posts in Bipolar Disorder

4 Important Factors to Know When Helping Someone with Bipolar Disorder

The following is a guest post from Steve Johnson.

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As any parent of a child with bipolar disorder knows, things are rarely easy, but it’s important to recognize potential dangers that come along with it so you can prevent things from escalating out of control. Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder that is characterized by extreme mood swings that are so severe they disrupt a person’s daily life. Nearly 3% of Americans are living with bipolar disorder, and symptoms include “alternating between periods of elevated mood (mania or hypomania) and periods of depression.”

People who have bipolar disorder feel so energetic and abnormally happy that they may make reckless decisions, while they may feel hopeless, overwhelmed, and extremely negative when they experience a depressive state.

If you are a parent of someone who battles bipolar disorder, there are a few important factors to know so that you can help him/her navigate life with this mood disorder more successfully.

How I'm Helping My Kids' Bipolar Disorder Naturally

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"How are you treating their bipolar?" 

It's a question I'm asked quite a bit by parents of kids who have bipolar disorder. The reasons for asking vary. Usually it's one of the following:

  • They see my kids doing well and want to know how that's happening.
  • They want to choose something less harsh, but have no idea where to begin.
  • They use natural remedies or traditional medicine, but never knew it could help this.
  • They're just curious, having no idea about natural medicine at all.
I can only begin to answer this question. One post won't do it. A book perhaps, but not one single post.

Dear Mom of a Child Who Has Bipolar Disorder

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Dear Mom of a Child with Bipolar Disorder,


I know you feel so alone in this world. No one could possibly understand what your life is like. 


No one knows you wake up every day with a question mark hanging in the air. When my child wakes up, what kind of mood will she be in? Will she be happy? Angry? Depressed? 


Most days are good, but you can't predict them. Even if things start well, it could change in a second, right? 

4 Reasons I Talk about Bipolar Disorder

4 Reasons I Talk about Bipolar Disorder


Recently, someone asked me to stop writing about bipolar disorder.

No, I'm not kidding. 


Someone asked me to stop. (Just a suggestion, you know.) So, I thought I'd take a few moments to explain why I not only write about it, but will continue to do so.


But first let's talk about...

Letter from a Daughter to Dad Who Died of Suicide

Letter to dad who died of suicide

My daughter wrote this letter months ago. 

She gave it to me to post here, but I was caught up in other things at the time. It's a letter to her father. Today (July 3, 2015) marks 5 years since he died, so i
t's appropriate that I post it today. She turns 17 tomorrow.

Be sure to read the extra note at the bottom. I snagged it from her Facebook status this morning.

World Bipolar Day: Vincent and the Doctor

We're celebrating World Bipolar Day with Vincent van Gogh and Doctor Who!


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My mind has been on Vincent van Gogh for a few days. Anyone who knows my family well, knows we have a connection of sorts with Vincent van Gogh. So strong is that connection that w
hen our friends see or hear something about Mr. van Gogh, they immediately think of us and share it with me on Facebook.

Vincent and my family - We have a history.


Lorelai began watching the modern Doctor Who series in the winter of 2013. We were in our December of Darkness for that year, and it was something entertaining for her during those long nights. She was 10 years old.

Are People with Bipolar Disorder Always Manic or Depressed?

Are people with bipolar disorder always either really high or really low with no in between? Or is that a stereotype?
Are people with bipolar disorder always manic or depressed?

Today, I'm answering a question from a friend. If she's asking, I'll be a lot of people wonder: 



"Are people with bipolar disorder always either really high or really low with no in between? Or is that a stereotype?"


I've lived with and around quite a few people with bipolar disorder. Some don't even realize they have it, but most of them do. I've seen what it's like in adults and in children (there's a notable difference between the two), so I believe I can answer this accurately.



Bipolar Disorder: What Are Racing Thoughts?

Learn what the racing thoughts of bipolar disorder are. www.HeartofMichelle.com #raisingbipolar

Last week, I explained why I don't limit my daughter's Minecraft time. In that post, I mentioned a little about racing thoughts and now I want to explain what racing thoughts are. 


What Are Racing Thoughts?

Although I had tried many times to understand racing thoughts, it was only a year and a half ago that I finally figured it out. Alexis helped me to understand it a little better.

From the above post



"Racing thoughts are a lot of snippets of music, conversations and negative thoughts looping, one over the other, for hours on end. These racing thoughts aren't persistent in that they are not 'playing' 24/7, but when they are, the person feels as though they're going mad."


December of Darkness: Why I'm Dreading Winter (Bipolar Disorder Sleep Problems)

A mom describes the miserable winters when her daughter bipolar sleep patterns get worse. #kidswithbipolar #bipolardisorder www.HeartofMichelle.com

I am not looking forward to winter. In fact, I'm dreading it.

This is the first year I haven't looked forward to winter. I usually appreciate the change in time and weather. I look forward to fireplaces, bonfires, hot chocolate and all the other cozy things that come with the season.



Not this year. Not even a little. You see, for the last two winters, I haven't seen the light of day. 


Literally. And I hate it.



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