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    winterwisteria posted:
    I just wanted to introduce myself since I plan to actively engage in conversations with others.

    I am disabled, diagnosed Bipolar, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, ADD and an eating disorder.

    I am 36-years-old and was an English teacher and then a Social Worker before I had a breakdown and lost my job as a program specialist for a national non-profit agency.

    I presently live in Vinita, OK. It's a remote, very much, country town--- It's a one stop light town. It's been an adjustment for me. Prior to being here, I was in Florida, and before that, in PA, two hours from NYC. I am from NJ originally.

    I have been married almost 7 years. We don't have children, but our two cats are our kids.

    When I am able to engage in an activity (which I haven't been able to do in months)-- I enjoy painting, writing, photography and reading. I also love music--I am an avid music junkie.

    My husband and my mother, the only two people in my life, both have mental issues, so I find myself dealing with my mind and emotions alone. It gets old just circling the drain without having someone to talk to. I have always been the listener, you know. It's hard for me to open up and spill my guts. I was raised to "never let them see you sweat"--My grandmother raised me and she was a tough-as-nails Sicilian grandmother. I try to be as strong as she was, but of course, that is not possible.

    At any rate, I am looking forward to participating in this forum. I will list my medications in case anyone wants to have a conversation with me about meds--Which I would appreciate at some point in time, because I am quite dubious of medication.

    Prozac 80mg
    Lamictal 400mg
    slik_kitty responded:
    welcome to the board. this is a good place to come to be with people who understand.
    DizzyJgirl responded:
    Welcome! Thanks for the introduction.
    I live in a rural area (VT), so I understand how that is for you. I am from NY and have lived in different places (thanks to the military).
    I have been married over 20 years (long story), have 3 boys ages 20, 19, 12. Oldest and youngest have some issues. I have 2 dogs (one is a puppy with health problems) and 2 guinea pigs. I also LOVE music, scrapbooking, reading, cooking and gardening. That is when my mood allows for it. I can tell I am in a depressive episode because I have no interest in anything.
    I am currently on lithium, wellbutrin, ativan (as needed...very, very rarely), and ambien. I have been on that mix for several years (lithium since my dx about 7 years ago). How is the Abilify for you? I have never been on that.
    Nice to have you with us and look forward to hearing from you more.
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    bpcookie responded:
    Hello, nice to meet you and welcome to the board
    The world is round and the place which may seem like the end may also be only the beginning. ~Ivy Baker Priest
    ibex7 responded:
    Welcome winterwisteria,

    We're a friendly group who have learned the BP ropes by experience and most of us have first hand knowledge of at least some meds. Sounds to me like you have a good mix for the symptoms you describe. Remember that your pdoc is the authority on meds. I hate to say this butt our opinions may just sometimes be (wrong).
    This is crazy, butt I so want to call you Snookie.
    mercygive responded:
    Hello and welcome to the board. I enjoy taking outdoor photographs and would like to take photography classes, but I have not made the time. I take the generic of these meds:

    Lamictal 300 mg
    Seroquel 200 mg
    Synthroid 137 mcg
    Choose life, God's Grace and humor - mercygive

    lexismom11 responded:
    I have been on Abilify and it is a pretty good medication. I didn't have any problems while I was on it. It was a matter of how much the medication costs that stopped me from taking it. I have never taken Prozac or Lamictal. I am currently on
    Wellbutrin, Risperidone, Celexa, and Ambien. All of which seem to be working ok right now.

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