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7/25/14 10:31 A

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Welcome! I too have BP2 with more depression than hypomania. You picked a heck of a winter to come north! I live near Syracuse, NY. I've lived in this area my whole life and this past winter was one of the worst I've seen in a long time. Don't blame you for not wanting to get out of the house! Good luck to you.
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7/25/14 9:52 A

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Hello everyone! I am Bipolar 2 so I mostly get incredibly, crippling depressed, and hypomanias are few. I wish I had the happy kind of mania but it hasn't been for a long time. I get very irritated and angry over things I believe people have done to me, but when I look back, nothing was actually there to make me angry at all, it was all in my mind. I've learned that as soon as I recognize it to stay away from all social media and emails. It took a lot of emails that I would love to take back to learn this! : )

I moved from Dallas to Chicago over a year ago, and this was the most horrible winter I have ever experienced in my life! I was so depressed all winter that I couldn't keep a single psychiatrist visit that I kept scheduling. I've heard of doctors terminating patients over things like that, but I literally could NOT leave the house! I think it would be awful if a psychiatrist ended our relationship over the whole reason I go there - because I'm bipolar!!! : ) Luckily both she and my therapist are angels, they just let me reschedule when I finally find the courage. I really don't understand why they put up with it, but maybe it is not unusual for people with this illness. I am just incredibly thankful that they have stayed by my side!

I have a lot of support from my husband who is also my angel! : ) It must be hard to live with someone who is bipolar. I don't think I could, nor would I want to live with someone who is constantly on an emotional rollercoaster, never knowing what each day might bring. However, I would like to think that when I am healthy and happy as I am now, I more than make up for it. : )

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Hi! My name is Michelle and I have recently joined Sparkpeople and I am not very computer savy. I was diagnosed with BP1 seven years ago. I have recently changed medication from Abilify to Latuda. Latuda seems to be helping me lose the weight I gained on Abilify, but has possible increased my cholesterol. What I love about this website, is it tracks lots of different things that are important to me, such as cholesterol, carbs, exercise and goals. I love it! My moods are pretty stable, thank god. I am 41 and live in Florida. I have three children. I stay at home but plan on returning to school to learn computers. I would love to meet others who want to work together to stay motivated and lose weight. I lost 51 lbs on another weight loss program so I am working both. Can use all the help I can get! lol!!! Wish everyone lots of luck and hope to continue to keep in contact. Thanks

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7/13/14 11:29 A

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Hi, all! I'm new to the team but not to sparkpeople. About me and my bipolar: I was provisionally diagnosed (for the second time) with BP2 about a year and a half ago. This second time, with a different medication, my life changed. It was the sort of dramatic change that I'd longed for for the ten plus years of working with psychiatrists and therapists. The last year and a half have been amazing, and I think the "provisional."

It's funny, I started sparkpeople not long after that first diagnosis in 2010. I *rocked* SP for a year, got to my goal, changed my habits, and felt totally in control (of wellness, if not other aspects of life). Then I moved and other stuff happened, and I began a slow slide backwards on wellness. That slide has continued even as my mental health has improved immensely and as I've gotten huge things done in the last year and a half. Now, if I can bring the two together -- adding nutrition/fitness to my much more solid mental health -- I think I'll be unstoppable. :)

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6/28/14 10:32 P

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Hi! I'm Audrey. I'm 29, married, have 2 kids and live in NEPA. I was diagnosed with bipolar at an unusually early age (Sometime prior to age 5). I went through countless psychiatrists, therapists, and medications through my life, and finally have a team and med regimen that seem to be working together well (Only took 25 years). Besides the bipolar, I also have severe anxiety disorder, as well as a history with postpartum depression. I've been mostly stable now for a little over a year (things got rough for a little while during my last pregnancy when I had to discontinue my meds during the first trimester).

I've adjusted well to living with bipolar, as has my husband adjusted to living with me. Kids bring a whole different perspective into the mix. I love my girls dearly, but sometimes when the mood swings hit, my emotions towards them become mixed. It just gives that push to going into depression. I'll get manic, and be super happy and super busy, but if I become agitated, things don't go so well. I yell at them and tell them things I don't mean. Then when the guilt hits, that's when I spiral downwards. Other than that though, I do fairly well. Moods are mostly stabilized and I stay in that happy little place that the world refers to as "normal".

Things I have noticed throughout my life... bipolars attract other bipolars. I can't tell you how many times I'll be somewhere and someone will randomly start talking to me and we'll wind up finding that each of us is bipolar. I don't really know what it is... like we have a special aura or magnetic attraction that draws us together. I guess it makes us special in a way. Helps us find the support we need from others that understand exactly where we're coming from.

Ya know it's funny, I've been a spark member for at least 4 years now and never thought to look for a team like this one. And now my past 2 weeks have been exceptionally stressful on me, and i thought to myself "there has to be a spark team for this". So hear I am! It's nice to meet you all, and I'm sure happy to be here.

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6/28/14 2:47 P

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Hiya Team! My name is Cathleen and I joined your group today. I've been diagnosed with bipolar for 19 years and am taking meds, that for the most part,control it I receive a monthly pension from the VA for being 100% disabled and have since 2004. During this month,I have experienced a new symptom of paranoia toward my dear husband, even though I take an antipsychotic. He's my primary caretaker.

I joined SparkPeople 26 months ago and have lost a total ot 35 pounds and have been in maintenance for 10 months! Woohoo! If I can do it, so can you!
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6/19/14 8:14 P

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Hi all, I'm new to this group. I'm not exactly just bi-polar but it is in my illness. They didn't have a forum for what I have which is schizoaffective disorder but I do have a mood disorder along with some schizophrenia. I know there is a better way to explain that but it seems like too much to do so. With my mood I deal with depression now more than I do with mania or hypo mania. I know that the meds I take have caused much of my weight gain over the last 30 years. I have currently lost 11 pounds. I get weighted tomorrow and I'm worried I might have gained some weighted as I didn't follow my eating plan like I have been, kind of cheated a bit so to say.
I hope you will have me in the group those I'm not just living with bipolar but living with a bit more than bipolar.
I'm really motivated to get this weight off and know I can do it.
Kathleen from Lincoln, Nebraska.

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5/30/14 7:07 A

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Hi everyone, I'm not new to SparkPeople but am new to this group. I was diagnosed BP during 2010 but have been BP for many years (without realising). I still get depressed. Sometimes I don't feel like coming to work. Most of the time I just force myself, because once I'm here things aren't so bad.

I'm currently busy with studies (at age 46!!). I'm nearly finished second year (Diploma) and want to do the next year so that I can obtain a Degree.

Look forward to getting to know all of you.

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5/29/14 3:16 P

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Isn't it a relief to know that the Dr validates the diagnosis? I am lucky that I was diagnosed young, but not so much when it came to getting onto the right drugs. Sounds like you are doing great. Just imagine how much better it will be when you get further down the recovery road.

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5/29/14 12:12 A

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Hi. I'm Jen. I'm 37 and only recently (end of last year) been diagnosed with bipolar. I had been dealing with severe depression my whole life and diagnosed with clinical depression after a nervous breakdown in 2011.

Last fall, October I think, I had this span of a few days where I just felt fantastic. I considered it one of my "up" days. When dealing with depression anything besides blah is welcome. It wasn't until I cam down off that high that I realized something was wrong. I fell hard and it was scary. So I did a little research and talked to a friend who majored in psychology and she agreed with me that I probably had bipolar. I went to see my doctor a couple weeks later for a med check, showed him the email I sent my friend and explained what happened and he was like, "yep, sounds like bipolar, let me change your meds." Just like that.

And that was like having a veil lifted from me. For the first time in my life I've felt normal. Even when I was being treated for depression, I never felt better than... "at least I don't want to die anymore." Now I look forward to most days.

I recently had another hypomanic episode and stayed up for 36 hours straight. 26 of those hours I was writing. Non-stop. I think I stopped to use the bathroom twice, didn't eat, didn't drink anything. Just wrote. I'm still trying to get my equilibrium back after that. I'm finally starting to feel better and it's been a month.

Anyway, I live in a small town in Washington near Portland, OR. I've been married for 14 years and have 5 kids (Meagan-13, Owen-12, Brenna-11, Nora-8, and Jack-3). I went back to school in January online, majoring in Creative Writing. There is no way I would have managed all this before being diagnosed and put on the correct meds.

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5/28/14 10:44 A

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Hi. I am almost 59 years old and have had bipolar since before it was even a diagnosis. I have been stable on meds for the last 10 years during which I made it through a multitude of family crisis and loss. I think my Dr. was holding his breath waiting for it to knick me down but somehow I made it. I still have my bad days, but for the most part I figure they are the same kind of bad days everyone has. I live in Grand Jct Colorado and decided to change my life to a healthier more active one on the first day of 2014. I have lost 25 pounds and actually exercise most days. I learned a lot over the many years of changing prescriptions, going to therapy, classes, and groups really taught me a lot and maybe I can encourage others to not give up or give in the this crummy disease.

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5/23/14 4:15 P

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I am 41 & diagnosed BP2 11 years ago through several hospitalizations. I just found this SparkTeam. I am fairly stable on meds. I have a great treatment team.

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5/13/14 8:03 P

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My name is Alice "Suzanne" and I was diagnosed bipolar I in 2008 while being hospitalized after a manic episode preceded by manic depression. My weight has fluctuated greatly during depressive and manic episodes. During manic depression I have lost weight and during mania I gain weight. I lost 60 of those pounds by walking it off in 2010. I have since gained that weight back after another episode brought about by the passing of my best friend, my mother. I am currently on Abilify and my doctor told me it causes weight gain. I am currently unmotivated to exercise although I know it is in my best interest. Recently, I was diagnosed hypothyroid and placed on Levothyroxine. I have read that this condition also causes weight gain.

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5/3/14 12:00 A

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So glad to see there's a team for people just like me! :): Hehe. Well my name is Sandy & I was diagnosed about 2 years ago with BP1. I am struggling to lose weight but as you all know, our mood swings get the best of us. Lately I have been feeling very sad & depressed, just low self-esteem in general & thought "why no lose weight!?". I was hospitalized when I was diagnosed & was in my best shape ever (I was going through a manic episode & so I was on top of the world). I am now mellowed out & need to get back in shape. As you can see, I haven't been diagnosed as long as others in this team so I might reach out for help every once in a while. :) Thanks for reading!

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Hi everyone emoticon I'm Anne. I was diagnosed with bipolar II back in 2000, I'm now 44, and once again dealing with the med/depression induced weight gain. Such a vicious cycle for us isn't it, the weight makes up feel crappy and feeling crappy makes it hard to lose weight. But we keep trying to live the healthiest lives we can, and that's all we can do.

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Hello, I'm Val, 26 and from Utah. I was diagnosed with BPII a couple of years ago, and though there have been some rough patches, it's been a huge relief to get appropriate treatment.

I'm currently working on changing to a healthier lifestyle for a couple reasons - I sleep better, my mood is better, and I have more energy when I've got a good mix of mindful eating and activity. I haven't tried losing weight or getting more fit on my combination of Effexor XR and Lamictal, but I'm hoping they won't have a negative effect on my ability to drop pounds. I'm hoping this site can help me track my sleep, mood and food intake as a way to monitor emotional eating v. mindful eating!

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Hi, I'm Dana. I'm 47 and I live in NJ. I have been BPII since I was 25 and it's been a real roller coaster. But I survive.

Weight has always been an issues with me, even before the medication blew me up to over 400lbs. I was eating and sleeping and changing meds and it was just crazy during those first few years.

I have known some stability, for about 5 or so years straight. And I am working my way back there after my last med stopped working.

I've had weight loss surgery and lost a lot and gained half of it back. No matter what I did, the weigh would come back. Medication.

I'm on a new med and one side effect is increased appetite, but I've tried so many meds and I'm pretty much at the end of the list, so here I am. It's working, but I need to watch my food and exercise to the best of my ability.

I have two knee replacements which tend to act up, so running and biking is out for me. But I am walking better than before. So I will walk around the park and walk indoors when the weather doesn't permit. That's my plan emoticon

I also have to eat Gluten free, so that's a bit of a challenge. But I'm learning.

I take things moment by moment. Hope for the best and keep moving forwards.


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1/2/14 4:26 P

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Hi all- I'm Leanne, I'm 27 and I'm from the UK. I've only recently been diagnosed as bipolar but had a lot of problems with my mental health from the age of about 12, lots of hospitalisations and until a couple of months ago the diagnosis was clinical depression/psychosis. 2013 was a bad year for me- ranted on about that in my blog so won't repeat it here but ended up losing my relationship and then my job due to a depressive episode. I'm just coming out of it now my diagnosis and medications have been changed, things seem to be levelling out again emoticon

I can't blame my weight on medications because I've always been big, had many years of losing and then gaining weight and I find it really hard to stay motivated.

That's me, in a nutshell. I'm always open to new friends for accountability/support so feel free to message me emoticon

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12/21/13 6:40 A

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Welcome Melissa. I have a degree in psychology also. emoticon

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12/19/13 9:12 P

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12/15/13 5:34 P

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Hi everyone--my name is Melissa, I'm 30. I just graduated with a B.A. in Psychology. I am new to all of this. I was diagnosed with BIpolar type 1 when I was 18. I have gained a ton of weight due to medications and now am really trying hard to lose it. I would love to buddy up with some people if possible. I could really use the support :)

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12/12/13 7:44 P

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Hi everyone, I have been watching over this forum for about a day and a half. All the while I've been wondering, what shall I do, introduce myself or not. So, here goes nothing:

My name is Laura and I'm 40 years old. I was diagnosed with bipolar about ten years ago. First they called it, PMS, then it was PMDD (Pre-Menstral Dysphoric Disorder) and finally I was slapped with a diagnosis of "student's disease." I was in college at the time, studying Human Services, when we studied bipolar I self-diagnosed and immediately went to my doctor. I made the mistake of mentioning my studies and he instantly dismissed my concerns. It would be another year before I was given a real diagnosis and proper medications.

I still struggle sometimes. Two and a half years ago I lost my job due to depression. I recently pulled out of that and moved into a manic phase. I seem to have calmed down over the last few days and things are beginning to feel normal again, finally!

I'm happy to be here, among like minded people.

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12/11/13 2:34 A

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totally had a long post written and accidentally copied something else and this errored ... so it's lost

do what is best for you .. each of you

don't just do or take what someone else says is best for you ..

sometimes it is trial and error .. but figure it out ...

walk more .. eat healthier .. stretch ... see progress!!

welcome to the team ... lots of active threads

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hi. welcome. i've been busy since oct since i started back to school. finals this week.

lots of other stuff going on too. it's an emotional rollercoaster.

find something to be grateful for each day. cherish it.

this life is worth living. with or without meds. do what is best for YOU.. not what some doctor or someone else tells you is best for you. .. sadly sometimes that means trial and error.

look around the team.. we have several popular topics and all are open for new posts :-)

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Hi everyone...my name is heather, but in here you can call me Jez,Jezzy or Jezebel. So as you may have guessed I have bipolar. I was diagnosed over a decade ago.I'm trying to treat it with as few meds possible, but no longer resisting what the doctor suggests. Anyway...one thing I know for sure is that sleep and nutrition are not only crucial for weight loss, but also for having stable moods. Unfortunately,ialso have chronic pain,so my goals have to be set real low. Hope to meet all of you throughout the course of this. Feel free to friend me :)

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HI all! My name is Tura. I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder back in 2007 six years after my first major depressive episode. Up until I had my son, in 2001, I'd been mostly manic or normal. Not sure if the pregnancy triggered me or not. I was also diagnosed with OCD and ADHD. The second isn't quite under control yet, but the bipolar seems to be more or less under control. For now, anyway. I live in Middletown, RI with my son and my mom. My son has his own set of challenges so there is never a dull moment in our home. A tighter bunch you will never find though. We are a bunch of characters too!

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Hi everyone. I'm Leah. I've been a SP member for a while now and after a disappointing appt with my primary care physician yesterday it occurred to me that there is probably a spark team for those of us with Bipolar Disorder.

I was diagnosed in college about 12 years ago and have been stable on meds for several years now. I still struggle with medication compliance (I miss the creativity I had during mania episodes) and I also find myself struggling with the stigma (hence my disappoint PCP visit yesterday).

I'm hoping for a chance to meet some like-minded people hear and sharing support as we all go through this journey.

Thanks,

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Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.
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Hi, my name is Carla. I've been a member of this group, but it has been so long since I have been participating it seemed appropriate to reintroduce myself. I'm 39, married, have 5 kids, had a grandson who passed away this year from SIDS, bipolar 1, also borderline personality disorder, work part time, and am considered treatment resistant. I have struggled with my weight my whole life, but for some reason right now I am having a horrendous time getting any control. My moods are completely out of whack, I am emotionally eating like crazy, I cry when I get on the scale, and I am back over 200 when I have been under 200 for well over a year. I know there was a great group of people in here before so I am more there sure there still is plus many more. emoticon emoticon

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courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy...


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hi ! welcome

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Hi everyone! My name is Rebecca, and I'm starting fresh in my life and know that SparkPeople will be a great help.

I started having emotional problems when I was about 8 and they really became what I would consider a diagnosis of major depression in my teenage years. I wasn't formally diagnosed with major depression until I was 25, and that's when I started on a medication regimen and therapy. When I was 32 my diagnosis was changed to chronic major depression/Bi-Polar II. I occasionally had hypo-manic episodes but didn't even recognize the symptoms. Then in August, 2011 I had a major manic episode that lasted until late November and was undiagnosed by both myself and my therapist. That landed me in the hospital for over a month and since then I've had a lot of problems with racing thoughts and rapidly changing moods.

I joined this team because I know that many of the other members will understand some of my problems, even if they haven't experienced them themselves, and will offer me support without judgment.

I'm looking forward to getting to know everyone and hope to post daily to different topics. If anyone would like to know more about my story or share their own, please send me a message! I want to get to know members, meet friends and build an online support network.

Hope to hear from you soon!

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Hello. I'm Diane and rejoining sparkpeople after a couple of years. I am bipolar I. I am on good meds and haven't had an episode since 1994. Exercise and eating right has helped to stave off depression; as has weight loss and good friendships. I am currently retired and live with my friend/sister and my two cats.

Anything worthwhile takes effort..never give up.

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Hello everyone. I have struggled with being bipolar most of my life but have only been diagnosed (BPD II) in May of this year. I am currently on meds but hopeful that through diet and exercise and general wellness I can get back off of them, as I know those strategies have helped me to control it on my own before. Good luck to everyone in your journey. :)

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Hi, I'm new to this team. I'm bipolar type 1 and working on putting my life back together after Lamictal nearly killed me this spring. It's been a lot harder than I imagined.

I want to get healthy both mentally and physically, so here I am. Nice to meet you all!

-Eleanor

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hi all .. welcome. .. hope everything is getting a feel for things and checking out the various topics. lots of good info in the START here one .. and general chat in the "where is everyone"

i've been on vacation in SF for a week; we got back sun/mon. but i am pretty sick with something .. bronchitis-like ... dealing with it ... going to be getting busy busy here soon

leaving in a few min for a neck MRI to see if this ear bump can be removed after it was swollen and painful a few weeks back (first time in my 37+ years of having it)

tomorrow i go to Art Institute open house for information .. and see if i have any financial aid left .. i already applied . things are looking promising .. would go for a web design associates to add to my bachelors

and mon ..dbt .. and my friend gets another stomach surgery

... tues i get a hearing test and results from tonight's mri ... and i finally (after 3 years) got accepted into the photo project my mental health place does ... they provide the equipment and training and all .. it'll be fun to refresh those skills. i didn't realize it was so intensive though .. 30 weeks with two 2-hr sessions a week.. WOW ..

and bowling league started wed night ... 32 weeks ... a few hours every wed night plus a state tourney in may

i feel slightly overwhelmed just thinking of it all ... but there's too many variables at the moment ... i'll just keep skimming along until things start to pan out or wash out .. this is what i've been "training" for here on SP .. getting a life back ... so i'm not going to say no now .. and i'm not going to bemoan it all happening at once... just happy things are finally happening at all.

i realize this isn't the right topic for all that .. but i'm not thinking clearly and just typed

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Hi! I'm Dawndee. I am back here on Spark after an 18 month hiatus. I was diagnosed with Bipolar about 3 months ago, taking Lamictal. I have put on 30 lbs since then. I want to make new friends and learn more about how BP affects the weight loss and if weight loss helps the disorder at all. I will be starting the Couch to 5K again, it was really beneficial before!

It doesn't matter how fast you walk/run/bike, you're still lapping everyone on the couch!


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there's a saying i like "don't let your struggle become your identity" .. so good job at knowing that at the get go. all the hobbies and interests are fantastic .. i lost interest in so many of mine but i'm starting to pick backup new ones

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I'm Jessica, 23, from WI. I've just recently (although I know I've had it personally for years) this past month been diagnosed officially with Bipolar II disorder (which is characterized by hypomanic episodes, instead of elongated full-on mania). Most of my time is a deep depression state that can result in a few hours to a few days of mania. I was put on lamictil for it.

I don't want to be characterized by my disorder though. Ironically, I'm in school for psychology. I feel like people close to me don't believe I'm willing to go the lengths to complete a Ph.D., but I do.

Anyway, I also love museums, photography, swimming, singing in the car (especially love oldies music), and video games!!! I can't WAIT to get a PS4. I'm also a Sims fanatic on the computer. :)

I'm working to get in shape and focus on getting healthy so that I don't develop anymore health related problems.

First Goal Weight: 260lbs
***Reached October 17, 2013

Second Goal Weight: 200lbs

Third Goal Weight: 160lbs

Much Love & Happiness To You On Your Journey.


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bipolar NOS is Not Otherwise Specified, or chronic depression. and I hate being on meds so naturally does mean no meds. I'm just not sure if I can do it, or if I will have to be on them for life.

Taylianna



"Curiosity may have killed that cat, but ignorance has done so much more than that." -annonomous


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hi there welcome.

what's bipolar NOS?

for doing this naturally .. do you mean with or without meds?

either way .. what you eat and your activity level make a HUGE difference .. lots of information on SparkPeople about healthier nutrition options and exercises of all levels .. every little bit helps!

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Hello. my name is Alicia. I have been diagnosed with Bipolar NOS for years. Last month, it was changed to bipolar 1 and I am on multiole meds now. I want to control this naturally if possible. I have a husband and a 17 month old son that need me sane.

Taylianna



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Hello all. My name is Candi. I have bipolar. This has caused my weightloss journey to be a battle. I recently started taking meds for my bipolar. Which has helped keep me more positive. Not so much mania going on or depression. Looking forward to getting back on track.

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hi welcome! i just got internet back on today.. am trying to catch up .. spent my non-technology day cleaning and load of laundry and mani/pedi (which was kind of disastrous) oh well

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Good morning :D Hola :D I just found this team :D please check out more about me on my spark page and become my friend I love making new friends who are actually active on spark people and we can cheer each other on :D all my basic info is there on my spark page, but living with bipolar isn't........ Ummmmmmmm part of coming out of a major depressive episode, being a bit more honest, transparent, public! Scary. Essential in the pursuit of help, essential in the pursuit if health, essential in the pursuit of happiness! Really looking forward to making new friends, glad to be here :D

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Hi Everyone! I'm new here. Well kinda new, I've never posted before. Anyway... My name is Jennifer and I'm 34. I've been married for 8 years now and I have three wonderful children (ages 5, 7, and 13). I found out back in 2008 that I was Bipolar after I couldn't get out of a deep depressive state. Since then my doctor has tried different meds with me and my weight has gone up by about 60-70 pounds. My weight has gone back and forth and I'm currently at 192.8 (which is better than it has been). My current meds are working for the most part, although I still get depressed. I'm taking: Zoloft, Wellbutrin SR, Lamictal, Risperdal, Ativan, and Topamax. I look forward to getting to know you all.

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~Jennifer~


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Hello everyone,

Yesterday was my first day on the cleanse, I am glad to be a member of this group. I have been bipolar 1 for a very long time - hospital stays the whole nine yards. About 8 months ago my Psychiatrist put me on an anti-psychotic that "caused" me to gain 60 lbs even when I was working out. I demanded to be taken off of the med. Afterall I have been on a vast cornucopia of drug cocktails over the years... dropping one shouldnt be a problem. Well, the drug happened to be prescribed to boost the effect of the mood stabilizer, so I am a tiny bit unstable.

I am not in my usual body anymore, I see a different person looking back. I feel like this is my last try..

How do you keep going when you cant even get out of bed sometimes?

�Whether you think you can or can�t, you�re right.� ~Henry Ford


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hi all welcome. remember that unless you change you've already arrived at your destination. ... change people places things behaviors thoughts food positions clothes attitudes .. etc ... i'm guessing most of us wound up here b/c we were tired of being sick and tired ... we've been told losing weight would help .. but no one explains how

welcome

whatever your game plan .. start small .. start big ... mild timid aggressive .. do something different than you've ever done before

welcome

don't be afraid of success. don't be afraid of failure. don't be afraid.

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Hi everyone. My name is Carolyn and I have been struggling with Bipolar 1 my entire life. I am almost 54 and on a huge regimen of medications. I also have PTSD and Agoraphobia. I have a pug, Joey, who is my psychiatric service dog. My doctor keeps telling me to go outside for walks but this is very hard for me. I need to loose about 95 pounds and I am hoping the SparkPeople program will help. I would also be interested in finding some friends. Thanks for "listening." Carolyn aka Carrie

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Hello Everyone. I have been diagnosed bipolar for the last 2 years although talking with the psychiatrist they say I have had it for a long time. I have been on depakote and had really bad side effects. I am now taking Lamictal and Risperdal. I am not sure what type of bipolar I have but my moods change quickly but I am mostly depressed or super angry. Few and far between are my mania episodes which usually last 3 to 4 days. I am hoping to get support so I can lose weight as I have a really bad problem getting motivated and staying motivated.

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5/27/13 4:06 P

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Hi everyone. I was diagnosed with Bipolar II about a month ago and I started on Depakote. It's definitely stabilized my hypomania but isn't doing great for my depression...I'm on Pristiq for that. So far so good, no real side effects.

Other things about me: I'm 27, married, have a fat orange tabby cat. I'm a social worker by trade and a wannabe fitness and health enthusiast. Motivation, consistency, and eating are where I struggle.

Hope that I can support everyone in their journey to be healthier!

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Hello all

My name is Aylamay, and although I am not new I am writing as a new member since I have not been here for a long time.

I have as a side effect of my bipolar disorder a type of agoraphobia, in that I feel uncomfortable leaving the house. I haven't really left the house much for two years. I have very limited support, and I I have no support from peers for my bipolar.

In the last six weeks I have had two stroke-like episodes, even though I have none of the usual risk factors for stroke and I am only 46 years old. I have pretty much been a chair potato for the last tow years, and I am 5' 3" and weigh 178 pounds. I found new motivation to get going and get into a self care and weight loss program while I was laying in the hospital last week.

I am asking for some support. I have been isolated for a long time, have no friends because I have been isolated by my bipolar and being agoraphobic. I would like a buddy or two to write with to help to talk about bipolar and losing weight and walking to work out. I really appreciate any help you can offer.
Thank you very much.

Much love,
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hi there welcome. i also hate cooking. i'm getting a little better at it b/c i'm bored and it's some sort of outlet. i don't get all fancy or anything.,. throw some spices into whatever i cooked is about it so far.

i've done pretty well with weight loss just by nutrition almost alone ... years ago i had stopped drinking soda and switched to water ... and i don't like the greasy salty fast food stuff and haven't for years ... so the past year has basically been gradually switching to healthier versions of things i do eat. example i usually give is i would eat a slice of bologna as a snack. bread doesn't really agree with me and i was too bored and lazy to get it out anyways. .. so i just grab a slice of bologna from the container and eat it. well after SP i looked at the aisle at the store and found a lower sodium turkey bologna near the regular oscar mayer stuff. i bought one of each just in case. at first it was meh but i thought hey it isn't gross and it's healthier let's give it a chance. so slowly i traded off one then the other .. then gradually just the turkey variety. that was months ago. now i don't even buy either.

i've also added things like rice (i just bought a rice cooker, it's awesome) and flaxseed (in bulk and grind in a cheap coffee grinder thing .. for omega 3s and fiber) and i get the healthier pastas of which i don't really each much anymore... i get hummus and deli turkey and make a wrap from a flour tortilla... still just as easy as non-healthy stuff but healthier for sure

i also switched from regular Hot Pockets over to Lean Pockets .. there are more varieties to choose from and they're actually better tasting b/c they added spices and ingredients instead of relying on fat and salt for flavor. i have a nuwave oven that they cook up awesome in in about 10 min (as opposed to 30 min in hot oven or 3 min dull in microwave)

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Hi there. My name is Willemien and I am 27. I was diagnosed with Bipolar 2 about 6 months ago, but I've been depressed since the age of 14. I saw in one of the posts that someone said their diagnosis was the best thing that ever happened to them. I feel the same way. I was finally hospitalised for a month and could finally get the help I needed. It's been a really tough road and I'm still having trouble with accepting all of it. I've kind of reached a stable point now on 200mg Lamotrigine, 100mg Dopaquel and 10mg Escitalopram. I've picked up quite a bit of weight over the last few months, partly because of the meds but I also quit smoking. When I'm depressed I overeat and when I'm going a bit hypomanic I don't eat much. I also stopped exercising in November when I was hospitalised. My weight gain I think has been a combination of factors.

Now that my mood is better and I don't feel all funny on the inside, I'm trying to get my physical health on track. I've been tracking my diet for the past week and going for walks every day. I've also joined Weigh-less for some extra support and to help me with planning meals (I hate cooking), but I haven't been able to find any real support group for people with bipolar disorder until now. Looking forward to reading everyone's stories.

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hi all. welcome welcome. i don't remember being notified of new posts in here so sorry this is delayed for some of you.

i feel ya on the motivation thing. I'd love a workout buddy in my area but haven't seen to found anyone reliable. not that I'm completely reliable but it'd be nice to be accountable to something/someone. i sometimes feel bad that i got a free gym membership through my caseworker/counselor but it's 20 miles away and I usually don't feel like wasting gas just to go for that. and on days i am in that town the timing doesn't seem to work... i either didn't have time to get ready before going or the place was too busy/crowded or something. too many excuses i know. i seem to be doing well with better nutrition and some occasional walking. i've almost got all the excess off that I gained more than 10 years ago when I was first dx bipolar and started on a bunch of different meds.

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Hi everyone. I'm Charleta. I have Bipolar II. My meds have caused me to gain about 40lbs. I have been fighting to get them off to no avail. I was really good for about 3 months, tracking food & exercising 3x/wk; but lost only 4lbs. That sent me into a little depression & I just gave up. Well, I pulled myself out of that depression and slowly put myself back in the gym - like once a week. Now I feel a major depression coming my way and I feel that exercise is the way to mitigate (or ideally beat it back). So, all that to say, I'm back. Thanks for listening.

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Hi. I'm new! To all of this. I've only been diagnosed as bipolar for about 7 months now. I'm still learning how to recognize my triggers and swings. I'm also trying to raise my 1 year old daughter as a single parent. Thank God for my mom. She's been very supportive.

I joined this team hoping to find others like myself. Working through each day and forever learning more about ourselves. A group where I feel I can find support outside my normal circle.

In addition to looking for support with my bipolar, I'm in great need of weight loss support group. I've been fighting my weight for more than a decade now. It seemed like I was winning a few years ago, with Spark People until I fell off my routine. I'm ready to get back to working hard and I'm sure this is the right place to take a stand.

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Hi! I'm Lisa. I live in Olympia, WA. I decided about 6 years ago I needed to lose weight & lost 60 lbs in about a year & have successfully kept it off. Unfortunately, now I am starting to experience some very unpleasant health problems that I believe can be managed with eating healthy & exercising. I have kept the weight off for the last 5 years and (mostly) eat healthy. My problem is the exercising. I get all gung-ho, but without anyone to stay accountable to I just lose interest & stop after a short period. I am really looking forward to meeting people who have similar goals. I was on Spark for the time that I lost the weight in the first place so I know how encouraging & supporting environment this is and am really looking forward to getting involved with others that have ideals close to mine. I also want to help you become & stay healthy. Blessings!


Lisa

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You have the right to your own opinion. You do not, however, have the right to your own facts.

Be The Change You Want To See In The World~ Gandhi

You will have bad times, but they will always wake you up to the stuff you werent paying attention to. ~ Robin Williams

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hi all welcome.

there's tons of good info morsels in the START # topics in this forum ... and medical stuff in the Health Resources forum .. and our regular chit chat happening in the General Discussion forum

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HI. I'm Shannon, 31. I have BPD, and next week will have more diagnosing done to find out if I really have Bipolar as well. Most people with BPD have co occuring disorders, and I'm quite certain this is one of mine.

So I don't know for sure, but I'm here just in case. I've studied all I can on BPD, but I don't know much about bipolar so...I'm here to learn. Until next weeks results are in, I hope you all have as good a weekend as you can.

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Hi. I am a 28 year old single mom/student. I finally came to terms with being Bipolar 5 years ago but didn't get on the right med cocktail until 2 years ago this August. I take 10mg Zyprexa, 50mg Lamotrigine, and 40mg Celexa. I have had major insecurity and anxiety issues since elementary school and depression since middle school. I lived in Southern Oregon from 15-22 and could never really get help there. I finally got some help here in Tennessee. It's amazing how much my life has changed. Sometimes it is hard to think I will always cycle to a certain extent, but I have learned to recognize it better and deal with it as comes. I have had weight problems since I was 17. I know some of it is from the meds but I don't think they make weight loss impossible. I was diagnosed as diabetic 2 summers ago and I have lost 31lbs since then. I'm glad I thought to look for this group because I have been struggling this week. I am def an emotional eater and this week was rough. I don't know if I was on a high when I first started working out and am now crashing or what. It might be that my hormones are out of whack. That will do it to me too. Well it's nice to have found this group and I am looking forward to having a place where people understand!!!

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Hi! I'm Adrianne, 33 years old, diagnosed with bipolar 2 in November '12. Looking back I'd say it started when I was around 15 or 16. I never got help because I figured it was normal. Around 4 years ago I started talking to my doctor about it, but was misdiagnosed with PMDD. I met with a counselor for the first time in November and she had me diagnosed within about five minutes, psychiatrist later confirming it.

Being diagnosed was probably the best thing that ever happened. Obviously I'd rather NOT have bipolar, but knowing that the way I felt wasn't normal and that I didn't have to continue that way was such a relief.

Medications are 20mg of Prozac and 150mg of Lamictal. Lamictal was a godsend. Still tweaking the dosages. Anyway, glad to be here. :)

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Am new to SparkPeople and to posting online but wanted to try this by saying hello. I had a career as a social worker/probation officer before being diagnosed with bipolar disorder, Since then been on SSDI. Am also a single parent of a teenager. I'm having problems with trying to lose the excess weight I've gained as a result of my medications. I'm taking Sertraline, Lorazepam, Risperidone, Fanapt and most recently, Topiramate to lose weight. I'm still slowly increasing the Fanapt and will be weaning off the Risperidone; both of which has caused weight gain- a total of 80 pounds. Any advice to stay kind and be skinny will be much appreciated. Blessings to all of you and your journey.

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Hi, my name is Marilyn. I am 48 and mother to 3 ranging from 9 through 22. I have been on medication and fighting what was diagnosed as major depression for about 3 years although I suffered long before then. As we couldn't find a treatment that worked, I was referred to a psychiatrist. His diagnosis is Bipolar. That was last week. I am in the process of getting off cymbalta and reducing my cipralex to 20mg. Then I will be going on Lamictal.
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hi there. totally in the right place. welcome. i understand albeit different time line and age but those differences don't really matter when it comes to mental illness. it comes down to recognition and a great treatment and team of peeps and docs that can support and help.

don't settle for mediocre or below just because you can survive there .. we've all survived more than we should but it was out of necessity... may these future days be easier, fruitful, prosperous, and calm...

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Hi my name is Brenda. I'm 62 years old had been in counseling for years, finally I was diagnosed as having bipolar 2 in 2007. But, I've lived with it since I was in the 4th grade (they just didn't have a name for it back then). I always just thought I liked to rock-the-boat a little back then. I was put on medication but was having adverse reactions to it (read MAJOR weight gain) and frankly couldn't afford it. Since I seemed to be able to function without the meds, I finally quit taking them.

My psychiatrist was amazed at my work record because I worked for the same company for 30+ years. Actually I had no choice since I was raising my daughter by myself and needed the insurance benefits and her father never paid child support (deadbeat dad). However, after answering all her questions, she said I was a classic text book case because of all the relationships I had been in up to that point and was surprised I had been able to maintain my current relationship as long as have.

I'm looking forward to belonging to a group of people that understands my condition.

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Hi, I'm Casey! I'm a 21 year old college student, concurrently pursuing a Bachelor's and a Master's. I've been diagnosed bipolar ii for a little over a year, but I've been struggling with it since I was about 16. I'm currently incorporating the Body by Vi shakes and Slimquick Razor into my new healthy diet. My biggest struggles as a college student are restaurant meals and alcohol. We'll see how overcoming those goes...

ETA: My meds are Abilify (10mg) and Lexapro (20mg). I've gained roughly 25 pounds in the last 3 months since we upped the dose of my Lexapro...

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hi. welcome. i'd always heard pregnant woman feel crazy bipolar with swings and hormones and such. this is the first i've heard where it helped balance actual bipolar. you're in the right place. keep doing what you can for YOU every day. small steps will momentum into big ones eventually. i've lost 50lbs in the past scant year mostly from better food choices I've learned on here.

as for meds and weight .. we have a topic on it in the health resources forum. .. it boils down to better nutrition and exercise .. old habits and old foods (read lazy and bad choices) won't work anymore to stay or get healthy while on some meds.

as for med choices .. there's a topic for that too. basically everyone reacts different to each med. it's quite common for 2 ppl to have totally different reactions to the same med dosage and schedule. my advice is ask why your doc wants to give you that specific one .. and why they think specifically that one will help you and how it will help you. it truly is a med roulette and takes time to find the right cocktail.

someone mentioned feeling at home in the rehab ... try going to an NA meeting (narcotics anonymous) .. it's pressure-free and most ppl are friendly ... it's a mini-respite to the rest of the crazy mixed up world. and they encompass all addictions and crazy and not just alcohol which i found useful when i attended.

the main thing these days that helps me is a local DBT group (dialectical behavioral therapy). we get to learn our triggers and different ways of thinking .. to notice nuances and perspectives and not everything is black and white extremes.

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Hi everyone! I haven't been diagnosed long. But I have had symptoms since high school (back in the early 80s LOL) I have been on Lithium and very unstable. More than that, when I was diagnosed I had been on Weight Watchers through a program at work. I don't remember how much I weighed. But I was down from a size fourteen to a size ten. Now, I am in a size sixteen. I am so not happy about this! I am hoping that in spite of being on Abilify, I will be able to lose weight.

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Hello fellow SparkPeople! My name is Nichole, I'm a 32-year-old mother of two toddler boys living in the deep south. I was diagnosed with bipolar in my mid 20s and never took it very seriously. When I was pregnant and nursing my hormones seem to have helped me avoid the symptoms of my bipolar disorder. However, once I stopped nursing my second son, I just completely collapsed. I spent about a year either extremely depressed and rarely manic. I lost a ton of weight and couldn't stop losing weight. I ended up weighing about 80 pounds. I was very thin and NOT healthy. Well, my husband lost his job and we had to move in with his family to make ends meet. I've spent the last year packing on a ridiculous amount of weight. I weigh 160 pounds now-- mainly because I had a massive ice cream binge and total lack of exercise. I became progressively more depressed and felt awful. I changed psychiatrists after a brief hospitalization and am doing much better. I really need to improve my diet for many reasons, but health being the primary importance. I weigh 161 pounds today. I had gotten pregnant during my weight gain and lost the baby at 13 weeks. It was my 5th miscarriage. My two sons were born prematurely due to severe preeclampsia which is an indication that my blood pressure will eventually become high especially if I continue on this path. I ended up having a tubal ligation in November to save myself from ever going through more miscarriages and health scares. When I delivered my 3-year-old, my blood pressure was 220/180. My normal BP is 90/60. NOT good! My boys need their mom and they need me to be a healthy, functional parent. I've been working on all of the other aspects of my life and now I need to add my health and fitness to my priority list. I had always been very fit and athletic so it's very hard to see how poor my fitness has become.

Sorry for the novel, but I figure some background info is always good to know. My bipolar is now under control with my meds but I know this is an ongoing struggle. I pray every day that somehow there will be a cure for mental illness because this fight is exhausting.

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hi! I am 54 y.o. and married. I have 2 grown daughters and 2 grandsons aged 1 and 3.I have 122 pounds to lose and would enjoy making some new friends to help me along my journey. I have rheumatoid arthritis,hbp,diabetes back surgeries x3 and bipolar. I am an RN

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Hey team! I'm Lori and I'm 30. I was diagnosed with bipolar two years ago. I've suffered with the symptoms for a very long time, but it was only recently that I received the help I needed. I'm on Lamictal, Abilify for mania, Lexapro for depression, Vyvanse for ADD, Trazodone for sleep, and Lorazepam for anxiety. It's the perfect cocktail right now after spending a miserable two years trying to figure out what worked. I was on Latuda for a little while, because the Abilify seemed to cause weight gain. The Latuda made me extremely aggressive and gave me violent thoughts and hallucinations. Needless to say, I went back to the Abilify. In October of last year, I tore my ACL in a horseback riding accident. Two surgeries later, I'm still recovering and have been mostly sedentary for the past few months. I couldn't take it longer! I started a diet called the PINK method. I'm just starting my 3rd week. For the first two weeks, I couldn't eat any carbs or fruit, and my calorie intake was ridiculously low. Now I've started the exercise portion, and I can have brown rice and sweet potato and coffee... thank God! I've been tracking everything here on Spark. I can honestly say that right now I feel more content and happy than I have for a very long time. I also have more energy and clarity. It almost feels too good to be true! But anyway... I ramble on... I'm hoping to make some friends and get support and give LOTS in return!

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Hi all so glad to meet you! I wish all of you would feel free to join in the othe chats it would be most welcomed. Hope you all are well and have an easy time of it with your journey. I don't get online as much as I would like but feel free to go to my AP page or email me and I will answer. We can be support for each other. Lucinda

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Hi my name is Beth. I'm 30 yrs old and I was diagnosed with bipolar 2 and half years ago. I had to stay in a rehab facility for a week for alcohol abuse. I've never fit in real world but that week, being surrounded by alcoholics, drug addicts, the homeless, I never felt more at home. I felt welcome and accepted and most of all understood. The staff was very helpful and encouraging. It was a nice break from my real life.
I have son who just turned 5 yesterday. I love him with all of my heart. The problem is I have serious anger problems. The least little thing will set me off. I scream and tell, throw things, punch walls and doors. I was put on seroquel back in rehab. I was on it for a year. I was in a zombie like state the whole time but the rage was gone. My bf convinced me to get off it bc he said I was too emotionless. So I stopped angst haven't been on anything since. Skyhook a couple mnths ago I was put on neurontin for my back. Dr said it was a med for bipolar as well. After 2 weeks I had to get off of it. I experienced suicidal thoughts and called into work bc I was too depressed. I've been dealing with this all on my own.I want to healthy and get a clear mind. learn how to cope when I feel irritable and depressed. Most if all I want to be a better mother to my son. I'm so alone in this Andi need help!!

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Thanks for some info. I see a therapist and a psychiatrist every two weeks. I have had a few people tell me that its weird they haven't put me on lithium but I have heard the horror stories and frankly lithium scares me. I figure my meds are going to be changed over time and as of right now my psychiatrist is trying to wean me off the Zoloft as she says it increases suicidal tendencies and hasn't been helping me and my Abilify has been doubled to compensate. The only med that hasn't been changed has been my Trazodone and that's because it is being used to help me sleep so i don't stay up 36-48 hours at a time.

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hi there. welcome.

i don't know how to say this ... i'll just blurt out my experience

psych appts tend to just be medication management after the first intake session. they are about 10 min and it's limited to how has the med/s been working? and decide to increase, decrease, or change. sometimes they'll order blood work.

for control and balance it's really helpful to have a great therapist. those are usually hour long and it should be a mix of questions asked and provoked thoughts and discussion about stuff that's going on.

any regular kind of doctor.. that you see for pain or germ stuff ... isn't supposed to long-term do psych meds.

also, not everyone reacts the same way on the same med ... and add in multiple meds and you are your own experience.

like for some lithium is toxic and we feel trapped in our body or see things or otherwise miserable. for some wellbutrin might as well be speed and we're buzzing around. trazadone leaves some of us daytime zombie groggy. some are deathly allergic to lamictal. the list goes on....

it boils down to both are necessary to get bp under some sort of control and gain some balance.

and yes nutrition and exercise will help in all sorts of ways .. less weight, better levels of serotonin, better sleep, better digestion, better skin, etc...

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Hey I am Maureen. I am a mom of three little girls and a military wife. I have suffered with depression for as long as i can remember and was always told I showed signs of being a manic depressive. I just blew it off as that wasn't a diagnosis I was ready to live with. After the birth of my third child in September 2010 things got really crazy with outrageous mood swings and really bad depression that seemed to hit out of no where. In August of last year I finally gave in to my family and sought help from my doctor who prescribed Zoloft and trazodone and for me to see a therapist and psychiatrist. I blew off the shrinks as I figured the meds would help like they have before. I was wrong this got out of hand pregressively worsening until December when I ended up shouting at my brother one minute and then trying to kill myself and drawing blood to crying uncontrollably on the floor and my husband took me to the ER. After that I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder-manic depressive type. I am now on Abilify, a lower dose of zoloft and trazodone and go to therapy. Things are good but I have moments. The doctors told me that excersizing and losing weight will help the meds work better so I am looking at losing 38 pounds right now.

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Hi all... welcome.. have any questions? ask away ... we usually chat in the monthly topic .. so FEB right now ;-)

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Hi, everyone. I'm Julian Griffith, a writer (with a book coming out in August!), and the mother of a high school senior, and I'm glad to have found a community of people living with bipolar disorder. I was diagnosed a little over two years ago, and while it helps to be on medication, I'm still learning to manage everything. I've just committed to the Couch to 5K program, and I'm hoping to use the site here to keep me motivated.

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Hi everyone. I'm glad to have found this group, because it'll be nice to have some BP disorder support!
My name is Mollie, and I am 27 years old.
Exactly a year ago at this time I was an inpatient at the local psychiatric hospital, recovering from an acute psychotic episode brought about by the entirely wrong medication. It was because of that incident I received my diagnosis of bipolar 1 disorder. Since then I've been on lithium, which serves to even my mood and Abilify which prevents more psychotic episodes.
I have about 30 pounds to lose. I am a mother of one, a wife, and a veterinary technician, so I keep myself pretty busy. I'm also looking to go back to school, but there are many circumstances involved with that that endeavor that will affect its success.
Nice to meet you all, and I hope we can lend each other support and help keep each other "sane."

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hi there. welcome. you all are in the right place. from hate the neighborhood to omg i'm making progress what happens if/when it all turns upside down again? .. yep.. sadly.. in the right place

bestthing: i probably won't remember your real name is Jenna .. i'm bad with names lilalone remembering screen versus real. how's on going setting your trackers (i see you have one on your post now.. cool) .. figuring out the nutrition and fitness tracking? ... be sure to talk with your doctor about all your options .. lapband vs. nutrition vs. exercise .. etc... to me surgery seems extreme and not permanent .. i've seen friedns with gastric bypass and even plastic surgery done .. they're getting just as heavy as they were before the expensive procedures. make sure you do the math .. sparkpeople can help .. with 1-2lbs healthy weight loss per week of how long it'll take to get to your goal

amazon: hi there. again the name thing. pre-advance-apology. i had a few docs that would say losing weight would be good .. but no one ever seems to have answers for specifics .. like how? what's nutrition? what's exercise? how much? they just say lose weight. well that's like saying north is up .. well depends on which axis you're on. i've got the FM and BP and a ton of other dx... i've lost 50lbs in the past 10 months just by nutrition alone. i didn't go all fad crazy diet either. i slowly worked my way into healthier versions of things i actually eat... then slowly and i do mean slowly think about adding things i've never had or once didn't like.

Kay: i can't stand the first part of your screenname .. it's like nails on a chalkboard for me .. so hope it's ok i call you Kay :-) as you are experiencing what works for some people does not work for others. you need to look through tools on here and maybe find some other friends in addition to your husband that will work WITH you to get healthier and calm down and eventually feel happier. being told well if you just try harder .. is one of the worst things to be told .. might as well sink ya to the bottom of the ocean with the titanic. find something small that works for you ... then expand and grow and sustain that for awhile. small progress will get you to big progress.

Morgan: hi there... all you ladies with kids should compare notes .. feel free to start a topic under general discussion .. call it KIDS and what to do with them .. or parents and sometimes just don't wanna .. HAHA call it whatever you want .. that is certainly one realm i am most NOT familiar with and don't want to be.

queen: are you and your husband on or near a military base? do they have a workout room? any military spouses in the area? maybe reach out and start a walking club .. safety in numbers ...and doesn't just have to be walking .. could be babysitting .. or food recipe related .. or laundry .. or weights .. or yoga .. or biking .. whatever. i'm guessing you are not the only one in an unfamiliar uninviting environment. i know it takes a TON of courage to reach out .. but the potential rewards are astounding. if you're not sure where to begin .. ask hubby if there's an equivalent of a social chair or secretary or public liason ... it'd be a place to start. ... i think i mixed up your husband's "encouragement" disability with Kay's .. oops

howdy soxy .. cute kittie ... great job on the 80lb loss already .. how'd you do it? and welcome. i'm sure at some point we've all been the new one the nervous nelly .. it's all good ... in here i felt so comfortable so quickly ... part of the anonymity is great ... you're just a kitty pic and a screen name for now. only share what you want. i think your questions are great ... want to bring them up over in the January (well if tomorrow February) discussion topic?? or something more serious can go down in the ask the team for help. that helps get people to explore multiple forums and topics and this one can just be for the hi newbie here i'm scared but let's DO THIS! :=)

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emoticon Hello, my name is Emily. I am trying to lose 45 pounds. My heaviest was about 275 and Ive lost 80 pounds already. I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder when I was 14 years. That was 19 years ago more than half my life. I also have social anxiety disorder. Im getting nervous just typing this. (Whos going to read it? How will they judge me? Etc.) My mom is my biggest supporter. I dont know where Id be without her. Actually I do but I dont like to think about it. Right now Im in an Im going to get healthy kick, but Im worried that a blink of an eye that could change. Depression has always been the tough part of being bipolar for me. I dont want to lose all the hard work Ive put in already. I know I should worry or think about that but its hard not to. Does anybody else have that problem? How do you work through it? (Or should that have been asked as another topic?)


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1/29/13 8:47 P

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Hi, I'm Krystine and I'm 23 years old. I'm 80 pounds from where I'd like to be and 70 from where I was two years ago. Ever since my husband and I moved here (military move), I've just put on weight. We both hate it here so we stopped doing the things we enjoyed out of depression. My husband got out of it, but I'm firmly planted in a downward swing with my Bipolar Disorder. Most days, it's hard for me to just get out of bed, let alone do anything.

I turned to food for comfort, especially during the summer when it's not uncommon for my husband to work almost 70 hours a week. I don't have a job (I've tried to find work but it hasn't happened) and we don't live on a military base like we did before getting here, so I don't go for the walks and do the things that I did there. I don't feel safe enough in the neighborhood I live in to do those things.

My husband's idea of encouragement when I have a bad day, is to tell me I could make things better if I just changed or tried harder. I understand that works as motivation for him, but for me, it's completely soul crushing.

So, I'm here to get the support of people that know what it's like, to get support that works for me instead of against me. I need to get back to who I'm supposed to be, not who I've become.

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1/29/13 11:35 A

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Hi all. welcome!

How are you measuring your year? Speeding tickets, cups of coffee, love


BECAUSE I CAN


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1/29/13 10:16 A

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Hi Everyone! I'm so glad I found this team! My name is Danielle, and I am 32 years old. I am divorced and raising my two children on my own. Last year I was diagnosed as Bi-Polar II. I haven't been able to work for a few years now due to my mental health. It seems like I was stuck in a rut, but Sparkpeople gave me the opportunity to focus on things I CAN control. Please consider adding me as a Sparkfriend so that we can support each other through our journey!

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1/27/13 7:53 P

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Hello my name is Kimmiekay. And this is a down time for me. I just want to eat and sleep. My husband does not know how life is for me in my body. I try to tell him but he just don't get it. I hate my down times cause it causes a lot of problems. What can I do to change this.

You need to love yourself


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1/26/13 2:10 P

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How are you measuring your year? Speeding tickets, cups of coffee, love


BECAUSE I CAN


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1/25/13 8:52 P

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Hi, I'm new and I only know how to hit reply, so if I am replying incorrectly, please let me know so I can correct it.

I am 38 yrs old and have recently been diagnosed for the 3rd time with Bipolar disorder. This time I was informed I have bipolar disorder nonspecific. My psychiatrist wants me to lose weight. I mean, I want to lose weight too, but he is the doctor that has gotten on me about my weight. I also have fibromyalgia, asthma, and atrial fibrillation. So, I'm on enough medication for one person. I also take supplements.

I have 3 kids.... I'm trying not to go insane because of them alone. :) I love them dearly!!!

Anyhow, hi everyone!

Heather


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