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

→ October 25, 2016 - Comments off

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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New Book on Living with Bipolar, Depression — Table of Contents Revealed

→ August 16, 2016 - 17 Comments

New Book on Living with Bipolar, Depression — Table of Contents Revealed

Today I’d like to introduce you to some of the table of content in the new book I’m working on. This is a book designed to speak to those with bipolar, those with depression and the loved ones of both groups. It contains a lot of my “greatest hits” from both Bipolar Burble and Breaking Bipolar plus new writing as well. I hope this will be the first in a series I plan to release.

I’m very pleased to say I’m in the editing process for the book which means it’s well on its way to publishing. The ebook version will be out first and then a dead-tree version will likely be available at some point after that. There is no official publication date as of yet, but I’ll let you know when I firm something up.

To get updates on how the book is going, a free short ebook on coping skills and other interesting mental illness tidbits, be sure to sign up for my newsletter (sign-up form at the bottom of this post).

This table of contents has been updated September, 21, 2016.

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Urine Test to Distinguish Between Bipolar and Depression – Does It Really Exist?

→ July 31, 2016 - 4 Comments

Urine Test to Distinguish Between Bipolar and Depression – Does It Really Exist?

Today, on the Bipolar Burble Facebook page, someone posted a link to an article on The Health Magazine (a website) that had the headline: A Urine Test Can Distinguish Between Bipolar Disorder And Depression. The poster bought into this headline and felt that “people should know about this.”

Well, I can tell you that when someone claims to have found a urine test to distinguish between bipolar and depression, you should be very skeptical. Believe me, if this were a real thing, it wouldn’t just show up in some clickbait website, written by someone named “admin.” (Normally, these types of sites even steal the content they do have.)

Let’s look at the facts of the matter. Does a urine test to differentiate between depression and bipolar disorder really exist?

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Bipolar Psych Med Side Effect: Akathisia, Restlessness

→ July 27, 2016 - 28 Comments

Bipolar Psych Med Side Effect: Akathisia, Restlessness

Akathisia is a psychiatric medication side effect that revolves around psychological and psychical restlessness which causes distress. People with bipolar disorder report more akathisia with psych med treatment than do those with schizophrenia. And I am now reporting the horrible restlessness, agitation and distress of akathisia is happening to me.

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Live Successfully with Mental Illness — Top 5 Coping Skills Ebook — FREE

→ July 26, 2016 - 11 Comments

Live Successfully with Mental Illness — Top 5 Coping Skills Ebook — FREE

Hi folks, thanks for popping by.

I know I haven’t been producing as much writing as I usually do, but there’s a reason for this — it’s because I’ve been working on a short ebook called: Live Successfully with Mental Illness: Top 5 Coping Skills. As the title suggests, this ebook talks about five, critical skills you need to cope with any kind of many illness (and, in fact, life, in general). This ebook contains my thoughts but also scientific references on facts that are asserted in the text.

Live Successfully with a Mental Illness: Top 5 Coping Skills Ebook

Covered in this ebook are skills like:

  • Developing positive self-talk
  • Identifying and fighting cognitive distortions
  • How to get a good night’s sleep
  • Gaining insight into your mental illness and your thoughts and emotions

Skills are broken down simply and I use examples that are easy to understand. This book is for anyone with a mental illness and their families and friends will likely learn from it, too.

So, how do you get a copy of this mental illness coping skills ebook? That’s easy, just join my mailing list (below) and I’ll send you what you need to access a copy — completely FREE of charge.

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