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  1. A copper IUD will not effect mood, but it makes periods heavier and more painful. I have a copper IUD and while I can control the pain with NSAIDs, it's stil an issue. If birth control pills haven't helped your mood, it's not likely that the Mirena IUD will improve your mood. If progestins in pill form haven't helped your mood or have made your mood worse than baseline, it's unlikely that they will do so in IUD form. However, it may effect your mood less than the pills did. What is your baseline around your period? Is it worse when you're not on the pill or just worse when you're on the pill? Have you taken pills such that you don't have periods? That helps some people.
  2. Migraines can definitely present that way, or you coud have something else neurological going on. I just read Oliver Sacs' book on migraine and he describes just this. Get to a neurologist. These symptoms could be serious.
  3. I've gianed 60 pounds in the last year, maybe more. I don't look like myself. Catch it early and get in the gym if you can-- even a walk a day can help if you can manage it. I'm so pissed I let myself gain all that weight knowing that Depakote and Zyprexa require you to be active and on top of your food intake and activity level.
  4. That's really not how I define black and white thinking, so I would also ask her for clarification. It's also okay to disagree with her even after you clarify what she meant. I will tell you that what you're describing is not unusual for many people-- and I don't even know that it's pathological. It may not be changeable, and in some circumstances it's desirable. A lot of people deal with personal crises or high stress situations this way, and I'm one of them. I don't see it as black and whlte thinking for me personally-- that term doesn't make sense to me applied to that manner of dealing with crises.
  5. The problem with putting off going inpatient is that the longer you're unstable, the longer it will take to get you stable again. It's really time for you to go IP. Your care team can't handle it, and you're just barely holding on. I'm surprised your care team hasn't recommended that you go inpatient.
  6. i always thought it was just me who was irrationally bothered by her hair. i'm not one to criticize people's looks or style but she really needs a makeover. The Today Show or Good Morning America or something like that GAVE her a makeover and made her look like a normal human being, and she hated it. Went right back to her mullet poof thing. You know, because her husband didn't like it. Apparently in that group, women are supposed to have long, curly hair.
  7. The mom's hair really gets me. Like that's how I know all of this is just really wrong.
  8. #livingthedream What's up with the pound sign and no spaces or punctuation?! I see that everywhere these days and I don't get it! I bet my jailbait husband would know.
  9. I am bipolar and own a business. Owning a business is hard and stressful as fuck. Doing so with bipolar disorder makes it even harder. It can definitely be done, but you have to be dedicated, consistent, and have help and emergency plans. The other thing that may or my not effect your business directly is that having a product means you are going to be dealing with people all the time, and you have to be good at it. I don't know how you do with social functioning with your ASD, but keep in mind that well over half of a company's success depends of customer service, making connections, and promotion. It's important that you figure out if you can handle that and have a plan for it. Again, not saying it can't be done, but you have to really ask yourself if that's a component of being an entrepreneur you can handle.
  10. I'm too busy having sex with my 20-something husband and adjusting my hearing aids to respond to this thread. It's hard being an old woman whose hit the wall, past her prime.
  11. I would go tonight. It's unlikely that you're going to wake up tomorrow feeling any better and it's equally unlikely that your case manager can make this better. You really need this. The hospital is the place that can help you the most with what you're experiencing. I'm not sure why your husband is being ambivalent because you've obviously needed to be inpatient for weeks.
  12. One of the biggest problems in all of this is that the victims (yes, even the four-year-old) got blamed for the abuse as much as the abuser. Sexual abuse is the failure of modesty in the household and by the little girls as much as it is pathology in the abuser. That is most likely what those girls were told in any "counseling" they received. These people aren't harmless, quirky, salt-of-the-earth Christians. They're dangerous.
  13. Trazodone is more known for causing priapism which is a medical emergency. If you're getting erections lasting more than I think it's 4 hours, you have to go to an ER. The metallic taste could be Depakote-- ACs do a lot of weird things with taste. Depakote is know to blunt sex drive more than anything, but side effects are so personal it's hard to say.
  14. It's probably a bit of both. With my current husband, we had amazing sex pretty much every day for 3 years. That's never been the case for me. Now it's not every day (ugh, meds and life), but it's still just as amazing.
  15. I don't know, psychosis is a symptom of a larger disease, which is the definition of pathology. I just can't see the havoc wreaked by a manic or depressive episode as an "experience." Going on a trip is an experience. Having your head go fucking bonkers so you see things that aren't there, spend $10,000 on eBay in 2 hours, or don't get out of bed for 2 weeks and want to die isn't an experience, that's a disease. Maybe you just haven't been sick enough or haven't had enough consequences to understand how devastating bipolar disorder can be.
  16. This site runs on funding from Google ads and donations. I'd imagine most of it is from Google ads. I don't think you're going to see a change in how the site handles Google ads anytime soon.
  17. I own a more-than-full-time business, raise a family, and get dressed on most days, but I feel disabled a lot of the time. I don't know why people are so reticent to pathologize their experiences with bipolar disorder and other mental illness because, by and large, they really fuck up your life. I might say something different on a day when I'm feeling better. But looking back over my life, bipolar disorder etc. have made many things impossible that I would really have liked to have done otherwise.
  18. It took me a long time to get over my first love, and I still think about him. I think he thinks I'm insane, which is probably fine. I was married for 10 years and thought about him almost every day. Then I met my current husband and everything changed. My first husband I married for security and because I was hurting from being in relationships. He was safe. My current husband swept me off my feet in his weird, aspie way and I just can't get enough of him. I still have moment where I think about the first one, but it's not really like it was when I was in my first marriage and indescribably lonely.
  19. I can almost understand wanting to experiment with recreational drugs on meds, though it's not something I'd do at this point in my life. I'm actually more concerned about the fact that you're risking it while in a foreign country where you're not familiar with the local scene and law enforcement. I get that Ibiza is a party destination, but adding meds and MI to the mix of all this is riskuy. But, as jt said, you're going to do what you're going to do, and hopefully it's uneventful.
  20. I'm actually very similar. I definitely have a lot of anxiety (that's my main issue), but there's a chance I have ADHD as well. It DOES NOT sounds anything like schizophrenia to me. There are plenty of people on these boards that have both. My recommendation is to get to a therapist to try to tease out what's going on, then focus on medicating what's most pressing (and what you can tolerate).
  21. On the upper right of the page you'll see your name. Click it, there's a dropdown. Then click on "My Content." You'll see all the threads you've posted in listed in chronological order by latest post time.
  22. You just have to keep in mind that our users here range in age from young adults to people in their 70s and beyond. My husband is your age and we've been together for over 5 years. It's not that odd-- I've had clients your age who have been together for 10 years, and many, many for over 5.
  23. In general, I don't do well with recreational drugs while on meds, but others do fine. It's trial and error. Here's the problem I see: You don't want to go through a trial and error in a foreign country, where you may not speak the native language, and where you don't know the laws about drug use/intoxication/possession. It would also suck to get stuck in a mental hospital in a foreign country. I agree that Ibiza is beautiful. Enjoy it, remember it, and don't spend your whole trip fucked up. If you stop your meds for the duration of the trip, you do risk them not working when you go back on them, or not working as well. You also risk destabilizing yourself. The seizure risk is very real if you're talking about mixing Wellbutrin with stimulants, drugs cut or adulterated with stimulants, or drugs related to stimulants like MDMA. It's hard to give a detailed response because it's highly dependent on which recreational drugs you're planning on taking.
  24. The choices kinda suck. Those of us over the age of 25 or 30 measure relationships in years and decades, not months. Having "3+" as the longest option really doesn't do justice to the question, especially people who have been with their SOs for 20 or more years.
  25. I also find SSRIs to be numbing (when they don't make me manic), and not really helpful with motivation and anhedonia. With that said, some people find that once the anxiety is taken away by an SSRI, motivation and joy come back. You really have to try it to see what happens.
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