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What is Agitation?

"Sometimes, I feel like I'm walking on eggshells with you, Son. I never know if you're going to be nice or start yelling." -- my Mom

As you can imagine, this hurts to hear and even more to write. I, like many people with mood...
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Bipolar Laid Bare

Facing the Challenges of Depression

People with bipolar disorder spend two to three times as much time experiencing depression as they do mania. Some research has shown that someone with bipolar disorder will spend 50% of their time in a period of depression. If that’s the case, we need to be prepared to continue to live our lives while depressed. It’s incredibly easy to just let depression get the best of us. Powering through is difficult, but it is...
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Anger

Addiction and Emotional Abuse

“The truth is that the few times he was physical with me were tiny blips on a long timeline of subtle manipulation, public humiliation, controlling behavior and gaslighting.” So writes Leigh Stein of her abusive boyfriend in her Washington Post essay, He Didn’t Hit Me. It Was Still Abuse.

Despite the deeply painful impact of emotional abuse, many people don’t grasp its significance. There are no bruises and broken bones, so does it really “count”?

Our answer: it certainly does. Emotional abuse is real, and...
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Anxiety

What I’ve Learned by Stopping My Meds and Starting Again


“Listen to the people who love you. Believe that they are worth living for even when you don't believe it. Seek out the memories depression takes away and project them into the future. Be brave; be strong; take your pills. Exercise because it's good for you even if every step weighs a thousand pounds. Eat when food itself disgusts you. Reason with yourself when you have lost your reason.”
― Andrew Solomon, The...
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Bipolar Laid Bare

How Depression Affects Daily Life

Living with bipolar is difficult, to say the least. There are doctor’s appointments, medications to remember, therapy appointments and keeping track of symptoms. That’s on top of dealing with the symptoms themselves. Mood episodes are unpredictable. They come and go without patterns. These moods don’t exist in a vacuum. You can’t compartmentalize them and deal with life on one hand and depression on the other. I’m currently in the midst of a depressive...
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Anxiety

Tune Out the Bad News

I was recently interviewed by Meredith Carroll for her article in Redbook, "My 6-Year-Old Is Obsessed with National Tragedies — and I Doubt She's Alone," which is based on the author's experience that "it's practically impossible to go outside, online, open a newspaper, or turn on the TV and not have to pick your jaw up off the floor over an international crisis, natural disaster, or a national tragedy." The article specifically discusses how to talk to young children about tragedy or disaster...
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Agitation in Bipolar Depression

Bipolar depression comes with many symptoms like depressed mood which can involve feelings of hopelessness and worthlessness. There is loss of interest in activities or even people that you usually enjoy. People can have problems with sleeping and eating regularly. Thoughts of death or suicide are common. One symptom that’s often overlooked is agitation.

When people usually think of depression, it’s a slowed state in which a person may sleep a lot or...
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Anger

Addiction and Verbal Abuse

“You’re stupid. You’re an idiot.”

“What’s wrong with you? You’re crazy!”

“You’re worthless, you’re nothing.”

“You should never have been born.”

“You don’t shape up, I’m gonna kill you.”

All of these words and phrases constitute verbal abuse. That’s why just seeing them on a computer screen can cause...
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Anger

A Paedophile’s Son Speaks Out

When I wrote When Females Rape Males, I couldn't have foreseen the impact it would have. Thousands read it. It trended on PsychCentral's homepage. Many men commented, revealing (perhaps for the first time) their own heart-breaking story of rape at the hands of a woman and its far-reaching impact on their life.

But something else shocking happened too. My husband's uncle, Brynmor1, contacted him for the first time in thirty years. Somehow, he had found the article about Rhys' rape at the...
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7 Physical Symptoms of Depression

Most people are familiar with, or at least know about, the feelings of hopelessness and worthlessness that come with bipolar depression, but many people don’t realize that depression can cause physical problems as well. Many people actually seek help from medical professionals for physical symptoms without realizing they could be part of depression. The majority of people with depression also report having physical symptoms. There is increasing evidence that the same mechanisms that cause...
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Living Every Day with OCD

Well, perhaps it's not just OCD. There's a soupçon or two of anxiety in the mix. A smattering of depression. And yes, OCD. Lots of it.

Every waking moment of every single day is like slogging through a quagmire, the ooze clinging to your feet, sucking, strangling,...
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Bipolar Laid Bare

I Don’t Want to Get Out of Bed

I’ve been dealing with bipolar disorder for almost 10 years. In that time I have learned to carefully watch my moods and change my behaviors appropriately in order to handle them. I’m incredibly self-aware and function fairly normally. Most of the time. I can usually handle the downs of depressive episodes and the ups of manic episodes because I know what they are and that they will eventually resolve. However, there are just times...
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Anxiety

How to Play Therapeutic Jenga

You may have heard of the popular game “Jenga.” Jenga is the classic block-stacking game made by Hasbro, where each person in a group takes a turn removing a single block from a tower and then balancing it on top of the tower until...
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