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Choosing Abstinence During Bipolar Recovery

Choosing Abstinence During Bipolar Recovery

Sex serves many positive functions in a relationship, but you may choose abstinence during bipolar recovery anyway. Sex can bring people to a new level of intimacy, it can provide a physical stress release, or it can simply be about expressing a mutual sexual desire (What Is Healthy Sex?). In spite of these functions, sex can be damaging at times, particularly at various stages of bipolar disorder. Choosing abstinence during bipolar recovery can be a way to remove a trigger from your emotional life.

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Starting a New Relationship During Mental Illness Recovery

Starting a New Relationship During Mental Illness Recovery

Some people are anxious when starting a new relationship during mental illness recovery. They may wonder when they will be healthy enough to consider a new romantic relationship or even a first date. But there can be behavioral clues that tell you when its healthy for you to start a new relationship during mental illness recovery. I have experienced some of these during my recovery from various depressive episodes.

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Maintaining Mental Health During Emotional Setbacks

Maintaining Mental Health During Emotional Setbacks

In my last video post, Emotion Regulation and Dating with Bipolar Disorder, I talked about what I thought was a burgeoning relationship or something with Erik.  Well, that something has become a nothing and I’m crushed.  Not because I was in love with him or anything, but because in spite of my new-found emotional health I ended up where I’ve generally been:  alone.

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Emotion Regulation and Dating with Bipolar Disorder (Video)

Emotion Regulation and Dating with Bipolar Disorder (Video)

Many people aren’t good at relationships, particularly at the beginning.  What might be a time of excitement and optimism for the average person can turn to anxiety and depression for someone with bipolar.  In this blog post, I compare the feelings I experience during the beginning of a relationship – in this case, with Erik, a new love interest – with the mood fluctuations of bipolar disorder.

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Is Social Networking Increasing Your Relationship Anxiety?

Is Social Networking Increasing Your Relationship Anxiety?

Everyone has a story about a couple they know who’ve argued openly on Facebook.  Or the person who was ostracized by their followers on Twitter.  Online social networks can bring out the worst in public behavior for some people, spurred on by anonymity and groupthink.  The average person might be plagued by the public nature of social networks.  However, when you have a mental illness, particularly one with a component of anxiety, tools like Twitter and Facebook can become breeding grounds for obsessive behavior.

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This Bipolar Girl is Ready to Date…But Who?

This Bipolar Girl is Ready to Date…But Who?

On Monday, I told my psychiatrist that I wanted to start dating again. Since  I said it aloud, it must be true or at least close enough to my conscious mind for it to spill out of my mouth. Though I’ve had a few bad dates, I haven’t had a relationship since before my bipolar diagnosis. So brimming with self-awareness off I go back onto the market…but what am I looking for?

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Hiding Mental Illness From Your Partner or, Unhealthy Relationships 101

Hiding Mental Illness From Your Partner or, Unhealthy Relationships 101

My last boyfriend had no clue that I suffered from depression. Some people may find that difficult to believe, but it’s actually very easy to mask your feelings and symptoms. In my case, it was very easy to choose a partner from whom I could hide the truth and, therefore, to prevent myself from having a healthy and successful relationship.

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The Breakthrough After the Break-Up

The Breakthrough After the Break-Up

This week I might see my ex-boyfriend, Grant. Everyone has an ex like Grant, you know, the guy you thought would be The One, who just turned out to be The One That Got Away.

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