Depression/ Bipolar Support

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Depression/ Bipolar Support

Support group for those dealing with Depression/ Bipolar conditions.

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Latest Activity: Nov 2

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.

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Comment by Jay Catt on December 13, 2009 at 12:16pm
Hi Michael. So so many people don't understand Bipolar is a real illness, and as far as employers understanding..heck, as far as friends understanding.. family seems to try, they have to.
20, 30 yrs ago, I don't think they knew what to do with us. Certainly the medications were something to be desired. Whp, and under what cercumstances were you told you had BD1 20 yrs ago, that it wasnt stressed how serious it was, and staying on meds.. oh here we go again..yes, there was basically nothing but lithium. Nice deturned to complicity are is a weekly needle . But you and I know now huh?
I've only been diagnosed a yr at age 47, its been a good year, but yup, all my creativity is gone, (no more Van Gogh wild creation frenzies) and the med is making my hair fall out.. always a trade off?
I havent started an irrational fight, held a unbased grudge, screamed at my kids for tree days straight about some stupid thing.
I'm relieved for you that you were awarded disability. You tried so valiantly for so long, but were left to the side in your fight due to crappy doctors, there are so many out there.
Not having the severe depressions like I do, doesnt unbalance the type 1 type 2's burdens huh? Manics like yours can be so distructive of the life you had built between manic phase. I feel for you,
Comment by Erika Cook on December 13, 2009 at 12:14pm
I'm glad to see you here Sari! Thanks for joining...and don't worry about your English; it's great. Besides, if you make mistakes, remember, there are those on this page who could use a smile! I'm grateful that I don't have to learn Finnish in order to learn your story. Welcome!
Comment by Erika Cook on December 13, 2009 at 12:11pm
Wow! Thanks Michael! Your story does the job of helping me understand how bipolar is different from what I have and makes me glad that I started meds right after diagnosis (with a good doctor). At the same time, however, my perspective of your story is a little different than yours...What a fantastic adventure you've had! At 55 it's natural that you would be tired and ready to settle down, but I don't see your life as 'destroyed'! It's one of our symptoms to see ourselves through "black tinted" glasses, but when not looking at myself, but at your life, I see somebody who had challenges while traveling the world (after leaving a boring job), learning about the mysterious world of monasteries, finding love in Korea, having two children and coming to the healthy understanding that you need to take life one day at a time....some times I have to remember to take it one moment at a time. I see the frustration you've had, but given the hand you were dealt from the gene pool, it sounds like you've played very well. Going back to school sounds tough when you're 55, but it may help to look at the classes as opportunities to meet up with more adventures; if you stay at home, you may miss out.
Comment by Dan on December 13, 2009 at 3:42am
Welcome, Sari! Your English is fine. In fact it's better than some native English writer's I've met.
Comment by Sari Oksala on December 13, 2009 at 1:49am
I was diagnosed 10 years ago and the medication was Debrakine. But I do not quite understand then what the ailment is, and I left the drugs out. 3 years ago I had bad periods of mania and I had to spend a lot of the hospital. I had psychotic delusions and so. I thought I was such an angel, or so running cockroaches, the child's doctor's lap, and everything else strange. Last year I was in the hospital a total of 4 month. Medication has been changed many times in this three-year period. During the past year I have eaten a full dose of lithium a day. In addition, I eat Seroguel names of the medicine, the active ingredient is quetiapin. This medicine will protect my intake of sleep at night. If I do not eat that medicine, maybe a couple hours of sleep a night. On weekends, I would like to monitor the river and chat I will not take the medicine and on weekends I sleep only a few hours. But the week I'll put to bed at 21 and wake up at 6 in the morning. Only by keeping the concerns of regular rhythm of life get along well. I also have very fast floating mood that makes this disease a serious degree. I have also suffered depression for long periods of time. At last summer, which ran in those days. Now I'm waking up to life again
Comment by Sari Oksala on December 13, 2009 at 1:29am
Hello everyone. I'm a girl from Finland and would like to join your friend on here. I am bipolar type I. This was a brief presentation of this sort myself. Sounds like my English might be funny. I am trying to communicate, and I learned this at the same time that language.
Comment by Jay Catt on December 10, 2009 at 12:21am
Erika. do you know how long it has been since I have had pizza??
man!
I wanna jump in about being 14 and BD. I know now I had it then and I sure as hell wish someone spotted it and we got a jump on managing it then. Untreated it gets worse with each bout.
BD needs to be handled just like juvenile diabeedeez (gave up trying to get THAT right..hooked on fonix) Diet, exercise, sleep..thats a huge one, sleep. all need to be put into play just as meds.
And meds are often a customized "cocktail" . And even when the balance is found, often has to get tune ups. Lamictal/lamotrigine is a anti seisure med that works as a mood stablizer. Tho lithium is often a 1st line treatment.. gosh, Im sounding like a TV ad.
Is this young ladies' mom someone you talk with? Is dialog open to you both on the subject?
Yeah. Im pissed about my hair! Toxins affect hair follicles .it sucks. I may have to go for wigs. (bad enuf my brunette daughter talked blond mom into going brunette one day... I have lost my identity.)
Is this your 1st depression Erika? Is it seasonal for you? Stress related?
I keep forgetting Pizza is an option. Go check, Pizza can leave an orange ring too.
Comment by Erika Cook on December 9, 2009 at 11:58pm
Pizza. Thanks for the easy question.
I'm doing really well right now; had therapy today and it's become so "routine" that nobody at home asked, "How'd it go?"
What in the world does lamotrigine do that makes your hair thin out?
For both Jay and Michael...I'm just diagnosed with "one pole", but my daughter has a bipolar friend and then, reading your posts makes me curious...what are your medications supposed to do, exactly. Do they do some kind of magic in balancing seratonin? adrenalin? dopamine? And, Michael, when the disorder was messing up your career and relationships, were you on medication? What would the two of you suggest for a 14 year old girl who is bipolar?
Comment by Jay Catt on December 9, 2009 at 11:34pm
To Erika,
hmmm what shall I write? I suck at poetry and I never get any of it anyway. What should I write?
When I was a kid (back in the BradyBunchDaze) we would be playing wiffle ball in the street and the moms would start calling us in for dinner.. two brothers and a sister 1st. Then the two sister's across the street and so forth. later, we each escape the dinner table asap to head back to resume the fierce competition, We'd sit on the curb waiting for the teams to fill back up,, The big question that had to be answered as each kid returned.."whatcha have for supper?" (except when a kid has spugetti, the orange ring around their mouth gave it away)
So? Erika? Whatcha have for supper?
Comment by Jay Catt on December 9, 2009 at 11:24pm
Hey ya Michael,
so you and I are the BD is the group so far? Weird row to hoe aint it? Im in the middle of shifting off my lamotrigine which has done wonders this past yr, but my hair is getting thin from it YIKES! So Im tapering off and going on Geodon, Its only been 5 days and after a yr of level, I feel mania rising up. ( I could catch up on sorting the closets, but) I think I'll be calling my Dr tomorrow. The cost for a mania trip is to expensive.
Keep on coming on back here Michael ? When you can take a minute.
Nice to meet you.
 

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