Bipolar Symptoms

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

Blogs and Articles

Jumping for Joy, Free from Fear: How Frogs Can Help Us Distinguish Mania from Joy

Melody Moezzi
July 24, 2018

That scary line between healthy feelings of euphoria and terrifying symptoms of acute mania isn’t nearly as narrow as I once thought. By Melody Moezzi   I love frogs. Have ever since I was a kid. Their beauty, diversity, and versatility fascinate me. And while I’m no herpetologist, I know more about frogs than the...

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‘Looping’ Sounds and Images in Bipolar Depression

Julie A. Fast
July 24, 2018

Some people feel like their brains have a recording-and-playback groove that starts up whenever they’re depressed, bringing fresh pain from past sad events.   By Julie Fast   My brain has a recording-and-playback groove that starts up whenever I’m depressed. It’s like there’s a negative recording studio in my head and I can’t turn it...

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9 Tips to Control Your Bipolar Rage

bp Magazine
July 24, 2018

Suggestions to help you get a handle on your anger. 1. Ask yourself questions When you feel yourself on the verge of anger ask: Is this really what I want to do? Do I want to have this conversation or explosion now? Maybe I should wait until I feel better. Answering “no” could buy you...

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Casting the Glamour: The Enchantment of Euphoric Mania

Martin Baker
July 24, 2018

Euphoric mania can be exciting for those under its spell, but it can also be perilous if you don’t learn to navigate it safely. By Martin Baker   “Casting the glamour” is an old Scots term for a magic spell or enchantment. It is the perfect metaphor for the wild, captivating, almost otherworldly impact of...

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Combat Obsessive Thoughts About The Future By Focusing On The Present

Jasper Benitez
July 24, 2018

Abandonment in his past has led columnist Jasper Benitez to fear the future. Now, he is working to stay focused on the present. By Jasper Benitez   As someone who lives with bipolar, I can tell you that fear of the future is one of my biggest struggles. I become so engulfed with thoughts about...

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3 Simple Ways to Silence Social Anxiety—Right Now

bp Magazine
July 23, 2018

Social anxiety is painful and can make you feel inferior, self-conscious and even humiliated. Try these strategies to tackle your fears #1. Create constructive mantras Empowering self-talk can do wonders to boost your confidence. Instead of worrying about how people may be judging you, try replacing these thoughts with phrases like, “People like hanging out with...

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Why We Must STOP the Stigma of Taking Sick Leave for Bipolar Depression

Lynda Williams
July 20, 2018

Sick leave is not a vacation, it’s a necessary measure to treat the depression that interferes with the ability to make effective decisions   By Lynda Williams     Having an invisible illness like bipolar gives me the option to disclose or not based on what I feel is necessary and appropriate, and for the...

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3 Simple Ways to Put Calm into Your Mania

bp Magazine
July 19, 2018

Redirect your energy toward these three everyday activities—and feel the difference.   #1. Take deep breaths Stopping what you are doing and taking deep breaths can help you stay in control. A simple technique to try: close your eyes, sit up straight, and count to five as you take a deep breath in. Count to...

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How ‘Glimpses of Hope’ Saved My Life—and Can Save Yours, Too

Laura Fisher
July 17, 2018

In the depths of depression, it can be very difficult to believe things can ever get better; stringing together some small, hopeful thoughts can help. By Laura Fisher   The online Merriam-Webster dictionary defines hope as: “The feeling of wanting something to happen and thinking that it could happen : a feeling that something good...

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7 Signs That Bipolar Depression Is Brewing

bp Magazine
July 17, 2018

If the onset of a depressive episode always seems to surprise you, here are seven signs that your mood is headed south. #1) Withdrawing from social interaction Regardless of whether you are naturally introverted or extroverted, if you find yourself struggling to socialize, bipolar depression could be on the horizon. Make note of ‘red flag’...

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