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It is very hard to do the baths with the pets. Harry, my parrot, has to be out of his cage and on the sink taking a bath with me, then on the edge of my bed. Lucy, my cat has to be in her sleeping ... Continue

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Hi Tony, Barbara here, moderator of the Mental Health Communities. I have lost 16 pounds now, and I did it in holistic and pharmaceutical ways. Holistic: Stress Bath Recipe: Principle: Cook the w... Continue

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I have been building communities for 12 years in both entrepreneurial and corporate projects. As my masters thesis for the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU, I created the first audio/visual chat community on the Net, Radio Free Monterey. I then had the privilege of working with some of the best CIOs in the business at Computerworld Executive Suite.

Since 2004, I have been a moderator at Sulake Labs Habbo Hotel, where I educate members about safety, train other moderators, and contribute to a radio station project, which fulfills the promise of RFM. On July 1, 2007, I was promoted to Community Assistant for Safety and Education at Sulake. I am one member of a 4-person elite Community Management team that reports to Finland Headquarters.

I am also writing a book about my 12 years online called "My Online Journey: A Tale of Innocence Lost and Hope Revived."

You can find me near Savannah, GA, with my partner James, who I stabilized from low-functioning bipolar disorder, and 7 pets.
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When you have bipolar disorder, what makes you shake?

One of the side effects of lithium and atypical anti-psychotics is shaking. Your shoulders can suddenly go out of control and start shaking as if you have Parkinson's Disease. When you try to eat in a restaurant, your hand shakes as the fork goes in your mouth. If you have hurt your arm, healing is much slower because tendonitis of the bicep, for example, needs you to keep your shoulder still, and you can't take ibuprofen because that could bring about lithium toxicity. It is socially embarrass… Continue

Posted on April 20th, 2008 at 10:30pm — 1 Comment (Add)
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I had a panic attack

I had a panic attack. So I did some research on panic attacks. WEGO Health has excellent information on this. You can get them when you have a phobia, and you have to face your fear. People who already have anxiety and depressive disorders face them, as well as schizophrenics. Traumatic events, such as family loss or war can cause them. Panic disorder is when you experience these attacks on a regular basis. Your heart pounds rapidly; you perspire; breathing becomes difficult; there is chest p… Continue

Posted on April 12th, 2008 at 11:00am — 2 Comments (Add)
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Bipolar Disorder and Cerebellar Degeneration

About 9 months ago, my partner James who is low-functioning bipolar, had a change in the way he reacted to the medications he had been stabilized on for 5 years. They didn't work anymore. At first I only saw the killer rage. Then, after he walked in and announced he had kidney disease and blood cancer, and no evidence would convince him otherwise, I realized that hypochondria had transmogrified into somatic delusions. 30 mg of Abilify daily was added to his regimen, and it worked. He was stabil… Continue

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Involuntary Commitment for the Mentally Ill

In the movie, "Michael Clayton," Arthur, a bipolar lawyer, is lead council representing UNorth, a company fighting a $3 billion class-action lawsuit against one of its products. Before a deposition in Wisconsin, Arthur stops taking his medicine, falls in love with one of the plaintiffs, and engages in alarming behavior, which lands him in a Wisconsin jail. Michael Clayton comes to get him out. It seems Arthur has found irrefutable, incriminating evidence against the firm he's supposed to repres… Continue

Posted on April 1st, 2008 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment (Add)
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Dr. Sebat's Dream

This Friday, the medical journal Science will publish a study, which used new gene-scanning technology, where high-resolution techniques quickly scan the entire human DNA map. Scientists discovered 53 genetic mutations that were three times as likely to turn up in people with schizophrenia. One of them distorts a protein, which guides neurons to their proper places during brain development. Another mutation changes "the shape of a molecule that transports glutamate, a chemical that excites neur… Continue

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At 11:09am on April 11th, 2008, Ellen Schnakenberg said…
Hi Barbara!

I finally got a chance to get to your page and check out your journal and other links. I spent nearly an hour just looking at the photos of the flowers and going back in my mind to times not so far removed, when I lived in Oregon and played by the beach where the azaleas and rhododendrons grew wild. People try to grow Rhodies and Azaleas here, but they can't do it. Not really. Your garden made me think of my own grandmother's, and I pray that someone is loving it and taking care of it as you are your garden.


Such lovely memories. :) Thank you.
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At 3:36pm on April 5th, 2008, Jolyn said…
Hi, Barbara,

I invite you to see my blogs this week. I know it's hard keeping up on all that's happening on WEGO right now, but maybe when you get a chance, you could post some comments to those blogs? So much of what I'm writing about isn't only for people with depression and anxiety, the group I'm blogging to, but also applies to people with bipolar and other major mental illnesses.

It might be good to share links between our pages too. See what you think?
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