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   Posted 9/20/2006 1:58 AM (GMT -7)   
I have ALWAYS hated the whole MTV generation lack of attention span.
My best friend throughout school would sit there and channel surf - switching tv channel after a max of 5 seconds.
It drove me crazy.

My boyfriend does it too.
It drives me CRAZY.

And I've just been watching him look at pictures of ships in the space MMORPG we play, and he's doing the same thing - clicking on the link, glancing at the picture, hitting back, clicking on a link, etc.
And it's making me mad!

And I think I've FINALLY figured it out!
It triggers my mania - it's constantly changing things, high speed changes of what my brain is taking in.


Well at least I know why he drives me mad sometimes now!
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   Posted 9/20/2006 4:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Djonma,

That stuff drives me crazy too -- and definitely triggers my anxiety. -- It's really important to find the things that trigger mania (and indeed depression!). -- Big step towards beating it. So I hope when he starts doing this you can leave the room and find something calming. And discuss it with him when he's not doing it and you're feeling calm: tell him what you've figured out and ask him to try not to do it, and to understand that wou may rush out of the room and be irritated if he does -- that it won't be you being angry at him or wanting a fight, just you trying to stop the cycle and the irritation constructively.l

It's so great to witness how you've turned it around on all of this. I really think you're triumphing -- facing all of this with the spirit it needs to be faced with and that's what will help you be in control of the bp. I'm so very proud of you. (Sob! -- good sob!!)

Rosie x

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   Posted 9/20/2006 8:29 AM (GMT -7)   
glad you found one of your triggers!  i haven't been that lucky, yet, except to realize that i go into a rage whenever anything tries to keep me from a goal.  i used that anger to make it through college and in my career to move on and progress.  but it also is damaging to relationships.
i can't stand commercials on tv, especially car commercials,so channel surf through those.  does that count as driving you crazy?  hope not.  :-)   i only do it through commercials.

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   Posted 9/20/2006 9:19 AM (GMT -7)   
It is defenitely a breakthrough when we realize what our triggers are.  When adult kids were living with me (about one and a-half to two years ago) their dogs were in my house and they made me totally anxious and depressed.  They had 3 dogs and we had two and I just couldn't stand it.  That is when I took the ativan overdose...just wanted out of there.  Now that they have moved out I visit them often and they usually put their dogs up when they know I'm coming.  When they don't, their dogs just surround me and jump on me and it makes me want to jump out of a window!  Another trigger for me is crowds.  I won't go to football games, etc.  I went to a Toby Keith concert about a month ago and as soon as I got there I realized I shouldn't have gone.  I didn't even enjoy it. Oh well, enough of my rants..thanks for letting me vent...Luv...Lazy
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