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There is a stigma associated with having bipolar disorder. There’s no denying it. Glenn Close and others are working to fight it, and I thank them.

If you’re a brave leader in fighting stigma, like Kay Redfield Jameson, I congratulate … Continue

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Depression May Be Treated Effectively Much Quicker

Depression sucks.

Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide so there is a lot of incentive to find ways to treat it among medical technology researchers. Our current treatment protocol for depression can only be called (lengthy) trial and … Continue

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Does you snoring cause mood swings?

Do you snore?

I’m not being idly curious. It’s an important question.

If you don’t have a bedmate or roommate to tell you, try recording yourself. Just download a recording app for your smartphone, turn it on when you go … Continue

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5 Easy Steps to Maintain Stability

If you could choose, you might pick slight hypomania. But slight hypomania is not a stable condition. It leads to more hypomania. And strong hypomania leads to depression. That’s the problem with bipolar disorder: mania almost always leads to depression.… Continue

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7 Defensive Steps to Take Immediately When Mania Hits

1. Call Your Prescribing Doctor.

It may be time for a medication adjustment. Perhaps a little higher dose of Lithium of time to add another mood stabilizer or anti-manic medication that your doctor can call into your local pharmacy. Perhaps … Continue

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After the Episodes, Who Are You?

The Many "True Selves" of Bipolar Disorder

The Many “True Selves” of Bipolar Disorder

I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder relatively late in life… around 35. Not long after my diagnosis, I had to switch medications and everything fell apart: a bankruptcy, despite earning nearly $1M in … Continue

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Get in Your Safe Place and Take Cover!

Walled Garden

Brigitte’s Safe Place

Have you created a Safe Place for yourself? The reason I ask is that it’s going to be very helpful to have one established for the next BipolarReality post in a couple of days on New Year’s … Continue

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Mood Swings Destroy Your Performance Level; Are You Back Now?

The highly qualified and warm PhD with years of experience in researching and treating bipolar disorder continued: “Most people diagnosed with bipolar disorder, once stabilized, do not return to their previous level of functioning.

OMG! What a punch … Continue

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How To Be Too Productive

woman.reading.tablet1-282x195Productivity. Just the word makes me smile. Yes, I admit it. I’m a productivity junkie. When the other women at the nail salon are watching Ellen and reading worn-out beauty magazines, I’m on my tablet reading productivity blogs. “You’re Continue

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