Bipolar Symptoms

Articles and blog posts relating to the various symptoms of bipolar disorder- including mania, depression, impulsivity, and anger.

Blogs and Articles

4 Strategies for Managing Bipolar Anger and Irritability

Andrea Paquette
April 9, 2019

Bipolar causes extreme emotions, which are detrimental to our relationships and ourselves. But we can manage our irritability and anger, even when they seem uncontrollable. I have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder for the last 17 years. It’s been so long that I often forget that I have a mental illness. I have a successful...

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The Emotional Art of Derek Hess

bp Magazine
April 5, 2019

Internationally known visual artist Derek Hess uses his personal struggle with bipolar and alcoholism to creatively express the raw intensity of the human experience. If ever there were a way to tap into the human psyche and lay it bare for all to see, celebrated visual artist Derek Hess has found the key. Indeed, the...

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Saving Your Mood when Switching to Daylight Saving Time

Melvin G McInnis
April 5, 2019

Adapting to time changes—traveling across time zones, or Daylight Saving Time (DST)—can be challenging with bipolar. Here’s how to adjust to the change: Ben Franklin first mentioned what we now call Daylight Saving Time in a 1784 essay, somewhat satirically proposing an idea to conserve candles in the early morning hours. While DST has been...

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Walk Your Way to a Better Mood

Christine Yu
April 5, 2019

Walking can help you balance bipolar moods, relieve stress, sleep better, and feel less lonely. Find out how to take the first steps. It was by accident that Marian figured out walking could be more than just a mode of transportation or exercise. Years ago, she was going through a bad depressive episode after moving...

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Bipolar & the Entrepreneur Advantage

Robin L. Flanigan
April 4, 2019

The personality traits of entrepreneurs and those with bipolar frequently overlap; experts say embracing both strengths and vulnerabilies is key to success. Entrepreneurs are always on, which is why they need to have lots of energy, an inventive streak, and a sizeable appetite for risk—but they’re often stressed out, sleep-deprived, responding to high levels of...

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Taking Yourself On: Inferiority Complexes

Debbie Jacobs
March 30, 2019

Feeling inferior can contribute to negative self-image and distorted thinking. It’s time to tackle your inferiority complex and see yourself for who you truly are. You will never know the powerful person you were meant to be if you keep perpetuating your inferiority complex. An inferiority complex is a cultivated behavior that develops out of...

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Do I Really Have Bipolar?

Julie A. Fast
March 28, 2019

What if someone is telling you that you have bipolar, but you don’t think that the diagnosis is correct? A reader asked a really good question on my blog post “Dealing with Bipolar Disorder Denial.” She wanted to know what to do if someone in your life—a friend, loved one, coworker—tells you that they believe...

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Acute Unfinished Projects Syndrome: Incomplete Tasks Can Be a Sign of an Impending Bipolar Episode

Lynda Williams
March 24, 2019

When you’re having trouble finishing tasks or meeting deadlines, it’s not your to-do list you need to check, it’s your bipolar stability. Sometimes I find writing difficult in the most basic sense: the act of stringing words together to form a sentence can become impossible for me. My mind is so scattered that by the...

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Looking at Bipolar Through a Rearview Mirror: The Peril of Living in the Past

Karl Shallowhorn
March 20, 2019

Getting stuck in the past prevents you from living in the present. While you can’t ignore your past, you can keep it in perspective while moving forward. I’m 56 years old. Well into middle-age and pushing the envelope on the later part of life. I’m certainly closer to the end than the beginning. But that’s...

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When Completing Tasks Becomes Too Much to Manage

JB Burrage
March 18, 2019

With bipolar disorder, the inability to complete tasks is not a sign of laziness. It’s your mind going so fast that you can’t focus, or because you’re depressed and feel too tired. How many people have started something, but not completed it? Pretty much everyone. I’m definitely guilty of not completing tasks. There are many...

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Do You Really Want to End Bipolar Disorder Mood Swings?

Julie A. Fast
March 14, 2019

Bipolar consists of mania and depression. Sometimes mania gets a pass because of perceived “benefits,” but ignoring your mania means you aren’t fully addressing your condition. Do you really want to end your mood swings? I ask this question honestly. Many of us want to end depression. It’s a terrible, vicious and life-threatening experience for...

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8 Tips for Managing a Mental Health Crisis

Andrea Paquette
March 10, 2019

It’s easier to tackle a mental health crisis when you know what to do ahead of time. Use these tips to develop your own crisis plan. Life is difficult and it can be extremely stressful for everyone, not only for people who live with bipolar disorder. However, when life causes triggers to occur that spark...

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Taking Yourself On: Insecurity

Debbie Jacobs
March 9, 2019

Insecurity is like your shadow, always at your side. It whispers in your ear and undermines your confidence. But it doesn’t have to. Growing up, I was always shy, intimidated and afraid to speak. I am the youngest of five, and it was hard for me to be outgoing, vocal, and secure among the stronger...

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Inside a Bipolar Depressive Episode

Valerie Harvey
March 8, 2019

What’s it like in the middle of an episode of bipolar depression? Like falling into a black hole. One morning about ten years ago, I woke up feeling absolutely terrible. My head hurt, and I ached all over. I did not want to get out of bed, but I did. As I dragged myself to...

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Living with Depersonalization

JB Burrage
March 4, 2019

Disorienting depersonalization can accompany bipolar. Recognizing it and talking to your practitioner are important first steps in dealing with this confusing aspect of bipolar. I’m kind of writing this as a way to not only publicly admit that something’s going on in my life, but also as a way of hopefully getting insight on how...

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The Rhythm of Life: Getting in Tune with Your Circadian Cycle

Carol Borrelli
March 1, 2019

Rhythms comfort us with their soothing predictability, and our natural circadian rhythm can help bring restorative sleep and a sense of order to our lives. To everything, there is a season, and a corresponding rhythm. I guess it is the musician in me, but I can’t help but observe that, just as there is timing,...

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Managing and Understanding Changes in Sleep

Laura Fisher
February 15, 2019

Changing sleep patterns can be an early indicator that bipolar symptoms are returning. Monitoring and addressing these patterns can help reduce your symptoms. Lying awake in my bed at night with my head spinning out of control is something I used to think was just common for me. I had labeled myself a person who...

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What I Learned from Relapse

Katherine Ponte
January 11, 2019

The lessons I’ve learned from past manic episodes can help prevent future relapses.   I’ve been living with severe bipolar I disorder for over fifteen years. I’ve had five full-blown manic episodes. That’s four relapses. After my first manic episode, I didn’t think I’d have another. It was horrible—the episode, the shock, and the aftermath....

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Social Media & Bipolar: The Good, Bad and Ugly

Melvin G McInnis
January 4, 2019

Finding useful information and nurturing connections with friends, family, and people with common interests are good things. Depression, demoralization, and isolation aren’t.   Today we communicate and interact in a manner unprecedented in human history. Social media—such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.—are mainstream technologies that allow us to communicate and connect with each other online....

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Finding Your Financial Balance After The Holidays

Julie A. Fast
January 4, 2019

Are you in shock over holiday spending? Use these strategies to take control of your finances now and over the long term.   Do you ever look back over the past year and wish you had made better financial decisions? I do. When it comes to holiday spending, you’re not alone if you’re wondering, What...

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