What do yall do to pass the time?

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bipolardude73
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   Posted 1/30/2009 2:45 PM (GMT -7)   
I noticed serafena's post about Seasonal Affective Disorder and was wondering- when it is cold as crap outside, what do yall do to pass the time besides sleep? Being bipolar and having to stay cooped up inside the house all day is a nightmare- I get so anxious and fidgety I can't hardly stand it. I am an outdoor type person anyway- I love it when it is warm and I get to cut grass or weed eat. So, tell me, what do yall do in the wintertime to stay busy and to occupy your mind because I am about to go nutso with nothing to do.

Also, another question- is it possible to have physical pain in one's muscles and joints caused by something mental? In other words, can BP or depression cause your muscles and joints to hurt? My therapist said that she doesn't know much about that so I was wondering if any of yall experience it because I know that I do- sometimes my muscles and joints hurt for no reason at all and the cold makes them hurt even more!
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shebsy
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   Posted 1/30/2009 3:15 PM (GMT -7)   
When I was in Syracuse and it used to snow, I used to sew. I have completed many kits in the winter. I guess the men's equivalent of such a hobby would be modeling. I also used to write - I am now thinking of starting a blog. I am reading a great book these days. It is called "Not Without My Daughter" by Betty Mahmoody. It is about an American woman who married a nasty Iranian man who took her to Iran and tormented her and her daughter. She tells the story of her escape. Can't you start a hobby group with some enthusiastic neighbours? It can be awfully depressing sitting at home with nothing to do. I quit my job last year and sat at home for five months. I went nuts so I decided to cook gourmet food like a maniac. That got boring after a while so I decided to volunteer for a special needs school. Then I finally decided to look for a job and I am in the process of giving interviews.

bipolardude73
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   Posted 1/30/2009 4:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, since I live out in the boonies in the country my neighbors are all a bunch of rednecks so doing any hobby groups other than hunting (which I never saw the point in hunting when one can get food at the grocery store) is out of the question. I was thinking about starting a Mental blog where I go into more detail about my mental disorders but I havent decided if that would be a good idea or not. Yeah I used to love to read but I have a really hard time getting my mind to focus on anything for that long and I have to read and then reread a page just for the info to stick. Anyways, I was just wondering what yall do to occupy yourselves while having BP.
Diagnosed with Mixed Bipolar Disorder with hallucinations, PTSD, OCD and Major Depression since 1994.

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BD_spouse
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   Posted 1/30/2009 7:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Shebsy, did you know there is a movie about it too with sally field? GREAT MOVIE!!!
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do."
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MARK TWAIN


serafena
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   Posted 1/30/2009 7:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Do you like doing things with your hands? Do you like building things? You said you like to do yard work in the summer. What if you tried doing something artistic like painting or furniture making?

I'm also a knitter and I spend a lot of time on the computer. I write and I read (when I can concentrate -- I also have trouble with this.) I like to watch movies, naturally. I also get out when I can. I go to cafes or go shopping.

I can't imagine that's helpful, but there you have it. :-)

As to the pain -- I believe definitely depression can cause pain. I'm no doctor though. Talk to your doc about it.

serafena
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