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9/7/18 1:29 A

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I really miss one of my old psychs, but they didn't take my insurance and it was over a year ago and I'm still dealing with bills from them saying I need to pay thousands of dollars. I wish I could go back, but I can't afford it!

Anyways, this psych told me that my (new at the time) diet plus antidepressants was making me manic. I didn't want to stop the diet, did want to stop the pills, so I stopped them. It's been over a year, still on the diet, lost 60+ pounds and feeling great most of the time. She also let me know that suddenly getting off birth control was putting me through menopause at 34! I had to switch, but I miss her! Lesson: Every thing you put in your body matters! Good doctors know this!

I told the girl I'm dating that I'm bipolar and schizophrenic. We have a date tomorrow! I may not be in love with her (I think that takes time), but I love and respect her as a person. She's amazing!

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9/6/18 1:07 P

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I love this place. This is by far the best team ever that excepts me for all my faults. My psychiatrist knows every pill I take even what brand of vitamins. She puts it on her computer an it will let her know if there are any problems with the medication if she doesn't know already.
When I was first diagnosed with fibro I ate everything in sight because I was so depressed and that is how I gained the weight in such a short period.

Now I am slowly losing it. She asked me what I ate. Also she said fibro will mess with all my mental illness until I see the specialist and get it under control. I am not going to go psycho or anything but I will have my days.

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First of all... Ignore the haters. They don't know you or what you're going through, or anything about your physiology.

Second, your doctor is the only one who should be recommending supplements. Vitamins CAN be useful in controlling the symptoms of biolar, but really, only if you're lacking it to begin with.

Also, I did not know that about fibromyalgia. I suspect that I have it but doctors won't confirm it..

I use vitamin D to help stabilize my mood and magnesium for help with migraine management. And I discussed both in depth with my medical team before starting either.

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9/6/18 12:13 A

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Too bad some people have to make others feel bad. Love to all!!

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9/5/18 7:52 P

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Just spent a very long time on a message to have my iPad delete it. I will add more when I have my coffee and desktop. One thing I hate is when youíve had a bad day someone asks did you remember to take your medication. I just want to tell no I love feeling this way.

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Kelli, I'm not going to offer you advice on something that I know nothing about, really! I'm not that kind of person! Anyways, I do have lots of chronic pain, so I kinda(?) get it. I don't know what I have, though, besides bad back pain, migraines, and weird foot pain that nobody knows why I get it. But not fibro.

I've heard of some mean people here on SP, and I've run into some weird ones that are a bit on the harassment side... yeah. One woman sent me 5 emails in a day when I said she was off a team and I couldn't block her! She won't be back on my team, though! Crazy people exist, and most of them don't have a diagnosis!!

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9/5/18 5:07 P

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I agree with Rissa, if they tell you to take vitamins for it, they have no clue.

And Rissa, it doesn't bother me in the least (and it shouldn't bother anyone imho), you are who you are and I think you are great as you are. And one of my dearest friends in school has schizophrenia and we are still friends to this day, though I mostly talk to his wife nowadays, she's cool too.

That SparkPerson was WAY over the line, that's discrimination! I can understand why you changed your spark name. What a BLEEP! It just shows this person's ignorance.

I have only ran into one really mean person on SP so far and she was not shy about commenting on my page and blogs about it! She even went on my personal blog and criticized me!! When I didn't take bait and only deleted her comments, she finally left me alone.

I have PTSD, Bipolar, and like you, different forms of anxiety and have panic attacks. And same, other stuff that my therapist and p-doc know.

If you ever need someone to chat with, feel free to email me on here if you don't want to put it on the chat on this team.



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9/5/18 1:48 P

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This was my routine visit but it came at a good time. Thanks for not offering me advice about fibro. You basically hurt all over, get worn out doing simple things, get migraine headaches, and no over the counter pain killer cuts it.

My psychiatrist said a lot of her patients have fibro and its not uncommon for it to make your bipolar show. I had done tons of research but never found that. She said it can also effect other mental illness.

I suffer from post traumatic stress, bipolar, about every form of anxiety, some others I can't think of on the top of my head because that is why I have a psychiatrist.

LARISSA238 it is really hard to let your girlfriend know about your illnesses. I got so mad at the movie Silver Linings Playbook because they were supposed to show what its like to be bipolar because the writer of the book was but all it did was make people think bipolar people are really nuts. I did read the book and it was accurate. I think they did the movie like that to get tons of laughs. I didn't laugh.

I came on SparkPeople honest and I realized I couldn't be there are some active teams that have just real mean people. I did join some christian groups in hopes of a group being positive but I will not tell them anything about my mental illness

CROUCHINGFLEA I had posted on the panic on the message board that I was having anxiety and needed some help (BIG MISTAKE) I thought that page was for people that needed help quick I didn't know about this group. I had a higher up on SparkPeople tell me to do yoga and that I was doing too much at one time. She had read one of my posts where I was offering support for weight gain caused by medication. I told her it had happened to me before and to stay positive. This SparkPeople person told me I should hold back because I gained weight because of pills. I messaged her and told her she needed to read that it was past tense. She also judged me because of other posts and she put it all out there for everyone to read. I wanted to turn her in so bad. It really upset me.

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I kinda know the feeling... I'm pretty open on this team that I like women, but on other teams here I'm very closed about it. I say I go on dates, but I don't say the gender. I just know that some people on those teams are older and wouldn't be as open minded. I know that there's probably another lesbian on one of those groups, but I haven't reached out to her yet. I should, but I'm scared lol. I don't want to make a mistake! Oh well. But I get what you mean. I talk about my mental illness pretty openly most of the time, but I scare people off. I haven't told the girl I'm dating since I don't want to scare her. But I think I will soon. I have more than just bipolar- I have schizophrenia as well, so that makes it even "worse" and harder to accept. But if she likes me, then she likes me for who I am.

The same goes for those people- if they tell you to take vitamins for bipolar, then they don't know what they are talking about and you just have to ignore them. I've had people tell me I'm possessed and other random stuff... I just have to brush it off and let it go. People like that just aren't educated and have no clue.

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I'm very careful about what I say on different teams. I'm actually in the process of weeding out the ones I feel uncomfortable being me in. As I say in my blog, I'm me, I'm real, and I don't hold back much. I will, on teams that are not for a mental illness, only talk about my anxiety (because for some reason that is more acceptable to have) and my 'other mental illnesses'.

That's horrible that a team member told you to leave! People are multifaceted, not just one thing!

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9/5/18 12:46 P

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When I first joined I joined groups that all share my interests then people from fibromyalgia tell me to take vitamins for depression. I actually joined a weight loss team and told them about my status of having no medication for my fibromyalgia until I see the specialist in November. I also mentioned the pain I feel. Then they told me to chair exercises.

I even had a group member told leave and join another group that fit one of my interests. I didnít know there was a group limit. I changed my user name and I have been very careful but it has happened again.

I know if I mentioned bipolar it would scare them off as itís happened before.

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