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hopalongnm3 (@hopalongnm3)

Anyone with Bipolar spectrum disorders?

Mental Health | Last Active: Jul 27, 2023 | Replies (38)

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@hopalongnm3 You are looking to connect with members that are on the Bipolar.

You will notice that I added this discussion to the Mental Health group as well. I did this so you could connect with members like @marjou @lucky @sarahzx @sadeyes @hotfooted @fiddler91 have discussed bipolar disorder in the past and may wish to weigh in on the conversation.

Below I have linked a few previous discussions related to bipolar disorder. If you haven't already done so, you may wish to scroll through the previous posts and read the comments and suggestions.
- Lithium: Haven't been taking it as I should. Odd side effects https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/lithium-1/
- Bipolar and ECT Treatments https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/bipolar-and-ect-treatments/

I'm wondering if you can give me some background? Are you currently in therapy and what is your therapy history?

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