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Bipolar Depression and Trying to Exercise

Bipolar Depression and Trying to Exercise

Bipolar depression can make it feel impossible to exercise. But I'm trying to exercise in spite of my bipolar depression. Here's why.I’m stuck in a bipolar depression and yet, I’m trying to exercise. I’ve never been successful at this – ever.  Now and then I have been on exercise programs, but I’ve hated every one and none of them have stuck. Not to mention the fact that getting my depressed butt out of the house to do anything is almost impossible. I have no energy and everything hurts all the time. Bipolar depression makes exercising almost impossible – but I’m hoping the truth is that it’s just “almost” impossible.

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Don’t Let Fear and Pain Make Your Decisions for You

Don’t Let Fear and Pain Make Your Decisions for You

Decisions are made for many reasons, but fear and pain should not make decisions for you. Learn about making your own decisions in spite of fear and pain.Fear and pain are realities of life, but we can’t let fear and pain make our decisions for us. As soon as we do, they will be the masters of our fates. But we all need to be the masters of our own destiny. In short, we need to stand up to fear and pain and make our own decisions, even though it can be very hard.

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Dealing with Bipolar Disorder’s Sensitivity to Sleep Changes

Dealing with Bipolar Disorder’s Sensitivity to Sleep Changes

Sleep changes in bipolar disorder can really ruin your day. Learn how to deal with bipolar disorder's sensitivity to sleep changes.I’ve written before how critical sleep is to those with bipolar disorder but just how sensitive is bipolar disorder to sleep changes and what can you do about bipolar’s sensitivity to sleep changes? It’s important to know what happens with your bipolar disorder when your sleep patterns change, even a little. That sensitivity can make all the difference to your day and what coping skills you choose to employ. But how big a change in your sleep does it take to affect your bipolar disorder? How do you deal with sleep changes with your bipolar disorder if you detect them?

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I’m Trying to Win Against Bipolar Disorder and I Hate It

I’m Trying to Win Against Bipolar Disorder and I Hate It

Trying to win against bipolar disorder is a full-time job. It's a job I hate. Learn why trying to win against bipolar disorder daily is so hard.I consider bipolar disorder to by my main enemy most of the time and I’m trying to win against my bipolar disorder. But the word “try” sucks. I hate the word “try.” Yes, I’m “trying” to win against my bipolar disorder but all this “trying” is exhausting and full of failure.

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Bipolar Disorder Functioning: If I Stop, I Won’t Start Again

Bipolar Disorder Functioning: If I Stop, I Won’t Start Again

Functioning in bipolar disorder is so hard. When I start working, it's for such a short time. Learn about making functioning in bipolar disorder work.Functioning and bipolar disorder is a constant struggle. I know this is true not just for me, but for so many with serious mental illness. And part of the oddity of my functioning with bipolar disorder is that if I stop functioning, being productive, I just won’t start again.

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Bipolar Disorder and Faking Happiness

Bipolar Disorder and Faking Happiness

While everyone fakes happiness sometimes, people with bipolar disorder fake happiness often. Learn about the issues with faking happiness and bipolar.Because of my bipolar disorder, I fake happiness – a lot – like, all the time; like, every time I leave the house. This is due to several factors but, obviously, one of the primary ones is that I, typically, am not actually happy. I am, typically, depressed. And people don’t like that. People don’t like constantly-depressed people. So my bipolar disorder forces me to fake happiness.

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Handling Criticism About Your Bipolar Disorder Treatment

Handling Criticism About Your Bipolar Disorder Treatment

If you have bipolar, you likely have experienced criticism about your bipolar disorder treatment. This is almost always unfair. Learn how to deal with it.People like to criticize me about my bipolar disorder treatment and my guess is, many of you have experienced criticism about your bipolar disorder treatment, too. Sometimes people feel like their criticisms are helpful and sometimes, I swear, the people do it just to be dogmatic or cruel. No matter what their motivation is, though, it isn’t helpful and can be very harmful. If you get criticism about your bipolar disorder treatment, here’s how to handle it.

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The Effects of Lack of Sleep on Bipolar Disorder

The Effects of Lack of Sleep on Bipolar Disorder

Lack of sleep can have many negative effects on bipolar disorder. What are these effects and how do you deal with a lack of sleep and bipolar disorder?There are nasty effects on bipolar when I suffer from a lack of sleep. Luckily for me, I usually do have a decent sleep thanks to my medications but, sometimes, my body just decides to wake up at 3:00 a.m. and refuses to go back to sleep. I know this happens to many people but I also know that most people don’t have bipolar disorder. And I know that, for me, if I have a lack of sleep it really affects my bipolar disorder negatively.

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Others Have It Worse Than You and Bipolar Doesn’t Care

Others Have It Worse Than You and Bipolar Doesn’t Care

If you have bipolar disorder, you might hear "others have it worse than you." This is an unfair statement about bipolar disorder, read why.People often say to those suffering with bipolar disorder, “Others have it worse than you.” This is not a helpful statement. We know that others have it worse than us. In fact, others with bipolar have it worse than us; that’s just math. But the fact that others have it worse than us is absolutely irrelevant to our suffering with bipolar.

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Suffering Through Bipolar Medication Side Effects

Suffering Through Bipolar Medication Side Effects

Bipolar medication side effects are awful and suffering through bipolar medication side effects feels endless. Learn about dealing with medication side effects.I am suffering through a long bout of bipolar medication side effects. Side effects, withdrawal effects, call them what you like, they are caused by the use of medication. And I am white-knuckling it. I know that, in my case, there are no options better than this very sucky one. But I tell you, I hate suffering through bipolar medication side effects.

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