We like certain things in our lives to be reliable—like our cars, for instance.
The depression that follows a manic episode? Absolutely, positively not. But there it is, showing up on cue, disappointingly dependable.
As if that weren’t enough, there’s often a second issue to deal with. After an episode of mania, adults with bipolar are just as likely to experience anxiety as they are depression, according to data from a national survey published in Molecular Psychiatry.
So while we often hear people talking about being prepared for the unexpected, it’s equally important—at least when talking about post-mania depression—to be prepared for the expected.
And it’s also important to work with your doctor or therapist on creating your action plan before an episode moves in because “when you’re depressed, it can be difficult to determine where to begin,” says Randy Auerbach, PhD. This way, you’ll have an objective record of the steps you need to take when they can have the most effect.
The more prepared you are, the more you can anticipate and identify when a mood change is in the works. The flipside is making choices that affect our future negatively, says Julie Fast, bp columnist and blogger.
She encourages writing down, when you’re well, what you think, say and do when you’re depressed—and to memorize the list.
“When the depression starts, it will be difficult as the feelings it creates are real feelings, but they are not the real you,” she says. “If you can refer to your list and say, ‘Yep! That is what depression says to me every time,’ you can move into management mode instead of overreacting mode.” Read more >>
May 22, 2019, Boston, MA—A new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that employees at a large urban hospital who purchased the least healthy food in its cafeteria were more likely to have an unhealthy diet outside of work, be overweight and/or obese, and have risk factors for life-threatening diseases, compared to employees who made healthier purchases.
Most Americans spend about half their waking hours at work and consume food acquired there. This study’s findings can lead to strategies that are more effective to encourage employees to choose healthier foods and reduce their risks for chronic conditions.
Nearly one-third of all U.S. workers deal with obesity, “a worsening epidemic that too often leads to diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer,” said lead investigator Anne N. Thorndike, MD.Read more >>
The Boss has battled depression his entire adult life and has been in therapy and on medication for 30 years. In a New Yorker profile, he says he’s still gripped by the pain of his early years and his parents’ struggles and his father’s relationship with him. “It’s the thing that eats at me and always will… Those wounds stay with you, and you turn them in a language and a purpose.” Here are just eight of his songs, among many, that speak to these wounds:
#1 “Adam Raised a Cain” from Darkness on the Edge of Town (1978)
In this song, which is steeped in biblical significance was partly inspired by Springsteen’s relationship with his own father and the son who rejected his father’s world comes to understand their relationship. “Daddy worked his whole life, for nothing but the pain / Now he walks these empty rooms, looking for something to blame / You inherit the sins, you inherit the flames, Adam raised a Cain.” Read more >>
It is critical that you and your loved ones craft a safety plan when you are well to protect you when you are not. When I am stable, my thinking is clear and the thought of creating a safety plan seems juvenile and unnecessary. However, in the depths of a depressive or manic episode, a...
August 1, 2019 • Volume 12, Issue 31Subscribe to Hope & Harmony Headlines Tracking Symptoms to Prevent Episodes How are your sleuthing skills? If they’re rusty—or nonexistent—it’s time to get out the polish, because being your own detective when it comes to tracking mood swing symptoms can help manage, and perhaps prevent, an...
September 19, 2019 • Volume 12, Issue 38Subscribe to Hope & Harmony Headlines Free Yourself From Auditory Overload Glasses clinking. Dishes scraping. Conversations overlapping. A simple dinner party can sweep you into auditory overload—sending you out of the room to deal with what can be an assault on the ears. In a study...
June 27, 2019 • Volume 12, Issue 26Subscribe to Hope & Harmony Headlines When Bipolar Depression Hits Home Depression is a scourge for anyone. But given that bipolar depression is difficult to diagnose, and therefore difficult to treat, it can be exceptionally distressing—especially since it can be even more debilitating than mania, lasting...