#110: Self-harm is a serious subject

empowerment May 06, 2021

 

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Have you ever tried to hurt yourself as a result of emotional distress? You might think of self-harm as someone cutting themselves on purpose with a sharp object. Or burning their skin. But anytime anyone deliberately hurts themself, this is classified as self-harm. And thankfully it’s a habit that you can shed with a little help.

Self-harm has no single cause. And it is not a symptom of mental illness. But self-injury usually accompanies prolonged mental health feelings such as worthlessness, loneliness, panic, anger, guilt, rejection, self-hatred, confused sexuality, or a felt-need to be punished for your shortcomings or mistakes. 

People most at risk for self-harm are those who’ve experienced trauma, neglect, or abuse at the hands of others. This is never something to ignore! On today’s episode of The Bipolar Now Podcast, Mike leads you through a plan of action that will get you out of isolating in this act. Peace and...

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#109: Making a big decision is actually pretty simple

empowerment story strategy Apr 29, 2021

 

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Do you ever notice how incredibly difficult it is to make routine decisions when you’re mentally ill? You might be stuck for hours trying to decide whether to take a walk or go to the gym for your daily exercise. You might not even make a decision between whether to go to the store or eat leftovers for the next two days. 

So how exactly do you make a REAL decision? You know, the one that’s been nagging you for months. Maybe even years. Unfortunately in bipolar disorder we can push our big decisions indefinitely into the future. Or, on the other hand, we can be pushed to make an immediate choice because we believe it will end the suffering!

On today’s episode, Mike shows us how to make major decisions that aren’t (entirely) motivated by a lack of mental health. In this episode you’ll learn a three-part decision making framework that’s easy to remember, but sometimes difficult to face. But even though big...

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#108: I feel your feelings, everyday, always

empowerment strategy Apr 22, 2021

 

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If we were to examine your emotional life, would you score high on the ability to feel other people’s emotional states? When you have a bipolar disorder, you’re over-exposed to the realities of internal suffering, which can often lead to immense empathy for the struggles of others. This is a beautiful attribute, but it can quickly turn problematic if you constantly prioritize other people’s thoughts and emotions over your own.

On today’s episode of The Bipolar Now Podcast, Mike shares how difficult it can be to manage your empathy. Your capacity for feeling the pain and turmoil of others doesn’t have to dominate your own needs for emotional stability. Learn how to get better at being supportive and present for others, while not getting drained by the constant mental gymnastics of being an empathetic human being.

 

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#107: Bipolar is a shameful diagnosis (until…)

empowerment Apr 16, 2021

 

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When you got your bipolar diagnosis, did it come loaded with a truck full of shame? Maybe you avoid people because you can’t stand feeling like you’re beneath them all of a sudden? If that’s you, then you need to know that any self-respecting person would feel exactly the same way, given the circumstances you’ve been through.

But you don’t need to live your life out there proving yourself. You are already good and kind. And you can find more stability from bipolar disorder the minute you know you’re not inferior to anyone else because of this condition. On today’s episode of The Bipolar Now Podcast, Mike shares his method for dealing with shame whenever it pops its ugly head up. You don’t wanna miss it!

 

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#106: The attributes that define better diagnoses

 

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Have you ever found an interview or news statement about a celebrity or a performer who has bipolar? Do you wonder what allows them to perform at high levels and under a high amount of social pressure? It might be that there are hidden drivers which allow a person to simply suffer with this illness on a different level.

In today’s episode of The Bipolar Now Podcast, Mike shares what he learned from his recent readings. While we can’t eliminate suffering in bipolar disorder, we can discover our natural attributes that aid us in the struggle. And if we find ourselves lacking these qualities, we can always labor to improve. Don’t miss this eye-opening show!

 

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#105: Racing thoughts can disable you

 

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If you’ve ever spent hours and hours at the mercy of your mind, you might’ve touched on a symptom that’s very common in bipolar: racing thoughts. When racing thoughts materialize, it’s nearly impossible to focus. And depending on what those thoughts are, it might be absolutely terrifying.

These kinds of unbounded thoughts are one of the earliest symptoms of bipolar disorder. You get locked in a “channel” inside your mind and it just explodes from there, when your mouth can’t keep up with your head when you try to reach out. It’s something that ruins your work day, interrupts your studies for hours, and generally takes you far from what you’re supposed to be doing.

And that’s incredibly disabling, as Mike points out on today’s episode of The Bipolar Now Podcast. But there’s good news. You don’t have to spin your wheels if you have some simple tactics in place to help you...

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#104: Making your way through “brain fog”

 

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When you first get medicated for bipolar disorder (usually right around the same time you get diagnosed), you are highly likely to encounter a strange phenomenon of mental sloggy-ness. In clinical terms, it’s known as “executive dysfunction”, which is why you have a hard time making decisions, thinking clearly, or thinking at all. In street terms, this is known as bipolar “brain fog”.

When brain fog hits during your initial treatment you really feel lost. This is why it’s hard to go right back to work or think about school. It’s something you feel at times as a symptom of bipolar. But you really notice it once you begin treatment. And it doesn’t just go away over time. As many as 60% of adults being treated medically for bipolar experience brain fog for the rest of their care.

And that’s a huge disability for anyone, especially those working in fields or raising kids where high functioning is...

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#103: Setting up your foundation for success

 

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Have you ever seen aerial footage of the aftermath of a hurricane or a cyclone? Maybe you live in a storm zone, and you’ve had to evacuate only to come home to the wreckage. The one thing that always surprises me when I see beachfront structures still standing is that, although they are filled with trash, debris and water damage, they’re usually pretty intact!

The same can be said of anyone who’s built a foundation in their management of bipolar disorder. The storm can surge and the waves can pound, but that home is still standing. The same cannot always be said for those who go into their disease management with no plan and no foundation. They haven’t storm-proofed their mental health with the best available materials.

Today on The Bipolar Now Podcast, I (Mike) compare the storm that’s pounding my life right now to my last epic disaster of mental health, nearly a decade ago. The similarities are enough to make me...

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#102: The saving power of habits

 

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When you’re going through a bipolar depression, does it ever bring you to the breaking point? Like you just can’t find enough energy and will to maintain course? Sometimes though, you can. Have you sat down to figure out the reasons why? They might be hidden in plain sight.

Having a bipolar disorder means getting exposed to bad habits when you’re low on energy and trying to weather a depression. It also means being presented with a litany of bad choices when you’re at the other side of spectrum and dealing with more energy than you even have space for.

The power of habits is what we’re discussing on today’s episode of The Bipolar Now Podcast. When you take the time to build up a “playbook” on bipolar depression and its symptoms, you are harnessing the power of habits to gain back your sanity.

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#101: When it’s time for a “Do-Over”

 

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Do you ever feel like you’re stuck on something important? You want a breakthrough, but it’s been so long and you’re tapped out on energy. How will you ever move on from feeling like you’re just failing yourself? How on earth will you ever get past this daily struggle?

This actually happens to everyone, but when you have a bipolar disorder you’re simply more sensitive to it. That’s why today’s episode of The Bipolar Now Podcast is perfectly timed to show you one way of getting past every block and hurdle in your path. 

When you bump up to a hard stop in your progress, it’s time to pull a winning play out of the bipolar playbook. It’s time to call a “Do-Over”. Everything can change with a simple shift in your approach. And as soon as today you can light up with the magic of what makes a “Do-Over” possible. 

Don’t miss out on this winning episode!

 

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