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  • Bipolar Disorder and Bad Memories | bpHope - bp Magazine Community
    PTSD I can overcome my sickening memories I too have a lifetime of them but I still don t know how to help my husband Dave January 19 2016 Reply It sounds like you have layers of bad memories Thanks for commenting It will help someone else know they are not alone Jessica February 7 2016 Reply Amy I am the wife with bipolar hubby and over last six years since bought house together and married I basically have on y bad memories bad experiences and disappointments Something changed in him Went from able to connect love have good times memories to seemingly not joyless and sad place to be We are both trying Me with keeping focus on my choices practicing kindness and compassion knowing he has an illness counseling and trying to heal these memories reframe and accept them forgiving it is scary to think life will always be ruled by bipolar and we will no longer be able to have a relationship Consistency and reliability and trust is hard to keep with someone who suffers so much I wish counsellors hospitals psychi etc helped bi polar patients with marriage and family life with life skills behavior modification and guidelines Your share very meaningful to me Jess babuu January 18 2016 Reply Hello from tzania i am moved to there are so many pple having mental troubles n some for 10 to 20 years n even more mine started 4 yrs with p attack normal docs couldnt find searched my symptom through the internet asked my cuz who was a junior n took myself to psy doc astonishing he asked what r u doing here Coz here in Africa patients go tied n escorted Started meds it was horrible but i accepted myself he was amazed since i complied my mum passed also 14 n faced mood swings she helped alot alot still making great progress Though its true bad memories flash alot n stay long very hard to resist very hard Dave January 19 2016 Reply You have gone through a lot Babuu And you sound optimistic I wish you well Sorry to hear about your mom Nance January 18 2016 Reply wow right on target If one more person tells me to just keep my mind on other things and stay busy I will scream in their faces I m dealing with the overwhelming bad memories and guilt for 5 days now The severity cycles of course but losing my sis unexpectedly last week really was a setback She was such an incredibly loving kind and spiritual woman Attending the funeral and seeing family and friends whom I know are biting their tongues while speaking to me and I trying to be gracious yet fully aware of the bad things they remember about me The panic ensued full force and all of the worse symptoms that follow Feeling ashamed and embarrassed I made it through the service and burial without a blackout then more guilt for being obsessed with my bad fearful and angry thoughts when none of this occasion is about ME So now I can have more bad thoughts and bad memories and guilt I think it s going to be a very long week Nance January 18 2016 Reply please excuse my lack of proofreading and editing in my last comment my changes in tense are humiliating and part of my thinking process tonight I do believe then again it s something else I can think about regret and be embarrassed good times good times Dave January 19 2016 Reply Tough times Nance So sorry to hear about your sis Bipolar leads to bad memories and guilt Even at the most difficult times I hope this week goes better GioB January 19 2016 Reply I totally understand Im constantly reflecting on all the bad memories over and over again I when I mess up I dwell on it which puts in a low mood 2 to 3 days I can never forget my 3 manic episodes and my 1St bout of depression it was horrible I m still learning about how my condition effects me and how I can manage it Im glad I have found this website I have found self talk and motivation in my head to help me pick myself up and remind myself that my not a bad person Everyone makes mistakes but it s the people that learn and progress from them who become better people Dave January 19 2016 Reply A wise person learns from their mistakes You sound very wise Kahniea January 19 2016 Reply Dave great message One day I returned to an arboretum with the same person who had gone with me before This time my mood was stable I was astounded when everything looked and seemed brighter and more colorful This was my first lesson about how mood controlled my visual perception It didn t take me long to realize that I had essentially remembered nearly everything through a negative Lens of Perception see Hal Zina Bennet s book Like you I tried behavioral technique to control negativity they were unsuccessful Everything changed when I began considering negative thoughts as hallucinations It was much easier for me to ignor them and to not make decisions based on them My responses to situations were more balanced but this happened across time with practice Dave Mowry January 19 2016 Reply Thanks Khaniea I m going to look into the book and your method Anthony January 20 2016 Reply Thank you Dave I ve been struggling a great deal with bad memory syndrome as I ll call it I ve let it become too debilitating feelings of embarrassment and guilt are overwhelming I close the shutters to keep out the light of life by living as a loner when deep inside I love people and I love the world I just have to work on some strategies for putting intrusive memories in their place so thanks

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  • Bipolar Disorder and Stinking Thinking | bpHope - bp Magazine Community
    down around me Bipolar Disorder Doesn t Give Me the Right to Insult Others Stinking thinking relies on three elements to thrive Another person to give the credit for my success Thinking that person is stupid for keeping me around Assuming that person is lying when they tell me I m responsible for my own success Bipolar disorder doesn t give me the right to insult other people and none of this works without the base assumption that the people around me are stupid foolish and or liars If I take them at their word and respect them enough to accept that they are intelligent enough to work with a component person or marry one then the delusion quickly falls apart Once I have a little faith in the people around me the narrative quickly shifts from they are carrying me to we are all working together The focus shifts from I m a failure to I m a success with great people around me who are as invested in my success as I am invested in theirs Bipolar disorder loves to drag me down and there are people in the world right now who echo those same sentiments Their own biases won t allow them to see past my illness to my accomplishments The stigma of bipolar disorder consumes their thought processes and they rely on stereotypes that tell them someone else must be responsible for my success I work every day of my life to show those people they are wrong to demonstrate that someone with bipolar disorder can lead a great productive and accomplished life Becoming what I m fighting against will only undo much of the good I ve done In order to effect real change we all must work together to fight the stigma of bipolar disorder wherever we encounter it especially when we stigmatize ourselves If we don t believe someone with bipolar disorder can lead a good life then we can t expect anyone else to believe it either Gabe is a writer and speaker living with bipolar and anxiety disorders Interact with him on Facebook Twitter or his website He is currently working on a memoir about living with bipolar in the real world and presales are going on now Join in by clicking here Tagged with bipolar anxiety Bipolar Disorder Gabe Gabe Howard Stinking Thinking About the author Gabe Howard Has 19 Articles Gabe Howard is a professional speaker award winning writer and mental health coach who battles bipolar 1 and anxiety disorders everyday Diagnosed in 2003 he has made it his mission to put a human face on what it means to live with bipolar disorder Gabe was the recipient of the 2014 Mental Health America Norman Guitry Award placed second in HealthCentral s LiveBold competition a Psych Central 2014 Mental Health hero was a 2015 WEGO Health Awards Finalist in the Health Activist Category as well as received a Best of the Web Blog award To work with Gabe please contact him via his website at www GabeHoward com or e mail Gabe GabeHoward com 8 COMMENTS cbird December 29 2015 Reply Hi Thank you for your Great writing How do you help someone who does not want to admit the illness This has been the greatest challenge for our family Pam December 30 2015 Reply Our family has someone who will not admit he has a disorder He self medicates with adderall And makes him manic Is mad at us for calling police Stays mad and manic So sad We have tried everything amy December 29 2015 Reply I love what you have written Puts what I think into perspective a better or clearer understanding Thank you Any suggestions on how to turn the stinking thinking around before the spiral down the staircase to the basement mcwater January 1 2016 Reply Gabe love your post about stinking thinking I totally related I was diagnosed with BP II in February 2013 I got so much hope from you today I have been looking at my life including all of my accomplishments through a shame lens for the last few years which has simply trashed my self esteem Just know your courage to speak up and out about BP touched my heart and gave me hope today Elaine January 3 2016 Reply mcwater and Gabe Thanks for both of your posts I am 71 and struggling with BP was diagnosed Oct 2013 The last fre yesrs I too trashed my self esteem in the same way shame guilt Barbara January 7 2016 Reply I can t remember any thing I ve done well Have spent around 25years attempting to hide bp at different non acute jobs Prior to the 1st break l worked in acute care ICU etc This has caused exhaustion and minimal energy at home Had a good job the last 16 years but I could no long keep up wth the technology and my serious disorganization So I spent a year with 2 serious breaks and weak functionality in between In 2013 had to go out on disability One would think things would be much better now I m trying to do positive life style stuff Living out in the sticks there is essentially no mental Heath support Have called twice seeking counseling at clinic almost 90min away but no call back yet Don t mean to whine here Focusing on positive helps to remember all my blessings I don t see anything positive in my own self This is the first time I ve written in to any forum anywhere Wonder if there is a spot that acts as a sort of group discussion therapy Liam January 8 2016 Reply Loves the article Really described and contextualised by biggest problem at the moment No more stinking thinking for 2016 Jan January 21 2016 Reply I really had some big smiles reading this You really nailed it I also liked the recent article on feeling fraudulent We

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  • My Struggle with Bipolar Anxiety | bpHope - bp Magazine Community
    to convey truth and love in his writing He hopes to one day write a book about his story to inspire and encourage others in their recovery journeys Website www davewisematters com Email info davewisematters com Twitter dmwise DaveWiseMatters YourStoryMatters RecoveryIsPossible SuicideIsPreventable DestroyTheStigma 10 COMMENTS Beth November 12 2015 Reply This article is so right on for me Helpful tips and realizing others go through this as well Thanks Nicole November 13 2015 Reply Bipolar has a high rate of comorbidity with anxiety more so than in depressive disorders I think it s around 90 of bipolar suffers experience anxiety Nancy November 12 2015 Reply This has been the first mention of anxiety and hypo mania Thank you My experience also has some agitation included Due to physical allergies to medications it has been very difficult to manage these symptoms without medications Especially this time of year when I am cycling with hypo mania I to have used the tools you have mentioned through out the years And they do assist in the recovery process As of late I ve been using lavender I really needed to see that I am not alone today This challenge has been daunting Life is what happens while your making future plans Mindfulness helps to enjoy the moments while swirling around in anxiety Di November 12 2015 Reply This read could not have happened at a better time It s a seasonal change which would normally throw me into a spin with my Bipolar2 PTSD It has been going on 2 yrs since being diagnosied Must say it is challenging everyday work a person needs to do to maintain not feeling overly anxious The last few weeks have little to no energy keep using the word powerless over over in my head out loud to keep anxiety level down worrying projecting about the future This article has given me hope insight Ginger November 17 2015 Reply Thank goodness that a slow release anxiety medication has almost eliminated my anxiety The only time I feel it now is in social situations It was so bad I had to jump from cars run feel like I had to rip my clothes off hyperventilate and feel like I couldn t breathe I worked a lot on closing my eyes especially on planes people coming towards me especially on small planes would do me in With my eyes closed I would think of serene settings I meditated every day and did breathing exercises Thinking of positive outcomes from earlier scary panic situations helped Affirmations I can do this also helped Medication in the beginning and still has made my anxiety almost non existent The slow release I think has made it non addictive in my case because there is not an instant change in my mood or feelings Alyssa November 17 2015 Reply Wow Thank you I have extreme anxiety during hypomania times My doctor hasn t given much credence to the fact that anxiety and hypomania are

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  • What to watch for in bipolar depression: Anxiety | bpHope - bp Magazine Community
    weeks Writing in the Journal of Psychiatric Research the researchers said their findings emphasize the importance of monitoring symptoms of mania and anxiety during bipolar depressive episodes They also noted the relevance of baseline variables associated with a higher risk of switch including younger age and a previous history of rapid cycling and severe manic symptoms Click the following sources to read more Source 1 Source 2 Source 3 5 COMMENTS Joann June 20 2015 Reply How do I get the digital bi polar magazine My Doctor don t say too much about it except that it causes me anxiety and other signs Can you also subscribe me to this magazine I think I ve had it all my life and prescibed medication and counseling but still curious SUNSHINE August 5 2015 Reply PLS EMAIL DIGITAL BPD MAGAZINE Kim November 22 2015 Reply I have bi polar 1 and a generalized anxiety disorder I m always reading everything around to see if there is even a little piece is something that might help They are trying to stabilize my meds while doing therapy Can you sign me up for the subscription Sonya December 12 2015 Reply Please sign me up Cat December 20 2015 Reply Please sign me up too Thank you 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 CURRENT ISSUE Recent Issues October 1 2015 11 50 am Fall 2015 BIPOLAR DEPRESSION Letting the light in By Robin L Flanigan Strategies to dispel the darkness of bipolar depression starting with the good enough theory taking Read more August 3 2015 9 12 am Summer 2015 MARY LAMBERT SPREADING THE LOVE By Stephanie Stephens Singer songwriter Mary Lambert puts it all out there in her hit Secrets and she lives the Read more April 1 2015 11 37 am Spring 2015 TAME YOUR TRIGGERS By Robin L Flanigan From major life events to emotional patterns we all have stressors that are likely to spark Read more January 1 2015 5 36 am Winter 2015 OUR LEADING LADY CARRIE FISHER By Stephanie Stephens Carrie Fisher is returning as Princess Leia in a new Star Wars movie but she s always been Read more SoundOFF YOU YOUR PSYCHIATRIST The relationship between you and your psychiatrist can influence your recovery What qualities do you think are important in a psychiatrist In what ways has your doctor helped you the most Click here to reply CURRENT RESEARCH The Prechter Fund s Fight to Cure Bipolar Disorder 1 28 2016 Brain connectivity outweighs genetics 1 27 2016 Heinz C Prechter Bipolar Research Fund 1 25 2016 Looking for Motivation Enjoying the Task at Hand Will Matter Once You Start 1 20 2016 Immune cells linked to bipolar symptoms 1 11 2016 CONNECT Letter to the Editor Write to us SoundOFF Question On My Mind Write an essay Talk to bp Writers Forum Join our community

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  • Losing it | bpHope - bp Magazine Community
    part of the bphope blogging team In sharing personal stories and experiences his goal is to foster community by challenging educating and inspiring positive change 7 COMMENTS Josh May 6 2015 Reply Thank you for posting this article I m bipolar 2 and was misdiagnosed as major depressive disorder for 13 years The turning point for my life came when I was hospitalized for psychosis stemming from the DT s I experienced coming off Klonopin When they gave me an increase in Prozac I went fully manic The meds they gave me have been a god send and in back in school for the first time in a long time I just finished my first semester back and I was confronted with a choice on a paper I had to hand in Should I hand it in late or hand it in knowing it wasn t my best work I chose the latter swallowed my pride told myself if I get a B instead of an A that s okay as at least I didn t have to withdraw from the semester like I had many times before To my pleasant surprise I still received an A I know that as I continue my education I will be faced with this same option a few more times I really thank you for writing this article as it feels good to know that I m not the only person who faces this dilemma jp May 8 2015 Reply Report user Hi Josh Congrats on the A It s a hard process when we learn that BP causes our gut instincts to be unreliable at times But your teacher certainly seems to think you re doing it right I hope you ll continue to surprise yourself in future assignments Beth Mader May 7 2015 Reply Jon your sense of humor always helps really good article jp May 8 2015 Reply Report user Thanks Beth I hope you re able to get out and enjoy this beautiful spring weather Susan July 7 2015 Reply I am bipolar type 1 just went through a divorce lost custody of my only baby and have been trying to move on My x husband divorced me and gave false accusations that I was crazy and unstable so as to get full custody when I never harmed my baby and was perfect mom He was jealous if this guy and made conclusions and divorced me He didn t even try to save the marriage I gave him so many books to read on bipolar people how to love a bipolar what is bipolar and he never read a single page My therapist even told me that we needed a date to help marriage he refused time and time again I felt alone Till I crashed and started talking to a guy and for retaliation he filed for immediate divorce and took full custody of my only child Now I just Try to survive I get my good days

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  • From journaling about bipolar depression and anxiety…to promise and hope | bpHope - bp Magazine Community
    have brought me here to today For me this is as good as it gets Where I am now is finally not a bad place The guilt and anxiety have washed away Now and here are all I have These days most of my days blossom with promise and hope Tagged with anxiety Bipolar Dave Mowry depression guilt hope Journaling About the author Dave Mowry Has 21 Articles Dave Mowry is the author of the new book No Really We Want You to Laugh Mental Illness and Stand Up Comedy Transforming Lives The book tells the story of Dave and five others whose lives have been impacted by mental illness Dave has bipolar disorder and severe anxiety and suffered in silence for most of his adult life Five years ago Dave took a stand up comedy class and it transformed him by showing him how to find humor in his darkest experiences Dave now teaches stand up comedy to other folks with a mental illness and sees the same transformation happen in them Dave recently received the Community Champion Award for his work in mental illness in Oregon He speaks regularly to large and small groups and was interviewed on the Think Out Loud program on Oregon Public Radio after the Robin Williams suicide Dave was also featured in an article by The Oregonian newspaper in 2011 The article focused on the fact that most people with a mental illness are not dangerous or threatening Dave worked as a peer support specialist for NAMI from December 2010 to December 2014 During this time he worked with well over 1200 people and this experience informs his writing teaching speaking and performing Dave and stand up class graduates perform regularly to audiences from 50 to 500 people in Oregon and Southwest Washington shattering stigma one joke at a time Dave lives just outside Portland Oregon with his wife Heather daughter Meghan and grandson Van 3 COMMENTS Kal April 27 2015 Reply For anyone suffering from depression I recommend the Destroy Depression system Written by James Gordon a former depression PTSD sufferer it teaches 7 natural steps which help to eliminate depression from your life winsome alexander April 28 2015 Reply Dave s article was very helpful and encouraging wendy April 28 2015 Reply Thank you Dave for sharing your life experience As one of your students I am fortunate to have been taken from the harsh reality of mental health issues to the lighter side of laughter and yes you do want me to laugh In gratitude to YOU As a NAMIWalk volunteer advocate I invite you and others to walk May 17 in Portland OR for the 1 in 4 that will live with mental health issues in their lifetime NAMIWalks listed at http www nami org Laugh on 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 Radio Show Start

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  • Help for treatment-resistant depression | bpHope - bp Magazine Community
    of euphoric well being and increased productivity as their normal self rather than a hypomanic mood state Or someone may experience irritability instead of happy moods and this irritability can be difficult to separate from depressive symptoms Talking to supportive family and friends can help you figure out if these alternating mood patterns are recurring features of your illness Other important considerations include having a family history of bipolar disorder decreased sleep and increased activity during periods of irritability or elevated mood having a quick initial response to antidepressants that then fades and or feelings of agitation and increased irritability with antidepressant treatments If you can relate to any of those things it is important to discuss them with your doctor If your TRD is associated with underlying bipolar disorder a mood stabilizing medication might be called for Does being treatment resistant mean I will never get better No For one thing a lot of people who are labeled with TRD find that tackling complicating factors like a physical illness or major life stressors makes the depression amenable to treatment Even people with true TRD should not give up hope Continue to explore medication options with your doctor as new third generation antidepressants come into the market Ask about adjunct treatments designed to address residual symptoms that persist while taking an antidepressant The future holds promise as well A great deal of research is being conducted into non response Scientists also are working hard to identify biomarkers so that a blood test for example could help pinpoint which individualized treatment is most likely to help you Tagged with anxiety depression doctor treatment wellness plan 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 Radio Show Start Talking Speak Up About Mental Health Listen Live Here February 10 2016 12 01 am When families learn someone they love suffers from a mental illness it can be an agonizing wake up call That s because most illnesses do not come Clinical Pearls Self Care and Managing Bipolar Disorder February 3 2016 12 01 am One of the things I have been focused on in the last few months has been really trying to take care of myself This has Bipolar Letting Love In February 2 2016 12 01 am Several years ago I made the decision to choose God in my life I accepted Jesus had a water baptism and felt ready to put Living With Bipolar Disorder How I Got to Not Meet Oprah January 29 2016 2 59 pm For the last 12 years I have sporadically gone through periods of outstanding clarity and positivity In those moments days weeks I was invincible and CURRENT ISSUE Recent Issues October 1 2015 11 50 am Fall 2015 BIPOLAR DEPRESSION Letting the light in By Robin L Flanigan Strategies to dispel the darkness of bipolar depression starting with the good enough theory

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  • Lesson Plan: Depression and Learning from Relapse | bpHope - bp Magazine Community
    what you need to do to get back on track again especially when you feel like you ve lost the ball game You think How am I back to this again Ashenden notes that even someone like himself with a career in mental health training and peer support can fall prey to the black dog s return Last winter one of the coldest in decades was especially hard He started isolating himself He let his healthy habits lapse gaining 35 pounds I had all these skills yet wasn t exercising them he says Statistics suggest that half of people who have recovered from an episode of depression will experience relapse That figure climbs to 70 percent after two episodes and close to 90 percent after three episodes according to William R Marchand MD a clinical associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Utah School of Medicine Assessing your individual risk is harder because depression is actually an umbrella term describing symptoms that have varied causes and respond to different interventions Click here to continue reading the article Tagged with coping depression highlights relapse Winter 2015 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 Clinical Pearls Self Care and Managing Bipolar Disorder February 3 2016 12 01 am One of the things I have been focused on in the last few months has been really trying to take care of myself This has Bipolar Letting Love In February 2 2016 12 01 am Several years ago I made the decision to choose God in my life I accepted Jesus had a water baptism and felt ready to put Living With Bipolar Disorder How I Got to Not Meet Oprah January 29 2016 2 59 pm For the last 12 years I have sporadically gone through periods of outstanding clarity and positivity In those moments days weeks I was invincible and Hope and Harmony Headlines WINTER BLAHS January 27 2016 12 32 pm Winter blues winter blahs seasonal affective disorder call it what you want but for many of us the darker months of the year usher CURRENT ISSUE Recent Issues October 1 2015 11 50 am Fall 2015 BIPOLAR DEPRESSION Letting the light in By Robin L Flanigan Strategies to dispel the darkness of bipolar depression starting with the good enough theory taking Read more August 3 2015 9 12 am Summer 2015 MARY LAMBERT SPREADING THE LOVE By Stephanie Stephens Singer songwriter Mary Lambert puts it all out there in her hit Secrets and she lives the Read more April 1 2015 11 37 am Spring 2015 TAME YOUR TRIGGERS By Robin L Flanigan From major life events to emotional patterns we all have stressors that are likely to spark Read more January 1 2015 5 36 am Winter 2015 OUR LEADING LADY CARRIE FISHER By Stephanie Stephens Carrie Fisher is returning as Princess Leia in a new

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