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Understanding Bipolar Disorder

It's no secret that there's still major stigma surrounding mental illness. I have to admit that before I was diagnosed with bipolar II disorder in 2002, I was fairly ignorant in this regard myself. Though following my diagnosis, my husband was the one who did endless research - Not me! I was in the throes of mania. I don't think my situation is that unique. Most people aren't "experts" on illnesses until they have to be. So unless you {yourself} have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder or you are close to someone who has, you likely don't have a great understanding of it. And that's okay. But if you're interested, I may be able to change that. I should mention that I am sharing my personal experiences with bipolar disorder, along with some general facts. {Sources below} What Is Bipolar Disorder? Bipolar Disorder {manic-depressive illness} is a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, & the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks. It is a ...

Coping Tools

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    • Reading daily meditation books has been a part of my morning routine ever since I got sober. I've come to view them as part of my recovery plan. Just taking those few moments in the morning to read two to three readings grounds and centers me. I ...

      10 Must-Have Daily Meditation Books

    • Deep Breathing is a simple and effective coping tool that anyone can do. A couple of reasons it's so great is that it can be carried out anywhere and we're always equipped to do it. All we need is ourselves. Deep breathing triggers the body's ...

      Deep Breathing: A Basic “How-To” + Free Download!

    • Adult Coloring Books *This post contains affiliate links, for further information please see my Privacy Policy. UPDATE I would hate to take the chance of keeping someone from a useful coping tool. That would be quite irresponsible. Since ...

      Adult Coloring Books: Don’t believe the hype!

    • » Also read about The Benefits of Gratitude « Keep a Gratitude Journal. Write in it daily or weekly, whatever you prefer. The more detailed the better. Change it up, don't write the same thing everyday. If you do, you ...

      15 Simple Ways to Cultivate Gratitude

    • In my last post I shared that I've been depressed as of late. I also shared that my suicidal ideations have become more pronounced. At this point they're thoughts that I'm able to redirect. But the red flag that keeps popping up in my mind is ...

      Creating a Safety Plan

31 Days of Self-Care

Awwwe, another New Year with fresh possibilities! For me, the New Year isn't only about starting new healthy habits. First and foremost, it's about getting back to (and/or refining) basic self-care steps that keep me at my best. You know, the fundamental ones of which we know are musts, but for whatever reason we still slack on from time-to-time? Yeah, those. Of course, I still set big and small goals like everyone else. But one must have his and her priorities straight. Self-care must ...

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