Tips On How To Cope Living With Bipolar Disorder

I Am Bipolar

I have been living with bipolar disorder for several 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 so much better, don't ya think?

Anyway, I have learned a few things along the long road of mental illness. 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 over the last several years after wildly dancing with the dirty devil, I have come to the conclusion that I cannot escape the diagnosis of bipolar disorder. As much as I really wanted to be normal and not touched by the madness of mental illness, that wasn't going to be my lot in life. So here I am, almost normal, bitten by the bipolar bug, felicitously medicated, and fortunately on disability devoting my time to writing, photography, art and overcoming the stigma of mental illness.

I do have some excellent coping skills that work for me most of the time. There are times that my coping skills fail me and I have to be re-medicated, possibly hospitalized to get myself back on track. Not everything is a sure thing. These coping skills are best used when you are in the vicinity of stable and not hanging from a vine or digging your way out of a deep pit.

Because as you have probably noticed we bipolar folks are not exactly perfect. And if your a newbie, you'll soon find out. The first thing to remember is that bipolar disorder can be treated. You are the one who has to choose your treatment plan though. Do you want a natural/herb approach, a no medication approach, a bio feedback approach, or a more popular get on the band wagon medication, psychotherapy approach? I have chose the later. It seems to finally be working for me.

For me I have jumped on the medication psychotherapy approach. I have dabbled briefly with the herbs and vitamins but it to expensive for one thing, very involved for another. If you have the time to do research involved and the money this is a decidedly viable option to try. Of course the no medication option is going strictly mood to mood is radical, but I know people who do it. They ride out their cycles, going in and out of the hospital on a regular basis. They self medicate to keep the episodes on a more even keel, eventually plunging head long into a dark abyss of psychosis. Not the best way to be if you ask me.

Some bipolar folks have claimed they traine themselves to be better altogether. I am not so sure it can be done. If so, then that is a very special person. With the severity of my bipolar 1, there is no way in hell I could cure it by myself. I leave enough debris behind with treatment, without, I'd be jailed for life. I reiterate, choose your own treatment plan. Work it, live by it, make it work for you.

I will list what has worked for me. Be aware it may not work for you. You can only explore those options to find out. The list below are things I do myself. I try to stick to this routine as closely as possible. Otherwise I am goose poop. When I do have an episode disrupt my routine I keep going, kicking and screaming. And hope I don't fall to deep in the deep dark hole.

Sometimes my medications stop working, sometimes I have things going on in my life that suck and I have bad days, sometimes I can't fight it and end up in the hospital. I am not always stable. I fight everyday to stay well and healthy. I work at it very hard. I drive the people around me crazy, they are the ones who let me know what mood I am in, "why are you talking so fast"? "you just moved last week" "Didn't you max out all your credit cards"? " Boo do you realize it is 3 am" "Don't you think you should bath" " You look like shit" Thank you for those people. A little nagging never hurt anybody.

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Practical Coping Skills

  • Learn to identify your triggers. This is essential because if you can see them coming, you can take precautions to ward off a full blown episode. An example, I hate funerals, it is one huge trigger for me, so going to a funeral is something I try to avoid if at all possible. A kind word of sympathy is all I can often offer.
  • Taking your medication as prescribed by your psychiatrist is very important. They know the proper dose for your weight and diagnosis. If you have side affects or cannot tolerate the drug, be sure to tell your psychiatrist exactly what your experiencing. It is the only way to find the right combination of medications. be honest and assertive.
  • Keep all therapy and doctor appointments. It is significant they know what state of mind you are in, if your not doing well, they can help you decide if you need a medication adjustment or a possible hospitalization. Having consistency with your psychiatric team is the best way for them to help you. Keep a calendar in the open so you can see exactly when your appointments are.
  • Stick to a routine. This is a big one for me. It took awhile, but you can do it. Do the same things everyday at the same time to establish your routine. Take your medications at the same time everyday. Go to bed at the same time every night, getting enough sleep helps prevent a manic episode. Having a routine will help you manage your everyday life easier, and stability will be a reachable goal.Be consistent is crucial.
  • Exercise 4-5 days a week if possible. With mood swings it is kind of hard to tell if your going to feel like taking that walk everyday. If you're in the depressive phase of your illness, make yourself do something, walking, moving, pacing, whatever, just as long as your moving. A bike ride is a nice way to get moving. You can go at any pace, and any distance. I prefer to walk when I get up, it helps with that early morning anxiety I get.
  • Take a shower everyday. Wash away negative thoughts. A good way to just let everything go. Sometimes when your depressed a shower is the last thing you want to do, but try, it really is helpful. get a fresh start on your day, a shower can help you do that.
  • Keep a journal. Keep track of appointments, thoughts, dreams, mood changes, art, poetry, record it everything. You will be able to look at triggers, mood changes, things you perhaps want to change. It is also good when you need to share something important with your therapist or psychiatrist. Keep a notebook in view so you don't forget to write.
  • Find some hobbies. Having things you enjoy will keep you busy. If you like to dance, go out and dance. Teach yourself how to play a musical instrument. I love to play guitar, it keeps your hands busy while learning to play. Go for a walk taking photographs, write, there are many places on the INTERNET to publish your work. HubPages to start. Start a blog, it gives you a responsibility, and a chance to make new friends. Watch TV and write reviews. Swimming is one of my all time favorite activity's. I always feel better after spending an hour in the pool.
  • Call your friends and family. If you get along with them, that is even better. Having a support network is very important to your well being. Talking about everyday things, visiting, going out, and enjoying yourself with people will help you feel you are not alone. Share with them about your bipolar disorder, help them understand mental illness better.

These tips are pretty easy to do if you are willing to work on them. If we don't take a proactive role in our own mental illness nobody else is going to do it for us. Unless they decide they want to commit us to the giggle house. So it is our responsibility to take care of ourselves and learn our strengths and learn from our weaknesses. With bipolar disorder we do not know what to expect. When it gets bad enough we need to know what we are supposed to do. Call a hotline , friends, a therapist, and yes even the hospital. We have to know what works for us if we are going to succeed within ourselves.

The many moods of bipolar disorder
The many moods of bipolar disorder

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crazybeanrider 14 months ago from Washington MI Author

Are you asking about going to school?

Khadeejah 14 months ago

hello, how do you manage studies or complete Alevels with bipolar?

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crazybeanrider 3 years ago from Washington MI Author

I began by explaining to them what bipolar is and told them I was sick, and i did some things I was not so proud of. I go to therapy and take meds consistently. I am trying to change negative behaviors into more acceptable ones. I let them know I am working hard at being a more positive and kinder person. Hopefully they will begin to trust you and support you as you try to get well. Recovery is an ongoing process. There will be bumps and it isn't a perfect process, but with support you can begin to treat those around you better.

Tori1991 3 years ago

How do you start over after you are diagnosed bipolar and are on medicine? How do you start treating your family and children better then you used to??

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crazybeanrider 3 years ago from Washington MI Author

Thank you Michele. I try to tell it like it is. I do read a lot. And keep journals on my life with bipolar and OCD. I often have spells of inactivity because the meds i take tend to calm me. And I don't write as much. I do know I love getting comments like yours. Gves me hope and makes me feel like I am helping a little bit. Thank you.

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misslong123 3 years ago from Edmond, Oklahoma

I really enjoyed your article. You gave great advice on tips on how to cope. You did an excellent job at explaining things and offering good tips, especially since you said you have not been Bipolar for very long. You have done a great job at researching. Keep up the good work! :) Michele

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crazybeanrider 4 years ago from Washington MI Author

Hi jantamaya,

Getting better with time seems to go both ways. I know people who do in fact have less extreme moods and then there are some that seem to get worse. For me I find my feelings of rage have lessened. My impulsivity however still remains the same. But I have faith my illness will lessen with time. it gives one something to look forward to. I had two cats I adored, and it has affected me in a profound way. I don't care if people say i should get over it, I haven't and doubt I will. They were a part of my life for many years. My Sully passed at 12 and Ethel at 18. I am accused of being over sensitive about their loss, but that's how it is for me. I have their 18 year old brother still. IHe gives me pleasure and I am happy he is in my life. Cats are awesome aren't they? :) Thanks so much for writing, I ennjoy your comments very much.

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jantamaya 4 years ago from UK

Dear c:-)beanrider, thanks for answering my comment. I forgot something. Did you know that bipolar disorder can improve with the time? It means when the patient gets older, he/she gets also somewhat better. Sadly, I don't know the statistics but can imagine that you would know about it, am I right? Additionally to this, you're absolutely right speaking about pets. They are very important - I think especially cats - for somebody with this disorder. Wish you all BEST and don't forget, with the time you would feel much better! :-)

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crazybeanrider 4 years ago from Washington MI Author

I am sorry you went through so many years, it makes it difficult for a spouse when their loved one refuses help. It can be so hard to live with someone who is bipolar, even more so when you have no idea what is going on. I am happy you gained a new understanding of bipolar disorder, and that my hub helped you gain insight. I wish you the very best in the future, thank you so much for sharing your experience.

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jantamaya 4 years ago from UK

Hi c...beanrider :-) Thank you for this hub. It brings me back to my awful 22 years... My ex partner of 22 yers was bipolar... I’ve stayed with him until he almost killed me (although, he told me he would never do it, I think he would do it, because in some moments he simply didn’t have any control). He never was on any medication, he knows that there is something wrong with him, but he never tried to get any help. We owned a company together and I was often completely ashamed how he was working (screaming and banging) with our employees and customers. It is sad. As I was living with him, I didn’t know anything about bipolar disorder. I learned about it from internet and from your great hub. New for me was the information about chemical imbalance in brain of a bipolar patient. It makes more sense. Thanks again for writing.

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crazybeanrider 4 years ago from Washington MI Author

Thank you Kate Mc Bride, I am glad they came in handy for you.

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Kate Mc Bride 4 years ago from Donegal Ireland

The list of coping skills in this hub are great.I have bookmarked this to read again.Thanks :-)

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crazybeanrider 4 years ago from Washington MI Author

You are welcome, I hope you have found wellness.

eightshadesofday 4 years ago

I found characteristics of myself in your article. I was diagnosed with bipolar II two years ago. I know about the denial and the fenestration the disease can cause. Thank you for sharing.

rogueswolf76 4 years ago

Ive heard that a lot from my friends who have went. Im going to actually call them up today and get more information.

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crazybeanrider 4 years ago from Washington MI Author

Your welcome, Pathways has excellcent care. I wish you the best.

rogueswolf76 4 years ago

Thanks :). Yeah im gonna sign up with pathways.

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crazybeanrider 4 years ago from Washington MI Author

Yes it can be part of bipolar 1, I have have hallucinations and psychotic features when I am in a manic phase of the illness. Not everyone has those symptoms, but it is something you should talk to your doctor about, so you have the proper medication. Seeing and hearing things can be very frustrating. I wish the best for you.

Roguewolf76 4 years ago

Thanks for that. Theres just one question I have that not many people have been able to explain to me. Ive seeing and hearing things that are not there, is that part of the disorder?

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crazybeanrider 4 years ago from Washington MI Author

Hi Roguewolf, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with bipolar. You have had a great deal of trauma with your house fire, that in itself can set off an episode of bipolar. Perhaps going to face to face support groups will give you some insight as well. Getting diagnosed is important, i of course understand your financial situation. Just take good care of yourself, and I hope the tips help alomg with friends and family and any other support networking you can get. There are online groups to join to get support there as well. Feel free to write when you like, I am here if you need to talk. Read blogs and articles, it will help you feel less alone and more like you are okay.Stay well and write anytime.

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Roguewolf76 4 years ago from Kentucky

Ever since I was a kid I have always thought that I possibly just had anger problems and maybe just bad days that would last for months. Too me I thought it was normal. But since the beginning of last November or maybe October I am not sure when ( I have a horrible memory, hell I barely remember my childhood or even yesterday)I lost my house to a fire. Things have been getting worse, a lot worse. I can go from happy to hostile within a few seconds. Ive become distant with just about everyone I know. Anyway I met a new friend who is bipolar as well, she observed me and such and said that most likely I am too. I don't exactly have the money for any kind of therapy as of now but hopefully getting a job soon and signing myself up for pathways. Most of all the people I know agree with my friend saying I may be bipolar. As to what level im not too sure. Sometimes without even realizing it I will literally screw with peoples minds...and I get a bit too physical. Ive caused pain on a lot of friends. Ive been trying to ignore it up till now, its just working anymore. Im gonna try a few of the tips, maybe it'll work maybe it wont, everyone is different.

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crazybeanrider 4 years ago from Washington MI Author

I tried without meds for a long time, and drove myself crazy. It was pure hell. But I kept going and just needed something to get me through the day, and finally had to go on something. And it has helped. I take Invega injections and so far that has pulled me back up out of the sewer I was in. Sometimes you just don't want to take meds, there is nothiing wrong with that, it just is so much work and the outcome isn't always workable. It seems you can go medless for a time, but it escalates into something you cannot control. So I understand your plight and hate meds and wish so badly I could do it BY MYSELF, but just can't seem to do it. And that aggravates me. But I do try. Keep up the great work you are doing. Exercise, good food and sleep help. Keeping busy and hobbies are essential tools as well.

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JayBee3 4 years ago from NC

This is an AWESOME article, THANK YOU. I am Bipolar II and currently not on meds, and have been in the mindset that I would "deal with it myself"... well, to all the Hubbers posting here searching for help - we can NOT deal with it ourselves. We will have no quality of life, and our family will walk on eggshells wondering when our next explosion will take place. I read this, and I refuse to be run over by my life. I have to (in for nothing else, my kids' sake) make effort to live - like the author said - even if it's just bathing, walking my dog and breathing in fresh air. Some days, I am ready to pack it all in by 8am...other days, I wake up happy, motivated to dress, clean up my house and get out and live. Sometimes on those same days, by 5pm I am ready to do myself in for no apparent reason...sometimes I don't even see it coming. But when it does, it's deep, dark and bad...for everyone. It's not worth it. We have to master our destiny and seek the help we need. Even if it's joining support groups. We owe it to ourselves and families not to cop out. It's hard, but we have to keep in mind that we won't let our brains take us over.

I am supporting you all from here - and popping my meds as I type - the meds that I was rx'd months ago that I said, "I don't need any stupid MEDS to operate!" Well...turns out... I do.

Great article!

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Therealbamafan 5 years ago from Trussville, Alabama

Thank you for sharing your great tips I really loved the one on triggers i.e. funerals (duh...) I never thought about things like that. I agree it should be called Manic/Depression, I have been BP for 8years (also A.D.D) and oh what an 8years it’s been. . You know one thing that I can’t figure out and I maybe someone can help in the books, Doc, and other experts are always quoting BP folks are creative people.

I have asked my friends, family were my where mine is?. Of course my loving family either says it will come (am 38) or you are very creative in so many ways you just don’t see it. Well folks let me tell you: I can’t cook you know the saying I can boil water, or she can’t even boil water? Well you see I can’t even get the saying correct, and for decorticating well I’m from Alabama and my house does look like “southern Living”, Paint? By numbers maybe see you get my drift... so how do I find it ??

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bipolar-living 5 years ago

Great coping tips and comment discussion. The hub resonates with people.

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crazybeanrider 5 years ago from Washington MI Author

Hi jaral, the best i can offer is seek and stick with treatment. It is hard but seeing a therapist to discuss your anger may be helpful...And often the right medication will help with that as well...If you can talk with someone when you start to feel out of control, you might be able to avoid going into a rage...I wish the best for you...

Jeanne-I understand all that stress. I have some issues with family and illness as well. It makes staying healthy very difficult. You are so lucky to have that precious little grandson.Grab onto him and let him spread that sunshine on you.I am overly sensitive as well and have trouble keeping my triggers in check. I cry at the drop of a hat...I have learned to use walking as a way to help me stay calm. With so much anxiety any movement helps me. I just bought an ereader and am trying to concentrate on reading when i am stressed. Thank you so much for being here, and may your Christmas be the best this year.

Jeannie 5 years ago

Beautifully written article. Thank you so very much. I was looking up why I hate to shower (but I love being clean) when I came across this web page. Many interesting things written. I am a bipolar 2, and I also fought the diagnosis for some five years now.I am rarely manic, just sad or sometimes almost happy. My precious mom passed two years at at age 94, my brother died of lung cancer three years ago, my sister just had head and neck cancer and radiation and she looks like hell, and my other brother has lung cancer and is in the process of dying. I hate to exercise but I should as I am diabetic type 2. I have a strong support system and my daughter also has this dreadful disorder. I have never been hospitalized but came close once or twice. I take Cymbalta and Abilify. I cry over EVERYTHING! I am so sensitive, I cannot avoid the triggers and I know what they are. My face turns deep read and i just begin to sit and stare then cry. I basically live a normal life with family and friend's (they do not know that I am bi polar except for one friend) but it is a difficult excistence for me and my husband. He sympathizes with me plus I just had hand surgery and I have arthritis in the other hand and cannot use my hands well. My grandson is two and I stay strong for him as he sometimes looks at me and asks me why I am sad. I then smile and tell him that I am very happy! Thank you for letting me vent, it felt good. I wish the very best to each and every of of you and Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays to you all!

jaral 5 years ago

i have had bipoler all my life and been on med up till about 3 yrs ago . this yr i have gone off more and have wanted to hit things . will just this mouth i have i have been under a grate dill of stress and i cant exspet it help please .

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crazybeanrider 5 years ago from Washington MI Author

darknessofanange- I understand, I truly do. Some days I lay in bed and cry myself to sleep because it is to hard to move. But move, it is the answer to living your life, take a shower, watch tv anyway, light some candles, look through magazines, read a paper. Just small things really, but something is better than nothing at all. If you have a pet, cherish it, love it, it helps believe me.

Just make yourself move. Find any activity no matter how small and give it a try. I started walking when my cat died 4 months ago and cried everyday as I walked, but I did it in spite of her. Just one thing, force yourself to live. If it means crying through it, so be it, just move your body, living is worth it, make yourself do something so you don't miss it. I wish you the very best. Depression is a horrible vile disease. Do not let it win.

darknessofanangel 5 years ago


I guess I am more looking for advice...I have severe type 2 Bipolar and have my entire life though I did not start medication until 2009. I am still only in my mid twenties but truly suffer everyday. I take a combination of an anti-depressent, mood stablizer, and anti-physcotic. Most of the time I feel great, but no matter how regularly I take my medication, I have days where I can't even force myself to get out of my bed to turn the tv on, or even a light for that matter. I just lay in darkness. Literally can't force myself to get out of bed. Does anyone have any advice for getting through these days? Or to even get myself out of bed on those bad days?

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crazybeanrider 5 years ago from Washington MI Author

Thank you so much for the positive comments, means a great deal to me people know that bipolar doesn't have to be a death sentence or the end of your life. That with perseverance you can live through the storms of manic depression, or bipolar if you prefer. Thank you smcopywrite.

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smcopywrite 5 years ago from all over the web

i really like your positive outlook and approach overall to the disorder. i also think that for folks suffering from bipolar that maniac depression sounds better.

extremely well thought out and put together. please continue to share your wonderful writing with other hubbers!

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crazybeanrider 5 years ago from Washington MI Author

Hi ashokpatil- You are welcome. Depression is a hard thing to get rid of. But you must be dilligent. You can succeed, keep working on your depression everyday, you are far from worthless. You are struggling, there is no shame in that. I have been in a three month long depression so dark I thought I would never see the light. It may just take you a little longer to achieve your goals. Do not give up.

ashokpatil 8340 5 years ago

thanks for tips on bipolar,i follow most of them. i exercse reglarlly and take medicines regularlly,i have

regular routine. but still inability to succeed in my carear--lawyer, makes me depressed. I am passionate about

careear, making big money but not able achive it make

me depressed and i feel worthless when my colleges sucssed.

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crazybeanrider 5 years ago from Washington MI Author

Hi Patty, Thank you. AWESOME webpage, bookmarked it so i can go through and read it.

Patty 5 years ago

These are all very good suggestions. You have learned well if it has only been a few years!

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crazybeanrider 5 years ago from Washington MI Author

Hi Catsimmons- Bipolar can take you down in many ways, but fighting to stay on top of it is work. Taking all the little steps to keep in mental shape is most important. Thanks so much for reading and taking the time to comment. Finding sleep tips is the hardest one for me!

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catsimmons 5 years ago from Mission BC Canada

Great tips! I have Bipolar I and absolutely agree on the sleep tip, it's sooooo important. You hit the nail on the head with the shower too, it can make a huge different to my day :-)

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crazybeanrider 5 years ago from Washington MI Author

Hi seekingmeme- It sounds like you have the right tools toward recognizing what you need to do to stay well. It took me a long time to face the reality of my diagnosis. I have OCD as well and it can get chaotic at times, but I remain diligent in my routines because I just don't want to spiral out of control anymore. Thank you so much for reading and commenting. It means a great deal. I enjoy meeting people who are managing their illness and making wellness a priority.

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seekingmeme 5 years ago from North Carolina

Another great Hub on bipolar disorder. I'm just learning to recognize my own triggers and my bipolar disorder is further complicated with ADD and compulsive eating. I have the focus ability of, perhaps, a 5yo when I'm having a bad day. Writing has helped in more ways than I could have imagined. Several of your tips are on my coping list, too. The two big ones for me are taking a shower and exercising. I also tend to resent routine, feeling that it confines me too much, but I recognize the necessity for managing my illness. Thank you again for another wonderful Hub!

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crazybeanrider 6 years ago from Washington MI Author

Thank you destiny, your comment is greatly appreciated. I am glad you came by. It takes time and practice to manage bipolar, but eventually with the right treatment and support it is doable.

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destiny357 6 years ago

Great hub! I know several people that are bipolar and some are extremely successful and others need a copy of your coping skills.It is also very helpful in other illnesses.

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crazybeanrider 6 years ago from Washington MI Author

Yes Kay Jamison is a a great source of information, and a voice for those with manic depression/bipolar. She speaks for those that cannot speak for themselves. I wish we could go back to using manic depression, because bipolar just doesn't ring right with me. It might explain what a mood disorder is, but manic depression says exactly what it is. When you say Bipolar people right away are put off by the term.

Thank you for sharing. I so agree with you.

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lambservant 6 years ago from Pacific Northwest

I had a great chuckle at your little cartoon. Sometimes it helps to laugh. But Bipolar most of the time is not funny for us is it? Your comments about your preference for the term manic depression rings true for me. I am using it more and more when I talk about my illness to people I trust enough to share that information with. Have you ever read Unquiet Mind by Kay Redfield Jamison? An outstanding book. Jamison is a clinical psychologist, and professor of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University. She also has bipolar. Her book is a biographical account of her journey through her manic depressive illness. It took great courage for her to "come out of the closet" so to speak, by writing this book, considering her profession. Anyway, I thought of her when you mentioned you preference to the term manic depression. Ms. Jamison feels the same way and rarely uses the term bipolar. You are right, the term does seem more representavie of the disorder, and in my opion, the term has less stigma to it than the modern term "Bipolar." I have come to hate the term Bipolar. Every time I hear, read, speak, or write it, it ruffles my feathers, and actually fills me with a lot of pain. I think that it is because the negative stigma, and horrible remarks that people make about it hurt so much. It is the main reason I was in denial for so many years that I had it. I have accepted my illness, but I still have a way to go before I stop being hurt by the stigma. Thanks for the hub. Well written and much appreciated.

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crazybeanrider 6 years ago from Washington MI Author

Hey Chris, Thank you for the support. It means a lot you have taken the time to read and offer encouragement. Your kind sentiment is greatly appreciated.

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Chris Eddy111 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Well done!! Sending you love and peace for the road you travel daily.

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crazybeanrider 6 years ago from Washington MI Author

Hi Stephanie, Thank you for reading. I am glad my hub is able to help you understand your friend better. Bipolar is tough, and takes a lot of practice to reach stability. I hope things work out well for your friend. And that some of my tips work for her :)

stephanie 6 years ago

my bff is bipolar. read these tips and im def gonna tell her about them. thanks. it makes a lot more sense now.

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crazybeanrider 6 years ago from Washington MI Author

Hi Chris,

I am sorry you are depressed. I have had trouble writing for some time now. I am usually on the manic side. I Have been on lithium for about 3 months and am very apathetic. I am having more melancholy days than anything.

Forcing yourself to journal sometimes helps. At least that way you are able to keep a record of your depression, and it helps you understand you will get out of it eventually.

I will read your hub, and definitely comment. You take care of yourself.

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christalluna1124 6 years ago from Dallas Texas

Had to visit this one one more time. So excellently written. Please see my hub"An unquiet mind" and let me know if you have ever felt that way. I have been in a deep depression for two months now and even the things i enjoy like writing become hard. Take care.

warmest regards,


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crazybeanrider 7 years ago from Washington MI Author

Thank you for commenting. Wow ten years without hospitalization. I am going on a year. Can't seem to get my mania's under control. I often wonder myself what is normal. medicated, not medicated.

I think I have given up trying to figure out normal and just be. Whatever that is at any given moment. Right now I am indifferent, overloaded with apathy. I started lithium a month ago. And I am so calm and more laid back than I have ever been in my life.

I just keep trying to stay healthy. Follow my routines and wait for happiness. Lithium has a weird way of numbing that.

I look forward to reading your hubs.

Boo :D

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christalluna1124 7 years ago from Dallas Texas


Thanks for a very well written and articulate article. I have managed to make it for 10 years without being hospitalized. I am able to carry on a neraly normal lifr, but then again what is normal. my first two years after being diagnosed I cried all the time because I wanted to be normal, but then again, What's normal? I use many of the steps you recommend and just hang on for thre ride.

Warmest regards,


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crazybeanrider 7 years ago from Washington MI Author

Hi Azzurohaze, Why thank you for the kind comments. I am glad you liked my hub. I am glad to meet another bipolar friend. Your right, keep on keeping on!

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Azzurohaze 7 years ago

Hey ... an excellent hub - I can really relate to what you are saying. Very practical and helpful advice. I got bp type 1 too. Not fun ... but I do try to manage it using many of the tips you have shared. Find that alcohol just doesn't work with me ... get mega depressed ... oh yeah ... fun ain't it?? LOL ... got to do our best to keep on keeping on. Thanks for sharing and your honesty. Kind regards.

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crazybeanrider 7 years ago from Washington MI Author

Thank you Sheri for the excellent comment, and stopping by HubPages :)

Sheri 7 years ago

Excellent post. Very thorough and informative.

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Yes that is my beloved little Sullybug. She passed 2 years ago, and I can't change my picture yet. Thank you for the very nice comments on my hub. I have learned a lot over the years, and absorb as much information as I can. It is an ongoing process to say the least. But one I have to follow diligently.

I think swimming is one of the best exercises around. Lately i try to spend an hour or more in the pool. I agree that it is a nice place to think.

I joined your hubspage. I will check your article out, and thanks so much for the positive feedback. It means so much to have folks like you appreciate my work.

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dawei888 7 years ago

Hi CrazyBeanRider, First of all, is that a pic of your cat? Very cute! I'd just like to thank you for taking the time to write this hub about your experience with bipolar disorder. None of us were born perfect and you surely have taken great steps in trying to improve your life. And, through your wonderful writing you have been a huge help to other people. Bipolar runs in my family. I have also found it very useful to exercise. It gets the mind in a more balance place. If swim one day then the next day go to the gym. I do my best thinking in the water.

I wrote a hub about dealing with depression. I made a list of negative personality traits and concluded that I deal best with my personal issues by cutting off ties with people who make me feel bad. If you're interested you may search my article with the title: How to Overcome and Treat Depression".

Again, thank you for taking the time to write your hub on bipolarism. Very much appreciated.

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crazybeanrider 7 years ago from Washington MI Author

Thank you for your comment. It led me to your hubs. I have a preteen neice going thru some of the things you are writing about. Thanks for stopping by.

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dr c 7 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area

Thank you for your perspective and tips

crazybeanrider 7 years ago

I think the more stressed out you are the more your symptoms become evident. Even when you are on medication. Sometimes it isn't always enough. I have been in some really stressful relationships that have caused me to cycle quite badly. frustration, anger, rage and other emotions seem to rear their ugly heads.

Talk about what is going on to your therapist or doctor. Sometimes that helps. Just releasing all that negative stuff. Writing also gets that out. I write myself silly. I write on index cards. Fill those up and eventually I get around to copying them into a journal.

But it is life's stressors that can kick off a mood swing. A tragic event. It can creep up on you. Keep working at it. Hope you feel better soon.

frenchie4 7 years ago

Thanks a lot for this. I still have thoughts that if I hadn't been involved in a stressful relationship, none of my symptoms would have ever gotten to this stage. I am on medication, and yes, still fight depressing days. But I was never like this in my past. Any thoughts? My physicians don't get into my query too much.

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Kulsum Mehmood 7 years ago from Nagpur, India

Very well described hub on bipolar.

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Kulsum Mehmood 8 years ago from Nagpur, India

Thank you very much for the tips to bipolar disorder. These will help many persons who are living on the edge.

Mano 8 years ago

Thanks for these tips, I'm bipolar type I was feeling normal good until now, waked up with deep depression, I'll try to exercise

Raven 8 years ago

I've been Bipolar and PTSD for30 plus year. It's very hard to figure out who is on your case at the time. I use to really hate myself. After 3 sucidie attemps the good Lord showed me that he didn't want me at my time line. But he did show me the way to go on and he has been doing a good job with it since 1995. I don't care what people thing about me and my mental illness or the stigma about it. IT JUST DOESN"T MATTER. A good way for us Vietnam Vets to cope and for once this phrase is Okay.

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akeejaho 8 years ago from Somewhere in this beautiful world!

Well. Hmmm. Um. Shoot! Nothing to add! Beautiful job.

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