Irritating Support

Support groups are supposed to be helpful, so how can I go into group feeling neutral and leave totally irritated? And what do I do about it? I didn’t really have a problem to discuss in my group tonight. I’ve been hypomanic and that’s...
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Relaxing Sleep

There are some nice guided progressive relaxation audio files on a web site that, although it’s promoting a drug, does also provide some useful tips on managing insomnia. It’s important to be aware that sleeping pills can be dangerous and generally aren’t helpful except...
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Mad Pride Month

Imagine these scenarios: A woman with OCD who washes her hands raw a dozen times an hour says, “There’s nothing wrong with me, it’s only a damaged society that says I don’t fit in. Living like this is just a variation on “normality”, as...
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Meaningful Work

If you’re a person in recovery from an illness like bipolar you’ve probably heard the phrase “meaningful work” and know it’s considered to be a cornerstone of wellness. Like many of you (I read your blogs too) I’ve had a really hard time keeping...
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Housing

Since John wrote about a study on the subject yesterday, I’ve been thinking about psychosocial treatments for bipolar. To me, the word “psychosocial” goes far beyond what studies narrowly define (though I do understand that science needs to categorize and impose limits in order...
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Prevention

Blah, bleh, bleak. Down I go. The mania has been blown away by a cold foggy wind and adequate sleep. I’d gladly trade some of this depression for ridiculously expensive eyeliner, though. No, not to be, things don’t work that way. I’m not too...
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Signs of Mania

Who doesn’t love a good list? A top ten, a series of bullets, it’s easy to peruse. I’ve just read a list of red flag warning signs for mania from and though I agree with their points, I have more of my own....
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Lighting the Way

Reader Phil left this comment on my earlier post Light and Dark, in response to Hank Roberts who’s been sharing valuable info, like a link to the Center for Environmental Therapeutics on light therapy and negative ions for depression. Phil’s comment: This DESPERATELY needs...
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Testify

Katy-Sarah Culling writes, “Equilibrium aims to bring together bipolar survivors, their friends and family, other charities such as the MDF Bipolar Organisation, and health professionals to work together to understand this baffling disease and to improve treatments available. Equilibrium is thinking on a global...
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