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General Discussion / Re: Introductions
« on: January 24, 2015, 07:46:04 am »
Hi I am. Lucky for a number of reasons but mostly because I'm still alive! I had a breakdown about 6 years ago when I was formally diagnosed as bipolar and having an anxiety disorder. This is when I first stumbled across this forum and boy have I come a long way since those early days! I have been with my partner for almost nineteen years and I am so lucky that he has stuck by me through all the craziness. I am still learning about this illness and this forum has saved me a number of times and I am grateful for the friends I have made here.i  too have a cat who has social anxiety too lol I have had periods where I have been unable to work and I am. Working now but barely hanging by a thread. I am an open book so feel free to ask questions or pm me anytime!

General Discussion / Re: Online Support Groups
« on: January 20, 2015, 05:46:03 am »
That's awesome peace!

General Discussion / Re: What's your definition of acceptance?
« on: January 19, 2015, 06:47:54 am »
Acceptance is recognizing your new reality and learning how to overcome it a place I hope to get to someday

General Discussion / Re: Online Support Groups
« on: January 13, 2015, 06:22:57 am »
Hi peace! There are loads of support groups on Facebook if u are on it, like bipolars supporting bipolars. I am on there and have found it very helpful, it has alleviated my feeling alone in this fight. Don't be ashamed we all feel lonely at times. It's especially true for me at this time of year so I can relate. Reaching out is a good first step! We are all here for u!

General Discussion / Re: I don't feel good
« on: January 11, 2015, 07:43:07 am »
Hi peace sorry u aren't feeling well big hugs!

General Discussion / Re: Check In
« on: January 03, 2015, 09:43:26 am »
Thanks Paul I hope that I can accept this illness soon and know my limits and recognize when I am going down a dark path sooner

General Discussion / Re: Check In
« on: January 02, 2015, 01:04:22 pm »
Soozan thanks that is exactly how I feel the mess definitely keep me on the low side which makes it difficult to enjoy the simple things
Peace u could try wording it as being only a suggestion and say you don't want to offend anyone but... And if anyone does get offended realize that that is their problem not yours!

General Discussion / Re: Check In
« on: January 02, 2015, 07:36:38 am »
Thanks guys u are probably right now is not the time but I am tired of biting my tongue so much to say but I don't have the words! Just feeling so blah right now and I know it's my illness but I do get tired of fighting all the time to keep my sanity. I know by March I will probably feel a whole lot better but I also know things can not continue the way they are. I think I deserve better and I don't want to settle anymore I want what we had before I got really sick yet I know that is not possible I know intellectually that I am not the same person and will never be but emotionally if I could just be who I was then he would want me again in his words I used to be fun and I am apparently not anymore I thought moving would help but it's just more of the same and I think that is a source of my stress and depression it does feel like I am biding my time waiting for the perfect ime to say all that I need to say I hope this new year I will finally learn to love myself and accept myself and this illness

General Discussion / Re: Happy New Year Everyone!
« on: January 01, 2015, 05:54:31 am »
Same to you soozan! And to everyone else in the group my wish for you is a joyful new year with many blessings!

General Discussion / Re: Check In
« on: January 01, 2015, 05:52:29 am »
Sorry to hear this peace! Glad you had a good day soozan I survived but am feeling a bit low right now dreading going back to work on Monday but restless at the same time! I am feeling unappreciated and unloved at times. Also have a feeling something bad is going to happen. My moods are all over the place! And I am thinking that I may need to let my partner go as he deserves better. Anyway I am rambling so that is where I am at

General Discussion / Re: Seasons Greetings
« on: December 17, 2014, 06:54:04 am »
Right back at ya Paul! And to everyone else i hope the new year brings you lots of happy moments!

Family, Friends, and Supporters / Re: 14 year old with social anxiety
« on: November 26, 2014, 04:50:42 am »
I have suffered from social anxiety throughout my life and my high school years were especially difficult. My parents were the key to my staying grounded and in school. They provided me with unconditional love and that was what i needed. They were my friends when i felt i didnt have any. High school was difficult and my being gay did not help. It was hard to face going to school everyday and facing being bullied. But with my parents love and support i did it. I had to make the decision on my own though that i was not going to let my social anxiety stop me from living my life. Your daughter will have to do the same. All you can do is love her through it. It was a painful period in my life but things can and do get better. After high school I managed to find a circle of friends that supported me. I went on to get two degrees from university. None of this would have been possible without the support of my parents. She is lucky to have you. Feel free to keep posting we will all help if we can.

General Discussion / Re: winter blues
« on: November 25, 2014, 07:05:30 am »
Hi CanadianEm! I would normally suggest walking but in this case things that help me are reading, music, hot baths and this group! I m feeling the winter already and know that it could go on for awhile which depresses me.  But i have found outlets of support both in real life and on the internet. Facebook has lots of bipolar support groups you can join but this is by far the best forum i have been on. Everyone is nonjudgemental and nice! So if you need to vent or get support you have found the right place!

General Discussion / Re: Anybody 50+ with BPD?
« on: November 25, 2014, 07:00:42 am »
Hi and welcome! Im not over 50 but pretty darn close! I find that walking deep breathing exercises and long baths help me when im depressed or anxious. Sounds like you have had some stressors over the last little while and anyone would be depressed! I think its normal just worse for us with BPD! Congrats on getting married! I havent married my same sex partner yet but hope to do so one day! Anyway i think you will find that this is a safe place to vent and get support we are all non judgemental here!

General Discussion / Re: Introduction
« on: November 25, 2014, 06:57:17 am »
HI and Welcome! Like Rich says dont listen to them! Staying on meds is often what helps us be able to cope with this illness. I had my first manic episode when i was your age and wish i gotten help then but i waited and could have saved myself alot of heart ache and regret if i had just admitted i had a problem. It takes a lot of courage especially at your age to reach out. So kudos to you! I hope you find this is a safe place to vent and talk about problems we all face.

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