Hello to the group, my name is Amber. I was first diagnosed with depression in 2008, and later this was changed to Bipolar II, but medications generally take care of the manic symptoms, so I struggle the most with depressive states and sometimes mixed.
I struggle the most in the winter time, even before diagnosis, I struggled with the time in between Christmas and my birthday (beginning of February) the most. As February melts into spring, things begin to improve and while I do still have swings of depression, they aren't usually as long lasting and as deep as in the winter.
For multiple reasons, I'm currently at an unhealthy weight, so my short term goal for the next few months is to use nutrition and exercise to help fight depression. My longer term goal is to work toward losing weight which may decrease my pain (especially joint pain caused by a genetic collagen mutation which is increased due to excess weight bearing).
A bit more about me, I love animals and have many pets including a dog (trained as a service dog), a fish tank with several fish, three cats, four rabbits, and 16 guinea pigs (I raise/show guinea pigs and rabbits). I also love art, photography, graphic and web design, and crafts. In my free time, I like to read, mostly non-fiction books, and do puzzles such as Sudoku and jigsaw puzzles.
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