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  1. Oh dear. I'm sorry. That was a very poor attempt at humour. I should try to be more sensitive, I guess. Karen
  2. Rabbit37, you're not the only one. Just because I said I haven't had the opportunity to say the statement I made above doesn't mean I'd actually have the guts to do it! Karen
  3. Hi and welcome. Bipolar is a spectrum disorder but really, no one can measure anyone's suffering. Don't feel like you have to compete with anyone here. Your comments are just as valid as anyone else's. With the confirmation of a diagnosis, hopefully you can work toward a suitable treatment regimen and you will stabilize and start to feel better...hopefully soon. Take care, Karen
  4. Hi china, I like what Batou excerpted from your post. I think that really summed up things well. Explain that you are stable and that is better than you were but you are still not where you want to be? I don't know...these are my words not yours and I don't know if I'm saying anything too meaningful these days. But I like it when you use the word "groovy" in your posts. That makes happy inside. Good luck with your appt. Karen
  5. There are so many diseases out there that need cures, I don't by into conspiracy theories either. Not to mention, new diseases are actually/constantly being created by nature as we speak so doctors would never be "out of business." But if you really want to go totally "crazy" into the conspiracy thing, sure, they could give us our magic cure but then they could start concocting more secret potions and other illnesses and just make us sick again and then create more cures and on and on the cycle goes. Nah, that's just silly talk! Oh... Did I just make anyone paranoid? My apologies. Karen
  6. I've been bursting into tears at my desk for about three days straight now(?) I think everyone just politely ignores me. I sort of cower behind my monitor... [offtopic re:SI] One of the best lines I've EVER heard about hiding scars: "How'd you get that scar?" "The last person who asked me about a scar..." [/offtopic re: SI] Karen (who hasn't yet had a chance to use said line...)
  7. Wha...? "Springer?" You mean, like, posting on our board down there??? That would be AWESOME! Kidding...or am I? Karen
  8. Hi Bianca, I think people might be having trouble answering your question because they are/may be on cocktails so in a lot of cases, it can be difficult trying to figure out which drug might be causing sexual dysfunction problems. Just a guess? I found this on benzo.org.uk. Here is the direct page link: http://www.benzo.org.uk/mhuk.htm Valium's paradoxical effect In the Physicians' Desk Reference, the drug handbook of most American doctors, Roche itself admits that Valium can often have a "paradoxical effect", causing "acute hyperexcited states, anxiety, hallucinations, increased muscle spasticity, insomnia, rage, sleep disturbances and stimulation." And though the benzodiazepines are often taken for the anxiety accompanying sexual problems, larger doses (10 mg a day or more) can actually impair a man's potency and prevent a woman from achieving orgasm. Once again, these drugs can cause the very problem they're supposed to cure. Granted this is about Valium and I know that you are talking about Klonopin but this was all I could find on the site. It's pretty extensive and we link to it on the benzo page re: tapering methods. So really, the answer is that yes, it could be possible that Klonopin is the culprit and that the posters just have never experienced it themselves. I'm not sure. Sometimes, it's really difficult to figure out what med is causing the problem, if it is even med related at all. Karen
  9. I hear ya. When I first read the title of your post it didn't even make sense to me but in the context of what you've written, now I understand a bit more. I too was "wise beyond my years" and all of that. Self taught(?) can't remember but did a lot of reading on my own by age 3-4. Hell, I even read to my own Kindergarden class! How embarrassing was that! Shakespeare and Uni psych texts by age 8-10....whatever. I could never tell if the adults that were telling me this were just blowing smoke up my ass or what. Even as a kid I was cynical, I guess? Or maybe that's just my own, now jaded, memory turning back time. Either way, I agree that it is a compliment of sorts, even if, as revlow stated, rather oddly worded. I think another point to add is that being MI has nothing to do with maturity. It strikes across all levels of intelligence, race, gender, culture...etc...etc..etc...no one is immune. Mental illness does not discriminate. But having the maturity and intelligence that you obviously do can only help you more in facing what lies ahead. Yes, the bad times are rough and they suck but the qualities that you have been complimented on will only serve to arm you better to deal with what you will face in the future. So even though some qualities that we have may seem to have no apparent value at given times, that's probably illness speaking. As we continue to learn and grow, I think everything that shapes us can contribute to helping us control our illnesses. That is if we're open to the possibility of that being so. I hope this makes sense. Karen
  10. I, like some other folks here, never "got" the date thing. When I was young I was immensely unpopular. No one would touch me with a ten foot pole in the "traditional" dating sense. But they would for sex. Sometimes. And then they'd dump me. Go self esteem! ...that already was virtually non-existent. Then when the mania/MI sprinklings started to occur it was like, dating, who has time for that?!?! Maybe with anything that qualified as some form of a relationship there might have been one date involved but sometimes not. In most cases it was straight to bed. I once made a list (or tried to) of all the people I had been intimate with in one way or another that I could remember (I'm sure I missed a few...) Wow. Let's hear it for low self esteem as a kid coupled with BP later in life... I kind of felt like a big slut but I guess it's all relative. I try to maintain a sense of humour about it. Eek. Karen
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