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5 Top Tips for Managing Mental Health While Attending University

Going to university is an extremely fun and exciting time of life. Most students juggle an intense class schedule, social life, and dorm living.

For the most part, it is the first time a student will be away from their home for the first time.

Let’s face it. It can be pretty overwhelming and stressful.

We all know the consequences of feeling stressed out and overwhelmed:  

  • Our overall functionality decreases

  • Sleep is adversely affected

These are My Top 10 Personal Needs During a Depressed State

When I am depressed, I only want to lay in bed and sleep. My motivation and energy level are completely nonexistent and I do not feel like being around other people. I become hypersensitive and I end up second guessing my thoughts, feelings and actions.

When my mood dips too low, I can even experience suicidal ideation. I always work my hardest to never get back to that state again.

5 Expectations and How Stigma Has Impacted Me as a Man

When it comes to the topic of male stigma, I have quite the extensive experience.

Right now, I am a 39 year-old male.

I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder right before my 21st birthday.

The Beginning

The expectations how a man is supposed to act and react in certain situations is both raw and real.

I use the word “supposed” because it is an old way of thinking that is implied in our current society.

My Personal Journey Bringing About Mental Health Awareness to the World

I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder type 1 back in 1999. I use this as the official date to the start of my journey. Before then, I was just treading water to try and keep afloat. My symptoms actually began in the early 1990’s.

My diagnosis took a large weight off my shoulders. You see, I was incredibly happy to find a name detailing my experience. Up until that point, I felt like an outsider. I did not fit in anywhere and I felt like no one ever understood me.  

Stress Awareness Month in the UK

April is Stress Awareness Month in the UK.

Stress is a huge trigger of bipolar disorder.  

There is no way to completely get rid of stress. Noone lives in a bubble, but there are ways to reduce and manage the stress in your life.  

How Stress Affects My Moods

For me, stress deregulates my mood. Extreme stress can trigger a full blown depressive or manic episode. Generally, I get manic.

Creating a Positive Attitude When You Have Bipolar Disorder

Getting the news that you have a chronic mental illness can be quite disheartening.  

It can be extremely overwhelming.

You cannot change the fact that you have bipolar disorder.

You can change your perspective about mental illness by reframing your thoughts..

I was extremely elated when I first received my diagnosis of bipolar disorder.  Now I had a name to put with what I had been feeling for so many years. This simple notion empowered me to great lengths.

I made it my priority and mission to be completely proactive in my treatment.

Bipolar Disorder and the Stigma on Men's Mental Health

It is interesting to note that the prevalence and type of bipolar disorder related to men’s health is gender specific.

The DBSA (Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance) provides some startling statistics:

  • The incidence of bipolar disorder is the same in both men and women

  • Men experience rapid cycling three times as much as women

  • Men are more likely to be misdiagnosed with schizophrenia

7 Simple Ways to Maintain Stability When You Have Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Disorder is a chronic illness of extreme moods, energy, and motivation. It is a complex disease that requires multiple coping strategies per day. The diagnostic criteria is the same for everyone.  However, each individual is unique in their biology and symptomology. Therefore, the following coping strategies are recommendations based on my journey with having Bipolar Type 1.

Without further ado, here are the 7 simple strategies I use to maintain stability while having Bipolar Disorder:     

John Poehler

John Poehler was diagnosed Bipolar Type 1 back in 1999.  He is the creator and founder of the blog “The Bipolar Battle”, whose mission is to help empower those afflicted with bipolar disorder live the life they deserve.  John is a mental health advocate, writer and aspiring author.  He is in the early creative stages of writing a book.  Academically, John earned his B.S. in Natural Sciences along with minors in both Math and Chemistry, from Colorado State University.