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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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What Happens When Infidelity and Mental Illness Collide?

What Happens When Infidelity and Mental Illness Collide?

When there’s infidelity and mental illness in a romantic relationship, it causes pain for both parties which is often irreparable. When infidelity and a mental illness collide, the fallout can cause the most harm to the person dealing with the disease. Whether one does the cheating or is cheated upon, managing the emotional damage of infidelity in a romantic relationship can be enough to cause or worsen a mental illness episode.

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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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Mental Health, Addiction and Relationships: Understanding Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown

Mental Health, Addiction and Relationships: Understanding Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown

I’ve written a lot about myself and my relationships on this blog, but now I’m turning to the tumultuous relationship of a public figure for my inspiration.  Last week, we lost an icon, the incandescent Whitney Houston. Now, in her demise, the talk turns to her drug addictions and her relationship with ex-husband Bobby Brown.

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Relationships as Symptoms of Mental Illness

Relationships as Symptoms of Mental Illness

Sometimes people with mental illness aren’t the most self aware.  Some of us have a tendency to get consumed by our internal drama that it’s hard to listen to other people.  We spend so much time listening to our feelings, processing our emotions, talking about ourselves in therapy to figure out how to stay healthy.  I’m not suggesting that we give up time-tested methods of self regulation, but I think that our relationships with others – not always that with ourselves – can tell a bigger picture about our mental health.

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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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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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Disclosing Mental Illness at Work, or How to Get Fired (video)

Disclosing Mental Illness at Work, or How to Get Fired (video)

Last week’s post on disclosing mental illness at work was very popular, so I decided to continue the topic this week.  In my video blog, I talk about telling coworkers about your mental illness and the benefits that can come from having support systems in the workplace.

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Disclosing Mental Illness at Work, or How to Get Fired (Part I)

“I’m bipolar, and I take a ton of lithium. I’m offended at being compared to someone as stupid as THAT girl.”

Disclosing Mental Illness at Work, or How to Get Fired (Part I)

My friend Ricky – a coworker – is a photographer, and I asked him to take some pictures for my personal blog. Upon hearing the name he said, “you’re bipolar? Cool…” Ricky is the kind of person who appreciates shortcomings as character building. And he likes people with a lot of character.

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