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Enjoying the Holidays with Bipolar — Top Tips

Enjoying the Holidays with Bipolar — Top Tips

Bipolar disorder doesn’t have to mean that you can’t enjoy the holidays. Really. Even though bipolar disorder may complicate our holiday planning you can still enjoy the holidays with bipolar.

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Bipolar Disorder Causing a Loss of Control

Bipolar Disorder Causing a Loss of Control

I have lost so much control because of bipolar disorder. This is really awful because I’m actually a control freak in some ways. And, possibly, losing control because of bipolar disorder has actually making me more so as I work tremendously hard, and rather pointlessly, to regain the control that I have lost. This type of control has its plusses and minuses but there’s no doubt that I have less control now than I had before the bipolar disorder came a-knocking.

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Focus on What You Can Do with Bipolar, Not What You Can’t

Focus on What You Can Do with Bipolar, Not What You Can’t

It seems like there are 1000 things I can’t do because of bipolar disorder, but what I’ve learned is that I need to focus on what I can do with bipolar disorder, not what I can’t. Because there are things we all can do. We often take those things for granted – but they are still there. We all have a “can” list and a “can’t” list. We, with bipolar, need to focus on our “can” lists.

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Reasons for Suicide: When Your Brain Lies to You

Reasons for Suicide: When Your Brain Lies to You

I hear from many people who are suicidal and these people give many reasons for suicide; but these reasons for suicide are typically lies from their brains. For example, one might be the idea that everyone is a selfish liar, or, put more simply, everyone is “bad” and the person cannot live in a world where everyone is bad. I think it’s really important to address this because, certainly, if you really did think everyone was selfish or everyone was a liar then being suicidal would be much more natural. But the fact Is, this (and other) reasons for suicide are false.

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What I Learned About Psych Hospital Stays

What I Learned About Psych Hospital Stays

Last week, I discussed the good, the bad and the ugly of what my stay at a psych hospital was like. While my experiences at were both good and bad, I did learn from my stay at the psych hospital.

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How to Make New Year’s Resolutions You Can Stick To

How to Make New Year’s Resolutions You Can Stick To

I don’t like New Year’s resolutions, in general. This is because people tend to resolve to do pie-in-the-sky type things that they don’t have a hope in heck of doing. New Year’s resolutions turn into more like a wish list to be granted by a deity than goals any one person can achieve. But there are ways of making New Year’s resolutions that you can stick to and here’s how – create SMART resolutions.

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Bipolar Depression Treatment — What to Do if ECT Fails

Bipolar Depression Treatment — What to Do if ECT Fails

Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is the most effective treatment available for bipolar (or unipolar) depression (Around 78% of people who get ECT show improvement, according to an United States Food and Drug Administration analysis, this is much higher than any drug.) but ECT is often thought of as a treatment of last resort. This is the case because of concerns over possible, serious ECT side effects like amnesia. But if ECT is the treatment of last resort, what do you do if that treatment fails?

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Judging Others with Bipolar as Successful or Unsuccessful

Judging Others with Bipolar as Successful or Unsuccessful

People judge others. It’s just what we do. It’s basic human psychology. We judge them as beautiful or not. We judge them as happy or not. And fairly frequently, we judge them as being successful or not.

And this goes for people with bipolar disorder too. Often people look at the lives of others with bipolar disorder and determine whether they are “well” or “sick” and how successful that person with bipolar disorder really is.

There’s just one problem with this: looking at a person with bipolar from the outside only tells half the story (if that).

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Daily Patterns in Bipolar Moods

Daily Patterns in Bipolar Moods

In a traditional model of bipolar disorder, a mood episode (depression/mania/hypomania) lasts (untreated) for a prolonged period of time. Typically, an episode will last from weeks to months. In a traditional model, people with untreated bipolar disorder only experience three or fewer mood episodes per year.

To many people that actually sounds like a great blessing because, for many people, mood changes come far more rapidly. People who experience more than three mood episodes per year have what’s known as rapid cycling bipolar disorder. People who have moods that only last days have ultra-rapid cycling bipolar disorder.

And people whose bipolar moods last less than that? That’s known as ultradian cycling bipolar disorder.

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Is There Bipolar Stigma in the Workplace?

Is There Bipolar Stigma in the Workplace?

There is legislation in the United States that prevents people from being discriminated against based on an illness – and this includes mental illness. So, then, there should be no discrimination against those with bipolar disorder in the workplace. Right?

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