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I am in my own state of shock. My friend, Marsha, called this morning to tell me that her daughter, Lauren, had committed suicide. She was 34 years old, the same age as my oldest daughter, Alicia. I’ve known Marsha since we attended Kino Junior High together. Some 15 years later Marsha, our ... Views: 201
Aloe Vera is one of the best healing plants that are being used in improving the cardiovascular health of people. The gel present in the leaves of this plant has been utilized in the medicines for several decades to heal a wide range of tropical conditions. Even various parts of this plant are ... Views: 211
Building your self-esteem is a long, arduous process of trial and error, goal setting, and faith in yourself. Best yet is when you also have positive thinking friends to support your dreams and goals. You have to keep on going no matter what happens along the way.
For me it was a struggle ... Views: 243
By Sam Vaknin
Author of "Malignant Self-love: Narcissism Revisited"
The manic phase of Bipolar I Disorder is often misdiagnosed as Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD).
Bipolar patients in the manic phase exhibit many of the signs and symptoms of pathological narcissism - ... Views: 360
While everyone has times when they are in an extreme mood, a person with bipolar can be very depressed and at other times be so happy that they seem like they are driven by a motor. Their mood can change very suddenly, and it often seems that there is no apparent cause. This is called bipolar ... Views: 525
Bipolar disorder, previously known as “manic depressive disorder”, affects approximately one out of every hundred people, making it a “relatively common” mental illness according to the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs. However, the public does not usually associate veterans with bipolar ... Views: 666
I woke up this morning and started feeling awful. It was one of “those” days. Everyone has bad days, it’s just those of us with bipolar disorder tend to have them a bit worse…or at least a bit more randomly. There really wasn’t anything I could think of that triggered this mood. I felt isolated ... Views: 327
My brother Bobby recently celebrated his 55th birthday. And while I wasn't able to be with him, I know he was in the company of friends who love and accept him unconditionally.
Bobby is very special to me as he was diagnosed as a young adult of having Schizophrenia. It was a very scary time ... Views: 612
I was recently interviewed for an upcoming production that will address bipolar disorder and pregnancy. As a result, I thought it would be an appropriate time to share my thoughts on bipolar disorder and pregnancy. The pressing question is can a woman with bipolar disorder have a successful ... Views: 734
What does it mean to have a borderline personality disorder (BPD)? Basically a person with this condition has unstable or turbulent emotions that can sometimes make them act on impulse and encounter trouble in their relationships.
So what else is new? Don’t we all have a certain amount of ... Views: 972
When a person is suffering from dual diagnosis, the treatment goes far beyond detoxification. Often there are much deeper and more serious underlying issues that need to be rooted out simultaneously for a successful and complete recovery.The treatment of psychological urge to consume substance ... Views: 807
I remember the days when it took everything I had to get through the next second of my life. I was so far down into that deep dark hole that nothing, not friends, not love, not money, not even my son could pull me out. All I wanted to do was to die, but it was not because I did not want to ... Views: 1042
Bipolar II disorder is a type of mental condition that affects the moods, causing them to alternate from high to low over a period of time. The high moods are referred to as hypomania or hypomanic episodes and are quite mild. The depression periods however are more severe and last longer. ... Views: 917
Life makes us experience many different types of emotions and feelings. Some people have a hard time transitioning from one mood to another. These people have bipolar disorder, a mental condition in which a patient experiences elevated episodes of mania followed by periods of depression. The ... Views: 893
Everyone wonders, what could be his motive? Why would Adam Lanza kill so many people? Yes, he had Aspergers. But does that explain why he took a gun and killed children? And so many? What went wrong? And how could we as a society prevent future disasters such as this one.?
I'm not Adam ... Views: 825
A person with a mental health issue like bipolar, will often have problematic sleep patterns. Bipolar when it strikes, brings with it very serious challenges. The sleep disorder insomnia, is often one of the challenges, to be faced by those with bipolar. Those who have both insomnia, and ... Views: 1102
Bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive illness, is often treated with mood stabilizers. They are sometimes prescribed antipsychotics and antidepressants in conjunction with such medication.
People who suffer from bipolar disorder usually resort to mood ... Views: 1095
Bipolar disorder is a condition that is characterized most specifically by wild mood swings (although there are variations in bipolar types). Periods of intense depression are followed by periods of intense euphoria or mania. There are people who use crochet to help them deal with both the ... Views: 1383
It is my belief that as your Official Guide on Enlightenment, I should share some of my personal background and experiences so that you can get to know me and know where I stand. I've had a life full of suffering but if you are to truly know blessings, you need to go through ... Views: 2507
It is generally accepted that narcissistic personality disorder tendenciesmaymanifest as a result of defunct parenting. Narcissistic tendencies can develop as a result of very low emotional intelligence operating within a family dynamic. If emotional support is non-existent and especially if ... Views: 2152
How are you finding selfgrowth.com? There’s a huge wealth of information on site. I could browse it for hours. Have you come across two difference experts with two different approaches to the same thing?
If you’re now confused as to where to start to achieve your goal or solve your problem, ... Views: 1952
I have recently been diagnosed as having bipolar depression, which is a kind of depression that causes the person to fluctuate between being on a high, and being very exuberant and creative, as well as being depressed and lethargic.
To me, "bipolar depression" is just a psychological term ... Views: 1363
"10. Mastering inner confidence through breathing
Originating in Hawaii, ha breathing is an excellent tool for increasing your inner confidence. With a little practice each day it will help you develop greater self-confidence by building up air energy that can be redirected round the body.
Sit ... Views: 1637
Stay focused. Focus on the most important task in front of you at any given time. Complete tasks as much as you can before moving on to the next task. Most people complete 95% of a task then move on to the next task. It is better to ... Views: 1595
"11. Self-awareness and realisation
Learn to know your mind and know your body and soul. Be aware when you are self-manifesting your bipolar and negative thoughts. Make a conscious decision to be positive. If you feel yourself slipping into a negative mindset, then stand up straight and tall ... Views: 1521
"Writing down specific goals is an essential part of getting better. You have to write your goals down every day in a certain, very specific, way. Feel free to change your goals at any time if you want. They are flexible. The more goals you write each day the more you will accomplish.
Write ... Views: 1562
"Writing can be a cathartic process. Writing one’s autobiography is a deeply personal process. When I wrote A Can of Madness I poured my heart out on the page. It was extremely intense but, overall, an extremely rewarding experience. Writing saved my life and enabled me to put my manic ... Views: 1419
"Share everything positive that you learn or do in your life and celebrate the successes of others. The more you can reach out to others and connect with them the more you are pushing your bipolar aside and bringing out the real you. If you feel nervous about connecting with others, say “I like ... Views: 1415
"Choose to let go of limiting beliefs as soon as they appear and immediately replace them with the greatest things you can imagine. Start by writing down your most important values – the things that matter most to you in life – in no particular order. Then go back and put them in order of ... Views: 1440
Coping strategies for depression.. Even the most positive and pro active person can find it is very difficult to climb past the problems and feelings that come with suffering from depression. There are all sorts of things to think of. Not just how you feel, but how others see you and how it ... Views: 1650
It is not easy to have bipolar disorder, nor is it easy to be a caregiver, family member, or friend of someone who is. “Bipolar relationships” are difficult because the symptoms are so changeable. Your friend or loved one can be flying high today with mania only to dive into the pit of despair ... Views: 1472
I was diagnosed with a mental illness last year. A mild mood disorder called dysthymia. I wondered how will people see me now that I’ve gone public with dysthymia? Will they think I’m crazy? That I need to be institutionalized? Or maybe that I’m a criminal? None of the above is true, so how is ... Views: 2107
Bipolar disorder is a medical condition in which a patient experiences extreme mood swings. He can go from happy to irritable to depressed or irritable and depressed without a plausible reason. There are four types of bipolar disorder:
i) Bipolar disorder Type I is a condition in which the ... Views: 1121
Diabetes and bipolar disorder is a common pathological conditions. This means that they are often accompanied with a lot of people, both bipolar disorder and diabetes.
Research shows that it is more than an unfortunate coincidence. Some bstudies have shown, people with bipolar disorder are ... Views: 1625
Debbie is a 45 year old woman who I have been working with for about four years. She was diagnosed with a severe bipolar disorder at age twelve.
About 10 years ago she had a lifting injury at work and developed chronic low back pain. Over a series of eight years she underwent multiple low back ... Views: 1317
In the final part of this series, we continue with Wendy's story and discuss the positive coping skills that can help people with bipolar II lead successful lives.
We have come a long way in terms of treatment for bipolar conditions, and many people benefit from a combination of therapy and ... Views: 1858
In the second article of a four-part series, you'll see the progression of bipolar II through the story of Wendy, a teenager who grappled with the disorder. We'll also discuss the major symptoms of bipolar II -- depression and hypomania.
Wendy was a charismatic, high-school junior with sandy ... Views: 1773
In the third article of a four-part series, we'll continue to follow Wendy's story and discuss the difficulty of diagnosing bipolar II disorder.
Dr. Smith had been treating Wendy for depression since she was 14, but it wasn't until she was 17 and displaying hypomania symptoms that he ... Views: 1662
In the first article of a four-part series, we will discuss the different types of bipolar disorder.
What Is Bipolar Disorder?
In general, bipolar disorder is a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy and activity levels. Bipolar disorder is multidimensional in nature ... Views: 1493
Because opposed to typical pros and cons that every person experiences sometimes, the signals of bpd are much more serious. The side effects may be tragical: broken romances, poor results at school or even job, or maybe lead to committing suicide. Nevertheless it is a lifelong battle the good ... Views: 1283
Are you an expert, or someone who considers his/herself to be extremely knowledgeable on a specific subject? Did you cure your physical or mental illness unconventionally? Do you have a product for sale that you say will change my life? Then please remember these four words: First Do No ... Views: 1373
Learning how to deal with a bipolar person is ten times more challenging than dealing with everyday normal people.
The reason behind this is because a bipolar person doesn't always have control over his actions and decisions. One moment things are smooth as silk, and the next everything's ... Views: 4151
Family members respond differently to bipolar in the family. For some there may be a sense of relief that the extreme mood and behavior has a name and can be treated. Others may find it difficult to accept the diagnosis and attribute the person’s behavior to their personality, stress or some ... Views: 1375
The following case-study about healing mood swings demonstrates what can be achieved by practicing the simple self-help practice higher-consciousness healing as described in Tara’s book The Five-Minute Miracle.
Tilly (54 years) had been a counselor for decades when she came to see me ... Views: 1289
Some family members or close friends may be able to help the person they care for recognize warning signs of bipolar and take action to prevent full bipolar relapse.
Not all people with bipolar disorder get these warning signs, but for those who do, involving a family member or close friend ... Views: 1535
Bipolar depression can engulf the person you know in a dark cloud so they are hardly recognizable. It can be severe or mild and last for a considerable time. The person may:
• Find nothing interesting or enjoyable
• Be emotionally flat, empty, sad or tearful
• Feel worthless, excessively ... Views: 1156
Bipolar disorder (previously called manic depression) affects not only the life of the bipolar sufferer, but also the life of their close family and friends. These bipolar carers or caregivers can be a vital source of support to sufferers. However, bipolar carers may be faced with the person’s ... Views: 1392
Bipolar disorder or manic depression is characterized by an alternation of mood and reactions in individuals who are gradually losing their conscience. They have feelings of grandiosity. They are possessed by an exaggerated energy that leads them to intense activity. After a certain period of ... Views: 1271
Manic depression or bipolar disorder is a mental disorder characterized by the abrupt change of mood. On one hand, it generates exaggerated feelings and reactions (euphoria). Bipolar individuals feel so positive they believe they can do even what is beyond human capacity. On the other hand, it ... Views: 1370
Black and white thinking is sometimes referred to as absolutist or dichotomous thinking. In this kind of thinking, something is all right, or all wrong, all good, or all bad. If you are not a total success, then you are a complete failure. There is no middle ground, regardless of situation or ... Views: 2368