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General Discussion / Re: Thanksgiving is not always fun
« on: October 14, 2014, 11:43:47 PM »
Hello Dragonfly. Sorry that you didn't have a good long weekend. No need to apologize for being long winded.

 I know that you weren't camped at the same place I was because I would have noticed the beagle puppy. (beagles are either great or a pain in the butt, depending on the owner, but the puppies are always cute)

 I can't stand being around drunks much anymore, partly because I too have had to quit drinking due to my meds, but I never could stand loud obnoxius drunks.

 I never trust any dog, when they are in an environment they are not used to(not even my own dog and she's as gentle as they come). Dogs do protect territory and they can also react badly to unfamiliar sights and scenes.  So you were right to be worried, although there was probably very little you could do.

 In regards to your son self medicating. There could be a variety of reasons why he does this.  All you can do is get some simple info(brochures etc) and ask him to read them at his leisure for the sake of his Mom.

 He may not read them, he may say no, but at least you will have tried and maybe place a few ideas in his head. 

 If you or someone you know has access to a printer below are some good articles on mood disorders. There is also an article about anxiety and drinking. I used to have a few drinks when I went to a wedding dance or reunion etc to help calm my nerves, long before I ever knew what the word bipolar even meant. 

 I was never a heavy drinker overall , but as a young man I ended up drinking fairly heavily at some of those social events.  I spent more than a few nights on the bathroom floor, not something that I am proud of,  How did it affect my kids? Both in their 30's now, neither one drinks much. They say how it affected Dad. I'm not saying that happens in all families, but perhaps you will be lucky and your grandchildren will come to realize that getting bombed has it's price.

 Three of the articles are from the MDAO  Take Care. Paul m

General Discussion / Re: Brain transplant or adjustment?
« on: October 11, 2014, 12:13:15 AM »
Hello Peter. I've went to the same group, which is held on the second and forth Tuesday of every mth, for over 20 yrs now. A while back I showed up on the wrong Tuesday night. So it happens to most of us. Take Care. paul m

General Discussion / Re: Latuda starting tomorrow
« on: October 11, 2014, 12:10:04 AM »
Hello JennyRN70. I know that meditating is very good for some people. However for me, when I try it and I'm the least bit manic, I can't concentrate on one thought and when I'm depressed and I try I just fall asleep LOL.

 I have the same problem with Yoga. Manic, I can't sit still, depressed I fall over asleep LOL.

 Both are great methods of get and keeping well if they work for you.

 I know that you have had a long hard battle with your illness and I hope that you keep fighting and find something that works well for you soon.  To keeping trying when nothing seems to work is very hard work and frustrating, often it's easier to just give up.  Give yourself a pat on the back for all the effort that you have put in and keeping trying, someday you'll find what works.  Take Care. paul m


General Discussion / Re: Thanksgiving
« on: October 08, 2014, 01:43:25 AM »
Hello Dragonfly. That's a great topic. I totally agree with you about family. Only in my case I'll shorten it to my immediate family. Take Care. paul m

General Discussion / Re: Community Dinner at my church
« on: October 06, 2014, 11:37:33 PM »
Hello JennyRN70. I'd love to go, but I will be in London that night visiting with family. I hope that you have a good turn out. Take Care. paul m

Hello NeitherHereNorThere.  Humour is important as long as nobody feels picked on. Well sometimes my wife gets  picked on a little.  The definition of normal is to be like those around you or to conform to standard. Some nights she is the only person in the room without a mental illness(other than she's a bit crazy to have stuck with me).

 That makes the rest of us normal and her abnormal, so we call her Abby on those nights for Abby Normal LOL

 The wedding that I referred to was a pretty good one, great even. The theme was taken from a very well known authors book.  The author happened to be Dr Seuss and the theme was Green Eggs and Ham, but the wedding and reception were great. That couple also has a great sense of humour, even though both of them have been through some hard times. Take Care. paul m

General Discussion / Re: W5 tonight "suicide watch"
« on: October 04, 2014, 08:31:06 PM »
Hello JennyRN70. It should not happen, but it does and it's exceptional hard on everyone from those left behind who thought their loved one was safe to the staff who perhaps only slipped up for a few minutes in an otherwise stellar career.(for some reasons the doctors never get blamed).

  Not to make light of the problem but there have been times when I considered a prolonged stay in a certain hospital a fate almost worse than death. Take Care. paul m

General Discussion / Re: Welcome Neither Here Nor There
« on: October 04, 2014, 08:23:36 PM »
I'll second that. I said hello to NeitherHereNorThere. in another post, but I will say welcome again. Take Care. paul m

General Discussion / Re: Latuda starting tomorrow
« on: October 04, 2014, 08:21:20 PM »
I hope that your spirits lift soon. Take Care. paul m

Hello NeitherHereNorThere and welcome to the forum. Please feel free to ask questions, answer other people's questions, use the forum to vent out a few frustrations and/or post an interesting article.

 In regards to romantic relationships, I know one couple who met in Penetang Mental Hospital while both were undergoing treatment. I spoke with them last mth and they are still together nearly 20 yrs later.

 There is also a couple that post on here. They met at one of our get-togethers in T.O. and I and some others who post on this forum were privileged to attend their wedding a few years ago.

 She's a real sweetheart, but I'll never know what she saw in him. LOL  I'm allowed to say that, every time he sees my wife he asks her" you know he's crazy don't you". LOL.  Actually they are a very nice couple. Take Care. paul m

General Discussion / Re: ....was worried about endoscopy.....
« on: October 02, 2014, 05:57:44 AM »
Hello Peter. I'm glad that it went well. Take Care. paul m

General Discussion / Re: Away
« on: October 02, 2014, 05:42:52 AM »
Hello Dragonfly. It was a boy and my wife is enjoying being a grandmother very much. I'm a bettr with small kids when they reach 2-3 yrs old, but I'm still happy that he is healthy and seemingly happy. Take Care. paul m

General Discussion / Re: Feeling Uncomfortable
« on: October 02, 2014, 05:15:20 AM »
Hello Paul. It's not very difficult at all for a virus to invade your computer, especially if you hit on a link. Take Care. Paul M

General Discussion / Re: sorry for not being around much
« on: September 27, 2014, 08:29:35 PM »
Hello Lucky Lou. We've missed you too. Good Luck with your move. Moving is on the top five of my things that I hate to do. Take Care. paul m

General Discussion / Re: Feeling Uncomfortable
« on: September 26, 2014, 11:19:56 PM »
Hello Paul. There are many reasons why people are uncomfortable with spam. Some of it can be very real looking and ask you to click on a link. I myself post many links and people click on them all of the time.

 However if some one clicks on a spammers link a virus could invade your computer. That virus could damage your computer and/or milk it for personal information. It could also cause your computer to send out emails or send out spam on it's own. Those are the primary reason why any reputable place tries to control spam. Take Care. paul m

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