Bipolar Symptoms

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

Blogs and Articles

6 Challenges of Bipolar That No One Talks About

Stephen Propst
January 4, 2019

Simple strategies for problematic predicaments: managing friendships, relationships, work, and most of all taking good care of yourself—physically, psychologically, emotionally, and otherwise.   I’ve faced the more familiar facets of bipolar—unpredictable mood swings, medication side effects, irregular sleep patterns—for decades. However, I’ve discovered some difficult dilemmas that may be overlooked. It’s important to acknowledge and...

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The Truth About the Link Between Bipolar Mania and Creativity

Donna Jackel
January 4, 2019

Recent research is yielding insights into the links between bipolar disorder and creativity—and not just artistic accomplishment, but also innovative thinking and entrepreneurship.   Author Virginia Woolf saw her artistry and her mood extremes as being inextricably linked. In a letter to a friend in 1930, she wrote of her “madness” that “in its lava,...

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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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Breathing Through the Nose Aids Memory Storage

bp Magazine
December 14, 2018

If we breathe through the nose rather than the mouth after trying to learn a set of smells, we remember them better.   October 22, 2018, Stockholm, Sweden—The way we breathe may affect how well our memories are consolidated (i.e. reinforced and stabilised). If we breathe through the nose rather than the mouth after trying...

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Essential Strategies for Maintaining Focus with Bipolar

Karl Shallowhorn
December 10, 2018

Distractibility can be a major challenge, but there are many things you can do to maintain focus throughout the day when you find your mind wandering.   Hi. Karl Shallowhorn here for the bphope.com vlog. One thing we deal with a lot in the area of bipolar disorder is distractibility, which can be one of...

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Trying to Understand Bipolar & Conflicted Feelings During the Holiday Season

JB Burrage
December 7, 2018

If you feel like you are in a “mental limbo” during the excitement of the holiday season—and you feel anxious at times—you are not alone.   It took me a little while to get my thoughts together for this piece. With the ups and downs of dealing with the season and time change, along with...

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What Does Bipolar Mania Sound Like?

Julie A. Fast
December 6, 2018

It can be important to pay attention to how bipolar mania can impact not only your actions, but also your speech.   I often talk about looking for signs of mania in our eyes in order to recognize and end mania. Observing what we say when manic is just as essential. Here is an example...

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4 Greatest Hacks for Avoiding Hypomania & Overspending Around the Holidays

Lisa Acuña
December 4, 2018

Sticking to a budget and opting to spend cash only are simple ways you can control your spending while handling hypomania.     Hi everybody, my name is Lisa Acuña and I’m here today with bphope.com vlogs. Today, I’m going to be talking about hypomania and spending during the holiday season. My first suggestion is...

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‘Taking Yourself On’: How I’ve Mastered Social Anxiety

Debbie Jacobs
November 30, 2018

Reprogramming your thoughts to be more positive and soothing can help you take on social anxiety, so you can strengthen old bonds and form new ones.   For many years, I lived with and perpetuated social anxiety. For most of my life, I never really felt confident with my social skills. I struggled with communication...

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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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Lack of Sleep Intensifies Anger, Impairs Adaptation to Frustrating Circumstances

bp Magazine
November 30, 2018

A new study is the first to provide evidence that not getting enough sleep can make anger stronger and more pronounced in frustrating situations.   November 27, 2018, AMES, Iowa – Losing just a couple hours of sleep at night makes you angrier, especially in frustrating situations, according to new Iowa State University research. While...

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Why Should You Manage Euphoric Mania if It Feels Good?

Julie A. Fast
November 29, 2018

While mania may feel wonderful after enduring depression, it’s important to remember that it is still a crucial part of bipolar to manage.   “Well, even in that deep misery I felt my energy revive, and I said to myself: in spite of everything I shall rise again, I will take up my pencil, which...

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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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7 Tips to ‘Tame the Beast’ of Anxiety

Susie Johnson
November 20, 2018

When a situation keeps fueling your anxiety, even if it gets worse, it’s important to step back and remember to take care of yourself.   Do you remember the 1990s REM song, “It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)”? Well, I recently hit a trigger and I was...

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Do You Experience ‘Auditory Overload’ and Focus Issues from Bipolar?

Kelly Staton
November 19, 2018

 If you can quickly become overwhelmed when there is too much noise, it’s OK to allow yourself to escape the chaos without feeling guilty about it.   Many of us with bipolar disorder deal with hypersensitivity, in one form or another. The most prevalent form of sensory sensitivity that I experience is “auditory overload.” For...

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What I’ve Learned from Being ‘Tricked’ by Bipolar Mania

Julie A. Fast
November 19, 2018

It’s important to recognize the signs of mania—even if it feels good—and to remember the mania cycle can fuel the depressive cycle. ‘   Hi, This is Julie Fast with bp Magazine. Today I’m talking about bipolar disorder and being “tricked” by mania. It’s a pretty timely topic as it just happened to me. About...

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Study Reveals Better Ways to Treat Co-Existing Anxiety and Bipolar

bp Magazine
November 15, 2018

New research shows treating anxiety and bipolar together instead of separately is among better ways to treat the condition when it occurs with bipolar.   July 19, 2018, LANCASHIRE, United Kingdom—A new novel psychological intervention to address anxiety in bipolar disorder has been developed. British researchers, noting anxiety in bipolar is associated with a worse...

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Night Eating with Bipolar Leads to More Anxiety and Worse Sleep

bp Magazine
November 15, 2018

Eating excessively at night can lead to heightened anxiety and can interfere with healthy sleep, new research shows   August 1, 2018, FORTALEZA, Italy—People with bipolar disorder who also have night eating syndrome have more disorder-related problems, a new study says. Brazilian researchers found that people with bipolar were more likely than people without the...

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