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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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DUELING DUAL DIAGNOSIS

November 15, 2011

Courtney

On March 5, 2005, I was diagnosed with Bipolar and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder by a staff psychiatrist in my first, and what I hope will be my last, mental hospital. This diagnosis was the beginning of my real life, a life of freedom I never knew existed. Of course, it didn’t feel like it at the time.The question is how did I end up on a...
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The 12 Steps of Christmas

November 15, 2011

Sarah Freeman

“My name is Sarah and I am a Holiday-holic”.Yes, I love the holidays. In fact, I probably love them too much. I am so emotionally over-invested that I sometimes get overwhelmed, creating a horrible disconnect between the fantasy and the reality.The truth is that I have gone through the same cycle of manic hyper-anticipation and inevitable...
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The Bipolar Roller Coaster

November 14, 2011

Kristi

I have spent a lot of time talking about Bipolar Disorder and what it means to me and my son. I get asked a lot how he's doing or how his day was and my answer is usually never the same thing twice. It's hard to explain to people who aren't around it, who don't understand it and who flat out just don't believe it. (I don't even bother to try with...
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Jen T.

When is a good time for my friends to ask about how I'm doing with my meds? Or whether I've been taking them constantly?I asked myself these questions recently because my colleagues know about my condition and they often ask me about my meds. While I appreciate the concern they are showing, I have come across one instance when it was not a...
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Lee Harrison

November 7, 2011
Lee Harrison- I am a 37-year-old male living in the North of England; Yorkshire to be exact. I am married to Julie and have two children from my first marriage: Kiera, aged 10 and Cameron, aged 7. They live with their Mum but stay with us every other weekend and school holidays. It may sound twee but my main interest is Julie and my children. I...
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Guilt Trip

November 7, 2011

Lee Harrison

Recently I have been watching a series of television programmes by Derren Brown on Channel 4 in the UK called ‘The Experiments’. Each episode has explored a facet of human nature: the first asked whether it was possible to hypnotise an individual into assassinating a well known celebrity; the second looked at deindividuation and human behaviour...
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