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Why I Don’t Hate Drug Companies & Why You Shouldn’t Either

→ January 17, 2018 - 3 Comments

Why I Don’t Hate Drug Companies & Why You Shouldn’t Either

Many people hate drug companies and I totally get why. I spent years hating drug companies. But I’ve changed. I don’t hate drug companies anymore and I don’t think you should either.

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Can You Be Fat and Happy on Bipolar Medication?

→ January 9, 2018 - 17 Comments

Can You Be Fat and Happy on Bipolar Medication?

For many of us, we are expected to be fat and happy on bipolar medication. This is because many people gain weight as a bipolar medication side effect – sometimes a lot of weight. You can easily go from a size 8 to a size 18 because of bipolar medication. This is not what happens to everyone, but for those for whom it does happen, the question is, can we be fat and happy on bipolar medication?

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Good and Bad New Year’s Resolutions If You Have Bipolar

→ January 1, 2018 - 6 Comments

Good and Bad New Year’s Resolutions If You Have Bipolar

It’s the time of year when everyone is making New Year’s resolutions – including New Year’s resolutions by those with bipolar disorder. While I’m not a huge believer in “New Year’s” resolutions (I think you can resolve to change in small ways at any time), I do think that there are ways to create good New Year’s resolutions if you have bipolar disorder and, perhaps more importantly, bad ones. Here’s how to avoid bad New Year’s resolutions by making good New Year’s resolutions if you have bipolar disorder.

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Causing a Bad Bipolar Day – What Did I Do Wrong Yesterday?

→ December 13, 2017 - 7 Comments

Causing a Bad Bipolar Day – What Did I Do Wrong Yesterday?

If you have a bad bipolar day, you might wonder what you did wrong yesterday to cause it. I know I feel this way. I know I look for causes. And I know it feels like it’s my fault. I feel like I must have done something wrong to cause the bad bipolar day. It feels like a punishment for screwing up the previous day.

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Bipolar Disorder – I’m Not Angry but My Bipolar Brain Is

→ December 5, 2017 - 14 Comments

Bipolar Disorder – I’m Not Angry but My Bipolar Brain Is

My bipolar makes me feel so angry, but I know I’m not. I know I’m not really angry. I know that the signals that I’m angry are coming from my sick, bipolar brain. But I feel very angry anyway. I can’t make the anger go away, even through notable insight. It’s so frustrating and the existence of the anger, and my inability to make it go away, makes me even madder.

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Medication Adherence Improvement with Abilify Computer Chip?

→ November 20, 2017 - 14 Comments

Medication Adherence Improvement with Abilify Computer Chip?

Last week, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the use of a computer chip inside of aripiprazole (Abilify) pills. This computer chip is designed to indicate whether the person has taken his or her medication or not. The theory (and marketing push) is that this computer chip will improve treatment adherence (compliance). It will “ensure” people are taking their medications as prescribed. But will a computer chip inside of an antipsychotic really improve medication adherence?

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How Do You Know If It’s Depression or ‘the Blues?’

→ November 14, 2017 - 3 Comments

How Do You Know If It’s Depression or ‘the Blues?’

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I know when I’m depressed. It’s extremely clear to me when bipolar depression hits, but not everyone is in that situation. Many people are experiencing depression for the first time, or are experiencing a form of sadness that is not diagnosable depression. But for those people, how do they know if it’s depression or just a temporary case of “the blues?”

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Why Aren’t More Drugs Approved for Bipolar Disorder?

→ November 12, 2017 - 12 Comments

Why Aren’t More Drugs Approved for Bipolar Disorder?

Thoughts on My Time with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Have you ever considered why more drugs aren’t approved in the treatment of bipolar disorder? I have. I, specifically, wonder why there aren’t more drugs for bipolar depression, considering that the depressed state outweighs the presence of mania/hypomania 3:1 in many cases. Here’s what I think about why there aren’t drugs getting approved for bipolar disorder.

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Bipolar Depression and Dealing with Mistakes

→ October 25, 2017 - 13 Comments

Bipolar Depression and Dealing with Mistakes

When I make a mistake while experiencing bipolar depression, I beat myself up like none other. I get so angry with myself and obsess over any tiny, perceived mistake I make. Bipolar depression (and depression, in general) is brutal for that. As we all make them, we need to learn to deal with mistakes even with bipolar depression.

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Why I Tattooed Over My Suicide Attempt Scars

→ October 10, 2017 - 5 Comments

Why I Tattooed Over My Suicide Attempt Scars

Last week I tattooed over my suicide attempt scars. This isn’t because I wanted to cover every scar on my body – quite frankly, I have tens of self-harm scars – this is for other reasons. Covering specifically my suicide attempt scars with a tattoo is symbolic. I consider it positive and I hope its permanency will remind me of its positivity for the rest of my life.

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Living with Wanting to Be Dead

→ October 9, 2017 - 24 Comments

Living with Wanting to Be Dead

I want to be dead. I live with wanting to be dead every day. It’s this thought that constantly plagues my mind: “I want to be dead.” I want to not be here. I want to go home. I want anything that will end the suffering. Living with wanting to be dead is, well, a bitch.

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Bipolar Is an Invisible Illness — Let’s Make It Visible

→ October 1, 2017 - 2 Comments

Bipolar Is an Invisible Illness — Let’s Make It Visible

Many people have made the point bipolar disorder is an invisible illness. That’s one of the things about it that makes it so frustrating. People can’t see bipolar disorder; it isn’t part of their reality; so, obviously, it isn’t important or life-altering. Some people take this to the conclusion of suggesting bipolar disorder doesn’t really exist at all. But we know bipolar disorder is real. We know something doesn’t have to be outwardly visible, or even visible under a microscope, to be real. Bipolar disorder may be an inherently invisible illness but let’s do what we can to make it visible. Let’s stand up for what we can’t see.

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