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Old 01-17-2019, 06:34 AM   #11
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I was a fitness nut for years. but I was on the heavy side in Jr. H and HS. THEN, in college I was full blown anorexic for about two years. Don't think of them as stretch marks! Think of them as racing stripes!!!

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Old 01-18-2019, 10:59 PM   #12
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For me primary school was far worse than high school. I was badly bullied from my first day to my last day of primary school. I then went to an okayish high school for about a term before my mental health deterioated and I was eventually hospitalised in our local adolescent psych ward for the first time. For the rest of high school I went to an alternative school and they were good, wasn't really bullied but was still in and out of the adolescent psych ward. But they were good at supporting me and the other students were ok.
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I was bullied in every school I went to.
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I was bullied in every school I went to.
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Bullies are among the lowest form of scum honestly.


If I ever lost what little bit of sanity I have and decided having children is a good idea, I would make them go to martial arts classes at a young age. I would teach them to not put up with a bully's crap and to never strike first but always strike last. I would also teach them to defend the weaker kids that are struggling with being bullied.


All bullies understand is fear and intimidation. I would teach any future children in my life how to put the bullies in their place. If they get suspended from school for fighting a bully, I would reward them greatly.
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My mother never really believed I had problems in the first place, and then she would tell me just "just ignore it for heaven's sake" and, "Don't you ever embarrass me by fighting, if you do you have lost me...." AS IF I have your support in the first place? Really??
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Thank you so much for making this thread, whispershadow I've had problems in school as well, despite getting good marks. It was always too hard for me and I was constantly anxious, nervous and stressed. I just couldn't handle it. The same thing is happening now that I'm going to university. Why must I be so weak? I'm so sorry for everyone whos was/is struggling in school. Just try to hang on as much as you can. It's not your fault and you're not dumb if you're struggling. Sending many hugs to everyone
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I had a lot (a hell of a lot) of problems in school.

first their was the anxiety, it would hit at any moment and I'd become frozen to the spot (unable to do anything)

secondly all the hospital visits putting me behind

and thirdly my memory just doesn't retain information. I eventually dropped out at a really young age (which is sad, because I missed out on so much)
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my pannic attacks also started in school

so it meant I had to be excluded from events

sometimes that was hard, especially if it was something I really wanted to do.
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Hi everyone!

Looks like I'm about 1.5 months late to the party, but I wanted to weigh in on this topic.

I'm in a very strange boat. I have always had a learning disability: in elementary school and high school I would sit and pore over books, lecture notes, and other materials for hours, and nothing would register. To try to manage my frustration, I would retaliate against the cause: "reading, writing, arithmetic."

I became a rabble rouser and class clown: I would imitate the teachers and the "goody two shoes" who got good grades, and disrupt every class. My grades were - not surprisingly - horrible.

Somehow I managed to get into a top undergraduate university and business school. I climbed steadily up the corporate ladder, eventually becoming a senior executive at one of the world's largest banks. This was all fueled by "workaholism," and thriving on conflict, adversity, and "proving myself" to all the "haters and doubters." I was "proving myself," and thumbing my nose at all the people who mistook my poor grades as an indication of subpar intellect. I was a genius in my own mind, talking rapidly, explaining esoteric concepts to seemingly interested (but actually bewildered) spectators, and of course, sleeping very little.

In other words - I was in the throes of a fullblown manic episode.

Then - boom. In the blink of an eye, my mania gave way to depression. This was 2.5 years ago. After my breakdown (2 hospitalizations, followed by about 12 ECT treatments), I did a very menial job at a bank - about 5 levels below the previous role I held - for 8 months. I did "fine," but I found even this low-level role to be too much.

In almost every job, I had the same problem I did throughout my studies: I couldn't absorb the information. However, while manic I was able to pull the whole "fake it till you make it" song and dance. The jig would eventually run out, however: I could only "schmooze" my way out of so many missed deadlines and broken commitments.

I do have ADHD, mixed with anxiety, and depression. I'm unable to focus on what people are saying. This is in school lectures, company meetings, hallway conversations; I always need to have a pen and notepad to jot everything down in copious notes. This is for fear that I'm going to forget all the information. It's a form of hypergraphia, which one PsychCentral forum had posted about previously.
https://forums.psychcentral.com/bipo...t=hypergraphia

It's exhausting to try to retain, process, and act upon the information continuously. Eventually my brain "short circuits," and I get very confused and disoriented. I just end up abandoning the project / deliverable I had committed to. I was great at promising things in meetings, just lousy at following through.

It's a vicious cycle: after I fail (i.e., miss a deadline or turn in an incomplete / unsatisfactory deliverable or assignment), I then feel more depressed and beat myself up.

There appears to be great comorbidity between bipolar disorder and learning disabilities. I was surprised by the lack of articles on this topic.

Therese Borchard, an amazing mental health advocate, wrote a great article about the strong overlap between the two.
Bipolar Disorder: A Kind of Learning Disability - Beyond Blue

Gah…I would love to just be a blogger / write books / do podcasts about mental health. Would be great to share my stories (i.e., bipolar disorder, learning disabilities, and failures in work and school) and discuss with others. Just not sure if that would pay the rent…
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