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How I Survived the Bipolar Rollercoaster

“Inside myself, I dwell alone and in hell. A prison not of my choosing, locked in a battle that I am losing. So tired I’ve become of the fight, as I struggle to see the light. There is a monster I cannot see, which dwells inside of me. And never alone shall it leave me, until I lay dying and bleeding. Forever I shall be sleeping, as the darkness puts out the light. And my soul gives up its fight.”

My name is Nichole, and I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder in 1996 at the age of 24. I am now 44. I wish I could say that I sought help as soon as I started showing symptoms of any kind but that just wasn’t the case. All through my teens, I went through bouts of mania followed by deep depressive episodes. When manic, I was super happy, nothing could bring me down, my mind was always racing, I was full of ideas of things I was going to do, I did not seem to need much sleep, sometimes going 24 hours or more without sleep. I found that I talked nonstop to anyone who would listen and if no one was around I wrote nonstop because I felt like I had to get it out of my head or it was going to explode. I also found myself thinking I was better than others, I would constantly have bitter angry things to say to people about things. I would be agitated to the point that I would have to physically be doing something which meant pacing the floor or bouncing my knee when sitting even rocking back and forth trying to expel what I called nervous energy. I partied a lot and was sexually promiscuous something I am ashamed of to this day. And then in the blink of an eye, something would happen that sent me spiraling into depression.

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From Techno to Teddy Bears – My Totally Crazy Bipolar Story

My bipolar journey started at age 23, in 1998. I had had a happy childhood, a fantastic time at university, where I was in a techno rig and loved going to illegal raves. After university, I did a bit of traveling and accidentally found a brilliant graduate job in the Netherlands. My social life was amazing! The free party family was close-knit and I had thousands of friends.

But I started feeling really weird. I had strange delusions and paranoias. I would smell weird smells and they would affect my delusions. For example, I believed that some Dutch people were cannibals. I would frequently get the smell of what I believed was rotting human flesh from their houses. I couldn’t sleep for ages and lost loads of weight as I believed Dutch food had hormones in to make you tall.

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Rate Your Medication And Receive A $10.00 Amazon eGift Card

Last week, I launched the BipolarDigest community and the response has been awesome. We have a lot of people posting questions and leaving feedback on the medication they are taking. I would love to hear your thoughts so will be giving away a bonus to the first 20 people who participate. The first 20 people to register, login, and leave a rating under their medication will receive a $10.00 Amazon eGift Card.

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My Personal Story – Meet Monica Mason

About five years ago, I was diagnosed with Premature Ovarian Failure (POF) and Depression. I left my nursing job to go ‘get well.’ I was being treated with Estrogen and Progesterone for the POF, and with Celexa then Cipralex for the depression. Over the course of about 10 months, I started to improve. Then I got even better. Then I got really good…too good…out of control good. I had flipped into a floridly psychotic mania, needed hospitalization, and was diagnosed with Bipolar Affective Disorder Type 1.

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General Growth

5 Effective Ways to Help You Recover After Hypo/Mania

For anyone living with bipolar disorder, you know how hard it is to go from one extreme to another. When I was first diagnosed, I had an extremely hard time dealing with my depression, and a harder time managing my mania.

During my depression phase, I wouldn’t socialize, leave my home, I felt hopeless, and I always questioned the meaning of life. I’m sure we’ve all asked that question, but imagine asking the same question for two weeks straight. Things were tough. But, mania, on the other hand, can be an awesome experience for some because you’re the total opposite. You’re the type of person you wished you always were, for example, outgoing, social, productive, motivated, and ready to take on every challenge. However, for people like myself living with bipolar disorder, our hypo state, doesn’t last long. There’s a crash, and at this point I would start to question everything again i.e. the reason for living, my friends, and my life goals. However, this all changed once I started to implement the following strategies to remain calm after hypo/mania.

They are extremely effective because they help you remain positive during dark depressing times.

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What’s New July 2017? Earn Money In Our Community, Personal Stories, and More

July 2017 is going to be very special. I want to give you a heads up on the new changes taking place in the coming month.

When I started this blog, it was with the intention of providing value while making the lives of those diagnosed with bipolar disorder easier. When I was first diagnosed 17 years ago, in January of 2000, I knew I had an uphill battle and I needed to find ways to keep moving forward. The greatest gift was the knowledge I gained, and I’m now able to help others living with bipolar disorder in different areas. For example, throughout the 17+ years living with bipolar disorder, these were the biggest challenges for me – work, relationships, support, and learning to live with bipolar

With this knowledge, I’m able to help those in similar situations. So, here’s what you can expect to find on my blog in July 2017.

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The 10 Most Common Adult Behavioral Disorders

Let me start with this –

“Bipolar disorder affects approximately 5.7 million adult Americans, or about 2.6% of the U.S. population age 18 and older every year. (National Institute of Mental Health)” – dbsalliance.org

Bipolar disorder affects a lot of people, and my research shows how many of these same people are living with other co-occurring disorders. Today, I’ll be going through the Top 10 Common Adult Behavioral Disorders and how (if applicable) they affect those living with bipolar disorder.

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Get Paid to Share Your Story

Next month, I’ll be starting a new section on my blog – Personal Stories. I want to publish personal stories of people living with bipolar disorder. So, it’s a chance for all of you to share your stories and get paid every month. The objective of publishing these stories is to build awareness while providing an opportunity for others to ask questions, and get help at the same time.

Again,

I’m doing this to provide support for others living with bipolar disorder. It’s also a great way to earn extra income if your in between jobs.

My goal is to upload and publish one story every single week starting July 2017. You will be paid every single month and the rate will be determined by overall engagement (please read below).

If you’re interested in sharing your personal struggle with bipolar disorder, please read the guidelines.

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General Growth

Selena Gomez Opens Up About Anxiety and How Therapy Changed Her Life

Since a very young age, Selena Gomez has been in the spotlight. She’s been adored by millions of people for her acting, singing, and presence on social media (supporting others). We often think celebrities are immune to mental disorders because they’ve achieved so much success. But, you can see in my “celebrity bipolar” series, this is not true and they experience the same emotional rollercoasters as all of us do. As you read Selena Gomez’s experience with anxiety, you’ll learn how people with bipolar have a similar mindset as those living with other mental illnesses. For example, we ask the same questions, take a proactive role in getting the right help, and try to find an effective way to manage our mental disorder.

But, before we continue,

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The Wellbutrin XL Savings Program Overview

I was doing some research online and came across this on the Official Wellbutrin website. I’m not sure how many of you are eligible, but I’ll post it up for those who do qualify. This offer is open to eligible patients 18 years or older. Card not valid for prescriptions that are eligible to be reimbursed by Medicaid, Medicare, or any other federal or state healthcare programs. The Wellbutrin Savings Card Program Valid Until December 31, 2017.

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