If you are here, then chances are that there’s stuff going wrong in your life. It could be that you were just diagnosed with mood swings, or with bipolar disorder, or depression, and you are thinking “What happens next? What do I do next?”
Or it could be you feel that something is wrong with you, that you might suffer from depression or some other kind of mood stuff, but you aren’t really sure what is going on, or if even it is all in your head. Does this Sound like you…
Or it could be that your boyfriend, or partner, or spouse, or friend has odd patterns of behaviour or has stopped communicating with you, or has been diagnosed with depression or bipolar disorder, and you aren’t sure what is going on or what to do next.
Welcome. You are not alone.
The website is pretty darned large and contains lots of information. Some of the ways of finding the information your are looking for are:
- Use the main menu on the top of each page. It’s the fastest way to get to an exact page or topic.
- Use the tag cloud (list of words) in the right column to look for specific words. This will bring up a collection of all the pages where the tagged word is relevant. Check here if you can’t find an item in the main menu.
- Use the search box in the right column just above the tag cloud. This will bring up a collection of pages where the search word exists. This may be less valuable than the tag cloud because words like ‘depression’ and ‘mania’ exist on every page, but handy if you can’t find an item elsewhere.
- At the end of each article, there are links to other related articles (this is just being done, so not all pages have it).
What’s actually on the website?
The Symptoms Menu
The Symptoms menu lists the signs of depression and mania. The Eighteen Symptoms of Depression and the Thirty Symptoms of Mania list the symptoms in plain, easy to understand English. This is what it’s really like to be depressed or manic. You can also find the official symptoms of bipolar disorder.
An important step in gaining control of your life is knowing when things are going wrong. If you know the symptoms of depression and mania, you can train yourself to monitor and recognise when you are exhibiting them, so you can know when you need to take action.
The Coping Menu
The Coping menu contains the strategies I use for dealing directly with mania or depression symptoms. I also include the coping mechanisms where I step back and look at the big picture. This includes things like how to organise and destress my life, and how to increase the quality of my life.
There is also information about what you can do if you’ve just been diagnosed as bipolar. There’s also information on things that can cause or trigger manic episodes – you’ll understand why you don’t like the holiday seasons so much.
A lot of coping requires that the family and close friends get involved. Check under the Family / Friends menu for additional coping strategies.
The Drugs Menu
Should you take medications? Do you wonder if they will work, or what the side effects might be like? Should I just do counselling? The Drugs menu has my ideas on all this, as well as my experiences with specific drugs and side effects.
The Doctors Menu
The Doctors menu contains information about how you might get over the embarrassment of going to a psychiatrist, and why you should see one. Or if you wonder if your diagnosis is correct (we all wonder). Or if you’ve started seeing one – here’s what to expect, what to ask for, and what not to put up with. Contains ideas on how to get your child or spouse to a psychiatrist as well.
The Family / Friends Menu
If your child, spouse, sibling, boyfriend, girlfriend, partner, parent or friend is bipolar, you suffer almost as much as they do. This section contains an insight on what it’s like for us and also things you can do to help us, and yourself. The most read post on this site is Relationship falling Apart? Do Not give your Partner Space.
The Diary Menu
The Bipolar Diary describes a span of my life from about 1997 to 2003, from diagnosis to relative stability, and is a blog before blogs even existed. The Diary is the core of this website, and I’ve been told many times that there is nothing else like it on the web. You can start reading the Diary here.
last updated 10 Jan 19