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Can You See (The Real Me)?
Dedicated to the winters of my soul - because hibernation is as much a part of life as hyper-nation :)
I used to fear the crash
Now I know it can be more like a deeper dive
See different things
Or see things differently
Or feel nothing at all
Just because I sometimes don't feel
Does not mean I am not real
Postpartum OCD – Yes, OCD
To be clear, I don’t agree with the victim mentality and it’s not my standard default. When I blame others for my troubles, I’m not taking responsibility for my life and my choices. I always look for my part in any negative, or what I perceive as a negative, experience. I'm very rarely a victim. Unless I'm blindsided or assaulted in my adult life, I'm a volunteer.
I’ve been a little hypomanic again lately. It started, as it usually does, with a reduced need for sleep – even continuing to take my usual doses of lithium and quetiapine (Seroquel) I began to have difficulty drifting off, and started to find myself wide awake hours after the antispychotics have usually kicked in. When I did get to sleep, I found that I was waking frequently throughout the night, every night.
The Matter of Sensitivity
Until my father returned to school to finish his education for the ministry,
I lived in the distant rural, from which I learned many lessons of living. These
lessons came easily to a sensitive mind, the point I wish to discuss as an early
memory of knowing I was “different,” before “bipolar “ was even a contsruct
There is a symptom of Bipolar Disorder or specifically a symptom sometimes synonymous with Mania that many suffer from, a challenging, difficult and perhaps embarrassing symptom that often does not get the recognition or attention it deserves.
Jake Adams currently lives in San Pedro, CA and was born and raised in Colorado Springs, CO. He is the owner of a real estate investment company that specializes in rehabbing homes in Southbay Los Angeles area. He has over 10 years of experience in sales, marketing, and management. Jake successfully managed a multi-million dollar, award winning restaurant before he came to California to pursue his real estate business.
Normal is not Normal
If you’ve explored the International Bipolar Foundation website, you’ve noticed that we encourage those diagnosed with bipolar disorder or depression to explore—even study-- these disorders. Armed with knowledge, the informed patient feels far more empowered when it comes to healthcare and lifestyle decisions.