I share what's happened over the last 3 months with a severe mixed episode including psychosis along with an article on BP Hope about a woman who has experienced the same and found a way out. Explicit content, so just a heads up before listening...
Roughly 60% suffering from Bipolar also experience issues with drugs, alcohol or both.
I share my experiences from both NA and AA to help shed some light on the differences - the good, the bad and the ugly.
This isn't advice, it's simply my opinion from my time spent in each...hope you find something useful.
How do you know if you're grieving or having a biploar episode? After suddenly losing my father to cancer, my sanity seemed to shatter. I share some about the experience as well as a book and article that helped.
One of life's most traumatic adversities just hit me out of nowhere, so I share 2 articles with recommendations on dealing with traumatic events while managing mental illness. The last article also addresses helping loved ones and children after a traumatic event.
Trying to control others and the world around me has never ended with good results. I share an article from BPHope about conquering triggers by controlling the urge to control the world around us, including 4 audiobooks that are helpful.
At what point do you start questioning your physiatrist's treatment plan and discuss alternatives vs. just trying what he or she recommends? I share an article from BPhope that talks about bipolar and anger, my two most common symptoms, which offers advice and coping strategies while I research different studies on the medications most commonly prescribed for these symptoms and their quality of results.
I share an article from BPhope on Alcohol and Bipolar, which can be a dangerous and sometimes deadly combination. I'm also celebrating a year of straight sobriety this month, including nights and weekends , and interject some of my own experience throughout.
I just had a horrific mixed episode...one of the worst I've experienced to date, that was noticed by others and has imacted my job to an unknown degree. I share articles defining mixed episodes, what the symptoms are and what my mixed episode was like.
Normally I would say hell no to making a big decision during an episode, but I'm under the gun to make a major life decision in a limited time frame. Discussed are the steps and tools I'm using...hoping things work out for the best.
EXPLETIVE CONTENT - Ironically, after sharing the methods I learned in therapy to help me stay stable, I have a nightmarish traveling experience where I completely derailed emotionally. It's funny how life works our sometimes.