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7/7/15 10:49 P

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I think Deborah that it is up to us to educate people we come in contact with about the bad rap that bipolars take out there. I get very frustrated with those who simply don't understand what bipolar entails. Yes it is certainly mental illness if allowed to fester and grow, but those of us who are suffering from the effects of Bipolar Disorder and are successfully medicated/treated are functioning just as normally for us as those who are supposedly normal anyway. The stigma of mental illness is huge, as you have stated. I have even met with resistance in the medical community to be accepted as a normally functioning individual. The "public" needs to be better educated about what bipolar means, as with all mental illnesses and their symptoms. It is not a death sentence to be classified "bipolar". I blame the media and the movie industries for spreading a lot of misinformation about the bipolar personality. There is a lot of ignorance out there in the general public. I am not a monster because I am bipolar. I can have behaviors that are not acceptable socially or which could be fatal if I do not take care of myself or take my medication. That can be said of anyone who is involved with abuse of many sorts and many normal people can be affected by certain aspects of my disorder - like depression. Even those who are "normal" will go through bouts of depression, anxiety and other "mental" stressors, which may or may not require medication or therapy. I am hoping that with the advent of better education and communication within the general populace regarding mental illnesses the stigmas that are in place at the present time will disappear eventually. Until then, I think that my duty is to portray being bipolar as a condition that is no more or less serious say diabetes. If left untreated/poorly treated anything can cause serious problems physically and mentally. It's up to me to show my friends, relatives and those that I come in contact with that I am not mentally deficient or out of control emotionally. I know that you probably feel the same and it is just going to take time for the general public to find out that bipolars are not any more dangerous to themselves or others if they are given quality, timely and proper treatment. I am only a danger to myself when I fall off the wagon or ignore taking proper care of myself. That can be said of most serious illnesses. Sure I have to monitor my medications, but so do diabetics or cancer patients. Being bipolar is just another disease that needs to be addressed with medications and therapy - both are justifiable treatments and there are no dark secrets. The problems,as with anything else, come when medications or therapy breaks down, then additional medical treatment can be necessary- possible hospitalization. Those of us who stay on top of things and don't have adverse reactions to our meds, are normally functioning human beings. I hope that we can get people to understand, but as I've said it takes all of us educating our families and communities to effect any sort of a change. Well let me get off of my soap box, I'm sure that you and the other people on this team are well aware of the problems and the stigmas surrounding the bipolar personality. Suicides do happen among bipolars and others with mental illness, but that is normally when said person is not getting their needs met by therapy and/or medication/medical issues. These are just my thoughts on bipolar in general. I hope that I haven't made anyone mad or offended anyone with my rant. There are always the special circumstances that are not the norm. I don't want to downplay the serious consequences that can take place if situations arise. However, in general, well medicated bipolars are just not any different than normal. Take care and God bless, Deb emoticon

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6/22/15 6:14 P

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I am so very glad to meet you. Yes, we do have alot in common. It is hard to get people to understand what we go/went through. Maybe someday it will be easier and people will understand. Right now, bipolar has a very bad stigma and it just isn't fair that everybody be judged by what one person does. I am pretty much stable on medication and I don't like the stigma that goes because one person goes off the band wagon. Will we ever get people to understand?

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Wow, we have more in common than our names. I was a CNA on a psyche unit for 13 years at a long term care facility. I had to get out of the field too, so I do know exactly what you mean. You burn out after a while sometimes. Wishing you luck on your national boards certification. Take care and God bless, Deb emoticon emoticon

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emoticon and emoticon to the team. I was in the medical field for 11 years as a CNA II. I still have some dreams about what I saw ans did. I worked in the psych unit at one time at a hospital and was their crisis person. I had some doozies. I have also worked in the ER and saw some sights to be sure. I have had many positions since then and sometimes I do have flashbacks of some of the things that I saw ans had to do. I guess that goes with the territory but nobody ever thought to mention it while I was doing it. Now my father wants me to do some sitting at the hospital and I am bound and determined that I am not. I have just finished my Medical Billing and Coding class and am hoping to find a part time job doing that. I go for one of my national boards on July 18th. Wish me luck. I just cannot get back into patient care of any kind but can't make my dad understand that. Maybe one day.

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6/7/15 8:04 P

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emoticon to the team...I am glad you came and you will have some wonderful support...
I would love a kitty...but my husband is very allergic...I would love for my husband to have something to do so we could do it together...after 49 years...well, what is there to say...
I'm very lucky, though...I just had a cardiac catheterization and they found a big blockage and they fixed it...then I got a reaction to the dye and that's going away and I feel a huge difference...
I found out that I had PTSD from nursing...I never had bad dreams and anxiety until I was disabled with MS and then the dreams came...I have to be careful what I watch on TV...

As we get older our bodies sort of go haywire...thankfullly I have a Pdoc who monitors my meds and helps me out...
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Welcome, Deborah! I'm Diane (or you can call me Larissa) and I'm looking forward to getting to know you better. I'm trying to get my hubby to get a small dog so he has to go out of the house a couple times a day. We have a cat, Angela, as well. *hugs*

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6/5/15 1:09 P

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Hello everyone!! My name is Deborah, I am 51--wife, mother, and grandmother. I've been diagnosed with Bi-polar 1 for just over 3 years now...just this year PTSD was added...I also have diabetes type 2, hypertension, sleep apnea, severe depression and anxiety. My doctors call me a walking time-bomb...any episode could put me in the hospital or worse. I spend most of my day at home on the laptop playing FB games and working a FB wrestling group I co-own with my best friend. I enjoy spending time with my husband no matter what we are doing, cuddling with one or more of our 5 cats and we just added a new puppy to the mix...boy, is he a full time job!! LOL But, he has been a blessing as I have to get up and go out with him on a regular basis...so that has increased my activity level some. I recently had foot surgery to fix a growth of calcium on my heel and will be having the same thing done to my other foot this July. I have gained 12 pounds with the first surgery and want to try and avoid doing the same with the 2nd. I enjoy working with herbs for cooking and medicine, listening to music, and going out on our deck each evening to enjoy the quiet surroundings...listening to all the birds and wild animals that live around us and feeling the breeze on my face. I am looking forward to being an active member of this team. Thank you for taking time to read this.
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