Bipolar Depression Symptoms

Articles and blog posts relating to depression as a symptom of bipolar disorder.

Blogs and Articles

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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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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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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Overcoming Isolation During Bipolar Depression

Anja Burcak
December 17, 2018

For many with bipolar, depressive episodes involve isolating oneself. Knowing the signs can help you find ways of overcoming this challenging symptom.   This is Anja Burcak with bp Magazine’s bphope Vlog. Today, I will be speaking about bipolar depression and isolation. One of the main problems with my depressive episodes is the act of withdrawing...

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What You Need to Know Before Talking to Your Employer About Depression

Linea Johnson
November 30, 2018

If you are struggling with a depressive episode and you feel you should talk to your employer about it, there are a few important things to consider.     Hi friends! This is Linea Johnson with bp Magazine’s bphope Vlog, here to talk to you about talking to your employer about depression. First of all, from...

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Less Social Media Use Decreases Depression and Loneliness

bp Magazine
November 29, 2018

The first experimental study examining the use of multiple platforms shows a link between time spent on social media and increased depression and loneliness.   November 8, 2018, Philadelphia, PA—The link between the two has been talked about for years, but a causal connection had never been proven. For the first time, University of Pennsylvania...

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Bipolar Depression: How I Came ‘Up From the Deep’

Allison Strong
November 28, 2018

When you feel lost in the depths of bipolar depression, focusing on your senses can help you hang on when hit with waves of negative thinking.     Hi I’m Allison Strong with bp Magazine‘s online community, bphope.com Vlog. This summer, I had a month of bipolar depression so oppressive it was like running a...

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When Bipolar Depression ‘Attacks’ My Wallet: How to Control Online Shopping When Depressed

Lynda Williams
November 26, 2018

While mania may often be more associated with over-the-top shopping, it can also be important to watch how bipolar depression can affect your spending.   The story I tell myself about money is that I’m not good with it, but the truth is that I’m afraid of it. Most people who live with bipolar disorder...

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Presence of Mania Doesn’t Predict Response to Bipolar Depression

bp Magazine
November 15, 2018

A new study shows that a manic episode before bipolar depression does not impact the degree of change in depressive symptoms.   August 15, 2018, BERKELEY, CA—The presence of a manic episode before depression in people with bipolar disorder doesn’t significantly predict response to antidepressants, a new study suggests. American researchers, noting a previous study suggested...

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4 Essential Tips to Master Working While Coping with Depression

Linea Johnson
October 29, 2018

While bipolar depression can make employment incredibly difficult, some simple tips can help you make it through every work day with success. Hi everyone! This is Linea Johnson with bp Magazine’s bphope Vlog. Today, I will be speaking about depression and being employed: How to Make it Work. I’m going to share something personal with...

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Are You Experiencing a Bipolar Depressive Episode? 4 Tips to Unveil Your ‘Mask’

Brittney Sibley
October 22, 2018

A depressive episode is serious. Knowing the subtle signs that an episode is imminent or in progress can help you make the best treatment decisions.   Most people can remember the famous line from the Disney movie, Snow White: “Mirror mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?” This line has taken...

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The Real Truth About Happiness and Stability with Bipolar Disorder

Laura Fisher
October 19, 2018

While constant life changes may feel like a way to find stability and happiness, ultimately these achievements come from within and following a treatment plan.   Finding stability with a diagnosis of bipolar disorder can be quite an undertaking to say the least. Stability for me has been very elusive, and only recently have I...

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What to Do After a Manic or Hypomanic Episode: The Essential First Steps

Natasha Tracy
October 17, 2018

Manic or hypomanic episodes can be brutal for those with bipolar disorder, but learning what to do immediately after can help minimize the damage   Hi, I’m Natasha Tracy and this is BP Magazine’s BPHope vlog. Today I want to talk about what happens after an episode of mania or hypomania. If you’re like me...

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So Sick with Bipolar You Feel You Can’t Go On?

Julie A. Fast
October 4, 2018

When bipolar depression symptoms are overwhelming, finding the strength to do even a small task can help you make it through the awful days.   I often have days when the bipolar is so intense, I feel I’m going to spontaneously combust. This is when the illness is as physical as it is mental. I...

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What to Do After a Depressive Episode

Natasha Tracy
September 20, 2018

Depressive episodes can wreak havoc with your life when you have bipolar, but once you get through a depression, what are the next steps?   This is Natasha Tracy for BP Magazine’s BPHope vlog. Today I want to talk about rebuilding after a major depressive episode in bipolar disorder. If you have bipolar disorder like...

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Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About BIPOLAR DEPRESSION (Part 2)

Donna Jackel
September 5, 2018

continued from “Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Bipolar Depression“ The darkness of despair When the darkness doesn’t lift, despite the help of family and modern medicine, many people lose all hope. According to the National Mental Health Association, 30 to 70 percent of suicide victims suffered from major depression or bipolar disorder. And a...

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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 when experiencing depression, bringing fresh pain from past sad events.   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 off. My “looping depression”...

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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.   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 the future that...

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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.   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 better part of the decade...

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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.   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 will happen or...

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