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Should I Stop Talking About Bipolar Disorder?

Should I stop talking about bipolar disorder?

"We always talk about your illness", my husband said.

I don't know if he's being vindictive, or honest.

I can't help but talk about living with bipolar disorder.

I don't care how successful, beautiful, bright, or loving I am.

The reminder that I have bipolar disorder is always with me. Always.

It's the anxiety I feel in the morning, the depression I feel during the day, the...
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How to Help Your Bipolar Caregiver

People with bipolar disorder are often focused, even consumed, with how to get well and stay well (and rightfully so).

With all of the time we spend taking care of ourselves, it is easy to forget our significant others deal with a significant amount of stress due to our chronic illness.

Our romantic partners are fully exposed to our symptoms, which can include everything from irritability and anxiety to suicidal behavior and hospitalization.

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Bipolar Disorder, Predicting Emotions, and Impact on Social and Personal Life

I am interpreting and predicting others’ thoughts and emotions, almost unconsciously, every day.

I do not know exactly when it started, but it is regular, constant.

I focus on my husband, friends, colleagues, boss—I think I know what they are thinking, and it is usually negative.

For a while, I thought some more: Do I have some kind of psychic power? Am I just super-emotionally-sensitive?...
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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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It’s Time to Detach

Everything in life is cyclic in nature.

Especially my relationship with my mom.

It’s taken quite a few years to realize this, but eventually, I do or say something to upset my mother, and when I do, I feel her wrath.

I always fear being torn apart and/or ignored for several weeks.

A chess game.

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Bipolar Disorder and Introversion

On my website Kat Galaxy Blog,I publish a monthly poll about topics and issues surrounding bipolar disorder and mental health.

The June Poll of the Month asked readers, “Would you consider yourself an introvert or extrovert?”

This is no Gallup Poll, but the readers that responded consider themselves primarily introverted—about 82% of respondents (so far).

I created this poll because I consider myself an introvert. I was curious to see how many around me with bipolar...
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How Do I Help Someone Who Is Suicidal?

It is National Suicide Prevention Week in America, and open dialogue about suicide is more important than ever before.

Suicide is a major public health problem, but it is also very preventable.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 34,598 Americans died by suicide in 2007.

You can help someone in your life get help.

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