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Trauma work, bipolar and thoughts of suicide or homicide

The complexity of living with bipolar II and having a career where there I am exposed to others’ trauma is a lively tightrope walk that involves honest self-reflection, exceptional supervision and surrender.  I know some things, but I am not

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Trauma Work and Bipolar

Let’s be honest, many of us go into social services, social work, psychology, sociology, etc., to make sense of our own past.  It took me over 10 years to acknowledge this and attempt to make peace with it.  I’m not

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Mood charting, boring but do it

Of the dozens of mood charts I have tried worldwide, online and on-paper, I most recommend this one by the Black Dog Institute in Australia.  I’m yet to find a mood tracking app that has the needed characteristics of this

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Posted in Basics, bipolar, bipolar II, Mood

Planning for Depression

One common suggestion for people with bipolar is to document how you would like things to proceed when you are unwell.  This is my plan.  Feel free to adapt it for your use. Wellness Strategy (ongoing pretty much daily –

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Posted in Actions, Basics, bipolar, Health

Should I Disclose My Mental Illness?

There are varying sources of advice on whether or not to disclose a mental illness to family, friends, and employers.  I disclosed to my 2 closest family members – my husband and my mom nearly right away after my *final*

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Posted in Basics, bipolar, bipolar II, relationships, work

Sodium Valproate = Relief

After being on Lithium a couple of years with bad side effects and decreasing effectiveness, I changed to sodium valproate (aka Depakote, Valproate) about 8 weeks ago.  I found some useful info on this site about side effects and such that might

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Posted in Binge Eating, bipolar, Meds, Mood

BP Relationship Pain – Breaking it Down

My bipolar II is affecting my partner, and I’m not sure how to reverse the hurt it has caused, mainly because I don’t remember a lot. My partner is one of those people that has a chronically joyful smile and is

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