Depression/ Bipolar Support


Depression/ Bipolar Support

Support group for those dealing with Depression/ Bipolar conditions.

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Latest Activity: Dec 17, 2013


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.

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I want to get off now.

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

Loss of sense of purpose

Started by Anjo Bautista. Last reply by Mike 2000 Jul 24, 2013. 25 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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Comment by Belle Rose on December 17, 2013 at 1:29am
There's a time and a place for medicine. I talk about this in my PTSD group as well. It's a useful tool to get someone back to stable. However it's meant to accompany appropriate therapy, group support, development of new skills and positive coping strategies, and making life changes that will allow a person to heal. Excercise is definitely the answer for some people. Everyone's different and there is no "one size fits all." I am a TOTAL advocate for seeing a REAL psychiatrist instead of a primary care doctor when it comes to managing medicine. Primary care doctors get stuck in a rut and tend to prescribe what they "know" vs really understanding all the different options and tailoring it to the needs of the individual.

For many people depression is a symptom of deeper issues that need to be addressed. It requires hard work. Just like recovering from anything really. Nothing that is worthwhile comes easily.
Comment by Gallup's Mirror on December 17, 2013 at 12:52am

"I used to be on anti-depressants and then I got better and my Dr. took me off of them.  I think its due to working out...the endorphins.  I went out and bought me a tredmill a few years ago." -Recovering Christian

The science backs you up on exercise as a prevention and treatment for mild to moderate depression. I can't attest to the effects of depression based on personal experience, but I know a heightened sense of well-being stays with me for hours after a workout on the spinner bike. It's easy to imagine that "inner glow" as a mood elevator.


"Depression and anxiety are the most common psychiatric conditions seen in the general medical setting, affecting millions of individuals in the United States. The treatments for depression and anxiety are multiple and have varying degrees of effectiveness. Physical activity has been shown to be associated with decreased symptoms of depression and anxiety. Physical activity has been consistently shown to be associated with improved physical health, life satisfaction, cognitive functioning, and psychological well-being. Conversely, physical inactivity appears to be associated with the development of psychological disorders. Specific studies support the use of exercise as a treatment for depression. Exercise compares favorably to antidepressant medications as a first-line treatment for mild to moderate depression and has also been shown to improve depressive symptoms when used as an adjunct to medications. While not as extensively studied, exercise has been shown to be an effective and cost-efficient treatment alternative for a variety of anxiety disorders. While effective, exercise has not been shown to reduce anxiety to the level achieved by psychopharmaceuticals." (source)

Comment by Garth Allen Robert Pullen on September 16, 2012 at 10:21pm

Can anybody tell me where I can go to find depression groups that meet in or near Riverside?

I would appreciate the help!

Comment by Meg Fields on September 14, 2012 at 3:31pm

I was just diagnosed with depression about 2 months ago even though I've been depressed solidly since I was 12. I'm now on zoloft, with minimal results, and visiting my therapist for the first time in October. A lot of the time I really think nothing I do will help me and I'll have to be sad my entire life. Right now I'm on an upswing though, with the arrival of my new reborn doll just looking into his little eyes makes me happy and he goes EVERYWHERE with me. Hopefully this feeling will last.

Comment by Holls Tiberius Hunt on May 20, 2012 at 10:34am

I'm bipolar as well, and I've had success with medical marijuana (I eat it, I don't smoke it) but I've been told to be careful as marijuana can produce psychotic states in bipolar patients. If you do get him to try it, WATCH HIM. 

Comment by archaeopteryx on March 8, 2012 at 3:44pm

Fellow TA Members, some of you know me from some of my posts on TA, and others possibly from my website,

I'd like to make a special request of any and all of you who care to participate.

One thing I've never mentioned on TA, as it was not relevant to the subject of the discussion, is that my oldest daughter suffered from BiPolar Disorder and ultimately committed suicide by hanging herself in her clothes closet. She left a note, that began, "I Am Broken And I Cannot Be Fixed." Shortly after her death, I decided that the best way I could honor her memory, would be to write a book about BiPolar Disorder that would be beneficial both  victims of the disorder and those who love them - it was to have been titled after the first line of her note, "I Am Broken And I Cannot Be Fixed."

I'm by no means a doctor, and have no medical knowledge to speak of, though I do have a background in psychology, as do other members of my family. My intention for the book, was to spend roughly a third of the book discussing the technical aspects of the disorder, with information from actual doctors, followed by a section of stories of personal experiences by those who are bi-polar and their families, and then a final wrap-up.

The book bogged down because I had a problem getting those who were bi-polar to put their stories down. One strung along for months, telling me how anxious she was to participate, then eventually stopped communicating altogether. Another claimed she had a number of stories she wanted to tell, then later, confessed that "she" was a he, which made anything else he had to say somewhat suspect.

I would love to get 2-4000 words from any or all of you, if you would like to help me get your issues across to other bi-polar individuals who might benefit from your experiences. Any contributions by friends, relatives and/or lovers would be gratefully accepted as well. I can guarantee complete anonymity, as well as dealing with anything you may choose to tell me in a caring, sensitive manner.

Anyone wishing to contact me, to discuss this project further, can do so by emailing me:

pax vobiscum

Comment by ichbindaswortistich on February 3, 2012 at 9:23pm

It took a long time until I was correctly diagnosed with Recurrent Depressive Disorder, current episode severe without psychotic symptoms (F 33.2), usually followed by Recurrent Depressive Disorder, current episode moderate without psychotic symptoms (F 33.1).
Unlike in the United States of America, as stated by Dan, in Germany, much secular support is offered. No one has ever told me that I needed to believe in (the Abrahamic) God or some other higher power so as to deal with my depression.
I had to try several antidepressants during a period of about four years in order to find one which actually helps me: Venlafaxin does the job it is supposed to do, and I have about no difficulties with the drug. The most important and most powerful part of my therapy is talking to other humans, however. Not only do I need to talk to my psychotherapist, but also to some other people. If I am on my own for longer periods, I tend to become extremely depressive, including suicidal thoughts, up to total emptiness of both thought and emotion, and apathy.
I am highly sensitive to social harmony and disharmony. If people I feel close to do not contact me for a while, or I have an argument with someone I really like, I soon get distressed, which causes insomnia both in the negative (early wakening) and in the positive (oversleeping).
And being a philosophical-scientific naturalist (including atheism), a post-revolutionary democratic communist, and an individualist feminist, you do not get much sympathy, anyway. But I cannot – and do not wish to – help standing by these convictions. They are the foundation of my actions, they define who and what I am, and not being myself does not make me happy, either. Thus, I suppose, I have no other choice but to continue being who I am and doing what I do.

Comment by Cathy L. on April 28, 2011 at 12:46pm
Thank you Axcella :)
Comment by Axcella Marie Zelensky on April 28, 2011 at 10:37am

Cathy, I think your doctor is helping you out with your ADHD. My doctor treats my ADD with Trazedone 3 at night helps with the ADD, I would ask your doctor if it works with your ADDH.

I have Chronic long term Depression, meaning with out my meds I would me be depressed 24/7 instead it hits when certain elements make it rise and was diagnosis with ADD more in the hypnoactive area.

I find my ADD to be an aid to my life in that it keeps from getting stagnant into one thing.

Hey have a great day!

Comment by Cathy L. on April 27, 2011 at 10:53pm

Hello... I'm not sure where to start.


I've probably been bipolar my entire life. I also have ADHD. I take meds for bipolar (when I remember) but not for my adhd because my insurance thinks since I am over 25 I don't need it.


I didn't know anything was wrong with me until after I had my son and suffered from pretty severe postpartum depression. I think being bipolar made it worse. I tried several medications for depression at the time, none of them worked. I finally went to a therapist who pointed me in the right direction.


I let things go until about 2 years ago, when my life went nuts, and I realized I needed to do something before I destroyed everything. 


I've been on medications since then. I'm currently taking lithium, rispiridol, and celexa. Oh and Trazedone to help me sleep sometimes. 


I have more depressive episodes than manic. Also, I don't sleep.


That's about it.


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