Bipolar II

Understanding Long Term Depression

When it comes to bipolar disorder, oftentimes people think of a pendulum that goes back and forth and back and forth on an equal playing field. People may think the ebb and flow of living with manic depression is equal. It’s not. Some of us experience months of depression that we try to fight our way out of, but sometimes there is a long term depression that can last a year, or more.
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General

Money: When you mess with the bull, you get the horns!!

When it comes to money, and you think you’re out of the red financially, somehow something always comes up. Here is a list of unexpected occurrences that can burn a hole in your wallet:

Medical Bills: Unplanned injuries are terrible. Several years ago I was in a minor accident while ridding the bull at a bar on Sunset Blvd. I bit the dust and ended up cutting my leg on the apparatus. I fought hard to stay...
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What Are You Not Spending Your Money On

When it comes to money, most of us try to stay within our means, however, it came to my attention today that I have some serious daily issues that need to be addressed. I’m not a major shopper, I don’t buy a lot of clothes, or have a thing for shoes, but, I do like food and probably eat out too much. So, I need to cut back and start cooking like the rest of the...
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Apparently You Can Microwave Meatballs

Well, haven’t been out on the scene in a long time but somehow ended up in an Uber car singing out the window down Hollywood Blvd. I haven’t been depressed, thank God but, I'm not sure what prompted me to step outside of my boring box. I met a couple guys at a bistro and ended up at a house party in the Hollywood hills. It has been yearssss since I found myself doing that scene...
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Mad Men Television Series and Addiction

Mad Men, the renowned and multiple Emmy award winning television series, recently aired it’s series finale. It is a drama that takes place at a prestigious advertising agency in New York City in the 1960s. I started watching it on Netflix and found myself astounded by the amount of drinking and chain cigarette smoking that occurs on the show.
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Coping Skills

Medication Side Effects: A Lower Sex Drive, Bring it!

I’ve lost my sex drive. Awesome! Most people loath side effects of medication. My antidepressant has a side effect that probably a lot of people would not welcome: A lower sex drive. Well, I say, bring it! Why? Cause I have no sex options in my life right now, I am still getting over a bad breakup, I tried to have a rebound to amend things which was a total waste of my time, and...
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Coping Skills

The Best Advice I Have Ever Received

Give it 48 hours
The best advice I have ever received came from of one of the former heads of psychiatry at the University of Southern California (USC). Years ago I got in trouble with my job. As a result, I was involuntarily removed from my position, and left in a compromising situation.

When the head of psychiatry caught wind of my quagmire, he gave me a phone call. He said he would stand by me,...
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Bipolar II

Understanding Bipolar II

Recently I’ve come across individuals (more so than usual) that aren’t really educated in Bipolar II. Like most mental illnesses, stigma usually takes front stage by people who have little to no education on what exactly a mental illness entails, and what it is like to live with one. It is a complicated, and often times, misunderstood disease which I will do my best to describe.

I have previously compared Chronic Hypo Mania to a Tasmanian devil...
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Bipolar II

When Side Effects Implode

I realize that I am at a crossroad in life and it kept me up the other night. I realized that I have no sex drive and am sauntering through life like a normal person. Welcome to planet earth!! I have always been an alien and liked it with a crude hatred at the end of the day. But, without a sex drive, and feeling normal, makes me wonder: Do I want to be regular?...
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