain to him that the intern told me that I was fine and didn't want to bring me back in but actually wanted to discharge me from their services. So he told me to book an appointment for the earliest that they could get me in and then for every two weeks after that. However the earliest the... Fri, 5 Jul 2013 02:37:11 EST July - gain your independence Start using this topic July 1st. Share what you will work on to gain your independence this month? <BR> <BR> ... start walking to the mailbox and back? <BR> ... make extra trips up and down the stairs? <BR> ... cut out or cut back on soda? sugar? sodium? <BR> ... meditate once a day? <BR> ... walk away from stressors? <BR> ... -- fill in the blank -- <BR> <BR> Sun, 30 Jun 2013 20:57:10 EST Mixed episodes? Hey everyone, <BR> <BR> I have a quick question for you all. Do any of you know about mixed episodes or have experienced them that you would be willing to share? <BR> <BR> I am going through something and I am not sure what it is. I need help trying to figure this out so that I can accurately try and present it to my pdoc. <BR> I'm feeling really low like hide away leave me alone I just want to cry all the time low. I am also having suicidal thoughts (no worries I am not trying anything o... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 00:11:18 EST Gratefulness List - 1 a day All this year I've been keeping a gratefulness list. Some people do 10 items per day but let's just start with 1 per day. It's not as difficult as you would think. and YES there is SOMETHING to be grateful for EVERY DAY! <BR> <BR> Let's start looking at the positives in our lives and share our list with each other. Sun, 16 Jun 2013 20:02:58 EST June chat as June gloom descends let's do what we can each day to let it pass by and not affect us.... do anything you can to make each day a positive one .. there's always at least something small each day that is positive. just takes some awareness. Fri, 31 May 2013 23:33:48 EST I am new to this site! Hello Everyone. I'm not sure how this works or really why I have found myself on this site, just needing help I guess. Any advice on how to benefit from the page? Also, anyone similar to me that would like to be friends, that would be nice <em>249</em> Sat, 25 May 2013 01:19:28 EST Help! Disability hearing Anyone else had a hearing to appeal denial of disability? Mine's tomorrow, and I'm freaking out. I'm in NYC and the person coordinating my case for the law firm told me that the judges in my area tend to be tough. I was a raving maniac (literally -- I won't bore you with the details, but if you've heard about it as a symptom of mania, all except the euphoria. I wasn't happy I was delusional and angry that not everyone else say things my way) for years. <BR> <BR> I've managed to stabilize eno... Tue, 21 May 2013 10:20:51 EST I'm new to the group! Hi fellow BP'ers! <BR> <BR> My name is Amanda. I'm thankful to have found this group. I've been diagnosed for nearly 3 years, but the lovely array of meds to figure out what "normal" is has been quite..... entertaining??? (please insert sarcasm). <em>100</em> <BR> <BR> Anyways, my current meds list contains - 4 dailies and 2 as needed. No fun. <BR> <BR> My goal for me for this board is to get ideas on BP friendly-ish meals (which I can hopefully make family friendly) and hearin... Mon, 20 May 2013 23:59:11 EST Careful with tummy troubles Had severe tummy bug for several days (food poisoning?). Then a brief reprieve. Then my daughter brought me another one - managed to keep pretty much nothing down for 4 days! Between the two... My mood chart started showing wobbles. I had an appointment scheduled with my psychiatrist (who also handles my psychotherapy - weird, eh?). Apparently with that much matter going out of my system that quickly - I basically didn't get my meds, so my blood levels dropped. So we upped the Klonipin... Sat, 18 May 2013 14:20:03 EST still digging in the dirt Kimberly suggested I post here on the Chit Chat thread. <BR> <BR> One of my challenges is isolating myself, so interaction is helpful for me. <BR> <BR> I just started with Spark People yesterday. <BR> <BR> I managed to get outside and work in my yard today. I've been meaning to get some things planted all spring. I'm going to be sore tomorrow, but I find working in the dirt, weeding, planting, crawling around on my hands and knees to be healing. <BR> I feel better today than I have in awhi... Mon, 13 May 2013 20:28:55 EST digging in the dirt I managed to get outside and work in my yard today. I've been meaning to get some things planted all spring. I'm going to be sore tomorrow, but I find working in the dirt, weeding, planting, crawling around on my hands and knees to be healing. <BR> I feel better today than I have in awhile. <BR> I still ate a cookie, but I haven't eaten ten. Yet. Mon, 13 May 2013 18:47:02 EST Trying not to be cynical and negative I've been stable, on meds for six years. <BR> However, the quality of my "stability" has slid lower and lower into immobilizing depression. <BR> I'm 50 and quit smoking and I no longer seem to have a metabolism. I also have been drinking too much of late. Add a depressant to treat depression. Brilliant. <BR> I'm not sure how well I'll do with this program Mon, 13 May 2013 02:32:03 EST Mother's Day Quotes A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie. ~Tenneva Jordan <BR> <BR> <BR> Hundreds of dewdrops to greet the dawn, <BR> Hundreds of bees in the purple clover, <BR> Hundreds of butterflies on the lawn, <BR> But only one mother the wide world over. <BR> ~George Cooper <BR> <BR> <BR> Being a full-time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs... since the payment is pure love. ~Mildred B. Vermont <BR> <BR... Sat, 11 May 2013 19:45:55 EST Gratitude Quotes <BR> <BR> Gratitude Quotes <BR> <BR> "At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us." -Albert Schweitzer <BR> <BR> "He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has." - Epictetus <BR> <BR> "Go to foreign countries and you will get to know the good things one possesses at home." - Johann Wolfgang Von Goe... Sun, 5 May 2013 03:38:50 EST Spring Fitness Whether you’ve been working out all winter or just coming out of hibernation, spring is a great time to start or step up your activity. We know the key to success with any fitness program is consistency. How about taking the work out of exercise and returning to play? <BR> <BR> So many activities we did as kids can still be surprisingly fun and serve double duty for fitness. Check out these three ways to redefine your fitness. <BR> <BR> Play like a Kid <BR> <BR> We’ve turned so many of ... Sun, 5 May 2013 02:48:48 EST Spring walking tips <BR> <BR> Time to tune up your walking in anticipation of spring. With daylight savings time and warmer weather just around the corner, get ready to make the most of it. <BR> Tune Up Your Walking Gear and Clothing <BR> <BR> You will need lighter clothing layers for spring. If you are new to walking, this is your chance to go shopping for shorts and light tops. If you are a veteran walker, time to unpack the spring and summer workout clothes and check to see what needs replaced. <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 5 May 2013 02:33:28 EST Fitness and the Bible <BR> <BR> 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 ESV / 167 helpful votes <BR> <BR> Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. <BR> <BR> Philippians 4:13 ESV / 91 helpful votes <BR> <BR> I can do all things through him who strengthens me. <BR> <BR> 1 Corinthians 3:17 ESV / 83 helpful votes <BR> <BR> If anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy him. For God's... Sun, 5 May 2013 02:24:59 EST May daily chit chat here we go. i should have added this last night since even though today is the 1st and I knew that I haven't yet associated creating the new monthly chat room. i'm adding myself a recurring reminder note. <BR> <BR> i slept last night which was awesome. had another PT appt this morning. thought it went OK. then up to see Dad but he was worn out from his PT. i played with the dog and put the registration stickers on dad's vehicles. mom will go back up Friday to get his groceries and chat or wh... Wed, 1 May 2013 20:59:05 EST Meal Planning Help I know Spark has a meal planner, but I'm in need of something more interactive/customizable. Does anyone know of another free/low price website that will give me more flexibility but still plan the meals FOR me? <BR> <BR> I'm terrible at planning out meals myself. I'm in real need of a generator I can customize and use as a menu. Sun, 28 Apr 2013 04:44:39 EST Med Scheduling Question HI! I've known I am bipolar for 7 months now. Taking daily meds is new to me. During the week I do great since I'm at work for my mid-day dose. But I have a lot of trouble getting my afternoon med dose on time (if at all). I know taking my meds as consistently as possible is VERY important to my overall well-being. <BR> <BR> Does anyone else have this problem? Over come this problem? Have any advice? <BR> <BR> Thank you! Wed, 24 Apr 2013 01:24:41 EST medication makes me hungry all of the time! I am on Abilify. I have finally, I hope, gotten stable. But I'm hungry all of the time. Has anyone else experienced this? And how do you get rid of that feeling? I just want to eat all of the time. Thu, 18 Apr 2013 11:21:38 EST delete -- Wed, 10 Apr 2013 13:46:27 EST delete -- Wed, 10 Apr 2013 13:44:22 EST Oceana Hi! I'm new to this team. I had been on SP a few years ago and have regained some of the weight lost. So I am here to DO THIS this time! ;) Looking forward to getting to know everyone. :) <BR> <BR> I'm 29 years old from up north Canada (the north OF Canada, heh). Have a partner and a bunch of fur babies. ;) Work as a counsellor and advocate for mental health. (More info on my SP page.) Sat, 6 Apr 2013 23:33:06 EST APRIL chatter Hi there. I guess I'm a little late on realizing I needed to make a new thread... so here we go. <BR> <BR> The weather is (hopefully) getting better for most of us... and soon Spring will actually bring SPRING weather .. and showers and all that other superstitious and natural phenomenon. <BR> <BR> Let's do what we can each day .. each hour even ... to be a better version of ourselves.... tackle the small things like posture .. take the time every hour (or more often) and notice how you're... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 20:48:29 EST Mood swings and how they impact on diet I have been actively trying to lose weight for a little over a month now. At first, I was doing really well...but my mood was stable then. In the past week my mood has swung wildly between manic (hypomanic really) and very depressed. I've found that when my mood changes my motivation to eat healthily and exercise just goes out the window. When I'm depressed I go for big comfort foods (icecreams and heavy carby type foods) and alcohol and when I'm up I just eat all the time because I'm so h... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 06:35:13 EST How to Create a Consistent Exercise Routine How to Create a Consistent Exercise Routine. You know the drill about how great exercise is for you, but perhaps you struggle with making it a priority in your life. Consistency is the key to making exercise a lifelong habit. Here are some tips on building workouts into your regular routine. <BR> <BR> Instructions <BR> <BR> 1 <BR> <BR> Get out early. Research shows that people who exercise first thing in the morning are most consistent. Nothing except your alarm clock gets ... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 22:06:14 EST Spring Exercise Tips Spring is a good time to start exercising and stay motivated to keep it up. Photo Credit spring image by Valery Sibrikov from <BR> <BR> When spring comes and the weather gets warmer, many people start peeling of the clothes and decide that it's time to get serious about exercise. The most important thing to remember is that small changes go a long way toward achieving your goals. Just because you are committed to an exercise program does not mean that you cannot have fun while yo... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 22:05:45 EST What You Need To Know About Exercise and the Sun With the warm weather coming, we can finally break free of the doldrums of indoor exercise and hit the sidewalks, trails, and roads! Exercising outside is great, especially if you dread indoor exercise, but some recent research lead by my colleague, Dr. Kristin Schneider shows that people who exercise may be at greater risk for skin cancer, because they spend more time outside than people who are sedentary. Skin cancer is the most prevalent cancer in the US and one of few cancers that is ac... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 22:05:12 EST Vitamin D – sun and exercise?! As new research emerges surrounding Vitamin D, the news is all over it, telling us that the “Slip, Slop, Slap” campaign may have caused Australians to go overboard with their sun protection…and now many people have a vitamin D deficiency. <BR> <BR> During the winter months, Healthy Fix has taken the Bondi Bootcamp and Bondi Boxing sessions indoors to escape from the chills. However, as summer approaches, we will be heading back outdoors to train in the sun (for some of the sessions at le... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 22:04:41 EST Spring Into Fitness By Julie Deardorff — Chicago Tribune <BR> <BR> Think you have what it takes to get in shape? Spring is “gut check” time. And if those abs – or arms or thighs – aren’t ready for public display, here are some ways to start a new workout routine: <BR> <BR> If you are working out but have reached a plateau and are bored: <BR> <BR> Spring clean your routine: Try one new cardiovascular workout each week for a month, said Mark Verstegen, founder of Athletes’ Performance and Core Performance, whic... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 22:03:57 EST Yawn... I didn't get the chance to get on here and look at posts today but I hope everyone's doing well. So tired tonight. Going to bed.. woohoo! Wed, 20 Mar 2013 22:00:55 EST Morning ladies! Whoa Im tired. Really really really wanna stop and get a mcds coke grrrrr.. hope everyone has a good day Tue, 19 Mar 2013 07:51:38 EST UGH Sorry.. I have to vent. Perfect example this morning from my husband of how I can't let his attitude toward me ruin my entire day. I literally am talking my way through it feeling like a psycho. I really hate it when I try to be nice to someone and they say something rude and it ruins my whole attitude. Mon, 18 Mar 2013 08:52:40 EST Intense Therapy Hey girls.. i was just sitting here reading the thread about all the different meds were all on. Im on celexa, buspar and wellbutrin. I have an appt with a Paychiatrist for the first time in my life this week and im terrified. I think for me, being on meds have just made it easier to not deal with my issues. I have a traumatic past and i dont like tLking about it. Ive never dealt with se,ual abuse, rape, domestic violence that killed my unborn twins and loads of other things. Ive found this w... Sun, 17 Mar 2013 17:05:25 EST Thank God I found this group Morning.. I'll be going to a Psychiatrist in a few days to be checked for bipolar disorder. I've been struggling with this crap since I was.. omg 12, 13? My life has been a complete wreck. I've always been dx'd with depression and anxiety but this goes further than that. I get mad in a matter of 2 seconds and it's gotten to the point to where I hate being a mom. And then that ends in guilt so it's a vicious cycle. I've been on so many medications. I'm just ready, as embarassing and hard it is... Thu, 14 Mar 2013 07:46:29 EST I'm new to the forum and just found out it exists! My nickname is Mel. I've had bipolar 2 since I was 19 years old. It seems to be changing now that I'm in my 30's. More irrational hypervigilant, moods and depression. When I was first diagnosed I was hypomanic for weeks on top of the world pulling 3-4 all nightdress a week (but I was in college). Now I've had to move back in with my parents (very long s itory) and I'm usually in a super great mood until about 1pm then I get anxious then by 4pm I'm horribly depressed. I'm on quite a few meds. ... Tue, 12 Mar 2013 06:08:17 EST Confessions of a Chronic Crier Confessions of a Chronic Crier <BR> <BR> I am 30 seconds into a discussion with an administrator at my son's daycare when I feel it coming. I have asked her to watch out for another boy who has been biting my son, but she brushes off my concerns. "It's just a phase," she tells me. "It will stop. Besides, the boy who bites is much smaller than your son." <BR> <BR> In that moment when I feel ignored, dismissed, infuriated (because, really, what kind of argument is that? Do we dismiss shooters... Sun, 10 Mar 2013 04:36:39 EST Meditation for People Who Hate "Om" Meditation for People Who Hate "Om" <BR> <BR> <BR> The Name-and-Tame Meditation <BR> <BR> Angry? Attach the phrase "this is anger" to every furious thought. Anxious? As you suffer it, say, "This is anxiety." Twenty-five hundred years ago, Buddha taught that we manage our emotions better when we label experiences. Science is catching up. When researchers at UCLA looked at labelers' brain activity in fMRI machines, they saw more activity in the ventrolateral prefrontal cortex, the part of th... Sun, 10 Mar 2013 04:34:29 EST 3 Ways to Deal with People 3 Ways to Deal with the People Who Drive You Nuts <BR> <BR> <BR> Start With Stillness <BR> <BR> Before engaging with a difficult person, spend a few minutes trying to adopt a more receptive frame of mind. Go for a stroll, meditate, or breathe deeply to center yourself—you'll be less likely to blow up. If tempers do flare once you start talking, take a short break to regain perspective before approaching your nemesis again. <BR> <BR> <BR> Give and You Shall Receive <BR> <BR> Do the unexp... Sat, 9 Mar 2013 03:30:43 EST Do you hesitate..... Do you hesitate to do things because you are scared of what others will think? <BR> <BR> To an extent I think everyone is. I am very open around the people that are close to me. And I care what they think. If they see me being less then my self-worth, I care and want to know. They are the people I rely on. And my family is important to an extent. They are part of me. The same for my relationship. We represent each other. He is important to me. And if I am doing something he is concerned with... Sat, 9 Mar 2013 03:28:29 EST Do you put more focus on your failures.... Do you put more focus on your failures rather than your success? How can you change it? <BR> <BR> I often notice I am harder on myself for my failures. I find them easier to point out and get upset about. But as far as my success, I often do not recognize it and don’t stop to be proud of myself. This also makes me miss out on a lot of the good I do. Today in order to focus on the good, every time I achieve a goal I am going to reward myself with some me time! <BR> Thu, 7 Mar 2013 02:10:55 EST Do you feel lonely more often than not? Do you feel lonely more often than not? Why? Do you want to change that? <BR> <BR> More often that not I feel lonely. I do not know how to fix it. I can be surrounded by a hundred people and I often still feel like I am a sore thumb in a crowd. I get over-whelmed around a lot of people and I think that is why I don’t reach out. Or it may just be my lack of connection. Today to change it I am going to offer two random people compliments! <BR> Thu, 7 Mar 2013 02:10:10 EST New to the group Hello. My name is Shannon. I have recently gotten very interested in Sparkpeople and am trying my hardest to make positive life changes. In order to do that I must encompass my whole life. I thought this group was great to help with my mental health! I hope to contribute as well as benefit others! Thu, 7 Mar 2013 02:01:16 EST Hi, my name is Tura I have been getting treatment for bipolar disorder since 2007. It didn't seem to rear its ugly head until a little after I had my son in 2001 but it only happened now and then where I would get crying jags and just feel like I didn't want to get out of bed. Luckily, the responsibility of raising my son was enough to force me up. It got really bad in 2007. That is when I decided to get help. I guess you could say I was always a bit on the manic side. A little bit promiscuous, terrible with mon... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 00:18:25 EST iMARCH - March Madness - Luck of the March hi there... it's march ... chat away Fri, 1 Mar 2013 02:58:02 EST Just started Sparking Hi everyone. I am 55 yrs old with three grown children, I am divorced and have arthritis in my shoulder and knees. I want to lose 100 pounds since I quit exercising because of the pain I was in. I have bipolar and was diagnosed in 1987 and have seen a psyche and on meds ever since. I worked for almost 20 years at my families business shipping animals around the world and the fast pace got to me at that time. I quit working and got married and had children. I have attended college part time fo... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 22:27:29 EST What's going on everyone? Name is Stephen. (SD3737 Hello, I am very glad to find this site as I am looking to get back in shape and feel "better" about myself. I am diagnosed as BP 1 although i can't say i really have any real severe "downs'. My problems have always stemmed from my highs which led to working outrageous hours. Staying up days on end with only a couple of hours of sleep feeling just wired. Racing thoughts, rapid speech, and way too much impulsive behavior.(textbook, I know) Also, the irritating fact that anyone normal couldn'... Tue, 5 Feb 2013 14:07:26 EST HELP! Do you need to change meds after years? I've been on Lamictal for over5 years. It made me have a normal happy life. But after being on it for years I don't feel it works as good. I am depressed , unmotivated to do things or leave the house. In bed everyday. We have tried Abilify and it attacked my central nervous system. Also a few ant-depressants but no full recovery. We even doubled the Lamictal with no change. So I'm wondering if a new anti-seizure med for my bi-polar 2 might be the answer. That is the only thing we haven't trie... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 12:37:10 EST Do meds stop working after years of being on them? Does your body get used to them. 5 or 6 years ago I was put on Lamictal and it worked great. I felt normal and active. Now I am in bed all the time and depressed and unmotivated. We have tried doubling it and no change. My psych has tried Abilify ( attacked my nervousness system) and various anti-depressants with no full recoveyr to function normal. The only thing we haven't tried is changing my anti-seizure med for bipolar 2. I'm wondering if this might help and which ones cause no weight ga... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 12:25:25 EST Weight Loss Hi everyone, <BR> I just wanted to share my experience with the Fast 5 support group on here. You fast for 19 hours and have a 5 hour window to eat what you want. I've lost 8 lbs in six weeks with no exercise, eating carbs, and desserts, plus healthy foods too. Now think what you can do with a good diet and exercise! Go check it out on the Fast-5 forum here on spark or go to There are lots of health benefits. Mon, 4 Feb 2013 11:17:43 EST Problem with meds, question. Has anyone discovered that their bipolar med (in my case Lamictal) quit working so well after 5 or 6 years of being on it? I did so well at first but now I am depressed all the time and have no motivation. We've tried lots of other things (anti-depressants, abilify etc). The one thing we have not tried is changing the anti-seizure med for bipolar. I have bipolar 2. I'm also concerned about weight gain on new med. I'm wondering about Seriquil. <BR> Thanks for some quick replies in advance. <BR... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 10:53:36 EST Too Fat to be photographed? I am not sure about everyone but I just posted this to my blog and I am not sure who follows so I thought I would post this here. It is just a really interesting look at how we sometimes can miss out on things that mean the world to us and our family but we back out of because of our size. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ing-too-fat-to-be-photographed/ </link> Sun, 3 Feb 2013 10:32:52 EST FEBRUARY - general discussion so i got a late start to creating this b/c of all the idiotic phone calls i had to deal with .... i swear some customer service people need more training on their jobs! <BR> <BR> anyways ... my chair arrived today .. i need to put it together <BR> <BR> mood fluxes but i think calls are done so maybe i can enjoy the sunshine now ... it's a frigid and blustery 17 degrees so i'm not going outside Fri, 1 Feb 2013 14:06:28 EST SUNDAY SUNDAY superbowl SUNDAY <link><BR>healthy_snacks_for_super_bowl_sunday </link> <BR> <BR> so i'm reading that article and thinking .. ok who chooses to NOT pig out during super bowl sunday? i mean REALLY! <BR> <BR> i couldn't care less about football or the big game or any of it ... but i try to find some place with good food and maybe enjoy the game .. or just go shopping bc everyone in america is watching the game and there's no traffic?? <BR> <BR> and yes i mean there real... Wed, 30 Jan 2013 19:53:18 EST Emotional Eating... help.... Ok so I have notice over time that I am totally an emotional eater, but recently I have noticed just how bad I am... Today I was really stressed out and very very emotional about many many things... ie: family issues that are devastating..mental health doing things that are really upsetting, the move and having misunderstandings with the landlord (the fact that one just left and now we have a new one so there is already confusion) and fighting with Justin... but what I hate is that yes I am j... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 21:26:02 EST The Power of a Lemon I was sent this article on facebook and just had to log it to remind me to take this into action .. it's a great tip ... please note that it is not my own writing .. but it's the message that is most important <BR> <BR> "Amazing facts about lemons <BR> All it a frozen lemon <BR> <BR> Many professionals in restaurants and eateries are using or consuming the entire lemon and nothing is wasted. How can you use the whole lemon without waste? <BR> <BR> Simple.. place the washed le... Mon, 21 Jan 2013 07:35:29 EST Any one ever felt like this? So I need a little help, or advice, or I am not sure... maybe just to be reassured that I am "normal" even if it is according to the bi-polar side of normal. <BR> <BR> So in November I was hospitalized for being manic. Normally I only have hypo manic episodes but this was a type of manic I have never been before and it scared me... it was full on mania. they gave me medication for the mania, which the doctors at the hospital were surprised I didn't already have. I have been taking that medic... Mon, 21 Jan 2013 00:21:33 EST When will you reach your goal? I calculated, based on losing 1-2 pounds per week, that I will reach my goal weight by June. I feel great knowing this because I am always disappointed one week into trying to lose weight that I did lose 40 pounds overnight. Now I can focus on one day at a time while having fantasies of laying at my pool in a bikini in June!!!! Tue, 15 Jan 2013 12:16:34 EST Hey Hey everyone... sorry I haven't been around. My computer broke and then I was in the hospital for a manic episode... the first time ever. So now I am back and trying to get back on the horse. Hope you have all been well. <BR> <BR> Rebecca Fri, 11 Jan 2013 16:00:37 EST going off meds to lose weight? What do you do when you know the meds you're on are really helping your mood/stability (when I miss a dose I can tell, so I know they're working for me)...but they're making you gain weight? <BR> <BR> For me, I'm on lithium and have gained 15 pounds in two months without changing my diet or exercise level. It's why I came back on this site. <BR> <BR> How do you balance out wanting to be better and wanting to be thin? Is it only a choice between happy and fat or miserable and thin? What if y... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 13:07:33 EST Does anyone else feel like this every mo? It's almost my time of the month and Aunt Flow will be here any day now. I am feeling so emotional and crying at the drop of a hat. I know it's normal to feel a little bit moody, but since having bipolar I think it makes it worse. I am scared that I'll embarass myself in public by having a breakdown + crying or something...Also I usually get sentimental + miss my Grandmothers, both of whom passed away too early from cancer. <BR> But usually the day I get my period everything gets better,... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 15:56:12 EST Weight Gaining Medications I am on three different medications that cause weight gain and am totally frustrated with my weight! My mood is stable but weight gain is so upsetting. Sat, 5 Jan 2013 04:33:50 EST it's JANUARY ... whatcha thinking about? ok. i finally realized we needed a new topic for January... LOL .. oops! <BR> <BR> i am a zombie today. from 11p to 6am the upstairs neighbors were playing guitar .. hooked to an AMP!!! ... i can overlook some small things but it's out of control now. the slamming, banging, troupeing, shutting, sliding, rearranging, closing, sexing, alarm clocks for hours, parties, noise noise noise ... mom & I filed a noise violation with the office today. <BR> <BR> mom, dad & I all got paid today. so when... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 19:22:52 EST New member here, Let's do this!! Hey all! My name is Jamie, and I have been living with bipolar disorder for quite some time. It makes losing weight, staying active, and staying motivated very difficult, as I'm sure you all know. I've set a goal for myself to lose 100 pounds in 1 year, and I am determined to do it. I'm hoping that this team will become a place I can turn to for support when I need it, and also a place where I can help lift up other people as well when they need it. Looking forward to getting to know you... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 17:22:13 EST January here! If you have a January birthday, please post it on this thread so Kim or I can make note of it and be sure to celebrate it with u and the team! Thanks,,Courtney Sun, 30 Dec 2012 06:35:30 EST A to Z...things to do instead of eating Thought this might be a fun topic...Let's all think of things (in alphabetical order) that we could do instead of running to the fridge for a snack or that extra meal we know we don't need or that will knock the heck out of our daily ranges! <BR> <BR> A~~Aerobics (light or moderate) Sun, 30 Dec 2012 05:51:38 EST New Years Resolution ns..what's yours? Well, it's the last weekend of 2012...That means 2013 is quickly approaching. It's time for the New Years celebrations to begin and with them always comes the infamous New Years resolutions! I thought it would be interesting if we came up with our resolutions. Each one is unique to yourself. It can be anything from saving money, to losing weight, to doing more exercise, to avoiding a hospitalization, to spending more time with your family...whatever your goal is for the New Year. We can chec... Sat, 29 Dec 2012 09:40:03 EST I really want this to work!! Hey all!! I'm Chrissi, I'm 34, from Boston, living in Denver and I have BiPolar Disorder. I hate that it has such a bad reputation and that people just don't get it. They just think I'm anti-social and lazy. My meds put me up 40lbs and I'm off the rapid gain ones and on others now that just make it really hard to get the weight off...and the disorder itself is a daily battle...and everyone in here GETS IT! <BR> I'm an AdvoCare Distributor and I'm hoping to Rock 2013!! Health, business a... Fri, 28 Dec 2012 19:49:44 EST Another New Years Resolution I resolve to stop driving away with the gas nozzle still in my car <BR> <BR> <em>246</em> <em>334</em> <em>40</em> Fri, 28 Dec 2012 11:28:43 EST My New Years Resolution My New Years resolution is to learn under water basket weaving <BR> <BR> <em>246</em> <em>40</em> Thu, 27 Dec 2012 10:10:09 EST Freezing Up From Stress and Too Much Stimulus Hi all, I'm back - if ya' remember me ... <BR> <BR> Anyway, I'm having a problem of just not being able to do anything, just freezing up and being so overwhelmed that even chore lists or what I could do go out of my head. I just sit quietly, go to sleep, or lay there - just space out. <BR> <BR> The holidays are really tough on me. There is so much input. <BR> <BR> I don't have much family left alive (I'm 37) - so xmas is hard. But this year I'm fortunate and was able to launch my art ... Wed, 26 Dec 2012 19:53:30 EST Kinda freaky I just had a nightmare about sugar plum fairies. Kinda freaky to think that they would dance around my head. <BR> <em>40</em> Wed, 26 Dec 2012 09:23:12 EST Happy Birthday December babies! Just a reminder to all our December birthday members: <BR> <BR> If u have a December birthday please post it here so we can get started on sending out goodies and sending out a BIG Happy Birthday to you all! <BR> <BR> I need birthdays in by 12/20 so we can compile our complete list! <BR> <BR> Thanks, Courtney Sun, 16 Dec 2012 08:43:55 EST other goals... Just a quick reminder... <BR> <BR> Kim has updated our goals. We'll have new goals for the new year. That will be nice, right? New year, new things to strive for as far as our health goes and gaining some insight into our BP and other things we may be dealing with. <BR> <BR> We just wanted to put out a reminder to all to make sure we track our goals under "other goals" each day. If u don't track everyday, please track at some point during the week and when u do, make sure u go back and trac... Sat, 15 Dec 2012 13:18:52 EST Team Goals Explained (and polls to take) I set up a Team Goal. I saw this on another team and liked it a lot. It's easy: get 34 or more points per day. Since the wheel doesn't always cooperate, it "forces" you to use the nutrition tracker and fitness tracker and read articles, huddle in teams, click on SparkPeople email, take quizzes, etc .. which betters proficiency with the site plus makes each person healthier. It counts the WHOLE team regardless if they're active chatting in our topics or not. It works out to about 34 points per... Fri, 14 Dec 2012 18:37:03 EST violence and other unimaginable nonsense regarding the Ohio school shooting awhile back... the CT school shooting today ... the stabbings of children in China... the movie premier massacre awhile back ... and whatever else I've missed. <BR> <BR> Feel free to comment in here so we can support each other and get through the trying times about to occur that hopefully don't drag mental health back into the shadows and we all become liars and recluse. <BR> <BR> my FB status a few minutes ago: <BR> <BR> i don't know all the story of to... Fri, 14 Dec 2012 18:16:09 EST steering clear of unhealthy snacking Thought maybe we as a team could help each other with the dreaded unhealthy snacking routines we can sometimes succumb to. I know myself could definately use some ideas. Do u tend to overdue it on carbs? Trouble meeting protein? I know there's lots of info on Spark about this topic, but what do YOU do? What keeps you from unhealthy snacking? Are you looking for advice too? <BR> <BR> I know for myself, I drink alot of water and that does the trick sometimes but sometimes those unhealthy ha... Sun, 9 Dec 2012 05:26:56 EST Food Shopping A-Z Found out about this game from another team leader and thought it might be fun and informative for us. Just name a food in order from A-Z that you buy, really like and would recommend, or would like to try. Each person that posts will go in order from the person before them. I will start so I would be A: <BR> <BR> I buy Asparagus...It's canned but I love it. Sun, 9 Dec 2012 05:18:33 EST Individual Dec. goals I know last month we set ourselves some goals for the month of Nov. Some we did good with--others not so much..Lol. But I figured we could give it another go. So, why don't we all try to set atleast one goal to achieve for the month of Dec. This is NOT a challenge. It's an individual process. It can be a fitness goal, a personal goal, a nutritional goal. Whatever u want to change and really want to TRY to change. <em>381</em> , gang. We have nearly the whole month to do it! So, let's giv... Sat, 8 Dec 2012 05:53:41 EST Hey! I'm a type 1, just found out in an "asylum" in July after a meltdown caused by my life of ballet and the prospect of teaching. It's a tough lifestyle. <BR> I was put on 1 &2 mg of resparadone (they increased it from July until Aug and then I came off of it in Sept) and 1500mg of good ol' lithium. <BR> I wound up gaining about 10-15 lbs and I want to loose them. So far I have lost 10 lbs on my own and thought sparkpeople would be cool to try and I'm shooting for 15 lbs additionally. <BR> Thu, 6 Dec 2012 15:39:32 EST December's here..what's on your mind? Happy December everyone! This can be a busy month I know. So, we may not see as much posting as other months, but that's ok. Just keep up as much as u can. We're a team and we'll stay that way! So, I know I'm going to try and be on as much as I can but somedays may just be too hectic. I'll try to read everyday atleast. If u need anything, I'll try to be on atleast once a day. But, we are a team, let's do this together! <BR> <BR> How is the month going to look for you? Are u going to be... Sun, 2 Dec 2012 16:47:37 EST