I remember screaming at the top of my lungs until my throat hurt. I remember having argument after argument with my parents. I remember being told I should be a lawyer because I loved to argue. I even remember throwing chairs once! But, I also remember going to my room, sobbing, not knowing why I was yelling in the first place. I didn’t like to scream and argue, but the anger flowed through my veins with such force and it […]
COME AND MEET US AT MATER DEI ON THE 26TH AND 27TH MARCH 2018 between 9 am until noon World Bipolar Day (WBD) – an initiative of the Asian Network of Bipolar Disorder (ANBD), the International Bipolar Foundation (IBPF), and the International Society for Bipolar Disorders (ISBD) – will be celebrated each year on March 30th, the birthday of Vincent Van Gogh, who was posthumously diagnosed as probably having bipolar disorder. The vision of WBD is to bring world awareness to […]
Ah, spring is just around the corner. It’s so close I can feel it! But for me, that feeling of springtime can often lead to the most difficult phase of bipolar — the dreaded mixed state. Don’t get me wrong or view me as ungrateful… theoretically, I love the blooming flowers, buds on the trees, longer days and abundance of fresh air. However, the change in time and fluctuating weather can often wreak havoc on my system. Chris Aiken, MD […]
Caring for someone with any condition is difficult. Caring for someone with a psychiatric condition is especially hard for many reasons.
I take medications for my bipolar disorder. These medications keep me emotionally and mentally regulated and grounded in my life. Every day, with breakfast, I take my pills for the day. I get up quite early for work, and I give myself just enough time to get ready and get out the door for the 45-minute drive. I grab my yogurt and fruit, throw my daily pillbox in my purse, and I am off to work. Once I get to work […]
I begin my week the same way. I am optimistic and positive. Monday has not reared its ugly head and I have no obligations. Cue Monday and my alarm clock. It’s still dark. I know my son will be awake soon and I have to make him breakfast, help him dress and drive him to preschool. I start off with a full emotional “fuel tank.” Carrying out this routine five consecutive mornings with no break easily uses one fourth of […]
Myth: People with bipolar disorder can’t get better or lead a normal life. Fact: Many people with bipolar disorder have successful careers, happy family lives, and satisfying relationships. Living with bipolar disorder is challenging, but with treatment, healthy coping skills, and a solid support system, you can live fully while managing your symptoms. Myth: People with bipolar disorder swing back and forth between mania and depression. Fact: Some people alternate between extreme episodes of mania and depression, but most are depressed more […]
Hints for carers living with Bipolar disorder: People with the Bipolar disorder are reluctant to admit there is a problem and are resistant to seeking help. As a caregiver you must understand the symptoms and the ramifications of the disorder. If it goes untreated you must HELP them find treatment for their illness. You must be prepared to deal with the extreme mood swings that your loved one demonstrates, and be understanding throughout the behavioral changes, and always expect the unexpected […]