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When I am really down, Music is the most calming thing for me. I also like solitude and my dog,
Marli. I am almost 68 years old and have learned most of my triggers and how to fix things
mentally, but, it's always been difficult.

I must learn to take better care of ME after taking care of
so MANY others for DECADES ....


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7/12/14 4:39 P

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Thanks Carolann...good to be back! Between post holiday blues that lasted a seriously long time and the MS I wasn't doing much of anything....

Hope everyone is doing well!

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7/12/14 12:45 P

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Hi Ezz! emoticon Stop by the chat thread and say hello! Missed ya!

For me, music certainly has an effect. Sometimes in a positive manner, getting me up out of a depression for a while. Never lasts long, though. I deal with major depressive disorder and rarely go hypo manic.

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7/12/14 11:04 A

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All I ever go is hypo manic and I'm usually a happy one. I love to shop so I have to be careful. I also have pseudo bulbar affect from my MS...I tend to over react to things and inappropriately at times....I'm over passionate about life in general and past events...so music will affect me and so do movies.....photographs too....

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7/12/14 12:48 A

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Ya know, I don't think I ever really thought about it before. I suppose certain types of media can alter the state I am in, but not necessarily all. I find more that media can amplify a mood that I am already in. The only time I can honestly say that media has absolutely affected my mood was the one day I was on the way to my therapy session... I had been anxious and depressed when I got in the car, and halfway there Great Big World's Best Day of My Life came on the radio, and I couldn't' help but sing along. It definitely switched me out of the depressed state I was in. Thankfully, it didn't put me in full out manic mode, because sometimes for me that could be more detrimental than the depressed state. I do find that depending on my mood, I may be more drawn to a certain type of media... Changes in music, reading material, television viewing habits. I know it drives my husband nuts. One second I'll be in the car listening to Nine Inch Nails, the next I'll decide to switch over to some Hanson. Even scarier, I actually keep that kind of selection available on me.

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7/10/14 9:22 P

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Yes...all humans feel it, but I think Bipolar people are more passionate and moved a little bit more when it comes to certain areas...that's why I stay far away from certain things...

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I was watching a TV show and it showed a bride and her father hugging and crying with joy and I just lost it. I was sobbing and sobbing. I lost my dad when I was 13 and I still miss him dearly. It's been 16 years and it still can hurt.

As for music, I find it to be very powerful. I can listen to a song and remember all these things that happened to me around that song. I don't think it's just reserved for bipolars, but more like a being human thing.

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I think that different media does affect us...Music is my favorite for a lift...I stay away from romantic songs as the trigger old memories. The same with movies. I like action, adventure, swashbucklers...but mushy stuff is not for me...anything that is upbeat will bring me up and out of a depression. There used to be an aerobics gym that I went to that had the absolute best music and routines and I was a happy camper until they closed...

Sorry I've not been around for a long time...my name is Ezz... emoticon

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Hi Amanda. If I'm in a depressed state, then yes, sad media can affect me sometimes for an hour or so, sometimes for much longer. Even when I'm doing ok sad things will affect me. I notice it more with movies and television. I'll find myself dwelling on a certain scene or even just a line of dialogue that triggers a memory or relates to something current that I'm struggling through. That's why I try to avoid them whenever possible. Even in a hypo-manic state, sometimes things will affect me if I can focus on them long enough to get what is going on. The result can anger or I can be thrown back into depression in a short period of time. Hope this helps. Sue

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7/9/14 8:24 A

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Hi All,

Just want to ask questions to people of similar brain function: do you notice mood switches when exposed to different media? Like books, music, or TV/movies?

My therapist has recommened I read_An Unquiet Mind_ by Kay Jamison. It is about a psychologist who is bipolar and her discoveries about herself and the "glory" of bipolar.

Im noticing (specially in this book) the story effecting my mental shift. It's so hard to not bring it into my real life. I've noticed it with certain songs on the radio and with different movies. Somehow it is harder for me with literature.

I'm meeting my therapist today to discuss this and other things. In the meantime, I am hoping to hear what other people do to manage this "brain mood switch".

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