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Normal is not Normal

January 10, 2012

Lee

Four newly decorated walls and a grey floor. A bed with the headboard central to one wall upon which I sit. Next to me is a bedside cabinet with a book on it. To my left is a window. In the corner opposite me to my left is a wardrobe with a few of my clothes in and the holdall I brought them in. In the corner to my right is a desk and next to it...
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If you’ve explored the International Bipolar Foundation website, you’ve noticed that we encourage those diagnosed with bipolar disorder or depression to explore—even study-- these disorders. Armed with knowledge, the informed patient feels far more empowered when it comes to healthcare and lifestyle decisions.Because of the extent and variety of...
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I called the cops on a distant relative once, after he told his mother and sister that he had nothing to live for, that he felt close to no one and that going to the desert to ride his ATV held no pleasure anymore. He went to the door, telling them they may never see him again. He had threatened suicide before, once while holding a gun in the...
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Jen T.

Recently I discovered that the medication I've been on since 2008 (Epilim) causes a side effect (cysts in ovary) that is somewhat worrisome given the results of a recent health screening (I have a few cysts that are a few cms in size) and my maternal family history.Don't want to go into too much more detail, but suffice to say that I wanted to...
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Charlotte Walker

This year, Christmas is going to be a low key affair. My children will be spending it with their dad (by tradition, we take turns). My step-daughters are both at overseas universities, and have decided that with Christmas holidays short and air fares high, they will be staying put until summer. So, while the season will no doubt involve numerous...
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Lucifer’s Delight!

December 21, 2011

Henrietta Ross

The impending doom is upon me! I thought that perhaps he had forgotten about me, lost the mysterious, but essential keys to my Soul - whilst in his stupor, the jangling of metal against the greasy drain, its sound unwelcome to my ears, as he staggers about the endless dimly lit streets. He is like the favoured Ripper with his unquenched,...
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Lucifer’s Delight!

December 21, 2011

Henrietta Ross

The impending doom is upon me! I thought that perhaps he had forgotten about me, lost the mysterious, but essential keys to my Soul - whilst in his stupor, the jangling of metal against the greasy drain, its sound unwelcome to my ears, as he staggers about the endless dimly lit streets. He is like the favoured Ripper with his unquenched,...
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Parentofabipolarchilditis

December 20, 2011

Kristi

Not on the level of schizophrenia or DID by any means. He's not hearing voices and it's still him when these things happen but it's not really "him." It's almost like there are 2 versions of my son. That may be the whole point of this blog today but the title... well that's what I like to call what pretty much any parent of a bipolar child suffers...
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Better Than a Dead Cat

December 19, 2011

Courtney

Mania is the key defining characteristic of Bipolar Disorder that makes it so very special and unique from all the other disorders out there, so it’s not shocking that I get asked to describe what it feels like quite often. Just the other day a well-meaning girlfriend – I say that without smarm – asked me about my most recent bout of mania as...
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Marybeth

Compliments … words most people adore. Words that make people blush. Words that make people feel good about themselves. Compliments are confidence boosters … mood lifters … reminders that we are awesome. Who wouldn’t want a compliment from time to time?Well, I’ll tell you who … me!We all have dreams, or at least I hope we all do. Some dream of...
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Initial Assessment

November 22, 2011

Charlotte Walker

 A couple of weeks ago, I had an initial assessment with a psychologist from my Community Mental Health Team. The purpose of the session was to look at how talking therapies might be of benefit to me in helping me manage my bipolar disorder. We started by talking about what had been happening in this most recent episode, and I described its...
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Courtney Rundell

November 15, 2011
COURTNEY RUNDELL is a freelance blogger and stay-at-home mommy. Her personal blog can be found at www.courtneyrundell.com. She holds a BFA in Theatre from the University of Nevada, Reno, and an MA in Playwriting from the University of California, Santa Barbara. An award-winning playwright, Courtney’s plays have been produced in Hollywood, Santa...
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