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What If It Isn’t True?

If You Are Told That You Are Delusional-Do This
Our walk into the mind bending river of twists and turns; our quest for truth, our yearning to be set free from torments of thoughts brings us here. Our last post pushed forward into the realm of real, not real, and possibly surreal. Sometimes it is difficult to know the difference. Trust requires faith that you will ultimately be supported when you are brave enough to face the secrets of your mind.



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Misdiagnosed?

Am I Bipolar, or Is it Something Else?

If you are experiencing emotional highs and lows, are having difficulty concentrating, can’t stop those racing thoughts, are vulnerable to rages, sometimes feel like you can do anything-literally, and/or fall into the throes of depression, you may have bipolar-then, then again, you may not. There are many conditions that can trigger some of these experiences. Often, finding the correct diagnosis can be quite an effort. However, it is important to know what is behind your mood swings in order to find the most appropriate treatment.  Always get a full medical checkup to rule out any medical conditions before beginning treatment for a Mental Disorder.

If you are having some mood swings, and you don't know why; first, rule out the following:



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Why Did I Do That?



Functions of Behavior

We began to look at the behaviors that are causing chaos in our lives in our previous blog. If you were able to take the time to practice analyzing one of your own behaviors that you would like to change, you may have already began to intuitively understand the “why” of your unwanted behavior.  The magic formula in changing an unwanted behavior is to first understand they “why” of the behavior, and then to either change the environment and reduce the “triggers” of those behaviors, or find alternative behaviors that will get your needs met.  Often, we don't even know that we have needs; and we don’t realize that our unwanted behaviors are getting our needs met, which then reinforces our  unwanted behaviors.  This is usually unconscious until we become aware of it.  Using the ABC model of behavior analysis will help you uncover what your real needs are in an objective and non threatening manner.  Once you know what your needs are, you can find healthier behaviors to get your needs met.



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My Dis-Stress ABC’s

What's Really Bothering You?

In my last blog I promised to show you an effective way to identify triggers, environmental stressors, antecedent precursors, and reinforcers of your cycle of “dis” order. As I mentioned; taking the time to do this is crucial as this self understanding will help you identify the best strategies for managing your symptoms and for sustaining stability, independence, and overall well being.


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Integrate Spirituality Into Your Plan

Integrating a user friendly “practice” or routine that facilitates your ability to "stay connected” with your “higher power” can transform an effective and powerful tool, into a transcendent one.

As reported in her blog on PsychCentral, Traci Pederson discusses recent research into the effectiveness of prayer with people who suffer from anxiety related disorders. Go to: http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2014/09/18/new-study-examines-the-effects-of-prayer-on-mental-health/

Bipolar specific recommendations for interventions include a practice/intervention proven effective, and introduced by Marsha M. Linehan, Ph.D., ABPP as a component of her Dialectal Behavior Treatment (DBT) model.  The Mindfulness techniques found in DBT are derived from a Buddhist philosophy and is often taught to consumers of mental health services by their treatment providers. A study conducted by Stange, Eisner, Holzel et.al., revealed that patients with bipolar reported significant improvements in executive functioning, memory, and ability to initiate and complete tasks when using this technique.


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Welcome to My Blog, Bipolar Update

If you are someone who has been affected one way or another by Bipolar Disorder and you would like to make some sense of this challenge you are in the right place.  Perhaps you have been diagnosed with Bipolar, or you have been struggling with the ups and down for a long time.  Perhaps you have experienced much chaos in your life after an episode of mania or depression.  Or maybe you love a family member or cherish a friend and really want to understand Bipolar better.  You might want to know how to better support a loved one, or you might need some support yourself as a caregiver of someone who is struggling with the challenges that Bipolar Disorder can bring.


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Welcome to Bipolar Update

Bipolar disorder is a condition that affects millions of people, not only those who suffer from the mood changes typically associated with the concern, but also their family and friends. It is very much a real and serious mental illness, that can make daily living a living hell.

The good news is there's a lot of information about bipolar disorder online today. But how do you make sense of it all? Where do you get started...