SparkPeople Living with Bipolar Disorder Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=1831 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=1831 Med Check In http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x58663400 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=752x1831x58654924 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 :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x58498708 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x58476364 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1831x58456841 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 new to bipolar http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=753x1831x58198453 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x58109783 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) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=753x1831x58088557 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x57972962 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x57723490 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x57700045 http://wp.me/p4nBki-1G Wed, 30 Apr 2014 08:37:55 EST Back for the last time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1831x57676967 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!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=753x1831x57672322 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x57636824 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x57566290 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x57548093 Yesterday I experienced a series of events that served as a major eye opener for me. <BR> <BR> <link>wp.me/p4nBki-1C </link> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:28:19 EST new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1831x57539958 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x57471904 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x57158618 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=752x1831x57085999 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x56982410 Can anyone relate to my experience of dysphoria? Hypomania isn't all fun and games. <link>www.bipdis.wordpress.com </link> Mon, 3 Mar 2014 00:48:33 EST April 2014 Chat! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x56965903 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1831x56911721 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> www.bipdis.wordpress.com Tue, 25 Feb 2014 14:52:47 EST What's for Dinner tonight? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x56748291 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... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x56690097 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x56516197 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 side effects of coming off Seroquel http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x56484949 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x56484419 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x56420168 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=753x1831x56357505 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x56338028 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.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1831x56333580 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1831x56306093 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x56259982 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x56200828 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x56119236 New Year, new chat thread! Feel free to start posting! Sat, 28 Dec 2013 21:58:59 EST Second (or third) Chances http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1831x56095810 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=752x1831x56036268 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1831x55982844 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 ^_^ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x55738918 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> https://www.youtube.com/user/deschroma/v<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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1831x55556216 sept. 25 Thu, 7 Nov 2013 20:58:10 EST Grateful November Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=752x1831x55489020 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x55302452 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=752x1831x55252866 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1831x55003946 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x54852167 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!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1831x54826340 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x54806973 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1831x54748823 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=753x1831x54644429 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=753x1831x54644365 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x54608049 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x54550778 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1831x54527100 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=753x1831x54520643 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. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x54504048 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1831x54418998 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x54409472 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1831x54373542 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1831x54359622 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x54332138 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x54233639 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x54230840 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! www.my.sparkpeople.com/KATIZUMI2013 <link>www.my.sparkpeople.com/KATIZUMI2013 </link> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 21:07:13 EST holding on could use some support http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x54228023 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x54207698 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x54158858 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x54132827 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x54106268 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x54007071 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x53950983 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x53890331 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=752x1831x53768370 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x53555071 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1831x53470335 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x53424123 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1831x53419830 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x53388840 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x53333933 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x53332710 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1831x53323043 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x53307877 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x53224189 <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=753x1831x53224065 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=753x1831x53224030 <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=753x1831x53224002 <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x53184865 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x53134827 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x53087625 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x53016429 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x52911762 -- Wed, 10 Apr 2013 13:46:27 EST delete http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x52911739 -- Wed, 10 Apr 2013 13:44:22 EST Oceana http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1831x52860742 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x52802604 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=753x1831x52791734 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=753x1831x52788316 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=753x1831x52788303 Spring is a good time to start exercising and stay motivated to keep it up. Photo Credit spring image by Valery Sibrikov from Fotolia.com <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=753x1831x52788295 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?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=753x1831x52788284 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=753x1831x52788268 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... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x52625327 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x52599187 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x52584559 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x52576059 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1831x52527237 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1831x52496007 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x52465465 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" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x52465459 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x52451997 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..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x52451994 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.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x52422801 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x52422795 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1831x52422757 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1831x52407354 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x52334135 hi there... it's march ... chat away Fri, 1 Mar 2013 02:58:02 EST Just started Sparking http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1831x52255959 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1831x51991928 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=753x1831x51974313 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=753x1831x51974113 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x51973010 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 Fast-5.com. There are lots of health benefits. Mon, 4 Feb 2013 11:17:43 EST Problem with meds, question. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x51972571 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x51956673 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>myfriendteresablog.com/so-youre-feel<BR>ing-too-fat-to-be-photographed/ </link> Sun, 3 Feb 2013 10:32:52 EST FEBRUARY - general discussion http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x51930124 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=753x1831x51901721 <link>www.dailyspark.com/blog.asp?post=15_<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.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x51794013 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x51748056 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 is.....is 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x51746130 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x51655815 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x51590067 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=753x1831x51588011 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x51557404 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x51480425 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x51457947 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!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1831x51386300 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 Birthdays..post here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x51378391 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x51378213 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x51367667 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!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1831x51361703 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x51356644 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x51342733 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x51336673 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x51330423 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x51227435 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... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x51219651 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) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=752x1831x51211553 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=753x1831x51211287 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=753x1831x51141280 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 Individual Dec. goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x51130332 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1831x51111990 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x51057400 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 TODAY IS WORLD AIDS DAY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x51040054 Today is Worlds Aids Day. Thoughts, prayers,and awareness are all excepted. <BR> <BR> <em>458</em> Sat, 1 Dec 2012 10:23:09 EST Happily bipolar and autistic http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1831x50988867 I thought it might be about time to introduce myself. I am happily bipolar and autistic. It makes for an interesting combination since major changes often trigger manic or depressive episodes and for an autist, every change is major. <BR> <BR> I was only diagnosed last year. I had avoided psychiatrists up until then because of a bad experience with being locked in when I was fifteen. At that time they never actually managed to diagnose me, and since I never went to psychiatrists after that n... Tue, 27 Nov 2012 15:00:12 EST Something important to remember http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x50947664 Remember it all tastes the same if it's a large serving or small serving. <BR> <BR> SPARKLE ON! <BR> <em>9</em> <em>9</em> <em>211</em> <em>4</em> <em>4</em> <BR> Sat, 24 Nov 2012 12:22:01 EST Smile and be happy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x50888888 This is my blog entry for the day.... <BR> <BR> Live today with joy in your hearts. Be grateful for what you have. Simply being here on Sparks is a blessing. So many healthy and positive things to do here. Come on in and leave your burdens at the door. When you are here click away. So many wonderful things here. Even if it's just for a few minutes you will definitely benefit from it. Don't worry about your eating and exercising if you are struggling. Maybe it just isn't time for that. It's n... Mon, 19 Nov 2012 10:24:27 EST ~~~ALL NEW MEMBERS..PLEASE READ BEFORE POST http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1831x50876462 Hi there! My name is Courtney055 and myself and Kimberly0916 are the leaders of the team. We are trying to run a fun, knowledgable, organized, and interesting team. Please when you join us do the following: <BR> <BR> #!..Read the Team Links, Tools, and Advice...There is alot of info in thereabout bipolar, our team, and SPark u probably didn't know. Kim has done a great job putting all that information together! <BR> <BR> #2..Post in the "New Members Introduce yourself here forum"....This i... Sun, 18 Nov 2012 12:44:32 EST gentle reminder http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=753x1831x50860706 Please refer to our guidelines when posting. Please refer to the part that refers to talk of suicide. It is inapprorpiate and unacceptable in this team. Thank you. I understand it was probably an oversite but please, when u are going to to refer to what may be called a "trigger" topic to others, please refer to our guidlines. We like to keep our room as bright and positive as we can. <BR> <BR> Thanks so much, Courtney <BR> <BR> Also, if u need to ask the team for help, it is appropriate to ... Sat, 17 Nov 2012 05:00:51 EST Regarding Birthdays http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1831x50860368 I updated the birthday list. Check for mistakes and update any changes by copy/paste. Thanks! Sat, 17 Nov 2012 02:04:23 EST What's Your Stay-On-Track Plan For Thanksgiving? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=753x1831x50844246 I was just posting in the main November talk thread and mentioned to Rissa about roasting a chicken for a smaller cheaper Thanksgiving dinner. <BR> <BR> What are you all cooking and/or bringing to your meal? <BR> <BR> What better way to #1 plan ahead to stay on track and #2 share our plans to perhaps inspire another team member!?! Thu, 15 Nov 2012 21:04:49 EST Interesting Article. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x50839371 This is an interesting article about a rookie NBA player who has anxiety. Any thoughts? <BR> <BR> http://www.foxsportssouthwest.com/11/14/<BR>12/White-learning-hard-lessons-with-Ro<BR>ckets/landing.html?blockID=819875&feedID=3799 Thu, 15 Nov 2012 13:02:20 EST Intro... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1831x50837956 Suppose I better introduce myself...and figure out a bit more about SparkPeople while I'm at it. I've been trying to lose weight for some time on my own, but between meds (a LOT of them) and wavering determination, it's been difficult. <BR> <BR> Lets see...I'm am Mom of 2 (11 & 5 yrs old), dx'd with Bipolar (rapid cycling, mixed episodes), Chronic Anxiety/Panic disorder, ADD, and PTSD. Due to the stigma, this isn't something I spread around and mostly it's just my husband and a few VERY clo... Thu, 15 Nov 2012 10:51:38 EST Do you lie to your psychiatrist too? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=753x1831x50831529 I sometimes tell him I'm doing A OK because I don't want to take anymore meds. And about 6 months ago I didn't tell him how I was (almost) serious about hurting the neighbor woman ! (we moved because of them)...didn't want to be hospitalized (my husband said that I couldn't go). Wed, 14 Nov 2012 21:52:08 EST I hate myself...that's the problem http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=753x1831x50831474 I know what the biggest struggle for me is (besides BP and OCD and being fat)...it's that I hate myself! Do any of you feel that way? I just don't know HOW to stop it. Any suggestions? Thanks! <em>46</em> Wed, 14 Nov 2012 21:48:00 EST Waiting for case worker to call back http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=753x1831x50813664 I'm waiting for my case worker from mental health to call back. I know they are busy, just would really like for her to call back. <BR> <BR> I am trying to work today but I'm not into it at all. Brain is all over the place and it's like it has shut down. Going to try to exercise though. <BR> <BR> Mom was reading the 'Knots' poem, and said that maybe I could get through if I replace some of my 'knots' or 'nots'. Not saying that she doesn't have a point. But I've been coping through thi... Tue, 13 Nov 2012 15:26:35 EST Funny & Idiotic http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=752x1831x50801624 So what fun joke have you told or heard lately? <BR> <BR> What idiotic thing did you see today? Or hear? or read? or what did you DO!!! <BR> <BR> Let's get some laughter going up in here.... I do hear it's the best medicine. <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> <em>198</em> <em>246</em> <em>334</em> Mon, 12 Nov 2012 18:45:36 EST START #1: Team Links & Tools & Advice http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1831x50800771 <em>227</em> Please do not reply to this topic. Informational Only. <BR> <BR> In the group therapy I attend there are some Guidelines we follow. Here are the ones I think we can and will apply in this Team: <BR> <BR> <em>230</em> * Please don't to discuss past (even if immediate) parasuicidal behaviors. (This means please no forum discussion of previous or current self harming actions or thoughts that would need paramedic/EMT treatment.) <BR> <BR> <em>228</em> * If you ask anothe... Mon, 12 Nov 2012 17:33:01 EST just for today I pledge to... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x50794321 what can you pledge to yourself and to the team that you will do (health wishe, nutrition wise, something positive). Just one thing and just for today. Tomorrow will be something differnt, I'm sure. But just for today, what can you pledge to you and your team that you will do... <BR> <BR> I pledge to NOT go over my go over my ranges... Mon, 12 Nov 2012 09:31:21 EST what healthy step did u take today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x50780045 What did u do that was a positive healthy thing? Maybe swapped a processed meal for a fresh healthy one? Parked farther away from the store entrance so you could get in some extra walking? Did u do anything beneficial to your health today? If not, I was thinking that we as a team should try to do one positive healthy thing each day. Doesn't matter how big or small. Just one thing... <BR> <BR> Today, instead of eating a sugary cereal (which I love) I ate Special K with red berries. And to t... Sun, 11 Nov 2012 09:04:05 EST family and friends ask questions here... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=753x1831x50773179 Felt this would be an appropriate place for friends and family with loved ones who are bipolar to come in and ask questions of the team. We can offer our support and insight and knowledge we have gained from dealing first hand with the disorder. <BR> <BR> So, if u have a loved one who is struggling with bipolar, please post here and we will respond quickly to your questions and offer the best advice we can give u or refer you to sites and materials we are familiar with.... <BR> <BR> Thank y... Sat, 10 Nov 2012 17:55:45 EST Meds being changed or added http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x50757943 Had to see a new psych, I like her. But she has added more meds. I have a drugstore here. I,ve never taken Lithium, she put me on low dosage, now that will be increased. I do eat 5-6 times a day, Then I,m still in physical therapy for my hip and outer quad, Bursitus. Its taking a long time to heal. I keep flipping back and forth in bed. Boy, last week I was full of energy, this wed, woke up weepy. Yesterday sleepy. <BR> Gonna force myself to go to gym this afternoon. Maybe I,ll feel bette... Fri, 9 Nov 2012 12:32:10 EST What is your best stress buster? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=753x1831x50749957 This time of year is hard for alot of people. Especially people with bipolar. I'm wondering what is your best way of dealing with the stress of holidays, the eating that goes along with it, maybe some family issues, whatever your situation may be...Maybe this time of year isn't stressful at all for you...But, think about it, what is your best way of dealing with stress? Not just holiday stress but everyday stress... <BR> <BR> My goal with this topic is to try to figure out some positive ways... Thu, 8 Nov 2012 21:27:09 EST - http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1831x50717030 edited Tue, 6 Nov 2012 14:24:56 EST The Turkey Trot http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=752x1831x50701406 Ok, gang, thought this would be fun would fun for a Thanksgiving themed game. It's called "turkey trot". Everyday that you eat within your ranges, you give yourself a turkey on your entry. Everyday that you ALSO do 15 min. of exercise along with the eating, you give yourself a healthy icon. SO, at the end of the day, you edit your original post with a turkey and a healthy icon if you did these two things. We're going on the honesty system here, gang! It's just for fun and hopefully to get... Mon, 5 Nov 2012 12:58:22 EST ask the team for help! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=753x1831x50700204 Hi there! Being bipolar is not easy. And we, as a team, need to support eah other. Let's use this thread to do just that. If u have questions or just need to vent or a shoulder to lean on, please post in here and we will see it and quickly respond. <BR> <BR> Wishing everyone in here all the best but remember, we are a team and we must all be here for each other! Mon, 5 Nov 2012 11:34:08 EST Holidays - love 'em or hate 'em they're coming http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x50674862 Hi there. I don't know about you but now that Halloween <em>431</em> is over I would be really happy fast-forwarding to ... March. yea March. the weather sometimes starts to be not as blizzard-ey around here. and there's St. Patrick's Day <em>440</em> which means we are then past Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's, and Valentine's Day. <BR> <BR> For me it's that I usually spend these next couple of months alone or isolated (sometimes) wishing I had enjoyable people with whom to spe... Sat, 3 Nov 2012 17:55:01 EST Love--expressed creatively http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x50666846 It is not Valentine's Day or any other "Hallmark" made-up occasion where you "have" to show love & appreciation or else! <BR> <BR> How do you show love creatively to your spouse, partner, friends, family members or children? How have you received creative expressions of love in the past? <BR> <BR> I'm not a box of chocolate & bouquet of flowers kind of "girl" (58-years-old so use that word very loosely) so my husband & children have found some unique ways to show love & appreciation. The r... Sat, 3 Nov 2012 00:50:53 EST CAN I GET A WHOO HOO! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x50657699 Post a <em>244</em> <em>179</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> If you are SPARKLING YOUR BRIGHTEST SPARKINESS! <BR> Fri, 2 Nov 2012 11:21:53 EST our November goals...I ndividual http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x50649147 I thought that maybe we should start reevaluating ouselves and rememer just WHY we are here on SP and what our goals are..how have they changed since we first signed in? This could get to be a deep exercise for some of us so please, post what you feel comfortable with. The questions I'm posting for this discussion is...what are your November goals? How have they changed since joining? Are u just picking up where u left off since u joined? Have u been following them faithfully all along? Have... Thu, 1 Nov 2012 19:55:45 EST What's on your mind this November http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x50641648 Hey everyone - Made the November chat room for us. My ear hurts for some reason. Can't imagine it is an ear infection. Using the swimmer ear drops and hope it goes away. <BR> <BR> hope you all survived Halloween! We had about 75 trick-or-treaters! Have a great day all! <em>334</em> Thu, 1 Nov 2012 09:52:43 EST healthy recipes and snacks to help the craves! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=753x1831x50620274 We all get them...Those wonderful cravings. For some reason, bipolar people are more prone to crave carbs. I know I am guilty of that. They always make up most of my nutritional feedback chart. So, I for one am looking forward to the input we can get from this forum. So, let's see what we can come up with...Some healthy recipes to share that we've tried that were SO good we just HAVE to share...some snacks that cure that carb crave, that late night chocolate crave, that salt crave...some n... Tue, 30 Oct 2012 19:26:43 EST meds that have made u gain weight and what to do? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=753x1831x50606064 I thought this may be interesting for us because we all (most) seem to have this in common. I thought maybe if we could name the meds--maybe you're on one and didn't know it was good for weight gain or psych may wanna put u on one--that have helped us gain weight, and come up with a gain plan on what to do about it? What have u done that works for you? How have u managed to take these meds and lose weight? Have u lost weight? Are u just starting out? What advice can we give to the "newbies"... Mon, 29 Oct 2012 19:40:49 EST Do You Know That Certain Someone... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x50594902 Do you know that certain someone...you know....that person who says you should just stop the meds, it'll work out you just need to have vitamins and homeopathic remedies and the meds are just doing all sorts of things to you and etc etc etc blah blah blah.... <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> My best friend Web, love him to death, really I do, but he has this bad habit of repeatedly bringing up that he wants me off my meds. He doesn't believe in meds and I accept this about him. I basically ignore... Mon, 29 Oct 2012 03:31:53 EST Are you an absolute failure? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x50575060 ABSOLUTELY NOT! <BR> <BR> If you're like me you have been struggling with your weight most of your life. I'm also willing to bet that you have tried tons of different diets only to FAIL over and over again. <BR> <BR> Think about it, does this look like something positive or negative? <BR> <BR> The word, "Failure" is definitely NEGATIVE. Each and every time we've FAILED it puts us into a mode of self hatred because we keep focusing on the negatives. <BR> <BR> Like when we have a bad da... Sat, 27 Oct 2012 16:08:57 EST i made a couple goals for us... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x50554924 I took some advice from others and set up some new team goals. One of them is to walk a mile a day. I have faith in you guys! You can do it! Start off at your own pace. If a mile is too much then do what you can.Just think of a mile as being your ultimate goal for this team. If many of u think it is too much, let me know and I'll change it. I stll have the Nov.challenge to commit a number of fitness minutes u think u can do in the month. I added a goal to post atleast once in a day on our pa... Fri, 26 Oct 2012 04:00:22 EST name your trigger food http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x50548795 We all have that one food that we can't get enough of. That one food that can make or break a day of healthy eating. What's yours? Which food is it that you run to in times of trouble...that one food that comforts you when u know you should be turning to a fruit or a veggie? <BR> <BR> Mine is definately potato chips. Again, the carbs. This is my go to food when I know I shouldn't. I'm doing better with it though. I've actually been quietly keeping track of how many days I can go without o... Thu, 25 Oct 2012 16:12:03 EST Meds and our hunger mechanisms - input http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x50548607 It appears most of us here deal with meds making us gain weight. Correct me if I'm wrong, but do these meds turn off our hunger mechanism, making us unable to tell if we are full, or somehow just making us hungry all the time? I know a lot of the time if it wasn't for the sleepiness from carbs, I'd probably eat, eat, eat when meal time came. I try to watch my portions and calories, but I tell you it is something to stop eating and you still feel like eating or you don't feel full. <BR> <B... Thu, 25 Oct 2012 15:57:11 EST Experiences with Celexa? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x50548439 Doctor switched me from Lexapro to Celexa since the Patient Assistance Program doesn't cover Lexapro anymore since there is now a generic. However, the generic is still expensive. My case worker says that Lexapro and Celexa are similar. For anyone who takes or has taken Celexa, what are your experiences? Thu, 25 Oct 2012 15:46:49 EST Anxiety is striking again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x50548137 Today is an anxiety day - there is no reason - but it is. It started when I was looking up jobs for my uncle. I just started feeling overwhelmed and tired. I started checking the AC and getting more water - if I am too hot (don't have to physically feel hot, but the body is hot), and I don't get enough water - sometimes it can trigger anxiety or tiredness. I was able to get my uncle some leads, but now that I want to work, anxiety is being a pain in the butt. I started working and my anx... Thu, 25 Oct 2012 15:22:30 EST Fitness minutes for one month.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=752x1831x50526150 How many fitness minutes can u pledge to do for one month? <BR> <BR> Starting in November, let's see how many fitness minutes we can do. I'll pledge that I can do 900 minutes in that month. If I can't, that's ok. Atleast I tried. How about u? Any amount that u think u can do is great..Just stick with what you think is feasible. Don't over do it. <BR> <BR> So I think your reply would be: <BR> <BR> Fitness minutes pledged: 900 min <BR> <BR> Nov. 1--30 min. <BR> Nov. 2-- <BR> Nov.3-- <BR>... Wed, 24 Oct 2012 03:50:44 EST how do u deal with ups and downs of bipolar? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x50526001 I think this is an important question because we all handle our illness in different ways. Maybe someone handles in such a way that will "click" with someone else and help them if they are struggling. <BR> <BR> I tend to rely alot on medication. Not the best solution, I know. I don't do well with the mania. It can get TOO out of control for me and I know enough when to call psych. I get in to see her and we usually have to adjust some med a little and then I'm ok. For me, that's about all t... Wed, 24 Oct 2012 02:51:11 EST i am your new co-leader http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1831x50525969 Hi all~~ <BR> <BR> I am so excited to be your new team co-leader. You can come to me for any advice or questions and I'll help u out as best as I can. As u all know, I am on alot, so it shouldn't be a problem getting in touch with me. <BR> <BR> We really have a great team so we kinda run on auto-pilot anyway.. <em>224</em> but I'm here for all of you if you have new ideas or wanna start a challenge, etc... <BR> <BR> I can't wait to start beefing up our page and together I think we can d... Wed, 24 Oct 2012 02:42:16 EST Did You Know That http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x50525945 I pulled this topic from another team I'm on and thought that we might enjoy it...It starts with DYKT...u fill in the rest... <BR> <BR> DYKT i haven't lost a pound in 2 weeks <BR> <BR> DYKT I think that sucks <BR> <BR> You all get the point. Wed, 24 Oct 2012 02:33:48 EST My battle with bipolar and binging http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x50448370 Hey everyone...My name is Sarah and I just joined this team. I'm was actually really really encouraged when I found it because the last time I met with my counselor she suggested that I look into online support, and I couldn't think of a better place to go for a holistic perspective. Sparkpeople to me is all about making positive changes to live a healthy lifestyle, and I couldn't be more thankful that there is a team that targets a specific health issue that I have to deal with on a daily b... Thu, 18 Oct 2012 16:58:07 EST Can't take it anymore. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x50440545 Well it's the third night in the last week and a half that I can't sleep. I guess it could be worse. I have bad anxiety all the time, but it's gotten so severe that I can barely function anymore and I'm so ticked off because I go see my psychiatrist and she doesn't want to prescribe anxiety meds because she says there addictive. I don't find them addictive, I find them necassary to function like a normal human being. I'm losing my hair badly. My hairdresser is aware of it and last time I... Thu, 18 Oct 2012 06:36:28 EST I am new to the team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1831x50414952 Hi my name is Aylamay and am new to your team. I was originally assigned to the depression team when I first started, but now i have found you all, and seeing as I am bipolar 1, I think that this is where I belong. I have been bipolar for at least 32 years, and officially diagnosed as bipolar for 25 years. I found the book The Spark a couple of months ago, and then I found the web site last week. So, hello everybody, nice to meet you all. <BR> <BR> Aylamay Tue, 16 Oct 2012 11:41:46 EST Hello, New to the team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1831x50387467 I've been a member of Spark People since 2009 but I just joined the team today. I've been dealing with my bipolar disorder for my whole life but I was diagnosed two years ago. It adds a unique challenge to dealing with obesity and losing weight. Before I was diagnosed I couldn't understand why I had such a difficult time focusing on my goals. Now I know the only times I was motivated to lose weight was during my manic phases. When I was depressed I obviously didn't care about anything, least ... Sun, 14 Oct 2012 17:06:51 EST Hello I am new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1831x50334649 I have suffered with bipolar/depression for years. I have been on medications for half my life. At one point the medication and myself were putting on 7 lbs a month. I am now at 227 or something around there, oh and I am only 5'2". <BR> <BR> The last three years have been especially hard. My husband was assaulted and now has a traumatic brain injury and during the operation he suffered a stroke. <BR> <BR> I need and want to lose weight. I don't look at myself in the mirror anymore. ... Wed, 10 Oct 2012 19:39:26 EST Feeling overwhelmed at the moment... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x50321985 Hey all...I'm really upset right now and trying to come to grips. I went to my Bipolar group meeting, DBSA, and the leader made an announcement before the meeting began. She said one of our members was sick and in the hospital (medical not psych). She went in and found out that she had blood clots. They were working on that when they discovered that she has cancer. Leukemia to be precise. Apparently this type is aggressive and has a low survival rate somewhere around 15% or so I think w... Tue, 9 Oct 2012 23:10:31 EST Mood has TANKED http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x50320571 It has been cloudy and rainy here for THREE DAYS and my mood has TANKED. Cloudy days haven't been symptomatic for me until this year - it is terrible. It is very hard to get my work done and I feel so darn tired! I was thinking I was feeling tired because the AC wasn't on - but really, it is 50 degrees or less outside; there wasn't a reason to have it on. Eventually I turned it on though, but that didn't help anything. My throat and chest have a feeling like I am catching something, but ... Tue, 9 Oct 2012 21:20:52 EST Positive journalling technique http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x50265784 Yesterday I did some searching for different ways to keep a journal. I found an awesome way to write about the positive things in my life. <BR> <BR> Here it is.... <BR> <BR> Focus on the positive <BR> <BR> Focus on Triumphs <BR> <BR> Recognize daily achievements <BR> <BR> Focus on future goals <BR> <BR> Write down at least one healthy choice <BR> <BR> List successes <BR> <BR> I started it yesterday. It helped me tremendously. <BR> <BR> Remember to sparkle in all your sparkli... Sat, 6 Oct 2012 09:02:58 EST YOU HAVE BEEN HUGGED! *********KEEP THIS GOING!*** http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x50243578 ********KEEP THIS GOING!*********** <BR> YOU HAVE BEEN HUGGED BY A SPARKLING HUGGER OF SPARKINESS! <BR> <BR> KEEP THE HUGS GOING! POST THIS MESSAGE ALONG WITH LOTS OF HUGS ON MESSAGE BOARDS, SPARK PAGES, TEAMS, SPARKMAIL AND SO ON!!! <BR> <BR> YOU HAVE NOW BECOME A SPARKLING HUGGER OF SPARKLINESS. <BR> <BR> SPREAD THE SPARKLING HUGS! <BR> <em>247</em> Thu, 4 Oct 2012 17:08:23 EST Some days I feel totally nuts http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x50239832 Today I do not feel nuts, which is a wonderful thing, but some days I feel like I'm just losing it. I try my best to get thru it, but I guess what I'm really wondering is what do some of you do to get thru it. Just thought I would ask because maybe your input would help me get thru those days. I have two wonderful children and a boyfriend who support me all the way. The thing is is my boyfriend has to deal with my emotions the most because I share my thoughts and feelings with him on thes... Thu, 4 Oct 2012 11:41:24 EST A-Z 5 Letter Words With NO Repeating Letters http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=752x1831x50215673 album Tue, 2 Oct 2012 21:40:07 EST Can't sleep http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x50201334 I can't sleep tonight. I hate that. I have to get up early tomorrow. It will be a really long day without much sleep. Who knows maybe I will feel rested enough if I get to sleep soon. Tue, 2 Oct 2012 01:55:25 EST Bipolar Way Podcast http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x50197441 Hey all! I've been listening to this guy for a while, and he does a good job of explaining what it's like to be bipolar. Just thought I'd share the link and see if you can relate to him. <link>www.podomatic.com/profile/bipolarway </link> Mon, 1 Oct 2012 20:39:50 EST October is here...let's chat! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x50194245 Just realized it's Oct. 1 <BR> <BR> <em>235</em> to the October chat room... <BR> <BR> I'll go back and comment on the Sept. one but here we can officially start our new one for the new month... <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> So, how is everybody doing today? What's new? How's everybodys weight loss going? Any new and exciting news? <BR> <BR> As for me, I had my MRI today of my elbow to see if there's any structual damage and if I will need surgery. I know I need surgery for the ulna neurop... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 17:05:04 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1831x50168117 I wanted to join a support group. My history is that I had dysthymia in elementary. I had major deoression in junior high to the point that I usually did not talk all day, had no friends, people would bully you to the point of trying to spit on you daily on the bus, my gpa was about a letter grade below what it was in high school when I did have friends., I did not wash my hair every day like was needed because I would rather people make fun of me rather than take the effort. I work in mental... Sun, 30 Sep 2012 05:43:17 EST What do you think about this? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x50164710 I just finished reading an article in Jet Magazine entitled "Mind Over Matter", in which a woman tells how she manages bipolar disorder. One of her symptoms is boredom: "The second sign is that I'm bored; I lose interest in things that I usually enjoy." I didn't take losing interest in things I enjoy as being bored - I thought it was being so depressed you don't want to do what you enjoy. What do you think? <BR> Sat, 29 Sep 2012 18:59:03 EST Hello hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1831x50152748 Hi everyone! <BR> My name is Rebecca, I'm from Alabama, and I was diagnosed with bipolar I disorder ten years ago when I was 19. To make a long story very very short, I am now stable on lithium, seroquel, and zoloft, and I have had approximately 20-30 ECT treatments. :) <BR> <BR> I gained about eighty pounds while taking seroquel, plus the excessive thirst that lithium causes didn't help either. Yes, I could have had water, but I didn't... I wanted sugary cokes. :) My goal is to lose fifty p... Fri, 28 Sep 2012 20:13:10 EST intro http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1831x50081231 It has been awhile since I have posted so I am posting an intro - I am here looking for support in living with bipolar and dealing with issues like weight loss and the ups and downs that are unique to life with bipolar. <BR> <BR> I am relatively new to some of the realities of living with bipolar. I struggled as a child/teen but kept it in check ...dealt with the ups and downs as 'personal quirks' with my supportive spouse for about 13 years before it crashed severely after the birth of my ... Mon, 24 Sep 2012 09:00:14 EST Positive vibration! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x50073958 This term actually comes from a song written by Bob Marley called Rastaman Vibration. <BR> <BR> I started listening to Bob Marley wayyyy back in the early 80's (I'm getting old LOL!) It has been a true inspiration for me ever since. <BR> <BR> I think its neat how some songs can stay with you for years and years. This means that music can tap into your soul. <BR> <BR> These lyrics speak for themselves. <BR> <BR> I emphasized the lyrics that stand out the most. <BR> <BR> Here's the ly... Sun, 23 Sep 2012 19:54:12 EST Just wanted to introduce myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1831x50063104 Hi to all. My name is Jenna and I've been diagnosed Bipolar I for about 6 years. I was misdiagnosed for years before that. I've been steadily gaining weight over the years but I've had a recent med change and have gained 20 pounds in three months and have decided enough was enough. I've started working out, trying to eat healthy and at least control that aspect of my life since my mental state is down right now. I was happy to see that this group was available to people. It's nice to be... Sun, 23 Sep 2012 02:37:07 EST time management http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x50048005 Hey everyone, <BR> <BR> I have missed being on here. It is weird to be away. I hope that everyone is doing well though. I just thought I would come and give an update... <BR> <BR> I just started school 2 weeks ago and it is good so far but a crazy overwhelming amount of work that is hard to deal with. I am trying to figure out time management. I seem to have no time at all, and the only time I do have I am exhausted and don't want to do anything.... does anyone have any tips? <BR> <BR> Ag... Fri, 21 Sep 2012 23:17:14 EST Have you purchased the Sparkpeople Cookbook? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x50042517 Has any purchased the Sparkpeople Cookbook and tried the recipes? What do you think? Fri, 21 Sep 2012 15:33:18 EST Body issues.... .Something to ponder on http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x50041757 I did a little research about the percentage of women who have body issues. <BR> <BR> I found that Currently, 80 percent of women in the U.S. are dissatisfied with their appearance. And more than 10 million are suffering from eating disorders. <BR> <BR> Historically, the ideal female body was strong and full-figured, as seen in icons such as Marilyn Monroe. Yet even as early as the 1800s, when painful, health-impairing corsets were used to accentuate the breasts, hips and buttocks, women w... Fri, 21 Sep 2012 14:40:22 EST A Sparkling hug for everyone! Lets keep it going! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x50036998 <em>247</em> <em>212</em> <em>247</em> Fri, 21 Sep 2012 08:56:03 EST Instructions on how to sparkle in your sparkiness http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x50036872 You've been zapped by a powerful jolt of sparkled sparkiness. <em>54</em> <BR> <BR> Pass it on ... <BR> <BR> These instruction will definitely help you to live a sparkled day in all your sparkiness. <BR> <BR> 1. Smile a lot. <BR> 2. Practice random acts of kindness. <BR> 3. Give someone a hug. <BR> 4. Laugh out loud. <BR> 5. Do at least one positive thing for yourself. <BR> 6. Do at least one positive thing for someone else. <BR> 7. Give a goodie to your Spark friends. <BR> 8.... Fri, 21 Sep 2012 08:50:26 EST Hi everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1831x50029328 I am 28 years old. I have been struggling with weight my whole life and have had some bad things happen in my past. I was diagnosed with bi polar and borderline schizophrenia. I look forward to getting to know everyone and working to reach our goals together. <em>224</em> Thu, 20 Sep 2012 18:20:55 EST I'm back! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1831x50028500 I was a member of this team a couple years ago. I thought I would give it another try. <BR> <BR> Happy to be back! <BR> <BR> <em>41</em> Thu, 20 Sep 2012 16:54:23 EST Peeved with General Practicianer http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x50008522 Right now I am very peeved with my GP (maybe I shouldn't say 'my' since it was my first time going to the place). Anyway, I got my complete physical there in July, and I thought I would get my lab results in the mail, or I would get a call regarding them. I got nothing, so I called, just to be told that they don't mail them, and that 'no news is good news'. I asked what I needed to do to get the lab results, and the person said I would have to come to the office, so I did. I get my lab re... Wed, 19 Sep 2012 11:52:03 EST New to this forum. Help! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1831x49996894 I am 59 years old and I weigh 150. I was diagnosed with bipolar in 1995 and put on depakote. Within 6 months I had gained 40 lbs. I and my husband, children, relatives, and friends concluded that it was better for me be fat than crazy, and I stayed on depakote and a variety of antidepressants for many years. In 2009, after feeling pretty stable for a few years, my psychiatrist gave me permission to wean myself off the meds to see how I did. Because I was sick of being fat (by then I weighed 2... Tue, 18 Sep 2012 17:56:05 EST Hi everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1831x49947971 I don't quite know how to do these introductory posts, I never know what to say, lol. <BR> <BR> Been diagnosed with Bipolar since 19, struggling with weight due to meds. I've lost about 73 pounds so far, but I still need to drop about 20. Since I moved to Florida, I don't have much of a support team when it comes to bipolar-even though my therapist and my pdoc are both great, great people. <BR> <BR> Anyways, nice to "meet" you all! Sat, 15 Sep 2012 13:53:35 EST DO NOT Drink Alcohol http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x49922707 Yes, I know the rules. No mixing alcohol with psychotropic medications. But I was upset with my husband. I knew he wouldn't want me to drink because of this - so I did (passive aggressive BS on my part). Not once. Three nights. So now I am having to suffer through a mixed episode of my own making. Crying on the phone to my psychiatrist for help. I got my well deserved lecture. Not only does alcohol mess with how the meds work, it is a depressant. He has upped the klonopin to pull m... Thu, 13 Sep 2012 20:17:44 EST Losing weight on your meds http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=753x1831x49915428 Hi, do you struggle to lose weight on your meds? I've been struggling for 2 years to lose weight. Over the summer I started walking 6 miles a day and counting calories and still could not lose weight. I'm so discouraged. My doctor said I can't get off these meds. Does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks so much! Cathy Thu, 13 Sep 2012 11:10:00 EST Finally people that understand what I go thru!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1831x49910044 I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder about 2 years ago however I've been on anti-depressants since I was 16. I have 4 kids, a husband and a cat. Between my full time job and going to school full time, I am on the brink of a melt down. I've gained so much weight in the process. <BR> <BR> Is anyone else bothered when people find out you have bipolar disorder and they say stuff like, " Wow, you handle yourself so well!" or " So you must be high functioning". The ignorance about what bipolar d... Thu, 13 Sep 2012 02:00:12 EST Team goals question http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x49906499 When you track your goals, I'm tracking working out at least three times per week, when it says how much do you put how many workouts you did or how many minutes? Wed, 12 Sep 2012 21:08:05 EST Help me remember meds, http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x49827489 Hi, I need help in rembering different meds, over the yrs. My psych said medicare won,t let her do therapy. I have my file from her, but the new psych wants a list of what I,ve been taking the last 10 tys. Hope you all can list your meds, maybe I'll remember. Thx Cherie Sat, 8 Sep 2012 11:11:53 EST Anxiety, Anxiety, and more Anxiety http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x49765903 I've been dealing with a lot of anxiety lately, and today it had me in tears. It's like the first time I get it, I can deal with it, but each other time I have to deal with it is like it is taking some of my fight away. My mom is told me that I don't give myself enough credit for the positive things that I do, and I let the anxiety take over - I need to show it who's boss. She was telling me about her anxiety with looking for work and stuff. I hear her, but geez, just about every other da... Tue, 4 Sep 2012 12:38:15 EST Racy Thoughts and blah blah blah http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x49748630 I was trying to bump off another post but couldn't find one that was similar. So here it goes, just something to get off my chest. <BR> <BR> For the most part, I'm okay now. But when the Polar kicks in, it's usually: <BR> <BR> 1. Racy thoughts (Yea, usually 9 out of 10 times.) <BR> 2. Bouts of Depression (Yea, I've had these too. But I found a trick, so to speak.) <BR> 3. Suicidal? (Uhm yea I've had those too.) <BR> 4. Manic (Rarely, but I've had the gamut of good and bad ones.) <BR> <BR>... Mon, 3 Sep 2012 11:11:53 EST Sleep Resource http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=753x1831x49744777 I was amazed to find that I can track my sleep patterns easily under the Weight Tracker. I had to go in and click to track my sleep. How COOL is this important factor for this condition! <BR> Thanks <BR> SparkPeople <BR> Have a good Snooooze <em>102</em> Mon, 3 Sep 2012 03:13:28 EST athletic gear http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x49735391 may be TMI but i figure some of us might be having these fitting issues too. we can share ideas. <BR> <BR> I've spent a few of loooong days now on the computer and out shopping trying to find plus size workout gear. i am having almost zero success! First I was trying to find a sports bra and got an XL something at Old Navy. it's pretty tight and I had to have mom help me get it on and off the other day. I got a 38C front hook at Walmart and wore it last Wed to the doctor and driving and bowl... Sun, 2 Sep 2012 12:14:07 EST Inspirations & Meaningful Advice http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x49721447 some helpful thoughts i've come across online ... <BR> <BR> =-=-=-==--=-=-=-=-=-=-=- <BR> <BR> If someone wants to be in your life, they'll be there. Don't reserve a spot for someone who makes no effort to occupy it. <BR> <BR> =-=-=-==--=-=-=-=-=-=-=- <BR> <BR> STRESS LESS <BR> 1. Dance it out <BR> 2. Go for a walk <BR> 3. Talk about it <BR> 4. Breathe <BR> 5. Go to bed earlier <BR> 6. Focus on what you can control <BR> 7. Reminisce about good times <BR> 8. Ask for a hug <BR> 9. Look for ... Sat, 1 Sep 2012 11:55:36 EST September Chat Room http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x49720970 Well, trying to create the September Chat Room - hummmmmmm did this work? Sat, 1 Sep 2012 11:20:05 EST okay http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x49720944 Well, am attempting to start a sept chat room - did this work? Sat, 1 Sep 2012 11:18:25 EST Frustrated & PO'ed ***possible trigger*** http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x49717043 *******just a note, this might be a trigger for some***** <BR> <BR> Don't know if I'm PO'ed or really sad or both but am sure frustrated. <BR> <BR> Earlier in the year at one of our full moon bonfires (February) I met a gal and we kinda connected. Seemed to be well spoken and we had a lot of similarities. We met numerous times along with another male friend of hers, who I also became a friend of sorts with. Enough as much that we would kind of rotate meeting at each other's house for p... Sat, 1 Sep 2012 02:15:46 EST Seasonal Sadness http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x49709867 Hi all, <BR> <BR> I hope this finds you well. I am sure many of you like myself suffer from seasonal mood cycles. I read this article today and found it helpful: <BR> <BR> <link>tinybuddha.com/blog/seasonal-sadness<BR>-7-tips-to-make-the-colder-months-better/ </link> <BR> <BR> One of the main things I took away from it is my personal need to get into the habit of going outside each day and soaking up some sun, beginning now while it is still warm so that it will be easier to do as it ge... Fri, 31 Aug 2012 14:48:20 EST what is appropriate? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x49696808 I have a situation I am not sure how to deal with it... the explanation is below... sorry if it is too complaining... just sort of wrote it fast and it is verbal explosive <BR> <BR> So a girl from my bf's and I social/friends group is having a bridal shower put on by her family this weekend. I find it a little odd since she is not getting married until May. She invited me to go and promptly asked me if I would do the games. I felt awkward about saying no, and she basically demanded that I go... Thu, 30 Aug 2012 17:04:41 EST New to the Team but not BD. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1831x49611542 Hi all, <BR> <BR> Looking forward to hear from you and get to know you. <BR> <BR> Cheers, Rocky. <em>220</em> Fri, 24 Aug 2012 22:09:42 EST Old to sparkpeople but new to Bipolar.. sorta http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1831x49602149 I am 24 years old and my name is Ashley. I am currently not working due to how sick I have become. I was diagnosed with Bipolar in 1997 and denied having it an refused any form of treatment. Last month I realized that I was going to lose everything and went back to see a shrink. I was again diagnosed with bipolar but now I also have Ultradion Cycling. I cycle 4 or more times a day and often experience mixed states. I'm sure that those of you with rapid or ultradion cycling can understand how ... Fri, 24 Aug 2012 08:57:25 EST I think I am going crazy *trigg*??? possible http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x49594670 Ok, so I think I am going crazy... <BR> <BR> Before I went to see psych last week I was a mess... I have wanted to cry but can't but I am wanting to cry out of anger and frustration not sadness... then I am having issues sleeping... I can't sleep there is too much in my head and I swear there are things in my room. I keep thinking someone is going to break in since I live in the basement that would be super easy. etc.. you get the point... <BR> <BR> Psych puts me on the Seroquel... now i f... Thu, 23 Aug 2012 18:45:00 EST seroquel http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x49551008 Just a quick question for those who have been on seroquel. <BR> <BR> Have you had major dizzy spells or arrhythmia issues? <BR> <BR> I have been having both and I am not sure if it is worth mentioning to the pdoc... so I thought I would ask and see if anyone else has had this experience. <BR> <BR> Thank you in advance <BR> <BR> Becca Mon, 20 Aug 2012 21:54:34 EST NEW MEMBER http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x49536123 Hello everyone!!! Hope I learn new things and meet new people!!! Sun, 19 Aug 2012 23:51:55 EST Highly erotic dreams and bipolar individuals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x49524082 Okay, here is a weird one that may be too much for the average person - so read only if you can handle erotica. Realize that normally I do not have sexual urges of any kind, haven't had a sexual urge in years...... <BR> <BR> I had very vivid, highly erotic dreams last night (I was one of the women in an Arabian harem). It was so real I kept waking up and was still dreaming even though I was awake. I was talking, moving and "reality experiencing" (just made up the word) the entire dream. The... Sun, 19 Aug 2012 08:31:18 EST Righty or Lefty? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x49451170 Just thought I'd do a poll to see how many people here are left handed...I read somewhere that left handed people may have more issues with depression!!??! <BR> I'm a south paw as was my dad. Who was BP as well...Coincidence? Food for thought... Tue, 14 Aug 2012 07:50:52 EST Significant others http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x49446153 So I am struggling with my partner and I was wondering if you all had some advice. <BR> <BR> I have been trying to get my BF, who I have been dating for almost the last year, to come to understand what it is that I am dealing with. I have tried to give him information, but it seems like he would rather live in denial. I am not saying that he is refusing to admit to my bp... he is very aware of it and does try to help me when I am down, but he doesn't understand the whole medication thing, a... Mon, 13 Aug 2012 21:08:42 EST 28+ years ago I was diagnosed...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1831x49373201 Hello...I'm new here and am from Northern Illinois. My name is Tammy. I was first diagnosed schizophrenic in 1984. 1989 I was properly diagnosed with a dual diagnosis of alcohol/substance abuse and bipolar 1 disorder. Have had a lot of ups and downs over the years since the diagnosis 28 years ago now. I've been clean and sober for 19 years now. I've been fairly stable for several years now. My body is sensitive to medication and changes so I don't like to mess with that too much. Recently we... Wed, 8 Aug 2012 21:19:49 EST Medication http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x49365490 So I am struggling a little with some med stuff so I thought I would ask you all and see what you might have for information/support. <BR> <BR> I am meeting with my psychiatrist next week to talk about if I should be put on another medication, specifically an anti depressant. <BR> <BR> In the past I was on anti d's but they would either make me numb or I would be ok for a while, then get really high, then crash really low. This was also before they started treating me for bipolar. <BR> <... Wed, 8 Aug 2012 11:22:25 EST Success Strategies :-) Share! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x49316850 Hi, I know this is a broad topic since a success strategy could apply to bipoloar, stress, eating, binging, exercise, meditation / spiritual etc. but there is a nugget of goodness in every success strategy I think and it would be good to hear who has something good going on and working in their life! :D Sun, 5 Aug 2012 11:05:04 EST BP and ED ** possible trigger ** http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=753x1831x49278596 Would it be triggering for me to talk about my eating disorder? I'm in recovery, but it's still a struggle and adding BP on top of it makes things more difficult. However, I know how easily those of us with EDs can be triggered and I definitely don't want to put anyone in that situation. <BR> <BR> Thanks for your input, <em>228</em> Thu, 2 Aug 2012 17:54:45 EST in need of encouragement http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=753x1831x49273193 Today's not starting out too well. It's only 7:30, and I've already broken down in tears. <BR> <BR> I told myself to step back from the situation and take a deep breath, and detach from the situation, but that didn't stop the tears from coming. My rational side knows exactly what triggers led up to these feelings of depression and despair (not enough sleep last night, unresolved issues that I'm worrying about, too many exciting events going on at the moment, recent car accident). When I get... Thu, 2 Aug 2012 11:09:55 EST Weight and Bi-polar meds http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=753x1831x49259588 I,m so fustrated. Been working out regularly and eating less. Very little weight loss. Do our meds keep the weight on? I do know, paxil and wellbutrin make me sweat up a storm. I take thyroid and tummy meds plus klonipin at nite, and a little later my ambien, Then right before bed, trazadone. I take a klonipin during the day if I need too. The last 2 days, not so good. feel exhausted. and its so hot and muggy. Thx, Cherie Wed, 1 Aug 2012 14:27:38 EST August Chat Room http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x49247304 Gosh, can't believe it is August already........... Have a great day everyone. Ruthie Tue, 31 Jul 2012 20:16:28 EST Newbie here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1831x49239554 I've never done anything like this, blogging included. I always thought I was meant to be this way, but I'm tired of feeling run down, lazy, and fat. I was told that my weight and my Bi-polar are connected .. with a better self esteem I can maintain my level of depression and anxiety. I just wanted to say Hi to everyone and I'm looking forward to a new beginning of my life. <em>41</em> Tue, 31 Jul 2012 11:01:08 EST ADHD and Bipolar - do they typically go together http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x49171736 I'm being tested for ADHD because I have a restless mind, very small attention span at times and often don't stick with things like Sparkpeople or diets. ;-P I'm not nor have I ever been hyper active though. I sit in a chair a lot, but fidget and get up ad down I guess. <BR> <BR> Mainly my mind never stops chattering, on and on, and on - sometimes so much noise I can't think through it at all I just want to shout, 'shut up!' -- I break down and just do nothing on those days. I don't fu... Thu, 26 Jul 2012 19:06:17 EST late night coping mechanisms? cry for help! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x49143668 i know it's late, but if any of my fellow bipo's are like me, then there probably isn't much sleep anywhere! <BR> <BR> what's it called when you've transitioned from the super happy state to the "i'm either going to kill you or myself" state? yea. well, i'm there. anyone have any good methods in taking your mind off things and trying to calm yourself? nothing seems to work for me! Wed, 25 Jul 2012 01:10:23 EST New to the team AND newly diagnosed! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1831x49127202 Hello all! I joined sparkpeople about four years ago but i was so severely depressed i couldn't really go through with it. i'm a mother of two and am currently working very hard on my second marriage. <BR> <BR> i've been diagnosed with depression three times, GAD twice and just recently found out i was bipolar. <BR> <BR> the world makes sense now. <BR> <BR> anyways! i refuse to tell anyone due to the fact that i feel it's rather embarrassing, so i hope i can find some support here. <BR> ... Tue, 24 Jul 2012 01:46:26 EST Verge of Disaster http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x49110797 Well it's been a long time since I've been around and maybe it's because I've lost faith that anyone can help at this point; however maybe it's a final outcry to see if there is a solution out there other than the only obvious one left. <BR> <BR> Despite the medications I've been put on and the psychologist I've been seeing for the past 2 months things are out of control to the point there seems to be no way to fix it. I'm currently on Lamictyl, Klonopin, (was on Seroquil, and Zoloft). As ... Mon, 23 Jul 2012 06:59:33 EST Mixed http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x49018040 I just have a question. What do you do when you feel all jumbled. I am positive I have been rapid cycling mix episodes for a while, but the psychiatrist I saw really didn't help. So I am trying to figure out what to do to help myself out, so I figured I would ask you all... what helps you when you feel like a ball of everything? Tue, 17 Jul 2012 00:44:13 EST New to the team! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1831x48923228 Hi all, <BR> <BR> I am a mom with a terrific family and job, but living with bipolar. I just signed up again after a long time because my weight is way out of control. My husband is a vegetarian and I am trying that out as well. He weighs 154 and I weigh 213. I have GOT to correct that. Luckily for me, my new doctor pulled back some of my meds to curb the side-effects. Fingers crossed that means weight gain as well. <BR> <BR> I ate on plan today and worked out on the treadmill as well... Tue, 10 Jul 2012 19:29:53 EST Working The Graveyeard Shift - How Do You Function http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x48864827 Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> I work the graveyard shift (10 pm to 6 am) at a group home for at risk youths. I try to get as much sleep as possible on the days when I'm working, but it never seems enough as compared to my nights off. Since working the graveyard shift, I have had my psychiatrist wean me off Seroquel (300 mg) because it made me sleepy throughout the day. So far I have remain stable, but I am still somewhat drowsy. Any suggestions on how to remain stable and sane without having to pla... Sat, 7 Jul 2012 03:12:05 EST i dislike my bipolar disorder!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x48862867 i wish i was NEVER diagnosed with bipolar!!i feel different. <em>46</em> my stepmom,reina,said",bipolar people arent normal!" why does she have to put us down.we cant help it!!!she needs to learn to respect people more.she dont care about ANYONE but herself,her kids,and my mean evil father that she HAD to marry! she needs to stop,she makes me feel left out!! can someone plz support me on this.WAS THAT RIGHT FOR HER TO SAY??? I DONT THINK SO!! <em>234</em> Fri, 6 Jul 2012 23:20:55 EST Marriage and Bipolar Disorder http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x48808539 I think it was in Psychology Today or some other mental health related publication, but I read somewhere that bipolar individuals are 90% more likely than non-bipolar individuals to become involved in divorce. <BR> <BR> If this is true, then what do we do to increase our odds of a healthy and happy marriage? <BR> <BR> I went into my marriage with such high expectations, like every bride. Now I'm facing the issue that my husband feels like he's a martyr for dealing with my bipolar symptoms, ... Tue, 3 Jul 2012 11:27:37 EST July Chat Room http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x48808419 Hello All! <BR> It's great that it's finally warming up here in Ohio...but I see that the hot weather is getting a bit too hot out on the east coast, and then there are those fires in CO... <BR> <BR> Anyway, back to the subject at hand! <BR> <BR> Summer is a time to get away, de-stress, and enjoy good times with family and friends. I hope that all of you are enjoying your summer! Tue, 3 Jul 2012 11:17:55 EST Why Be Normal...I'm Bipolar http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1831x48803547 Hi…I’m Cynthia and newly married after being single/childless for 47 years. I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder in July 1997, but suffered with depression and mood swings for 15 years prior to that date. In 1982, I left home at the age of 17 to attend a women’s college in California. Although I was thrilled to be the first one in my family to graduate from high school and attend college, I felt horribly overwhelmed and began to experience terrible bouts of homesickness. My grades suffered a... Tue, 3 Jul 2012 03:20:51 EST Very Frustrated Right Now http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x48748512 Geez, sometimes I feel like I always end up taking two steps back when it comes to work. I told my boss that I was feeling overwhelmed with my duties. He said I could cut back, but of course that means a pay cut. That already of top of the fact that I wouldn't be able to continue in the position anyway because there were duties that I couldn't do anyway. <BR> <BR> So the boss offered less days and I could choose my hours. I know I need to do it for my own sanity, but I get so tired of ... Fri, 29 Jun 2012 12:16:43 EST What is your favorite exercise acitivity? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x48717562 I have become a fitness nut. Since I have been feeling more stable, I have been exercising more regularly and feeling even better. I enjoy walking and kickboxing aerobics. What do you enjoy the most? Wed, 27 Jun 2012 12:51:55 EST Worried about meds http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x48579639 I found out Friday evening, that my insurance wouldn't pay for my Saphris. So, I called them today. Seems all I needed was the doctor to fill out a step therapy form and I get my meds. No problem, right? Wrong! I didn't realize that step therapy is that the doc tries you on several other meds first, and when they don't work, you can get your meds! Oh, no! I'm finally stable for the first time in almost 20 years and they want to take me OFF the meds I'm on to try others???!!! WTF!? What am I g... Mon, 18 Jun 2012 14:27:29 EST I look like the before photo... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x48507856 I just got pics from when I spent the weekend with my sisters, and I look horrible in them! My stomach is sticking out (yes, issues with constipation), and I look like I just woke up. I look BLOATED, or like I am pregnant. I looked like the before picture in the Weight Watchers commercials, and my sisters look like the after photo. I feel like I can't win! Geez, what if I always look like that? My parents don't exactly feel my pain - they didn't feel my pain with I was 30 pounds heavier... Wed, 13 Jun 2012 12:55:21 EST Just Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1831x48455424 Hi Everyone, I have had bipolar since I can remeber since I know what the sypmtoms are now. I have been diagnosed since 1999. I have been through many doctors and therapists as well as a ton of differnt medications. I think I have finally found a combination that I am willing to settle with, it makes a differnce but isn't perfect. <BR> <BR> I recently moved to Kingman, Arizona and have not yet found a new doctor or therapist. So the only support I have is my family and friends back in Ca... Sun, 10 Jun 2012 04:18:21 EST Catching my breath http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x48450675 I had one serious depressive episode. Last year it would have put me in the hospital. This year - I've grown a lot and could recognize that it would be over in it's own time. Finally over. I feel like I was drowning and now I'm laying on the beach gasping to get my air back. Getting back into my routine. Exercising. meditating. Last step seems to be diet. My fault. I splurged on some vegan cream cheese and really love the stuff. But I think I'll be back to normal by the end of the ... Sat, 9 Jun 2012 18:47:11 EST Wow, life changes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x48353581 At this time last year I was in a total funk. I couldn't get a part time job no matter what I tried, and was basically cooking and cleaning for my husband, who alternated between being supportive and resentful. I had just started Saphris and had a long way to go on that. I was stable, yet had just had some mania popping out. Pretty much we were just watching the situation. <BR> <BR> Now I'm doing really well!!! The Saphris did its job and we decreased from 20mg to 10mg. This held stable for ... Sun, 3 Jun 2012 11:55:28 EST June Chat Room http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x48353354 How is it that time flies so fast? <BR> <BR> I've been working now for about 5 weeks, which has been getting me out of the house and bringing in enough money to pay those pesky medical bills. Really! For those of us disabled people, how is SSDI really enough to pay the huge medical bills, that are huge even after Medicare pays its part, enough to live on? <BR> <BR> Summer is starting up. My patio backs up to our apartment complex's pool, and the kids are always there to play. Yesterday at 6... Sun, 3 Jun 2012 11:36:36 EST June Chat Room http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x48330427 So, I am doing some better today. Still in a lot of pain, but went to the dr and he gave me some medication. Also has decided my low back is the real source of the pain I have now. So now I have to get injections in my low back. However, they can't do this until I get back from NY so it will be June 26th. Geeze! So I pray that my pain ratchets down some before I go crazy. My mood today has been better. Yesterday was a rough one. Have to see my psych dr when I get back from NY as well. So, ... Fri, 1 Jun 2012 18:15:36 EST Friends needed http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x48232077 Hey, everyone. I just had a mood swing and I suddenly feel AWFUL. I was fine all day, and right now it just hurts. I don't know who to talk to, so I thought maybe some of you could be my friends and just have some words of comfort? I know all of you will truly understand. It's stupid the little things that can set me off! Seriously, it started when my brother ate my chocolate teddy grahams. It's ok to laugh at that. Anyway, either you'll have words of comfort, or if you're feeling the same wa... Fri, 25 May 2012 22:25:20 EST I need support.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x48063813 I'm not doing okay today at all... I started the morning off bad with a horrible weigh in which led to a binge which led to me being extremely depressed which led to people saying some hurtful things when I tried to reach out for support WHICH led me to sitting here as I am now, bawling my eyes out. I'm not blaming everything on my mental disorder, but people don't understand how much more it causes things to affect me. And it seems like everyone is on a mission to severely hurt my feelings l... Mon, 14 May 2012 14:09:14 EST Oceana, Mum of Kitties and Cavies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1831x48050975 Hi! My name's Oceana. I'm 28 years of age and live up north in Canada (above 53rd parallel). I have an amazing boyfriend who supports me with all of my goals in life! I'm Mum to 7 cats, 3 cavies (guinea pigs), and my boyfriend (Louis) has a lizard! <BR> <BR> I'm a Senior Youth Care Worker-- work with "at-risk" youth in community based healing homes, transition home, and independent living apartments. I'm currently enrolled in a social work degree program. :) <BR> <BR> I was always athlet... Sun, 13 May 2012 17:59:27 EST Lithium and water retention http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=753x1831x47984782 i recently started lithium and have noticed some serious water retention. do any of you taking lithium have suggestions? i DO drink alot of water (water and zero calorie drinks like propel zero) i find that if i dont drink alot, i feel wonky in the head. but then i crave salt. i am on only 600 mg. i am transitioning from depression medications to this because of a new diagnosis. i came off of my fibro medication (cymbalta) and i am in pain everyday now but i refuse to go to the doctor to be p... Wed, 9 May 2012 07:12:43 EST Seroquel vs. Risperdal http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x47940037 I have been on both for years. Recently, psych. tapered me off of Risperdal from 2mg to 1mg to 0.5mg then stop. She kept me on Seroquel. Well, I got as far as taking 1mg and began obsessing over losing that other mg. Feeling as though something terrible was going to happen to me without that mg. After talking to her, she went back to the regular 2mg. Im ok, but disappointed in myself. I was doing great before the reduction that is why she wanted the reduction and eventual stop of the me... Sun, 6 May 2012 14:48:30 EST Drinking on Lamictal? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x47918457 I am taking 150 mg of lamictal for my bipolar and my friends are coming to visit soon. Is drinking a complete no no? I want to have fun with my friends but I don't want to face any serious side effects. What are your experiences? Fri, 4 May 2012 22:29:22 EST up, ready, not good http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x47906136 I have been up since 2am (mass. USA time). Not good. Thoughts are racing. Body is trying to keep up but cant. Standing in the middle of it all. Life is going on and Im standing still. Trying the relaxat5ion technhiques the psych. taught me..not really working right now. Typing this to keep my fingers and mind active. Im not sure what to do. This time of year is always hard for me--mood wise. Most of my med changes occur this time of year. Psych. just took me off one of my meds cuz ... Fri, 4 May 2012 06:55:59 EST EXHAUSTED http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x47894098 This week has been a LONG week work-wise. At my job we are severely understaffed, and I've been working from 12 noon until 12 midnight. I am EXHAUSTED. I was so tired last night that I felt like I was shaking. It was hard to type I tell you. And I was getting nauseous too. I did get breaks, but my goodness! I feel like I am 5 steps behind. <BR> <BR> I'm so forward to the weekend, but very wary because we are shorthanded. <BR> <BR> I need my bed... Thu, 3 May 2012 12:11:34 EST new here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1831x47851583 name's chelsea. recently diagnosed....changing medication from depression meds to mood stabilizer meds....aka lithium and lamictal. looking for some information. a little support. and tips on how to lose weight when dealing with this...."i want to lose weight immediately for 3 months, i want to eat everything in sight for 3 months because i am going to die anyway" attitude. Tue, 1 May 2012 04:10:28 EST May Chat Room http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x47846561 Welcome to May folks! <BR> <BR> It may seem logical that May would be a good time of the year for us bipolar folks, with the weather getting nicer and the days getting longer. However, research indicates that rather than our mania getting the best of us during this time of increasing sun and activity, it's our opposite foe: Depression takes the lives of more bipolar individuals during the months of April and May than in any other time of the year besides the holidays. <BR> <BR> I think tha... Mon, 30 Apr 2012 20:26:12 EST Newly diagnosed with bipolar http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1831x47827205 Hi My name is Jan and I am so grateful for this group. The Medications I have been placed on have caused me to binge eat, and to gain a pound a day even if I am successful at not binging for days. I look forward to being here. Thank you. :) Sun, 29 Apr 2012 19:19:36 EST Dropping bipolar habits http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x47811375 A recent wreck has brought to my attention how many fears and worries I have developed over the years. I realized that after years of mania and the related racing thoughts I don't really know how not to worry. I'm not manic. My bipolar is well controlled. But I still worry out of habit. I need some new skills here. Sat, 28 Apr 2012 19:15:29 EST Excellent book to read! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x47705096 I just wanted to let you all know about a great book I discovered. It's in Q&A format, so it's very easy to read. It's separated into topics so you don't have to read it cover to cover. As i read it, I kept thinking, "Hey, that's me!" or "That's not just a personality flaw, it's a SYMPTOM?" It helped me understand my disorder so much better! <BR> <BR> "The Bipolar Handbook" by Wes Burgess Sun, 22 Apr 2012 13:41:22 EST Finally an official diagnosis! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x47606839 It's been almost a year in the making when everything started June 1st 2011. Since that time I've been through every test known to man: <BR> <BR> Tests for Diabetes, Thyroid, Heart, Blood-Iron Deficiencies, Internal Abnormalities, Cat Scans, EKG's, Blood work out the wazoo, Therapists, and even in-patient routines at a mental health clinic. <BR> <BR> All of this mess over the last year all came to a head when an official diagnosis was finally given to me by my Psychiatrist on April 5th thi... Mon, 16 Apr 2012 10:46:48 EST Ultra-Rapid Cycling Bi-Polar? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x47606730 As cheesy or overdramatized as it sounds I've not only been diagnosed with this but also been told it may be one of the harder strands to medicate realistically. I was wondering how much anyone in the team knows of this strand of Bi-Polar. I've read the articles online and been told that some of the typical meds that work for bi-polar such as lithium and it's many branchs cannot be used for this due to the spells not lasting for any consistent amount of time. All I was told other than CBT ... Mon, 16 Apr 2012 10:38:20 EST 4-Letter Word Game (A-Z) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=752x1831x47606499 The game that sort of explains itself the next person posts a 4 letter word starting with the next letter in line. See how many we can come up with. <BR> <BR> Able Mon, 16 Apr 2012 10:24:24 EST new girl http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x47530403 Hello all. Im new to this group and website. I have set a goal to lose 50-100 lbs. Right now that goal seems so unattainable. Im looking for support and guidance. I have suffered for years with bipolarII, anxiety, psychosis, insomnia (at times), headaches, and am on pain managment for degenerative disc disease for arthritis in my back and neck. To be honest, I feel lost and not quite sure where to begin on this journey. I have been walking 2 miles a day on average and to me thats a good sta... Wed, 11 Apr 2012 11:19:51 EST I'm bipolar too! CRAZY, RIGHT. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1831x47517419 Hey guys! Just joined the team as a last-ditch coping mechanism, hopefully I'll figure some stuff out here by talking with people who get it. <BR> <BR> I am bipolar type II. Been through the inpatient thing a few times after terrible medication decisions and botched suicide attempts, etc etc. I've dealt with this too long to keep living this way, it's pure hell every waking hour. It ruins your relationships with people and there's a certain stigma associated with being bipolar. <BR> <BR> Cu... Tue, 10 Apr 2012 15:54:28 EST ADVOCACY http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=753x1831x47483047 "You don't fight stupid with stupid. If gay activists had been in denial about a mysterious phenomenon that was decimating their population back in the eighties, there would have been minimal funding for HIV/AIDS research and treatment. In fact, at the very beginning of the epidemic the gay population was in denial. Then they got smart. They got loud. They literally intimidated the government and medical establishment into action. In 2009, the NIH allocated $3.19 billion for HIV/AIDS research... Sun, 8 Apr 2012 13:56:05 EST Finding the perfect psychiatrist - it can happen http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=753x1831x47446338 I frequently read posts about people who given up their psychiatrist or other prescriber. And finding the right match can be hard. I, too, was trying to juggle a counselor and a prescriber and it wasn't working well since the left hand and the right hand were doing different things. And that was my first counselor - found in an emergency and not really a good match. But now I have the perfect Psych for me and all my mental health needs under one roof (at my former counselor's suggestion).... Thu, 5 Apr 2012 20:41:51 EST Irritable... .... .... need some support http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x47433110 As you may know or may not know i have been going through my cycle again (bipolar cycle) i am in my manic phase and its getting rough. to update those that have not seen my past recent posts i have stopped seeing my psych (cause he dont help or care) and just go to my family physician (who is trying) and i see a counselor. more and more i have been feeling soo irritable, is there any ADVICE out there from you guys who know what i'm going though?????? I come on this webpage and discuss my pro... Wed, 4 Apr 2012 23:27:47 EST Article on Antidepressants and Weight Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x47423652 This article is two years old, but I'm sure it can provide some insight for those of us who struggle with weight while on our meds: "Are you on Antidepressants and Frustrated that you can't Lose Weight?" - http://forums.webmd.com/3/depression-excha<BR>nge/forum/5280 <BR> <BR> I hope this article helps someone here! <em>247</em> Wed, 4 Apr 2012 12:21:07 EST What do you use to help control thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x47407236 i was wondering what everyone uses to help control the rapid cycling of thoughts. right now i'm using a Tae Kwon do Class. to help focus and burn some manic energy. i try to focus on the patterns and not let my failures interfere. my psy dr. wants me to tell my instructor about being bp. but must admit that it might have good and bad results. Embarrassment being the biggest. i tend to over do it in practice to the point where i have minor injuries. Tue, 3 Apr 2012 13:40:42 EST Bad Mixed Episodes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1831x47406887 I'm going through terrible mixed episodes right now, worse than they have been in years. I am on meds for the first time in 3-5 years. I am manic and depressed all at once it seems, and having anxiety and panic attacks. I am unable to work right now. But I am also alone a lot because my partner works and both of my parents still work and are too busy to help me right now. I feel like I am demanding so much from my Mom but I dont know how to handle this alone, I need support so badly but she o... Tue, 3 Apr 2012 13:15:26 EST Hi everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1831x47398016 I'm 24 and in school for network administration.I live with my girlfriend and our pets-we have four cats and I have a 120 gallon fish tank. <BR> I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder four years ago, but I'm still waiting to see a psychiatrist. I'm seeing a counselor right now, and my GP has me on medication-she's treating me with medication for anxiety, and she's not comfortable giving me anything but anti-depressants...so, here I wait for a psych. doctor, I guess. I've been having an ongoin... Mon, 2 Apr 2012 23:04:37 EST