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Thank you for the article, I too was diagnosed years ago as Bi-Polar II, but haven't been on any treatment for years. I had bougt a house, two cars, etc.. ran up 35k in cc bills and have just recently crashed. I am spending this Christmas alone and being Poz most definately is a double whammy. I am not in thearapy nor on treatment for bipolar, although i do take Xanax for anxiety. This article has really awakened my inner awareness of the bipolar issue that i have been ignoring for so long.

December 25, 2009 San Diego, CA

Michael Doherty

I have been HIV+ for 5 years now and 6 months ago was told that i am Bipolar.. Finding support groups is a issue, I am not finding any. Any thoughts would be great. Michael Doherty

December 24, 2009 Detroit


Your article was very good in that it emphasized the problems of bipolarity and fighting one's own self-stigma. I am HIV+ 19 years and diagnosed bipolar 10 years... These last 19 years have been a roller coaster ride and I am shocked I have come through them alive. I still need to learn not to be ashamed of my health, both mental and physical. But it is hard. Finding support is also hard. Family and friends are not always there. It takes lots of work, but have a Happy Holiday anyway.

December 24, 2009 Chicago


I am Bipolar and HIV+. Both individualy are full time jobs. Together it's unbearable.

December 24, 2009 Benavides


I was originally intrigued by the title of your comment. Having read dozens of articles about holiday stress over the last few days I wondered what yours could offer that the others could not. Only this. That it is beautifully written, reflects your lived experience, and helps anyone living with depression, HIV or both to think about how they affect us during the holiday season. Thank you, David. I couldn't have thought more deeply about what it is, and isn't, to have a happy holiday.

December 24, 2009 Twin Cities


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