I do not advocate putting anything inside my body that is foreign and yet I must pop pills to keep stabilized. I’ve accepted that my pills shape the chemistry in my brain so that I can function normally, whatever that is said to be.
There are few tidbits I’ve learned over the years from taking pills that may help you as well and here is a list.
If your doctor or caregiver prescribes a new med, give it a tryout for the necessary term. Your body will not get the knack of what the pill will do unless it is in your system for a few weeks. Don’t give up early unless you get extreme side effects.
Take your pills regularly and on time. Many pills have an active life inside your body for only so many hours. Keep your body rhythm steady by feeding it pills to regulate it.
Listen to your body. Watch for unusual ques as dizziness, nausea, weight gain or loss, or anxiety. These are signs that the pills are not agreeing with you.
Do not go off your pills, unless supervised. Many manic cycling folks will throw out their pills. This is bad timing and detrimental to your mental health and physical well being.
If you decide to exit your pills do it when you are on an even keel. Do it a bit at a time only, otherwise you will shock your system.
Discuss with your caregiver what is best for your pill taking habits. There are extend release (ER) tabs that last for 24 hours which can be convenient, but can also be difficult to remember to take again. There are liquids, shots, and a variety of meds to fit your life. Choose what works best for YOU.
Stigmas abound around bipolar people. Even if you are sane you have mood swings. How do you tell if you are bipolar? What body and mental signs do you receive to indicate your chemistry may be out of whack? I wrote an article on this site just recently. And since the topic of whether one Has or Has No bipolar seems to be premiere it is worth taking a second look.
Refer to Are U Bipolar again to double check your health barometer on this subject. You may be . . . then again you may not be. . .
Thanksgiving & Christmas & other such holidays are not always happy times. Stress brings on many unwarranted ailments. Depression, mania, anxiety, sleep-ness nights are just a few gifts.
You do not need to be bipolar to have these associated illnesses. Many folks experience holiday blues. Overwhelmed by the have-tos; underwhelmed by where to start.
Bipolar symptoms during the holidays affect the whole family. Traditions are thought to be happy, but for family members struggling with depression turkey day maybe a bad memory relived each year.
There is no solution except to break the tradition. Forget about the tradition trimmings and book a hotel at the beach instead. The holidays are not about ‘have tos’. They are about family and enjoying each other. So what if you eat take-out. The point is to enjoy, unwind, and relax with those who care about you.
Behavior is a clue of someones emotion/physical status. Bipolar is no different. If you think you have bipolar, or someone is wondering about another person’s health, this list may help. These are typical bipolar signs. Now everyone experiences these feelings, but the key to a bipolar person is that these behaviors are EXTREME. And a bipolar person will exhibit many of these symptoms on this list. Be sure to be evaluated professionally . . . get a second and third opinion outside your self diagnosis.
Irritable, always mad at the world
Sleepless or restless nights
Early morning waking hours
Blaming, taking no responsibility
Grandiose ideas and beliefs
Can’t stay on one thought
Can not finish any size project
Unable to concentrate
Depression or fatigue
Weight and appetite changes
Feeling of despair
Thoughts of death
Bipolar symptoms can range. These are some that may help you assess. Remember bipolar includes both the mania and depression sides.
I’ve been reading about creating the perfect archetype so I can deliver the perfect post to you all. Of course this pertains to Bipolar. Archetypes are basically an information format that delivers to you, what you want to know.
BTW For those that would like to write in and propose a question to me or the audience – that is wonderful, but please keep submissions short, succinct, and edited.
Now for the time being I will create an archetype:
How to deal with your bipolar to get results that work:
1) Get a proper diagnosis.
2) Get a second opinion.
3) Get proper meds.
4) Take your meds. Everyday.
5) Be thankful you found a treatment.
6) Take your meds. Don’t forget.
Bipolar Clicks that Help are some easy navigating sites to find help for your bipolar, or, if you are family or friend what to do to support your bipolar kin. These sites are only the tip of the bipolar ice berg. Read on . . .
Self Help Bipolar
8 Ways to Help Your Bipolar Loved One Cope
Bipolarness.com ~ Podcasts
Intervention America Bipolar Disorder ~ City Directories
There are more. Many more sites. Information is waiting for you if you seek it. Good Luck!
Bipolar symptoms come with some tell tale signs. Depression sinks you so low you think there is no bottom. Mania has no limits. Your body has similar responses that most bipolar folks can relate to. These can range from being energized to the point of being on fire. No sleep or early morning waking hours. Agitation. Feeling invincible. Paranoid. Mood swings. Euphoria. Creativity. All these and much more are attributed to bipolar.
Some times people want to lump sum all bipolar people into one mold and call it good. The truth is there are varying degrees of bipolar each with their own set of unique attributes. Some folks are mild, some are managing, some are impossible. For as many types of bipolar categories, there are just as many ways to treat someone. If pills are the preferred method, then you know there are a multitude of pills and combinations there to, to help stabilize a person.
Every one comes with their own DNA. Couple that with all the experiences one has had, and that equals that each person is NOT made out of the same cookie cutter dough. Think of this next time you want to lump sum any kind of group of people together. Each person is their own special blend of cooky.
Your thoughts are your reality. And thoughts become things. All inventions started with a thought. Bipolar folks have a plethora of thoughts ranging from grandiose to the doldrums to soaring with the stars to the bizarre. Our brains are wired with a more pronounced agenda than the average person. Therefore it is important to double check your thought patterns.
People can talk themselves into anything, good or not so. Thoughts can take on their own reality inside your head which reflects outwardly. When thoughts affect your life negatively and when thoughts take over you, it’s time to reassess.
Thoughts always run in the background and are good for monitoring and assessing and evaluating and all sorts of things. However, thoughts become a pest when you listen to the irrational ones and act on them. The bipolar mind can become a burden in this way.
Controlling a thought is not hard. You just need to be aware of the patterns in your mind that affect your attitude and outlook. Having tough thoughts? Become aware of when they happen and redirect the thought to positive. It is a habit you must establish to turn your life around. It is easy but takes persistence.
Thinking about how ugly the weather is? Change your thoughts around it. Just think how now you can get those indoor projects done instead. You cannot control the weather, but you can control your thoughts. Try it.
Change is a good thing. Most folks think changing is difficult. Primarily because they think they have to change all at once.
Change done in small steps is the key to success. The little adjustments in your life can become habit that amount to something greater. For instance take weight loss. You want to slim down. Perhaps you eat right before bedtime, not out of hunger, but out of habit. For starters you eliminate this bedtime routine. That is the only change you do for a month. After awhile you don’t miss the meal. Then the next change is refusing desserts after dinner. You see where this is going. The little adjustments make the change you seek. The key is to change is making the conscious connection between the change you seek and the action you do.
Change can work for the things you see and the things you can’t. Perhaps you want to adjust your thinking around bipolar stigmas. This is an exercise that involves internal brain work. Whenever you get a negative thought, recognize it and stop it by replacing it with a positive thought. Habits are changed easily by anyone using the brain power you have.
It is easy, but takes commitment. It is doable as long as you discipline your brain to think it. Every brain is trainable. Just remember a little at a time equals the big change you seek.
A reader recently wrote me this:
I am having an awakening and getting very sick. I have been visited twice by some sort of spirit. The first was male and the second was female. These are distinct experiences separate from lucid dreams of which I have had several. I am starting to worry that others will believe me to be crazy. Any suggestions on how to manage the intensity??? The other day a window opened in my soul and everything changed and the next day it was back to normal again. These various states of being I feel will not allow me to function around people who will assume I am mad. I can pass by a person and experience their entire inner being and speak to them if they are there, meaning silently communicate a hello I see you are you where I am. Or meet that person where they are. The heavier and denser energies are scary. help. I get lost. Not knowing which one is me…
My response was this:
First you are NOT crazy. You are experiencing an ‘awakening’ of your soul as you know this. Yours sounds like it is enlightening you very quickly. This is not uncommon, but it can be disrupting to your everyday life….and yes it can make you physically sick. So here are a few things you can do to slow it down.
1) Connect yourself to the earth. For instance put your hands in soil/dirt and keep them there for a bit. Water is another good element as well as gemstones for healing. Carry one around.
2) Close your third eye off. Put your hand over your forehead or cover your forehead to close this channel.
3) Ask for help from your spirit guides. Ask them for guidance, for protection against other entities that are not helpful, ask them anything – you have several that will guide you.
4) When dark spirits contact you, send them away and if they won’t go put up a visual blockade they cannot get through.
Nothing can happen without your consent. Your soul is being tested so be strong and utilize your spirit guides for help.
Awakenings are akin to bipolar because the symptoms can be very similar and bp can bring on an awakening. Do not discount bipolar as the cause, but be very scrutinizing. Inform yourself, seek answers, and talk to others. Trust your own intuition and because doctors are revered in our society do NOT take their assessments as the gospel truth. Just take in all the information you can, then make decision for yourself based on your own intuition.