Reducing Holiday Stress

By Rebecca Moore

With the end of the year coming and as we inch closer to the holiday season, I can feel my stress level rising. I’m not sleeping well and I have yet to do any shopping for the kiddos. That will come this weekend and then that’s one thing off my list. We do have the tree up and decorated, but I won’t be doing any baking this year. I just don’t have the holiday spirit. Yes, I’ll admit it, I’m a Scrooge. humbug

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No Motivation

By Rebecca Moore

motivationSince I had a slight med change, I’ve been having a hard time getting up and gaining any motivation takes a long time. I know within time I’ll get used to it, but I also know there’s some things I can do to help myself out. If you have a hard time as well, here’s a few suggestions that might help you too!

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Internal Stigma

By Rebecca Moore

sonThere is no doubt that we are surrounded by stigma. Just the fact that we are parents and have a mental illness is enough for everyone to think it’s okay to judge us. But our biggest critics are ourselves. Often we find ourselves turning the stigma inwards. 

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My Children Are A Trigger

By Rebecca Moore

shutterstock_116454388I grew up with an un-diagnosed mother. I say un-diagnosed because she was born and raised during a time when Mental Illness was a very taboo topic. You didn’t talk about it and if you did seek help, you were made to keep it quiet by the stigma that came along, and still comes along today. 

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Mothering Through Bipolar

By Rebecca Moore

shutterstock_180987161I know I’ve written about parenting through bipolar, but I haven’t really focused on moms. Mother’s take on a great deal of care when it comes to their children and this can be especially challenging when we are dealing with bipolar disorder. 

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Statistics

By Rebecca Moore

shutterstock_212265478I was doing a little research as I gear up to get ready for my speech with our local NAMI chapter. I was reading through what NIHM had to say about bipolar disorder. I read that 5.5 million people in America alone are effected by Bipolar Disorder. That comes out to approximately 2.6% of our population and I’d take bets that, that number is much higher. How many of us don’t seek help for fear of the stigma that follows.

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Flip Flop

By Rebecca Moore

shutterstock_145689116I hate when my brain can’t decide if it wants to be depressed or mixed mania. I seem to be teetering back and forth between the two of them. I’ve been trying to use my coping skills, but most days I just want to isolate and isolation to me means hiding in my office and sleeping the day away. It’s the only way I can escape this feeling that just won’t lift.

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It’s Been A Long Few Months

By Rebecca Moore

shutterstock_195745517It’s probably the longest months I’ve gone through in a long time. We’ve been having a very hard time getting my meds right. I was inpatient a few times in the last couple of months. I’m having a heck of a time finding a psych who wants to deal with my “hard to treat bipolar disorder”. Most meds end up petering out on me long before they should and I end up finding myself slipping into depression. This effects the entire family because when mom’s depressed , mom doesn’t have much energy for anything. Lately I’ve been feeling much more stable. The doc at the crisis bed center got my meds right this time and it’s been almost 3 months since I’ve had to consider an inpatient stay. I can only hope that this stability lasts awhile. With the holidays coming and getting our non-profit off it’s feet I can’t afford another inpatient stay. I know that in order to take care of the kiddos and the Foundation I must be at my best. I’ve been trying to keep up with my own self-care, but even being stable that can be hard. Especially when my instincts tell me I need to take care of my children first. 

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School Time

By Rebecca Moore

It’s almost school time for a lot of us and to be honest I can’t wait for the summer to be over. The kiddos are getting bored and I’m running out of ideas to keep them happy. 

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Stress

By Rebecca Moore

shutterstock_162914132I really think it’s the build up of stress that’s getting to me. I did fine while I was inpatient. I was calm and relaxed. I was able to sleep at least 7 hours a night. When I’d wake in the middle of the night I’d just roll over and go back to sleep. 

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