I've just asked another new member to do an introduction post and it occured to me that for the new comers they might want to know about the other people on the board.
So I thought - maybe have an introduction thread that we all contribute to? Something we keep going?
So, I'll go first.
I'm Mark, 58, living in England. Married with two adult stepsons who live with us.
I arrived on DS in 2007, shortly before getting my diagnosis of bipolar. I guess I'm bipolar 2 although I have experienced a short spell of mixed state. In 2011 ish they added Austism Spectrum Disorder to my diagnosis.
I was put on lithium for a while and then put onto lamotrigine and seroquel. I now only take the seroquel when I need it. The autism thing means I'm sensitive to meds which has been a real issue in the past but it does mean I only need to take small doses to remain stable(ish).
I've been a community leader here for 9 years. My wife is on DS as Cliffskat, Community Leader for Widows & Widowers - we met on DS as we had both lost our spouses.
I'm now retired, although I have a scientific background I ended up in corporate consulting for most of my career.
Hobbywise I produce my own music, some of which has been used on BBC programmes. I have a garden and grow a bunch of plants. I'm interested in nature, mainly plants and insects.
I may add some stuff later but ..how about you?
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