Bipolar And Impulsive Behavior

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

Blogs and Articles

The Ultimate Guide to Control Impulsive Spending

bp Magazine
January 20, 2017

Sudden shopping sprees, outlandish investments, extravagant gifts for others, gambling… The impulsive, excessive spending that happens during a manic episode can be damaging to our finances and well-being. Here are 10 tips to head off missteps before they happen and to rein in spending habits that are starting to spiral out of control. #1 Recognize...

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Bipolar & Getting a Grip on Mania

Donna Jackel
January 3, 2017

Manic episodes in bipolar I disorder play out differently for different people but often have scorching consequences. Learning about triggers, symptoms, and effective treatments is imperative. When Keely describes her first manic episode, she lists what might be considered “classic” symptoms. “I had lots of energy, a case of the giggles, and racing thoughts,” says...

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9 Secrets to Managing Impulsive Behaviors

bp Magazine
December 31, 2016

Bipolar mania and hypomania are associated with increased risk-taking—over-spending, promiscuity, drug use, and the like. These behaviors are part of a larger category of “impulsivity”—being unable to consider the consequences of an action or to resist the urge to do something, immediately. Here are strategies to help overcome the potentially dangerous consequences of impulsivity. #1 ...

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Maintaining a High Functioning Lifestyle with Bipolar Disorder

Karl Shallowhorn
November 21, 2016

Living with bipolar can be very challenging but it is possible to develop the tools to maintain a high-functioning lifestyle. By Karl Shallowhorn   Hi, this is Karl Shallowhorn with BP magazine’s bphope Vlog. Today I’m going to be talking about maintaining a high functioning lifestyle and living with bipolar. So, you know for many...

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Ask the Doctor: Holiday Stress Strategies

Melvin G. McInnis, MD, FRCPsych
October 4, 2016

Enjoy the gift of peace and health through careful planning ahead, avoiding triggers, and monitoring your mood before, during, and after this year’s holiday season.   With the holidays approaching, there is a childlike anticipation of good times: the parties, the jingle in the malls, the shopping, the food, and—my favorite—snow. But challenges abound. Routines...

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Accepting Unexpected, Unannounced Bipolar Mood Swings

Beth Brownsberger Mader
September 17, 2016

To experience my bipolar as an illness entirely separate from everything else in my life, as an entity of its own, is, in a way, a blessing. One might think that twelve years’ post-diagnosis, nine years as a writer on mental health issues, three years as a peer supporter, and a consistent follower of my own...

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6 Warning Signs of My Hypomania

Jon Press
June 15, 2016

It can be important to not only recognize symptoms of hypomania, but also the impact that unchecked hypomania can have on loved ones. Let me start with a story… Several years ago, my family and I were in the midst of moving due to a job relocation. I had already begun work in the new...

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Bipolar Mania & The “Next Big Thing Syndrome”

April Michael
April 12, 2016

Before my diagnosis, people told me I had the ‘Next Big Thing Syndrome’––but now I see that it was actually the symptoms of bipolar disorder. In January 2013 I was diagnosed with Bipolar I, acute mania with psychosis. By February of that year it was changed to Bipolar I, depressed. That diagnosis stuck for the...

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The Best Way To Control Behavior––Regardless Of Your Mood

Beth Brownsberger Mader
April 2, 2016

Those of us with bipolar know that at times controlling our behavior can be one of our greatest challenges. Those of us with bipolar know that at times controlling our behavior can be one of our greatest challenges. If we are on a mood upswing, we can not only be too up, but also irritable,...

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Back Chat: Marya Hornbacher

bp Magazine
January 26, 2016

Writer Marya Hornbacher shares some what she’s been working on recently, as well as her recovery progress   With her unflinching, groundbreaking memoir Wasted, 23-year-old Marya Hornbacher became a voice for young women with eating disorders. Ten years later, in 2008, she touched a whole new community with Madness: A Bipolar Life. Grappling with substance...

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Santa Claus as an Analogy for Bipolar Mania

Gabe Howard
December 15, 2015

It occurred to me the other day that the Christmas season, in all its grandiosity, is the best analogy for mania I’ve ever thought of.   I love the Christmas season. The lights, the tackiness, and amazing stories of a fat man flying through the night sky all make me smile. I love that cutting...

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Money & Stress: Take This to the Bank

Kelly James-Enger
December 1, 2015

Stressing out about finances? These strategies can help you take control of your wallet—and your worries. We all have an occasional sleepless night. For Jerod of Washington state, it’s almost always due to worrying about money. The strain of wondering how to make ends meet “becomes so great that I wake up in the middle...

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Mixed States, Impulsive “Need” & Overspending

Beth Brownsberger Mader
October 31, 2015

When I’m in a mixed state, I impulsively overspend. I have enough energy to shop, but enough depression to need fixing through impulsively buying things. This fall has been a bit odd: my husband has a major, kind of scary surgery coming up in two weeks; the socio-political climate is challenging for me; my creativity...

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7 Tools for Overcoming Bipolar Impulsivity

Brad Hoefs
September 27, 2015

Impulsive behavior occurs both during & outside of bipolar mania. But don’t fret: there are lots of tools to help you overcome bipolar impulsivity. While I have had no major mood swings or episodes in the last 12 years, I have and continue to have to self-monitor my impulse control. While I don’t struggle with...

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Bipolar Mania—Oh, How I Miss You

Gabe Howard
July 14, 2015

A manic episode can be destructive and even dangerous, but NOT being manic can sometimes feel like a loss. When a person who has bipolar disorder reaches recovery, it means that the spectrum between depression and mania has been shortened enough to allow for “normal” functioning. In other words, there is no more bouncing between...

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Hypersexuality in Bipolar Disorder

Gabe Howard
May 20, 2015

The compulsions associated with hypersexuality can be as damaging as addiction. So, what exactly is it? I’ve long said that society discusses human sexuality less than bipolar disorder. I don’t mean pop culture sex talk, but openly and frankly discussing sex. Despite using half-naked models to advertise pretty much anything, we seem remarkably unwilling to...

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Impulsivity: Finishing Things ‘Faster Than a Speeding Bullet’

Karl Shallowhorn
October 31, 2014

Like the old saying goes, “Slow and steady wins the race.” But whoever came up with that one obviously doesn’t live with bipolar disorder. I like to think of myself as a reasonably patient person. There are times, however, when this quality is put to the test. For instance, I get impatient with others, especially...

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Snack Attack? Fight Back!

Kelly James-Enger
September 24, 2014

Using food to manage your moods and feelings is a short term fix at best. We’ve got ways to get emotional eating under control. By Kelly James-Enger   Carl Davis first started comforting himself with food as a child. “I think whenever I felt stress, or whenever I felt unloved, which I often did, I...

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Is Mania Around The Corner? 9 Strategies To Help You Combat It

Wendy K. Williamson
September 10, 2014

If you’re feeling manic, get to know your pattern––like rapid speech or impulsive spending. Then use some tried-and-true coping strategies; here are nine: The end of August and beginning of September is the worst time of year for me mania-wise. I’m on spending lockdown, when all I want to do is shop on-line and plan...

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Mania and Overspending: Don’t Break the Bank!

Chris Swingle
August 7, 2014

Manic splurges often leads to empty wallets, depleted savings accounts and new and impressive debts. Check out these personal stories and financial tips to help keep your money where it belongs. During the highs of bipolar disorder, money can seem limitless and the desire to spend it feels urgent and wise. When the high ends...

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