SparkPeople Daily UPS and downs of Depression, etc. Team Messageboard Dealing with the ups & downs, twists & turns, all or nothing of mood swings in depression, hypomania & bipolar condition, etc. (Click on team picture) SparkPeople Daily UPS and downs of Depression, etc. Team Messageboard Need to control my eating and depression I am a carer for my husband who has BPD and bipolar, he has been up and down(3-4 up and up to 12 weeks down) for over 15 years but it is getting worse. I have done my best over the years to help him but he will not cooperate with me or the doctors so I am at a loss at what to do, he has tried most of the tablets for both conditions. <BR> He hate it when he is alone but I need space to be able to cope, I go to several craft groups and most of my friends know my problems but I don't like to go... Sat, 16 May 2015 14:01:55 EST Hi New here, just got a diagnosis of Mood Disorder and ADHD....don't know what kind of depression I have just yet. Just saying hello. Sun, 17 Nov 2013 13:20:06 EST When Feeling Down...What Do You Do? We all have days of feeling down sometimes, very down. What do you do or could you do that might help. Share here. Your answer(s) might be just what someone else needs today. <em>247</em> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 23:24:46 EST alone Feel so empty and alone right now..the best of what I had is now over and now its just try to scrape together and muster enough will to try to find all the broken pieces of my once whole life and hope and pray that I can maybe be at least half of the person I once was..there is no more compassion for others within me any more..the person that was once compassionate,helpful,kind,and willing to help others out is I need to find a reason to help myself..I can't think of one reason to b... Tue, 23 Apr 2013 08:07:58 EST happy fall,please check in??? i care how you are all doing???? xox Mon, 3 Sep 2012 04:41:35 EST FEEL THE LOVE??? REACH OUT TO SOMEONE EACH DAY ON THIS TEAM AND SEND THEM A GOODIE TO LET THEM KNOW WE LOVE HAVING THEM IN THIS GROUP PLEASE???LETS ALL BE MORE ACTIVE HERE,ME TOO! Tue, 31 Jan 2012 02:26:06 EST HOW DO YOU FEEL TODAY? IM WORN OUT AND IN PAIN Thu, 19 Jan 2012 05:18:50 EST Anyone heardof the drug Latuda Hi everybody. My psych doctor put me on the medicine Latuda and I was wondering if anyone else has heard of it. Are you on it or know someone that takes it. Do you (they) like it or not. And what kind of side effects do you (they) have or had had on it. I started it on Januart 11, 2012 and the only thing I noticed is that I don't think I can drink caffeinated coffee (haven't tried decaf coffee) on it. Any information that anyone could pass along about Latuda would be appreciated. Thanks and ... Sun, 15 Jan 2012 07:42:24 EST Today I am blessed because. .....??? i love sparkpeople Sun, 8 Jan 2012 06:29:06 EST replace bad habits with a new plan in 2012 what will you try new to lose weight better in 2012??? Thu, 5 Jan 2012 12:19:12 EST How is your depression? I'm just wondering how the rest of the team is doing over the holidays? Are you OK? Had the stress, hustle and bustle taken a toll? <BR> <BR> Christmas has always been my favorite time of year, but this year has been hard, really hard. I have two small children and trying to keep my spirit high has been very difficult. I admit, sleep is off, exercise has been abandoned and my diet is all over the place. I'm looking forward to the back to normal routine. I really hope I can get there soon! <B... Mon, 26 Dec 2011 09:33:27 EST Merry Christmas and Happy New Year sparkers!!! Just wanted to send you all a message to wish you the very best in the New Year. I hope that you are all feeling well. This time of year is difficult for many people and especially hard when you're dealing with depression. I am going through a tough time at the moment and trying my best to not get beat down. Concentrating on nutrition, family and rest. I hope you are all able to do the same. <BR> <BR> xo <BR> <em>425</em> Mon, 26 Dec 2011 09:07:47 EST What are you grateful for? I will start...I am grateful for my family and my health...I do suffer with depression, but I'm grateful for a hubby that helps me through it day by day. <BR> <BR> Now it's your turn... <BR> <BR> GO! <BR> <em>30</em> Thu, 1 Dec 2011 22:46:51 EST Do you get depressed during the holidays? How do you feel during the holidays? Does the thought of shopping, cooking and entertaining make you want to stick your head in the sand and not want to come out? How do you deal? I deal with wine...I know that's not very grown up of me, but at the end of the day, a glass of wine works for me and a nice hot bath is nice too. <BR> <BR> Let me know how you cope with the holidays... <BR> Cheers! <BR> <em>181</em> Thu, 1 Dec 2011 22:03:33 EST Just for giggles! This is a good chuckle! It's exactly how I feel about treadmills! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>os/Vote-for-Your-Favorite-Dog-Video-13 </link> <BR> <em>29</em> Tue, 22 Nov 2011 07:53:39 EST What are you reading? I've started to read "The Happiness Project" by Gretchen Ruben over the weekend and I find it pretty uplifting. <BR> <BR> What are you all reading? <BR> <BR> I may pick up "The girl with the Dragon Tatoo", but I'm worried it may be a bit too dark for me...we'll see... <BR> <BR> <em>271</em> Mon, 21 Nov 2011 10:59:37 EST Hi, I am new Hi <BR> <BR> I am new to the team. My name is Sue and I am not entirely sure of what my diagnosis is. The first nurse practioner I went to diagnosed me with depressive episodes/anxiety episodes/hypomania episodes. I had absolutely no clue what that meant. She had me on a lot of medication and kept changing it or changing doses almost weekly. I ended up very unstable and ended up in a crisis stablization unit for 3 days and then a partial hospitalization outpatient program for 4 weeks t... Sun, 20 Nov 2011 15:54:38 EST SPARKS RALLY I am looking for fellow Montrealers to join us in our rally (walk/talk/lunch). If you are interested or need more information, please contact me <BR> Dianne <BR> Team Leader <BR> Sparks Montreal Fri, 18 Nov 2011 18:41:02 EST Do you like to cook? I love to cook, especially during the winter months. But I don't enjoy eating what I prepare. Is that unusual? My dh and kids seem to enjoy what I make, but for some reason I just don't. There is something so satisfying about having a meal prepared for you. Sometimes my mom will pop in with a homemade chowder or casserole. I love it when she does this. Maybe it's that nothing beats mom's cooking. I don't know. <BR> <BR> Do you enjoy cooking? What is your favorite thing to make? <BR> <em>429... Mon, 7 Nov 2011 10:33:25 EST November chat! How is everyone doing? Do you feel that the time change has affected you? I know I feel more tired today that usual. I went to a really fun craft show with my SIL and MIL on Saturday. We left at 7:30am and only got back at 9:30 pm. Long long day, but it was nice to spend time with my extended family and to have some time away from hubby and kiddies. I love them dearly, but we all need time sometimes... <BR> I may be starting a PT job soon which I'm really excited about. I love being a SAHM bu... Mon, 7 Nov 2011 10:00:20 EST DAY LIGHT SAVINGS TIME Don't forget to change your clocks back. We get an extra hour of sleep tonight. Sat, 5 Nov 2011 23:18:29 EST Happy Friday everyone! Well it's halloween weekend here and I'm getting ready to host a party along with my best friend at our local community center for the kiddies. <BR> I'm in a time crunch because I want to dress up into something fun and non-scary for the little ones, the party is tomorrow at 2! <BR> I hate being such a last minute person, oh well... <BR> <BR> Have a great weekend and please share your plans be it Hallowweeny or not! <BR> <BR> Ciao for now! <BR> <em>333</em> Fri, 28 Oct 2011 12:18:30 EST EMOTICON how you are feeling right now Post how you are feeling right now with an emoticon. <em>306</em> Wed, 26 Oct 2011 16:14:24 EST Is there anyone here? Anyone? Wow, this team looks kinda vacant...are people still checking in? Mon, 24 Oct 2011 18:32:37 EST New to forum, med problems Hi, I have been dealing with bipolar 2 for over 5 years. I am on Lamictal and Abilify currently. I have been on and off on Abilify. The first time I took it the mania and agitation was worse. So I stopped it on advice of my Psychiatrist. I used to have more mania then depression. Then depression hit pretty bad so I took Abilify a few days and it seemed to pull me out. Then I thought I would try it again at half the dose everyday. I felt normal for the first time in a long time. Now it is not ... Fri, 7 Oct 2011 13:07:55 EST New Here But Not To Spark Hi everyone. My name is Leslie and as you can tell from my spark name name I'm bipolar. I was also born in 1961. I'm bipolar 1 and I'm also borderline personality disorder. I take an invega shot once a month and depakote for mood stabizer. Then for the depression, I take celexa and wellburtrin. I've been a member of spark people since June 10th 2011 and in that time, I've manged to lose 14 pounds. Yesterday I got little off track. But today I'm back on track. My mood seems to be good. I live ... Mon, 11 Jul 2011 11:10:29 EST Do I have to be on it for life? My regular doc said that eventually, I can be weaned off Olanzapine, but the substitute doc said that I have to be on it for life, otherwise my bipolar might relapse. <BR> <BR> So, who do I believe? I'd like to think that eventually, I'll be off meds forever but seems like I can't. What do you think? Tue, 22 Mar 2011 10:31:10 EST Mood and Food Hello everyone from the grey skies of Pittsburgh! <BR> <BR> I am in the recovery period from a serious mixed episode with my first truly manic experience. Prior to the escalation, I had been hypomanic for about 5 months during which I lost the majority poundage from my overall weight loss. During the episode itself, I barely ate and lost a few more pounds. <BR> <BR> Since coming down and working to have a stable mood, I am trying to keep up the good habits I developed (more fruits and vegg... Sun, 13 Mar 2011 16:51:20 EST Vent....mood issues lately First off, I'll tell you a bit about myself. I'm 23yrs old and I was diagnosed with Bipolar around 10yrs old. I am currently unmedicated (I have no insurance and meds aren't cheap) so I've been using diet and exercise to help stabilize my moods a bit. I am a stay at home mom to my 2 1/2 yr old son, Vincent, and my almost 3 month old daughter, Evelyn..... <BR> <BR> I have been doing so great for the past yr or so, my mood swings have been very manageable, (especially considering I was pregna... Fri, 11 Mar 2011 16:37:06 EST A-Z ....Well Known People with Depressio n/Bipolar Post alphabetically, well known people with depression/Bipolar. Tue, 8 Mar 2011 12:16:20 EST Today's Wheel Spin What is/was today's wheel spin? Fri, 4 Mar 2011 16:53:05 EST Helpful Websites.... Post any website that you feel would possibly be a help or of interest. Fri, 4 Mar 2011 16:45:42 EST What's Your New Name? Sometimes when you have a stressful day or week, you need some silliness to break up the day. Here is your dose of humor... <BR> <BR> Follow the instructions to find your new name. <BR> <BR> The following is excerpted from a children's book, Captain Underpants And the Perilous Plot Professor Poopypants, by Dave Pilkey, in which the evil Professor forces everyone to assume new names... <BR> <BR> <BR> So:- <BR> <BR> 1. Use the 3rd letter of your first name to determine your New first name:... Fri, 4 Mar 2011 10:23:19 EST 3 Letter Words----A-Z Post any 3 letter word....only catch...has to be in alphabetical order. <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> Fri, 4 Mar 2011 10:21:31 EST Being does it effect your life every day? Does and/or how does being bipolar effect your every day life? Thu, 3 Mar 2011 18:34:28 EST My Intro: Living with BP I am writing this post just for you. I write it for the 2 million Americans who suffer from bipolar affective disorder, those of you who have a friend or a family member who suffers from the disorder and to show the rest of the population that the stereotypes attached to mental illness are simply not true. Yes, I suppose I am going through that period of “mentally interesting, over-identification” stage, being as I was just diagnosed in February. No, I don’t introduce myself with, “... Mon, 28 Feb 2011 10:06:46 EST Hi I'm new Hello everyone. My name is Angie. I am a disabled Army veteran and now an Army wife and stay at home mom of two little girls, ages 3 and 13 months. I was diagnosed as bipolar last year. <BR> <BR> I gained 50 pounds right before and during my last pregnancy and now that my daughter is a year old I've decided it's time to make myself lose the weight. My goal is to lose 40 lbs and I've already lost 20 :) Halfway there! Wed, 17 Nov 2010 11:06:18 EST New to this Team Hello all. I just wanted to introduce myself. I was diagnosed with bipolar II last year, but have been suffering with panic disorder since 2001. <BR> In 2001 I was 135lbs but with all of the meds and stress and all, I gained soo much weight to the point where my highest was 306. <BR> Anyways, I wish everyone peace and good luck on their journey in life and weight loss!!! <BR> <em>247</em> Wed, 26 May 2010 12:52:54 EST Where to begin... I was just diagnosed BP almost a year ago now but really all the signs were there my whole life. My mom, however, felt that I was "just fine" and needed to "move on" with the things that got me down. Of course, when I was manic she couldn't really handle that side of me either. I have been morbidly obese for many years (and no, I'm not that old). I have 3 kids and I want to live better to be a better parent and role model. Anyway, I have tried 3 different meds so far. The first med, Zolo... Mon, 22 Mar 2010 22:12:45 EST Possible group goal? Just an idea. I am new to this team and I wanted to share something that might be of help. <BR> <BR> The DBSA (Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance) has a wonderful, new website for people with bipolar, bipolar II disorders and depression where one can keep track of mood, medicines taken and other wellness related goals and issues. It is free and it helps one stay in touch with oneself better. The website is: I thought maybe we could set a goal to use the website to keep track of our ... Wed, 30 Dec 2009 10:53:31 EST can i join in? hi. i was doing spark this past winter and did pretty good. i lost 39 pounds. i quit for the summer cause life is so busy (work full time and have three kids) i maintained all summer, well i went up and down with 5 pounds but i am ok with that. now that kids r back to school tomorrow i am starting up again. hopefully to finish my goal of getting to 130. i was informed today by my dr. that my medical needs are beyond his help and i need to go to a shrink if i want to continue on my meds. i su... Mon, 31 Aug 2009 20:09:47 EST How Many People? I am just wondering how many people actually use this team's page anymore, there seem to be very few posts from anyone lately. Wed, 5 Aug 2009 21:47:23 EST any ideas? I have been super tired and sore the past few days. I have not had the energy to do anything. I tried to do my cardio yesterday and ended up feeling like I needed a serious nap a few minutes into the video. Im not really sore per se just stiff I guess. Im very curious as to why this is. The last exercise I actually completed was pulling giant thorny weeds from my front yard on friday for like an hour. I was very sore afterwards, but thats to be expected considering its the first time I have e... Tue, 16 Jun 2009 13:11:06 EST Just saying hello....for the first time ! Hi all - I'm a 30 yr old married stay at home mother of 2 still trying to adjust to not working (been 2 years) and trying to live up to what I feel I should be. I was diagnosed bipolar II around the age of 23 and have been off mood stabilizers (due to pregnancy)for about 2 years or so and am on an antidepressant as my depression is worse than anything else - and feel like I'm just no longer myself...My goal is to live a healthier lifestyle and I am hoping that through mutual support I can acc... Wed, 25 Mar 2009 23:44:19 EST I had almost ... I had almost convinced myself that I did not need to belong to a team for support of bipolar. If I just concentrated on the positive and ignored this part of me, it would go away. <BR> <BR> However, the truth is that the last few days I can feel myself slipping deeper and deeper into the abyss. I guess I was having one massive up phase, and here we go again! My appetite is disappearing, I want to sleep all day, I can not even motivate myself to do the simple things like wash my clothes or ma... Wed, 25 Mar 2009 03:16:04 EST The Start of Bipolar When did it first become apparent to you that you might have Bipolar? How long did it take to diagnose it and receive help. <BR> I first noticed that I was not well in my late teens. <BR> I had OCD. Then in my 20's I had terrible periods of depression. I was treated for that in my early twenties until my early 50's. Antidepressants worked for a while and then I was sick again. I must have been on every antidepresant available. <BR> About 8 years ago I was hospitalized. I had a new, young doct... Sat, 21 Mar 2009 11:15:00 EST Word Association (game) Post the first word that comes to your mind when you see the previous word. Like word weight---lose <BR> <BR> Come on let's have some fun & see how your mind works! Mon, 16 Mar 2009 15:29:03 EST Handling the manic or mania side What do you do to take care or get a handle of the mania side? Post things that you do to try to work it out. It can be the meds you take or other---non medical ways of trying to control and live with it. Thu, 12 Mar 2009 14:22:50 EST Things to do when depressed What things do you do when you feel depressed, that make you feel better? Wed, 11 Mar 2009 10:54:25 EST Trigger Points Do you have things that set off your depression, bipolar, etc.? Does it let you know ahead of time, slip up on you, or hit you right out of the blue? Share with us and let's learn how to head them off, if possible. Wed, 11 Mar 2009 10:52:03 EST Do Something Fun Doing something fun not only boosts your mood but it adds to the quality of your life. Anything, no matter how big or small an activity,that you enjoy doing. This discussion not only is for you to report when you do something fun, but also, to motivate other team members to go out and do something fun too. Who knows maybe an activity that you do will help give some other team member an idea for fun. Let's help spread the fun by posting our fun activities here. <BR> <BR> <em>239</em> <em>20... Mon, 9 Mar 2009 13:17:35 EST Mood scale.... Here is your chance to let us know how things are going or what mood you are in. <BR> <BR> Mood scale--1 through 10 --1 being the lowest--10 being the highest. <BR> <BR> Sometimes, a person feels down, sad (for whatever reason), depressed etc. Just post the number...don't have to write anything unless you feel like it. <BR> <BR> We can use this to gauge our days and be there to offer encouragement to each other. <BR> Mon, 9 Mar 2009 11:58:33 EST Managing Our are you doing? This includes all medical issues we have. I know from personal experience that I have been terrible this year about taking my meds on a regular basis. <BR> <BR> Please join me in posting here daily whether or not we took our meds as we are suppose to. This thread can also be used to discuss what we are taking and different aspects of our medical issues. <BR> <BR> For many of the meds we take, losing weight and increasing exercise may allow us to give up some of our meds completely. What bet... Mon, 9 Mar 2009 10:51:52 EST Click on Team Icon (picture) I will be posting different links for us to view ....periodically. They will range from informational, music, or whatever. Hope you will take the time to view them. <BR> <BR> Feel free to post a comment or suggestion. Enjoy! Mon, 9 Mar 2009 10:08:30 EST Check In and/or Chat Stop by and share whatever is going on in your life today. Sometimes, we just need someone to listen and share our feelings with. If you are not in the mood....just post an emoticon. <BR> <BR> Fri, 6 Mar 2009 17:30:09 EST I am new I come from Central America Hola Amigos!!! Happy to join you guys <em>223</em> Thu, 12 Feb 2009 15:52:37 EST dublin ireland calling hello everyone, i'm a typical bad-psychiatry victim in that the worst of my suffering over the years has been drug side-effects, and like thousands if not millions of others i got my initial weight gain from epilim (valproate) zyprexa (olanzapine) and lately seroquel (quetiapine). however seroquel is working for me in a very low dose -150mg per diem- so i'm trying to find a way to stay on it but shed the weight. for me it's great to find a drug that works in a low dose but isn't too horrible ... Mon, 12 Jan 2009 08:35:42 EST New, Bipolar, and Long-winded Hello, I am new to SparkPeople. I was diagnosed BP about 12 years ago, after having a psychotic breakdown following the death of a child. (The diagnosis makes so much sense...when I review the checklists, I practically meet every criteria.) <BR> Until being diagnosed, I never had a weight problem. If anything, I didn't eat enough! The meds have caused TREMENDOUS weight gain (50 pounds) and cause me to be uninterested in just about everything...I don't even know what I've eaten. <BR> Of cou... Fri, 26 Dec 2008 17:03:10 EST Hi, I'm New I'm not sure how this all works. Been on Sparkpeople for the second time and this time am really sticking to it. I was diagnosed at 60 when I had a severe depression--really great to be hauled off to the hospital by police!!! But life is much better now that I understand what has been going on all my life. And I have medication to even out the highs and lows. I'm sure it was hell for my son, but it seems he isn't too affected by it. I do keep a close watch on my grandchildren though--I ... Thu, 13 Nov 2008 18:31:38 EST Just a newbie Hi, I'm Jennifer. I don't have Bipolar Disorder but my husband was recently diagnosed. I was hoping I could get a little understanding and maybe alittle advise here. Thanks. Sat, 11 Oct 2008 23:29:10 EST Hi! I am new to this group. Hello, everyone! My name is Lolly, and am 54 (almost 55) years old. I was diagnosed as bipolar at 30, but I knew I was different at 12. Life has been (and still is) a rollercoaster, as you all know. My meds just got changed AGAIN so I am adjusting to that. My BFF is also bipolar and we have been a great support to each other over the years. So I know hou much it means to have people you can share your journey with, and this group sounds like a great idea. I hope we get more members. Keep on l... Sun, 5 Oct 2008 16:30:05 EST Start with an easy challenge... Hello, Team! Today is another day, and another chance to celebrate what we have done to become happier and healthier people. I challenge you to: <BR> 1) Name one thing you did today that brought a smile to your face. <BR> 2) Name one thing you did to improve your health. <BR> 3) Pass the baton to the next team member by adding an emoticon... <BR> I'll start: <BR> 1) I decided to write to my new team. <BR> 2) I turned down an offer to substitute so I could keep my doctor's appointment (a speci... Tue, 23 Sep 2008 09:11:44 EST Invite I just wanted to invite you guys to join the Living with Bipolar team. We're a supportive group and would love to have you. Wed, 4 Jun 2008 17:46:18 EST