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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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The Good Boss: Emotion Regulation in Workplace Relationships

The Good Boss: Emotion Regulation in Workplace Relationships

I’ve always thought I was a good employee: I do good work, on time, and people generally like working with me. I say “generally” because at times in the past I’ve been a moody procrastinator who resists being told what to do. I’ve also burst into tears when given negative feedback from a boss and cursed at a coworker in front of several of our colleagues. Am I losing credibility here?

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With Bipolar, You Always Know Who Your Friends Are

With Bipolar, You Always Know Who Your Friends Are

I consider myself hard to take, stubborn, I’m an over-talker and I don’t know when to keep my mouth shut. And I have bipolar so signing up to be my friend is a commitment of which I expect people to tire rapidly. So when I’m having a bad time and someone expresses concern, I know I have a true friend.

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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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