Depression/ Bipolar Support


Depression/ Bipolar Support

Support group for those dealing with Depression/ Bipolar conditions.

Members: 134
Latest Activity: Oct 14


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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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 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.

Comment by Erika Cook on January 11, 2011 at 1:04am
I take three different drugs, too.  At first I was overjoyed that there was a treatment for my sickness.  Then it dawned on me that I would have to continue to take drugs for the rest of my life (my anxiety/depression is clinical and inherited...I have a chemical imbalance that will probably never correct itself...I'm too old for that hope).  At first I was very upset to hear that I would probably have to continue the drugs, but now I realize how lucky I am.  It's no different that a disease like diabetes; I have to keep the chemical balance.  There are lifestyle things I can do (exercise, socialize, eat salmon,...) to help minimize how much I have to take, but the drugs assure me that I will be functional and can be here for my family, my job and myself.  It's not a sign of weakness to be taking meds; it's a sign that modern medicine can help you.  Take advantage and don't be so hard on yourself.
Comment by Carmen on January 10, 2011 at 8:29pm
This is the first time I post here, also I just recently joined this website. After giving birth to my first child depression really hit me, it hit me pretty hard.
I never told anyone about it, I allowed it to get worst and worst. I just didn't want to take meds...a series of events unfolded and now I am on 3 different drugs. I guess it was getting out of control.
I hate being on drugs. I still feel that they are not working for ME. My brain is still aware of the pain but numb from all the Seroquel and Wellbutrin.

So I am just starting to learn how to cope. And I am weaning off from the drugs with my father's friend who is a doctor because since these drugs were prescribed to me nobody is monitoring their progress and I don't have an appointment to see a psychiatrist for another month.

I just hope I am not wrong about them. I am action on a gut feeling that tells me I need to try something else.
Comment by Edmond on January 4, 2011 at 7:49pm
Well I'm glad that it helps you Tom :) It helps me too. I feel that this group is great because we are alike and I hope to be more active in it. I imagine that our stories and battles can and will help others feel that they are not alone either.
Comment by Tom Hietter on January 4, 2011 at 7:41pm

Hey all! First post here. Thanks for setting up this group. Been reading the posts and feeling very comforted to know I'm not alone. I've been on the prowl for an Atheist/Secular support group for people like me who suffer from depression and have been dismayed at the lack of resources out there (and I live in supposedly heathen-central Hollywood, California.) All  I've found have been variations on the religious based AA, and I want nothing to do with any of that guilt-laden, quasi-cult. So, I was greatly relieved to come across this forum, at last. I may be mentally ill, but it's good to know I'm not crazy!


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