Bipolar Symptoms

Articles and blog posts relating to the various symptoms of bipolar disorder- including mania, depression, impulsivity, and anger.

Blogs and Articles

Recognizing Impatience as a Symptom of My Mood Episodes

Carrie Cantwell
March 8, 2022

When I’m experiencing a mood episode, my patience often goes out the window. Recognizing that is key to keeping myself in recovery. Hi, this is Carrie Cantwell with bpHope’s online vlogging community, and today I’m going to talk to you about impatience. When I’m experiencing a bipolar mood episode, my patience often goes out the...

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Social Media Benefits & Drawbacks with Bipolar

JB Burrage
February 28, 2022

Social media sites and apps can provide necessary connections and offer entertainment; they can also enable isolation and masking stability while denying bipolar depression or mania. Social Media Status: Complicated I have a love/hate relationship with social media. On one hand, I’ve found plenty of old acquaintances and reconnected with them—even met for the first...

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Overcoming Isolation During Bipolar Depression

Anja Burcak
February 24, 2022

For many of us with bipolar, depressive episodes involve self-isolating. Knowing the signs of social withdrawal helps me overcome this challenging symptom. If video is not showing, click here Bipolar Depression, Negative Thinking, & Withdrawing from Others I have noticed a connection between my bipolar depression and isolation: One of the main problems I face with...

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When Anxiety Manifests as Anger—Taming Your Temper

Natasha Tracy
February 24, 2022

While they are two different emotions, anxiety can present itself as intense anger. Recognizing this is important, so I can prevent taking these feelings out on others. If video is not showing, click here Discerning Anxiety from Anger with Bipolar I’ve been thinking about anxiety and anger, and, specifically, whether anxiety can manifest as anger....

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Seeking Healthy Thrills to Prevent Bipolar Depression

Sasha Kildare
February 22, 2022

Newness is exciting; boredom feels painful. It took a while for me to realize that boredom is a personal risk factor for depressive episodes. Not everyone understands this. As it turns out, there’s plenty of research regarding how learning new things influences your brain, including creating new connections between your neurons (neuroplasticity). This is, in...

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Fighting the Myth of Mania

Melody Moezzi
February 15, 2022

Given the widespread effects of “spring fever,” it’s not surprising that this season can push some of us with bipolar disorder toward the manic end of the mood spectrum. “Spring Fever” & Spontaneity There’s something ridiculously alluring and intoxicating about spring—with her tulips and daffodils and cherry blossoms, not to mention her festivals, fairs, and farmers’...

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Routine Problems with Bipolar

Brooke Baron
February 14, 2022

I recognize the importance of a consistent routine for managing bipolar. I also know that maintaining my stability depends on having free time for spontaneity. The Necessity of Routine We hear it all the time: Routine is so important for people with bipolar! Keep a steady routine to combat your bipolar symptoms! Do things the...

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Bipolar Disorder & Dealing with Life’s “Curveballs”

Andrea Paquette
January 24, 2022

Everyone faces challenges in life. And bipolar disorder can certainly add new and unexpected complications. It’s how we face them that matters. Seeking Wisdom in Challenges with Bipolar We are going to face challenging situations, people, and barriers in our lives, but we have control over how we deal with them. We can decide to...

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A Simple Strategy to Let Go of Stress

Dave Mowry
January 20, 2022

Stress can spark depressive episodes and bipolar disorder symptoms like obsessive thinking. I’d like to share a technique that helps me to overcome stress and its effects. If video is not showing, click here Obsessive Thinking & Bipolar I live with bipolar disorder, severe anxiety, panic attacks, and obsessive thoughts. Over many years of living with...

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Why Bipolar Is Like Getting a New Horse

Brooke Baron
January 18, 2022

What does acceptance of a bipolar diagnosis look like? What does it feel like? Turns out, it’s a lot like getting to know a new horse. What Is Bipolar Acceptance? There isn’t a trophy for achieving bipolar acceptance. There isn’t a list of requirements, a deadline, or a competition. But still, many of us see...

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When “Helpful” Advice Doesn’t Help Bipolar Depression

Carrie Cantwell
January 3, 2022

If I could “snap out of it,” I would. Here’s why advice like that isn’t helpful—plus 5 strategies that do help me cope with bipolar depression. Unhelpful Advice for Bipolar Depression Have you ever gotten this advice when experiencing bipolar depression? “Think positive.” “It could be worse.” “Snap out of it.” I’ve heard it all,...

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Coping with Loneliness During the Holidays

Debbie Jacobs
December 20, 2021

Holidays can be challenging, especially when we feel isolated. To avoid bipolar depression, I’m taking a proactive approach—tackling loneliness directly and finding ways to feel joyful. Feeling Lonely & Isolated During the Holidays The holidays can often be the hardest time of the year for dealing with loneliness and the potential mood shift that can...

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3 Strategies to Get Smart with Bipolar & Stress Management

Lisa Acuña
December 16, 2021

Feeling overwhelmed by stress and anxiety? There are some practical strategies you can work into your daily life to find relief. Managing Stress with Bipolar Disorder Stress is a common trigger for bipolar mood episodes. To manage stress more effectively with bipolar disorder, I use certain techniques that have worked for me. #1 Exercise My...

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Depression & Overthinking: Finding the OFF Button!

Robin L. Flanigan
December 15, 2021

When intrusive negative thoughts get stuck on replay, it can feel like an unrelenting hamster wheel. Learn ways to stop the spinning and free your mind. An incessant stream of repetitive thoughts typically badgers Christine E. when she’s alone, or at night—when she doesn’t have someone or something to distract her. The rumination happens most...

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All I Wanted for Christmas

Karl Shallowhorn
December 13, 2021

Years ago, I was hospitalized for bipolar during the holiday season. It was a particularly challenging time that taught me about the power of hope. Hospitalized for the Holiday It was Christmas Day 1981.  I was hospitalized as a result of a bipolar episode I’d had earlier in the month. On that particular day, I...

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Too Many Holiday Expectations?

Brad Hoefs
December 6, 2021

Entering the holiday season without any expectations—positive or negative—helps me avoid triggers and appreciate moments of kindness and cheer. Expectations & Disappointments This time of the year, what is called the “most wonderful time of the year,” can be filled with a lot of expectations. Expectations that set up you and me for a whole...

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Mania & Financial Stress During the Holidays

Jessica Walker
December 6, 2021

I love giving gifts and celebrating. Mania used to “manage” my wallet and holiday festivities for me. Now, I actively resist the urge to overspend, managing my money, moods, and seasonal stress. Well, it’s that time of year again. Time to shop for gifts for others, buy food for parties—and don’t forget about new outfits...

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Psychosis Made Me Kinder, Not Violent

Andrea Paquette
November 30, 2021

Because they associate it with violence, some people fear the psychosis that can accompany bipolar manic episodes. But my experience of psychosis made me a better person. A Changed Perspective on Psychosis Living with bipolar disorder can be challenging and confusing, and some find themselves at the mercy of one particular symptom: psychosis. There is...

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Avoiding Holiday Mania

Julie Whitehead
November 25, 2021

In a world that rewards overdoing it, especially around the holidays, it is easy to be tempted into mania. Here is how I stay stable throughout the season. While we are in the thick of the “holiday season”—which, to me, begins with Halloween in October and doesn’t end until Valentine’s Day in February—I have to...

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Bipolar Depression & Counting My Blessings on Thanksgiving

Susie Johnson
November 23, 2021

Years ago, I learned firsthand that serving others in need can also help alleviate the heaviness of a long episode of bipolar depression. Bipolar Depression on Thanksgiving Years ago, when I was a 20-year-old with a new diagnosis of bipolar disorder, my parents had dragged me—kicking and screaming—from my native land of California to the...

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