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Bipolar II

Menopause and What to Expect

 I’m turning 40 on Sunday, and am curious about menopause. It says the ages are 45-55 years old but I’d rather get an idea now cause you never know when it will happen.

Here are some symptoms:

Hot flashes
Night sweats
Vaginal dryness and discomfort during sex
Difficulty sleeping
Low mood or anxiety
Reduced sex drive (libido)
Problems with memory and concentration

I read the list and smiled. Yes! I’ve already experienced some of these symptoms for the majority...
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Bipolar II

Using Mental Illness to Get Out of Situations

Ok, I know this is terrible. It is not the first time I’ve done it, and I am sure I am not the only one who has – using my mental health as an excuse for my behavior, using my mental health to avoid situations, using my mental health to justify my actions. Sometimes I use, and abuse.

Case in point

I have an on and off relationship with someone that I am trying to permanently end,...
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Depression vs. Avoidance Personality Disorder

What's the difference?

I was reading about Cluster C disorders and came across avoidance personality disorder.

Avoidant personality disorder is a Cluster C personality disorder. Those affected display a pattern of social inhibition, feelings of inadequacy and inferiority, extreme sensitivity to negative evaluation, and avoidance...
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Bipolar II

Anxiety & The Psychiatrist

Even though I feel better when I leave my psychiatrist office, making the appointment, keeping the appointment, and getting to the appointment, have always caused me major anxiety.

It’s not like I am new to the whole deal, I’ve been going to my psychiatrist for...
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Haunted By Insomnia

I’ve spent the first 28 years of my life suffering from acute insomnia. Hypo mania will do that to you. When I finally got properly diagnosed with Bipolar II, and started medication, I couldn’t believe the feeling I had to wake up without terrible lack of sleep. I remember as a child lying awake all night and dreading the next morning cause I knew I would be fueled...
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