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12/27/13 5:00 P

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I'm Ayla. I am starting over now after a hiatus of about six months from this site. I have been bipolar for most of my life and have battled weight gain from medications before, but the weight gain I have now I have form taking Lyrica, a medication used for nerve pain.

I just had my brother get the treadmill out, and I am bound and determined to get ready to start over. Nice to be back.

Ayla

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12/27/13 1:45 P

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Thanks everyone! emoticon

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emoticon and emoticon to the team.

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12/27/13 8:50 A

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emoticon emoticon ,

suzi

happy day all, enjoy the day. be the best you can be.
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12/26/13 8:05 P

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Welcome! I was an untreated bipolar until I was 21. I was diagnosed as a child but not treated. Im on my third round of weight loss but Im sticking with it this time

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12/26/13 6:21 P

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Welcome. Your comment reminds me of when I was quitting smoking for the 29th time!

That was the time that "took." Don't give up. I always remind myself of what would have happened if I had gotten so discouraged & quit smoking after the 28th try.

I, also, have the same background of being dxed w/unipolar depression for many yrs before getting the dx of bipolar 1 & starting the quest for the right combo of meds that worked & "agreed with me." (As far as side effects)

Ever tried? Ever failed? No matter. Try again. Fail again.
FAIL BETTER!~Samuel Beckett


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Aloha Kate.....I'm Carol.

Like you, I was only being treated for what they termed resistant major depressive disorder. Thirty years later, I was so depressed, functioning was nearly impossible & it was affecting work, relationships and friends. In the end my wonderful psychologist correctly diagnosed BP2....still with resistant depression.
Found a psychiatrist about 6 months ago and he's been fiddling with meds and am thinking we have found the right combo, though they might need to be adjusted a little. It's seriously the first time ever I've felt stable and not expecting the other shoe to drop at any moment.

It is possible to loose weight on psych meds - I've lost 47 pounds this year (the year isn't over yet!) One thing I've learned to be true is that you can't out exercise bad nutrition, no matter how much you exercise, it's just not going to happen. Restricting calories didn't work, low fat, dozens of magic diet pills and elixirs....nothing worked because it was a DIET and not a way I was going to want to eat for the rest of my life. Low Carb has worked great for me, though it doesn't fit for all people, and it took a lot of commitment, but that's what a "lifestyle change" is all about.

So , welcome to the team and remember life will always give you as many chances you need until you are able to stand on your own and then help other people.

Edit - I forgot to mention a website which has been very useful to me.
www.crazymeds.us - sometimes it's written fairly sarcastic and has been a wealth of information for me.

Edited by: KAUAICAROLANNN at: 12/26/2013 (18:27)
Carol - Houston, TX (it's weird to see this and not Kaua'i, Hawaii)

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Better sleep. Better mornings. Better energy.
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Water them with worry & fear and you will produce weeds that choke the life from your dream. Water them with optimism & solutions, you will cultivate success ~Lao Tzu


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12/26/13 5:43 P

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welcome.

i saw a thing earlier that said as long as you are still breathing there's always a chance to start over ... or something like that

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


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12/26/13 4:29 P

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Hi all...I'm Kate. I'm 24, from Michigan. I'm so excited to have found this group! I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder just 2 years ago. For so long I had only been diagnosed with "clinical depression." For me, it is a relief to finally have an accurate diagnosis so that I can get proper treatment. I am on a handful of medication and see a psychologist and psychiatrist regularly. However, I can still say that I have not felt "stable" for any extended period of time since I began my treatment but I still stick with it.

As for SP...like most of you, I have gained weight because of my medications. I'm currently the heaviest I have ever been and the most miserable too. I recently joined the local gym and found that, if nothing else, it has improved my mental health tremendously. So, I'm here to regain my physical, and mental, health once and for all. This is the third time I have joined SP and I'm hoping that the third time really is the charm!

~Kate

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