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 →
This is a pretty correct description of depression and correct advice for those surrounding the person with depression. I'm always skeptical when people make stuff like this, but this one - this one I endorse fully. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUHcc7ipGt0
The patterns for the mood swings seem to change when you are in your forties. You need to be aware of the changes.
"We all tend to think of the problems we are going through as some sort of personal failing - you know, if we tried harder, or if we worked better, or if we fixed some past problem in our childhood, then we can beat this. The problem is that mood swings are disease, a real disease.... Continue Reading →
I'm seeing a massive spike in traffic on the website since I was featured on the People of Trinidad and Tobago facebook page. First off, thank you all for the comments on the facebook page. Much appreciated. Also, for those of you who asked questions or e-mailed me, I will be responding over the rest of... Continue Reading →
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 those of... Continue Reading →
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... Continue Reading →
If you just got diagnosed as being bipolar, remember that it's a real illness, and dealing with it is going to take some time. Here are some pointers on what to do next.
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... Continue Reading →
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. I could have taken steps to deal with the depression since... Continue Reading →
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... Continue Reading →
‘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... Continue Reading →
Why it's difficult for us when we are coming out of a depression episode. Useful for family and friends as well as bipolar / depressed persons.
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... Continue Reading →
So, I've lost 14 pounds in the last 36 days. But I’ve figured out how to do it safely. Since topic is near and dear to our hearts, I’ll expand on it over the next few posts. Step 1: Stop Drinking all Soft Drinks, Sodas, and Fruit Juices. I bet you thought fruit juices were... Continue Reading →
It's not like in the movies Well, yes actually. But it's not like in the movies. There is no dreamscape or soft focus images appearing before us. There is no vision of God. There is no voice in my head whispering to me in a soft but clear voice that sacrificing a little child will... Continue Reading →
I become resistant toany mood stabilising medicationthat I take daily Here's the typical scenario. I start a new medication, one that says it takes 1-2 weeks to take effect. I start getting a noticeable response to the drugs within hours - sometimes in less than one hour. So that's good. But then the drug stops... Continue Reading →
Someone once asked me how I cope with depression. It's easy. When I'm depressed, I just sit in my house, don't talk to anyone and wait for the depression episode to pass. The reason I'm ok about sitting in my house is that I treat depression as a physical disease - thinking of it as,... Continue Reading →