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12/14/14 2:08 A

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Hi, felt the "type II" switch flip a few months ago (my down cycle takes about 9 months to complete, and I'm 2 months into it). Nice to have a safe place to discuss - family and friends vary in their ability and tolerance for the confusingness of this. As hard as I work at dealing with this, preventing it, I should be fabulous all the time, but .. .that's not the case. Dealing with even a few pounds weight gain and the tendency to emotionally eat when things get rough don't get much understanding. I don't expect it, but it's nice to be in a reasonably safe place to express the concern as I keep after it with exercise, staying on meds, doing emdr exercises, creating options when things get tough.

hi all.

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12/5/14 6:04 P

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You are awesome. :)

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10/27/14 2:27 P

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Hey, I'm Max. This is a bit of a scary concept for me because I don't often advertise "hey I suffer from mental health disorders" but I've come to think maybe I need to in order to somehow embrace that part of me. I am diagnosed with BP1, Borderline Personality Disorder, General Anxiety Disorder, and ADHD. I am currently switching my meds from Lithium, Lexapro, and Trazadone to Depakote and Hydroxyzine. I may, once the Depakote has been in my system long enough, be put on an anti-depressant as well. The Hydroxyzine is for anxiety because I can't take medications that have recreational value because I have some addiction issues as well.

My weight goal is to be somewhere in the 175 to 200 range, granted a large range but it is highly dependent on how much strength training I will inevitably do. I have found that with my, for lack of a better term, condition I have a very hard time staying focused and motivated.

Thanks for giving me a place to be brave.

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10/27/14 3:05 A

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I, too, am "Old New" and back here. Welcome back, "Old Newbies"!

I'm on Abilify, Lamictal, and Lexapro. Steady at about 165 for over a year now, but BMI says I'm obese. Having FLUCTUATING VISION. Could it be the ABILIFY? Anybody else out there having this issue?

I recently got a weight set and a treadmill. Have been using them occasionally, which is much more frequently than I went to the gym down the street--YAY!!!

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10/20/14 1:07 P

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10/20/14 1:06 P

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I am old new. I pop off and on over the years. Three years ago I lost 88 pounds and last year had a medical crisis left me up almost half of it back. Ugh. I am physically ready to start dealing with it again. I'm so overwhelmed I don't know where to start so I just showed up at the bipolar board. Lol.

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10/10/14 4:46 P

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Hey Izzy! I was on the Lamictal/Paxil combo too until I got pregnant last year. Since I've been breastfeeding they won't let me go back on the Paxil. It makes me sad... well, depressed really. It's the only SSRI that ever worked for me. Right now I'm struggling with postpartum besides the bipolar and all they'll give me is Zoloft (makes me suicidal), Lexapro (turns me into a zombie with no emotions), and Prozac (made me lose feeling in my face). Stuck between a rock and a hard place.

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Hey everyone, I'm new here. My name's Izzy, I'm 22 years old. I've been on Spark a while but I've never been able to be consistent with it, but this time I am going to try to stick with it.

I was recently diagnosed with bipolar disorder (therapist is still determining the type) along with borderline personality disorder. I also have depression and a general anxiety disorder, along with other things that are still being figured out. I also have fibromyalgia, IBS, and endometriosis, all of which just exacerbate my mental issues and often times make my depression or anxiety worse. emoticon But I've learned a lot the past year alone on how to manage a lot of these problems better.

I've been taking lamictal for the bipolar and borderline along with paxil for the depression and anxiety. It all seems to be working pretty well for me and I'm looking forward to moving forward and learning to better manage everything going on. I think getting more active and improving my diet will help with my general mood and hopefully help to keep it a little more even.

I look forward to connecting with you all :)

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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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7/16/14 5:20 P

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

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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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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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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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12/11/13 2:30 A

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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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12/4/13 5:29 A

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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!

"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself."

Friedrich Nietzsche


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11/19/13 2:11 P

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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,

Be stronger than your strongest excuse.

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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10/10/13 5:35 P

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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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to accept the things I cannot change;
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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10/7/13 11:07 P

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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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10/2/13 8:09 P

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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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9/20/13 2:29 P

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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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8/22/13 7:16 P

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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



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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.

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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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