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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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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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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