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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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Helping a Friend Through a Bipolar Mood Episode

Helping a Friend Through a Bipolar Mood Episode

People often ask me how to help a friend through a bipolar mood episode. These are great friends that I can honestly say, anyone with any illness should treasure. So many people turn their backs on people with serious mental illness, so when a person actually wants to help, well, we love you. If you’re a friend who wants to help someone through a bipolar mood episode, consider these things.

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#BellLetsTalk – Help Raise Funds for Mental Health Jan. 27th

#BellLetsTalk – Help Raise Funds for Mental Health Jan. 27th

Tomorrow is Bell Let’s Talk Day and you can help raise funds for mental health initiatives with a simple tweet or Facebook share. Since 2010, Bell (a Canadian phone company) has committed $100 million to mental health programs and you can help raise even more.

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Bipolar Triggers You Can’t Control

Bipolar Triggers You Can’t Control

I’ve written a lot about bipolar triggers over the years and usually I write about bipolar triggers you can control (Pushing Aside Daily Mental Health Triggers is Tough). But, as we all know, there are some bipolar triggers you can’t control. I’m dealing with one right now: the death of my father. His death was very inconvenient to me in that I certainly had no time for it. I have no time for a memorial, I have no time to write a eulogy and I certainly have no time (or brain space) to grieve (Coping With Loss: Bereavement and Grief).

But, of course, no one asks for permission to die and no one does it on a schedule. His death happened and I have to deal with it and it’s definitely a bipolar trigger I can’t control.

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Guilt When Bipolar Interferes with Work

Guilt When Bipolar Interferes with Work

I have major guilt when my bipolar interferes with work. I have this thing where I think that bipolar is just an excuse for laziness and that if I was a just a better person bipolar wouldn’t interfere with my work. Even though I know this isn’t true, it seems to be the only thing I think about when bipolar rears its ugly head and deleteriously affects my work.

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Cause of Death: Bipolar Disorder, Mental Illness

Cause of Death: Bipolar Disorder, Mental Illness

Have you ever heard of mental illness being a cause of death? Cause of death: schizophrenia or cause of death: bipolar or cause of death: anorexia? No? Me neither. That’s in spite of the fact that for some mental illnesses, like depression and bipolar, suicide attempts are an actual symptom of the illness. In other words, if a person dies by suicide and they’re bipolar, really, the cause of death is bipolar. So why don’t we popularly recognize mental illness as a cause of death?

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Bipolar and Being Denied the Disability Tax Credit

Bipolar and Being Denied the Disability Tax Credit

I don’t really go around shouting the fact that I am disabled. I have an invisible disability so I suppose that affords me the luxury of not having people know. But, in fact, severe bipolar disorder is a disability. Ask anyone who lives with it. They will tell you how disabling it is. It’s horrendous. And, in Canada, we have a disability tax credit. It’s supposed to making working a little bit easier for people with a disability. Well, I have a disability and I was denied the disability tax credit.

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"The Weather is Sure Bipolar Today" – Using Mental Illness Terms

"The Weather is Sure Bipolar Today" – Using Mental Illness Terms

I think we’ve all heard it – people using mental illness terms to describe something other than mental illness. But if you say, “The weather is sure schizophrenic today,” is that okay? How about if you say, “Man, that girl sure is bipolar,” after your friend gets angry with you. Is that okay?

In this video I look at ways that people using mental illness terms outside of talking about serious health issues and discuss whether this is acceptable or not.

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Reach Out to the Right People for Mental Health Help

Reach Out to the Right People for Mental Health Help

This morning, a girl from the United States (I’m in Canada) contacted me and said she had taken 40 pills in a suicide attempt and now needed help immediately.

Please don’t do this.

Please don’t treat the internet like it’s 9-1-1. It isn’t.

It just so happened that I was checking the comments on my blog three minutes after this girl posted this comment so I caught it in time. (Help was called.) But I very much could have missed it. It could have taken me hours to get to this comment. I get many comments and emails and sometimes it takes me a long time to get around to reading them, let alone responding. I am, in no way, an emergency service.

Reaching out to someone is always better than reaching out to no one, but please, if you need mental health help, know who to reach out to.

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Fighting the Fear and Worry Surrounding Bipolar Disorder

Fighting the Fear and Worry Surrounding Bipolar Disorder

Many of us know a person who has suffered a bad bipolar outcome. Perhaps the person has lost their friends and family because of bipolar. Perhaps the person lost their job because of their bipolar moods. Perhaps the person became so unwell they ended up on the street. Perhaps the person was driven to suicide.

Those are all very scary and worrying outcomes from a mental illness and, the trouble is, they’re real. I can’t take away your fear and worry by telling you that these things don’t happen because that would be a lie. These things do happen, every day.

But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t things you can do to fight the fear and worry that surrounds bipolar disorder.

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