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Created On 8/26/06 11:25 PM
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liar
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8/26/06 11:25 PM
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God Willing I'll be better very soon, However I'm sure most of us wouldn't mind sharing our horrific happenings with this horrible disease in person.

Anywase if anyone is intersested which i know I am, or better if someone knows of 1 going on already wih frum people please let me know.

Thank You


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Lev-Nishber
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11/5/06 9:21 AM
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I Think it has to do with the communities we live in, "Heimish" I happen to be on the net offten but don't realy bother coming to this group because it's dead, No action. I have to addmit that I am part of diffrent groups for bipolar, and depression and come back offten becuse they are active. We have to figure out away to keep it going, The problem is I don't run this site to make it happen. I think if there would be a option to have like a friends list and with a push of a button you can send a message to all of your pals, just to check up on them how they are doing, maybe even with out seing there email address for privacy it would work better. I think sites with a chat rooms work the best becuse you accyulay chat with a live person, even when you have a bad day and need to say somthing.

I woldn't have any problem try to contact a diffrent person who is the same situation like me living with a spouse with mental illness. The good thing about the nest is you don't havr to say who you are.

Dose anyone kno who runs this site???? maybe its worth comunicating with them personaly or email them to let them know how importent a group is for some people...

 
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Debbi
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11/9/06 11:50 PM
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Hi Lev Nishbar,

I think its a good idea, except then new people might miss out, if the posts were only sent to individuals who were on the "list".

Was wondering how u r doing? Is your wife doing any better? Did u get more info on Bipolar?
Also, why can't u share your feelings about your wifes illness with anyone? I mean in real life? It doesnt have to be lots of people, but one or two, so that at least u could get the support u need.

 
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Lev-Nishber
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11/11/06 11:38 PM
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Hi, Thank you for your Support and advice, Acttualy things are a little better for me, I am doing some things to help me cope. like therpy, groups, etc . but you know you still need some quiet time for your self somtimes just let it out.

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Debbi
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11/12/06 3:15 PM
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Hi Lev,

Glad to hear that things are working out a bit better.

I would be interested to hear which groups u have found that r helpful. (if u want to share that is)
What did you mean "quiet time for yourself to let it out"?
Do you mean to let out your anger and frustration to someone else? Or by yourself?
Anyway, keep posting, let us know how you are coping.

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Becca1
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11/30/06 4:10 PM
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I've been on this site once before, but I've never really found too many people in the bipolar/social anxiety groups. I wouldn't mind meeting up with a group somewhere just to talk, hang out meet new pple who are going through some tough times...Like maybe a cafe, pool place, movie, just some chilled out place, don't know - anything really. I'm 25 yrs old and feel like I'm just going in cycles..up, down, up down..mostly down. Just would like to make new friends or just simply get out of my apt once in a while. Feel free to email me with any suggestions or if anyone is interested in simply chatting online that would be great to. Thanks.

Becca
 
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MAZ54
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12/1/06 2:00 PM
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hello i have bipolar/social anxiety i'm much older than you but maybe i can help.i've been ill almost all of my adult life,i have 3 children two married and 2 grandchildren.so you see there is life with mental problems.my son also has issues but he graduated high school and is now in college. so if to want to chat let's chat.


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Ain Shoom Yiush
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12/8/06 12:59 AM
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Over the years I've noticed that:
1) A person who does not suffer depression cannot understand why a person suffering depression is unable/"unwilling" to function properly.
2) A bipolar person when he is not depressed, likewise, can't understand, and may insist that he will never go back to his former depression. And then . . .
 
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Chaimike
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Becca 1, I can empathize with you completely. I’m also in my mid twenties and struggle with Bipolar and social anxiety. In regards to the highs and lows, I’ve experienced it all, from a couple of horrific episodes of depression to several extreme manic phases. There was a period of one year in Israel where I was on a constant high. I did crazy things like playing guitar in the old city at around 3:30 on one frigid morning. I didn’t know it then, but I wasn’t myself. But several years ago (in my late teens) I had everything going well for me. I was productive, successful, very self confident, high self esteem, took interest in many things and had many many friends and also chatted up a storm with complete strangers.
The strangest thing is that till today I don’t know what my real personality is. It’s tricky! How for instance do I know if I was being myself or if it was a long period of hypomania for all those years I was productive and successful? Somehow I doubt that I could be hypomanic for so long.
Now, almost 6 years after my father passed away, I find myself constantly yearning for those years in my teens. I’m not deeply depressed. I’m only mildly depressed. For the better part of the last few years, I find no comfort or satisfaction in activities that used to bring me such peace of mind. I used to live music. I played the drums and still play the piano and guitar. I wrote many songs way back when. Listening or playing music used to lift my spirits. No more! Now I seldom pick up a book, or watch a video, unless it seems very intriguing. I do work part time and have a few charusas that I learn with on most days. I try to stay busy. They say it’s best to stay busy because it gets you away from starting negative thoughts that ultimately gets you more depressed. Anyway as I already mentioned I struggle socially. I am very quiet until I get to know the person. I’ve lost touch with dozens of good friends and many acquaintances over the last few years. But I am now slowly making an effort to rekindle some old friendships.
 
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Zehavi
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2/14/07 9:41 AM
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Becca,

I also want to meet in a cafe, diner, etc. Presently I go to a bipolar meetup in Manhattan twice a month. I also attend the Westside Mood Disorders Support Group @ St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital's Adult Outpatient Psychiatric Clinic and once and a while frum people show up.

May Hashem bless you!

Zehavi
 
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