#23 Two Kinds of “Different”

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There’s not much else in the human condition that can separate you from the mainstream like a mental illness. Bipolar disorder is famous for altering our thinking, behavior, and values; alienating us until we have less friends than fingers.

On today’s show Mike has a heart-to-heart about this predicament. He makes a case for using the challenging elements of this disorder as a way to move out of isolation and into an “in” group. His description of a “catalyzing figure” shows where real change begins—by being influenced.

Through taking on a different kind of risk—through betting on the results of training, education, and community—old patterns and behaviors can be broken. Otherwise, growth in our mental health could be minimal or even nonexistent.

 

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#22 Pretty F-ing Invincible

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What do you get when you combine excited brain chemistry with ordinary pressures and frustrations? Well, if your brain is mixing ingredients with a mental disorder like bipolar, the cocktail can produce some frighteningly powerful sensations of well being.

It sounds like a good deal—to have more well being and self-belief than you know what to do with—but the results are disastrous. The emotional state of invincibility is what leaves your finances, your family, and your fun set up for ruin.

You know you’ve been there if you ever thought, “I can do ANYTHING”, or “There are no consequences”, or “The rules do NOT apply to me.” In this episode, Mike opens up to Daniel that the sensation of invincibility lingers every day, even with the proper medications in place.

 

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#21 When All Is Overwhelming

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If you’ve ever been hiking in the outdoors, you know that difference that a heavy backpack can make. Each step gets requires more thought, each muscle is strained, and suddenly it’s no longer enjoyable to get to your destination.

Hiking (life) is not always flat and easy either. But if the pack is too heavy it can literally cripple you and bring you to your knees. When you have a bipolar disorder this means you literally experience a breakdown. You’re journey is delayed, or cut off.

In this episode of The Bipolar Now Podcast, Mike shares about the process of discovery that leads to not only a lighter pack, but a journey that unfolds with more adventure and less anxiety. Feeling the overwhelm of circumstances is reduced with a simple, ongoing adjustment to your pack.

 

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#20 Eat Free

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When you take medications for mental illness, a common (and hated) side-effect is food cravings that lead to exorbitant weight gain. Some people report putting on 50-, 70-, even 100+ pounds before they find the spark to take corrective action.

In this episode Mike brings on Daniel Pryde to discuss the impact of foods on our psyche and our waistline. With great struggle comes great compassion. So what you won’t get is a scolding for your eating. Instead, you’ll become aware of what is driving over-consumption to begin with.

If finding your way back to a controlled relationship with food is appealing to you, then this episode will show you where to start. Don’t settle for the tyranny of foods any longer. Get your brain dialed in first and the right decisions will follow.

 

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#19 Living as Dignified

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When you have a bipolar disorder it’s only natural to feel alone with the labels. They are both ordinary and tragic. Which means that removing the labels accumulated by mental illness is going to take some deliberate work. And time.

In this episode Mike has a heart-to-heart about the very real experience of social and vocational stigmas. He’s lived through heartbreaking rejection and crushing disappointment. But he’s returned to life with some honest recovery tactics, which he readily shares.

If you’re looking to finally live beyond the label of bipolar, in harmony with friends, family, and fellow workers, you’ll be pleased to know that the dream is not far off. Stop letting harmful patterns get in the way of becoming the person you are pleased with!

 

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#18 Become a Sleep Pro

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Sleep is the number one “make or break” ingredient when you have a bipolar disorder. It matters more than any other therapy. And the results of a consistent good night’s sleep pay off with better energy, increased focus, and higher overall success at managing the illness.

If your sleep is lackluster or inconsistent, it’s probably because you’ve got some bad habits piling up on you. In this mini-training Mike shares about the specifics of his recent sleep makeover, with details on exactly what to do and how to implement.

Included in this episode is a visual checklist of the steps that Mike took in his makeover. Follow them for a better night’s sleep (and more safeguarding from bipolar episodes) with measurable improvements starting tonight.

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#17 Therapy Does Good

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When you want to take your recovery to the next level, you’ll want to put “finding a GREAT therapist” at the top of your priority list. Weekly sessions, with a trained professional that you connect with, are designed to go deep into the biggest problems that a mental illness can make.

A weekly schedule, various readings and homework (depending on the style of therapy), and accountability to do your part make psychotherapies different than counseling or support groups. They are well-researched and many of the top-rated offerings have been practiced for decades.

Today’s show concludes with a discussion about the enormous variety of supplemental and alternative therapies available. Included as a show-enhancer is my therapies “cheat sheet”. This handy guide gives you the most powerful options at-a-glance, with fascinating DIY alternatives.

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#16 Time for Healing

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There’s no denying it. No matter who you are, no matter how agreeable or gracious or kind, when there’s a bipolar disorder it is impossible to escape friction, regret, and shame. But finding the way out of this isn’t obvious or easy.

Bipolar disorder cuts through relationships like a hot knife to butter. We’ve engaged in questionable or dangerous activities. We’ve said things we wish we could take back. Others say and do things that keep getting airtime in our heads.

When the low-lights of your past come back to you it takes living in forgiveness and a proactive approach to drain the destructive energy out of these thoughts. Mike and Daniel take time on the show to explain how this can be accomplished.

 

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#15: Healthy, Happy, and Hot

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Do you ever find it impossible to feel attractive? Even when depression lets up and you get your mind back from the pit, it can take a long time to look at yourself in a better light. This isn’t automatic. And sometimes the appearance of a manic episode—though fleeting—is the only thing to reintroduce positive self image.

If you’re single, it might feel like dating is the last thing you want to do. Not everyone needs a partner, but those wishing for a romance are left looking for the courage to do so. And the one whose marriage has to weather mental illness knows the toll it takes on the home and in the bedroom.

Mike and Daniel come from two stages of relationship (single, married). But they can agree that having romantic confidence comes from being more attractive in general. And the great news is that this sensation of spark and sizzle isn’t directly tied to how you feel about your body image.

 

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#14: Do Better Work

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Doing work that’s fun and engaging is all the buzz these days. Employers talk about how exciting their companies are when talking to prospective members, but that rarely lives up to the hype once you get in the trenches with everyone.

Work by nature doesn’t lead to a pot of gold. In this episode, Mike and Daniel get real about chasing the fleeting rainbow of stable work when you have a bipolar disorder. And they learn a few things in the process.

If you’ve ever struggled to do consistent work, this is the episode that validates your experience. But of course, it wouldn’t be like the boys to leave you without a clear path forward. Plot your way to a better work life and an improved paycheck by listening for the one factor that drives all success in the workplace.

(Hint: you can control this factor!)

 

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