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Bipolar Laid Bare

I Need Support and I’m Not Sorry

As human beings we have the inalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. If you think about it this way, bipolar disorder commits human-rights violations on a daily basis. We’re essentially imprisoned by our disease as it dictates our brain function and our ability to be ourselves and who we want to be. It can take away our lives. Up to half of us...
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Bipolar Laid Bare

Treatment is a Team Effort

When dealing with mental illness, you and your doctor need to be tight-knit. Throughout the course of your illness, you will probably have a team of doctors that treat different sides of your illness. Your primary care physician will likely be the first person to give you an initial diagnosis and will also be the one who checks in on your overall health, not just your mental health. This...
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A-typical

Bipolar II is Not Diet Bipolar

The history of bipolar disorder is a long one. It goes back to at least the first century AD when Aretaeus of Cappadocia described the behavior of patients with quips such as “simple, extravagant, munificent, not from any virtue of the soul, but from the changeableness of the disease,” and “unreasonably torpid, without any manifest cause: such is the commencement of melancholy.” Sound familiar? Maybe a little verbose,...
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Bipolar Laid Bare

Medical Marijuana: A “Don’t” for Bipolar Disorder

Marijuana is a popular drug-of-choice. Anywhere from 25-45% of bipolar disorder patients have used it at some point. It’s legal in twenty-three states and Washington, In four of these states (Alaska, Colorado, Oregon & Washington State), it’s legal for recreational use. In the rest, it’s legal for medical treatment only. Cannabis is used to treat numerous maladies, some with resounding success. CNN’s...
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A-typical

Are You Catching Too Many Z’s?

Sleep is vital to our overall health and happiness. When we sleep, our bodies go to work cleaning up waste throughout the body. Muscles and organs are repaired. Cells clean themselves out. The brain gets to take time off from processing stimuli that occurred during the day, stores it, tries to make sense of it, or discard it. Basically, when we sleep, our memories are formed. Major events are usually...
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Bipolar II

I Don’t Want To: Motivation & Bipolar Disorder

I won’t lie, I lack motivation a lot. I can be the queen of procrastination. It’s not a desirable trait, to me or those around me. When there’s a task that needs doing and I’m feeling particularly apathetic, I get cranky. I whine. I sigh. It’s irritating. Smaller tasks are not so bad, but if it requires a certain amount of effort, I really have to...
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Bipolar II

Bipolar with Migraines May Be New Subtype

Migraines are awful. There’s no way around it. Debilitating, pulsating pain. Light and sound are like torture. Then there’s vomiting because of the pain, which causes more pain. This can last from four hours to three days. It’s a serious, neurological illness that affects about 16% of the population. Now we add bipolar disorder to that and the number jumps to 25%. You read that...
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Bipolar Laid Bare

The Dobby Effect Part II: Analyzing Dobby

A while back I tweeted @jk_rowling and asked if the character Dobby might be a representation of the depression she experienced before and during writing the Harry Potter series. She’s a very busy woman and I don’t anticipate a response. However, I do believe that even if Dobby does not reflect her personal battle with depression, that he embodies the disorder to a tee. For those who...
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Bipolar Laid Bare

Guilt, Depression & The Dobby Effect, Part I

When we’re young, punishment seems like the most horrible thing an adult can do to a child. What crime is so bad that it means I have to sit on the couch while everyone else gets to play? It’s just cruel. So our six-year-old selves vow never to treat our offspring with such inhumanity. Except then we grow older and realize that punishment was only used in order...
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Find Music to Match Your Mood

In iTunes, I have a playlist labeled “Belt It!” It’s pretty much exactly what it sounds like. This playlist contains over 100 songs that both fit my vocal range and whatever emotional evocation need I have at the time. Whenever I feel the need for some catharsis or just feel like doing a show tune, I hit play and belt it out along with the music. I’ve found this to...
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