The Effort to Chase Away Darkness and Manage Mania
Hi! My name is Spencer and I am a new blogger for the Bipolar Foundation. I recently graduated from Trinity College, obtaining my BS in Psychology and completing the Interarts track as well as the Pre-med track. I am interested in pursuing a career in psychological research and possibly exploring the benefits of art therapy.
But the little beast is still with me
Smile It Helps
Let me first start by saying I am writing this blog from the John Hopkins Psychiatric Unit, in Baltimore, Maryland. They allow the patients to have their, IPAD, cell phone, and laptop. I decided to submit this blog because daily I find that even those individuals who are depressed they can smile too, I as well as anybody with a mood disorder, while depressed, find laughing and smiling at jokes that last thing on the agenda, but just a small smile helps. Nevertheless, I think that this topic is important to discuss!
Mental Health Stigma: The Solution – Speaking Out (Article 3 in the Stigma Series)
A Little About Hope
I’m often asked what gave me HOPE through my darkest years and what gets me through rough patches today. There are several key techniques and practices that have helped me throughout the years, and I’m not hesitant to implement them today when I need them. Aside from the clearly important things, like staying on your medication, and communicating with your doctor, here are a few practical day-to-day tips that have seen me through.
Hypomanic Project Spending
I can always tell when I am dealing with renovation construction while in a hypomanic mood. It costs money, lots of it. My landscaping job started at $5000+-. Add a walkway and entrance pad of hand laid stone on a whim. $12,000+- total. Add an irrigation system $14,500+- total. Finish off with a driveway tearing apart and repaving with stone liners $19000+- total.
Blessing of blind spots
When a spouse, family member or friend points out something that you said or did wrong that you were not aware of, or a habit that does not serve you well (http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/emotional-fitness/201301/10-tools-change-hurtful-habits), how do you feel? Do you feel as though they are judging you or that they are helping you? Of course the answer to this question can vary greatly depending on circumstances and both persons involved... That being said, how do you typically react to and view these situations?
A conversation with Dr Black-Boot’s
“I shall be with you in a moment Henrietta”. Dr Black-Boot’s walks past, forced smile; giving others around her the impression, she is hurrying. I am not convinced.
She enters a room to the right hand side of the waiting area, the small, claustrophobic duty room. I can hear murmurs of conversation, the rustling of paperwork, movement.
I wait, listening to the ‘toneful’ melancholy of Dylan through my headphones.
July Webinar with Dr. Elizabeth Haase
Title: In the Mood for Love: The Overlap of Romantic Love and Mania
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