Then could you just be honest and mention your exact weight in your profile so I won't have to ask?
I just glanced at this one again. So, what you're telling us is that you expect everyone to put their height and weight in their Atheist Nexus profile? Really? That's ... so out there and unimportant for the majority of the people on here. That's just silly.
*raises hand* I'm psychotic.
No, seriously. :-D
Like... seriously seriously?
Oh, and if anyone ever needs an understanding ear...
My name is Laura, and I suffer from Bipolar disorder...
I am not on medications, and I make due the best way I know how.'
I manage my finances, I am working toward a degree, I support myself daily.
And I have managed to hang on to the same group of friends for 8+ years.
And ask forgiveness for stealing my speech format from AA. lol.
(I know people typically want to stay away from people with it, but... well, I was inspired by Angela's honesty. And it's not as bad as media portrays it to be, it just requires acceptance and work)
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and Bipolar Disorder, yes. They're both forms of psychosis.
My mother and my maternal grandfather are ('was', in my grandfather's case) both classic manic-depressives. My grandfather was probably up in the most severe 1%. My father and paternal grandfather were both classic cases of OCD. I seem to have picked up both. The OCD is definitely the more obvious of the two. The Bipolar Disorder kicked in sooner, around 11 or 12, but it got overshadowed by the OCD in my late teens.
I wouldn't think that anyone who knows anything about it would steer away from manic-depressives. The vast majority of them have quite mild swings, most of the time. People without the genetic disorder can end up with worse cases of neurotic depression, due to environmental factors, and you'll never know what to expect, before you're hit with it. At least manic-depressives follow a pattern and are somewhat predictable.
Of course, mostly those who know enough about Bipolar Disorder to not be afraid of it are the manic-depressives, so meh.
My OCD mostly has to do with bodily cleanliness and a certain order around the home (not a cleaning manifestation, though), so the only real downside is my water bill. I'm also unmedicated, because I'd rather not strip down my mind's functionality, in favor of stability.
Someone who sees meds from my perspective. It's not a lack of belief in them. The fact is they do work, but you can't take them and not expect to have other areas affected by the imbalance of neurotransmitters. It will change you, even as it stabilizes you. Your mind doesn't function the same.
I have BPD as mentioned (suspect my mother had it, but not positive), ADHD (high % of my father's family, only 1 brother doesn't have it), and I was diagnosed with General Anxiety Disorder as a teen due to panic attacks, but it hasn't showed up much in a long time.
The anxiety triggers manic episodes, but I've been dealing with it long enough to know what to expect, and how to be careful... my mood swings are mild as long as I don't go through any drastic life changes. (deaths, huge moves, ect.)
And the ADHD simply makes me ramble very quickly, and I don't handle caffeine very well... lol.
Yup, medications have both positive and negative effects, beyond the unrelated 'sexual side-effects'. Mental disorders have many different effects, beyond the commonly known 'bad' effects.
One of the side-symptoms of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder is something called racing thoughts. My brain grabs onto any idea and runs off in every direction with it ... very rapidly. Along with the Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, the medications fix the racing thoughts. I don't like it when my brain runs slowly.
If someone's mental disorders render them non-functional, then by all means, dose them up on something that will stabilize them and allow them to function. If someone can function, then just let it go. They're probably better off without psychotropic drugs altering the way their neurons work.
I've been unmedicated since I was 17 or 18, but my car's ashtray was filling up with medication that I 'took on my way to school' for six months or a year before that. I can't even remember what I did with the night-time pills.