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Living with the Uncertainties of Bipolar Disorder

Living with the Uncertainties of Bipolar Disorder

Living with bipolar disorder creates uncertainty. You never know when depression, mania or hypomania may strike. Can you deal with the uncertainties of bipolar?Living with bipolar disorder is chock full of uncertainty. You never know when you might be well. You never know when you might be acutely depressed. You never know when mania might make you psychotic. And you never know when it might be the day when you need the hospital. If that isn’t uncertainty, I don’t know what it. And while everyone lives with uncertainty, the uncertainties that come with bipolar disorder are so very hard to live with.

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What Does Euphoria Feel Like in Bipolar Hypomania?

What Does Euphoria Feel Like in Bipolar Hypomania?

I don’t think euphoria in bipolar hypomania feels like extreme happiness. I use the word “euphoria,” which does mean “extreme happiness” but the word only partially fits my experience (Bipolar Mania and the Impact of Manic Symptoms). “Euphoria” is what doctors call one of the “gateway criteria” for bipolar hypomania or mania (one of the main characteristics) so many people with bipolar disorder experience. And sometimes I do experience something like euphoria in bipolar hypomania but bipolar hypomania euphoria just doesn’t feel like its real definition to me.

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Why Bipolar Mood Instability Happens During the Holidays

Why Bipolar Mood Instability Happens During the Holidays

Many people can find enjoying the holidays challenging, but for those with bipolar disorder, the holidays can also cause bipolar mood instability. This is a special challenge over and above what the average person faces. While average people may worry about seeing a brother who hates them or an alcoholic aunt who is a mess, people with bipolar disorder risk a bipolar relapse. Here are some of the reasons why the holidays cause bipolar mood instability for those with bipolar disorder.

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How Not to Take Bipolar Hypomania Irritability Out on Others

How Not to Take Bipolar Hypomania Irritability Out on Others

It’s critical to know how not to take your bipolar hypomania irritability out on others, if that is one of your symptoms of hypomania (What’s The Difference Between Bipolar Mania and Hypomania?). I wish I was one of those people for whom hypomania is a party, but I’m not. For me, I’m highly irritable, annoyed, anxious and agitated. But I know that this is part of my bipolar disorder so I try not to take my bipolar hypomania irritability out on others.

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I’m Scared of Bipolar Hypomania

I’m Scared of Bipolar Hypomania

I realized the other night that I am scared of hypomania. Some of you may remember that a little while ago I suffered a particularly notable hypomania and it was then followed up by a huge, debilitating depression. And last night I realized that while hypomania for me, is not necessarily, always unpleasant, I’m actually scared of hypomania.

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What to Do When You’re Hypomanic from Bipolar

What to Do When You’re Hypomanic from Bipolar

People want to know what to do when they’re hypomanic from bipolar. Should you stay in hypomania as long as possible if you enjoy it? Should you try to moderate it in some way? Should you try to end the bipolar hypomania as quickly as possible? People will have different thoughts on this one but here are my thoughts on what to do when you’re hypomanic because of bipolar.

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The Depression after a Hypomania

The Depression after a Hypomania

I find the depression after a hypomania is worse than your average depression. Learn about what depression is like after hypomania.

Maybe it’s just me, but I find the bipolar depression after a hypomania to be much worse than your average, daily depression. Post-hypomania depression is the way you pay for a hypomania (at least for me) and hypomania is very, very expensive.

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Bipolar: Wired and Tired

Bipolar: Wired and Tired

I have this thing, and I don’t know if it’s the bipolar, specifically, but I get wired and tired at the same time and it sure feels bipolar-y to me.

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What’s a Normal Sex Life with Bipolar?

What’s a Normal Sex Life with Bipolar?

I get asked about the sex life of the bipolar on a regular basis. People want to know what’s “normal” or can they have that mythical “normal” sex life. Some of these people are partners of people with bipolar and others are the people with bipolar themselves. It seems we’re all a bit mystified as to how this mental illness affects our sex lives.

Well, I can’t say what is normal for you, but I can tell you what I know about bipolar and sex.

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Multi-Polar – The Many Moods of Bipolar Disorder (2/2)

Multi-Polar – The Many Moods of Bipolar Disorder (2/2)

This article is a continuation from Multi-Polar – The Many Moods of Bipolar Disorder part one.

Paranoia

Paranoia often accompanies delusions or hallucinations and is the perception that you are being persecuted. You may feel that someone is “out to get you” or someone is trying to humiliate you or be unfaithful. With these beliefs come accusations and suspicion of those around them for no reason. Even though paranoid beliefs have no basis in reality they feel completely real. You know that your girlfriend is cheating on you. You know that everyone is talking behind your back. Again, because this is part of a thought disorder (psychosis) it’s unlikely that anyone can shake these beliefs from the person suffering them.

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