I hope these 7 observances will help you better understand what is going on in your family member's head when they are experiencing bipolar mania.

7 Things Family Members Need To Know About Bipolar Mania

If you have a family member that has Bipolar Disorder, you have probably experienced the turmoil and destruction of mania. It can rip families apart and create financial burdens that are felt long after the mania has subsided. As the caregivers and support systems of a person with bipolar, we are always looking for ways … Continue reading 7 Things Family Members Need To Know About Bipolar Mania

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Sometimes it's funny. Sometimes it's embarrassing and hard to admit. Sometimes people lash out at me and make nasty comments. Here is the real reason I share my experiences as the spouse of a bipolar person.

Why I Don’t Hide My Experiences With Bipolar

It what seems ages ago, my husband and I went through a really rough patch known as hypomania. Actually, he loved it. It was me who was distraught and miserable. And while he had no problem finding like minded individuals online going through or having experienced the exact same phase of bipolar disorder, I couldn't … Continue reading Why I Don’t Hide My Experiences With Bipolar

As the spouse of a man with bipolar disorder, I am well aware of the life and relationship my children would have if they dated someone with bipolar disorder. Here are 5 of the reasons I would discourage them from getting involved with someone that has a mental illness

5 Reasons I Don’t Want My Son/Daughter Dating Someone With Bipolar

As the spouse of a man with bipolar disorder, I am well aware of the life and relationship my children would have if they dated someone with bipolar disorder. And though I love my husband and the life we have together, I don't want my son or daughter to get involved with someone who has … Continue reading 5 Reasons I Don’t Want My Son/Daughter Dating Someone With Bipolar

How do you differentiate “normal” feelings from “bipolar” feelings?

Is It Emotions Or Bipolar?

Mood swings for bipolar people can be very drastic and can occur as often as hourly, especially during relapses. When the emotions are extreme, it can be easy to associate them with the disorder. But what if they’re not polar? How do you differentiate “normal” feelings from “bipolar” feelings? It can be difficult to step … Continue reading Is It Emotions Or Bipolar?

My mother's mental illness took everything. My family, my home, my friends, my future.

Lori Schafer : A Daughter’s Memoir of Mental Illness

It is a great honour to have the talented author, Lori Schafer share with you her thoughts and a brief excerpt from her book today on the blog as my guest blogger. I wish her great success with her memoir, On Hearing of My Mother's Death Six Years After It Happened: A Daughter's Memoir of Mental … Continue reading Lori Schafer : A Daughter’s Memoir of Mental Illness

It wasn't easy but I did manage to get my husband put in psychiatric hospital during a hyper manic, bipolar episode.

How I Got My Husband Sectioned During A Bipolar Manic Episode

Bipolar mania is devastating. It is physically and mentally draining on not only the patient but the entire circle of family and friends having to deal with the symptoms of a bipolar, hyper-manic episode which may include: High energy and impulsive, constant activity. High risk behaviour like speeding, gambling, using drugs, spending sprees and hypersexuality. … Continue reading How I Got My Husband Sectioned During A Bipolar Manic Episode

Bipolar Depression : Do Labels Help?

We are a society that likes labels. We like to be able to put people in little boxes so that we can understand them and know how to interact with them. Conducive to society maybe but is that beneficial to the person being labelled? Is it productive for someone diagnosed with a mental illness? Do … Continue reading Bipolar Depression : Do Labels Help?