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I Know I’m Hypomanic, Depressed or Mixed but I Can’t Help It

→ November 30, 2016 - 13 Comments

I Know I’m Hypomanic, Depressed or Mixed but I Can’t Help It

Many of us have the insight to know when we are manic, hypomanic or depressed or in another bipolar mood state but, unfortunately, even though I might know I’m hypomanic, depressed or mixed, I can’t necessarily help it. I wish I could. I wish that knowing what my bipolar disorder was doing would somehow alter it, but it typically doesn’t. I just can’t help it when I’m hypomanic, depressed or in a mixed mood – even when it’s clear to me.

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Win a Paperback Copy of “Lost Marbles” — GoodReads Giveaway

→ November 14, 2016 - 5 Comments

Win a Paperback Copy of “Lost Marbles” — GoodReads Giveaway

If you’re on my mailing list you head last week that a GoodReads giveaway was started. Right now I’m giving away three paperback copies of Lost Marbles: Insights into My Life with Depression & Bipolar

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What Best Friends of the Mentally Ill Want You to Know

→ November 10, 2016 - 3 Comments

What Best Friends of the Mentally Ill Want You to Know

Today Bipolar Burble welcomes Dayton Uttinger, the best friend of a person with bipolar disorder.

My best friend with mental illness is one who don’t seek treatment. She is either constantly bored, always beginning new projects, or depression overtakes her, sealing her in a straightjacket of self-doubt and suicidal thoughts. Furthermore, she relies on me to be able to let her know when bipolar disorder is seriously affecting her. I take care not to dismiss her feelings, and sometimes there’s no avoiding a rush of directionless emotion, but it’s worked well enough. It’s been over ten years of this, and there’s been definite ups and downs. Eventually, she started to worry that she was being demanding. But there are things that I, as her best friend, want her to know about her and her mental illness.

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Writing a Book about Bipolar and Depression Almost Killed Me

→ October 30, 2016 - 10 Comments

Writing a Book about Bipolar and Depression Almost Killed Me

I’ve been forced to realize that writing my book about bipolar and depression has almost killed me. This is hot hyperbole, this is really what has happened. Of course, most people aren’t about to sit down and write/publish a book tomorrow but the point is that a massive effort and stressor has gotten to me. Almost killing me was not what I thought writing a book would do.

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Bipolar Book ‘Lost Marbles’ Now Available in Paperback and EBook

→ October 25, 2016 - Leave a reply

Bipolar Book ‘Lost Marbles’  Now Available in Paperback and EBook

Today I’m extremely pleased and proud to announce that Lost Marbles: Insights into My Life with Depression & Bipolar is now available in paperback as well as eBook form. Yes, now you can actually hold some of my writings in your hands. I’m not sure if you’re excited about this but I am. To buy Lost Marbles click here.

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Mental Health Book ‘Lost Marbles’ Available Next Week in Paperback

→ October 13, 2016 - 1 Comment

Mental Health Book ‘Lost Marbles’ Available Next Week in Paperback

I’m extremely pleased and excited to announce that Lost Marbles: Insights into My Life with Depression & Bipolar will be available in paperback via Amazon starting next week. The print layout work is almost done and I can’t wait to see it, physically, in my (and your) hands.

There are a few things you should know about the release:

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‘Lost Marbles’ Bipolar and Depression EBook Available NOW

→ October 3, 2016 - 6 Comments

‘Lost Marbles’ Bipolar and Depression EBook Available NOW

This is very short but very sweet for me.

Lost Marbles: Insights into My Life with Depression & Bipolar is now out in eBook form. Order Lost Marbles from Amazon here. (The paperback will be available mid-October.)

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The Underside of Bipolar Rapid Cycling Moods

→ September 28, 2016 - 10 Comments

The Underside of Bipolar Rapid Cycling Moods

I mentioned on Facebook recently that I’m rapid cycling. If I ever wondered if the bipolar diagnosis was accurate, the bipolar cycling moods have certainly convinced me that it is. If you’re curious, this is ultradian cycling — i.e. cycling where moods last only hours. That can also be classified as a mixed mood because the cycles are so short.

All of this is to say that I’m not well right now. It’s fine. I’ve seen my psychiatrist, we have a plan and I’m working the plan. But the plan takes time, as all plans do. 

So while the plan portends usefulness, I am stuck on the rollercoaster from hell. And in this particularly hellish place I wrote this piece. It is not cheery, it would trigger some and if you’re having a bad day these are not the 300 words for you. Proceed with caution

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‘Lost Marbles’: Early Book Reviews and Release Dates Are In

→ September 21, 2016 - 2 Comments

‘Lost Marbles’: Early Book Reviews and Release Dates Are In

If you’re interested in my new book: Lost Marbles: Insights into My Life with Depression & Bipolar, good news — early reviews are in. I’m thrilled to say I have reviews from mental illness advocates like DJ Jaffe and authors like Julie A. Fast. I’ve also got an updated table of contents and release dates.

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New Book on Living with Bipolar, Depression — Title and Cover Revealed

→ September 14, 2016 - 38 Comments

It feels like I’ve been waiting for years to tell everyone the title of my book, but the fact is, the title has only existed in its current form for a short while. It’s funny how I can write 1000s of words for myself or for clients, practically without thinking about it but when I considered the title for my book, every, single syllable was tough to decide on. And the cover? That took many, many iterations and multiple designers (including me taking a crack at it).

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I Want to Be Happy; It’s Not My Fault I Can’t Be Happy

→ September 7, 2016 - 50 Comments

I Want to Be Happy; It’s Not My Fault I Can’t Be Happy

I want to be happy. It’s been a long time since I, genuinely, have been. Yes, the bipolar medications do their job and keep me alive; and yes, I’m less depressed than when the bipolar medications weren’t working, but, still, I’m not happy. And while some people seem to think differently, I really, really want to be happy. It’s not my fault I can’t be happy.

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My Three-Time Suicide Attempt Story – Why I Don’t Regret Them

→ August 30, 2016 - 5 Comments

My Three-Time Suicide Attempt Story – Why I Don’t Regret Them

The Bipolar Burble welcomes guest post writer Kerry Martin who has started multiple non-profits (links at the bottom), lives with bipolar disorder and is a three-time suicide attempt survivor. She bravely shares her story.

I’m gay. I’m bipolar. And, I’m a three-time suicide survivor. Today, I’m out. I’m proud. And, I’m still alive and kicking. But I used to be closeted, ashamed and suicidal. While I wasn’t diagnosed as bipolar until my early 40s, I have always struggled with depression and have tried to take my life not once, not twice but three times.

According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the first step to suicide prevention is removing the stigma by starting the conversation.

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