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Bipolar Disorder: Stuck in a Moment

“You’ve got to get yourself together, you’ve got stuck in a moment, and you can’t get out of it.” –U2, Stuck in a Moment

One of the most annoying parts of bipolar disorder, for me anyway, is feeling like I’m stuck in a mood that I can’t get out of.

Example: I had a long day this past Sunday, traveling four hours round trip. While...
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Anger

Enjoying Three Types of Thanksgiving Holidays

Thanksgiving is right around the corner.

This means different things for different people—traveling, planning and coordinating with family, busy schedules and spending money are all common themes during the holidays.

People with bipolar disorder may have difficulty dealing with stress, depression, or hypomania during the holiday season.

Whether you have a big turkey dinner at home, travel to a popular restaurant, or refrain from participating in the Thanksgiving holiday, here are some tips...
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Anger

Bipolar Disorder, Irritability, and Anger

puts it very nicely: “Anger, rage, and irritability has long been overshadowed by mania and sadness in discussions of bipolar disorder.”

Indeed, it is one of the most misunderstood components of bipolar illness.

Many people living with bipolar disorder deal with anger and irritability, and they are often very embarrassed by it.

Being out of control is an uncomfortable place to be, and it can have lasting repercussions.

How many...
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The Three Types of Mania

“What’s the difference between bipolar disorder and depression?”

People ask me this a lot.

In short, the difference is, bipolar disorder also includes mania.

The next question is, “What is mania?”

This is harder to explain. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines it as “mental illness marked by periods of great excitement, euphoria, delusions, and over-activity.”

This is an acceptable surface-level definition. However, it still cannot encapsulate the feeling and experience of this phenomenon.

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Anxiety

I Have Bipolar. I Use Substances. Do I Have a Dual Diagnosis?

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration estimates that about a quarter of adults with mental illness also have a substance abuse issue.

This accounts for about million Americans.

Even before I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, I knew substance abuse and mental illness are linked. With a family of mentally-ill alcoholics, it’s a no-brainer.

The mood swings, depression, and anxiety that come with mental disorders are almost unbearable.

Some people are able to...
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Bipolar Recovery: Five Years, Five Themes


A few months back, I outlined the idea of bipolar recovery in one of my articles.

In that short time, I have made leaps and bounds in my journey to wellness. I feel more positive and experienced than I did when I wrote the first piece about this important component of living with chronic illness.

For me, recovery has become the control of the symptoms that cause me issues. It is feeling well, mentally and...
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Bipolar Disorder and Meditation

These days, many people are turning to natural health aids to help compliment the use of medication and therapies.

When someone is being treated for bipolar disorder, their psychiatrists often recommend a strict diet and regular exercise to help combat the depression, anxiety, and mood swings that come with the illness.

The use of meditation is another way that many people deal with the troubling symptoms of depression and mania.

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Books About Bipolar Part II: More Summer Reading Suggestions



Before summer comes to a close, I would like to share part two of two of my summer reading suggestions for those that are interested in reading about bipolar disorder.

These books, and the books in part one of my summer suggestions, are interesting and educating views about bipolar disorder, from fiction to nonfiction to self-help.

Finish out the summer with one of these books and let me know what you...
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