Bipolar Disorder: Struggles & Triggers and How to Cope

Bipolar Disorder: Struggles & Triggers and How to Cope

Bipolar is a mental illness may affect as many as 60 million people worldwide. More than half of all patients begin seeing symptoms between the ages of 15 and 25, but it can begin at any age. (source: Latuda.com)  I have shared a few times about how my husband suffers from Bipolar 2. It's hard on both the patient and the spouse. Especially if the spouse is the only caregiver. Being a caregiver for someone with a mental illness is hard. You never know what the day will bring. I saw a quote recently that hits home a lot: “Having Bipolar...
Holiday Stress with a Mental Illness

Holiday Stress with a Mental Illness

The holidays are a great time to reconnect with family and friends. It can also be a stressful time of year, especially if you suffer from a mental illness. Holidays mean lots of parties, gifts, guests and a lot of togetherness. If you suffer from a mental illness this can be hard to adjust to. My husband does not like the holidays at all. He will actually yell at the tv over the endless Christmas commercials. (They do get to be annoying when it’s the same ones over and over). Not everyone with a mental illness has difficulty with the...
Knowing triggers and warning signs can help control Bipolar

Knowing triggers and warning signs can help control Bipolar

Bipolar is a mental illness that varies in severity depending on the patient. There are Bipolar triggers, things that happen that can trigger an episode. I am not a medical professional, nor do I claim to be one. This post is based on the experiences of myself and my husband who has Bipolar II. If you or a loved one needs help with Bipolar symptoms please seek the advice of a trained medical professional.  Bipolar is a mental illness that I learn more about every single day. My husband suffers from Bipolar II and as his wife, I'm his...
The Real Truth About Anxiety Symptoms

The Real Truth About Anxiety Symptoms

We all have things we struggle in our day to day lives. This is especially true when you are living with anxiety. Anxiety can be managed to a point but you have to know what your triggers are and try to avoid them.  Life is hard enough as it is, having a mental illness like anxiety just adds to the everyday stress of things. I know personally, I do not like large crowds. My husband doesn't like to leave the house much at all anymore. He says it's too “peopley” outside. When people think of a mental illness they think of illnesses...
Bipolar is hard for everyone not just the patient: A caregivers perspective

Bipolar is hard for everyone not just the patient: A caregivers perspective

Bipolar is a mental illness that affects everyone that has a relationship with them. This is especially true for their caregivers. Being the caregiver of anyone with a serious longterm illness can be frustrating, stressful and lonely. This is especially true when you are caring for someone with Bipolar. The Bipolar caregiver stress is difficult to deal with because it's hard for other people to understand what you go through day in and day out. Bipolar is an illness that affects people differently. You can have 3 people in a room some of...
There are 2 types of Bipolar. Do you know the difference?

There are 2 types of Bipolar. Do you know the difference?

Bipolar is a mental illness that deals with extreme mood swings. Bipolar used to be labeled as manic depression. There is so much more to it than that. There are 2 distinct types of Bipolar, but some say there are actually 4. The most common types of Bipolar are simply Bipolar I and Bipolar II. Everyone is different but there are some distinct symptoms to each, although they can overlap. Bipolar is hard to diagnose and treat sometimes because moods can change in the blink of an eye. The most common types of Bipolar and their symptoms can last...
Everyone is unique, it’s important to embrace what makes you, you!

Everyone is unique, it’s important to embrace what makes you, you!

We all have parts of our body or personality we don’t like all the time. It is important however to love yourself no matter what. There is an old saying that really does ring true, “How can anyone love you if you don't love yourself?” You should never change who you are for someone to accept you and love you. That's not what the saying means. It means you have to love yourself the way you are. We are all unique and that's what makes us special. Everyone at one time or another suffers from low self-esteem. To be truly happy and...
What Are the Benefits of a Weighted Blanket?

What Are the Benefits of a Weighted Blanket?

A weighted blanket is a great tool for comforting someone that may suffer from a variety of emotional issues. It's like being wrapped up in a big giant bear hug without actually having to be hugged. Some people need the compression but do not like to be touched when having a moment of insecurity. I’ve mentioned before how my husband and I suffer from different medical problems. I personally suffer from anxiety and depression. My husband has bipolar. There are many times when one of us is just overwhelmed and need to relax and decompress. The...

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