Depression/ Bipolar Support


Depression/ Bipolar Support

Support group for those dealing with Depression/ Bipolar conditions.

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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.

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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 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
Comment by Erika Cook on April 7, 2010 at 2:48am
I've gained weight on Lexapro, too; but I am able to continue working and living, so it's worth it. Having a hard time right now, however, because I am a teacher in California and am one of the 25,000 teachers who received lay off notices this March.....
Comment by Fancy Nancy on February 14, 2010 at 3:42pm
Erika you sound a lot like me ... cept i'm 10 months out of work ... and wonder why you say 'i don't actually believe this crap' .. see I think that's a self-insult and you should maybe apologise to yourself now! Have you actually asked ppl to come out with you and they've all refused? Just wondering ... also remember (I learned this from Wayne Dyer's first book 'Your Erroneous Zones' .. an oldie n a goodie i think (never mind the later 'spiritual's ones imo) : everyone should expect 50 per cent of ppl not to like us ... well that's the percentage he gives but you get the gist ... that thought has helped me ... So anyway, where's the Thai curry recipe pretty please??? (you could always ask em over for one of those btw ... capture one first then they'll tell their friends ... ;)
Comment by Erika Cook on February 14, 2010 at 12:31pm
I don't really have "friends" either. It's odd, because I am very extroverted; I'm "the funny one", I do anything for others to like me; I'm helpful. I work as a Kindergarten teacher and am the Secretary of the teacher's association. I'm very intelligent and am good at problem solving. Of course I don't actually believe this crap about me, but that's what my husband tells me. Anyway, I do enjoy talking with people,and in my job I have lots of opportunities to do it. I was once told by a "friend" that when she first met me, at a community meeting, she was very intimidated by me because I was so straight forward and unguarded. I try very hard to not be intimidating now...a little more "gentle". Doesn't seem to make a difference; it's like I'm viewed at the "Mom"...great to come to for advice and assistance, but you don't want to go out on weekends with her....
Comment by Fancy Nancy on February 12, 2010 at 4:57am
Hello Erika - Cook by name cook by nature! That Thai curry dish sounds great ... but pine nuts? Well if it tastes good, do it, eh! Speaking of which - any chance of the recipe? My 'signature dish' prolly sounds quite plain but as my dh is a big foodie can i use him as a reference? It's good ol english fish pie ... little tip with the cheese sauce - don't bother with making a roux, just poach the fish till just cooked in a big frying pan half milk, half water, a bit of salt and maybe add peppercorns, a sliver of lemon rind and a bay leaf or what you will ... strain off and keep liquid - cover fish to keep warm whilst you make the sauce with about half the milky liquid - add a tablespoon of flour and ditto butter and whisk till it boils, then keep simmering whilst you add handful of strong cheese - cheddar is good with a little Parmesan if you have some ... about a third tsp of english mustard and pinch cayenne pepper or hot paprika, salt and white pepper to taste ... whilst you've been doing that you've boiled the potatoes and some frozen peas and diced carrots - add latter to fish when cooked btw. Mash the spuds (do you call potatoes spuds in USA?) ...with some butter and or milk. Put mash round dish and flake fish n veg into the cheesey sauce - carefully or will turn to mush. Carefully transfer fish mix into middle of casserole dish - hope this is making sense - grate some more cheese over the top of the fish bit - grill till bubbling and golder. Serve and enjoy!

Oh, the depression bit ... well above will assist but maybe a bit too much when you're feeling low ... it also uses a lot of pans so you'll end up with a dirty kitchen! Those days, I open a tin of soup and eat with crusty bread... hmm your serious questions: anxiety and depression - had that all my life I think ... why? Brought up by neurotic parents plus lots of mental 'strife' on Mum's side of family ... sadly all Dad's family gone cos of war ... yes, I do get understanding but it took a long time ... funnily or not so funnily enuf, my cousin got very depressed, with 2 young children and a very un-understanding husband ... her Mum has had 3 breakdowns but her reaction to my cousin was also very un-understanding and she got very offended when her sister, my Mum, drew attention to it! Oh people, aren't they the worst ...

All for now - it's great having a Californian friend Erika - I don't have real friends but I am married ... he can be my best and my worst friend but I'm planning on making at least 2 friends in the real world this year - a bit difficult cos of my unemployed status but I'm quietly confident ;)

Hope to hear from you again soon ...
Comment by Erika Cook on February 11, 2010 at 11:45pm
1/2 a Lexapro and a Welbutrin in morning whole Lexapro in evening and Clonazipam at night (along with eating Salmon, taking vitamin D, SamE, eating bananas and mandarins). I also go to talk therapy every couple of weeks and take my dogs for 45 minute walks every evening. Deep Breaths!

I enjoy making a Thai curry dish (coconut milk, curry paste, fish sauce, lime, cilantro, pine nuts, a base and then variations based on different kinds of meat, or veggies...I really like it with yams and asparagus with pork and cilantro). I could live on just that! As long as I can make variations...eggplant is great in it, or long green beans.....

How about you? And, is your diagnosis something that you've had in your family? Did they talk about it...or if they hadn't had it, do they now seem to understand your diagnosis?
Comment by Fancy Nancy on February 9, 2010 at 9:48am
Erika ... i think maybe you should be kinder to your bum after all it does for you .... mine is quite ample n dimply btw and my dh appreciates it like that - it's also my best friend if i fall on it or have to sit for long periods .... Ok, enuf about my bum! Re lightbox, I live in uk seems to work and my doc told me a couple of years ago that he always gets more depressed people around October ... best lightbox is going outside especially if it's sunny ... sun's out behind the clouds atm and makes me feel sunny too. No chance of sun all the time so it's more of a thrill this time of year, I agree ... although being depressed when it's hot in the summer can be a worse feeling than when it's raining .... sorta 'how DARE it be sunny and ppl laughing when i feel so darn BAD!!!' Are you on meds and/on do any therapy? Also, just for distraction - do you cook and if so, what's your 'signature dish' ?

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Getting Worse...

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

Feeling alone

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Types of depression

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Loss of sense of purpose

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