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Depression/ Bipolar Support

Support group for those dealing with Depression/ Bipolar conditions.

Members: 126
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Deppression

I deal with depression on a daily basis. I am also bipolar.

I've found that , in most areas, the only support offered is Faith based. Something I do not like.

Post how you deal with depression, or bipolar "disorder". If you take medications that work for you tell us. If you take some that don't work or have side effects let us know.

You are not alone.

World Wide Help Hotlines: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_suicide_crisis_lines

Discussion Forum

Types of depression

Started by Dan. Last reply by Physeter on Saturday. 4 Replies

Changes

Started by Karl Terrell Nightshade Jun 22. 0 Replies

Loss of sense of purpose

Started by Anjo Bautista. Last reply by Karl Terrell Nightshade Jun 21. 26 Replies

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Comment by Michael Travis on November 15, 2009 at 7:26am
I just added abilify to my cymbalta this last week. I feel much better and no real side effects so far. I was totally surprised that I was able to see a difference within 2 days. LOL...its my ignorital. If you don't know what that is, check out this clip from an episode of the simpsons. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G46GS_tmElE
Comment by Erika Cook on November 13, 2009 at 6:46pm
Yeah! Let's all go for a walk! Desirai, have you been to a doctor? When you are depressed, what are your symptoms? Mine seem to have nothing to do with "sad"...although I do end up sad that I'm having symptoms.
Comment by Marome on November 13, 2009 at 12:59pm
Hi Desirai
I dunno what you need but I'm sure that you need a friend to talk to. Do you have anyone near you? If not, I have noticed that I feel a bit better when I take a walk and try to stop thinking about my problem and just think about the things that I see around me.
Comment by Desirai on November 13, 2009 at 12:53pm
you guys ... I am so depressed right now. :(
Comment by Erika Cook on November 7, 2009 at 10:23am
Desirai,
A year ago I would not have understood. If you haven't lived through it, it's really hard to understand. I think the names of the disorders are misleading and then, so many feel it's a stigma and won't talk openly about it, so it's hard to blame people for not understanding. If you see a doctor and/or a therapist, they can help you provide explanations to family that they may be able to understand. I often find items on the internet that I can share to help others understand. I'm sort of at a spot where I don't really care what they think about me, but I want them to have more information than I did in the event that they ever suffer something similar. When I was diagnosed, I wasn't anxious or sad consciously. I think that my body just over reacts chemically to any small worry....Boom! Panic attack! With my medications, though, the chemicals are balanced...mostly.
Comment by Desirai on November 7, 2009 at 2:01am
I was diagnosed with anxiety about 3 years ago-- my senior year in HS. My family has insisted it is a "phase" I will grow out of, and it is just a "cry for attention." but they do not have panic attacks; they don't understand. They have never really understood it or tried to understand it.
Comment by Erika Cook on November 6, 2009 at 10:50pm
I was diagnosed a year ago with...depression/anxiety? The real diagnosis is that the chemicals in my brain are not in balance as they should be. I was VERY sick (dizzy, sick, dissociated) for a couple of months while doctors imagaged every organ and tested my bodily fluids trying to figure out what was wrong. WebMd's symptom checker always included "anxiety" and "depression" as possibilities...but I wasn't anxious or sad. Having given up on anything else, my doc gave me Lexapro and I started feeling better. He increased my dosage to 20 mg per day...I was better after about a month, but then continued to have little "slips" through the day. He added welbutrin in the morning and took away half of the morning Lexapro...I'm doing GREAT!

Well, now and then I feel a slump, but I can get past it because I know that it's possible to feel normal AND that I will again.

I see a therapist who says, "excercise and socialize" I walk my dog 45 minutes EVERY day. I face the wind, close my eyes, and breathe deeply. I talk about what I have with my family and fellow teachers. I am not ashamed any more than I would be if I had been diagnosed with diabetes. Imbalance makes a person feel bad. I take my pills; I feel better.
Comment by Wendy on November 6, 2009 at 12:32pm
I've dealt with depression off & on most of my adult life. Recently, post partum depression triggered the worst I've ever dealt with. I'm on the upswing, but the pain is definitely fresh in my memory.

My therapist has commented that most people wouldn't know I'm depressed, because I fake normalcy so well. As such, I think I'm a pretty decent "guide" for other depressives... even if I'm in the same hole you're in, I can try to help you see the other side.

I'm stoked I found this group. I have looked for depression support forums elsewhere, and it's all pretty trite condolences. I think the "free thinkers" will be a bit more open to more genuine discussion.
Comment by Michael Travis on November 2, 2009 at 11:21am
I suffer from depression (and nihilism I think) I often wonder how much of my depression is chemical unbalance that is out of normal reach of control, and how much is due to lack of a much-needed-epiphany.

I constantly remind myself that all that I see/feel is "not a real reflection of how things really are". For instance, I can go in the kitchen and down a cup of strong coffee and some dark chocolate bars (or take a vicodin) and life is great for half the day. Thankfully I rely on neither because I know about building resistance and the side effects and costs of addictions. I'm currently on cymbalta but its not quite cutting it any more. I am certainly feeling tired of "wasting my time/life" by living in this hole of despair. People often say, "oh life isn't that bad, cheer up". My reply to them is, "Can I give you a couple sleeping pills, and when you get dog tired, I'll tell you 'Oh, wake up'. "

There seems to be quite a connection between my depression and fatigue, though I'm not certain how the two are intertwined. I found I was suffering from severe sleep apnea and had that corrected. Things got quite a bit better energy wise, but not depression wise. My depression started about the same time I hit puberty.

I believe that depression and other moods are simply an interpretation of the brain in reaction to certain chemical reactions going or not going on in the brain. With that in mind, I often think that nothing matters because of that. How much of us is just chemical? If I take a drug that alters my personality or outlook on life, that is the reaction of my brain with chemicals. Therefore, what am I? What is the REAL me? Happy or sad?
Comment by Kristi on October 26, 2009 at 1:07am
I've dealt with depression for most of my life, but only within the last couple of years have taken steps to treat it. I'm now on Celexa, an SSRI. I met with a counselor at the clinic I used to go to, but he was extremely busy and I could only see him about once a month. I feel like I'm doing pretty well now. The medication and tips I picked up from counseling have helped a lot and I can say that I feel "normal" for the first time in my life.
 

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Discussion Forum

Types of depression

Started by Dan. Last reply by Physeter on Saturday. 4 Replies

Changes

Started by Karl Terrell Nightshade Jun 22. 0 Replies

Loss of sense of purpose

Started by Anjo Bautista. Last reply by Karl Terrell Nightshade Jun 21. 26 Replies

I want to get off now.

Started by Sarah. Last reply by Lewal Oct 20, 2013. 63 Replies

"I have cyclothymia" is easier to say than "I suffer from a mental illness."

Started by Sagacious Hawk. Last reply by Axcella Marie Zelensky Jul 13, 2013. 3 Replies

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