Depression/ Bipolar Support


Depression/ Bipolar Support

Support group for those dealing with Depression/ Bipolar conditions.

Members: 137
Latest Activity: Dec 9


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 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!

Comment by Jon Heim on August 9, 2010 at 11:33pm
oh, on an interesting side note, one time a debate with a christian friend about religion sparked a panic attack in me, just because I could not believe how little my friend understood about me.
Comment by Jon Heim on August 9, 2010 at 11:31pm
I take Celexa...well, Citalopram which is a substitute for Celexa....for my depression and anxiety. It helps without a doubt. I have some friends who are straight edge and don't believe in taking medication for anything...they have obviously never had a sever anxiety attack.

anyway, I agree that most resources you can find are spiritual, which well...obviously wont help someone like me.

I was dumbfounded when my doctor told me that building a better relationship with Christ would help.

I don't even go to that doctor anymore...of all people, someone that intelligent should not believe in God. unless he thought that I did and I was delusional enough to which case I feel insulted. lol
Comment by Erika Cook on June 24, 2010 at 5:58pm
Try to keep in mind that you and your sister-in-law are BOTH doing the best you each can. She got mad and reacted the way she did...You chose to take it on as "your" fault. No matter what "It" is, finding out who is at fault doesn't solve anything. She's allowed to get angry and you are allowed to get hurt or angry or sad or....whatever. Tell her that you don't like to have confrontations and that you would like to talk through it (IF that's what you want). Just be whoever you really are and realize that you can not be responsible for other's reactions.
Comment by Fancy Nancy on May 7, 2010 at 9:26am
Hello peeps ... just wanted to say that i find when i get a message through email it doesn't direct me to the particular subect - SO Pamela if you're still around I agree with you ... exercise and getting outside are vital so good to have a doggy i expect ... i can't have one atm but maybe one day :) Yepsy to goal setting ... as the cbt manual puts it, if you don't accomplish all that you set ... you're setting too much ... babysteps n all that (or salami slices, whatever you prefer). Ok enuf rambling ... must get on to that job application ... bysee for nowsee x
Comment by Erika Cook on April 7, 2010 at 11:18am
Even with the Lexapro, Welbutrin and Clonapin, I still HAVE to go walk every day. I ignored what the rest of my family wanted and got what I needed for myself (first in my life) and I got myself a doberman puppy. We walk together 45 minutes every day (Raining? I wear a big rain coat and have a towel ready for the dog). I eat lots of bananas and salmon and I follow my therapist's advice (excercise and socialize). My disease is a chemical imbalance; the medications are required. Just like diabetes, it works better if I adjust my lifestyle (excercise and diet).
Comment by Fancy Nancy on April 7, 2010 at 5:18am
Hello there! I've been 'jobseeking' for over a year now with I think 7 interviews. Not fun. Last interview I was (excuse lack of modesty) brilliant, answering every question well, making good rapport with the 3 interviewers ... well anyway when I rang to find out what happened/ get the promised 'feedback' it was 'you did a very good interview but someone else was just a couple of points better' ... 'which points?' ... 'errr well they knew a lot more about the department' ... ie INSIDE JOB ALL THAT PREP FOR NOTHING ... am I bitter? Yup. Oh well .... :P As for weight, yes, sitting on your curvaceous behind is not good ... exercise will make it a healthy curvaceous behind ... easy to get into the 'can't be bothered' ... my dh (dear husband) MADE me walk to the park ... and I'm glad I followed his instructions .... self discipline is difficult sometimes ... hmm think I might try some later :P

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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

Types of depression

Started by Dan. Last reply by Physeter Aug 15. 4 Replies

Loss of sense of purpose

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