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  1. Hi Everyone! So I switched from Ritalin to Adderall about a year ago to control the symptoms of my obnoxious ADD, and it works really well to help me kind of, quiet my manic mind enough to feel motivated and capable to start and finish whatever I'm working on. Great med, The only problem is that I have lost a pretty intense amount of weight since I started taking it, and it doesn't seem to be getting much better. Did anyone else have this problem with adderall for so long? Any suggestions? Thanks! Olive <3
  2. Ugh, I feel your pain...I was diagnosed when I was a teenager but only first had a psychotic episode about five years ago. It can really be the pits; my emotions are so extreme sometimes I don't know how to react to myself. Sometimes I get so scared this illness will take my life, but I promised myself that I would fight everyday to make sure that doesn't happen, which comforts me a little. Are you taking any meds? <3
  3. Wow, this is such a wild experience, I have never been involved in a mental health community, but have been mentally ill for most of my life. Thank you so much for your responses. it means the world. ​Sleep is definitely a huge trigger for an upswing, I can always catch a glimpse of the mania before it swoops in by how little sleep I am getting and how much money I am spending or weight I am losing. It's so odd how something as cold and destructive as mania can just be like, such an everyday, quotidian thing. Do anyone else shop like crazy or is that one of my terrible afflictions alone? <3
  4. Hi Everyone!! I'm Olive, I'm new! Thanks for inviting me into this awesome community. I've been sitting here for hours before dawn, feeling great and well rested after three hours sleep, wondering how much sleep is enough sleep for a bipolar person? I feel like a million dollars on no sleep when I am lit up, but I know there are consequences. Any other Bipolar folk experience lack of desire for sleep between mood swings? Thanks! Love, Olive
  5. Everyone is so nice!! Thank you for the kind welcomes!! I feel at home, a little. <3
  6. Hi everyone, I'm Olive. I've never been a member of anything like this, but I am looking forward to meeting other people like me and being able to share my experiences, some of which are a little nutty. But here I am in a nutshell: Ph.D student in Neuroscience Adjunct professor vintage clothing aficionado manic depressive, shcizoaffective-type. I'm happy to be here. -Olive
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