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How to Pick a Treatment for Bipolar Disorder

How to Pick a Treatment for Bipolar Disorder

On Monday, I talked about what to do if you’ve just been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and if you’ve read that piece then you know, I recommended a lot of breathing and thinking. I notably did not suggest decision-making.

Well, you can’t live in a yoga studio forever.

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What to Do If You’ve Just Been Diagnosed as Bipolar

What to Do If You’ve Just Been Diagnosed as Bipolar

Being diagnosed with bipolar disorder is scary. I describe the impact of a bipolar disorder diagnosis, what to do immediately following your bipolar diagnosis. Breaking Bipolar blog.

Being diagnosed as bipolar is a scary thing. It can happen in a number of ways, but if you’re like most of us, you probably didn’t know what was wrong for a long time, then you were misdiagnosed and then sometime later, you got the moniker of “bipolar”. Few of us go right from episode to bipolar diagnosis.

But regardless of how you got here, what do you do next?

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Bipolar Is Unfair

Bipolar Is Unfair

When most of us were young we learned that life isn’t fair. Yes, that boy got a bigger slice of cake than you. Yes, that girl gets better grades than you even though she doesn’t study. Yes, that’s boy’s imaginary friend’s clothes are nicer than yours. Life isn’t fair.

But when I was diagnosed with bipolar at 20, my definition of “unfair” had to be reviewed.

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How to Talk to a Doctor About Your Mental Illness

How to Talk to a Doctor About Your Mental Illness

The mentally ill avoid seeing doctors because talking to doctors about mental illness is so unpleasant. Here are six things to remember when talking to doctors

Okay, I admit it, I don’t like doctors. At all. In fact, one might suggest I downright hate them. I hate going to their appointments, I hate being in their waiting room and I hate talking to them.

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5 Depression / Bipolar Treatments You Might Not Know About

5 Depression / Bipolar Treatments You Might Not Know About

I’ve been in treatment for over a decade now and in that time I’ve had more than my share of doctors. Some doctors have been awful, but some have been great and at the top of their field. And when a doctor at the top of their field sees a treatment-resistant bipolar, they have some treatment options that your average doctor might not think of.

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Bipolar Medications: Will Treatment Work? How Long Will Side-Effects Last?

Bipolar Medications: Will Treatment Work? How Long Will Side-Effects Last?

Recently, I’ve received a few messages from people beginning bipolar medication treatment and going through the terrors of medication auditions and, um, the displeasure of the side-effects of bipolar medication. In this video, I try to set expectations with regards to how long it takes medications for bipolar disorder to work, and how long side-effects will last.

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What Does Remission Mean in Bipolar Disorder?

What Does Remission Mean in Bipolar Disorder?

What Does Remission Mean in Bipolar Disorder?

I mentioned what remission means for a mental illness in a clinical setting: reduction in specific, empirical symptoms by a given amount. In other words, you are given a depression “score” and remission means reducing that score by a given number.

But does that number mean anything at all to the patient in question? If you achieved it, are you “better”? If you suffer from mental illness, what does remission really mean?

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Bipolar Treatment: What Happens When Your Doctor Gives Up?

Bipolar Treatment: What Happens When Your Doctor Gives Up?

It's not uncommon for people w/ treatment resistant bipolar to give up after many failed treatments. What happens if during this time their doctor gives up too?

As a seriously ill person, I can honestly say that I have given up. Many times. I have lain on my floor praying that someone would kill me. I have taken too many pills hoping that I would die. And yes, I have even cut into myself hoping that I would bleed out.

We give up. After years of trying. Years of bipolar medication. Years of side-effects. Years of therapy. Years of doctors. Years of hospitals. We give up. We’re done.

But what happens if in one of these moments your doctor gives up too?

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The Rhythm of Pain During Depression

The Rhythm of Pain During Depression

I can feel suicide flicking at the edges of my consciousness.

This morning I woke up wanting to die. Before my eyelids fluttered and my logic circuits sparked I knew it was going to be a horrible day.

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Are You Bipolar, Or Do You Have Bipolar Disorder?

Are You Bipolar, Or Do You Have Bipolar Disorder?

People are frightened to say they are bipolar and prefer to say they have bipolar disorder due to prejudice and stigma. I disagree and say that I am bipolar.

Words have power. I know this because I’m a writer and I’m perfectly capable of angering, saddening or frightening people with my words. If words were not powerful, bookshelves would be empty. And bipolar is a powerful word when used in the context of a mental disorder. Depending on who hears this word, it can conjure up images of violence, danger, suicide, crime, fear, and many other unsavory things. It’s really no wonder that people don’t want to “be bipolar”.

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