Bipolar Medication: Real-Life Advice for Beginners
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by bpHope Readers
16h ago
Starting medication for bipolar disorder stirs up a mix of feelings — hope, uncertainty, and a deep desire for stability. Drawing wisdom from those who’ve walked this path can offer comfort and guidance. Getty Images Beginning your journey on bipolar medication can feel overwhelming. So we looked to our bpHope Facebook community to help you benefit from the wisdom of their lived experience — and, incredibly, more than 500 people stepped up to share their insights. Our community highlighted three essential themes for anyone beginning this path: the importance of patience, effective medication ..read more
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How to Stop Stigmatizing Yourself for Having Bipolar Disorder
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by Melody Moezzi
1d ago
Is your inner voice telling you that you don’t matter and you’ll never amount to anything? That cruel critic is wrong. Those of us with bipolar are worthy, and we can — and do! — overcome obstacles every day. Getty Images (Stock photo posed by model) “You’re lazy. You’re useless. You’re better off giving up,” I said to no one ever. Except, of course, if you count me. I could never imagine saying any of this to another person, not even my worst enemy. Nonetheless, I’ve managed to say all of it to myself, many times. Just yesterday, in fact, the very same outspoken mental health advocate who’s ..read more
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Bipolar vs. Schizoaffective Disorder: Exploring My Diagnosis Journey
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by Julie A. Fast
1w ago
In schizoaffective disorder, bipolar type, individuals have both bipolar symptoms and distinct psychotic episodes. Since psychosis is a common symptom in bipolar disorder, the right diagnosis can be tricky, yet essential for targeted treatment. Getty Images (Stock photo posed by model) Bipolar disorder is a long-recognized brain illness that affects a person’s ability to self-regulate their mood. The illness has two mood states called mania and depression. During these mood swings, people with bipolar disorder can also have symptoms of anxiety, psychosis, irritation, suicidal thoughts, and fo ..read more
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How Maintaining a Routine Can Prevent a Bipolar Mood Episode
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by Beth Brownsberger Mader
1w ago
Mania and depression can easily threaten your daily routine. Recognizing their subtle warning signs can help stop a mood episode in its tracks. Getty Images Our first clue should have been the white powder on the noses of our dogs as they scrambled to meet us at the gate. Shrugging our shoulders, my husband and I greeted the four animals and walked into the house. What we saw in the kitchen was beyond anything we’d ever encountered. The pantry was devastated. From its lower levels the dogs had knocked down every container of spray, sauce, vinegar, and syrup—along with seven pounds of bagged f ..read more
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Insight: The Time-Tested Key to Help You Achieve Stability
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by Karl Shallowhorn
1w ago
Gaining insight into your triggers and treatment strategies to manage mood swings takes patience and dedication, but it can payoff by helping you achieve stability. Getty Images There is a term that is used in the mental health world called “insight.” In the dictionary, insight is defined as, “the act or result of apprehending the inner nature of things or of seeing intuitively.” For those living with bipolar disorder, insight is usually something that is discovered over a period of time. For me, it took several years to get a handle on my illness; how it affected my life and what I needed to ..read more
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Q&A: A Bipolar Expert on Mood Swing Management
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by Tanya Hvilivitzky
1w ago
Julie A. Fast uses her extensive research and personal experience to offer strategies for managing bipolar disorder. Read more in this Q&A about how her insights can guide confident management and deepen our understanding of this brain-based illness. Julie A. Fast is a recognized authority in the mental health field. She is known for her bestselling books, including her newly revised Take Charge of Bipolar Disorder and Loving Someone With Bipolar Disorder. Her work extends beyond her publications to a widely read website and personal consultations, and her popular online articles have re ..read more
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Help for the Highly Sensitive Person With Bipolar Disorder
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by Sasha Kildare
1w ago
If you are a ‘highly sensitive person,’ overstimulation from your environment can be a trigger for bipolar mood episodes. Here is what you need to know. Getty Images (Stock photo posed by model) Are you bothered by sounds and smells that don’t annoy the people around you? Are you often accused of being overemotional and too easily upset? If so, you may be a “highly sensitive person,” or HSP. That term, not a clinical one, was coined by research psychologist Elaine Aron, PhD, to describe people who have something called the sensory processing sensitivity (SPS) trait. Psychologists measure sens ..read more
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The Best Books to Understand What Bipolar Is Really Like
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by Tanya Hvilivitzky
1w ago
Whether you live with bipolar or love someone who does, you can find comfort, wisdom, and strategies (maybe even a good laugh!) in these inspirational books. Getty Images (Stock photo posed by model) We can lose ourselves in the power of the written word, compelled by the raw emotions, deep insights, and humorous takes offered by others like us — people who share our experiences with bipolar but come from different walks of life and have their own unique perspectives. The books below range from the first-person memoir of one man’s sudden psychosis, his bipolar diagnosis, and his journey to st ..read more
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World Bipolar Day: Honoring Van Gogh — Are Creativity and Bipolar Linked?
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by Carin Meyer
1w ago
We’re all familiar with the story of the ‘tortured artist,’ but is there a unique creative force in the mood swings of bipolar? Getty Images By the time I was 16 years old, I’d convinced myself that I was a creative genius. I knew nothing yet of bipolar disorder, but the budding manias of my teenage years had flowered into an obsessive pursuit of literary greatness. Inspired by poets like William Blake and Emily Dickinson, I wrote constantly, often into the early-morning hours. After writing page after page in my journals, I shoved the pieces of paper into my very own secret box. When I think ..read more
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What It Feels Like to Be Caught in Grip of Bipolar Depression
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by Laura Fisher
1w ago
A first-person guide on what it’s really like inside a months-long depression and the overpowering changes in thinking and behavior. Getty Images (Stock photo posed by model) I struggled for months with a bipolar depression that smothered me. It felt like I was suffocating. The heaviness seemed to affect even my breathing: I had to consciously put in effort for each breath. It felt like someone just flipped the light switch off, and my mind and body were plunged in complete darkness. I know this seems hard to imagine for a person who hasn’t been through something like this. From the outside ..read more
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