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  • Bipolar Depression Changes my Perception of the World | bpHope - bp Magazine Community
    2013 CFAX Mel Cooper Citizen of the Year Award and the 2013 Winner for mental health Mentorship given by the National Council for Behavioral Health Washington D C She is grateful for having the opportunity to share her personal message that No matter what our challenges we can all live extraordinary lives 6 COMMENTS Jessyca August 24 2015 Reply I find some comfort in your words I feel very much the same I m rapid cycling I was manic yesterday and a few days ago and a few before that and I m sure you get the picture but my dark is so very dark I m completely different and I find the longer I m in the dark the stranger I become Shanny August 25 2015 Reply I have loved reading your stories and I am the same way I do not know now if I blame my Chronic Myloide Lukima on my mood swings and depressions but I am just taking it one day at a time Dallas August 25 2015 Reply Thank you for sharing I do not have bipolar but had a son who did and he was deceased by age 28 I also have a ten year old granddaughter with it and so I read whatever I can in order to gain insight into her world and have a better understanding of her reality I can t tell you the hope I receive by reading stories like yours I believe everyone has something to contribute to the world and I pray your life and all who have bipolar will seek to find their very own extraordinary Lorie August 29 2015 Reply Ditto When stable I am mostly patient with forgiving and understanding of others When depressed I am barely able to tolerate something as simple as someone s unattended shopping cart left parked in the middle of a grocery story aisle On the road in my mind many drivers are making bad decisions I want to pull them over and give them the ticket they deserve There is judgement irritation and sadness when my spirits are low And yes like you my energy level plummets I see neighbours cutting their lawns tending to their gardens going for walks barbequing etc My own body feels buried by cement and my yard breeds weeds Others productivity is my guilt I think that you have a great attitude relying on positive memories and tomorrow for hope May you soon shed the shades that are currently distorting the world around you I hope that the medication tweak provides relief from your bipolar depression Maja October 18 2015 Reply St John s Wort Passionflower are excellent herbs for deospsrien stress and anxiety Certain tissue salts are also extremely effective as homeopathic brain and nerve tonics They include natrium sulphate and kalium Phosphate It is known that our body rapidly uses up reserves of vitamin C when under stress Good sources of vitamin C include citrus fruits blackcurrant vegetables broccoli potatoes

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  • What is Bipolar Anger? | bpHope - bp Magazine Community
    up and a perceived wrong I felt someone had done I have since been medicated and also turned my life to Christ and sought forgiveness and also ways to deal with the guilt fron my anger issues of long ago Hard at times gabe August 11 2015 Reply Report user Thank you so much for reading Hdc Making amends for things we do wrong is what makes us human you are smart to do it It is a good quality to have Gabe Sp August 11 2015 Reply This was a great article My brother has so much anger I m an trying so hard to understand what he is going through Articles like this help my family to understand him better and enable us to provide better support gabe August 11 2015 Reply Report user Thank you Sp for the kind words reading and commenting It really means a lot to me Gabe Gigi August 11 2015 Reply Gabe Howard I needed that article to help me understand my sisinlaw We my husband and I got guardianship to help and mostly get info because privacy laws took 3 hrs to find what hospital she was in No one listen to when trying to give background She will act out act comatose hurt herself is constant We moved here blind from Alabama to help out w her and mom thanks for explaining will follow gabe August 11 2015 Reply Report user You are very welcome Gigi It is my pleasure to write for bp hope and I feel very fortunate to have great readers like you Gabe Susan August 11 2015 Reply Before medication which has lessened my anger response level I would actually get so angry that I would spew such vile things the worst was when I took it out on another I would feel this voice inside me crying for the love of God someone stop me and I couldn t calm down That s when I turned to marijuana for help I was not medicated and I medicated myself It was not a great answer but at the time it was my answer Now I am out of denial of my illness and I take my medication faithfully I still get angry but there is a cap on it I used to even feel my heart was about to burst I got so angry And then there is the fallout the making up for what I had said when I was angry I was never violent thank God but I know that words can hurt more on many levels I am grateful for forgiveness and understanding that others have shown me now that I am on the road to recovery It s a very ugly side to the illness I would rather be flat through the medication than to go down that road again I hope people can understand that when dealing with someone with Bipolar Disorder it s the illness talking gabe August 11 2015 Reply Report user Susan The illness talks a lot doesn t it That is an excellent way to put it Thank you for reading and commenting Gabe tylar August 11 2015 Reply Report user what does one do if fighting with anger grows tired and weary what does one do if you have tried to talk to the person who has angered you but they don t listen How many times do you bang your head into the brick wall most of all how do I get to a point of I just don t care anymore and the anger goes away I ve made an appt to see a therapist cause I don t know what to do Els August 11 2015 Reply Dear Tylar I think you made a right decision to seek a therapist in which you have confidence Be patient with yourself this anger issue will not be gone from one day at the other Most likely you will feel still often anger in your life but you can learn tools to handle it and be friendly to your impulse instead of getting more and more upset my experience The readings of Thich Nath Hanh may be of help to you specially the ones on topics on anger gabe August 11 2015 Reply Report user Tylar Seeing a therapist is a very proactive and good idea Thank you for reading and commenting Gabe Jan meehan August 11 2015 Reply helpful article Gabe gabe August 11 2015 Reply Report user Thank you Jan Gabe Ray August 11 2015 Reply Thanks for posting Any advice on how to best deal with a situation where a family member is expressing this bipolar anger We are not sure how to handle it Ray gabe August 11 2015 Reply Report user Hello Ray That question is more difficult to answer in a comment Would you mind sending me an e mail at gabe gabehoward com Thank you Gabe kg August 12 2015 Reply My husband is bipolar and my son and I can t handle it anymore It s unbearable gabe August 24 2015 Reply Report user Hello kg Please accept all my understanding and kind words I wish there was something I could do or even say that would make things better Please take care of yourself and your son When it comes to helping another person helping yourself first is the most important thing Be safe Gabe Evan August 12 2015 Reply Gabe I am 32 was sexually abused as a child suffered a traumatic brain injury in my teens I cannot hold a job though I am very intelligent My marriage has been destroyed via the impulsivity sexually finacially and otherwise of BP I have 5 children 4 from marriage I am desperate to turn this around for them I say all that to say this I feel completely out of control and do not have the resources to do anything about it That is my source of

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  • All the rage | bpHope - bp Magazine Community
    of the car he admits Doug expresses admiration for his wife s patience and her ability to step away and let him get through his temper tantrums Even so the byproduct of that is that I felt extremely remorseful That would create a vicious cycle He felt less concern about his behavior in the workplace where he considered his irritability to be an expression of his passion In fact Doug reports his aggressive persona aided his climb up the corporate ladder because his superiors would channel difficult tasks and employees his way Other colleagues however felt intimidated One co worker revealed she didn t want to be in meetings with him because his in your face attitude made her so uncomfortable His former persona unnerves him now too and he stays ever vigilant to signs that his temper is stirring not only to get early warning of a manic shift but also because he doesn t want to be that overbearing guy anymore As part of his post diagnosis reinvention he has developed a more effective communication style I listen he explains Rather than take control of the situation I try to digest and process as much information as I possibly can before I speak When irritability gets the better of Terry at work she s been known to speak harshly to the people she deals with I tend towards perfectionism to start with When people make mistakes it really irritates me she says Sometimes I will just be very abrupt She can t take it back but she makes it a point to apologize Sometimes though she s not clued in to how she comes across Terry recalls her boss pulling her aside to counsel her after she d been rude and defensive in responding to a question he d asked I wasn t even aware that I had done that He was very nice about it Now that he s told me that is one more thing I have to be aware of she says On alert Any habits that promote self awareness can help in recognizing early symptoms such as irritability For overall monitoring numerous studies experts and individuals cite the benefits of charting moods When I started charting things started to get really good for me Laura says adding When you know yourself better it creates an inner security that you re not at the mercy of your moods You can actually move forward and live life Terry uses an iPhone app that translates data such as sleep exercise medication triggers and symptoms into charts and reports that she can share with her psychiatrist That kind of information can be extremely helpful to mark when hypomanic or depressive symptoms are edging forward It s really about assessing the situation and trying to determine why the person is experiencing these breakthrough symptoms says Anne Duffy MD a psychiatry professor at the University of Calgary Then comes figuring out whether more sleep less stimulation tweaking medication or other changes are necessary to keep early symptoms from escalating to a full blown episode Sagduyu stresses the link between disrupted sleep and irritability In fact he says irritability is one of the number one effects of lack of sleep Awareness of an irritability attack in progress is also key Before his diagnosis Doug says he didn t have the insight to prevent irritability from escalating to a rage storm Now he stays mindful of his body s signals When anxiety and irritability are setting in his heart races his breathing becomes rapid and he experiences a shakiness that feels very different from his normal self When that happens Doug says The biggest thing is making sure that I m relaxed I sit down if I can I just make sure that I m inflating as I inhale deflating as I exhale and that my breathing is rhythmic Another key strategy when irritability threatens to take over thought correction I focus away from what it is that seems to have me irritated Doug says I look at the bigger picture Sidebar Temper Tamers Terry needs an arsenal of coping strategies when symptoms of irritability roar into her life Irritability happens to me all the time I can go up and down in the space of a few minutes In the space of a day says Terry whose heightened aggravation can persist for days on end Some things that help her Breathe deeply Once I notice that I m overreacting the first thing I do is force myself to stop take a deep breath and blow it out slowly I ll do this several times until I can feel my anger or irritability start to dissipate Terry says Smile One of my therapists told me to smile that it is really hard to be angry when you are smiling When you go for a walk smile Terry reports I thought this was really stupid But I did it and I felt better It sounds like such a simple thing but it actually makes a difference Filter what you take in When Terry turns on the TV she avoids police dramas or anything else disturbing I have enough negative stuff in my head she explains Keep a crisis letter When anxiety and irritability drive her to tears Terry pulls out a letter she wrote to herself She quotes the opening lines If you are reading this you must be in a really bad way Just remember that you are a good person This won t last forever After reading the letter she usually comforts herself with a cup of tea Tagged with Bipolar Anger irritability rage Summer 2014 About the author Sasha Faynor Has 6 Articles Sasha Faynor lives in southern California and is the mother of two school age children 5 COMMENTS Luca May 16 2015 Reply Thank you so much for suggesting some of these tips I have suffered from bipolar disorder for over 20years starting with chronic debilitating Depressive illnesses

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  • A different kind of normal | bpHope - bp Magazine Community
    were I preferred mania and disorder That was what I understood what made sense to me I tell my mom my father sister therapist you I am not sorry for my illness I could not be who I am without it I would not be able to appreciate such small things as having my own apartment being able to move 3 000 miles away from my family and be OK the ability to make my own choices no matter how scary or uncomfortable that can sometimes be There is a part of being normal however that I really like Normal has allowed me to sit with my sister and contribute more to the conversation than worry and pain Which brings me back to my original question to her Will my illness always be part of our conversations The answer my sister said is yes because no matter how well I may be doing the potential always exists that my illness will reemerge She s right I have an illness that may flare up again without my permission Although bipolar is not all of me it is part of my life It keeps the word normal suspended between quotation marks and will always tread beneath the conversation That s normal Tagged with acceptance Bipolar Anger mania relationships summer 2009 About the author Elizabeth Sidell Has 1 Article Elizabeth Sidell is an actress and writer living in Los Angeles 2 COMMENTS jennifer January 23 2015 Reply The two hardest things about being bipolar for me were admitting to myself I truly am bipolar and being ok with being stable it is hard to not miss the mania that helped me write my first and only novel Dana January 23 2015 Reply You just put into words exactly how I have been feeling ever since I started taking meds to manage my super depressions and wild manics Even with the medication which I have come to be thankful for for so many reasons I still have bouts of depression and spikes of manics they are just more manageable I love the way you put into words what every person with bipolar disorder or other mental illnesses feel but can never find the words to describe it I am going to share this on my FB page Thank you for writing this Keep writing you have a gift I should know I m an English teacher LEAVE YOUR COMMENT Cancel reply Your email address will not be published Required fields are marked Message First Name or Nickname Do not use full name Email RELATED ARTICLES Living with Bipolar Be Inspired to Forgive and Ask for Forgiveness February 6 2016 12 01 am This Swedish proverb Love me when I least deserve it because that s when I really need it is so true For us all For me Bipolar Disorder with Obsessive Thoughts Behavior February 4 2016 12 01 am Bipolar disorder is recognized by mania and depression and usually anxiety One area of

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  • Bipolar Support for Anxiety | bpHope - bp Magazine Community
    SOUNDOFF Talk to bp Writers Magazine Current Issue Archived Issues Customer Service Print Digital Subscription Buy Past Issues Frequently Asked Questions Digital Subscriber Access Page Subscribe 705 Views Anxiety Search for Home Bipolar Support Group Topics Anxiety Bipolar Support for Anxiety Start your own reply to or read discussions relating to living with bipolar disorder and the topic of anxiety Bipolar Articles About Anxiety This forum contains 52 topics and 250 replies and was last updated by polarmouse 6 days 13 hours ago Start Your Own Discussion Discussions Voices Posts Help me deal with this insane Evil People Help i am losing my mind literally and considering self harm I am not bipolar I live in a 2 bed Started by staci 3 3 Newly diagnosed Bipolar II seeking advice Hi I m a 32 year old male High School Teacher who was recently diagnosed with Bipolar II al Started by footbal075 6 6 BP fear and guilt I have BP and constantly feel an irrational fear and guilt i also feel restless and have some inne Started by john001 4 6 Quetiapine Hi all I have a doctors apt coming up to discuss my meds and wondered if anyone has any e Started by wonderwoman 6 13 Anxiety in Public places I have Bipolar not sure which one I also have PTSD For the past year after not having a ca Started by missinhappiness 5 7 I can figure this out I am new to this site but not to the problems I have for many years gone without the traditional Started by isthisreal4 7 8 I just can t stop talking I just don t know what to do From the time I get up in the morning to the time I go to bed Started by maya 3 3 Gabapentin Buspar success with anxiety Hey all I have been struggling with anxiety lately When Im manic its much less but in the down p Started by northpolar 4 5 feeling lost I m up at 1 20am last night i went to bed at 3 30am I am so so so stressed and anxiety ridden t Started by itsgoingtobeworthit 3 3 Hello 993 words of me If only I could sleep I have been diagnosed as bipolar since 1985 the 2 and Hypomanic came later Started by bianca 3 4 Light Therapy Time Limits I am BP1 and also have the Winter Blues I purchased a Happy Lamp for light therapy Started by noleslover 3 5 Can t stick to a job scared Hi I ve had a stressful last few months and as a results i ve had 3 different jobs wit Started by agata9 5 5 Bipolar and Sensitivity to Noise 1 2 When i am in public at a restaurant etc with lots of people lately I have noticed the sound Started by deenie 26 30 Fear of a full blown depression Hi all It has been almost 6 months that I have been

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  • The Tension Tango | bpHope - bp Magazine Community
    and related disorders The updated edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders DSM 5 is expected in 2013 People tend to link anxiety to their life experiences rather than think of it potentially as part of their illness It s a tremendous step forward says Ayal Schaffer MD head of the Mood Anxiety Disorders Program at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto and an associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Toronto Historically symptoms of depression or mania would be the exclusive focus for managing bipolar disorder with anxiety not receiving the required attention Schaffer was lead author for a paper on treating patients with both a mood disorder and an anxiety disorder published in February 2012 in the Annals of Clinical Psychiatry On the patient s side he says People tend to link anxiety to their life experiences rather than think of it potentially as part of their illness Rebecca 35 of Edmonton Alberta uses an automotive image to explain how closely her conditions are connected Bipolar is like the car she has been given to drive and if I maintain it it works efficiently she says But on the road to life there are still potholes I ll get a flat tire or I ll forget to put gas in or my alignment will be off In under six weeks after twin anxiety and bipolar diagnoses I was a brand new person Anxiety is the important steering wheel If I don t hold on it s going to drift She has learned that spiraling anxiety immediately affects her sleep complexion eating habits and other physical factors Those red flags signal that her mood is beginning to make a bipolar shift in either direction The good news she says I m still the one driving the car I m not just the passenger in life Tandem treatment Rebecca was diagnosed with depression at 18 after roommates pointed out her moodiness and self isolation then with bipolar after a manic episode three years later A psychiatrist she saw cast doubt on the bipolar diagnosis however and she muddled along with intermittent therapy and antidepressants Anxiety symptoms racing heart hyperventilating feeling like the walls were closing in were explained away as linked to temporary stresses She sank to a new low at age 31 devastated because her husband wanted to end their marriage Hospitalized for delusions she got a definitive diagnosis of bipolar plus a separate anxiety diagnosis At first the double whammy made her feel as if she would never get better But with different medication in under six weeks I was a brand new person she says Once her symptoms were under control coping ideas she had heard previously in therapy began to make sense She rebuilt her life and became a medical secretary The right diagnoses were also critical to better mental health for Dave 60 who lives in Oregon But he didn t even seek help for 25 years despite symptoms that began in his late teens Panic attacks struck unpredictably even when a barber cutting his hair tried making small talk His ringing phone signaling the need to talk to someone would make him so nervous he couldn t answer it Dave s sudden sweating anxiety also disrupted college classes job interviews and social occasions He didn t have a name for the distressing feelings It was constant but it was just part of me he says Dave now believes his untreated anxiety triggered his first depressive episode at age 17 when he sat listlessly in his back yard for hours Yet during episodes of boundless energy he opened a bakery bought a half dozen Subway franchises and ran for political office He never knew if he d wake up as an outgoing guy who joked around and made things happen or a withdrawn fearful or hopeless shell of himself He finally got help at age 43 After days curled on the couch speaking in monotones he let his wife take him to the hospital He was diagnosed with depression and prescribed medications that made the down times less deep Years later when he read a magazine article about mania he recognized his fast talking times when he took big business risks and felt invincible I thought This sounds like me he recalls Dave shared the information with his doctor received a bipolar diagnosis and appropriate treatment and saw his manic moods become less extreme But when he was finally diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder as well and his medication changed accordingly the new treatment provided huge relief and changed my life he says The man who wouldn t answer his phone began to share his story as a mental health speaker with the National Alliance on Mental Illness in Clackamas County Oregon where he now works And when his son finishes a graduate degree in May Dave is looking forward to attending the ceremony a big change from when jostling crowds prompted paralyzing anxiety I know I ll be able to go and participate fully Dave says adding There is hope You can come out the other side Sidebar Fast Facts Research indicates that more than half of people with bipolar disorder also have an anxiety disorder Anxiety and bipolar symptoms overlap but anxiety symptoms that persist when depression and mania hypomania are in remission point to an anxiety disorder Co existing anxiety tends to make the course of bipolar disorder worse so getting accurate diagnoses early is of utmost importance Anxiety has such an influence on how a person with bipolar disorder responds to treatment that assessing anxiety symptoms is likely to become a standard part of care for bipolar Sidebar Toolbox Just as the symptoms of bipolar and anxiety overlap so do coping techniques such as adequate sleep plenty of physical activity and learning to reshape negative patterns of thought and behavior Toronto psychiatrist Ayal Schaffer notes that cutting back on caffeine often recommended for people with bipolar seems to play an important role in defanging anxiety To cope with constant worrying Mindfulness techniques can help to quiet racing thoughts Dave M says taking time daily to sit and meditate is critical to managing his anxiety Rebecca R also recommends having a mindfulness practice and she deploys an arsenal of more proactive tools as well When she s plagued by persistent worries she lists steps to resolve the problem that s obsessing her She tells herself There you are That s my worry again I m not going to listen to you today If the issue still bothers her days later she ll talk with her psychologist To cope with self limiting behavior When anxiety leads to avoiding social interactions and other fear provoking situations sometimes doing the very thing you re afraid of is the best response In the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance groups he leads Alan R gives out homework to counter isolation such as Call a friend you haven t seen in six months Schaffer recommends a similar approach If you are getting more isolated because of your anxiety ask a friend or family member to help get you out of your home Plan at least one activity each day in which you speak to another person ideally in the morning Email or text doesn t count Some other tips Take baby steps toward changing behavior After Rebecca s hospitalization four years ago she says I started small I m going to brush my teeth today I m going to get up before 1 Early in her recovery she got out into the world by volunteering at a Métis association and other organizations Learn your limitations and when to ask for help When Rebecca starts to feel swamped by emotions she knows she needs to schedule a vacation day or call a friend to meet for dinner Look for the humor in life Dave M mines his anxiety and bipolar in a stand up routine he performs as part of a comedy group of people with mood disorders Become your own advocate to get the best possible care Treatment providers are not created equally and recent research makes clear that seeking out a good therapist can have powerful effects beyond a mood stabilizer in treating bipolar depression and helping prevent relapses says Boston University psychology professor Michael Otto PhD Sidebar Do these symptoms sound familiar Generalized Anxiety Disorder symptoms include worrying very much about everyday things knowing you worry much more than you should having trouble controlling the constant worries not being able to relax having trouble concentrating being easily startled having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep feeling tired all the time having a hard time swallowing trembling or twitching having to go to the bathroom a lot being irritable sweating a lot feeling light headed or out of breath and having headaches muscle aches stomach aches or unexplained pains Phobias are strong irrational fear of something that poses little or no actual danger Being anxious and extremely self conscious in everyday social situations such as eating or drinking in front of people are signs of a social phobia People with phobias try to avoid what they re afraid of such as heights public places water or flying if they can t they may experience panic fear rapid heartbeat shortness of breath trembling and a strong desire to get away Panic disorder is indicated by sudden and repeated attacks of fear that last for several minutes or longer These panic attacks bring a fear of disaster or of losing control even when there is no real danger A person may also have a pounding or racing heart breathing problems weakness or dizziness tingly or numb hands chest pain stomach pain or feel hot or a cold chill Panic attacks can occur at any time Sources The U S National Institute of Mental Health and the Canadian Mental Health Association Sidebar By the numbers Three out of four people with bipolar disorder also had another psychiatric illness most commonly an anxiety disorder according to an international study of more than 50 000 adults published in 2011 in Archives of General Psychiatry The study found that most people affected weren t in regular contact with mental health professionals which suggested a lack of appropriate treatment concluded lead researcher Kathleen Merikangas PhD a researcher with the U S National Institute of Mental Health A 2012 study led by Regina Sala MD PhD found that among 1 600 patients with bipolar disorder 60 percent had symptoms of at least one anxiety disorder during their lifetime and 40 percent had two or more anxiety disorders About the author Chris Swingle Has 5 Articles Chris Swingle is a freelance writer based in Brighton New York who has covered health issues for years 7 COMMENTS tuckband July 2 2015 Reply What meds or other treatments are used to treat panic attacks and bipolar sarah July 2 2015 Reply It is so good to hear my story in this article with the other experiences of others I also was misdiagnosed as a teen for 10yrs I tried every antidepressant there was Looking back anxiety has always been underlying during my increasingly erratic mood swings as I got older After many med adjustments after having 6mos of inpatient treatment at age 35 I finally started to understand my mental illness Its been a year I continue to learn more everyday Being able to relate has helped me very much Great article Alien July 3 2015 Reply I m BP2 also have a generalised anxiety disorder and suffer from ADHD When I m anxious I just want to be quiet I don t want to socialise and don t like noise In extreme forms I might shut the world out and stay in my bedroom for 3 5 hrs My dog is great company as it non judgmental and just patting the dog can help reduce my anxiety level Reading and writing can be good to distract and Quietens the mind As can meditation which I prefer to do with clang rather than just on my own Anxiety makes me anti social of course and I like to withdraw when this is going on Sitting in the sun being in the moment Silently of course Alien July 3 2015 Reply Sometimes one of my friends wants me to go out and do stuff When Id rather be left alone when I m good of course that s fine I suffer from ADHD more if hyper and anxiety if down I do take my medication and that helps I do miss the real highs without medication The lows can be crushing at times But I know they will eventually pass so just ride it out Because of the highs without medication must be avoided as then it is when my mind is most unstable and impulsive The creative side of BP is the best part but because of the mood swings and anxiety it makes difficult to plan things ahead as you don t know how you will feel then Red July 5 2015 Reply I ve been reading lots of articles on bipolar disorder with anxiety because I am a 40 yr old lady who was diagnosed 13 yrs ago with bipolar disorder I have recently had a snap I m not sure if there is something else wrong with me My husband God bless him told me that he couldn t hand helping me manage my disorder anymore One night when I was not doing well our child got into a fight as well so he maded a call on something that bothered me pretty bad I have an appointment set up for next week but I ve been in this cycle for weeks I keep hurting my family saying things that I don t normally like to say because I just keep hurting them I don t understand what has happened to me My meds were working I thought I feel terrible Mars July 28 2015 Reply Thank you so much for this article I have just seen a new consultant who said my bipolar is in remission Which should be good news and it is but how the appointment felt to my confused mind felt quite brutal and highly traumatised me He said that I was only anxious now and therefore all I needed was a referral to a cognitive behaviour computer course I had been over supported by the mental health dept which my brain took to mean this help I had finally been able to get had made me into this anxious woman Up until Feb of this year I had been on depakote which had prevented me from getting high or so very low but I was stuck somewhere at the low end After a year I started asking to come off this as the depressive side of bipolar was the most debilitating for me After nearly 2 years on the drug I eventually came off it The plan was then to go on lamotrigine I chose in consult with my GP and CPN to prolong the gap between mood stabiliser to allow as helpful as possible an assessment from the new consultant who would be coming into post soon I had to wait an extra 3 months This left me now on just 25mg Quetiapine at night which seems to help me maintain a healthy sleep pattern I had been using this in conjunction with the depakote for some time I started using Dr Millers book mood mapping about 3 weeks before the appointment I mentioned I was using a mood book during the appointment without asking to see it he told me not to use it He also said I should stop the Quetiapine At present I have done neither So in conjunction with your article I realise 1 I did not cause the anxiety disorder 2 it s a bit scary not being on a stronger dose than 25mg of a mood stabiliser but I am ok today and I was ok yesterday 3 I am doing everything I can to help my mind and body stay well The main reason I wanted to comment is that I had to fight my panicked crazy mind after the appointment and your article helped It s taken me a long time to stop blaming myself for the bipolar condition I worked full time for 20 years blundering from one episode to another and surprised that I managed not to take my own life Mental pain is beyond understanding Initially when I left that appointment I was going to drive into the harbour it felt at that moment I was back to square one Phoning my parents and my faith were able to talk me down That night in my flat on my own I wrestled with my sanity it felt like if I didn t fight to keep present I would be very ill for a very long time Surprisingly one of the things that kept me strong was if I ended up in hospital I would have to see that consultant and I knew my mind could not endure that I am not saying he is a bad psychiatrist or anything it s just that my mind almost hated him for pushing me to this point and he had done and said nothing in the appointment that my mind brain felt cared for or safe with At one point he said if he was a physiotherapist he would be doing a bad job if he left me with a crutch I said to him I don t have a broken leg Towards the end of the appointment I had nearly passed out and had placed myself on the floor When I look back today I can laugh maybe slightly hysterically but almost healthily as I picture myself on the floor my body had reacted physically to

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  • Mind over mood: Bless that stress | bpHope - bp Magazine Community
    easy to become overwhelmed when you always say yes to requests Stick to what you know you can handle Forget being perfect No one is Don t be scared to ask for help if you need it Find time to relax Have you thought about meditation Have you tried slowing your heart rate through deep breathing How about listening to soothing music or going for a peaceful walk Techniques like these can lower anxiety Picture positive results Be imaginative and visualize yourself effectively managing a stressful situation Doing so builds self confidence and enables you to approach seemingly difficult tasks with greater assurance Take a step at a time Stop trying to do everything at once Start with the most urgent task at hand Don t choose your next task until you ve accomplished the first and given yourself credit for a job well done Practice healthy habits Just 20 to 30 minutes of exercise relieves stress Yoga which combines physical activity with emotional balance is particularly effective Good nutrition is also essential Watch out for caffeine alcohol and sugar Find a way to stop smoking Get sound sleep and strike a balance between work and play Indulge your interests Doing something you enjoy and find fulfilling takes you away from your worries Combine fun with physical activity like gardening or playing basketball and you get a double payoff Know you re not alone You re not the only one who may be having a rough day Open up to others and share your feelings Staying in touch provides a source of support and encouragement Be willing to compromise Are you always meeting opposition It may be time to rethink your position or adjust your attitude Stand your ground but do so calmly and reasonably Be flexible When you re willing to give a little others will be more likely to meet you halfway Go easy on yourself You can feel frustrated and let down when you expect too much of yourself Watch the self criticism that says you never measure up Realize that there are some situations you cannot control Express your emotions Get things off your chest in a constructive manner Stress escalates whenever you feel frustrated and bottle things up inside If you can t find someone to talk to write your feelings down in a journal Get support Sometimes it makes sense to let a professional perhaps your therapist help you manage stress You might also consider attending a support group As you successfully manage stress you manage your mood and improve the overall quality of your life No matter what life throws at you you ll be prepared to take a deep breath and say Hey it s nothing to stress out about Tagged with tension About the author Stephen Propst Has 22 Articles Stephen Propst a former chair of DBSA is a public speaker and a coach consultant focusing on living successfully with conditions like bipolar He can be reached at info atlantamoodsupport com

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  • Getting anxiety off your chest | bpHope - bp Magazine Community
    life with my beautiful wife my incredible daughter and my newborn son I may have bipolar but anxiety will never get the best of me Tagged with anxiety depression mood stabilizers summer 2011 About the author Bruce Goldstein Has 58 Articles Bruce Goldstein is an author speaker screenwriter and madman of Madison Avenue His first book Puppy Chow is Better than Prozac The true story of a man and the dog who saved his life was a bestseller on Amazon and received praise in publications such as Publisher s Weekly Library Journal and The Boston Globe Goldstein has appeared on Martha Stewart Living and the Morning Show on Fox Bruce can also be seen on Bipolar TV Webmd com discussing pet therapy for bipolar disorder and was this year s Key Note Speaker at the Many Faces of Mental Illness conference Bruce currently writes a column in BP called A New Yorker s State of Mind and freelances as a copywriter in advertising He received a B F A in Advertising Design from The Fashion Institute of Technology in 1992 and lives in Manhattan with his wife and daughter 5 COMMENTS Ethel July 3 2015 Reply Hi Bruce This helped me a lot I experienced this two years ago I was so scared I thought I was gonna explode That s how I felt And I didnt tell my parents about it I just thought no one would believe me I feel like exploding and about to die Is this the same with what you ve felt and considered anxiety attack I was diagnosed already with bipolar by the way when that happened Is it different when you say you re manic HD July 3 2015 Reply I went thru all of that also and still do I am using coping skills I learned at NAMI Peer to Peer meetings and also whatever I can get my hands on to read on coping with Bipolar and anxiety I had so many ER visits spent five days in a facility trying to get a grip on my self It has been wild being diagnosed at fifty with Bipolar disorder I learned all I could about it and realized that I ve had it my whole life Just trying to manage daily basics at this time bpoppe1953 July 3 2015 Reply Report user My my goodness Anxiety feels like the bane of my existence My bipolar is controlled by meds After all of these years my pdoc therapist family have worked together to have it run smoother I simply really do not understand the anxiety I will go years asymptomatic and comfortable Then I get into a stretch like this which has happened during the last year It s nasty I breathe tap take my meds and I ll still get triggered and off to the races I go I m very interested in following this line of thought Renee July 4 2015 Reply Hi I was diagnosed with bipolar a few

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