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    Feeling Empty in my opinion can be compared to feeling like you don't exist. Feeling Empty can also be compared to suicidal ideation at times.

    #ADHD #Autism #BorderlinePersonalityDisorder #BipolarDisorder #Bipolar2Disorder #Bipolar1Disorder #Depression #MentalHealth #IrritableBowelSyndromeIBS

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    Today is World Bipolar Day…I’m proud to say I’m Bipolar and Thriving…how many of you are too? Maybe tell a little of your story…

    Today is World Bipolar Day … it is observed on March 30 every year, on the birthday of Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh — one of the most influential artists in the history of Western art. His creativity was paralleled with his mental illness and he was posthumously diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Bipolar disorder dramatically affects the mood and may result in episodes of depression and elation, which can affect one’s health, productivity, and relationships. World Bipolar Day educates and promotes the spread of information on bipolar disorder through international collaborative efforts

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    Crying for relief

    I have been having the hardest time trying to be a functioning adult without the help of substances, even though one is medical mj. I was never taught how to manage my finances on my own growing up, I never learned how to have boundaries, and I have been living with a negative mother who I can’t even talk to since she feels like commentating negatively. This has impacted my work environment because I shout and get frustrated because I’m living by example. I’m literally so stuck in this mud that I don’t know how to get out. #Bipolar1Disorder #Addiction #Anxiety #Depression

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    It’s not what the world takes away from you that matters, it’s what you do with what you have left that counts

    Every day we wake up and have a (even in the times of most adversity) or let things bring you down until all you can do is frown. Feeling sorry for yourself gets you nowhere, making the most of what you have builds character, confidence and gives us a chance for a reason to smile. Every day I have to make this choice, I pride myself in having a positive attitude and when I find myself focusing on all the things that have brought me down, instead being thankful that I survived it all...but there are some days when I fail...its a lifelong journey and every day that starts with a smile is a success. Some days it takes part of the day of allowing myself to suffer that I then can hopefully shift to remembering that I am thankful for all the blessings I have in my life to be grateful for! I choose to smile today!

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    Bipolar disorder is a brain disorder that causes changes in a person's mood, energy, and ability to function. People with bipolar disorder experience intense emotional states that typically occur during distinct periods of days to weeks, called mood episodes. These mood episodes are categorized as manic/hypomanic (abnormally happy or irritable mood) or depressive (sad mood). People with bipolar disorder generally have periods of neutral mood as well. When treated, people with bipolar disorder can lead full and productive lives.

    People without bipolar disorder experience mood fluctuations as well. However, these mood changes typically last hours rather than days. Also, these changes are not usually accompanied by the extreme degree of behavior change or difficulty with daily routines and social interactions that people with bipolar disorder demonstrate during mood episodes. Bipolar disorder can disrupt a person’s relationships with loved ones and cause difficulty in working or going to school.

    Bipolar disorder is a category that includes three different diagnoses: bipolar I, bipolar II, and cyclothymic disorder.

    Bipolar disorder commonly runs in families: 80 to 90 percent of individuals with bipolar disorder have a relative with bipolar disorder or depression. Environmental factors such as stress, sleep disruption, and drugs and alcohol may trigger mood episodes in vulnerable people. Though the specific causes of bipolar disorder within the brain are unclear, an imbalance of brain chemicals is believed to lead to dysregulated brain activity. The average age of onset is 25 years old.

    People with bipolar I disorder frequently have other mental disorders such as anxiety disorders, substance use disorders, and/or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The risk of suicide is significantly higher among people with bipolar I disorder than among the general population.

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    Mental Illness and Gun Violence

    We live in a time where we have to look over our shoulders shoulders, where we worry about the safety of our children when we send them to school, we worry about our own safety when we go out to run our errands for the day. Mass shootings have been on the rise over the past few years, just recently the state of California had four separate incidents of gun violence that resulted in multiple deaths within a two week period. When these incidents occur the news reports center around finding out why it happened and more often they zone in on the shooter, the details of their life, and if the perpetrator had a mental illness, they conclude that is what led to the violence. It's a pattern I've seen too many times and it's a pattern of ignorance that needs to end.

    Blaming mass shootings solely on mental illness overlooks the complex nature of these events and the various factors that contribute to their occurrence. Here are some reasons why society cannot entirely blame mass shootings on mental illness:

    1. Most people with mental illnesses are not violent: According to numerous studies, people with mental illness are not inherently violent. Mental illness does not mean a person is more inclined to commit crimes, and most people with mental health conditions do not engage in violent behavior.

    2. It oversimplifies the issue: By blaming mass shootings solely on mental illness, complex factors such as firearm access, trauma, social isolation, extremism, and hate crimes are overlooked. These factors, among others, can also contribute to violent behavior.

    3. It stigmatizes mental illness: When society blames mass shootings on mental illness, it reinforces the negative stereotypes associated with mental health conditions. This stigma can prevent people from seeking treatment due to shame and lead to discrimination against those with mental illness.

    4. Inaccuracy: Mass shooters often do not have a diagnosed mental illness, and the majority of people with mental illnesses do not commit violent acts. Blaming mass shootings on mental illness creates an inaccurate association between mental health and violence.

    5. Lack of Access to Treatment: Many people with mental health conditions do not receive proper treatment due to lack of access to care, resources, and support. Blaming mental illness for mass shootings ignores the larger issue of underfunding and inadequacy of mental health care.

    6. Diversion from Solutions: Blaming mental illness for mass shootings can divert attention away from addressing the root issues and implementing meaningful solutions to prevent future tragedies.

    Therefore, it is essential to approach mass shootings from a holistic perspective that acknowledges the complex factors contributing to the issue. It is necessary to address these problems comprehensively via gun laws, mental health interventions, community support, and prevention programs rather than solely blaming people with mental illnesses.

    Those with mental illness are just as fearful of gun violence as those without it and pointing the finger at mental illness does not solve the problem, it creates another one. We're all in this together and together we can find and fight for a solution to feel safe again.

    #BipolarDisorder #Bipolar1Disorder #BipolarDepression #MajorDepressiveDisorder #CPTSD #PTSD #SocialAnxiety #AnxietyAttack

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    Having people that listen and respect us is so helpful and encouraging, so much better than having people who judge, or try to fix us!

    I am blessed to have people in my life that are there for me, sometimes just listening and asking what they can do for me, telling me that I’m not alone, letting me know they’ll be there for me, and they love me … but what can really help us feel better about ourselves is when they just say they’re proud of us. Wonderful people in our lives can regularly remind us about everything we’re going through and how amazingly well we are handling ourselves. They can acknowledge us for what we ARE doing even when we can only see and judge ourselves for the things we’re NOT doing. Sometimes they can be there just to listen to us, sometimes they can help us get our minds off all we’re going through by lightening up the conversation and not allow us to get caught in a loop of feeling sorry for ourselves.

    But we definitely can’t do this alone, things can appear insurmountable or overwhelming but if we’re lucky we have people who believe in us and are there for us when we just need them to listen and let us get our fears out in the open and talk about our pain. People can help us if they just say they feel for us and wish they could make us feel better. What I don’t think they realize is that by simply being there to walk by our side they ARE making us feel better!

    You can expand your network of support by getting up the courage and then tell people that are close to you (that don’t already know) what you are dealing with, sharing what is really happening and what you are going through and then tell them how they can help. I have found most people want to help and if they decline I try not to take it personally. It’s worth the risk to get crucial support

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