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Hi there.  I am a 38-year-old woman.  I was diagnosed with major depression when I was 10 and began meds at 11.  I developed bulimia at 15.  I found medication and therapy helpful and was able to function pretty well for some time.  I believe that the MDD became bipolar disorder in my mid-20s, but wasn't diagnosed until a hospitalization in my early 30s.  The bulimia transitioned to binge eating disorder in my 30s.  Over the past 6-8 years I have been less functional and have been hospitalized about 10 times.  I left my job and moved in with family 4 years ago.  I wasn't able to find a job once I was well enough so I started a grad school program, which has been tough to get on with when I have not been stable.  I was stable but still not feeling great on Lithium for almost 2 years, but had side effects I couldn't tolerate so I tapered off of it this summer.  The past 5 months have been a bit of a roller coaster.  I've changed doctors as well as tried a couple of new meds but haven't found either that have helped yet and have had a recent hospitalization.  I started a part-time job as a grad assistant this year but haven't been able to work in about 6 weeks.  I'm struggling to get any schoolwork done.  Fortunately I'm not in a suicidal place, just a pretty bad place for me at the moment.  The bright spot in my life is my pets, whom are a great comfort to me.


I was grateful to find this board and have found reading about others' experiences helpful--thank you all for sharing yours.  I have read the user agreement.  I'm afraid I have no experience to share on the subject of nipple clamps.



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