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Old 02-26-2005, 05:40 PM
happydog1 happydog1 is offline
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Default Manic Depression

I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder when I was 14. I was very overprotected and my mother felt she needed to control my life so I would not be re-hospitalized. When I got to college when I was 18, however, I became toxic on my Lithium and had to be re-hospitalized. The structure that I once had at home was gone when I got to college and I percieved college as a very stressful environment. Since leaving home, I have removed myself from being controlled by my mother to trying to live a controlled lifestyle. I am on Zoloft and nothing else. I have done fairly well for myself but I still have some bad habits. I think about suicide when I become stressed so I practice thought stopping and I try to do something daily that is relaxing. I also exercise and eat healthy foods. I am still haunted by my past. My mother constantly tells me that I should be back in school singing and using my talent. I try to avoid my mother when she is in one of her negative moods where she tries to bring me down. I don't think going to school to pursue my mother's dream is the best thing for me. I know everybody has something that bothers them. What simple affirmation can I use to stop beating myself up? Would a support group or a mentor be a good idea? :lol:
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Old 02-28-2005, 01:02 PM
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I think you've made some courageous decisions and you appear to be on the right track. I would definitely recommend that you take a look at Self-Coaching. Start by looking at the video in the 'What's New' seciton of the homepage. Read some of my articles and consider getting a copy of The Power of Self-Coaching. In the book I have a five-step program that outlines how to separate facts from fictions (i.e., doubts, fears, negatives), then to stop listening to Reflexive Thinking, and finally to let-go of congested, insecurity-driven thinking. End result, you and not your habits of insecurity will be steering your life.

I absolutely agree with you that you need to get beyond your mother's negative influence. To do this you're going to have to continue to build more self-trust and confidence. As you begin to release yourself from these reflexive habits of insecurity, your self-trust muscle will be getting plenty of exercise.

Disclaimer: The diagnosis of clinical anxiety or depressive disorders requires a physician or other qualified mental health professional. The information provided is intended for informational purposes only. Please understand that the opinions shared with you are meant to be general reference information, and are not intended as a diagnosis or substitute for consulting with your physician or other qualified mental health professional.

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