#81 From functional to phenomenal

 

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Do you ever run into this conundrum?—you try to get help for yourself, only to be told that you appear too well to be seen by a therapist? Or does your family expect you to be doing more for yourself since you seem “perfectly fine”?

Having bipolar disorder means you can both mask your symptoms, and be tortured by them at the same time. And this throws the medical community and our families for a loop. And all you want at the end of the day is to be functional.

On today’s episode of The Bipolar Now Podcast, Mike shows you what’s involved when going from dysfunctional in the disease to “functional” in the way YOU define it. There’s also an effective form of alternative medicine discussed. Because what good is treatment if you can barely function?

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#80 Use the season’s change to “pivot”

 

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Seasons change without our permission. How would you like it to be summer for three months longer? If you live in the Northern Hemisphere right now, this is probably a “yes”! But alas, there is no convincing Mother Nature to change her ways. Which can spell trouble for people who brave a bipolar disorder.

The brain with bipolar is highly sensitive. And the changing seasons are rough because they bring along many sweeping and necessary lifestyle adjustments. Not the least of which is the amount of daylight and sunlight that we receive going into the winter months.

On today’s show from The Bipolar Now Podcast, Mike shares how he navigates the end of summer. And he lays out a course of action that just might energize you while the winter grows on. In order to get through the fall, it can help a TON to re-evaluate your goals through January, which is NOT that far away!

 

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#79 Make creativity part of your recovery

 

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Are you known for your creativity? Did you know you can use creativity as a way to gain greater recovery from bipolar symptoms and episodes? You can use it for something small like writing thank-you notes. Or you can plan a grand entry back into the world of the arts.

Either way, you’re going to need some practical tips, as Mike explains on today’s show from The Bipolar Now Podcast. If you’re creative, then you need to be creating. Don’t let this disorder strip you of employing your many incredible talents!

 

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#78 Strength is momentary without endurance

 

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Is it just lethargy setting in, or does every day get a bit more tiresome? Why do some people look unaffected by the sweeping changes in the world? Do they have some secret coping mechanisms that we’re missing out on? Sometimes you gotta wonder if it’s smarter to just “check out”.

Well let me take today’s episode of The Bipolar Now Podcast to make a case against giving up. Yes, we have to find that inner drive—you know, the thing that’s been collecting more dust every time you have to watch one more TV show, or go to the store in a sea of masked and exhausted people?

Today’s show builds substance on last week’s topic, which was strength. Because it’s not enough to go from one micro-encouragement to another (hello, social media). In order to have true strength you’ll need to hold tightly to things that will outlast this life. But it’s 100% worth it!

 

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#77 Your story is strong

 

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Are some people naturally strong? Do they have some invisible building blocks that others don’t have? Or do they have a stable childhood that helped them? Or maybe they had to reshape their lives around the adversity of a tough upbringing? The source(s) of inner strength is a subject that’s been thoroughly dissected.

Regardless, when it comes to living a new life that includes a bipolar disorder, strength is a necessary ingredient for longterm success. Whether you’re looking to rebuild relationships, make new ones, or figure out how you’re going to earn enough money without driving yourself crazy—no matter what you seek, you have to be strong.

That’s why today’s episode of The Bipolar Now Podcast urges you to write a new story, so that the ending of that tale is far better than the beginning. As it turns out, all you can do to mess this up is to remain isolated and away from community. Mike takes his...

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#76 Focus beyond the momentary chaos

 

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How is it that some people can focus like a laser? Like, whatever it is they’re doing, they enjoy focused attention all the way through. How can some people power through life with focus, while others only have a fleeting experience of it? And why does focus fly out the window when you become mentally ill?

It turns out that focus is not magical. It is a skill. It’s something you can call upon command, once you’ve trained your senses. But is there something more that’s driving this coveted state of mind? Is there something that laser-focused people have an abundance of, that us ordinary folk can’t access?

In today’s episode of The Bipolar Now Podcast, Mike shares about the secret behind focused productivity and being alert for friends and family. It’s not something you can develop overnight. But if you line up to this hidden motivator, you’ll be full of natural and unfiltered FOCUS. Even with a...

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#75 Don’t throw away everything you know about life balance

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Do you ever just wonder if “life balance” is a myth? Or if it isn’t, do you fear that you’ve got no real chance at achieving it? If you haven’t already figured this out, the world is trying to throw you off balance (or keep you off-balance) every single day. And if it somehow didn’t throw you off today, chances are good that it will succeed tomorrow.

That’s because life in general is like a tightrope walk. You’re balancing on a cord hundreds of feet off the streets below, with nothing but a pole draped across your hands. And when you throw in a diagnosis of bipolar disorder, it changes the weight distribution of the pole in some very sudden and terrifying ways!

If you’ve felt out of balance—maybe the ongoing pandemic of coronavirus is affecting you—or you feel like you’re about to fall, today’s episode of The Bipolar Now Podcast might bring you encouraging news....

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#74 I just can’t remember like I used to

 

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Does it seem overwhelming to remember even a few details from an important conversation? Do you ever read a book—whether to study, or whether to enjoy—and it’s like you’re seeing the words, but you turn the pages and nothing sticks? It could more than distraction. It could be caused by bipolar symptoms.

It’s been medically documented that bipolar disorders can cause traumatic damage to the brain, and leave you feeling temporarily and cognitively disabled. That’s when you feel like any new information is too much to process. But what if you’ve been in recovery for months? Years? What then?

On today’s episode of The Bipolar Now Podcast, Mike takes you through the years where he struggled to retain conversations, facts, details, and even work-related absent-mindedness. Whether you’re feeling challenged in your ability to recall information or to learn, today’s show gives you a path forward...

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#73 Not too proud to ask for help

 

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Why is it that some people can go running for help the instant there’s a problem, whereas others will let a problem get out of control before they think to do something about it? When the pressures and stressors in life mount up, do they create opportunities to get help? Or do these things just bring out your white knuckles?

Having a mental illness like bipolar disorder adds additional complexity to these questions. If you’re experiencing symptoms, do you prefer to hide them or to make them go away as fast as possible? If you do the former, you choose to suffer alone. But if you do the latter, you might be missing out on a personal growth opportunity!

On today’s episode of The Bipolar Now Podcast, Mike shares about how it took him over 8 months to get professional medical help for his chronic anxiety and fatigue. And how his family values influenced how long he was willing to suffer before giving up his pride.

 

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#72 The struggle is real-er

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Does it ever seem like life is one big never-ending struggle? Never mind trying to do it while handicapped by mental illness. When you face yet another pressure-cooking situation, it can feel like you never had a grip on the good times. And this cycle of wins and losses can make anyone feel old before their time.

Maybe for you it seems like giant problems grow out of small things that many others would take care of and be done with. What is the deal? If problems are unavoidable, why does living with a bipolar disorder only intensify them?

Today on The Bipolar Now Podcast, Mike opens the curtain on a swelling set of dark circumstances that threaten to knock him off course. And you’ll find more than a few clues as to how to avoid this for yourself. Jump in to see why big problems create even bigger opportunities!

 

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