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Bipolar Laid Bare

6 Strategies for High-Functioning Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is debilitating. The mood swings involved are more than just happy to sad and back again. The hopelessness of depressive episodes can lead to suicide. Manic episodes can lead to taking incredible risks and erratic behavior. This is bipolar at it’s worst. It works on a spectrum, those examples at one end and close to symptom-free on the other. That end is called “high-functioning.” It’s the...
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Bipolar Laid Bare

I Haven’t Accepted My Bipolar Disorder

I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder seven years ago. I was diagnosed with anxiety disorder 13 years ago. You would think with all this time, and the fact that I write about bipolar disorder professionally, that I would be well into the camp of accepting I have a mental illness. You’d be wrong.

I call it “my bipolar disorder,” because that’s what it is. It’s not some unknown entity...
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Anxiety

5 Ways to Build Resilience

Living with bipolar disorder is hard, to put it mildly. It’s not something we can just push aside and think about how to handle it later. It’s a constant presence. You could say that we have to plan our lives around our disorder, but that’s part of the problem. It’s largely unpredictable, and changes have to be made on the spur of the moment. This is on top of...
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Symptom of the Day: Loss of Interest

Depression comes with a whole set of unpleasant symptoms, to put it mildly. Feeling worthless or guilty, problems sleeping, problems eating, the inability to think or concentrate: all of these are examples of the problems we have to deal with when it comes to depressive episodes both with major depressive disorder and bipolar disorder. Another key symptom of depression is loss of interest. In fact, you can’t...
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Bipolar Laid Bare

The Many Faces of Depression

Depression is fickle. It comes and goes as it pleases, many times without warning. For people with bipolar disorder, we spend half or more of our time fighting depression. Think about that. We’re spending half of our time wondering if we’re good enough, thinking we’re a burden, afraid this might be it and the empty feeling will never go away. Yet, we’re expected to at least seem like we...
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Anxiety

Can Caffeine Worsen Bipolar Disorder?

Chances are you’ve had at least one cup of coffee in the past 24 hours. You may even be enjoying one now. Though coffee consumption has decreased slightly over the past few years, roughly 59% of adults drink coffee regularly. For those that drink coffee, the average is about two cups per day. There are plenty of people that rely on caffeine to...
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Bipolar Laid Bare

Being Your Own Doctor

First off, being your own doctor is a bad idea overall. There’s a reason physicians and psychiatrists go through medical school, internships and residencies. It’s not just so they can use technical terms instead of layman’s terms. They know an awful lot about how the body is supposed to work and what is going on when it doesn’t. Then they have special training on what to do - or not...
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