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I am checking in after a long absence. Sometimes I find myself too "busy" to do the things I know I need to do to take care of myself.
I am a rapid cycler, but have been manic for quite some time now. I do not tolerate medications or reactions well, so my doctor has a major challenge. We are waiting for the Spring cycle to end in about two weeks rather than make any changes. So far, I am holding my own and doing a great deal of much needed cleaning.

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Hi emoticon and emoticon to the Sparkpeople and the group !! I am about the same bipolar age as you. I may be a little older than you in Bipolar years. I wasn't diagnosed or medicated regularly until I was 42. I was "manic depressive" for many years, trying to self medicate with alcohol. When I was 42 they diagnosed me as "bipolar" and the rest is history.I quit drinking. I found a set of drugs that works well for me now after some period of searching and experimentation. I, too, have been accused of being on "drugs" during manic episodes and I am more manic, normally than I am depressed. Although I do go through at least one major depressive episode every winter with or without my therapy light. I rarely get to sleep more than four or five hours a night no matter what they give me for sleep. I am "high energy" anyway and the bipolar diagnosis just puts a name to a "face" so to speak. It is nice that you can sleep sometimes. I take three different pills to try to sleep at night and so far nothing has been terribly effective. I will be 65 on Thanksgiving Day, so I have been successfully medicated over the past 23 years and have been in therapy and counseling ever since. I hope that you have a therapist, They have kept me stable most of that last 23 years. emoticon to the team again !!! Take care and God bless, Deb

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I believe I've been on everything out there. Twice. (Have had a Dr tell me that he had given me everything on market & just didn't know what to do with me! 😕)
I'm to the point now I know which direction im headed & know what i need to do to live thru whichever "swing" I'm in. Up, down, maniac, paranoid. Sometimes I could sleep for day's, like 3-4 hours at a time FOR days. Not depressed, just hafta sleep! Other times I don't need but 3-4 hours of sleep in a 24 hr period, also, for days. Just don't need it then. (Been accused of not sharing whatever flavor of hype drug was at that particular time).
I've had to take 2 zanex just to be still. I've always been in frame of mind, if I took 1/2 zanex, would knock me out cold.
I was 21 first time I heard "maniac depressive". This was when they'd give meds, you finish'em up, ALL WELL! Til next time. Maniac/Depressive next 20 years. Then bipolar @ 41. I will be 53 in 20 days. I had seizures from 10 to 19. (Had to travel to Augusta, Ga, 200 miles away, because the MRI machine was coming to GA 1ST time & wouldn't be back for at least 6 months! Ancient ain't I😁!)
Only conclusion was my brain was growing faster than my hormones thus sets off imbalance=seizures. Dilatin for 9 years.
So, I guess I'm 32 in bipolar years. 42 if you add teen yrs.
Anybody else "bipolar old" as me?

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I have been living with Bipolar II disorder for a long time. I am looking forward to meeting all of you to share hope , joy and a sense of humor. I have just moved to a different state and am hoping to manage my meds with a new internist who has knowledge of bipolar..

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Thank you Deb - great advice, I really appreciate it!

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Hi SEAGLASS1215 emoticon and emoticon to the team!!! We are really happy that you have decided to join us. I wrote a long response to you on the other thread that you started, so I won't bore you with another introduction. We are here for you if you need us. Take care and God bless, Deb emoticon

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Good morning....I'm joining this team for support as my daughter (17) was recently diagnosed as being on the bipolar spectrum....she did 1 week in a hospital, followed by 2 months of daily outpatient therapy and now we need to find a therapist she can see on a regular (less often) basis who can also monitor and adjust her meds as needed. She is on lithium, Cymbalta and Lamactil right now and seems fairly stable but of course, that can change in an instant. It's nice to finally have a diagnosis as she didn't quite fit being depressed and anxious. I'm hoping I can help her learn to recognize when she is staring to being manic or starting to slide into depression so we can maybe stop the self harm and inability to function before it takes hold.



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Hi Amaranth emoticon and emoticon to the team!! I live in Oregon too. I'm in Portland. I've been bipolar for all my life obviously, but I was diagnosed many, many years ago. I've been on medication successfully for over ten years. It may take some time, but you will find the right medications for you. We are really glad that you have decided to join us!!! Take care and God bless, Deb emoticon

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Hi, I'm Amaranth, I live in Oregon, I was diagnosed with Bipolar type II last week when a mixed state hypomania showed up after getting used to a new antidepressant (Effexor). Now I have to slowly lower the Effexor and very slowly up a mood stabilizer (Lamichtil or something). I always thought I had cyclical depression (chronic dysthymia) not bipolar, so I'm a little surprised but it does make sense in some ways. Especially with an eating disorder (BED) which I've read is common, and winter depression, and changing moods. I hope the mood stabilizer will work, but it's very hard to take a medication that makes the first mood I've had in years where I felt I had energy like other people away!

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Hi JMD5583 and emoticon to the Bipolar Mania team. We all understand bipolar here and the struggle. We are really excited that you have decided to join us!! Take care and God bless, Deb emoticon

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Good morning. My name is Jessica, I live in Wisconsin with my husband and our 2 children. I was diagnosed with bipolar 2 after my first child was born and it has been a long struggle ever since. I am hoping to be able to connect with some like minded individuals for support and encouragement. I look forward to getting to know some of you better.

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Hi JUDAHSMOMMY1 emoticon to the Bipolar Mania team. We've all been where you are so don't feel alone or stressed out. We celebrate being bipolar here. It is really nice to have you with us on this journey to a healthier lifestyle. Take care and God bless, Deb

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Hi Judahsmommy! Welcome to the team - its a good team and I do know where you come from with the moods and all! Between that and needing to drop pounds it's not easy but we're all here for each other!

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Hi! I'm Judah'smommy. I've been on Sparkpeople for a while but I got off track. I wound up in the hospital about a month ago and was diagnosed with Bipolar. I took a month to just try to get my life back in order, but now that I'm doing better I wanted to start addressing my weight and physical health. Looking for this group was one of the first things I did. I just wanted to have a group that knows the stuff that I deal with. So hello! Hoping to get back on track.


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Hi Cherie,
emoticon to the group! I know that I had problems with alcohol until I was diagnosed and medicated. It is not uncommon to self medicate. We are really glad that you have decided to join us! Take care and God bless, Deb

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Hi Cherie! I'm glad you have found this team. Many of us have self medicated in the past and it often turns into an addiction. I have a question for you - are you now on medication or do you manage without? I did without until I got so bad it was either lose everything or go on meds. I have been on meds for about 20 years now and can still tell if I forget a dose!

"and I said to my body softly; "I want to be your friend." it took a long breath and replied; "I have been waiting my whole life for this." - Nayyirah Waheed

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HI! I,m Cherie. Not new to spark but to this issue. I,m a mild bi-polar. I,ve been gradually drinking alone more and more. My husband was going to leave me if I continued. I was sneakin and by night I was pretty drunk, but I didn,t realize it. I,m 63, have gained weight back from wine, 20lbs. Needed support from you all. Cherie

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Hi CHRISSIPENNEY, we are really glad that you have decided to join us!! Take care and God bless, Deb

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Hello Angie! emoticon Nice to meet you! I too am glad you are here!

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I'm so glad you are here! It's nice to meet you.

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Hello I am Angie and I have manic depressive bipolar, Through the years I have been diagnosed with manic depressive bipolar 1 and manic depressive bipolar 2 but never both at the same time. Don't know which level I am at right now just know I am finally on the right meds. This is the first time ever joined a message board. emoticon

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Thanks Deb! Yea, Lynne lives about 30 miles from me.

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Lisa you're a great leader. Very insightful and intelligent. It's a pleasure to be a part of this team. Maybe they put something in the water up here because it sure seems that we have our fair share of bipolar's. I know that Lynne (Treatl) is from the area too. Take care and God bless, Deb

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Maybe rain causes Bipolar??? HAHA! I'm melting....

Thank you everyone, for introducing yourselves. I am so happy to see so much activity! I'll try harder to be the leader I want to be!

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I can't believe how many of us are from the NW. I'm in University Place, southwest of Tacoma and north of Olympia.

Welcome to the others who have posted. I wasn't diagnosed until I was in my 50s, and then the docs kept changing the diagnosis they gave me. My current doc doesn't believe that I have had mania (mostly the irritable kind), so I have my diagnosis as major depressive disorder. But the mood stabilizer that works best also controls my epilepsy, so they can't take that away from me!

I hope everyone has a good night!

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I'm glad I found the team. I need support and someone who understands. I have been stable for almost five years. I still have panic attacks but those have eased. I still have ups and downs but they are not depression or mania. I still struggle some days but overall things are ok. I have difficulty handling stressful situations still. For me it takes an effort to stay on top of the bipolar. I am on four meds. I don't want anymore.

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Hi SGASPERSON and welcome to the Bipolar Mania team! I was finally diagnosed and began treatment and medication in 1996. It took me several years to find that cocktail which worked best for me, but I am successfully medicated now. My rapid cycling has been replaced with mostly normalcy. I haven't had a bad manic episode in two years now. Originally, I was diagnosed in Louisiana and didn't have a good medical experience there, so I came home to the West Coast to be treated. I love making new friends. Welcome again. Take care and God bless, Deb

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The way I have reconciled (& forgiven) not being diagnosed as a child is that back then they didn't know kids could be bipolar. Also, I'm originally from MT & mental health care was definitely not great quality.

Ending up in the hospital at 29 was actually one of the best things to happen to me so I'm glad I was diagnosed when I was.

Welcome to the team & please share as much or as little as you are comfortable with.

I'm a LOUD & PROUD Bipolar!

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I have been bipolar since 1997. I am a rapid cycler and can go from up to down in a matter of hours. Before that I had been diagnosed major depression. I really think it started in my teens because I had 2 weeks I barely slept. My mother just would not believe me. Then about the same time I started being majorly depressed. I just wish someone had listened to me. It would have saved me years of heartache because my emotions went from down to up. I am retired and have 3 daughters and five grandchildren. Right now I live in a retirement home but may have to move due to finances. I had a major bout with bipolar in 2009 and ended up here because the dr. said I needed people around me. It has been both good and bad for me but I am hoping to move to another community almost like this one though cheaper in price. The only different is that I would have to cook my meals myself. I am glad to find all of you. I will be looking forward to getting to know all of you.

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Wow, thanks everyone!

I'm a rapid cycler too although these days it's a lot less pronounced so I never quite know what mood I'm in and even finally stopped tracking. I decided there are a LOT of bipolar moods. Not just depressed or manic. There are a lot of moods I just need to sit down and come up with interesting / curious descriptive names for.

Lately I've had the, "I really don't want to leave the house and interact with the world at all" mood.

The other day I was in the, "lets give everyone in the family a new interesting nickname" and so I surprised them when they got home. ((my name? SUGAR COUGAR! Haha)

And yesterday I talked my daughter into a bedazzling death match. Two Halloween pumpkins. All the glitter and rhinestones you can imagine. Glue. and GO! LOL. This is particularly funny because as an artist the last item on the list of supplies is a rhinestone **shudder** So it's like daring each other to eat something sour. My daughter is a really good artist and 17.

I'll try to add you all to my friends list. It has been a long time since I've been on Sparkpeople - but keep in touch okay? I love you guys!

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Hi and emoticon to the team!! I live in Portland, Oregon so I'm in the Pacific Northwest like you and Lisa are. Completely open to new ideas. We are really glad that you have decided to join us! Take care and God bless, Deb

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Hello RainRunner! I'm happy you're here too! I'm like Lisa - open book and I was diagnose 20 years ago! I'm an ultra rapid cycler so I flip moods like most people change underwear! LOL! No seriously I am here if you need anything. Photos to portraits........ is that correct? I'll have to put it on the burner and let it simmer - see if anything cooks up!

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I'm so glad you are here! I live in Olympia, WA. I'd love to teach you how great being bipolar actually is. I'm eccentric too. (Eccentric means rich crazy!! LOL!)

I'm full of great ideas...I just rarely utilize them. I've been bipolar since I was a child, but diagnosed at 29. Almost 18 years ago. I'm an open book so if there's anything you want to know or talk about reach out to me. I'm always a mouse click away!

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Hi I'm new :-) I've been at Sparkpeople a long time, even before my diagnosis. (I deleted my first account though, I get flaky and do that sometimes). Anyway....I'm an artist / writer / runner living in the Pacific Northwest.

I'm a babbling eccentric. I like Sci-Fi and Fantasy. I love to read books of all sorts. I've taught and am very good with computers.

Currently I run a tiny eBay business and am developing new products to sell before Christmas. (Although it will probably be spring before I get them done!)

I go outdoors quite a bit and like seeing elk and other animals on my runs. Running is a good excuse to be outside (pretending to be an adventurer!) I have run since 2008 but sometimes people think I'm a newbie because I'm not scrawny and I'm not very fast. **Face Palm** But usually it doesn't matter because I'm the only person out on the trail anyway, no one else wants to spend Saturday morning running up a hill. (besides me)

Well - anyway, looking for business input. I'll blog about my dilemma at the moment after my run today. I have some canvasses and some abilities to put photos on them but can't figure out where to take that and what market to enter. Looking for ideas and new friends.

**Cheers**

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Hi Miles and emoticon to the group! We are happy that you have decided to join us. Lisa is a great leader and you will find many thought provoking posts from this team. emoticon again. Take care and God bless, Deb

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Welcome to Bipolar Mania! I'm glad you found us! Let's look for happiness together!

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Hi Miles - I hope you get something good out of this team! I know I have! Welcome, welcome!

I had to go and look up cyclothymia! I have to say I am terrible at knowing the names of actual mental disorders! I just know what I got and that's enough to keep up with until I am compelled to learn something else..... like this morning!!

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Let me join the '*Welcome wagon*! Deb, it is great to have you join us and I pray you find all the support you are searching for in these threads! Your food plan sounds amazing, so keep it up and you'll reach your goal in no time!!

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Hi Deb and emoticon to the team! I am always excited to see new people post. It sounds as if you have a plan and are sticking to it. Your menu plans are excellent. I hope to see you posting often, so that we can get to know you better. We are really glad that you have decided to join us! Take care and God bless, Deb T. emoticon

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Great to see you on here Deb!

I find that the exercise is what helps my moods the most! I measure and weigh my food of course and I, like Deb, used mostly stuff that is already prepared - like pre-cut frozen veggies and low cal canned sauces, etc - and I am so fortunate not to have sensitivity towards any foods aside from blueberries and aspartame! On some of my other teams my friends have some pretty severe reactions to gluten and other kinds of food!

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I agree that food choices help with the mental health! The better I eat, The better I feel!

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Thanks!

I am working toward homemade cooking for all of my meals; it's cheaper, I have control of what I'm eating, and besides, I *like* my own cooking! Mostly I use prepared foods because of a lack of energy. For me, food, energy, and mental health symptoms go hand-in-hand: when I eat low carb, I have fewer mood swings (especially the afternoon energy slumps) and generally feel better overall.

I have already prepared some veggies to have this week, and will have up to 5 ready-made meals for later in the week (lunch or dinner). I will need to come up with at least 5 more that will work for lunch or dinner and get them ready. I hope to have this done by dinner time tonight.

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Deb.
I'm really glad you found us. I knew sharing over on DwD was a good idea. emoticon Yes, our overall healthcare system needs to be evaluated.

I'm glad to are relatively stable now. It helps! LOL

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Hi, all!

I came across this team because of one of LOFLLAMA's posts in Dealing with Depression. I have symptoms of Bipolar II due to (minimal) brain damage as a child that also resulted in my having epilepsy.

I have never been clearly manic, but have had a number of episodes of hypomania, and have spent most of my life in some degree of depression. The last decade of my life has been especially rough, and I'm just now beginning to get things in order (I'm in my late 50s). After years of looking, I am now in a job I love and pays me adequately. I'm a mental health professional, and it is sad how little some are paid to provide assistance to those with mental health challenges.

I'm looking forward to connecting with others. I am in a bit of a withdrawn period, and haven't been reaching out much. I will do the best I can, and look forward to getting to know other members.

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Hello THATGURL30! Read your SparkPage and just love your terrific sense of humor! I'm pretty new here myselt but it's a great team! Very active!
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Hi Thatgurl30 and emoticon to the team. You have a great sense of humor and all with a sense of humor are appreciated. It's nice to meet you. I look forward to learning more about you. Take care and God bless, Deb emoticon emoticon

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Chicken grease to you too!!! I'm glad you are here. If you have any questions please feel free to ask. Post often & as much as you are comfortable with!

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Hello! Been diagnosed for 10 years. Looking to undo some of the weight gain from medications and looking to maintain a healthy blood sugar level as many of the psych meds can cause diabetes. Feel free to message me about anything.
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Thank you for the welcome! I'm happy to be on the team!

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Hi, emoticon emoticon to the Bipolar Mania team! It is really nice to meet you. I hope to see you joining in on the threads! We are really glad that you have decided to join us!

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I'm glad you are here. It's nice to meet you.

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emoticon I am bipolar type II ultra rapid cycler which means I flip moods about every 3-4 days. I was diagnosed over 20 years ago. Got a good med cocktail going about 8 years ago. I have a lot of weight to lose and I'd like to have the support for both things. I have been on SP seriously since July 22nd. I am totally into cooking healthy and eating to live instead of living to eat! I've also fallen in like with exercise. I hope to get to know everyone on the team!

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I'm really glad you joined us. I've been er, um uh, kind of lazy lately, but I do so enjoy this team & the wonderful friends I have because of it. Participate as much as you like. we are here for you so reach out!

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Hi, my name is LizziQ emoticon (easiest to not confuzzle me with other Lizzis) and i'm so glad! to find this active BiP team!
I'm in my 50s, diagnosed officially right after Bipolar II was finally recognized. i don't have very high mania, but the type i get is certainly awful enough to make my loved ones totally frustrated when i (have in the past) am without medicine. I've looked into DBT, but i live in an area in WestNY where the clinic lost their only DBT-certified therapist right after i'd discovered that it might help me. emoticon
i don't mind being on medicine now, but i'd be happy to let it go IF i could learn dbt or any other behavioral tool that'd help me as much.

I'm married 20+yrs now, my wife has had some health problems in the past year that were very serious, but she's better; now i'm in another state, helping with my mom's health; she's 99 and just had her first hip replacement. I'll be here for a while.

I'm on a challenge team, which takes up most of my spark time, but please!! feel free to come on over to my sparkpage and say hey!, or just enjoy my own special brand of Silly! and Positive! sparking.
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You Should be PROUD! Being Bipolar can be a real pain sometimes, but some of the most creative, funny, and intelligent people I've ever met have Bipolar disorder. Managing symptoms Is a pain, but the perks make us really awesome people. Add in some spectacular Coping skills and we are our own personal Rock stars! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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I love the steps you've taken to be the best you possible! I've been Bipolar all my life, but was diagnosed when I was 30. My Dr just gave me an unusual compliment a couple of days ago. I said I hadn't had a good ol' mania in years & she said because you use great coping skills Lisa. It made me proud!

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Hi everyone! My name is Sonja, I'm a 31 year old single-mother of 2 awesome boys, and a DBT graduate.😊:-) I was diagnosed in my early teens and was then sent on the medication roller coaster for a good 10 years before I found a DBT group and Marsha Lenehan! Through rigorous education, Journaling, counseling, group therapy, nutrition changes, and my DBT tool box I have been medication free for 3+ years without an episode. Is it always easy NO! But managing my symptoms is something that I've learned is just a part of who I am, it's not all I am! I am not my disorder, my disorder is just a small part of what makes me, ME! I would love to connect with others who are also working on becoming healthy not just in mind and spirit, but also in body! emoticon emoticon

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Since you have kids I think it is even more important to learn to embrace being Bipolar so they learn that nothing can stop them from being awesome!

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Thanks Lisa, would love that!

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Hi Karri! I'm so glad you are here. Maybe I can help you see some of the 'up' side of being Bipolar! The anxiety is the worst! I hope you get that under control.

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Hi, I'm Karri. I've been diagnosed with bipolar for 10 years now. We are just now finding a medication that works. It's been a rough and rocky road, but I'm so glad to be doing so much better now! I also have social/generalized anxiety and anxiety attacks. Makes going out very difficult! I'm the only one in my family officially diagnosed.

LOVELAUGHLATTE I was 24 when I was diagnosed as well, but that was 10 years ago!

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I am so happy you are here! Your mom is a great gal! If you need anything know that I am here!

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After some major depression issues in Fall 2006, was diagnosed Bipolar Disorder with Depression soon after.
Runs in family - Mom, me and younger sister. Love you guys!
Now almost 24 years old - illness has been going pretty smooth for a while. Woo - Hoo moment. (Mom / Coastal6 taught me that!)
Any one in their early twenties with Bipolar? Haven't meet someone my age with it before...

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Hi Kimberly,
Welcome to the team! Good luck to you. Sounds like you are doing well. You can do this! Slow and steady wins the race!

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I'm glad you are here Kimberly!!! Yes, meds seem to be the answer for most of us. I personally take an anti-depressant (well, 3 actually). I can't imagine life without them.

I hope you are able to continue to find stability. PLEASE thank your partner for her service to our most wonderful country! My family & I appreciate her (& YOU) more than I can express!

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I'm glad you are here too, Ashley! I know the anti-depressants were a life saver for me! Thanks for sharing part of your story!

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Hello! I'm Ashley, 24 years old, and from Missouri. I am diagnosed with Bipolar ii. I used to have a really hard time controlling my emotions and would get so flustered I would want to blow up from my temper or just eat from depression. I'm learning to get a handle on things though. I think the medicine they have me on has been an amazing help. It's nice to be able to process my thoughts one at a time instead of feeling like I have a tornado going through my mind. I'm happy to be here, and look forward to making friends on my journey to getting healthy and losing 120 pounds!



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Hi Kelly!
I'm with you on 100 pounds not being worth a med! Years ago I gained 65 with lithium & I gave my Dr the choice to take me off or I would! Part of good 'mental' health is feeling good about who you are & how you look. (I think!)

There are many other meds. Hopefully if your need the Zyprexa they can find a better alternative for you.

Good luck & please stay in contact!

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Hi - My Name is Kelly. I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder several years ago. I tend to have rapid cycling bipolar II. I'm currently weaning off of my main medication (zyprexa) however I am on topomax as a mood stabilizer / replacement. I gained about 100 pounds on zyprexa so it just isn't worth it to continue on the medication. Yet at the same time I have to admit that I have been stable. So I am slightly concerned about what could happen when I am completely off zyprexa. I guess we'll cross that bridge when we come to it. Does anyone else have any experience with zyprexa ? Going off of it is a very slow process. I am glad this team exists because bipolar disorder is complicated. Thanks for listening. :)

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Hi Anne! Please feel free to contribute on whatever level you are able. I'm sorry you are more of the depressive side. I KNOW how hard it is! I was on that side for many years.

Thanks for being here & for introducing yourself. I look forward to getting to know you.


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Hi, I'm Anne. I have bipolar II, I've not seen much evidence of hypomania in years, but the depression is always there, if only lurking in the background. I'll do my best to contribute, but I may just lurk a bit a first. I'm looking forward to getting to know my fellow spark bipolar folk. emoticon

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