Celebrities often seem to live perfect lives. They have wealth, fans, and seemingly everything they might want. Photographs pop up showcasing their travels and what they do for fun or when away from a movie set or recording studio. However, underneath all the makeup, the status and the attention, every single celebrity is, in fact, human. They deal with the same issues everyday people experience on a daily basis. Some of these issues connect directly to anxiety, depression and other mental conditions. Jennifer Lawrence, the star of The Hunger Games franchise has come out in recent months to discuss her own ongoing battle with social anxiety. Unlike many other celebrities who keep their personal conditions a secret in order to maintain an ideal appearance to the outside world, Jennifer Lawrence stands as one of the few celebrities with anxiety who openly and honestly discusses her condition, how it’s affected her, and what she’s done both in the past and currently to combat her anxiety.
The brain continually processes information, whether a person is conscious of the fact or not. Much of this consists of signals sent to organs and areas of the body, to ensure functionality and maintain order. However, there are times where the brain attempts to convince a person of something that isn’t exactly true. From over analyzing an event to attempting to back up a bad decision with rational thought, nearly everyone experiences something known as a cognitive distortion.
Cognitive distortions do not fall under a one size fits all definition though. There are, in fact, many different variations of cognitive distortions. Identifying and understanding the most common variants can help an individual not only correct these distortions and prevent the mental distraction, but also learn why the brain acts as it does. Here are 30 of the most common cognitive distortions nearly any individual might experience in their given life.
Each day is truly a blessing. I sometimes forget and was reminded after reading this letter. I’ve shared it so all of you can read it and truly know how lucky you are. When living with Bipolar Disorder, we think of ourselves as having nothing and fail to appreciate how lucky we are.
This letter was written by a young cancer victim Holly Butcher. She was 27 years old :(. Here’s her letter in her own words…
I know it can be hard to hold down a job when living with Bipolar Disorder. I was very fortunate enough to find my passion which was blogging. I’m more like a freelancer writing content on a contract basis. It helps pay my bills and I’m getting by just fine. However, through blogging I have been able to connect with different people and hear what they have to say. Even though, I’m a blogger, it’s important to keep my options open because you never know when things will shift leaving me in a tight spot. I do take time to explore other options and have come across a few awesome opportunities if your willing to put in some time and effort. Before I continue, here’s what so special about these opportunities –
It’s weird because we’re so used to having clear-cut answers in life. When I would have a cold, I would go to the doctor and he would prescribe antibiotics. The point is he knew what’s wrong with me and what needed to be done to make me feel better. I know bipolar disorder is a lot more complicated and I wish it wasn’t. For starters, I had symptoms of bipolar for three years before even seeking help. It’s because I had no clue about bipolar disorder and never heard of it. My psychiatrist was the first one to tell me I was bipolar and I asked him – what does that mean? He then explained it in detail. After was the long journey of trying to find the right combination of medications compatible with me. Medications with the least side-effects. At the same time, I started a lengthy research process on trying to find out as much as possible about bipolar disorder. It was a hard reading about a mental illness with no cure. A mental illness which takes time for you to find an equal ground or – find stability.
I have my days where I feel like completely giving up on life. Some days, I feel like I’m progressing just fine, but others I have these negative thoughts which keep entering my mind. I guess I feel like giving up on the days I’m faced with extra challenges or when I’m plain old tired. It’s amazing because some days I feel like I can change the world, then “boom” something happens and I feel like I have no control at all. It’s a vicious cycle which never stops and I don’t think it will.
Earlier this week, I posted on my Facebook page asking for reviews on Depakote (Divalproex Sodium). The feedback was overwhelming with over 20 comments posted.
From all the other reviews I’ve read, Depakote did received mixed reviews. What’s more interesting is when you do a search on Google for “Depakote”, you’ll find a lot of mixed reviews too. For example, the average rating given to Depakote is 3.0/5. Next, based on 23015 reviews, here’s the top 7 side-effects reported…
Depression is very crippling if you don’t know how to get a grip on it. Even if you do have a strategy for lowering your depressive symptoms it might not always work. I know how depression can take the enjoyment out of life because I’ve been living with bipolar disorder for over 18 years. I’ll be in a manic phase then “boom” will fall into depression for a few days. For some, the highs and lows can be extreme causing longer periods of instability. For me, depression is way more crippling because it sucks the life right out of me. It makes you question the reason for living and if you’ll ever get better.
Over the years, I have dedicated myself to helping others. I’ve taken time to find healthy ways to cope with depression and want to pass on what I’ve learned. You see, living with depression doesn’t need to be the end of the road because it can be the beginning of progress. Research shows there are effective strategies proven to work in treating depression. From my own personal experience of living with bipolar disorder for over 18 years, you can truly be happy by making a few changes to your lifestyle. That’s right, you need to make lifestyle changes to beat depression and live the joyous life you deserve.
Alcohol has been a part of my life even before I was even diagnosed with bipolar disorder. I started drinking because of peer pressure and it continues to be a part of my life today. The standard answer when you ask your doctor if you should drink after being diagnosed with bipolar is – NO. Even though I was told this by my doctor from day one, it’s been hard to implement a no drinking policy into my life. I’ve been unsuccessful because socially it’s like I was expected to drink alcohol and would feel left out if I didn’t. Only recently, I started to wean myself off alcohol for health reasons and my decision came after learning about how destructive it can be for someone living with bipolar disorder.
Here’s the bottom-line –
The biggest problem with bipolar disorder and alcohol is it directly interacts with your mood.
When it comes to your ability to cope with Bipolar Disorder, there may be no more critical time of day than morning.
The way in which you wake up and tackle the day will have lasting effects on your mood, energy levels, and ultimately, your daily satisfaction. In creating a more stable mood throughout the day, this time is critical. It’s your daily “Cape Canaveral,” the launch point for your quality of life. The habits you maintain in the morning will establish the momentum you enjoy—or struggle against—throughout the day.
Maybe you’re already convinced about the importance of a healthy morning routine in dealing with Bipolar Disorder. But you don’t know how to go about it. In this article, we’ll explore five distinct habits that can change your morning routine. Even if you’re not a morning person, these habits will require minimal energy investment—all you have to do is apply them consistently. Over time, you’ll get a better handle on what makes you tick as you give yourself the morning boost you need.