After Disclosure: Family Relationships

After Disclosure: Family Relationships

Disclosing one’s bipolar disorder to family members can be very difficult, because we never really know how people will react, and once we have disclosed, there is really no way to take it back. My own experience with disclosure has been a largely positive one, but not everyone has such positive experiences. For this article, I wanted to talk about some of the possible positive and negative reactions that we can get, and how to deal with them. When Disclosure Goes Right There can be a number of positive results from disclosing bipolar disorder to one’s family members. After all, being bipolar,... »

How to Date Someone with Bipolar Disorder

How to Date Someone with Bipolar Disorder

Living with bipolar disorder is a challenge, and dating someone with this illness is a challenge as well. If your boyfriend, girlfriend, husband, or wife is a manic-depressive, here is a guide to help you and your partner build and maintain a healthy relationship. Step 1 First, learn as much as you can about bipolar disorder. Understand its origins as an imbalance of neurotransmitters in the brain, and how an imbalance of these important chemicals can manifest as unstable moods. Step 2 Learn to recognise when your boyfriend or girlfriend is in a low period. The depressive phase of bipolarity i... »

A Healthy Diet: Health tips for Sufferers

A Healthy Diet: Health tips for Sufferers

Omega 3 Fatty Acids Bipolar disorder is not a condition that is generally considered to have direct nutritional considerations, like diabetes or heart disease. However, recent research has found that omega 3 fatty acids may lessen the symptoms of bipolar disorder. While research is still ongoing, studies have found that they lessen stress and aid in focusing. Antidepressants and Weight Gain There are special dietary requirements for people who take many of the medications used to treat bipolar disorder. Weight gain is a potential side effect of nearly all antidepressant medications. However it... »

Testimony – I am Bipolar: A Sufferers advice!

Testimony – I am Bipolar: A Sufferers advice!

Practical Coping Skills For Living With Bipolar Disorder: I have been living with bipolar disorder for a few years now. I keep telling myself it is just in my head. “I am not really bipolar”, they USED to call it manic depression. Something I honestly think sounds better than bipolar. Manic depression explains it much better, don’t ya think? Anyway, I have learned a few things along the way. I have learned that yes, I am bipolar. And a big resounding yes, it is in my head, more specifically it is a chemical imbalance in my brain. Or your brain if you happen to be bipolar. So ... »

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