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Medication Side Effects: A Lower Sex Drive, Bring it!

I’ve lost my sex drive. Awesome! Most people loath side effects of medication. My antidepressant has a side effect that probably a lot of people would not welcome: A lower sex drive. Well, I say, bring it! Why? Cause I have no sex options in my life right now, I am still getting over a bad breakup, I tried to have a rebound to amend things which was a total waste of my time, and...
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Coping Skills

The Best Advice I Have Ever Received

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The best advice I have ever received came from of one of the former heads of psychiatry at the University of Southern California (USC). Years ago I got in trouble with my job. As a result, I was involuntarily removed from my position, and left in a compromising situation.

When the head of psychiatry caught wind of my quagmire, he gave me a phone call. He said he would stand by me,...
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Coping Skills

Pop Up Articles: Recommended for You?

In the modern age we have experts tracking what we read on the Internet; knowing that, often times I get disturbed when I see the suggested articles that pop up and seem way off. It freaks me out when I read “Recommended for You” and the articles seem ridiculous to me, or negative. Or am I in serious denial about articles that are supposed to help me. There has to be a reason why the...
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Coping Skills

The Subconscious Mind: Turning 38

I’m turning 38 in two days, and recently I realized this entire last year I’ve been telling people I’m 36. Yes, ageism exists in the world, but I am not ashamed of my age, or aging in general. However, I wonder what my subconscious mind has to say about it. Well, based on my year record of telling people I’m 36, obviously my mind is in denial, or did it actually believed I was a...
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Bipolar II

Fat Check Med Control: The Final Frontier

I had to pull the plug. Enough mind games was enough. It was time for me to make a definitive decision about taking my medication, and stop the see saw of wondering if I was going to gain weight on my medication or not. Not to mention all the crazy diet restrictions I imposed on myself.

I stopped taking it yesterday. And today I didn’t have to deal with the stress of wondering if I was going to...
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Bipolar II

Fat Check: Med Control VI

I bought the chocolate eggs. Doesn’t mean I’m going to eat them right away or binge on them or, most importantly, indulge in the middle of the night and end up with chocolate in my bed, but the thought of it all being over Easter Sunday made me do it. As far as the cheese is concerned, I am allowing myself to have it on salads, not on its own. Still a tough challenge but a...
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Bipolar II

Fat Check: Med Control Part II

The weekend did not pan out as I had planned, and my “new” diet pretty much blew up in my face. Like my usual manic self, I over did my expectations and made too many goals (3) that were too extreme to manage in my life right now. And all of this is to make sure I don’t gain weight taking an antidepressant that has a side effect of potential weight gain. Potential is scary enough for me to counteract with a new diet regime.

So my three goals or demands I put on myself were:

No more chocolate Easter eggs
No more late night eating
No cheese

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