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The Guru And My Purple Monster

This is a guest post by Grace Lyons.

I met The Guru the day I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and I met the Purple Monster a little later.  Both would leave indelible marks in my life.

The Guru is one of the world’s top experts on bipolar disorder. I was fortunate to be able to see him when I no longer just had depression. My psychiatrist at the time had no other ideas of what might be wrong with me, and how to fix it. Based on my own research, I thought bipolar was likely with an atypical presentation so I went to see the one doctor who would know with certainty.

Meeting The Guru was both frightening and fascinating. I knew I was probably going to leave with a diagnosis of bipolar disorder, and I did. However, I did not expect when he asked questions, he would develop a portrait of my disease, and would be able to make predictions about what my life with bipolar would look like.

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Divide Your Emotions to Help Cope with Bipolar – Overview

One of the biggest things I’ve had to deal with while living with Bipolar is my ability to control the various emotions I go through. Some trigger episodes, whereas others put me into another state of mind. However, one thing’s for sure, it’s been hard trying to find a middle ground for my emotions. Over the years, I’ve tried hard to find ways to manage my emotions, and the link between them and my trigger points. I’ll admit it’s tough because for years, I’ve had a certain mind-frame and this forced me to approach situations in a certain way.

I started to take this stuff seriously about 6 years ago, which is pretty bad because I was diagnosed with Bipolar in early 2000. I must admit, since then, I have been able to make a leap forward because I got better at understanding my emotions and how to divide them into the right category. Before I continue, much of this does stem from psychosocial therapy, which studies emotions and understanding triggers before they happen. I am in NO way endorsing this theory because that’s NOT what I do, however, if I’m being completely transparent, then it’s important I give credit where deserved…right?

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General Just My Thoughts

Why I Named My Blog – BipolarDigest

The word “digest”, in reference to information, means:

“summary of material or information. Or,

“information or a piece of writing that has been made shorter”

If you’re like me, then you’ve visited a lot of bipolar communities for support. I’ve spent a lot of time at large funded website and forums, but lately, I have been spending more time on personal blogs. Reading personal stories allows me to tap into a more personal relationship because you get to understand what challenges an individual person faces when diagnosed with bipolar disorder. So,

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General Just My Thoughts

Yesterday Was Much Better…Flipping the Downward Spiral

On January 5th, 2016, I wrote a blog post about my downward spiral, and how I woke up feeling hopeless. I also mentioned a few reasons I thought I was feeling the way I did. Anyway, today is January 6th, 2016 and I’m happy to say that I’m feeling much better. I accomplished a lot, and feel great about the momentum I have about different aspects of my life. Here’s what I did today, and want to give you guys a little inspiration afterwards.

I woke up around 11AM and pushed myself to get out of bed, and started working right away. I slept around 7 hours, which is perfect because the night before, I felt as though I had overslept, which left me even more tired than before. If you have been reading on the sleep-wake cycle, then you’ll know how important a consistent pattern is for those who live with bipolar.

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Today…A Downward Spiral…Why?

Today, January 5th, 2016, is one of those days I woke up feeling hopeless, and thinking I’m NOT going to make it in life. These thoughts hit me a lot harder especially when I have set high goals for myself. I’ve always wanted to be successful in life so I can give back to those who have been close to me over the years. Recently, however, I have been wanting to address other bipolar sufferers so I can help them make a change. The weird thing is, I’m normally fine because I have certain tools I use whenever I feel down or depressed, but today, it’s much tougher.

What am I feeling?

I’m going to be completely transparent because this was my unconditional promise when I first started my blog. So, let me go through a few of my feelings.

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My First Post – Me vs. Bipolar

Welcome to my first post on BipolarDigest.com. This is NOT an introduction, but my thought process on December 29, 2015 10:30pm.

This has been a huge journey especially because the introduction of my blog should have been 9 years ago. However, at that time, I felt I wasn’t ready for the challenge and won’t be able to provide my true feelings towards the disorder.

My fight with bipolar started in June of 2000 when I was finally diagnosed, and before that, I didn’t know what was going on with my mind. I had a feeling something was wrong because I had constant mood swings, and wasn’t happy with myself.

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