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Bipolar Symptoms

Defining “Normal” in Bipolar Disorder

Feeling "normal" is not something that's easy to describe with bipolar disorder. "What is normal?" is perhaps the most overused philosophical question, more a parody than actual soul searching. In BD, though, it is an important question. Bipolar disorder is a spectrum disorder. We swing between the two extremes of depression and euphoria (or dysphoria for some) so at some point we should hit the middle, the equilibrium, the normal. This...
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Anxiety

Get Out Of Your Mind

I mentioned in my panic attack post about how stressful life has been. It continues to be. Still trying to adjust to life in a new home, being on a new schedule and just life in general keeps stress levels up. However, this weekend I was able to take time and get away from it all. This made all the difference. When you get stuck in the circle of...
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Bipolar Laid Bare

Using Your Phone to Treat Bipolar

Americans are attached to our phones. Sixty-four percent of the population uses smartphones. We have the entire world of knowledge and keep it in our back pockets. Most of the time we use it for Facebook or browsing memes and cat photos. However, a growing number of people are starting to take advantage of the real power of instantaneous data retrieval, especially relating to medical applications and the information...
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Anxiety

Recognizing a Panic Attack

Panic attacks are awful. In the past week, I’ve come close to having three. One was serious and two I was able to get under control before fully going under. I very rarely have panic attacks. Sure, I have anxiety issues, but that’s not the same thing. So when I went out of control I had no idea what was happening. I couldn’t see the tornado from the inside.

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Anxiety

Can Bipolar Disorder Worsen Procrastination?

Procrastination is universal. There’s no doubt about it. We all have things that we avoid because we think they are too difficult or are just not interesting. It can be something simple like folding the laundry or it can be a life-defining decision like marriage or health changes. The reasoning (or lack thereof) behind procrastination can be just as broad, ranging from simple laziness to debilitating anxiety or depression. The range...
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General

The Cost of Doing Your Own Research

Searching the web for symptoms is dangerous. A sneeze can turn into pneumonia or cancer within the hundredth of a second it takes a site to pull up results. Physicians get bombarded with questions from patients brought on by simple Google searches. It can lead to unnecessary appointments, testing and treatments, which further complicate an already overburdened healthcare system. However, because of the state of the healthcare system it's...
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Anxiety

What’s the deal with crying?

When you see lists of symptoms of bipolar disorder, “uncontrollable crying” is commonly among them. Yet, there is not a whole lot of information on why that is. I cry a lot. It’s not usually sobbing. Most of the time it’s just a few tears and only lasts for a minute. No big deal, but I also cry when I’m angry. This frustrates me to no end. Not only am...
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Anxiety

3 Phases of Self-Esteem in BPD

Like most aspects of bipolar disorder, self-esteem is volatile. Everyone has fluctuations in self-esteem. Insecurity, doubt, boldness and egotism. These are all examples of stages of self-esteem that everyone experiences. Mostly they surround circumstances- a job interview, creativity, performances. These can all affect how we feel about ourselves. Hopefully they are predictable and mostly positive. In bipolar disorder, however, self-esteem can seem rarely attached to circumstances. It’s usually our moods...
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Anxiety

Do you need more sleep?

The answer is probably "yes." The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has declared the national lack of sleep an “epidemic”. Let that sink in a minute. The CDC, the department focused on illness (and the prevention thereof), is using an incredibly strong term usually reserved for illnesses such as HIV and influenza. Yet, we throw away sleep like it was yesterday’s underwear. There are several reasons why you should...
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