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Wednesday, December 29th, 2010
7:58 am - Intro

 Hi everyone,
 My name is Cameron and I am an FTM that has been dealing with schizo-affective disorder Bipolar type probably my whole life but I wasn't officially diagnosed until my Junior year of college, when I was escorted from the counseling center via ambulance to the hospital. I am just looking for some advice when it comes to dealing with the moods/ the stigma/ life in general and how to manage life to manage the moods.


current mood: cold

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Wednesday, May 7th, 2008
11:26 pm - New


Came across this and decided to be part of this. Been Bipolar all my life. Ups and downs and living well with my disease. Good to see there is a group I can relate with on some levels.

current mood: awake

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Thursday, October 25th, 2007
11:56 am - Hi

I just joined yesterday. This is a good idea for a community. Here is an article I published on my group site last Summer that may be an encouragement for you about the role of spirituality in mental wellness:

Click Here Prayer and Mental Health

Thanks gang!

Keep in touch,

Jason Ingram

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Thursday, July 28th, 2005
2:27 pm - Diagnoses

i'll preface my question with some history. i've been mentally ill all my life, and have received or been considered for a host of diagnoses: depressive NOS, bipolar NOS, major depressive disorder, dysthymia, OCD, PTSD, GAD, social anxiety disorder, panic disorder, borderline personality disorder, schizotypal personality disorder, schizoaffective disorder. now, that's a whole shitload of disorders, and i'm sure i don't have all of them. most of them, even. my current set of diagnoses is PTSD and bipolar NOS. my question, or set of questions, for yall is: when were you initially diagnosed? with what were you originally diagnosed? if you weren't diagnosed as bipolar right off the bat, when did you/your clinician(s) figure it out?

current mood: curious kitty

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Monday, July 25th, 2005
6:15 pm - newbie

hi! my name is drew. i'm a 22-year-old pansexual genderqueer trannygirl who has recently been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. i am engaged to a wonderful femme dyke but still looking for other partners (my fiancee and i have a very complicated relationship, which includes polyamory and sleeping in separate bedrooms but precludes any substantive sexual contact between us), and have two lovely feline daughters. i am looking for friends and people more used to living with bipolar disorder than i am.

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Monday, June 20th, 2005
10:10 pm - Howdy

Just a hello from a bipolar gay guy who just moved from Montana to Santiago, Chile. Life´s a barrel of laughs!!!

Howdy Hi, anyway.

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Monday, April 25th, 2005
2:48 am

I'm new here...Hi.

I'm diagnosed with bipolar/OCD/SAD(social anxiety disorder). My medication makes me feel dead so I've decided to quit taking them. I guess I feel that medicated or not it doesn't really matter, one way or the other I'm making a sacrifice and so I chose not to make the sacrifice that butchers my personality. It really hasn't been all that long but I was wondering if any of you don't take medicine and/or know of any alternative approaches to dealing with depression besides st. johns wart.

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Tuesday, January 18th, 2005
2:19 pm - Howdy all

Glad to find this - probably the ONLY resource on the web for queer bipolar people.

Searched it out because I am kinda desperate today. For no reason I fell off the mental cliff yesterday, and for the first time in my life I am considering hospitalizing myself. I don't know what that is like, I haven't been in before, but if things worsen I could be in real trouble.


current mood: scared

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Friday, September 3rd, 2004
9:25 am - a quote from Linda Hamilton

this quote was sent to me by my best friend modholly who's partner also is bipolar. i thought i would share it with anyone that is listening.

Linda Hamilton is well known as the star of Terminator (and T2), Beauty and the Beast, Dante's Peak and Point Last Seen. She was diagnosed at a young age with bipolar disorder, but resisted treatment until she was around 40 years old. In 1997 Linda Hamilton told interviewer Luaine Lee, "I'm on anti-depressants now. I will be on them for the rest of my life. It changed my world. There's depression, but also that extreme brilliant high. My manic spells are manageable and are great -- my work spaces where I'm doing so much. But what happens is then, all of a sudden, you plunge because you've depleted yourself on such a level that one day you wake up with a gigantic lump in your throat. And there it is. So I would fall down and just not be able to get myself up. Just the smallest thing would set me off."

current mood: depressed

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Thursday, August 5th, 2004
12:40 pm - 25 to 50mg

i'm a little nervous about increasing my meds tonight. tonight i go from 25mg to 50mg of the mood stabalizer. i haven't seen any super adverse reactions per se but i'm still nervous.

i'm nervous as i'm going to be camping and i'd prefer not to have all my skin fall off and die in teh woods.

i'm getting some headaches and maybe a little dizziness but nothing alarming (possibly psycosomatic). no rashes either just tingly prickly feeling in my hands.....

current mood: nervous

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Tuesday, August 3rd, 2004
2:16 pm - the placebo effect

I’ve notice some interesting changes since I started on the mood stabilizer. I’m sleeping better than I ever have. I no longer remember my dreams (which, if you know me is a feat…and a loss as they were Krazy), I sweat a lot more and I don’t seem quite so anxious. Oh ya...the ichy hands thing is really iriatting!

The thing is, I’m only at 25mg. Because one could die if they go up to quickly on this med I need to titrate up slowly. In 8 weeks time I’ll be at 200mg. At the midway point I’m going to touch base with my GP and get some blood work done. I guess what I’m wondering is, could this be a placebo effect?


I do miss my dreams but it’s a small price to pay for a good night’s sleep.

current mood: curious

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Monday, August 2nd, 2004
3:48 pm - Day 1, Entry 1

Just about 2 months ago i entered, what is commonly around here called, The Clark to be assessed in their Mood Disorder clinic. I had suffered all my life with bouts of depression and anxiety. both these states of being have had such a significant impact on my life that recently i seriously contemplated suicide. I was taken to Mount Sinai hospital where i sat for hours with my husband and brother only to be eventually dismissed as "being ok" and "just a little troubled" (the "best medicine" my ass!.

enter my GP (family doctor). he took me seriously and got things going on for me. fast forward two months. i have been clinically diagnosed as Rapid Cycling Type II Bipolar. added to my paxil regime is Lamotrigine. soon, talk therapy will join the ranks.

welcome to my journey. i hope you'll join me.

current mood: hopeful

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