It is still not certain if anti-depressants are really effective. Meanwhile, take your meds, keep a Mood Chart, and follow your psych's advice.
Emily Dickinson got us bipolar persons right frequently. Check this one out. She's one of my favourite poets evah!
A Depression episode is NOT fun. We are unable to do things, and we watch helplessly as projects we are doing fail. We can't even do personal or home maintenance. We stop going out and meeting people because we can't get out of the house and because we become afraid of people. During the depression... Continue Reading →
You might not know what to say to someone who has just come out of a depression episode. No need to be awkward, do this.
What you can do if a friend who is has depression or is bipolar and has been out of contact for a while.
I cope well with failed activities and tasks, but it is awkward when they come up in conversations with others. Things I can do and things family and friends can do to deal with this.
What happens if you are having a panic attack / anxiety attack and you venture out to meet with people. Why doing this may be a good thing even if you don't like doing it.
Periodic depression episodes make it difficult to set long term plans. So how do I cope with New Year's Resolutions?
In the post on Depressed ISN'T Sad, I wrote that the two most critical symptoms about Depression were the Inability to Focus and the Inability to Get Things Done. On a practical level, the Inability to Get Things Done is the more pressing of these two symptoms. It's kind of obvious why - the more... Continue Reading →
I've recently realised that one of the symptoms of Depression can be pain - usually in the form of headaches, but also in the form of generalised aching or tiredness. You might think I'd have realised this before, like sometime over the last twenty years. But we aren't always that observant, especially for things that... Continue Reading →
One of the problems with being bipolar is it's hard to describe what depression or mania or mood swings are. We commonly get annoyed when friends misunderstand us. But it is also hard to describe to YOURSELF what the hell is going on even as the depression is happening to you. Think about that. You... Continue Reading →
I've found that if you are somewhat depressed and still able to function, or a lot depressed and forcing yourself to function, then one of the manifestations of trying to get things done is pain. When we say depression hurts, this is not some existential, woe is me, hurt. It's real pain that occurs when... Continue Reading →
Hey Mr. NRA guy and others. Can you leave us mentally ill people out of your politics? Assholes and bullies threaten and do violence to other people. Give them a machete and they'll chop someone. Give them a gun and they shoot someone. Duh! STOP DRAGGING US INTO YOUR STUPIDITY!! Us mentally ill people already... Continue Reading →
Parents get most of the headaches when dealing with bipolar kids. They almost inevitably are the ones who have to pick up the pieces when their child has a meltdown, are often the ones who have to deal with a troubled child through the teens and twenties and thirties, and possibly later. And in all the... Continue Reading →
Yup. After twenty years, I've finally got meds that stabilise me. Well, I've been stable for the last 3 1/2 months, which is far longer than anything else has ever worked. I'm currently taking Carbamazepine (Tegretol) - about 200 mg in the morning, 100 mg twice during the day and 200 mg in the evening. ... Continue Reading →
So I'm in an Indigo bookstore in Toronto. And it's wonderful, maybe I'll spend the rest of my vacation in here. Anyhoo, apart from checking out my favourite authors and the entire Sci-Fi section, I thought I'd check out the stuff on being bipolar. And their collection is okay. And they have books about being... Continue Reading →
The TL;DR version: Mania and Depression are NOT opposite sides of normality. Instead, in mania is the brain signals (chemical / electrical) speed up slightly more than normal. So far so typical. The new bit is that in depression the brain signals speed up even more than in mania. The mind can't cope with the even higher... Continue Reading →