Emily Dickinson got us bipolar persons right frequently. Check this one out. She's one of my favourite poets evah!
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.
Periodic depression episodes make it difficult to set long term plans. So how do I cope with New Year's Resolutions?
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 →
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 →
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.
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 →
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 →
Someone asked me - "When you are manic, is it was possible to tell if you yourself are manic, or do you just think you are acting normal." It is a good question. The answer is - yes, it is possible for me to recognise the symptoms of mania while I am manic. But like... Continue Reading →
Wondering if you are depressed? Here are the signs to look for, sorted from the mild ones that appear early in a depression episode to the awful ones that signal a bad depression episode.
I am of the opinion that generally the mood swings happen on their own, following a pattern or cycle based on your body's internal rhythms. I also think that these cycles is fairly resistant to external events or triggers. So the stuff happening in your life is generally not the cause for your mood swings.... Continue Reading →
In order to manage being bipolar, you have to be able to monitor your moods. Of course that is easier said than done. After all, what does monitoring mean? What do you look for? Let's just start with mania. Here's how to know if you are becoming manic. I'm assuming you've read the Being Manic... Continue Reading →
Keeping a mood chart is the best way for you to understand your depression and mania cycles. Here's an easy one to set up.
One of life's little benefits is that you can use your mania to control your mania. Here's why. With mania, you tend to have high productivity and lots of manic energy. It turns out that you can channel some of the excess energy to monitor how you are feeling and what you are doing. And... Continue Reading →
If you are very manic, you MUST seek assistance from a psychiatrist. There are no choices in this matter. Your decision making capabilities will be substantially impaired, even if you don't think so, and even if you think you are functioning normally. You will not be able to sort this out on your own. If... Continue Reading →
Remember I was talking about scents being psychoactive in a mood elevating way. Well, nutmeg is my thing - I kind of go crazy when I smell it (but in a good way). But you can't find nutmeg based perfumes. You can get the essential oils, but essential oils will irritate skin if applied directly,... Continue Reading →
I get by... When I'm depressed, I need help in order to prevent myself from staying home and hiding. Yeah, I do that . It turns out there is nothing I can do to stop this from happening. Once the depression kicks in, I'm pretty much caught in its patterns, and I can't get out... Continue Reading →