Living with Bipolar Disorder: Strategies for Balance and Resilience

Living with Bipolar Disorder: Strategies for Balance and Resilience

Lynn Hodges

Language: English

Pages: 160

ISBN: 184409586X

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Living with Bipolar Disorder: Strategies for Balance and Resilience

Lynn Hodges

Language: English

Pages: 160

ISBN: 184409586X

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


From the initial diagnosis through recovery and transformation, this handbook offers positive, real-life solutions and support from one who not only suffers from the condition herself but has experienced it with her mother and her daughter. Her handy guide offers firsthand advice on how to lead a fulfilling life despite having this debilitating mental-health condition. In a practical, candid tone, the book focuses on addressing personal questions that arise following a diagnosis of bipolar disorder. Among the topics considered are the basics of functioning, living, and dealing with people on an everyday basis, how to negotiate treatment, handle family and friends, maintain a positive image, and make a living.

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heightened I started to drink vodka shots, believing that this white spirit would protect me. I followed this with three bottles of white wine. My eldest daughter was now starting to worry; she knows the signs of mania. I asked my son if I could destroy his red fox furry toy. He wanted to be able to help me and said that I could. I then asked him to play a game of tug-of-war with the red fox. The stomach of the red fox ripped, and we pulled out the white stuffing from the fox. I felt that I had

children and a home to run on your own, a business that has gone under, and having to deal with the aftermath of that and the financial stress. Yet you’re still out there doing it, coming up with ideas, never stopping or giving in (unless you really can’t do 74 it). [You are doing] more than most people would manage, but then you’re a fighter. I wouldn’t change you for the world, but I would take away the depression for you if I could. As you can hear, the people who love you the most worry the

improve mental health you can take a supplement of a fish oil capsule daily. B-complex vitamins When trying to maintain a healthy balanced diet and you are not getting enough vitamins through the natural process, it is worth considering taking supplements of B-complex vitamins 107 including B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B6 (pyridoxine), B7 (biotin), B12 (cobalamin), and folic acid. Research has shown that low folate levels could be connected to depression. Taking folic acid could be a good

case it leads to mania. It’s essential to be careful and work closely with health professionals. What helps me manage my mood swings is keeping a diary, so that I can see if a pattern emerges. I have to say it has. I can almost guarantee every May/June, I will head towards a manic or depressive episode. This is helpful for health professionals, family, and friends to know, as they can then all be on red alert. In my cycle, I find it much harder to detect a depressive mood—they seem to come out of

subjects that interest me. For two years, I took a weekly three-hour oil painting class in Sevenoaks, Kent. This class gave my creativity a new lease of life, and I produced many oil paintings on canvas that I was very proud of. The other positive about participating in that class was meeting like-minded people who were all passionate about art. Collectively, they helped my creative process. I also found visiting art galleries and studying other artists’ work really rewarding. Another creative

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