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Depression and Bipolar / Re: What's in our feel better Tool Belt?
« on: August 02, 2014, 11:08:56 PM »
Hello Dragonfly and welcome to the new forum. I am looking forward to becoming a grandfather, but in the short term people arranging baby showers etc is slowly driving me a little crazy LOL. Take Care. paul m

General Discussion / Re: Hello Everyone
« on: August 02, 2014, 11:02:54 PM »
Hello Momfeelinglost, Soozan and Rich. I'm glad that you all found us as you all have made great contributions to the old forum( that goes for you too LuckyLou and Peace).

 I too am having to find my way around. Take Care. paul m


General Discussion / Re: high stress, lack of sleep, and hypomania...
« on: August 02, 2014, 10:56:26 PM »
Hello HSG. I'm glad that you found us.

 Prolonged lack of sleep always triggers some form of hypomania or worse with me. I always keep a bit of seroquel around for the times when I just can't get settled for several days in a row.

 It does sound like you are pretty aware. Good Luck with everything. Take Care. paul m

General Discussion / Re: Hello Everyone
« on: August 02, 2014, 01:27:43 AM »
Hello LuckyLou. Good to hear from you. Keeping our heads above the water sounds so simple, but I know just how difficult that can be. I hope that you not only keep your head above water, but that someday you will be able to float easily  :). Take Care. paulm 

Depression and Bipolar / Re: What's in our feel better Tool Belt?
« on: August 02, 2014, 01:21:57 AM »
Hello Myriad. Interesting topic.  You and Lucky Lou have already hit a lot of mine, so I will try and add a few different ones.

 I try and get the same amount of sleep each week, no more, no less.

 I try and get some sweat exercise in at least 3X per week and no, sweat exercise isn't walking on the beach on a hot day LOL

 I try to take my meds at the same time each day.

 I try to be honest with my pdoc (that can be harder than it sounds  :))

 I try not to become obsessed over things that I cannot control.

 I try and be patient. (with varying degrees of success  :))

 I try to realize that an a**hole will always be an a**hole and not to get worked up by their comments. There is no way that I'm going to change their opinions, no matter how wonderful my arguments are. Better to just smile and walk away.

 I try to avoid as many triggers as I can

 When the little hamster in my brain gets spinning in it's cage a little to fast I try to concentrate to slow it down.

 I try to remember that sometimes that I just need to be alone.

 When I slip up and don't follow my own rules, I try to learn from that rather than berate myself for slipping up.

 I always try and remember that I'm a good person with a bad illness, not a bad person with good excuses.

 I try to remember that I'm not alone.  Take Care. paulm


Announcements / Using the forum
« on: July 31, 2014, 10:30:23 PM »
Hello Everyone. Learning to use a forum is always a bit of a challenge. A few pointers on this forum.

 It is possible to list an email acct or if you prefer to send private messages.

 When completing your profile you can put in as much or as little info as you like.

 I also believe, but haven't checked out yet, that it is possible to add attachments, have an avatar and do many other things.

 I'm still finding my way around, but don't hesitate to ask for help as it will help me learn the new system faster. 

 I'd also like to thank Daniel F for all of his work in getting this forum started. Take Care. paulm

General Discussion / Re: Hello Everyone
« on: July 31, 2014, 10:11:19 PM »
Hello Peace. I'm doing fine. The changes are quite a few. I have posted a notice on the old forum so hopefully everyone will join us here. Take Care. paulm

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