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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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Dealing with Depression Triggers in Blog Posts

Dealing with Depression Triggers in Blog Posts

Blog posts can be depression triggers. This is common for those with bipolar disorder. Learn about how to deal with depression triggers in blog posts.I write about some things that can trigger those with depression so it’s important for readers to know how to deal with depression triggers in blog posts. Understanding how to deal with depression-triggering blog posts can protect you from negative emotional effects and worsening symptoms.

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Expressing the Experience of Bipolar – Not All Will Like It

Expressing the Experience of Bipolar – Not All Will Like It

Expressing what it's like to live with bipolar disorder isn't always appreciated. Learn about expressing the experience of bipolar disorder in public.I express the experience of having bipolar disorder in a very specific way – my way. I express the bipolar experience with my words, my language, my thoughts and my metaphors. I approach bipolar disorder the way I live it: primarily depressed with short bouts of hypomania or bipolar mixed moods. I often write politically incorrectly if I feel that expresses my bipolar experience more accurately. But one thing I have learned after doing this for many years is that not everyone likes this.

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Bipolar Medication Side Effect: Loss of Sexual Pleasure or Arousal

Bipolar Medication Side Effect: Loss of Sexual Pleasure or Arousal

Loss of sexual pleasure or loss of sexual arousal can be a bipolar medication side effect. Learn why this side effect matters and what to do about it.Recently, I’ve lost my ability to become sexually aroused/experience sexual pleasure because of my bipolar medication. You’d think of all the possible side effects, this wouldn’t be that bad. After all, I could be constantly dizzy and nauseous, gaining weight or having blood sugar/pressure problems. So, loss of sexual arousal/pleasure because of bipolar medication must be a walk in the park then. Well, I’m not finding it that way.

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With Bipolar, Failure Is Always an Option, Failure’s Not Bad

With Bipolar, Failure Is Always an Option, Failure’s Not Bad

Let's face it, failure is always an option for everyone, but especially those with mental illness. Learn about facing bipolar disorder and failure.I hate it when people say, “failure is not an option,” because, especially with bipolar, failure is always an option. And by saying “Failure is not an option,” people make it sound like failure is bad. But we all need to accept that failure is an option, and a viable one. We need to accept that with bipolar, failure happens.

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