About Me: Male, 48, San Diego, CA, member since Nov 2011
Born June 2, 1967, I'm a world-traveled former U.S. navy petty officer and artistic/creative type. I've been diagnosed with bipolar disorder (2) in 2003. I don't experience full blown mania, just hypomania in which I'm VERY productive. Depressive phases are lengthy and
[More] debilitating. I usually experience weight gain when I'm depressed, as I eat more "comfort foods" (snacks with sugar/carbs) I've endured a childhood of significant trauma: verbal/physical abuse as well as witnessing domestic violence/bloodshed on a few occasions. I've gone to sleep trembling in fear with a sympathetic nervous system quivering uncontrollable on more than one occasion. As a result I've had severe anxiety/panic problems all my life. Unfortunately I don't have a normal circadian rhythm either and sleep problems are common. I also have an abnormal startle response when someone else wakes me up from sleep. I was previously taking several medications over the years for the anxiety/depression/mood swings, Xanax, Paxil, Clonazapam, Lithium, Depakote, Lamotrigine, Abilify. I decided to stop taking ALL medications! I didn't like the side effects. I'm trying to meditate, eat right, exercise and trying to get back into a normal sleep cycle and I also attend regular group CBT therapy sessions for my bipolar condition. It does help and I've made a few friends. Recently however I've begun experiencing arrhthmia at night as soon as I get in bed. PVC's that occur intermittently, sometimes in groups of 3 (scary). VA doctors say they're benign but the sensation is certainly uncomfortable and disturbing. Other than that, I try to think positive, but I'm lonely and I have no mate :-( I don't know if this is the forum for that. ;-)
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