Let’s talk stigma. Most of us with a mental illness have been blamed for their condition or treated poorly because of it. We get told that our symptoms and struggles “aren’t that big of a deal”, its “a phase”, we “aren’t trying hard enough”, or “get over it we all have bad days”. Stigma … Continue reading Lets talk stigma
The holiday season can be difficult. Continue reading Holiday Blues
Traveling. Who doesn’t love to take a vacation from the daily grind? Unfortunately for many of us, traveling can be stressful. And a possible bipolar mood episode trigger that we may spend months recovering from. The packing, the planning, the crowded airports, the plane ride, the car ride, the sleep disruptions….and on and on. I … Continue reading Bipolar and the Nightmare of Travel
For some, autumn can mean beautiful leaves and fresh, crisp air; for others, it can spell the sad ending of the warm glow of summer. For those of us with — Read on http://www.bphope.com/bipolar-buzz/bipolar-life-fall-brings-more-than-just-a-change-in-colors/ Continue reading Fall Brings More Than Just a Change in Colors | bpHope.com
It’s been a VERY difficult 3 months. This last depressive episode has been a stubborn one. I’ve had two medications adjusted, changed some sleeping habits, made some attempts at getting more exercise and attended some group sessions. I’m slowly getting back to being me. Let me just say…I hate dealing with medication adjustments. This reason … Continue reading Getting better
One of the hardest things about having bipolar, for me, is dealing with the depressive episodes. My mania is usually mild in nature and affects my sleep and irritability levels more then anything else. But the depressive episodes are very disruptive. Medication changes can help but they are hard to manage. The trial and error … Continue reading The Depressive Side of Bipolar
The last month has been a challenge. I had a medication change that had the wonderful side effect of wanting to eat EVERYTHING in the house. It started out helping with the depressive episodes and irritability, but I was hungry all the time. In the end the side effects didn’t outweigh the benefits. Which means…back … Continue reading Can't focus.Can't sleep.What can you do?