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Bipolar II

Bipolar II: Mania & Depression Can Go Hand in Hand

I recently attended a seminar that discussed mood disorders, and the instructor showed what Bipolar II looked like by drawing a horizontal line as a baseline, then a wave that reflected the ups and downs of manic depression. I looked at the visual and disagreed.

I thought back to my pre-diagnosed days, when I was hypomanic without any knowledge of my condition. If I were to try and draw a...
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The Post Break-Up Revenge Body

I don’t have it right now, and it occurred to me that I might run into my ex cause we both belong to the same gym. Then yesterday it happened. I walked toward my usual machine, got on, and started working out. I don’t really pay attention to other people around me at the gym; I keep to myself and try to stay in the zone. I had previously dreaded the thought of...
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Being Single & Being Singled Out

Last weekend I attended a National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) conference in Northern California. One of the workshops I attended was on suicide prevention. Thankfully, I’ve never been down that dark road but heard the speaker was fantastic so decided to attend. She opened by asking questions from the audience and depending on the answer would hand out a Starbucks gift card. One of the questions was about being single at a...
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The Man Bun

In other words, superficial reasons to end a relationship. I dated someone in my past that started out looking great. He had a clean-cut haircut and a smooth face. Then slowly he started to change his appearance. He stopped shaving, and grew out his facial hair.  Then started to grow his hair.

Then it got worse.

He took on one of the latest trends, the MB aka the Man Bun.

I don’t think I need to explain it...
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Coping Skills

When It’s Hard to Reach Out To Friends

Recently I’ve had some life changing events that have caused some new challenges and emotions in my life that I have never had to deal with before. In the past, when I had occurrences that caused me turmoil, I always had my go-to people that I would call to seek help and advice.  However, lately due to some unfortunate circumstances, I have found it hard to pick up the...
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Coping Skills

20 Tips: The Real College Guide

I’ve seen a lot of articles about tips when you go to college. Let’s be honest here.

It’s freshman year and you don't know anyone. You are worried about freshman 15 (gaining weight) and flunking out. Ok. Here's all you need to know:

You don’t need to make a friend the first day
You don’t need to eat the all you can eat cafeteria meals
You don’t need to drink yourself to death and...
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Bipolar I

You Don’t Understand Depression

Sometimes people expect you to buck up. Sometimes you put the pressure on yourself to buck up. But, it doesn’t go that way when you’re depressed.

When you are confused about your mental state, or feel off, it’s not like you can talk yourself out of it. And the worse thing is to have people say “snap out of it.” It’s hard to snap out of anything when you can’t put your finger on...
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Bipolar I

One Woman’s Story: My Bipolar Son

Recently, I spoke with a mom that has a son with a diagnosis of Bipolar disorder. Her son would be admitted to a hospital on a 5150 and, despite a history of multiple admissions, according to the mom he “knew what to say” to get out. As a result, he was never there long enough to be put on a t-Con or eventually be conserved.  He more or less fell victim to the rotating door...
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