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 time. The triggers that may affect you over a year [ 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 subject. They are petrified that child protective service agencies will [ 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 19. It was so vivid it felt real. My gorgeous [ 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 the worry has taken over my life.

Yes. It is [ 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 where I wrote:

How many more times do [ Read More ]

BP Magazine Blog: Letter from a Dysphoric Manic Person

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What do people who are in a bipolar disorder dysphoric manic episode really think? I wrote a blog for BP Magazine on this topic based on my own dysphoric manic thoughts and the stories I’ve heard for many years about how dysphoric mania turns us into people no one can recognize.

 

A bit of background- there are two levels of mania- HYPOMANIA and FULL BLOWN MANIA. Bipolar one has hypomania and full blown mania. Bipolar two has hypomania. There are two sides to the mania coin: euphoric mania and dysphoric mania.

EUPHORIC MANIA- WOO HOO! Most of us know euphoric mania- active,upbeat, positive goal oriented, inclusive, full of ourselves, but not menacing, artistic, bright and filled with energy that often fills a room. Sleep isn’t needed or wanted. Many people [ Read More ]

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