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Help Your Support System for Bipolar Disorder Support You

Help Your Support System for Bipolar Disorder Support You

I don’t know anyone who likes to ask for help from their bipolar support system. No one wants to feel like they can’t handle things on their own or like a burden to others. The impact that mental health conditions such as bipolar can have on our lives requires us to seek help (Asking for Help Because of Bipolar). This is where having a bipolar support system that is equipped to help you comes in handy and you must help your support systemp in order to allow your support system to help you.

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Don’t Wait Until New Year’s To Implement Your Goals

Don’t Wait Until New Year’s To Implement Your Goals

Every year, I make a list a couple weeks before New Year’s of the things that I want to accomplish in the upcoming year. I tell myself that I will start working on my list on January 1 of the new year, and that this year will be my best one yet.

Come February, I’m back to my old ways.

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The Mental Health Benefits of Journaling

The Mental Health Benefits of Journaling

I’ve read and heard about the mental health benefits of journaling for years. For those living with a mental illness, journaling as self-care can be even more beneficial and therapeutic. I’ve always loved the idea of journaling; the book itself, the pens, the prompt, but I could never seem to keep up with it. I never knew what to put in it once I got started. Over time, though, I realized that there isn’t a right or a wrong way to journal. I think of it as a “stream of consciousness.”

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Bipolar And Learning to Love Yourself and Others

Bipolar And Learning to Love Yourself and Others

A professor of mine died last week after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. I had him during my first semester at university for a human spirituality course, and even though I didn’t know him well, I thought he was amazing and admired him very much. He was brilliant and charming and funny, and during the service, so many of his students and colleagues, peers, and other experts in his field spoke of how caring and gentle he was, how he could shrug off anything and just be at peace.

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Bipolar Students: Simple Tips To Get Through the School Week

Bipolar Students: Simple Tips To Get Through the School Week

While brainstorming ideas for this week’s blog, I kept noticing that all of the tips and suggestions that our doctors and support groups give us throughout our bipolar recovery are repetitive, and can become frustrating to hear over-and-over again. I always think to myself I do those things! I’m trying! but I always seem to find myself stuck in that rut of hopelessness. I try my best to maintain a regular sleep schedule, I exercise, I track my moods… But while in school, I still feel completely overwhelmed and hopeless as if I haven’t learned any coping strategies at all (Bipolar Disorder and the Pressure to Get Better).

So this week, I’ve decided to do something a little different. While waiting to fall asleep the other night, I created a mental list of little things that may seem silly to some, but that I have realized have helped me throughout my time away at school and during tough times –things that a lot of doctors never really think of or mention to students with bipolar disorder.

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Bipolar Disorder’s Irrational Thoughts And Making Friends

Bipolar Disorder’s Irrational Thoughts And Making Friends

When bipolar disorder’s irrational thoughts occur, how does one even begin to make friends? In public, I feel as if everyone is watching me and talking about me, or making internal judgments. I’m acutely aware of every person in the vicinity; watching their movements, noticing any eye contact, listening for whispers. Cognitively, I know that this is irrational (Co-Occurring Bipolar and Anxiety Disorders). I know that I am not the center of everyone’s attention, that there is nothing wrong with my physical appearance and actions. In all reality, the majority of those people haven’t even given me a second thought. But when you experience bipolar disorder’s irrational thoughts, it can be difficult to make friends.

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How To Cope With Bipolar And Thoughts Of Giving Up On School

How To Cope With Bipolar And Thoughts Of Giving Up On School

I wasn’t coping with my thoughts of giving up on school very well the year before I was due to graduate. I was ready to quit school. I would sit in my therapist’s office and cry at the thought of going back to campus that following Monday, and it negatively affected my mental health. I would freak out and cry at the drop of a hat, I would freeze up in class and become so jittery that I could barely sit in class.

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Is Working The 12 Steps When You Have Bipolar Helpful?

Is Working The 12 Steps When You Have Bipolar Helpful?

Lately, I feel as if I’ve hit a roadblock in my recovery. I take my medications regularly, I go to therapy, I exercise, but I’ve hit a wall that I can’t seem to move past (Bipolar Treatment: If I’m Doing Everything Right Why Am I Still Sick?). The other day, I received a book from a good friend of mine: Sane: Mental Illness, Addiction, and the Twelve Steps by Marya Hornbacher, and I started thinking about new things that I could incorporate in my life.

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Taking Bipolar Medications Daily Doesn’t Bother Me One Bit

Taking Bipolar Medications Daily Doesn’t Bother Me One Bit

Should taking bipolar medications bother me? Psychiatric medications, including bipolar medications, are at the center of many controversial debates. Many people feel as if taking bipolar medications daily means that they are completely dependent upon them, while others believe that medications are necessary for their bipolar disorder treatment.

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Which Type of Therapy Is Best For Treating Bipolar Disorder?

Which Type of Therapy Is Best For Treating Bipolar Disorder?

How does a person know which type of bipolar disorder therapy will work best for him or her? As a psychology student, I learned about the different types of therapy available to patients with various mental illnesses. I learned about their history, how they were developed and their classifications. As a patient with bipolar II and obsessive-compulsive disorder though, my therapists never explained what specific type of therapy they practiced and why one type of therapy might work better than another for me (Types of Bipolar Therapy and How Bipolar Therapy Helps).

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