bipolar

Bipolar disorder; understanding the highs, the lows and the in between.

  • Jay Williams
    Published about 11 hours ago
    Post-Party Crash

    Post-Party Crash

    This past Wednesday, I had what would be considered a mental crack. Not a complete breakdown, but I had broken down throughout the day. Waking up on my day off, I had experienced a series of fluxes in my emotions that all lead up to me feeling empty and overflowing with tears. You may be wondering why or even when did I figure out that I was mentally cracking. Through the tears and anguish, I had begun to search out, to figuring out the reasons why. Why was I so damn sad when everything around me has been going well? Why was I feeling so empty that mustering the feeling of being "full" was a difficult task, especially in the things that had been going very well for me?
  • Shannon Clarke
    Published about a month ago
    I Have Bipolar Disorder and I Will Not Be Shamed

    I Have Bipolar Disorder and I Will Not Be Shamed

    When I was eight, I felt true sadness for the first time; real, deep sadness. The kind of sadness that can’t be cured with a hug from your mum.
  • Ryan Ziemba
    Published 2 months ago
    Bipolar Penpals

    Bipolar Penpals

    My aunt, who, like me, struggles with mental illness (me, bipolar disorder, her chronic depression). We've begun to exchange letters to track our comings and goings in hopes of at least to keep a steady diary charting our moods, at most to offer one another consolation and guidance to live fuller, more stable lives.
  • Gourav Bhattacharya
    Published 2 months ago
    The Ever-Changing State of Mind

    The Ever-Changing State of Mind

    I don’t feel anything. Nothing matters to me. I’m feeling more than I can. Everything matters more than it should. Everything is at stake. Meh, I don’t care much about it. Whatever. Why can’t I stop thinking about everything? I need to calm down. Wow, this is weird. I can barely express anything. I don’t feel like doing anything. I feel so stagnant. Oh GOD why!! Why can’t I stop feeling so terrible? I just want to cry. I don’t know how to stop. Why do people have reactions? I barely have any reactions. Wait, why don’t I react to things? I don’t understand why I overreact so much. Why can’t I control my emotions? Where are my emotions? Why? What is happening to me? What is happening to me…………...…?
  • Scott Lavely
    Published 2 months ago
    Bipolar Disorder

    Bipolar Disorder

    Many of us have heard the word "Bipolar," I believe. It comes from Bipolar Disorder, a Personality Disorder (definition: An ingrained behavior in which the person shows signs of such a thing by the adolescent period of their life; this may affect their relationships and role in society). There are three major Bipolar Disorders I would like to focus on for this chapter: Bipolar I Disorder, Bipolar II Disorder, and Cyclothymic Disorder.
  • Chuck Hinson
    Published 3 months ago
    We Can ALL Be Winners Despite Our Diagnosis

    We Can ALL Be Winners Despite Our Diagnosis

    "But I don't know WHY I feel this way. Do you think I could be bipolar or something?"
  • ukconfederate
    Published 3 months ago
    Nice Days Don't Reach Everyone

    Nice Days Don't Reach Everyone

    I’m the first to admit that I’m a real moaning git when I have anything wrong with me. I hate being ill, even in the slightest way. I always feel like I’m a "malfunctioning human" when I’m ill... "defective"... a thought contributed to by people close to me slagging me down because I can’t work and make money.
  • Chuck Hinson
    Published 3 months ago
    More Tips on Winning, Despite Our Bipolar Diagnosis

    More Tips on Winning, Despite Our Bipolar Diagnosis

    Before we begin this installment, let's review some of the highlights of the last one:
  • Chuck Hinson
    Published 3 months ago
    We're Gonna Win, Despite Our Bipolar Diagnosis!

    We're Gonna Win, Despite Our Bipolar Diagnosis!

    In my last post, I listed a number of toll-free numbers that we can use in the event we need someone to talk to, and help us through a "cycle" (the word's used to describe either a manic or depressive stage). Then we covered the issue of medications (and, listen, I can't be too emphatic on this: If you've been prescribed med(s) to help you, then take them regularly! Don't skip a dose, or take too many of them! If you have bad side effects, discuss this with your psychiatrist. He or she can find a better one for you).
  • Chuck Hinson
    Published 3 months ago
    YOU'RE GONNA WIN, Despite Your Bipolar Diagnosis!

    YOU'RE GONNA WIN, Despite Your Bipolar Diagnosis!

    While it's true that bipolar disorder is incurable, there are things we can do to handle it successfully and live a happier and more stable emotional life. So, before I begin this second article, let's review what we learned from the first one:
  • Chuck Hinson
    Published 3 months ago
    I'm Gonna Win, Despite Being Bipolar!

    I'm Gonna Win, Despite Being Bipolar!

    Although my psychiatrist diagnosed me as being bipolar back in 2015, I was neither told of nor treated for it until three years later. The explanation for the delay was simple: My files were "lost in the paperwork."
  • Jessica Slade
    Published 4 months ago
    Going Through Life with Bipolar Disorder

    Going Through Life with Bipolar Disorder

    I recently was diagnosed with Bipolar II Disorder in April.