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Depression/ Bipolar Support

Support group for those dealing with Depression/ Bipolar conditions.

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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

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Getting Worse...

Started by Ari. Last reply by Axcella Marie Zelensky Sep 9. 4 Replies

Feeling alone

Started by Physeter. Last reply by Belle Rose Sep 5. 1 Reply

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Comment by Simon Paynton on June 19, 2014 at 5:56pm

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Comment by Simon Paynton on June 19, 2014 at 5:33pm

@Diane - fuck it, you've got to laugh, haven't you?  Things can be fucking funny. 

"I love it when Christians, and it is always Christians, try to convince me that my depression comes from being disconnected from God."  - I know you probably don't need abstract philosophy at a time like this, but I believe there's substance to this statement, if you translate it into atheist terms. 

In atheist terms they're talking about the Healing Principle and its moral companion, Heal the Situation (please follow links for more information).  This may be a new idea and it may look like nothing, but if you don't balk at it initially, and give it some deep mind-wrenching thought, - try it and I hope you will see what I mean. 

The big issue of course is how to get in touch with and take a ride / get high on the Healing Principle.  This translates into actions, thoughts, attitudes.  Mindfulness meditation is central to this (the Healing Principle lives underneath our entire existence; our ego, which ironically seeks personal comfort, may hold it back). 

If it looks religious, that's because it is - a central aspect of religion translated into atheist terms. 

The site's only half-finished, but the ideas are maturing well, so if you have any questions, ask away and I should be able to help answer them. 

Comment by Unseen on June 19, 2014 at 12:45pm

@Strega - How bizarre. Are there no followers of God that suffer from bi-polar disorder then?

They're the sinners, silly!

Comment by Strega on June 19, 2014 at 9:49am
"I love it when Christians, and it is always Christians, try to convince me that my depression comes from being disconnected from God."

How bizarre. Are there no followers of God that suffer from bi-polar disorder then?
Comment by Unseen on June 19, 2014 at 12:33am

When I was in a two year depression, I got great help from a clinical social worker who worked for Lutheran Family Services. I told her I just wanted secular counseling and she honored that wish.

I have a bipolar nephew, so I have some idea what you are going through.

Comment by Diane on June 18, 2014 at 10:35pm
I saw my therapist today.  We talked about a lot of things, and at the end he said, "You laugh the most of any depressed person I have known." 

I laugh at myself, in spite of myself.  I chuckle at my own laughter.  I literally laugh at depression.  I may have some sub-optimal brain chemistry going on, but I can find humor almost anywhere.  I look for it.  I want to laugh twice for every discouraged sigh I have ever breathed, every hope I have abandoned.

I'm not talking about maniacal cackling, although I think I may have done that recently when, after announcing that I was leaving the picnic table to get some water and would be gone for a few minutes, returned mere seconds later with a bratwurst and no water. 

What I want, what I always wanted, was to short-circuit my thinking.  I struggle to see the world as a place in which I can continue to live, and yet there is no acceptable alternative.  I have to twist my mind to fit whatever reality seems to be.  At any given moment, I've (figuratively) got The Three Stooges playing next to The Deer Hunter in the theater of my mind.  I find it is the only way I can cope with the world.

I love it when Christians, and it is always Christians, try to convince me that my depression comes from being disconnected from God.  I could see going to church helping me from a social aspect.  It would be great if it weren't for the bit about God. What they fail to understand is that I want no part of any deity that a) allows so much suffering to happen to living creatures, and b) would handicap me with depression and then blame me for being depressed because I don't believe in any god. 

I have long allowed myself a possible way out of both depression and atheism: insanity.  If I decide I can't stand my life any more, I could immerse myself in Christian literature, surround myself with Christians, and make myself forget that it doesn't make sense.  I could rest easy, knowing that after this miserable/hysterical life is over, there will be no more suffering.  I would have a safety net, a lifeline, an anchor.  Who wouldn't want that?  As it is now, I cannot allow myself to have that comfort because it would mean letting go of reason.

I will deal with life as it is, and myself as I am, because that is how it is.  I guess I will have to think of another plan when I stop thinking sausage is funny.

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.

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"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.

 

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