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Pop Up Articles: Recommended for You?

In the modern age we have experts tracking what we read on the Internet; knowing that, often times I get disturbed when I see the suggested articles that pop up and seem way off. It freaks me out when I read “Recommended for You” and the articles seem ridiculous to me, or negative. Or am I in serious denial about articles that are supposed to help me. There has to be a reason why the...
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Coping Skills

The Subconscious Mind: Turning 38

I’m turning 38 in two days, and recently I realized this entire last year I’ve been telling people I’m 36. Yes, ageism exists in the world, but I am not ashamed of my age, or aging in general. However, I wonder what my subconscious mind has to say about it. Well, based on my year record of telling people I’m 36, obviously my mind is in denial, or did it actually believed I was a...
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Bipolar II

Fat Check Med Control: The Final Frontier

I had to pull the plug. Enough mind games was enough. It was time for me to make a definitive decision about taking my medication, and stop the see saw of wondering if I was going to gain weight on my medication or not. Not to mention all the crazy diet restrictions I imposed on myself.

I stopped taking it yesterday. And today I didn’t have to deal with the stress of wondering if I was going to...
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Bipolar II

Fat Check: Med Control VI

I bought the chocolate eggs. Doesn’t mean I’m going to eat them right away or binge on them or, most importantly, indulge in the middle of the night and end up with chocolate in my bed, but the thought of it all being over Easter Sunday made me do it. As far as the cheese is concerned, I am allowing myself to have it on salads, not on its own. Still a tough challenge but a...
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Bipolar II

Fat Check: Med Control Part II

The weekend did not pan out as I had planned, and my “new” diet pretty much blew up in my face. Like my usual manic self, I over did my expectations and made too many goals (3) that were too extreme to manage in my life right now. And all of this is to make sure I don’t gain weight taking an antidepressant that has a side effect of potential weight gain. Potential is scary enough for me to counteract with a new diet regime.

So my three goals or demands I put on myself were:

No more chocolate Easter eggs
No more late night eating
No cheese

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Coping Skills

Fat Check: Med Control Part I

I started an antidepressant several weeks ago, which happened to be around the same time Lent started and all those chocolate Easter eggs hit the shelves everywhere. So, I ate chocolate, which is usually the devils sin so have always stayed far away but, I indulged more or less.  Not a crazy amount, but Easter hit my ass, legs, thighs, and stomach. Or so I think. Or so maybe the new med added to my list of medications packed on a few pounds everywhere.
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Bipolar II

Fear + Anxiety = Insomnia

Recently I was watching an interview featuring Tupac Shakur from jail called “Uncensored and Uncut: The Lost Prison Tapes.” The interviewer discussed gangs in America, and how gang violence affected his life and those the he believed turned on him. Tupac stated:

“Fear is stronger than love, fear is stronger than love. Remember that.”

I don’t know if I agree with this comment but, it had me thinking about fear and in whatever capacity, how fear affects our lives. Having given some thought to this statement, in my experience, fear feeds anxiety.

Fear is defined as “An unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat.”
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