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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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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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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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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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