#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)

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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”

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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

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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

food weight Aug 01, 2019

 

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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

recovery Jul 25, 2019

 

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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

sleep therapy training Jul 18, 2019

 

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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.

Grab your free sleep makeover roadmap here!

 

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