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Originally Posted By: Debbie-SpiritualityEditor
I call it too much stimuli. Too much noise and chaos gets to me too, to where I need to remove myself from the situation. It definitely is sensory overload. I don't have it nearly as bad as you can get it, Jilly, but I know exactly what you mean. I go into an anxiety state almost feeling like a panic attack is coming on. When I start to get a little wiggy I know I have to do something about it.

I prefer peace and quiet, with times of joyful noise like my favorite music on occasion. This is one of the reasons I chose not to have kids!



I totally agree!! I love peace and quiet, too. That's why when I'm manic, I drive myself nuts!! I don't even like coffee with caffeine! Being with someone who's manic would send me running out into the streets screaming! smirk


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Originally Posted By: cindyp
Hi all, I am new here and found this thread. I can very much relate to it, so thought I would share. I have was diagnosed with "manic-depression" when I was 25 (I'm 50 now). I could not function well in either state as depression immobilized me (as someone else stated, near catatonia) while the mania scattered me to the point where I could get nothing done. I did have times of "feeling normal" in between - but depression seemed to rule and still can if I am not careful.

Daily exercise was the first thing I ever used to control mood swings; I tried this after a depressive state so extreme that when I "came out" of it I realized that losing my life was a definite possibility. (I refused to do any meds... too many bad experiences in my family.) After discovering a particular daily exercise that was helpful for me, I learned to use nutrition, too as well as spiritual and mental counseling/guidance. And so, these still help to this day. I still am slightly to one way or the other, but I feel it is normal (at least for me). Sometimes the struggles are daily and I must work harder on myself (tighten diet, get back to exercise, meditate, etc.) and sometimes I actually feel healthy and realize that my emotions are okay to have.


It sounds like you have a good plan! I preach all those things, but they are so difficult to stick with. I think everyone would benefit from the things you mentioned. Keep up the good work, Cindy! smile


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Jilly, my daughter is the greatest blessing of my life. I can't imagine life without her. I love her more than my own life. HOWEVER, as you stated, along with children comes a massive amount of stress, especially when there is more than one. Some people seem to handle them well, but even though my daughter was an excellent child--very compliant and well-behaved--I sometimes felt like my head would explode. I live in fear that she'll write a book on growing up with a nutty bipolar mom! LOL! I did my best, and we were and are still close. But back to your point--yes, dealing with everything involved in having children is very stressful. Not for the faint of heart!


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I know someone who is bipolar. Her biggest challenge since I've known her is the ups and downs and the lack of consistency in her character. When she's down, she's REALLY down, stuck at home, won't go outside even to take the trash out - NOTHING. When she's happy she is overwhelming, way too talkative than most people can handle or keep up with, etc...


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