Us bipolar persons do not do well at holiday time. We just don’t. I’ve written about what you could do if you are manic or depressed during the holidays (it says Thanksgiving, but the ideas are the same). Worth reading, including the comments. This 2013 Holiday season is particularly long because the holidays fall midweek. For […]
The graph above charts my weight from about October 2011 to the end of February 2013. Do you think you can tell when I was depressed? And when I wasn’t? Here’s a hint. My ideal weight is about 150 lbs. I really try to be at that weight, but whenever I’m depressed I eat no […]
So you recently got diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. What should you do next? The answer to that could fit an entire book. But here are some pointers. I’m going to assume that you ended up at a psychiatrist either because over time your life had degenerated into a bit of mess, or that you had done […]
We’ve all heard about the healing and stress relieving power of pets. And stories from pet owners will always be full of the how marvellous and loving their pets are. I know, because I am one of them. But do they help with stabilising mood swings? Can they help pull you out of depression? Should […]
Been out of commission for pretty much all of December because I was – ta da! – depressed. Nothing new there. What’s bad though, is that I’ve finally gotten really really tired of starting over my life after each depression episode. And fed up too.
Ad posted on the Nectar Madness Blog, where I first saw it. I am of mixed feelings about the ad. It’s good to know that major leaders can have mental illnesses. But I’m not so sure I like the ‘win’ part. It implies that we can get past having mood swings and move on in […]
‘twas the month before Christmas, And all through the land, The creatures were whispering, Isn’t it grand. Santa’s looking, to pull on his sleigh, New animals, cos reindeer are so passé. Besides, traditional creatures of yore, Aren’t fast enough To avoid planes or the stray bullet or four. What we need are creatures who Are […]
If you wish to be entertained for 10 minutes, give a manic person a pair of tangled shoelaces.
There is a tendency for other people (and us too) to think that once we come out of depression, life will be fine. After all, we look alert, we are happy and chipper, we talk about what needs to be done, and we can get things done. So….all is well, right? No. We are better, […]
Remember, us bipolar persons do not do well in crowds and gatherings. If you or a family member is bipolar, look out for these things. If you are somewhat manic, the crowd energy can aggravate the situation. Look out for: We cannot cope with the numerous conversations and activities simultaneously. You might flit from group […]