I took Topomax for weight loss and had horrible side effects (tiredness forgetfulness dizziness). Talk to your doctor about the side effects you are having and ask your doctor about other medications that treat bipolar disorderView Thread
I hope your new therapist can help you with your feelings of guilt and trying to measure up. Seems we can have good coping skills but those feelings of low self-worth can dwell in us longer than we want to admit. I have problems with that too. I hate taking psych meds too and worrying about what the long term side-effects will be. They do make me feel better though and the last thing I want to do is 'crash.'
That's great that your pastor helped you to connect with your psychiatrist. Good luck! Last Sunday at my church, the pastor talked about Robin Williams after the service and said the church is the first place the mentally ill need to come. It would be great if my church would host a NAMI or DBSA group and put that into practice. They already host AA meetings.View Thread
I was binging on buttery popcorn for a couple of months until I had my gum surgery and switched to ice cream, then potato chips ( I hid those) BUT I am going to bed right after I eat so I can stop eating. I sleep 12-13 hours since I am going to bed so early.
When I wake up I eat breakfast (good), eat low-calorie lunch (good), then I get home ummmmâ€¦and eat a lot of snacks and consume them quite quickly I might add like I haven't eaten all day (but they are healthy snacks now that there is no junk food in the house) but then I eat big portions for dinner (not so healthy comfort food for the last week or so) which makes me feel good to eat so I am not depressed while eating and not depressed while sleeping.
I am just tired and mildly depressed all the time and I have gained some weight again. Duh!!!!! I am so mad at myself for not knowing this sooner. So in therapy I will come true about my binge eating and try to get help with this. It's embarrassing to admit I am a little piggy in secret though she can tell that by looking at me. Everyone in my family is overweight. I did open my window blinds today at work to let the sunshine in and it did help but I am very hungry. I think.
Dear Dr. G, A couple of months ago you posted that "there are no known/proven remedies for helping cognitive dysfunction in bipolar disorder." By remedies do you mean medications or therapy? I am thinking about paying for a subscription to do online cognitive training, I have downloaded and use cognitive training games, and CBT is the mode of treatment in my therapy sessions. It appears to me that these therapies would help treat any cognitive impairments I may have. Why would these be or not be considered remedies? Thank you, Mercy View Thread
I understand exactly what you are saying! Yes, I would like to find out how to do it because if I knew how to do it I wouldn't be binging lol My therapist is going to get a MOUTH FULL tomorrow — hardee har harView Thread
Sarah, this is the only support community I belong to. I didn't know there was a support community at Psychcentral. I have a lot of distractions when I post so I don't know how successful I would be one-on-one. Is it a chat room? Is there a moderator? View Thread
I agree with you and Kitty that I often (not always) eat out of boredom, but regardless of why I am binging it can have a negative effect on my moods and then moods affect my binging. It's a vicious circle. View Thread
Cookie — Thank you! I miss the daily post. Goat — Glad you are enjoying life Michele — Can you spare some energy for an ole' gal? Kitty — Better late than never "Congrats" on being a grandmother
Weather: Hot wet sauna but better than drought Sleep: Too much 12-13 hours a day for about the last 3-4 months Mood: Both anxious and depressed but I don't feel very depressed — odd. Plans: Back to therapy Thursday. Will join knitting ministry at church soon.
Thank you for starting this discussion. I'll just start by saying that I am angry. I am so angry at him for taking his own life because he seemed to have been given so much of it, maybe not any more than anyone else, but he gave so much of his energy and gave me years of laughter so I could break away from my own depression at times. From what I read about him he was kind to everyone and generous with what he had. He had beauty inside and out. Was there anything more that anyone could have said about him to have encouraged him to save his own life.
I understand what it is to be severely depressed and suicidal. My husband and I have counted 3 suicide attempts over the last 30 years — 2 that appear to be accidental but suicidal all the same (similar to one of my all-time favorite actors, Philip Seymour Hoffman, whose death by overdose also made me angry). We have been married for over 30 years and have great love for each other yet because of severe depression that wasn't enough and then again I was not seeking therapy or taking the necessary medications during those times. I know this from experience that rage and self-hate can result in suicide. I can't image anything that would make Robin Williams hate himself to the point of destroying his sense of self-worth except for depression.
Maybe he didn't take his depression seriously at the onset. At times, like many, I dupe myself into thinking that depression is just one of life's obstacles to overcome and is easy to step around if only I try hard enough, and why not I am revived with good days that put an end to all my sadness, but when severe depression returns and takes over my ability to think rationally about myself it weakens my mind and body keeps me down and alone and often I cannot receive enough encouragement from others to find my way out of despair because I cannot trust others to accept me and count on them to spend time with me when I am depressed. Depression keeps me silent and embarrassed — and scared. Maybe that is how he felt.
I agree with most that because he reached out for support, had the love of many, and had the resources to help fight his depression there was reason enough for him to hope for recovery and even I want to blame him and not his depression for giving up. I want to blame myself and feel angry when I think on my own attempts and how easy it was for me to give up when I could have reached out for support, but to reach out for support can make a person feel weak tiresome burdensome. We don't want to disappoint those around us they expect us to be strong and supportive our usual resilient selves we cannot allow ourselves to fail.
Though some view suicide as failure and a cop-out others view suicide as a way out of the unbearable feeling of gloom and hopelessness — who wants to live that way and who wants to feel the embarrassment and shame of being seen as less and emotionally dependent. Regardless, I do not approve of suicide as a solution to life's problems. Suicide only adds to the stigma of mental illness and a reluctance for those suffering to ask for help. We could save lives if we would only encourage ourselves and others to end the shame, the stigma and the silence of mental illness.View Thread