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Bipolar Disorder and the Common Cold

First off, I would like to say thank you to all of you who had such kind words to say about my last post. I appreciate all of you. -Kat 

I’ve been sick for five days.

What first seemed like allergies turned into the common cold.

I don’t get sick very often. I forgot how defeating something like a cold can be.

I was nearly useless at work on Friday. All weekend, I’ve either been in bed or half-asleep, wanting to get back into bed.

Besides the physical symptoms, my depression and irritability kicks up a notch during a bout with a cold or flu.

My bipolar is amplified.

Writers like Natasha Tracy know what I’m talking about. I can’t sleep, can’t get comfortable, and I also feel overwhelmed by the tasks piling up around me.

Times like this are a test and a learning experience.

They not only remind me of how thankful I should be when I do feel 100% physically, but of the need to take care of myself.

Even during my sickness I am stressing about things. I need to start giving myself permission to relax, to empty the mind, to just let things go. If I’m too ill to get to the laundry, the volunteer work, the social events, I will do them another day.

It is a lesson in patience and flexibility, things I also struggle with.

I remind myself of the importance of exercise, nutrition, stress management, and meditation.

I do believe that the stress and depression I’ve been dealing with lately have contributed to a weaker immune system.

This is my cue to slow down. I will get sick if I don’t take the time to rest and listen to my body.

The stress I put on myself is not worth the breakdown.

There are a lot of things I need to work on, and like all of us, I am forever a work in progress.

Yes, this weekend’s rest was forced. But it was a good thing. I was forced to slow down and reflect.

And here’s to hoping this sore throat, cough, and stuffy nose will be gone tomorrow, in time for the work week to start!


Answer my poll and also comment here: How many times a year do you get sick with a cold or flu? How do you feel mentally? 


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Bipolar Disorder and the Common Cold

Kat Dawkins

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Dawkins, K. (2014). Bipolar Disorder and the Common Cold. Psych Central. Retrieved on August 15, 2020, from


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