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  • Do you Give to Others More Than You Give to Yourself? | bpHope - bp Magazine Community
    had done a significant amount of research on my new 4 year old Papillon named Ryder and I found out that dogs are wonderful Emotional Support Animals ESAs for people with a mental illness I have spent one week in his presence and he has taught me that there is great worth in investing time in activities such as walking around the lake or going to the beach and doing these activities often I traditionally felt the need to be around people all the time but now I know that I truly want to spend as much time as possible with my new little guy As I eagerly walk the hiking trails with collar in hand I recognize that I am putting my mental health first and Ryder inspires to not only invest my time and love in him but more importantly in myself Tagged with Andrea Paquette Bipolar babe emotional support animals pets and bipolar About the author Andrea Paquette Has 20 Articles Andrea Paquette is founder and Executive Director of the Bipolar Disorder Society of BC also known as Bipolar Babe She is a mental health speaker published author advocate and above all a Stigma Stomper She created the Bipolar Babe Project with the introduction of bipolarbabe com in May 2009 Andrea has reached thousands with her message of hope and resilience in schools workplaces and throughout various community organizations and events Her Bipolar Babe persona has reached great heights locally and internationally as she is the B C provincial 2015 Courage To Come Back Recipient in the Mental Health category the winner of Victoria s 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 2 COMMENTS turquoisekitten March 6 2015 Reply My little old dog is my lifeline when things get rough Focusing on him helps me focus on myself doting on him helps me recognize when I could deserve to dote a little more on myself as well I also struggle with giving too much of myself to others especially my loved ones and they are very reliant on me to do so I m still working on finding my way with bipolar having only being diagnosed for a year so my little dog helps ground me and remind me that I can t always be super woman it s okay to walk and smell the flowers and worry about nothing but what the next bend in the path might show us Thank you for sharing Barbra Marshall February 4 2016 Reply Should I get my kids tested 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 Embracing and Accepting Your Bipolar Disorder

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  • Can Energy Drinks Cause Bipolar Disorder Mania? | bpHope - bp Magazine Community
    drinks are not your friend It s as though the energy drinks lull people into thinking they are not really a problem as they are sweet and a pretty color in a vibrant can But beware Julie For more information click here to read an excellent article called Are Energy Drinks Safe Or this one Monster Energy Drinks Might Editor s Note I just received an excellent question about coffee The first difference between coffee and energy drinks is the amount of caffeine Some of the drinks have the same caffeine as a cup of coffee Some have quadruple Another difference is sugar content one has almost double the sugar of a Coke as well as other natural stimulants used in the drink Sugar free versions are available but their stimulant content stays the same And finally it s simply rare for someone to drink espresso all day or all night Can you imagine seeing someone with a big coffee mug of espresso and drinking it even while singing karaoke And yet we do this with energy drinks WE NEED A REBOOT Whew Tagged with bipolar blog Bipolar Disorder bipolar triggers energy drinks caffeine energy drinks mania Julie Fast About the author Julie A Fast Has 189 Articles Julie A Fast is the bestselling author of Loving Someone with Bipolar Take Charge of Bipolar Disorder and Get it Done When You re Depressed She is an award winning columnist for bp Magazine Fast Talk and has one of the top bipolar disorder blogs on the internet Julie is the bipolar disorder management specialist on the Oprah and Dr Oz website www ShareCare com She was the original consultant for Claire Danes on Homeland Julie is not only a leading expert on helping those affected by bipolar disorder and depression she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 1995 and successfully as best she can manages the illness with medications and the strategies in her books Julie knows firsthand about living with and loving someone with bipolar disorder within her own life and helps family members partners and health care professionals understand and support those with the illness Julie is a highly in demand family and partner coach speaker and educator who is passionate about changing the way the world views and manages mood disorders 6 COMMENTS russel July 16 2015 Reply I have read that some energy drinks have an adverse effect on the heart as they cause the blood to get thicker Don t know if its true or not kimmie July 21 2015 Reply I used to drink about one or two energy drinks a day It didn t really make me hypo manic I just really loved the taste The only drawback was that it left me feeling drained after a few hours A lot of people warned me against drinking it because it might cause heart problems I m not sure if the claims are true but to be on the safe side I stopped drinking the stuff two months ago Now just to curb my caffeine intake Corky October 3 2015 Reply drinking espresso all day is actually better for you than drinking regular coffee The darker the roast the lower the amount of caffeine Most people aren t aware of this Plain light roast coffee which most drink has the most caffeine This is why you will see people ask for extra shots of espresso in drinks like lattes For me drinking a couple cups of restaurant coffee has a huge effect on my bipolar symptoms than three large lattes Waldo October 29 2015 Reply I realize there s no science but why take the risk And such an expensive one at that It was one of the questions my psychiatrist asked on first appointment was whether I drank lots of energy drinks or not Brian November 29 2015 Reply Great article Julie Here is my take on it personal experiences dealing with Bipolar Energy Drinks Mountain Dew 1 One must look beyond the caffeine sugar contents For instance many energy drinks contain Ginseng a natural herb There is increasing evidence that Ginseng can exacerbate mania increase energy decrease the need to sleep For me anytime I see the word Ginseng I stay away from the product because I know 1st hand its side effects 2 Many energy drinks are full of various types of vitamin B For those with Bipolar I strongly argue that the effects of vitamin B on brain function needs to be looked at more closely Two years ago under my doctor s care I tried a super vitamin supplement containing various vitamins essentially went into roid rage I freaked out my family friends even the medical staff This summer I tried an energy drink became instantly addicted to it went into the same roid rage There was no caffeine or sugar just natural supplements mostly vitamin B This time I freaked out my neighbors almost had 2 heart attacks suffered sudden blindness while driving almost causing a crash on the highway This was all within 2 weeks of drinking a healthy energy drink I discovered the drink contained almost the same vitamins as the super vitamin from 2 years ago so I stopped drinking it 3 Mountain Dew I classify by itself not as a soda or an energy drink for one simple ingredient Yellow 5 a dye that is being banned from food in Europe because of its supposed cancer causing agents but also research suspecting it can cause ADHD like symptoms in non ADHD subjects For me Mountain Dew is my drug of choice which I have been addicted to for 15 years based on my argument that Yellow 5 6 has a calming effect on those with Bipolar ADHD I agree that the empty calories sugars caffeine do keep a person going with little need to sleep or eat but I do not conquer at this time that Mountain Dew in relation to Bipolar has the same

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  • Grace Happens | bpHope - bp Magazine Community
    have had the deep yearning of hope that translated to the faith and belief that as it says in the 2 nd Step a Power greater than myself can restore me to sanity This is what I believe It is my own experience and it is not a form of religiosity or delusion There are many paths to recovery and this just happens to be mine It is through grace that I can acknowledge and express my gratitude to the God of my understanding for something that I received but was not my own doing For by grace you have been saved through faith And this is not your own doing it is the gift of God Ephesians 2 8 Tagged with 12 Step Bipolar Disorder co occurring disorder faith faith spirituality hope Karl Shallowhorn mental health recovery About the author Karl Shallowhorn Has 147 Articles Karl Shallowhorn is the Director of Community Advocacy for the Mental Health Association of Erie County and Compeer of Greater Buffalo He is a New York State Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor and has worked in both the addictions and mental health fields Karl is the author of Working on Wellness A Practical Guide to Mental Health 2010 Chipmunka Publishing Karl is a certified Mental Health First Aid Instructor He also works as a mental health consultant and has provided a variety of workplace wellness seminars for businesses and organizations in the Western New York area Karl serves on the Board of Directors for the Mental Health Association in New York State as well as the Erie County Mental Hygiene Services Board 5 COMMENTS davecn April 10 2015 Reply Report user One higher power the Father by Jesus through the Holy Spirit Rebekah April 10 2015 Reply Grace unmerited favor For me that translates that the fullness of love hope and mercy were conceived in what Jesus did for us Instead of being good working hard trying to achieve peace on our own strength we simply lay in Gods hands by accepting Jesus unmerited favor Thank you for articulating beautifully how grace has set you on a healthy path Yvette April 10 2015 Reply Thank you for this reminder Perfectly expressed Judy April 13 2015 Reply Yes I loved what you shared with us I am grateful for your honesty The will of God takes us and the grace of God sustains us Over and over again this has come true in my life if I only ask for His will for me I m another friend of Bill W Faraz October 18 2015 Reply Hi Pushpa It sounds like you re in a tough siuattion but you re doing the best you can You re headed for counselling and I think that is the most important thing Both you and your husband need a place where you can safely work out your feelings around the illness and treatment and counselling can help you do that While that is happening you will have

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  • Straight talk about suicide | bpHope - bp Magazine Community
    no point to this worthless life I ve never done anything right Nothing tastes good anymore I ve had enough I m not sure why I m even on this hopeless pointless planet Typical reaction What What are you talking about So many people love you Your life isn t pointless You mean so much to me I love you Please don t do this Don t scare me like this Please look at me This isn t like you What happened What did I do Look at me I love you Recommended response to suicidal talk I hear what you re saying and I know you re in terrible pain You have bipolar disorder and these thoughts are taking over your brain We have to get you help I m going to call your doctor right now and we will get help for you These thoughts are scary and you want to act on them but you re feeling this way because you re sick Reacting with dismissal of the severity of the situation or letting things go because you don t know what to say or how to help can have tragic consequences Instead the minute you think someone is suicidal you need to take action and ask the individual some tough questions Are you passively suicidal Are you thinking about killing yourself Are you actively suicidal Are you ready to act to kill yourself Do you have a plan to kill yourself Can you tell me about it When was your last suicidal thought When you are sure your loved one is actively suicidal call a mental health advocate for an assessment If this isn t possible call the police If the law enforcement or health care professional involved feels there is a risk they can take your loved one to the hospital for an evaluation Be prepared to be frust rated and scared by this process as the suicidal person may try to convince the professional that he or she is fine If you suspect that your loved one is suicidal you can help him or her through the episode then create a plan to help this person prevent suicidal thoughts in the future Make a list of the signs you see when your loved one is suicidal What does he or she say and do at the beginning Use this list to help you spot the signs of suicidal behavior Know your loved one s doctor and talk with your loved one before things get out of hand Talk now with your local mental health advocacy group as well Obtain any information you need to prevent a crisis in the future Write down the steps you will need to take Deal with your own fear after you get help for your loved one You may then crash because the adrenaline will leave your body This is normal It is essential that family members and friends are prepared before a crisis begins says John Holmes executive director of NAMI National Alliance on Mental Illness in Portland Oregon Family members are often not even considered as traditional caregivers and people end up crashing again because there is a lack of support This is precisely why family members and friends need to have a plan in place before a loved one becomes suicidal You are often the number one advocate for your loved one Get prepared now so that you will not have to face a crisis in the future People who have bipolar disorder can help themselves Suicidal thoughts are a sign that you need immediate help from a professional especially if you re starting to think of a plan on how to die Your sick brain wants you to think suicide is an option but it is not true Every single person who makes it through a suicidal episode will tell you the same thing he or she was not thinking rationally when suicidal They re so glad instead they didn t kill themselves Work together with family members friends and health care professionals to create a plan you can use at the first signs of suicidal thoughts I ve learned to control and live with my suicidal thoughts even when they re scary and graphic and I stay alive I know you can do the same SIDEBAR Passive suicidal thoughts I wish I could die get hit by a bus get in a car crash I want to get cancer and die I wish someone would murder me I think that things would be easier for everyone if I were dead Active suicidal thoughts I m going to get a gun and kill myself I m going to run my car into that pole and end it all I m going to rob a store and make the cops shoot me For help call 1 800 273 TALK or 1 800 SUICIDE Or consult these Web sites for expert advice www healthyplace com Communities Depression nimh bipolar suicide asp www nimh nih gov HealthInformation GettingHelp cfm www suicideinfo ca www cdc gov ncipc www afsp com Tagged with suicidal suicidal thinking About the author Julie A Fast Has 189 Articles Julie A Fast is the bestselling author of Loving Someone with Bipolar Take Charge of Bipolar Disorder and Get it Done When You re Depressed She is an award winning columnist for bp Magazine Fast Talk and has one of the top bipolar disorder blogs on the internet Julie is the bipolar disorder management specialist on the Oprah and Dr Oz website www ShareCare com She was the original consultant for Claire Danes on Homeland Julie is not only a leading expert on helping those affected by bipolar disorder and depression she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 1995 and successfully as best she can manages the illness with medications and the strategies in her books Julie knows firsthand about living with and loving someone with bipolar disorder within her own life and helps family

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  • Paying the Ultimate Price in Bipolar I Disorder | bpHope - bp Magazine Community
    full size 1 COMMENT lady behind the mask September 13 2015 Reply And what about the social value of bipolar In the US just one person with bipolar created three 24 hour specialty cable networks CNN ESPN TCM that sparked entire industries plus a restaurant chain Ted s Montana Grill that is based on his establishment of huge herds of the once endangered bison I would think that the hundreds of thousands of people who have gained employment thanks to Ted Turner s bipolar vision plus copycat and spinoff industries should be weighed on the opposite side of this scale that describes the social costs of bipolar Turner s personal worth ballpark 22B is equal to 15 of the global cost ascribed to bipolar Surely we can begin discussing bipolar in a more balanced way Otherwise we help to fuel social stigma and discrimination against people with this condition 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 Blog Read and comment Home About Us Privacy Forum Professional Writers Advertising Contact Us Partners Page Cart Subscribe Back to Top Copyright 2015 BpHope All Rights Reserved Newsletter Signup Hope Harmony Headlines is bp Magazine s e newsletter offering the latest research news healthy lifestyle features and inspirational profiles for our bipolar community If you are a human and are seeing this field

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  • Bipolar Disorder and Suicide: Let’s Change the Way We Talk About Suicidal Symptoms | bpHope - bp Magazine Community
    the phone that he was suicidal I felt the animal fear again I can t believe how quickly it showed up but I didn t panic I simply asked him what support he had right in that moment to make sure he didn t kill himself He told me that his wife and health care team were there making sure he got through the episode I said You know this is just the bipolar disorder and it has nothing to do with your life right What he said was music to my ears I know that Julie I know it s bipolar It s still hard to live with these thoughts but I will survive I recently told him about a bad episode I went through where the thoughts were simply too intense for awhile and it was so beautiful to talk about suicidal symptoms in such a natural way As Sheila also says in her book talking openly about the topic is how we save lives These days Ivan and I talk about suicide just as we would if we were talking about his asthma or my hip injury from a biking accident We treat it like a typical symptom of bipolar disorder It scares both of us and we don t hide this but it doesn t embarrass us nor do we pretend that everything is fine One thing that Sheila writes about is how she was not able to talk this way with her husband as his family felt such shame around the bipolar disorder topic She believes this is one reason he was not able to find his way through the episode I m excited that Sheila is a voice on the mental health stage on the topic of suicide We need someone who has lived through a tragedy and come out with a plan others can use to prevent a similar tragedy in their own lives Sheila you are brave to share your story I believe we change the world of bipolar disorder when we talk openly about our experiences especially when we treat the topic of suicide as a medical issue related to bipolar disorder and not something shameful Let s share stories on the blog about how we successfully deal with suicidal thoughts and how having a plan can save the life of someone in need I will always be honest with you about what I go through and I m always interested to hear about your life as well Julie Sweet Ivan This is the book I wrote about what I went through as a partner when Ivan was diagnosed with bipolar I in 1994 We are both doing well Tagged with bipolar blog Bipolar Disorder bipolar suicide suicide help About the author Julie A Fast Has 189 Articles Julie A Fast is the bestselling author of Loving Someone with Bipolar Take Charge of Bipolar Disorder and Get it Done When You re Depressed She is an award winning columnist for bp Magazine Fast Talk and has one of the top bipolar disorder blogs on the internet Julie is the bipolar disorder management specialist on the Oprah and Dr Oz website www ShareCare com She was the original consultant for Claire Danes on Homeland Julie is not only a leading expert on helping those affected by bipolar disorder and depression she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 1995 and successfully as best she can manages the illness with medications and the strategies in her books Julie knows firsthand about living with and loving someone with bipolar disorder within her own life and helps family members partners and health care professionals understand and support those with the illness Julie is a highly in demand family and partner coach speaker and educator who is passionate about changing the way the world views and manages mood disorders 3 COMMENTS Monica September 29 2015 Reply That was a very good and helpful article I had to take my brother to the hospital because he intended to commit suicide but now after almost a year he is beginning to recover I also have had BP1 all of my life The way I view suicide is that this illness can be terminal without proper treatment and intervention Thank goodness for this type of support and continued increasing awareness that contributes to help people diagnosed help manage the disease and gain hope and wisdom Elizabeth October 14 2015 Reply Julie thank you for your post It speaks volumes In your post above you write I have spent the past 20 years helping partners who go through similar experiences implement specific and extremely concrete strategies and tools they can immediately use the minute a person shows signs of suicide Can I find concrete strategies and tools in your book Where can I find these resources My husband has BP I have been married to him for 17 years and I have known about and aided in his treatment for his BP for 11 years Last season was especially hard He had four different suicide plans in case one didn t work out Finally the suicide thoughts stopped in July 2015 On Sunday of this week 10 11 15 he informed me that his bad thoughts were back and he couldn t get them out of his head I don t believe he will act on his suicidal thoughts right now I believe he is stable enough on his medication to maintain and live his life through the thoughts That being said I do have his psychiatrist s phone number in my speed dial on my phone I don t know what to say to him or how to help him in this middle ground where I know he will not act but he is tormented within his own mind Hospitals won t take him if he doesn t actually plan to kill himself What are your suggestions If I buy your book will it have the concrete solutions I am

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  • Wearing Bipolar On My Sleeve | bpHope - bp Magazine Community
    after some thought I decided to get a semicolon tattoo last week Now this is not my first tattoo I have four others They all have their own meaning but this one is special in its own way I feel empowered to tell my story in a way that I never have before I had it placed on my wrist which is a pretty visible place I realize that some may say that it s just a trend but I think it s more than that The tattoo represents my life and the time when I could have chosen to end it but made the decision not to This point in my life is especially important to me I think about the day that I went to my first 12 Step meeting For me this is the day when my life changed The semicolon I ve chosen to place on my wrist is a testament not only to my story but to the many others who have courageously decided to choose life Our story is not over Tagged with Bipolar Disorder Bring Change2Mind DBSA Karl Shallowhorn project semicolon About the author Karl Shallowhorn Has 147 Articles Karl Shallowhorn is the Director of Community Advocacy for the Mental Health Association of Erie County and Compeer of Greater Buffalo He is a New York State Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor and has worked in both the addictions and mental health fields Karl is the author of Working on Wellness A Practical Guide to Mental Health 2010 Chipmunka Publishing Karl is a certified Mental Health First Aid Instructor He also works as a mental health consultant and has provided a variety of workplace wellness seminars for businesses and organizations in the Western New York area Karl serves on the Board of Directors for the Mental Health Association in New York State as well as the Erie County Mental Hygiene Services Board 1 COMMENT Delia October 18 2015 Reply I really wetand to compose a small comment to be able to express gratitude to you for all of the fabulous suggestions you are giving on this website My time intensive internet lookup has at the end been compensated with brilliant insight to go over with my friends and classmates I would assert that most of us site visitors actually are truly lucky to dwell in a fine website with very many awesome professionals with useful basics I feel pretty lucky to have discovered your web page and look forward to some more brilliant times reading here Thanks again for all the details 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 Bipolar Disorder Demanding Better Care February 5 2016 12 01 am It s been nine years since my late husband David s body was found He d disappeared six weeks earlier in one of the most beautiful and rugged Clinical Pearls Self

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  • The Bipolar Phoenix:  Two Tips to Keep Going When You’re Sure You Can’t Go On | bpHope - bp Magazine Community
    fear am terrified at times I will forget my will my want to be in this life I panic I might actually really do it right this time When I begin to feel better because I ve made peace with leaving this world You get it and that helps Julie A Fast April 3 2015 Reply Hello Purplegirl and Susyn I m so glad you left comments THIS IS AN ILLNESS How is it possible that I know what you are feeling even though we have never met The only way it s possible is because we have the same illness with the same symptoms There is ZERO wrong with us emotionally or psychologically It s just an illness no different than if we were talking about diabetes MS or any other illness I stay alive because I ve taught myself what to expect when I get really depressed and suicidal I ve had trouble with downswings lately and the way I get through them is by yelling at my brain that it is GOING TO LEAVE ME ALONE so that I can go get some help Here s what you can do 1 There is nothing wrong with you if you can read my post and write a comment it means your brain actually does work The bipolar is lying to you and saying you can t do things My book Get it Done When You re Depressed can help you with this I think it s still on special on the Kindle from amazon com It s also in libraries and you can get it used I use the strategies in this book every day It can help My book Bipolar Happens is on the Kindle for 99 cents It can help as well It s a way I can talk with readers directly you will hear my voice when you read 2 Get GOOD medical care don t stop until someone listens to you Being suicidal is normal when you have bipolar disorder 100 normal It needs medical help because it comes from an illness Step outside of yourself and figure out exactly what you need to do next Doing it is hard but reading Get it Done will give you extra ways to move forward even when you re so depressed you feel you can t move Remember your BODY CAN MOVE when you re depressed You can do everything you need to do your brain is telling you you can t Don t listen to your brain Listen to your SELF Now it s time to get help I made calls to help me with my moods this week and you can do the same I believe in you guys Julie Lisa holt August 28 2015 Reply Do you know of or have experiences of ones that have jus bipolar without 1 or 2 that don t experience suicidal traits yet have had real hardships and and challenged them with some success Diane August 27 2015 Reply How can you motivate yourself when the energy and the will to try and get healthy has left your body I m still adjusting to medicine changes and I feel that I ll never get better It s like if I have one good day out of a week I try to get things done because I know what s lurking in the shadows worried mother August 27 2015 Reply My son is 24 yrs old I think he is bipolar and so does he He will be fine one minute and then something small will trigger it and he gets violently angry or other times he goes into a deep depression I have taken him to counseling and to doctors and they say he is not bipolar He is afraid to go anywhere thinking something might trigger him I have to walk on egg shells because I dont want to upset him If you have any advice please share Linda August 28 2015 Reply It sounds as if your son does indeed have bipolar disorder I can t imagine any competent doctor saying otherwise Find a good psychiatrist preferably one who specializes in mood disorders My 28 year old son is bipolar and walking on eggshells describes it perfectly Bipolar disorder is a serious illness Yes it s a brain based that is mental illness but that doesn t mean it s any different from any other serious illness Please get a referral from his primary care physician as soon as possible The sooner treatment is started the better Sending my sympathy my love and my best wishes for you and your son Sally August 27 2015 Reply My therapist says that depression is a lying bitch And I find it is I have depression between manic episodes and can relate to the feelings of hopelessness and isolation I am learning that if I realize that feelings are not facts and do opposite of what I want to do soon the depression passes I have depended on medication to manage bipolar symptoms but have realized that I have the power to practice effective skills to manage it Myself and my husband have read your books They are awesome and so informative Thank you Kita B August 27 2015 Reply I found this article very helpful I think everyone who experiences this disorder and overcomes is like the phoenix as well The feeling that you can t go on can be so deafening and paralyzing that you actually start to believe it Looking back you find that you have made it through some pretty rough days and you will continue to We just have to be willing to go through the process and have strategies in place to counteract those feelings Thank you for sharing this Laura M August 27 2015 Reply Julie I am 46 years old I ve been through the medical system since I was 8 It started with dissociative disorder with psychosis way before

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