#30 True Friends Are Worth Finding

empowerment Oct 10, 2019

 

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So in celebration of 30 episodes of this brand new show, I was able to gather my three “Lifers” (most supportive buddies) for a special dinner. It was the first time any of us had been together, but because I hand-picked these guys for their outstanding qualities, the chemistry was instantaneous.

What I learned from this encounter taught me many things about the nature of a true friend. Bipolar disorder is one of those things that only helps to tear apart quality relationships. To be surrounded by people who willingly walk beside me is proof that even mental illness cannot threaten the bond.

Have your friendships taken a direct hit by the nature of your diagnosis? Take heart that they can be established once again, and even built up beyond the former days if you so choose. Having a friend for life bolsters the belief that you can still do the powerful things that are kept in your heart.

 

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#29 Acceptance Unlocks Freedom

empowerment Oct 03, 2019

 

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When you think about acceptance, it’s usually a lot easier to apply to others. Accepting ourselves is something that can require a lot of work and convincing. Now factor in a mental disability like bipolar disorder—with all the chaos, drama, and sensitivity—and you can see why accepting that is a tall order!

But however difficult it may prove to be, finding peace with your past self is only half the puzzle. The other half is accepting that you still have aspirations and desires and a “real me” version of your life that is genuinely worth putting in the labor.

In today’s episode of The Bipolar Now Podcast, Mike shares about two types of people and how “full” acceptance plays out in radically different ways for them. (Hint: it doesn’t go so well for one group.) Do you feel stuck and helpless in the dark? Or when you’ve gotten yourself stuck will waste no time calling a tow truck? The...

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#28 Depression is Sink or Swim

empowerment Sep 26, 2019

 

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If there’s one thing that pulls more people into despair and hardship, it’s depression. Bipolar depression is a unique variant of “ordinary” clinical (or “unipolar”) depression. When you’re sucked in, it seems as though nothing and no one will save you.

But choosing to do nothing and go with what your gut feelings tell you is no way to deal with this phase of the illness. It starts out very casual. You lose your energy and you cease from starting ordinary daily tasks. Then as energy continues to dip and hover at critically low levels you fall into a new pattern.

Breaking that pattern is the subject of today’s episode. Going inside the mind of bipolar depression is necessary if we’re ever going to reverse the energy flow and get it back up again. Mike shares about having to use both immediate and long-term approaches to this troubling “pole” of the disorder.

 

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#27 Making Manias Mild

empowerment Sep 19, 2019

  

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Has anyone with bipolar disorder not felt some romance with the “up” side of the illness? What a welcome relief to the suffering of depression! It’s like we finally get to snap our lives back together and the future becomes endlessly amazing to consider.

But choosing to let the sensational aspect of mania grab you is like gambling. It starts out innocent. You score some early wins. (“I love being able to clean the ENTIRE house in a single night!”) But soon all that energy and all that lost sleep take you down a rabbit hole where the decisions are harder to recover from.

That’s the subject of today’s episode. Take a look inside of Mike’s world as he shares how an onset of bipolar mania can be quickly and powerfully reversed. Gain mastery over this aspect of the illness (and you can gain it!) and you’ll keep more of your money, your progress, and your good name.

 

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#26 Grow Into You

empowerment Sep 12, 2019

 

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When I was first diagnosed bipolar, I had just turned 30. I was tormented, confused, and full of nervous energy about things as trivial as going to the store. Never since my early childhood was I more in need of nurturing, and as I looked around I discovered no real-life mentors in mental illness.

Step forward 8 years. I’m entering a brand new phase of my life doing work and relationships and a host of other pursuits on a whole other level. My previous fears about bipolar disorder crippling me for eternity are almost entirely removed. I’ve become a new person. Again.

In this episode of The Bipolar Now Podcast, I share with you the hidden (but intentional) growth process that drives what you see and hear on the show and in my videos. It’s what powers every person who has made peace with this difficult disorder. You don’t want to miss it!

 

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#25 Getting Around Obstacles

empowerment Sep 05, 2019

 

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Bipolar disorder is famous for its many shifts and turns in mood, energy, and drive. Sometimes you are running strong and consistent, while other times you wonder why you even bother to run at all. Still other times you are paralyzed because you can’t imagine finishing the race!

Everyone faces hurdles on track of life. But not everyone faces them with a mental illness that severely skews the race. Some hurdles are low and easy to clear. Others require a giant leap and a lot of momentum. Also randomly placed are obstacles such as stumbling objects and walls.

In today’s episode Mike shares how this visual of lapping a chaotic track can cause us to zoom out of our difficult circumstances and look for opportunities to keep in the race. If you don’t learn how to see your way around obstacles, you’ll get tripped up and injured.

 

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#24 Getting Money Right (Pt. 1)

money Aug 29, 2019

 

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Making money consistently when you have a bipolar disorder is a process of hard work and discovery. Being able to manage that money in a way that’s healthy is the holy grail of stability. Which makes it all the more amazing when you get there.

In this first installment on money, Mike shares about the importance of knowing your “money type” before you set out to make career or business decisions. Without making choices in line with your “type” you set yourself up for worry and frustration.

Living with a mental illness multiplies the difficulty of finding a job or business that lines up with your desires. Today will help you become more clear on the “how” of making money when you have bipolar. Future episodes in this series will dive into the “what” and the “why”.

 

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#23 Two Kinds of “Different”

confidence depression Aug 22, 2019

 

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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

mania Aug 15, 2019

 

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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

stress Aug 08, 2019

  

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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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