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  1. It most definitely depends on the person. For many, marijuana is all they need. But then there are others, like myself, that have a tendency to explore other intoxicants after being introduced to it. If I've learned anything about marijuana through my use it is that it's an extremely versatile drug. In addition, it's going to amplify what's already going on in your brain. So it certainly serves as a gateway drug for a lot of people but it's not a cookie cutter situation as the media makes it out to be. Of course, this is only my opinion based on my own drug experiences and watching the experie
  2. I've been taking it for some time. I had the same experience as you with my psychiatrist. I would say it helps in subtle fashion. It's no miracle supplement but I sincerely believe it is helping somewhat with my depression.
  3. I know my thoughts should be disregarded because I'm drifting in and out of reality, but I just want to take a time machine, because I really do think our brains have a spark, a touch of genius, that allows us to truly soak in the sway of life. If I had a large sum of money I would bet this is going to be proven. It's so good and so bad. When you examine natures transition into spring, when things really start to bloom and life is literally sprouting into full form with all of the flowers and such, this transition in itself is quite messy. It's the same way in my eyes. It's so beautiful becaus
  4. I can relate to this occurrence, and bend of perception if you will. In fact, due to this wonderful time of the year it's happening right now. Today it was augmented mixes of colors of the visible color spectrum. I wouldn't believe me if I was you either. It's not a conversation over coffee.
  5. The fragile venture into the schizo mind is torture and yet offers such bliss. I really don't understand it. #bipolar

  6. I guess I wanted a chase subconsciously, because that's the only way to describe substance abuse. I fell for the lie of glory just like most others. And now, I've grown wiser. You know, it's so funny how it hits you when you least expect it, dependence and addiction that is. There's always an inexplicable period of lost time, and then, you realize what a hole you've dug for yourself. The magic always fades and you'll always scrape away so hard trying to pick of the finite pieces of the dust, the only magic left. Only, it's a damn bitch to get on your hands and knees, only to attempt to pick up
  7. Thanks for the support guys, it really does mean a lot. I'm glad I posted this. I'm currently in a rather euphoric manic state so of course everything is grand at the moment. But confusing mood states aside, all of these replies is helping me feel worth through this psychotic mess. The mind is certainly taking me to places stranger than...something. You never really know where you'll be in the end. And the ultra rapid cycling you guys are talking about. This is the belly of the beast in my case. I know minute to minute mood swings like the back of my hand. I guess I'm used to dealing with
  8. I'm hoping there are others who hate the transition from late winter into spring as much as I do. Here is this topic summed up: do you suffer from very rapid and intense mood cycling when winter slowly blooms into spring? I honestly feel as though my mind is in sync with the transition of the death of winter into the explosion of life that is spring time. I'm diagnosed as rapid cycling bipolar 1 disorder (I think I have schizoaffective bipolar type due to hallucinations, delusions, visions, and intense paranoia but I don't care to be officially diagnosed). The slow transition from late win
  9. You shouldn't have to explain yourself. A person without a severe mental illness can never understand the mind of someone in the depths of...a severe mental illness. To answer your question, thankfully I can get by with freelance writing. That does a lot for me. It allows me to be free if that makes any sense. I still need assistance, but at least I can summon some kind of income on my own. But the truth is I couldn't handle a "real" job. The reasons for this are: Any kind of stress sets me off I'm rigid as a rock with paranoia related to other people and meeting societal expectations
  10. Seasons change, and so do moods.

  11. I can totally relate to you. Most of my time is spend blending in and making everyone to believe that nothing is wrong in my mind. Can't have society thinking you're off, right? Seriously though, the amount of energy I put into this masking is so very exhausting. I can't tell if it's worse than expressing my symptoms at times. I'm just too paranoid to show my "true" self to society.
  12. I absolutely hate the "stuck" feeling you describe. As others have mentioned, it's completely normal for it to be hard to make decisions. However, it gets much worse as a symptom of bipolar disorder, at least in my case. We could be experiencing totally different things, but I think I know what you're alluding to. To ease things, I do my best to calm myself down and allow myself to relax. I remind myself that sometimes a decision doesn't have to be made and that it's ok to do nothing for a little while. I hope that makes a little bit of sense.
  13. These states can definitely be provoked by your environment and stressors. I've found this to be the case. However, they can also come out of nowhere. I don't have a degree in neuroscience and can only speak from personal experience but for me, a mixed episode is like by brain is on fire and firing in all the wrong ways. It's as if all the different neurotransmitter systems are collectively acting out of role. I think about this a lot, what is happening with serotonin, dopamine, glutamate, and so on to make for an experience that is such an intense high and low all at once? It doesn't make
  14. I live pretty much every waking moment in depression, so that's anguish I just accept. But it's when insanity ensues during a mixed episode. That's when everything turns to shit and my mind is attempting to break through my skull.
  15. I assume you decided to taper off because you and your doctor felt you were stable enough? About your withdrawal, this is something that differs from person to person. However, you are tapering off of several powerful drugs. I don't mean to be a downer but the reality is you could experience negative symptoms further into the taper. I'm glad to here you're feeling fine with only sub threshold symptoms to speak of but watch out for an increase in intensity.
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