Apologies. I was aware it was the first post under this assumed username, however if you skip over to the following discussion page your post was first written by another. Web MD moderators caught that and pulled it but you can still see for yourself and hopefully understand how that could be confusing. As I said before, sometimes too much time on the computer can have negative effects. I cannot think of anyone realistically who has not gone through some phase in their life when anger or impulses have gotten the better of them, but nothing you've written sounds remotedly familiar and having moments when you get angry or impulsive most certainly does not mean you are mentally ill. Cut yourself a little slack and do get a job and do get a life if you feel that the one you're living isn't the one you want for yourself. If you can't get unstuck find someone to talk to that can help guide you.
I believe you are the one I may have posted to the other week. If this was the case it was wrong and I apologize, but to answer your question I'll protect the herd if it calls for singling out the sheep. You should be careful about what you say on the internet. People can take things out of context. I think I understand what you are saying regarding nine eleven I wouldn't ever use funny in the same sentence and I find it hard to associate laughter with the event but I do see irony given some of the things we do. Sometimes I have to literally pull myself off the computer and force myself to get out because watching what is happening in this world can be a hard thing to swallow. I hope you are able to find some answers.View Thread
"Free publication presents advice from experts on range of topics"
March 9, 2012, San Diego, CA - The International Bipolar Foundation launched its new book, Healthy Living with Bipolar Disorder, to help people with bipolar and their caregivers.
The book comprises of 14 chapters, each writen by an expert in the field, organized into three sections: general information on bipolar, advice on healthy living, and resources. Specific topics include children and adolescents, pregnancy, medication, family life, the workplace, and checklists such as a mood chart, excercise journal and food logs.
Based on input from the foundation's Consumer Advisory Board, the material is arranged in a three-ring binder format to allow people to add handouts from mental health providers and update chapters without having to order a new book.
The free book is available by mail in the U.S. and Canada, or in PDF version at internationalbipolarfoundation.org
*** Guys hope some find this useful in some way or another. Wanted to emphasize the PDF format so they are able to keep coming out with updated chapters that provide us with free information. I know some of us will need a hardcopy, but for those who can do without it will help keep the information coming fast. More than once I've seen posts on here referencing how discouraging it is to find cheap but good material. Here's one.
I think making sure that I did something that got myself away from me, my surroundings, and my thoughts was the best thing I did. The times I didn't were the times I tended to begin to suffer so... My advice to myself would be to get a job until I figured it out. The routine, the interaction (possibility of) with people in real time, and income could help strengthen positive skills in me that an employer will seek.
I know you're one of the keeper of books here. An addition for you - a workbook, "The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook: Practical DBT Excercises for Learning Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Emotion Regulation & Distress Tolerance" Matthew McKay, Ph.D., Jeffrey C. Wood, Psy.D., Jeffrey Brantley MD
Awkward and a bit coincidental. I haven't been by this board for awhile. Did post a comment for another member about a week back. It's good to see that you are healthy and stabilizing. Do yourself a favor and don't waste time looking around you and making comparisons. Naturally our perceptions when we experience manias and severe depressions hold us back a little as normalcy goes out the window. You'll catch up quicker than you think. You're aware of my opinions. I've always been straightforward with you.
Looks can be deceiving :> I know as much as much as I have to about Illinois but I know it can vary from state to state and like any legal document it has been taken to the point that without an attorney it is easy to find loopholes because you will not think of "all-inclusive" wording and the whole legal process is "bs". The rest is from personal experience. The offer is extended to you. To a limited extent I know you and your current mindset. Sorry, but I have a couple of more challenging clients right now and I am naturally a worrier. I don't want to set myself up for trouble. Hope you understand. I can email it to you.View Thread
I had to think about it for a few days before I said it. Really did, but honestly for some reason just like checking different newsites I spend too much time. An unhealthy amount of time. It has gotten to the point where it has effected me a bit and I could definitely see how an episode could creep in if I don't tie up all the loose ends I've left unattended. At some point I have to practice what I preach and take care of myself.
Wanted to say thanks for taking me down memory lane over the last couple months. San! Someone please thank her for me (have not seen her in awhile). It's ironic but I missed it. I was looking at my charts the other day and the only thing that has really changed has been my presence here. And as much as I enjoy it, that is time that I currently need to maintain other things.
Matt, I'll check back in a couple to see if you want that directive.