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Hi, my name is Debbie and I'm 49 years old. I am diagnosed with Bipolar II, DDnos, and Social Phobia. Though I have been living a fairly stable life with the help of meds and therapy for the past 23 years, life has currently become a bigger challenge for me than ever both physically and mentally/emotionally. But "Hope" is the driving force of my life! I live and breathe hope! Hope gets me from one step to the next! And Hope reminds me that things WILL get better!

I am not, and never will be, defined or dictated to by my mental illness! I am so much more than that! Life is choice! I am responsible for how I live today in spite of my history or any mental illness!

I believe that all of us are capable of living happy, productive lives and contribute to society just like anyone else who doesn't have a mental illness. It doesn't just happen overnight or without our own participation, but it is no doubt possible!

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Hi Jennifer, You might feel like you were just told you have cancer, but you don't. Focus on...More
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Reply: TRIGGER - Part of it, anyway
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Reply: scared of the medications
Elizaa, I'm SO happy for you that you had a good appt! Nothing to be afraid about after all,...More
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Reply: TRIGGER - Part of it, anyway
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Reply: Just diagnosed
Welcome to the board, Jennifer! I'm sorry that your life is in such disarray right now. You...More
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Reply: scared of the medications
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Reply: TRIGGER - Part of it, anyway
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