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    hope7951 posted:
    Female 59
    Double BA in Graphic Arts & English. Post Graduate work in Business Administration. GPA 3.875.
    Married 37 years.
    Employed since 1969.
    Suicide Attempt Oct. 1979 & Sept. 1982
    Diagnosed Manic-Depressive April 1980.
    On Lithium since April 1980.
    On Anti-depressents since June 1979 ( Prozac Feb. 1992)
    Last hospitalized Sept. 26, 1982 ( took self off meds)
    Xanax and ambien as needed.
    Won ADA Settlement in 1999 from $120M corporation.
    Own Marketing Communications Consulting Business since 2000.
    Volunteer - Activities Memory Unit of Assisted Living Facility, Marketing Commitee and Board of Directors of NAMI, Design/Editor Sackter House Media for Persons with Mental Disabilities. Certified Lay Minister.
    Clinical Genetic Study for Families with Bipolar Disorder, Johns Hopkins
    Special interests: Genetics, Creativity /Mental Illness, Workplace Discrimination, Long-Time Bipolar Wellness
    You become what you think about...
    fuzzer29 responded:
    Ummmm, what exactly is his thread about? I'm not so sure I get what it's about. No criticisms intended either, just a bit confused.
    No matter how high the throne, there sits but an ass. -Voltaire
    bpcookie replied to fuzzer29's response:
    I think I get it.

    Female 45 but still one hot mama, I may be old, but I will never grow up.

    Married 11 yrs this august 7th

    graduated kindergarten and even took a few college courses for Vet. Tech. earned diploma 2001

    Worked many jobs: Data Entry, cross trained to cover all jobs in my dept. for Boeing which was called Garrett at the time.

    Won Runner Up Rodeo Queen for the annual Garrett Rodeo. Yup, thats right partners, this gal was a cow girl, They called me Cow Patty.

    Test Driver/ Group Leader for Nissan. I was able to torture my employees. Actually I was a very nice group leader and often told my employees that they were doing a great job.

    Became a mommy to a beautiful baby girl that I named Charly Maranda. She just turned 18 on the fourth of July. She was a fire cracker baby. She was in great danger when she was being born. Cord was wrapped around her neck cutting off oxygen. She wasnt reacting to stimuli after she was born but the Dr.s and Nurses worked on her and she turned out just fine. I tell you this story because it was by far the hardest job I have ever done and Im still doing it.

    Volunteered for Friends For Life Animal Sanctuary for a few years, rescuing and fostering animals.

    Bipolar, but uuummmm, so? Diagnosed 1999, Stable? nah, its over rated.

    Three suicide attempts, but as you can tell, none worked. Its gonna take a lot more than that to finish this girl off.

    I may be Bipolar, but Bipolar is just the name of the illness I have, not who I am.
    I can't be bothered with a cell phone in my car....I am too busy making finger gestures at everyone!!!-Maxine
    skypper replied to fuzzer29's response:
    i'm thinking it's meant as an introductions thread where we can introduce and give out some ihfo about ourselves


    age: 29 and holding lol in reality i'm just barely over that but don't go around telling people

    dx: was dx'd BP1 with mixed episodes in 2007

    meds current/past: have tried many many meds...seroquel was the 1st, trileptal, lamictal, abilify, topamax, xanax, lorazapam, zoloft, lexapro, geodon-that's about all i can remember...current meds are lithium, prozac and vistaril

    i live in southern california and am now on permanent disability for my bipolar, i have 3 wonderful kids but have never been married, though i do currently live with my kids and the father of my kids...i think i found this board around the time i was dx'd as i was looking for info and never left, it's been at times my only means of support through my illness and has helped me tremendously, i've made several very good, great friends here too

    it's been a bumpy road for sure but friends make the ride a little less lonely
    I'm selfish,impatient
    KatieS83 responded:
    Female 27

    Online schooling for a Associates in Criminal Justice.

    Currently out of work, but stay at home mom to 2 great kids ages 2 years and 1 month.

    Diagnosed BP2, Rapid cycling depression. I also have major Social anxiety (being on these boards is about as social as i get). Semi-paranoid thoughts.
    Currently being checked out for RA and PCOS.
    Never been hospitalized, Only thought of hurting my self a handful of times.

    Been on Celexa since May 2010, and Lithium since July 2010.

    I would love to be able to find a good, compassionate doc that can help me, so far i'm not happy with any of my docs, but that could be the social anxiety and me putting a wall up.
    hope7951 replied to fuzzer29's response:
    We have been doing roll calls on this board for the last 7 years....It is intended to tell others about who you really are in a factual manner.
    You become what you think about...
    skypper replied to skypper's response:
    oh geez jobs...let's see, i was a temporary warehouse worker, a computer tech intern, a computer technician, a shipping clerk, a real estate agent, a reservation sales specialist, and a loan officer...oh and i use to help run the bf's landscaping business ie:estimates, billing, payroll, buyer, advertising, web site development, pretty much all administrative tasks, and sometimes i even went out and worked in the field with the guys landscaping, planting things etc....

    as for suicide, i've had many attempts, i don't even know how many, obviously i'm not very good at it...though i've never been hospitalized for my bp or anything psych related...
    I'm selfish,impatient
    fuzzer29 replied to hope7951's response:
    Oh, OK, thanks!
    No matter how high the throne, there sits but an ass. -Voltaire
    hope7951 replied to fuzzer29's response:
    so, who are you?
    You become what you think about...
    fuzzer29 replied to hope7951's response:
    Oh darn, I was hoping to elude this one! OK, OK, here goes:

    female, 36

    never took part i any graduations- I pretty much don't care about them, and did the same with all proms
    gruaduated in top 10% of all classes. In high school I was the 11th in line even tho I wasn't there

    I am a science geek- woked most of my short career as a chemist. I have done stints in pharmacology, and optical lab tech. Right after high school I worked at a movie theater and still hate the smell of popcorn!

    Dx'ed in 1989 at 15 with MDD, BDP, BPII, social phobia, and later came the GAD. I was diagnosed as an inpatient, which lasted for about 8 months.

    Too many meds to list: I do take seroquel and Celexa for MI issues, and have more health issues than you can shake a stick at! As many of you know, I am on disability, and am a chronic pain patient as well.

    I am single, but I would love to meet someone and settle down, but then again, I can't seem to find any guys that do not want kids! Grrrrr! I did have one good one, but he grew posessive(sp), and I dumped him so fast his head spun!

    That's all I can think of, but if anyone has any questions, feel free!
    No matter how high the throne, there sits but an ass. -Voltaire
    bpcookie replied to bpcookie's response:
    Didnt list my meds or all the fun illnesses I have.

    Bipolar: Depakote and Lamictal

    Anxiety: Valium

    Panic Attacks, so extreme at times that Ive put myself in dangerous situations. : no meds

    Virginityphobia: the fear of being raped. : No med., only therapy.

    PTSD: No meds, only Therapy

    BPD: No meds, only therapy

    Other illnesses: asthma, allergies, chronic backpain 24/7, arthritis in my neck, tendentious in my legs, low sodium, High cholesterol, acid reflux..........etc. Meds for some of these, not all.

    Born in Az. have lived here most of my life. Lived in San Diego for a year, then in Utah for a year, then back to Az.
    I can't be bothered with a cell phone in my car....I am too busy making finger gestures at everyone!!!-Maxine
    hope7951 replied to fuzzer29's response:
    OMG...I remember aunts and uncles who went into institutions for several months at a time in the 1950's and 1960's. In 1980, when anyone was diagnosed with manic-depression a minimum of two weeks in the hospital to be put on lithium - which was the only med available at the time - was standard practice...but no one stayed much longer. I think people do not stay inpatient long enough at all with insurance and hospital they way they are today, but 8 months inpatient....that is a very long time.
    You become what you think about...
    fuzzer29 replied to hope7951's response:
    Yea, it is, but it was def needed, and a large part of me still thinks I was released to early. I was transferred to a residential facility for 7 months after the acute care unit (I was there for 1 month). There was actually a lot that I missed because I was discharged too soon. The only reason I was there for so long was that I was born with a lot of thingas wrong, and I suspect that they haevily impacted the things that went very wrong later on. My Mom told me that she noticed odd things about my behavior or reactins as young a 1yr old. That's very unusual.
    No matter how high the throne, there sits but an ass. -Voltaire
    IrwinsLady responded:
    Female 26
    Certified Health Unit Coordinator/ BLS certified
    Divorced/In a relationship
    Employeed Since: April 2008
    Suicide Attempts: Stopped counting near 20
    Diagnosed: Bipolar 1 Jan. 2009
    Borderline Personality Disorder
    On: Geodon 80mg since June 2010
    VyVanse 40mg since March 2010
    On Antidepressants Since: 2002
    Celexa 30mg since 2009
    Last Hospitalization: April 2010
    Voulnteer: Childrens art museums, and hospitals
    Special Interests: Mental wellness, Creativity, Family
    -Life is what you make it. So make every moment count as if it were you last.
    melly2210 replied to IrwinsLady's response:
    Female, age 37

    7 credits shy of an Associates of Science/Secondary Education (waste of time since I'll never be able to use it - tyvm ex for having the court declare me mentally instable)

    Mostly a childcare worker all of my life - my favorite age was 3's and 4's and worked on the state's initial Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten program as a teacher; latest stint was as a Financial Care rep for a mobile phone company (yes, i held your phone hostage on Easter and Christmas until you made a payment) nad lost that job in May 2009 due to severe anxiety

    Suicide attempts: Depends on how you look at it - officially 2 on paper, but 1st one realized I couldn't follow through on the plans....2nd cops caught up with me before I could get where I was going.

    Total hospitalizations in a crisis unit: 3, last one in June 2009 in a feabile attempt by my pdoc to get my neuro issues addressed

    Too many meds to list here...eeks...and co-existing conditions? Seizure disorder, all kinds of gastro issues; a polycystic ovary; migraines

    2 wonderful boys ages 13 and 9.

    MH dx - bp2, ptsd, gad and pd

    Activities : none at moment as waiting on my settlement somewhere to actually be able to find something close-by to do.

    Born in Ohio, just outside Cleveland, and came to Tampa, FL to study Marine Biology so I could train Shamu (yes you heard correctly - and if it meant I could skip playing mad scientist and cutting up every aquatic animal known to man to get to do that, I still would, 20 yrs later and having that poor trainer die)
    Hope is that thing with feathers that perches in the soul and sings the tune without the words and never stops... at all. ~Emily Dickinson

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