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Archives for September, 2015

Bipolar Laid Bare

The Desire to Feel

Last time I talked about how different bipolar medications can affect the way you feel. Basically, they have a significant chance of causing dulled emotions. This time, we talk about why that matters.

I rely on my creativity and my wit to get by. I’m not being facetious either. If I don’t create and do it deftly, I have a pretty good chance of losing employment and my friends...
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Bipolar Laid Bare

Having Bipolar Disorder is Kind of Like Being a Teenager

Back in 2009, The Onion wrote a satirical news piece reporting that children are “unrepentant sociopaths.” The tongue-in-cheek continued with “an estimated 98 percent of children under the age of 10 are remorseless sociopaths with little regard for anything other than their own egocentric interests and pleasures.” Kids lack empathy and violate all sorts of social norms without...
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Bipolar Laid Bare

Asthma, Allergies & Mood

Seasonal change can be a great time. In the spring, flowers start blooming. Summer brings on thunderstorms. In the fall you get changing leaves and everything readying itself for winter, except the evergreens, obviously. This may all sound nice, but if you’re a seasonal allergy sufferer, you probably just reached for an antihistamine. Pollen, mold, spores and scratchy tree needles sound more accurate. If you also have bipolar disorder, there’s...
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Anxiety

The Power of Rumination

Those of us with bipolar disorder tend to get stuck in our own minds on a fairly frequent basis. Whatever is going on around you becomes hazy and out-of-focus. The focus instead has shifted to whatever you’re ruminating on at the time. A gorilla could saunter by and not even be a blip on your radar. Rumination can be a good thing, but constant,...
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Anxiety

Neuroticism: An Anxious and Creative Mind

“Neurotic” is another psychiatric term that has been adapted into everyday-language. When you think of someone as neurotic, they’re typically nervous, anxious, high-strung. Maybe they have attention problems or can be a little snappy. Neuroticism in and of itself is not a disorder. You can be a little neurotic or erratic without having a psychiatric illness. Like any disorder, the problem comes in when the behavior has a...
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Bipolar Laid Bare

It’s okay to just be.

My goal with my writing on bipolar disorder is to be informative and brutally honest. I firmly believe that the more information is out in the public, the easier it will be for people to live with mental illness. That bit about the honesty, though, sometimes I am not good at the brutal part. I tend to hide behind the facts. A good journal citation covers a lot of insecurity and...
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