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5/6/16 12:26 P

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Hi all!
Woke up at 4:30 am last nite, the meds wore off. Thats been happening a lot. so this morning I got up at 6:30 am. had some coffee, and 2 little cinnamon rolls, I forgot to tell you, my back was killing me, had to get up. So I took 3 Advils and a Gabapentin, I slept, woke up really groggy at 10:30 AM.
My psych wanted me to take a larger dose of gabapentin, which is supposed to replace klonipin, but it make me too tired, I'm just taking half.
Just venting....hope you all have a nice day!

I was on a medication, with a side affect of weight gain. Doc said I can stop taking it. I,ve cleaned up my eating, am walking, I did this before, I can do this again!
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5/5/16 7:16 P

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Hi everyone!
I'm off all benzos. The psych put me on gabapentin, I wasn't takin the right way, and now she up the dosage. Makes me too tired. I just started exercising and eating better. I forgot to say she took me off lithium cause I gained so much weight. But I will say I take much less meds now with this doc.
Hope you all are doing good. Cherie

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5/5/16 6:31 P

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Hello I am new to the team and Bipolar 1, rapid cycler. I have Hashimoto's Thyroiditis on top of this. Hate that the meds make you gain weight. The thyroid is being decently controlled. I hope to be a support for all of you and.....where do I get that neat little tracker?...oh emoticon

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3/19/16 12:02 P

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Hi, new to the team. Am on disabilty. I,m mild bi-polar. I,m more of a depressive. I get hyper once in a while when my thoughts get all jumbled.
I do enjoy my wine tho. Thats not good.
My psych is weaning me down off meds or a low dose, I,m scared. Oh well, nuff said.
Cherie


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2/11/16 1:09 P

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Sarah,
It is worth a try to file if you qualify for SSD. If you are low income you can also apply for SSI. SSD is when you so many quarters of work in the recent past. Because you paid into Social Security. You can qualify for one or the other even if you are married. Especially SSD, if you have the work and paid Social Security tax. Plus your employer pays in, too.

Have an awesome day. Surgery will go great. I am always scared before surgery. But that is part of my issues. I am afraid I won't wait up in the same place. My sister always tells me...you won't you will wake up in recovery. That helps when she tells me that!!!

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2/9/16 2:24 P

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I didn't get a doctor's note when I filed for disability. I just had to see one of their doctors and the records of my hospital stays (mental). I bounced around from job to job, and I just couldn't take it anymore. You can get a special disability lawyer and they can help you. They just take a part of your back pay and that's their payment. If your lawyer doesn't want to do it, get a disability lawyer. *hugs* I hope that you can get help.

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2/9/16 9:34 A

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I don't know if my psych team would sign off on the disability or not for sure, but I am afraid not. I suspect that the APRN who prescribes my meds wouldn't sign off. He'd want me to try working first. My mother in law wants me to work for her this fall but I am probably not going to agree to because I am afraid I will fail and then there will be anger/problems in the family. At the same time, if I say no she'll think I am too lazy to try to make money for my family... so I can't really win with her.

My boys will both be in preschool next year, but that is only two hours a day twice a week. Year after next my oldest will be in kindergarten. That's a scary thought!

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Welcome to the team!

I'm also doing the SAHM thing. My oldest will start kindergarten next year, and my youngest is slated to start pre-K. Yikes! I also fall into the not able to work dependably. I can do it for so long and then, I don't know... I get bored I guess. I used to do retail management, but I got mono and had to be on bed rest for 2 months. My DM told me I had to come in to do inventory, and I not so politely told him what he could do with said inventory. So, yeah... that's when the unemployment and undependability started. I've done a few jobs since then, but now I just become so anxious that I can't manage it anymore. I really should file for disability, and my phsych team is more than willing to sign off on it, but I'm too anxious to even manage that, and my lawyer is not so willing to take it on.

I've noticed more and more recently that people really don't put as much stigma on being bipolar. I don't generally put it out there too willingly, but I'm not shy to talk about it either.

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I was officially diagnosed my sophomore year of college. I managed to graduate, but i have crushing student loans. I was in and out of the hospital for years until I just couldn't work anymore. I'm hoping that I can get better. I'm doing a workbook called "Pathways to Recovery" and I would recommend that book to anyone. It talks about all sorts of issues, not just bipolar. It has given me hope that one day I will be able to live without meds. I posted a quote from the book on my window ledge, it says "Medication alone does not bring on recovery- it has to come from our own inner strength" That just inspires me.

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2/8/16 9:27 A

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I'm not officially on disability. I am not sure if I would qualify but I also don't know if I wouldn't. I haven't really looked in to that. My husband works full time as a Sous Chef but still only makes about $23,000 a year so we are on food stamps and medicaid. I'm staying home while the kids are young - probably through elementary school. Then, if I am able to work, I might get a job waitressing again because it is not so mentally demanding compared to a more "career" type job. I was a waitress for many many years before getting married. I also have a degree but it is simply a liberal arts degree so it doesn't exactly prepare me for a specific field.

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2/7/16 9:40 P

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Sarah,
emoticon emoticon glad to have you on the team. I have had people ask me why I don't work, because outward appearances are not always reality. I do well as long as I stay on my medication like prescribed. See my psychiatrist when I have an appointment. And go to therapy every week. I see a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. The funny part. I have a graduate degree in Social Work, an MSW. I have an under-graduate degree in human services and worked for a while with that degree until my marriage fell apart. Not bragging about having a degree, just saying I can go to school....just can't work enough to support myself. This is the second time in my adult life I have been on disability. Full-time is too mentally exhausting for me. Can't live on part time as I am single now.

Anyway, enough about me. Glad you joined us!! The stigma of mental illness is real. NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) is trying to fight to get people to accept mental illnesses as a brain disorder. That is what it is. It is in the brain, but not all in our heads as some people say!!

Have an awesome rest of the weekend. Hope I didn't overstep my bounds. Just needed to vent myself as my therapist was in Maui last week, so didn't see him!!

Angie emoticon emoticon emoticon for now.

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2/7/16 2:43 P

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I am still shy to tell people I am bipolar. I was recently in the hospital for unrelated issues and all the nurses expressed shock when I told them I would need my bipolar meds because I seemed so "normal". I was like... yeah, because I'm on my meds! Bipolar people are just like anyone else but no one really seems to think/expect that.

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Welcome, Sarah! I hope this group helps to make you feel less alone. It's a safe place where you can talk about your disorders without shame. I was diagnosed bipolar 1 when I was 20 (I'm 33 now) and I'm very open about it. I try and break the stigma that surrounds mental disorders. Most people don't think I'm bipolar (as well as paranoid schizophrenic, borderline personality disorder and I have PTSD) and they only know when I tell them. You don't have to do that, don't worry. But this is a good group for bipolars who want to know more about meds, weight gain (it happens to almost all of us) exercise, food, whatever you want it to be. I hope you enjoy the group and jump in on the February Chat thread! *hugs*

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2/7/16 10:39 A

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Hi there! My name is Sarah and I am new to the team. I was diagnosed with both Bipolar disorder and Celiac about a year ago, leading to a complete change to my life. I had to start taking medicine, change my whole diet, and learn to cope with the stigma of mental illness all in one fell swoop. I am looking forward to finding support and friends in this team.

A little about me: I am 28 years old, married with two young boys - ages 2 and 3, and I stay home with them (partially to save money on daycare and partially because I don't feel like I could dependably hold a job).

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