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  1. THIS. Before I got sick, I could smoke one cigarette, then go for years without another. Since I got sick, I smoke like a chimney and can't stop because every time I try my head gets wacked out. So I guess I'd rather die young of cancer than be old and constantly manic.
  2. I HATE the time change. The older I get, the more it messes with me. I wish they'd just choose one and stick with it all year. Also, I never understood the reasoning about DST. So what if it's light later, and people don't use electricity in the evenings? They're using it in the mornings instead! How does that save energy?
  3. I was glad to be diagnosed after months of suffering and my (then) GP insisting there was nothing really wrong, implying it was psychosomatic or for attention. I *knew* there was something really wrong, so it was a relief to know what it was and that there was help. I don't like that I have MI, but in varying flavors it does run in both sides of my family, so it wasn't a big surprise.
  4. I never had to make a conscious decision. Even as a kid, I visualized myself as a married woman with a career, but kids were just not even in the picture. I adore my nephews and niece, but most other children are just off my radar (till they start kicking and screaming in the supermarket, but at that point I want to slug the PARENTS, not the kid). Then when I was in my late 20s and my friends started having kids, I watched what happened: *The wife lost her figure *She became a Mommy Machine with no interest in sex, the world around her, nothing but the baby *The husband stopped finding her attractive *She lost her freedom *All they did was argue about parenting *Both were miserable Then I was diagnosed with BP and knew that MI runs in both sides of my family, and that put the final nail into it. I've never been sorry I didn't have them.
  5. I don't have any moles. I guess that's why I don't have a life either.
  6. I started Lamictal 10 years ago during a mixed episode. It has been my rock ever since. It's worked great keeping my mood within normal limits. It really seems to work well for a lot of people.
  7. Hi Everyone, I was at work yesterday when a song came on the radio that I never heard before. We can't hear the lyrics too well because the shop is noisy, but these are some phrases I did hear: "Hey now" "About what they say" "That's when he said" "A bodyguard" "Scream OK, OK" I think the singer was a woman. It sounded like a dance/party tune with maybe a Caribbean flavor. If anyone can clear this up I appreciate it!
  8. The two times my dose was significantly lowered, I started with flu-like symptoms (chills and lassitude, basically) that then progressed into motion sickness and vomiting. Both times I said "screw this" and went back up to my normal dose. Almost immediately after I took the pills the symptoms went away. What's weird is my pdoc acted like he'd never heard of this before, but my family doctor was like, "Oh, yeah, that's classic Seroquel withdrawal." So I guess I'll be on Seroquel for the rest of my life...good thing it works for me.
  9. I realized from an early age that the likelihood of religion being factually true is tiny. I'd call myself an agnostic who hopes/wishes there is a good Higher Power out there, and there is an afterlife, and it is good. But I still go to church, partly out of a sense of continuity, partly because it's peaceful and meditative which is nice after a busy, noisy week. What I'm really curious about is why religion seems to be so tied in with MI. It seems like, across the board, religion is intimately involved in delusional thinking and/or mood swings. I can tell where I am in my stability by how religious I feel.
  10. If I could change one thing, it would be to eliminate the racism that lingers on in me. I was brought up in a time when racism was normal, and fighting those thoughts and views is a constant battle. But, since my twenties, I have changed in a lot of ways. *I have learned to understand social cues and respond appropriately. *I don't have nearly the temper I used to. *I don't correct people when they're "wrong" about something unimportant--I've learned it makes them dislike you. *I've learned that just because you're invited to a baby shower doesn't mean you have to go. *I realize it's true that every day when I wake up and feel well, it's a gift. *I've stopped believing in religion (but still go to church occasionally just for tradition). *I've stopped letting other people dictate what I should do, and learned to stand up for myself when necessary. *I don't believe a word the media says, and am totally cynical about advertising. *I changed from a lucrative but stressful career (publishing) to a decent paying but satisfying career (machining). I hope I continue to evolve for the rest of my life. Maybe by the time I'm 80 I'll actually know what's going on!
  11. I get a stuffy nose after taking it, but not always. I always wondered why it happens some times and not others.
  12. My name is Lulu and I'm going to L.A. to look for, like, really laid-back la-las.
  13. "If I can't sit still or shake, and have the euphoria, it's hypomania. But fot the longest time, I guess until I started Seroquel I didn't realize what happy was. For me happy means that I don't even think about my BP because it's not affecting my day." THIS^^^
  14. Looking back, I can see that the cycle began in my early twenties. I had several manias in the years after that, gradually more severe, but my real full-blown meltdown did not occur until I was 41.
  15. My meds are all that stand between me and Koo-Koo Krazy. Fortunately they work really well. I do have this fear, though, that at some point I'll get a stomach bug or whatever and not be able to keep my pills down. That really scares me because without my meds I'm about 2 days from total Looney Toons.
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