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Bipolar I

One Woman’s Story: My Bipolar Son

Recently, I spoke with a mom that has a son with a diagnosis of Bipolar disorder. Her son would be admitted to a hospital on a 5150 and, despite a history of multiple admissions, according to the mom he “knew what to say” to get out. As a result, he was never there long enough to be put on a t-Con or eventually be conserved.  He more or less fell victim to the rotating door...
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Bipolar I

It’s Hard to Go to Your Psychiatrist

It’s a hard thing, for me, to go to my psychiatrist. I know it’s coming on the calendar, and I dread it. I actually forget the date and have to call my psychiatrist and leave a message:

“Hey Dr. I think my appointment is on Thursday the 15th….at 2:30? If i'm wrong call me back, otherwise I’ll be there at that date and time.”

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve left that message. I have...
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Bipolar II

Depression Part VI: It Was My Period

It was my period. That was the reason I lost it last weekend and plummeted into a terrible bed glued depression. I didn’t understand most of the technical psych terms my psychiatrist used when he tried to explain it to me but thankfully, now I know, I am not crazy, I just need to watch out when the next menstrual cycle comes around. I don’t recall ever having this problem in the past when I was...
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Bipolar I

Setting Goals and Meeting Them – Tips on How to Manage Your Anxiety and Achieve

Life is about moving forward.  Even when we feel stuck or not capable of progress in our personal, or professional life, it’s important to make goals.  When we do that the challenge becomes meeting those goals.
First and Foremost, Acknowledge Your Anxiety
Often times anxiety impedes our ability to reach our goals.  We get anxious at the thought of the work that goes into reaching our goals, or we can feel overwhelmed.  Fear of failure also...
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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 II

Self-Diagnosis & Miss-Diagnosis: A Cautionary Tale

Some people diagnose themselves before they get professional psychiatric help.  I did, and society influenced my “self-diagnosis.”  Just like PE class for children’s physical health awareness, it is crucial to teach mental health diagnosis in schools instead of using buzz words like ADHD and jumping on a bandwagon that might not be yours.  I thought I was ADHD because I didn’t know there was such a thing as Bipolar II – Chronic Hypo Mania.  Big...
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Coping Skills

Honey Boo Boo What? – Body Image, Weight and TLC (The Learning Channel)

TLC’s reality show, “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” features a reality star with a refreshing look into weight gain and body image.  And it comes from a child named Honey Boo Boo.  

Honey Boo Boo is one of the only females in modern day society that is actually embracing her fat, full throttle, at the ripe young age of a seven-years-old.

If you haven't heard already, Honey Boo Boo is a reality...
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