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Old 03-18-2019, 06:44 AM #11
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Iím like the weather here...if you donít like it, wait a few minutes and itíll change LOL

I consider myself as having a rainbow mind. It has all the happy and sad colors, put together after the darkest of circumstances. Sometimes subtle, sometimes out for all to see.

I have a few mental illnesses, but thatís part of the package.
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Unfortunately, yes, I do. I try (though I am not always successful) not to link it to my self-identity. Meds don't do it 100% though definitely they do some and tend to keep me out of the psych hospital when I stay compliant. I'm starting therapy again, hope that helps some.
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I have a mental illness. I try not to let bipolar disorder define me. I guess the only time I might call myself mentally ill is when my illness is particularly bad, though even when it's mild it is affecting me negatively. I guess what I mean by the latter is that I don't like the term "mentally ill" used as a noun, like "Americans", but may use it as an adjective.
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You're all strong, wonderful people, whether you have MI or not Try not to let your MI define you, although I understand it's hard to do. I don't blame you if that happens. Just try to do your best. That's all you can do after all. Keep fighting! You're all awesome! You're all strong! You're all warriors! Sending many hugs to everyone. You're all strong, wonderful people
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I feel I am mentally ill -- I spend months in depression to the point I can't even get out of bed. I just can't feel OK, or happy minus tiny moments when they come but they always go. It's not normal to be this, and so this disorder decides for me how I feel, despite my efforts. I've mentioned before how I feel controlled by my emotions, instead of me being in control. It stems a lot from that.


Sadly, this is who I am.
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I only started calling myself mentally ill after my attempt. I was so shocked by it I thought that it proved I was crazy. Not sure that an attempt always means you are mentally ill. There could be situations where it could be quite rational.

I do think I have a mood disorder but maybe shouldn't call myself mentally ill because sometimes I can be quite rational.

I loved the Charlie Brown comic strips from a very young age. Depending on my mood, sometimes I can be like Charlie Brown. I can also occassionally (but not as often) be a little like Luna Lovegood and Tigger. In HS I was fascinated with the book "Gone With The Wind" because though I was not from the South, I felt like my mom was a little like Scarlet--feminine, ambitious and had good business instincts. I now can relate to it in that I have gained more appreciation for my H lately--but unlike Scarlet, I realized how good he has been to me before it was too late. It is never too late to learn important lessons in our life!

Some of the descriptions in the DSM seem to describe our temperaments, character, moods--that kind of thing. There can be good and bad that comes from all of it--the trick is understanding what is going on then compensating (using all the tools at our disposal) in order to live the best life we possibly can.....
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I have Bipolar Disorder I. Just like I could have the Flu. I am not Bipolar any more than I am the Flu.

I've always been described as eccentric, 'different'. I've had people say they've never met anyone else like me. I used to take it as a compliment in my younger days.
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I have Bipolar Disorder I. Just like I could have the Flu. I am not Bipolar any more than I am the Flu.



I've always been described as eccentric, 'different'. I've had people say they've never met anyone else like me. I used to take it as a compliment in my younger days.
I'm bipolar 1 and I'm also told I'm driven and eccentric. I remember when i was just bipolar but 2 years ago I found out about other types. In person I've only come across a few others like myself.
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When I stay on my meds, I donít feel mentally ill at all. I start thinking the whole thing was just a big misunderstanding.

Before the meds, I felt like there was something terribly wrong with my brain and that science couldnít understand.

Idk where I stand in general. ....I guess, yeah, I see myself as a person with mental illness. But it defines me a lot less since I found medicine and routines that mostly control the symptoms.
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