I have a case of #bipolar envy? What about you?

What if the Sun Doesn’t Come Out Tomorrow? Thoughts on Chronic Bipolar Disorder- A BP Magazine Blog from Julie A. Fast

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Dealing with ‘bipolar envy’ when watching celebs with bipolar disorder jet set and live their lives.

I love writing for Bp Magazine. In this edition, I write about my bipolar envy and how I wish I were like the celebrities who seem to have bipolar and yet are still able to jet set around the world- ignore triggers- drink and live it up and still be stable. HMMM.

From the Bp Magazine for Bipolar blog:

I have a massive case of bipolar envy. I’ve heard of people who get really sick and then find a medication that works and they never get [ Read More ]

Do You Have a Bipolar Disorder Travel Plan?

IMG_8149Travel is exciting. Getting away from it all- the weather, no work, friends, beaches, family, new sights, languages, the exotic. It would be great if you could also take a vacation from bipolar disorder. Unfortunately this is not always possible. You may be someone who responds well to vacations and you actually get better mood wise. But for many, the stress of even the greatest vacation can create bipolar disorder symptoms. Luckily, there are strategies you can use to prevent these symptoms to ensure that your travels are the best they can be.

 

Bipolar disorder symptoms are triggered by outside events, especially those that affect sleep.

Travel can condense so many bipolar disorder triggers into a really short space of [ Read More ]

Straight Talk about Hypersexuality in Children with Bipolar Disorder by Dimitri Papolous

kids-bipolar-hypersexuality1 From Bp Magazine. Here is one of the best posts I have read in a LONG time. By Demitri Papolos, MD who wrote The Bipolar Child. A very common symptom of bipolar disorder— hypersexuality — is one that particularly affects and disturbs the families of children who have the illness, and yet is rarely talked about.

By Demitri Papolos, MD

 

PrintHypersexuality in children is rarely openly discussed for two reasons: one is that sexuality in children (bipolar or not) is simply not spoken about in public; and the other, sadly, is that parents of hypersexual children are afraid to mention the [ Read More ]

Bipolar Disorder Psychosis: Sneaky, Sneaky Hallucinations!

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Here is an excerpt from a blog I wrote for Bp Magazine on the topic of bipolar disorder and psychosis. Enjoy! A link to the full article is at the end of the blog.

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Hello! Please know that this blog talks about a very vivid topic- psychotic hallucinations. I describe what I experience in detail and don’t want anyone to be upset by reading my blog. I would like to encourage you to keep reading as the hallucinations I describe didn’t harm me at all and the story has a good ending. I talk about these experiences openly in order to help others who might be struggling with undiagnosed bipolar psychosis.

Sneaky, sneaky hallucinations………! I had my first depression hallucination at age [ Read More ]

BP Magazine Article: Bipolar Depression Distortion

julie-car-head-in-hands-2015It takes a lot longer to worry about getting things done than it does to actually finish a project. This is something I’ve taught myself over the years. As I work on my new book, I have to remind myself to his daily. If I let myself, I would worry more than I would write.

Isn’t amazing how this illness can distort our thoughts to the point we don’t even know who we are anymore?

Isn’t it shocking that we can be fine one day and then suddenly the world turns to black and white and all that was once joyful turns to sand?

It blows my mind that I can be someone who doesn’t worry on one day and then wake up and [ Read More ]

Positive Changes in Our Bipolar Disorder World

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I’m writing today to share good news about the changes I see in our mental health world. I’ve been rather despondent for years regarding the struggles we all seem to go through due to bipolar disorder. This includes those of us with the illness as well as the families, partners, friends and health care processionals who want to help us live stable and productive lives.

What is the good news?

We all know more help is needed from the outside world, especially in terms of government support and today I see it happening. If you’re on Facebook, you know they often share old posts where you can see what you in the past. This morning, I saw a post from two years ago [ Read More ]

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