Tag Archives: Self-management

NEW VLOG! “Like the difference between eating a biscuit and a delicious gateau.”

People often asked me how I know when I am hypomanic. How do I distinguish between normal happiness and something more pathological? It can be a difficult question to answer, especially as everyone’s experience will be a little different. Last … Continue reading

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In a heartbeat: I may be in remission, but I’m not in control

Let’s start with the positives. I am well. I am pretty much entirely free of bipolar symptoms, so I guess I am in “symptomatic remission”. I’ve yet to attain the dizzy heights of “functional remission” – I’m working more than … Continue reading

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Flotsam

[TW: suicidal thoughts] I found the early part of this year terrifying. During 2013 I had begun to feel that I had at least some level control over my mood state by using meds (tweaking the dose of my antipsychotic … Continue reading

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Through the Looking Glass

“Alice began to remember that she was a Pawn, and that it would soon be time for her to move.” Lewis Carroll Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There  Last week, I was hypomanic. I knew it, I felt … Continue reading

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Sharing my self-management plan

It’s fair to say that when I first sought treatment for my most recent bipolar episode back in May 2011, I wanted my psychiatrist to fix me. I’d heard so much about how “treatable” bipolar was, I was sure that … Continue reading

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Living on the edge

Yesterday I had an appointment with my psychiatrist in which he called me out for engaging in what are, for me, risky behaviours. I knew this already, or course. I’ve been conscious of feeling more and more driven from within. … Continue reading

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Spoon theory, bipolar and self management: how it all fits together

Every seen Spoon Theory mentioned in blog posts, or noticed the Twitter hashtag #spoonie, and wonder what it all meant? When I first became aware of the concept, I erroneously assumed that it only applied to people with physical disabilities; … Continue reading

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