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Hi here, any luck with Latuda? [Aug. 21st, 2015|10:48 pm]

I have had some weird side effects with my body able to heat up in the cold weather and cool down in the heat.  Has anyone else had the same effect with this drug.  It's otherwise works fine with me. 
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Meds [May. 2nd, 2013|06:39 pm]


How long does it take to hit you if you miss your meds?? If i miss one night i feel off, and by the next DAY im suicidal and dangerous. I take a week at a time with me wherever I go because im so afraid something will happen and i can't get them. My meds are my lifeline. What meds do you take? Im on 80mg geodon 2x/day, and lexapro 40mg.

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Opportunity to help others [Dec. 15th, 2012|04:38 am]

[mood |creative]

The other day, while visiting with an old friend from church, I was presented with information regarding her niece that awakened in me a profound desire to try to help this woman. I had met her previously while experiencing one of my episodes years ago. We connected. She is bipolar as well, not sure what her exact diagnosis is. Being successfully off meds now for nearly 5 years, with my doctor's approval, I long to help others to have a better quality of life and learn to live with their bipolar nature.
The first step is good water. Filtered water is best. Bottled water has chlorine. Try a Britta water pitcher which is relatively inexpensive. Begin to drink at least 8 8oz glasses of water a day. Try cutting back on other drinks, for example soda, coffee, tea and juice(highly sugared variety). Cutting back on caffiene if not illiminating it altogether is very helpful in remaining balanced in preparation for a chance to get off of medications.
Second is deep breathing and meditation. Find a time, place and space to be by yourself in quiet reflection. Breathe deep and steady breaths. In through your nose and out your mouth. Once comfortable begin to think of someone or something that makes you happy. Hold that thought in your mind as you continue to breath deeply. Do this at least once a day if not more during any highs. I learned this first from my fiancee and further studied this technique and more through HeartMath, for nearly three years now. My instructor Sheva and her company Fyera got me started in the mastery program of HeartMath. Google it, I highly recommend it for anyone that can afford to do so. It is well worth the cost. Especially considering I don't pay for medications or therapy any longer. Only see a psychiatrist regularly for monitoring.
Next rid your home of unnecessary chemicals, such as cleaners, deoderizers and the like. Begin to use as many unscented body care and beauty products as you can. Bipolar folks are usually highly sensitive beings that have spent years trying to numb their senses with anything they could find, ie alcohol, drugs and pills. I should know I did the same thing for years not knowing what I was doing. Getting these chemicals out of your environment and your body is crutial. Also eliminating them from entering your body from the outside, for example perfumes and dyes are quite important. You would be surprised how many items contain scents and they all add up causing an overload to our system. I never knew why I was getting migraine headaches for so long. Once the chemicals and scents were eliminated I have now been free of migraines for several years. What a relief.
A healthy diet with as many vegetables and fruits, nuts, whole grains and organic animal products, like meat, eggs and dairy that are free of pesticides and chemicals play an important part in helping the body heal itself from all of the side effects of being medicated as well as ingesting processed, and chemically treated foods for so long. Stay away from processed food whenever possible. Many chemicals in them are very harmful to everyone, like MSG in all its forms, sensitive people like bipolar are especially affected by them.
Regular exercise, whether it be walking, yoga, running or weight training at least 3 times a week is very helpful in repairing any damage to your body caused by medications, especially the weight gain. I know how it is I was over 200 lbs when I was allowed off my meds (FYI I started a page on FB called "Size 18 to 8" with several recipes and tips on how I lost the weight). Start slowly, don't hurt yourself. When I began I was so out of shape I could barely exercise for 15 minutes at a time without getting a red face and being out of breath (I had also smoked for nearly my whole life until I was able to quit by switching to a no additive brand called American Spirit). Be gentle and gradually work yourself up to at least 30 minutes of exercise. With determination and perseverance, you will be on the fast track to better health in no time. I now am able to exercise 6 days a week with a variety of exercise videos and walking.
With all of these things started in your daily life, (I have heard it takes 21 times to make a habit) once you are given the okay to ween off your medication, it will be much easier to live with any ups and downs that come your way through your everyday life. When your doctor sees the improvement in your mental clarity and balance of emotions he will be more likely to approve of you taking a more natural approach to living with your bipolar nature. I had to approach my doctor about this, he would not have recommended it otherwise. They are trained to give us pills, not find out what is causing our symptoms. You'll have to work at this new lifestyle of health and wellbeing in order to convence them, trust me. Be persistant. Don't give up. What ever you do don't go off without approval from your doctor and by all means never go off cold turkey, you have to be weened or there could be severe side effects. Your life depends on it.
Over the last 5 years I have lost 70 lbs and maintained my weightloss, been stable and productive in my daily life and only need to stay away from chemicals, additives, added stress and triggers. I had to learn new tools through HeartMath for managing my strong emotions. I am learning new things about myself and my bipolar nature everday. I have contiplated writing a book one day on my entire experience in order to help others out there like me. You never know it could happen. Good luck to you all out there in whatever you do or decide to be. God Bless.
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Polarity [Dec. 15th, 2012|04:32 am]

[mood |awake]

Hey all. I have recently moved back to the coast after living in the midwest for 6 years and have noticed that I am now on a weird sleep cycle of one day 2-3 hours of sleep followed by a 9-12 hour sleep the next. It has been going on now for at least a week. Being "bipolar" does anyone know about polarity? I recently have heard that the ocean water contains negative ions and that can have an affect bipolar folks. Any ideas?
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Me & My Bipolar [Oct. 9th, 2012|09:07 pm]

I'm going to be posting this same blog into a few communities so I apologise if any of you are on the different communities and end up with 5/6 of the same blog post :) I'd like to gather some followers, so first I'll tell you a little about myself.

I'm Katie. I'm 25, married and have 3 wonderful children. I am studying for a degree from home and spend my spare time studying, playing with the kids or writing.

I have bipolar type II and have been formally diagnosed since around January 2012. For a long time, my GP kept telling me I was simply suffering from episodes of depression. I was on and off anti-depressants, self-harming when nothing else was working and have lost countless friends due to the fact that I was so unstable. Eventually after counselling, I was referred to the local Mental Health team and was soon diagnosed.

I am now on Quetiapine and have started to settle right down. My husband is an amazing support, as are my Mother and Nan. My Father and I have always had a rocky relationship, but since I have been on medication we've started to re-build it. He is now also seeking help as he may well have bipolar, as his father did too. It would certainly explain why we clashed so much and so often.

I am currently writing a book. While it is a work of fiction, it will also be based loosely on facts/truths. Basically, I am writing a book about a girl who has bipolar. It talks about her experiences that lead to her finally getting that diagnosis. I'm hoping, that as well as being a good read, it could help people that don't suffer from an invisible illness to understand it a little more. When reading books, I find that if I'm really into it, I start to understand how the characters are feeling. I want my book to do that. I want people to realise that just because someone has a mental health issue, it doesn't mean they're mental. It doesn't mean they're seeking attention.

A Lot of my friends don't seem to realise that I'm still the same person I've always been, I'm just a hell of a lot more likeable now ;) But quite a few of my friends and family immediately started treating me differently when I was diagnosed. They either treated me like I was delicate, wrapped me up in cotton wool and agreed with me on everything for fear of sending me into a down phase, or they got really defensive and made it look like I was constantly being a pest when I was feeling angry or insecure.

It's incredibly hard for people to put themselves in our shoes. To see things the way we do. They don't realise how extreme our thoughts and feeling can be. And it's mostly down to the fact that people aren't comfortable with speaking out. I know I'm not. My name, for one thing, isn't Katie. I don't feel comfortable having my friends and family knowing everything. I get embarrassed. But I'm hoping, if I can get them all to read my book, they'll start to understand a bit more and maybe I'll be able to open up a little more.

Anyway, I'll stop waffling now.

As well as being here to have people to talk to that understand me more, I'm hoping to draw on people's comments to help make my book even better. (I will never use anyone's comments without permission and I will never use real names!)

I will keep people posted on the book, which I believe will be out in about February 2013.

Hope to speak to some of you soon!

Love, Katie oxoxox

My facebook - http://www.facebook.com/katie.mckay.142 (I have no friends on there yet as I've literally just set it up so please do feel free to add me. Again, I am using the name Katie. My book will also be under this name. I still have my own normal facebook.
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(no subject) [Apr. 29th, 2012|06:06 pm]


I was wondering if anybody here had experience with Ridgeview Medical Center in Oak Ridge, Tennessee? I'm looking for personal experiences because I can't find any reviews online. My girlfriend is thinking about going there, but we want to make sure it isn't going to do more harm than good.

Alternatively, does anybody have any experience with any mental health hospitals around the East/Middle Tennessee area? It doesn't have to be in Tennessee... like maybe surrounding states (Kentucky, South/North Carolina, etc.).

Any help is appreciated. And I am posting this to a few other communities, so sorry if you see it more than once.

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mental health treatment facilities in/near tomball, tx [Nov. 26th, 2011|05:36 pm]

i moved to tomball a few months ago and i don't have a psychiatrist here yet. i am in crisis and trying to find a hospital to go to but i can't seem to find any that offer mental health services.

can anyone recommend a hospital where someone in crisis can go to receive inpatient mental health services near tomball texas?

thank you.
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Not So Up, But Really Down Again [Sep. 22nd, 2011|05:42 am]


My meds aren’t working correctly again, at least I don’t believe so. Mania hasn’t been an issue for me, not that I can tell – unless there’s something someone else hasn’t been telling me. But then, it is only my son and I now (and occasionally a visit with my mother,) since my wife left me… or I was unconditionally made to move out. If I were not already depressed before I certainly am now. Sixteen years down the hole.

Really though, I do think my meds are having a lot to do with my present state of mind with my life situation just adding to it. So at the moment I just feel like indulging in that “Downward Spiral” without the forethought of a possible suicide attempt. So please indulge me, if you will, as I post something which has recently become personal to me. If someone knows it, shout it out. If not, comment in to ask.

She spreads herself wide open to let the insects in.
She leaves a trail of honey to show me where she's been.
She has the blood of reptile just underneath her skin.
Seeds from a thousand others drip down from within…
Oh, my beautiful liar!
Oh, my precious whore!
My disease my infection.
I am so impure.

get it

Devils speak of the ways in which she'll manifest,
angels bleed from the tainted touch of her caress.
Need to contaminate to alleviate this loneliness!
I now know the depths I reach are limitless.
Oh, my beautiful liar!
Oh, my precious whore!
My disease my infection.
I am so impure.

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It Never Really Ends, Does It? [Sep. 14th, 2011|12:34 pm]

[mood |rejectedrejected]

     Yup. I’m whining again. Sorry. How many within this and many other communities have heard this little number before:

     My wife is gone, or rather I am. My daughter is a ways off with her, as she is subject to the behaviors of my still legally-married but estranged “wife” and her illicit activities with multiple other men. Already, this current individual she is consorting with has been said to have wandered around the house and bossed and ordered my daughter around as though she were as good as her step-daughter now. I do hope he enjoys attempting to walk around that house when both of his legs are snapped clean. Is this a threat, or perhaps just an aspiration?
     Anyway, the point is my “wife”, in all her radiant glory, seems to never tire of finding new ways to get under my skin. As she does so, my bipolar condition fluctuates rapidly up and down. It is almost as though she were deliberately trying to make my life a living hell on purpose – never happy until she sees me committed in a more long-term institution.Read more...Collapse )

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