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My Story:
I am 43 years old (as of 2011) and was diagnosed with Bipolar I in January, 2004. However, I struggle much more with depression and in the first three years of diagnosis I was often suicidal.

Things improved, I got laid off and went back to school and graduated with a Master's in Public Health. For my thesis, I had the wonderful opportunity of working with a community mental health agency and did a great paper on mental health recovery. I wanted to get my PhD in Epidemiology and study mental disorders, but a really great opportunity opened up in Ft. Lauderdale, FL in February 2011, so I have been here ever since.

So far I have done well with my move -- I'm able to thrive at work, but I need more than that. I take life way too seriously, don't relax and laugh enough and love to learn new things. My goal is to be feeling good....want to always be growing and learning new things!

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Hi everyone, I used to post quite a bit on this message board -- but then had technical...More
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Reply: Bipolar disorder and religion
Like many people who have already replied I can relate to this issue. One trait that I...More
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New Challenges
Hey Y'all, I'm sure some of you don't know me, I haven't posted much in the past year,...More
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Problems with the board and some personal triggers
Okay, so log in and I see one discussion from today and all of the rest are at least 2 days...More
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Reply: I did a bad thing
Good for you for coming clean. I went off of Seroquel about 2 years ago and it was very...More
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Reply: Sassy Sunday daily post - may contain Triggers
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Reply: not hangdling great
Hey Deb, I just read through your post. So sorry to hear about the surgery and not being...More
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Haven't been here in a while...
Hey everyone, I haven't been here in a while. It was hard to find a good time post and I...More
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Spiritual community - may trigger
Well, during my day off I have spent several hours journaling, reflecting and pondering. And...More
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Reply: Spiritual community - may trigger
Hey Melly, In your meditation, do you focus on a single thought or truth. Or is the purpose...More
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