Bipolar And Impulsive Behavior

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

Blogs and Articles

‘How Did I Get Here?’—Confronting Bipolar Disorder Confusion

Carin Meyer
June 14, 2018

When bipolar confusion leads us into unknown landscapes, it is essential that we ask for help—before we get lost in our own minds.   By Carin Meyer   “Only Carin could get lost in the high desert of Smith Rock,” said my friend, Dave, as he shook his head and laughed. “How in the world...

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Impulsivity: The Power of Now vs The Problem With Right Now

Brooke Hilton
March 13, 2018

How to prevent mania from leading to online purchases piling up on your doorstep, a new hair color, and unicorn astronaut pins in three colors.   I think we are all familiar with Eckhart Toelle’s book, The Power of Now. If not, it’s an excellent read on the power of living in the moment. Whenever...

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Finding Financial Harmony with Bipolar Disorder

Julie A. Fast
January 4, 2018

Managing finances when dealing with bipolar disorder symptoms can be a major challenge. However, there are many tactics that can help you achieve financial security. By Julie A. Fast   Do you struggle financially because of bipolar disorder symptoms? I certainly do.  Bipolar is an illness that can create enormous possibilities with work and then...

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How to Make a Spending Plan When You Have Bipolar Disorder

Lynn Rae
November 30, 2017

Managing money when you have bipolar disorder is not easy. However, there are steps you can take to control spending and reach your financial goals.   By Lynn Rae Handling money is hard for everyone, but add bipolar disorder symptoms to the mix and it can cause a lifetime of poverty and even bankruptcy. This...

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A Potential Solution to The Impulsivity Created by Bipolar Disorder

Jasper Benitez
September 22, 2017

Remaining grounded in the present helps you to deliberately resist bipolar disorder’s impusive urges. By: Jasper Benitez   Too often we individuals who live with bipolar disorder give in to our impulses.  Whether it be to drive for miles just to buy that piece of chocolate we suddenly crave, or to give weight to our...

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My Bipolar Euphoric Manic Story: Vegetarian Eats Meat, Has 4 Boyfriends

Julie A. Fast
August 3, 2017

It’s important to recognize signs of your bipolar manic episodes, so that you can try to stop them before they begin. by Julie A. Fast   I remember a night over 20 years ago in Tokyo, Japan when I was quite manic.  I was thin at the time and didn’t eat meat. I walked by...

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When People Want to Talk About Your Embarrassing Bipolar Memories

April Michael
May 30, 2017

It can be painful when traumatic bipolar memories are brought up in conversation. Here’s what to do when that happens: A couple weeks ago, I wrote a post about how to handle bipolar flashbacks. Bipolar flashbacks can occur seemingly out of nowhere or they are can be triggered by something. Bipolar flashbacks are traumatic memories...

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Impulsivity: What’s Happening In The Brain

Robin L. Flanigan
April 7, 2017

Scientists around the world are trying to understand the roots of impulsivity and impulse control disorders (a category that includes pathological gambling and kleptomania). By Robin L. Flanigan   There is even an International Society for Research on Impulsivity, founded to promote collaborative study. Like most human behavior, impulsivity involves complex interactions—how we respond to...

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Bipolar and Controlling Impulsivity

Robin L. Flanigan
April 7, 2017

Reckless actions are a common symptom of bipolar disorder, even outside of mania. Good coping tools can rein in impulsivity and prevent the negative consequences. By Robin L. Flanigan   After a colossal fight with your honey, you head out for the night and end up getting too cozy with some random guy at the...

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SoundOFF! On Impulsivity

BP Readers
April 1, 2017

The bipolar symptom of impulsivity can upend your life in ways both large and small. What helps you stay away from rash decisions? And if impulsivity wins, how do you handle the aftermath?   NOW THAT I KNOW what my triggers are, I have learned to somewhat prevent impulsivity through self-talk. I have learned that...

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