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Bipolar Laid Bare

Jet Lag & Bipolar Disorder

I just came back from a trip across the Atlantic. Traveling and experiencing other cultures is in my top five favorite things to do. It’s exciting and, at times, challenging. Challenges that often arise when traveling usually involve language, transportation and figuring out which tourist attractions are worth skipping. One additional challenge that I face that most others do not is that my bipolar disorder can actually be affected by travel. Jet lag is...
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Attempting to Accept My Emotions

I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder nine years ago. I’ve accepted my diagnosis. My everyday struggles continue to prove that this last diagnosis is correct. I don’t have major depressive disorder with anxiety. I have bipolar disorder. It’s not hard for me to say and I say it a lot compared to most people with the disorder. There’s another type of acceptance related to bipolar disorder that I’m still working on- accepting my moods...
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Bipolar II

Experiencing Bipolar Disorder: Personal Stories Part II

Everyone’s experience with bipolar disorder is a little different. Because of this, it’s important to hear about a variety of experiences. Today’s guest post is about anonymity, something I no longer identify with as I “out” myself twice a week as having bipolar disorder. Most people are not like me, though. So here is one person’s story:

“As an individual who has been recently diagnosed with Bipolar II, I find myself often testing...
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Why You Should Have a Daily Routine

Building and maintaining structure into your life is an important way to help remain stable with bipolar disorder. The disorder itself can be chaotic and adding chaos to chaos will only create more problems, especially in the long run. Keeping a daily routine to help minimize stress is an important part of treating bipolar disorder for this reason. Every day does not have to be identical, but it does help to have anchors...
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The Link Between Heart Disease and Bipolar Disorder

Most people think of bipolar disorder as a purely psychological disorder, an illness of the mind, not the body. This is a flawed concept. Firstly, bipolar disorder is a physical disorder in and of itself as seen in changes in brain structure and function, meaning it does not just entail shifts in mood. More than that, though, bipolar disorder is linked to a number of other physical illnesses. People with bipolar disorder tend...
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Anxiety

Experiencing Anxious Depression

Depression is a part of bipolar disorder. It is, in fact, one of the poles. The question of experiencing depression is not “if” but “when.” Depression on its own is a horrible experience, but sometimes other problems pile on. More than half of people with bipolar disorder also have some form of anxiety disorder. These can include generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder and social anxiety. When anxiety occurs...
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5 More Steps to Self-Care for Bipolar Disorder

Self-care is especially important for people with severe mental illnesses like bipolar disorder. How we take care of ourselves has a huge impact on our overall health, both physically and mentally. Knowing how to take care of yourself is not necessarily innate. We know we need food and shelter, but beyond that we have to be taught how to make sure we’re living at our best. This is especially true in the case of...
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5 Steps to Self-Care for Bipolar Disorder

Self-care is how we take care of ourselves both physically and mentally. Without self-care, it’s easy and likely to fall into bad habits that negatively affect our health. With severe mental illnesses like bipolar disorder, self-care is an essential aspect of all treatment plans in addition to medication. We have to pay meticulous attention to how we are taking care of ourselves in order to stave off possible relapse into manic or depressive episodes....
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Depression Can Be Boring

I have just entered a depressive phase only a couple of weeks after stabilizing following a manic phase. I have rapid cycling bipolar disorder. This means I experience at least four episodes a year. They can mix and match between mania and depression but are more likely to be depression. Since I had been coming off of months-long mania, a depressive episode could be expected. Going through depression after mania is a common...
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