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Managing Bipolar Disorder

On days that you are struggling to manage your mental health, there are strategies to help you take back control.

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Medication


Part of my journey

Bipolar Disorder

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My first attempt at college did not go well. The second, third, fourth, fifth, and sixth time went even worse. In a desperate final attempt, I boarded a plane to England, trod where Robin Hood trod, got mugged, loved long distance, and learned the meaning of a last call. …


Friends & Bipolar Disorder

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I like to think that I am fiercely independent and do not require friends. Acquaintances on social media are as close as I get. Most people believe that is sad, and I guess in some ways it could be, but I have never felt the loss.

However, I have recently…


Living Life

I have not written for myself or you since July. Life finds a way…to get in the way.

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Where I’ve Been:

For a few months, I have been too busy to write…well, that is what I’m telling myself as I ignore the computer sitting just a few feet away from me. I took on a full-time job, my first in years. It was overwhelming at first, but I think I have…


Bipolar Disorder

These bloggers have expert knowledge, advice, and reliable performance.

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I have Bipolar I Disorder, and in my quest to understand my diagnosis, I scoured the internet for information and people like me. I have been lucky enough to have found both, and I’d like to share with you my sources. …


Mindfulness

Follow this method daily (Template Included)

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I know that the first part of my day can often set the tone for how the rest of the day will progress. So knowing that I have a penchant for ruining things with my overactive self-talk, I have to stop myself and make a plan. The first step for…


SIMPLE GUIDE

As quarantine changes for some, it is still essential to stay healthy and happy.

Try these three five-minute exercises to quiet your mind and calm your body.

Breathe

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4–7–8 Breathing

When we are stressed, our breathing often becomes quick and shallow. By taking a deep breath, you are taking in oxygen and letting your body know everything is okay. …


Worry

Don’t stop worrying; intentionally devote time to worrying.

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I know what you are thinking. It sounds counter-intuitive?! Surely this cannot be helpful, but it can if it is done correctly.

Worry-Time

  • Schedule 15 minutes of Worry Time every day.
  • Start by saying, “This time is for my worries, and I will not give attention to these worries outside of…


The state of the world might have you down, but don’t have to let it steal your happy moments. If you need a distraction, here are some ways to do so:

Warning: This is for someone with a sense of humor.

Sunlight

Take a step outside into the sunlight, but only long enough to twinkle and not burn. The sunlight is…


In unprecedented times, your story may be more important than ever before.

When we look back on our lives, we’re going to have a story to tell. Like those that have lived through the Great Depression, we can say we’ve experienced an unprecedented time that could forever change the way we live our lives. If you want to remember this time, the…

Ash Dowdy, PhD

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