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Living With Bipolar

My experiences with bipolar disorder and other stigmas around mental health.

Rapid Cycling

"How do you know if you're out of control?" Sadly, you hardly notice at all. 

In my years of living with bipolar, I have only been able to notice and anticipate my cycles this year. I had finally stopped using hard drugs or ones that were not prescribed to me for self-care. I should have realised that even taking medications that aren't given to me by a doctor is really unhealthy because it can affect the chemicals in the body and cause adverse effects. In the time that I began my real journey of recovery and self-awareness I have been able to spot the elevated or dropping moods by monitoring through writing. I'm not even that good at it, but it is a good start.   

I can't wait until I have a family doctor so I can talk to them about the fact I think I go through rapid cycles. The criteria of rapid cycling is if a person had 4 or more manic or depressive phases within one year. I can 100% guarantee I have experienced that in this year. Going through my old blogs I can pinpoint the weeks of these cycles, so it will be easier for my physician to document. Maybe this will result in a medication change but I can't do that myself, I refuse to unless I can't handle the side effects.

The best that I can do right now is keep doing what I'm doing. Writing, talking and taking care of my physical health. If I don't then my school and my mental health will suffer, not to mention possibly failures of relationships. I don't want to go through any of that again so all I can do is follow through. 

Here are some more links to help better understand the facts behind rapid cycling :
Rapid Cycling within Bipolar Disorder II
Rapid Cycling and Mixed "Waves" 
​Frequently Asked Questions about Rapid Cycling

They'll Never get Better

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Super User on Tuesday, 17 January 2017 11:15

If the readers of these posts thinks or knows they are bi polar please try to include your family as much as possible. I am the mother of Jenna J and have learned so much from reading her posts and the other blogs she has shown me. Non bi polar family members need this information almost as much. As I think back over the years the clues were there for me to see but the education on bi polar was not. I can say now I have been able to help two other moms with children younger then mine to seek help from a doctor while still in their teens.
Jana J one very proud mom

If the readers of these posts thinks or knows they are bi polar please try to include your family as much as possible. I am the mother of Jenna J and have learned so much from reading her posts and the other blogs she has shown me. Non bi polar family members need this information almost as much. As I think back over the years the clues were there for me to see but the education on bi polar was not. I can say now I have been able to help two other moms with children younger then mine to seek help from a doctor while still in their teens. Jana J one very proud mom
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