Archives for February, 2013

Bipolar I

5 Awesome Weight Loss Tips to Get Your Body Ready for Summer, Now!

Summer’s just around the corner and will be here before you know it.  Start preparing for your spectacular summer body now.  Here are a some simple things you can do to get yourself ready for summer:

1. Jump Rope – I once saw Naomi Campbell on the Oprah Winfrey Show and she said jump roping is a great way to keep your face slim.  Makes sense.  You’re jumping up and down and your cheeks get a great...
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Bipolar I

4 Weight Gain Worries – When Enough is Enough

We all suffer weight gain, and weigh loss.  Particularly when we have to face side effects that alter our comfortable body weight.  Sometimes the meds we take for depression can cause weight gain which can back fire on you and cause you more depression.  Often times the weight seems to appear overnight.  The side effects seem to hit instantaneously and you wake up to a new body.  And it can happen with or without side...
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Bipolar I

NOS – Not Otherwise Specified

Recently I’ve been rethinking my stance on diagnosis that tag on NOS, for example, Paranoid Schizophrenia NOS or Major Depression Disorder NOS. 

When I used to work in psych wards in Los Angeles County, it used to irk me that the treatment team would throw out diagnosis left and right with NOS for either they didn’t have to time to properly diagnose patients cause the hospital was a rotating door, OR, they don’t know enough about...
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Bipolar I

“Argo” and Michelle Obama – Oscar Awards Follow Up Question

Keep your friends and your enemies closer?
Is it a coincidence that the Oscar for best film of the year went to Argo and was presented by Michelle Obama at the White House?

For those of you that don’t know, Argo tells the story about secret operations to extract six fugitive American personnel out of Iran in 1980.

Is the marriage of politics and Hollywood causing some questions?  Why is the first lady presenting an award...
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Bipolar I

How NOT TO Break Up.

We’ve all read enough “How To” books. It’s time to address how NOT TO do something.

Here are some tips on how NOT TO break up:

Do NOT dig up the past.  You know a list of reasons why you should break up.  Keep it to yourself.  Voicing your laundry list doesn’t do anyone any good.  You know.  That’s enough.   Both of you are at such a vulnerable place, hurting one another is not good.  You will regret...
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Bipolar II

What I Wish Someone Asked My Parents: Is Your Child Bipolar II?

Extremities and passion are the bottom line of a child with Bipolar II.  A Bipolar II individual is ruled by an intensity, that sometimes gets misunderstood as out of control or hyper at times.  It can seem like symptoms of ADHD.  It’s not, and it’s easy to get caught up in buzz word diagnoses when really it’s a form of manic depression that calls for attention and education.

Here are some things that my parents never knew,...
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Bipolar I

Wacko at Work – When your privacy becomes public

Some of us decide to be open about our mental illness in the work place.  Some of us choose not to let co-workers know of our disease.  So what do you do when you are outted against your will at work?

Sometimes judgment, rumors, and gossip can float around work when your colleagues discover you are mentally ill.  And this can be a hard adjustment for those that prefer to keep their health private.  If you are in...
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