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Working Too Hard with Bipolar Disorder Leads to Pain

Working Too Hard with Bipolar Disorder Leads to Pain

Working too hard with bipolar leads to physical pain. People don't associate this with a "mood" disorder but pain is due to bipolar when you overwork.When I work too hard, I find myself in too much pain thanks to bipolar disorder. I push through when I should stop, and work and work only to find myself waking up one day so sick I can barely move. Work is kind of the bane of my existence. Necessary for existence? Yes. Pleasant? Not in the least. This is eminently clear to me right now as I woke up in extreme pain thanks to bipolar and working too hard.

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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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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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Small Achievements to Celebrate in Bipolar Disorder

Small Achievements to Celebrate in Bipolar Disorder

Small achievements in bipolar disorder are important to celebrate. Don't let the little wins pass by -- use them to encourage future achievements.

It’s important to celebrate the small achievements in bipolar disorder. I have written about this before, in fact. But what does a small win in bipolar disorder look like? How do you celebrate a small achievement in bipolar disorder?

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Bipolar Depression – I Don’t Want Anything

Bipolar Depression – I Don’t Want Anything

Not wanting anything in bipolar depression is very hard and hard to identify with, Watch this video to see what it's like to not even want to see your friends.It’s hard for non-bipolar people to identify with this, but when I have bipolar depression, I don’t want anything. It doesn’t matter what it is, it doesn’t matter how I used to feel about it, it doesn’t matter how good an idea it seems, I just don’t want it with bipolar depression, and that’s it.

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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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Professionals Should Talk About Trump’s Mental Health

Professionals Should Talk About Trump’s Mental Health

Some argue that professionals shouldn’t talk about Trump’s mental health, mostly comparing him to anyone else. For example, I wouldn’t want, nor would I think it was appropriate, for a mental health professional to make judgments about my mental health based solely on my public actions. But then again, I’m not The President of the United States. And that makes the situation just a wee bit different. It’s because of this that professionals should openly talk about Trump’s mental health and fitness as a president.

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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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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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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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