• advertisement

Our Mental Health Blogs

People Overestimate How Much Willpower Helps Mental Illness

People Overestimate How Much Willpower Helps Mental Illness

Helping mental illness requires more than willpower. While most people think willpower should help, or even cure, mental illness, this just isn't true. Read on.I am a person with extreme willpower and this helps my mental illness. I know this. It’s obvious. Willpower affects every aspect of my life, of course. But people may think I have no willpower because of my mental illness. This is because people overestimate how much willpower can help a mental illness.

Continue reading

Why Bipolar Disorder Requires Fake Smiles

Why Bipolar Disorder Requires Fake Smiles

Fake smiles -- we all use them but in bipolar disorder, fake smiles are a major coping skill. Learn about why people with bipolar use more fake smiles.I’m sorry to say I have found bipolar disorder requires a fake smile pretty much on demand, every day. We all have fake smiles for different situations but mine need to be at the ready, at all times, because I use them more than others. Fake smiles with bipolar disorder suck, but what can I say, I need them.

Continue reading

When Your Body Isn’t Yours Because of Bipolar Medication

When Your Body Isn’t Yours Because of Bipolar Medication

Bipolar medication can make you feel like your body isn't your own. Learn about bipolar medication effects and what happens to your body.Sometimes it feels as if your body isn’t yours because of bipolar medication. It feels like the medication takes over your very being. It feels like you no longer have a human body but, rather, a collection of drug-related effects. This particularly happens when you’re getting on medications or tapering off medications, but really, bipolar medication can make you feel like your body is not your own at any time.

Continue reading

Bipolar Disorder and Inner Restlessness — What Is It; How to Cope

Bipolar Disorder and Inner Restlessness — What Is It; How to Cope

Sometimes bipolar disorder can cause inner restlessness. But what is inner restlessness, what causes it and how do you cope with it in bipolar disorder?So often during the day I tell myself to, “Calm down,” but this isn’t because I’m buzzing around my apartment, it’s because of my bipolar inner restlessness. Telling me to calm down would be natural if I was climbing the walls, but sitting still on my couch doesn’t seem to be the time to do it. And yet, I do it all the time. It’s very real and very necessary. Inner restlessness in bipolar disorder is real and it’s necessary to know how to deal with it.

Continue reading

Permission for the Day Off Work Because of Bipolar

Permission for the Day Off Work Because of Bipolar

Taking the day off work because of bipolar disorder is something we need to do sometimes, but can we actually give ourselves permission for the day off work?I hate taking days off work and I most especially hate taking days off work because of bipolar disorder. This is because I’m a perfectionist and overachiever and workaholic — oh, and I need the money. So it’s really hard for me to fight these personality characteristics (and the money thing) and give myself permission for the day off work because of bipolar disorder.

Continue reading

I Can’t Do It – Bipolar’s Invisible Barrier

I Can’t Do It – Bipolar’s Invisible Barrier

Bipolar disorder can erect an invisible barrier preventing me from doing things. Learn more about this invisible bipolar barrier and effects.There are so many things that I want to do during the day but I can’t do them due to the invisible barrier of bipolar disorder. When I try to explain that to people, it’s almost impossible. I just can’t do things. It’s like I’m weighed down with 1000s of pounds. There’s an invisible barrier that bipolar disorder erects between me and what I want to do.

Continue reading

Coping with Intrusive Thoughts in Bipolar Disorder

Coping with Intrusive Thoughts in Bipolar Disorder

Intrusive thoughts in bipolar disorder can be hard to deal with. Learn about unwanted, negative, intrusive thoughts and how to cope with them in bipolar.There are many things you have to cope with when you have bipolar disorder and one of those things may be intrusive thoughts. Intrusive thoughts are thoughts that are beyond your control and can become obsessions. But they are thoughts you do not want and, certainly, obsessions you don’t want to have. Here are some ways to cope with intrusive thoughts in bipolar disorder.

Continue reading

The Rules of Living with Bipolar Disorder

The Rules of Living with Bipolar Disorder

There are rules to living with bipolar disorder, at least, for me. I find rules-based living with bipolar disorder makes every day easier.I have bipolar disorder and I live with rules I make rather than living out any actual desires. This is because I have little-to-no motivation or desires thanks to bipolar depression. Nothing wants me to get out of bed. Nothing wants me to work. Nothing wants me to do anything. But I do those things and a whole lot more because of the rules-based living I do with bipolar disorder.

Continue reading

Lost Days Because of Bipolar Disorder

Lost Days Because of Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder forces lost days on you. But what is a bipolar lost day and how do you deal with lost days because of bipolar disorder?Bipolar disorder makes me lose days. Whole days lost to a disease of the brain. And when I say “lost,” I mean lost. I mean I can’t find myself during lost days and I can’t find the lost days once they have passed. All I have a recollection of it losing them. Bipolar disorder causes these lost days and I hate it.

Continue reading

Does a Suicide Attempt Change Your Outlook on Life?

Does a Suicide Attempt Change Your Outlook on Life?

After a suicide attempt, things change, but does your look on life change after a suicide attempt? Sometimes the answer is "yes," and sometimes it's "no."Like many with bipolar disorder (up to 50%1), I have attempted suicide, but the question is, did that suicide attempt change my outlook on life? This is an interesting question because so many of us have been in this situation. For some, the answer is definitely, “yes,” but for others, I think their suicide attempt didn’t change their outlook on life and, unfortunately, attempt suicide again, or, finally, die of suicide. For me, the answer is both “yes,” and “no.”

Continue reading


Follow Us

Subscribe to Blog

  • advertisement

in Breaking Bipolar Comments

Mental Health Newsletter

Sign up for the HealthyPlace mental health newsletter for latest news, articles, events.

Mental Health
Newsletter Subscribe Now!

Mental Health Newsletter

Sign up for the HealthyPlace mental health newsletter for latest news, articles, events.

Log in

Login to your account

Username *
Password *
Remember Me