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Travel Making Bipolar Disorder Worse – 10 Tips to Avoid It

Travel Making Bipolar Disorder Worse – 10 Tips to Avoid It

Travel with bipolar disorder can be challenging as travel can make bipolar worse. Read these 10 tips on how to travel successfully with bipolar disorder.Travel can make my bipolar disorder worse. Knowing this can make me fear travel. It’s not that I don’t like travel; theoretically, I like travel. I’ve done quite a lot of it, actually – I’ve been to 12 countries. Nevertheless, the older I get, the nastier my bipolar becomes and the more my bipolar disorder is worsened by travel. There are good reasons for this but there are also ways to mitigate it.

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Beating Insomnia in Bipolar – Apps That Really Work

Beating Insomnia in Bipolar – Apps That Really Work

Insomnia in bipolar is a huge problem but beating bipolar insomnia is possible. Try out these mobile apps to beat insomnia in bipolar disorder.Beating insomnia in bipolar disorder is a serious challenge. In the past, I have recommended sleep hygiene as the primary way of handling insomnia. And while this is very important, quite frankly, it just doesn’t work for everyone. I do it, and sometimes still don’t sleep – even with sleeping pills. So is there something better for beating insomnia in bipolar disorder? Maybe. I have discovered two mobile applications (apps) that help with sleep in new ways.

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Bipolar and Self-Harm Denial — I Want to Hurt Myself But Don't

Bipolar and Self-Harm Denial — I Want to Hurt Myself But Don't

I have bipolar disorder and urges to self-harm. No, this doesn’t mean my diagnosis is wrong, it just means that I happen to have a mental health issue outside of my bipolar diagnosis. But let me be clear: I deny my self-harm urges. Even though I want to hurt myself, I don’t. But this hurts. If the only thing in the world that you wanted to do had to be denied, wouldn’t it hurt you, too?

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Pity and Self-Pity with Bipolar Disorder

Pity and Self-Pity with Bipolar Disorder

Recently, someone said I was pitying myself because I have bipolar disorder, and this person was judging me very negatively for it. The person said I was having a bipolar pity party, if you will. Not surprisingly, I felt this notion was far off the mark. I feel suggesting that pity about bipolar disorder from the self or others is always negative, is just plain wrong.

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New Year’s Resolutions that Can Help Bipolar Disorder

New Year’s Resolutions that Can Help Bipolar Disorder

Making New Year’s resolutions is something I don’t regularly do (as I feel that any day is a good day for change), but if you’re going to, you should consider making New Year’s resolutions that will help your bipolar disorder. Many of these actually cross over into the realm of everyday resolutions but not only do you need to make the right ones, you need to make them in the right way (How To Set Realistic New Year’s Resolutions). Here are a few New Year’s resolutions that can help your bipolar disorder.

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How to Avoid Bipolar Mood Episodes over the Holidays

How to Avoid Bipolar Mood Episodes over the Holidays

While it can be challenging there are ways to avoid bipolar mood episodes over the holidays, or minimize them at least (Why Bipolar Mood Instability Happens During the Holidays). These techniques are often the ones we use during the year but we forget about them at the holidays. Learn more about how to avoid bipolar mood episodes over the holidays.

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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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Maintaining Boundaries with Bipolar Over the Holidays

Maintaining Boundaries with Bipolar Over the Holidays

Boundaries in bipolar disorder matter and over the holidays, bipolar boundaries matter even more. We set functional boundaries for a reason. Boundaries keep us safe. Boundaries keep us well. And that is not just as important during the holidays but, rather, more important. We must maintain boundaries with bipolar during the holiday season.

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Emotional States in Bipolar – Angry, Frustrated and Anxious

Emotional States in Bipolar – Angry, Frustrated and Anxious

Angry, frustrated, irritated and anxious – did I ever mention that bipolar mania, hypomania and depression are not the only mood/emotional states of my bipolar disorder? While most of these aren’t, technically, symptoms of bipolar disorder, they are common expressions of, or occur with, bipolar disorder. So, sometimes, instead of being “simply” depressed or hypomanic, I also feel dramatically anxious, frustrated, angry or irritated.

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Distraction as a Bipolar Coping Skill

Distraction as a Bipolar Coping Skill

Recently I’ve gone through a really nasty bipolar mixed episode and one night I was reminded that distraction is a major bipolar coping skill that I use. I do it without even thinking about it much of the time. My brain just purposefully shifts from agonizing emotional thoughts to unemotional ones. Activities at that time are similar. Distraction as a bipolar coping skill is incredibly useful.

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