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9/3/13 7:14 P

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Oh, great suggestion! I will definitely check it out. Sounds very helpful.

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9/3/13 11:31 A

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Learning about bipolar is good... it gives you insight into why you do what you do, and things you can do to improve it (like staying away from caffeine when you are hypomanic). I suggest starting a journal and tracking your mood... I use a site called Daily Strength because it has a little face system that shows up on every journal, so you can go back and look at past journals and see how you were feeling then. www.dailystrength.org/people/563192/
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9/3/13 12:52 A

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Hi Rissa!


Thanks for the welcome! I'm not familiar with schizoaffective disorder, or really, even with bipolar. Really just learning. I think I'll take ya up on the whole message thing. ^_^

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9/2/13 8:26 P

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Welcome, Deschroma! Nice to meet you... I'm Rissa :)

I haven't read many books on bipolar, but in college I did take Abnormal Psychology, which covered bipolar and many other disorders. I had already been diagnosed, so that was an easy section for me since I had it. I tried to tell my doctor at the time that I was also schizophrenic, but he said I wasn't. A couple years later I had a break with reality and they diagnosed me with schizoaffective bipolar disorder (a combo of schizophrenia and bipolar 1). If you need help with understanding some of symptoms or just want to chat, send me a Spark Mail! *hugs*

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Thanks, Margie! I want all the info I can get. I will check out those links!

My pdoc wanted me to read "Bipolar: A guide for Patients and Families" by Francis Mark Mondimore. It's available at the library. Ever hear of that one, anybody?



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Dear Deschroma,
When I was first diagnosed, I was hungry for more information. With this in mind, I got some info here for you;

There is a site called everydayhealth.com that has an EXCELLENT and expansive bipolar section, I highly recommend it.

There is also a site called DBSA, Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance. There you may find links to possible support groups in your area, and some handy tools. The site is at dbsalliance.org

There are also some good books, too, depending on what style of reading you do. Try the library first though, as a lot of the books aren't really keepers.

There is also a magazine you can subscribe to, bp magazine, just google it. It comes out every other month, and it's rather pricey.

Best wishes on your journey to learn more.

Margie

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9/2/13 1:16 P

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Thank you Margie for your kind greeting :).

I hope this med combo works well also. Right now I'm sick and it's hard to tell from what. Seasonal bug, or meds? I'm in the sort of non-functioning stage so it's great to have some support as I move forward and try to finish school.

My weight fluctuates a lot, from being depressed and gaining to manic and losing too much. Right now I'm trying to regain. Sparkpeople has become a one stop shop for so many things. I'm grateful to this site.

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Welcome to you Deschroma!

25 is a common age to be diagnosed. Your symptoms sound very familiar. I hope this combination can work well for you, so you don't have to go through a lot of trial and error. You are very welcome here, we have many fine people here, some with many years experience, some with stories very similar to yours.

Best of luck to you as you go through your days, Don't be a stranger!
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Hello all! I'm so glad I found this group. Just looking for support after being recently diagnosed as bipolar 1.

I'm 25 and have struggled since a teenager with *something*. Very impulsive, spending money, leaving jobs out of the blue, random tattoos I regret very much, getting into crazy relationships, punctuated by extreme depression and suicidal thinking. I self injure (but I'm recovering) and suffer from hallucinations/delusions and paranoia when in extreme states.

I was been involuntarily hospitalized when in an extreme state 2 years ago, but was diagnosed as having major depression and generalized anxiety. SSRI's never worked for me and in some cases made things worse. I am so glad in some ways to at least know what it really is and receive proper treatment.

I currently take Geodon 80 mg and Lamictal (working my way up, currently at 75 mg)

I would love to hear from fellow BP peeps about their struggles, their victories, and their treatment. Feel free to msg me/add me, whatever!

Thank you for listening,
Deschroma

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