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Tips on Working From Home With Bipolar Disorder (#4 – 10)

Tips on Working From Home With Bipolar Disorder (#4 – 10)

Working from home can be a great alternative for someone with a mental illness. Here are some tips for working at home with bipolar disorder. Breaking Bipolar blog.

Naturally, as you’ve read part one of bipolar disorder and working from home from last week you’ve already created a workspace at home, created a work routine and put away distractions. Now you’re all set for tips on getting actual work done at home, with a mentally ill brain.

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When Everyone Else is Perfect Except You

When Everyone Else is Perfect Except You

Anxiety can make you think everyone else is perfect, but you're wearing the wrong coat. Here's how to reframe those anxieties to get in a better state of mind.

One of the cardinal cognitive distortions of anxiety:- Thinking everyone else is perfect and has it together 100%. Everyone except you. That everyone else in the nearby vicinity’s better than you because, well, it just seems obvious at the time. For the same reasons my self-esteem‘s been dented along the way to wherever I am now. Thinking like that not only increases the likelihood I’ll panic, it increases the amount of pressure I put on myself, and the degree to which I’m then able to recognize what is and isn’t anxiety talking.

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Borderline Personality Disorder, Relationships and Valentine’s Day

Regardless of what anyone says, you don’t have to be in a romantic relationship. No other person will fill you; trying to fill a void with someone else makes that void worse. You have to find completeness within yourself. You have to find your own happiness, regardless of relationship status.

Borderline Personality Disorder, Relationships and Valentine’s Day

St. Valentine’s Day is coming up–or, as some of us prefer to call it, “Singles Awareness Day” or “Half-Price Chocolate Day”.

One of the symptoms of borderline personality disorder is a history of intense, unstable relationships. We alternate between idolizing and loathing other people. We also have a tendency to stay in relationships longer than we should, out of fear of being abandoned. This is especially true for romantic relationships.

Our culture places a lot of emphasis on being in a romantic relationship. From a Facebook status to “chick flicks” to that garbage sold as “entertainment news”, it’s easy to feel pressured to be in a romantic relationship.

Nothing could be more dangerous.

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Living with Bipolar Disorder. Surviving through Art.

Living with Bipolar Disorder. Surviving through Art.

carolyn-gabbAfter a hospital mistake left her totally disabled for six months, Dr. Carolyn Gabb struggled harder than ever to cope with bipolar symptoms. Though she’s since recovered enough to resume her work as an artist, living with bipolar disorder isn’t easy. “Art is a way of coping, and living an enriched life,” she says.

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After-Effects of Verbal Abuse: The Hateful Voice in My Head

After-Effects of Verbal Abuse: The Hateful Voice in My Head

When I left my husband a year ago, his hateful voice didn’t stay with him. Instead, the verbal abuse lived in my head, as it had done for our 18 years of marriage. Making it harder to deal with the after-effects of verbal abuse, the voice echoing in my head seemed just true enough to make me think they may be completely true. The after-effects of verbal abuse made me think I’d never heal.

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Discovering the Truth Beneath My Eating Disorder: Part 1

Discovering the Truth Beneath My Eating Disorder: Part 1

I reached my healthy goal weight weeks ago. I continue to eat well and maintain my weight. I am feeling more alive than I have in years, and I would like to forget I ever had anorexia nervosa and move on to real life.

It isn’t that easy. Now I need to discover why I developed an eating disorder at the age of 42 and resisted recovery for years until I almost lost everything, including my life.

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When You Love Someone Who Is Abused

When You Love Someone Who Is Abused

When you love someone who is being abused, so much of it doesn’t make any sense at all! You look at the wonderful human being in front of you, confused and knotted up inside and red-eyed and snotty on the outside, and wonder, “Why? Why are you, my beautiful (daughter, friend, son…) so insanely sad over those lies that idiot feeds you?!”

You want to “go over there” and give that so-and-so a piece of your mind, a good whomping, SOMETHING to make them understand that what they’re doing to your beloved is NOT RIGHT.

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Bipolar Disorder and Working From Home Tips (#1 – 3)

Bipolar Disorder and Working From Home Tips (#1 – 3)

Working from home is an option for many with bipolar disorder but working from home poses extra challenges for people with bipolar disorder too. Learn more.

I, like many, no longer work in an office; I work from home. My commute each morning goes something like: bed, to the bathroom, to the kitchen, to the couch, to the desk. Barring a traffic jam between my cats and me over the milk, it’s a pretty quick affair. And while working at home does have many advantages for someone with a mental illness, working from home with bipolar disorder also poses its own challenges.

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Signs That You Live With the Fear of Failure

Signs That You Live With the Fear of Failure

Sometimes you don’t even know if you suffer from the fear of failing. Fear of failing, “atychiphobia” as it is also known, is a fear that stops us from doing things, especially those things that move us forward to reaching our goals. We all have different definitions of what success and failure are. A failure to one person might be a great learning experience to another. Our belief systems, values and standards we live by determine our failure definition. Fear of failing can be immobilizing, it can stop your forward progress in your personal life, business or career.

Let’s look at what are some of the signs of fear of failure.

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Mental Illness: It Matters If You Tell! |Trauma and Anxiety

Mental Illness: It Matters If You Tell! |Trauma and Anxiety

“It’ll go away, it just needs time, then I won’t have to worry anymore…

It wasn’t a big deal, or if it was it doesn’t matter now. It’s over. I’m fine, and I have all these anxiety coping skills. What’s there to talk about anyway?”

I can’t count the number of times I’ve thought that way about my mental health.

The message of silence is one that trauma survivors, and those with mental illness receive loud and clear, from society and often very directly from those closest to them. Most internalize it so deeply that it’s years before they realize it isn’t their voice. That it never was. That it doesn’t have to be.

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