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Friendship with a Person Who Has Bipolar Disorder

Friendship with a Person Who Has Bipolar Disorder

Being a friend to someone with bipolar disorder can be challenging, but is it worth it? Learn about how bipolar disorder affects friendships.It can be challenging to be a friend of a person with bipolar disorder. I freely admit this. I know that my life is difficult for me to deal with and, certainly, it can be difficult for anyone else. Nevertheless, friendship with a person who has bipolar disorder can be just as rewarding as any other friendship.

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Opposite Rule with Bipolar – Do What Bipolar Doesn’t Want

Opposite Rule with Bipolar – Do What Bipolar Doesn’t Want

The opposite rule is a bipolar coping skill that also works for other mental illnesses. Learn about bipolar and the opposite rule and how it can help you.The opposite rule is a rule some people with bipolar disorder or another mental illness use to help deal with the unhealthy parts of a mental illness. It’s actually a really useful rule and I use it a lot as a bipolar coping skill. Here I tell you how and why to use the opposite rule if you have bipolar disorder or another mental illness.

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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.

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Enjoying the Holidays with Bipolar — Top Tips

Enjoying the Holidays with Bipolar — Top Tips

Bipolar disorder doesn’t have to mean that you can’t enjoy the holidays. Really. Even though bipolar disorder may complicate our holiday planning you can still enjoy the holidays with bipolar.

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Bipolar Disorder Causing a Loss of Control

Bipolar Disorder Causing a Loss of Control

I have lost so much control because of bipolar disorder. This is really awful because I’m actually a control freak in some ways. And, possibly, losing control because of bipolar disorder has actually making me more so as I work tremendously hard, and rather pointlessly, to regain the control that I have lost. This type of control has its plusses and minuses but there’s no doubt that I have less control now than I had before the bipolar disorder came a-knocking.

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Focus on What You Can Do with Bipolar, Not What You Can’t

Focus on What You Can Do with Bipolar, Not What You Can’t

It seems like there are 1000 things I can’t do because of bipolar disorder, but what I’ve learned is that I need to focus on what I can do with bipolar disorder, not what I can’t. Because there are things we all can do. We often take those things for granted – but they are still there. We all have a “can” list and a “can’t” list. We, with bipolar, need to focus on our “can” lists.

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Reasons for Suicide: When Your Brain Lies to You

Reasons for Suicide: When Your Brain Lies to You

Reasons for suicide are examples of your brain lying to you. Find out how to fight brain lies and discredit reasons for suicide, no matter how strong they are.

I hear from many people who are suicidal and these people give many reasons for suicide; but these reasons for suicide are typically lies from their brains called cognitive distortions. For example, one lie might be the idea that everyone is a selfish liar, or, put more simply, everyone is “bad” and the suicidal person cannot live in a world where everyone is bad. I think it’s really important to address this because, certainly, if you really did think everyone was selfish or everyone was a liar then being suicidal would be much more natural. But the fact Is, this (and other) reasons for suicide are false.

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What I Learned About Psych Hospital Stays

What I Learned About Psych Hospital Stays

Last week, I discussed the good, the bad and the ugly of what my stay at a psych hospital was like. While my experiences at were both good and bad, I did learn from my stay at the psych hospital.

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How to Make New Year’s Resolutions You Can Stick To

How to Make New Year’s Resolutions You Can Stick To

I don’t like New Year’s resolutions, in general. This is because people tend to resolve to do pie-in-the-sky type things that they don’t have a hope in heck of doing. New Year’s resolutions turn into more like a wish list to be granted by a deity than goals any one person can achieve. But there are ways of making New Year’s resolutions that you can stick to and here’s how – create SMART resolutions.

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Bipolar Depression Treatment — What to Do if ECT Fails

Bipolar Depression Treatment — What to Do if ECT Fails

Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is the most effective treatment available for bipolar (or unipolar) depression (Around 78% of people who get ECT show improvement, according to an United States Food and Drug Administration analysis, this is much higher than any drug.) but ECT is often thought of as a treatment of last resort. This is the case because of concerns over possible, serious ECT side effects like amnesia. But if ECT is the treatment of last resort, what do you do if that treatment fails?

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