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Ohhhh 😲

Have you ever considered the idea that one of our toxic traits could be the opposite of our love language? I don't think this is always true, but at times, I think it is!

Id love your thoughts!

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😔The Biggest Smile Can Hide The Greatest Sorrow😔

There is so much stigma around mental health issues, especially amongst men. That is why, this Men’s Mental Health Awareness Week, it’s important to remember that sometimes the biggest smile can hide the greatest sorrow. Similarly to the old saying “you can’t judge a book by its cover”, you can’t judge someone’s mental health based on how they appear - just because someone appears happy on the surface it doesn’t mean that is how they truly feel.

#MentalHealth #Depression #BipolarDepression #MajorDepressiveDisorder #MoodDisorders #PersistentDepressiveDisorder #PostpartumDepression #Selfharm #Suicide #DepressiveDisorders #Grief #Anxiety #MightyTogether #ItsOKMan #Loneliness #OtherMentalHealth

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How Bipolar Impacts My Life #BipolarDisorder #MoodDisorders #BipolarDepression

What it does to me is it interferes with my intentions. I want to go to sleep; it keeps me awake. I want to eat my food; it makes me feel not hungry enough to do so; I want to stop drinking alcohol for a couple of days; it makes me have that one drink that turns into 4/5 or more. I make plans to see people; it constantly reminds me of my own insecurities that make me cancel these plans. It makes me return to my substance abuse situation where I’m having a gram of cocaine for no reason. It’s easy to think I’m just using this as an excuse for being weak minded or lacking self discipline but it’s not the case.

I have limitations I am fully aware of. When I’m with people and I don’t commit to something they suggest like a meal out or something, it can result in puzzled looks. But I have an illness that makes my brain work in mysterious ways. Just because I might look physically well and as if I don’t have a care in the world, I have a monumental battle going on inside my own head.

People don’t seem to understand or remember this as you’re looking well and you are doing great in their company etc etc. However, you have a million and one things running around your head whilst you’re with people that range from the negative to the obscure and irrelevant, all of which absolutely tire you out, it’s hard. Sometimes you just need to go to get the respite you need.

I don’t expect anyone else to understand it because I don’t understand it myself but I have learnt that being kind to people is so, so much easier than being negative.


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Haiku Affirmation brought to you, created by me 🗣️🌍🌿🪷🐝💥❤️

Thoughtful Thursday; Using short poetic phrases within the confines of the original Japanese style.

#SchizoaffectiveDisorder #MentalHealth #Depression #BorderlinePersonalityDisorder #MoodDisorders #MightyPoets #MightyTogether

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What’s something you’ve done this week your of accomplishing? Or what’s something your most proud of overcoming in your mental health journey?

My win was better recognizing when my anxiety is intensifying and groundhog myself and not being as hard on myself when for feeling anxious. My biggest accomplishment is not letting the misinformed, stigmatized views of others dictate how I relate to my mental health journey.

#ADHD #ADHDInGirls #Anxiety #GeneralizedAnxietyDisorder #MentalHealth #MoodDisorders #Neurodiversity #Depression #wins #Motivation

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Came across a quote that said this. Often do we (including myself) try to stress on things that are out of our control. Instead, we could actually work on, be grateful for and what is in our control and try to live in the moment .

#MentalHealth #BorderlinePersonalityDisorder #MoodDisorders

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It's Thankful Time!

What are we thankful for today? Give me three things, big or small! Mine are in the comments!


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How to Support Someone Living with Bipolar

It makes sense that neurotypical people don’t know how to support someone with bipolar.

The traditional form of support is a practical approach. Often, people are reactive in wanting to support you by problem-solving, regardless of what the issue is.

The most effective way to support another human is simple: just be present, listen, witness.

I’ve been drafting in my mind a letter to my family about my bipolar for months and I finally wrote and sent it to them yesterday.

A I wrote it, it sunk in how complicated and “crazy” living with bipolar is. To try to explain what it is, what it is to manage it and how it impacts people with it and how it impacts you, specifically, is tricky.

This is a part of the email:

Your support and understanding mean a lot and will also help me through this. I’m happy to share anything you’re curious about or if you have questions.

I can tell you what doesn’t help - telling me that there are things to be happy about and all will be ok or suggesting practical solutions like getting sun or going for a walk. I know these things. I know that these comments come from a loving place but they make my experience feel invalidated and misunderstood. The best thing you can do is just be there for me, listen and not think I’m a freak. You don’t need to say a thing.

One of the most damaging things you can do to someone with a mental illness is to apply your experiences to ours and not try to understand us. Our experiences are not the same. It may not make sense to you but please try to understand. Sharing all of this with you will help in that regard, I hope.

#Bipolar #BipolarDisorder #bipolarsupport #MoodDisorders #MentalHealth #MentalHealthAwareness

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Being Diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder Allowed Me to Let Go of Shame I've Been Carrying

I was diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder over twenty years ago and I’ve attempted to manage it with a flurry of medication, therapy, exercise, meditation and so forth.

Despite my efforts, I wasn’t able to experience mental stability for more than a few months at a time.

Last summer, a very attentive and thorough psychiatrist diagnosed me with Bipolar Disorder (BD). It was huge and a pivotal part of my ability to finally recognize and manage my symptoms. It’s a strange way to describe this revelation but it was comforting.

Receiving a BD diagnosis allowed me to make sense of past behavior that I’ve carried guilt and shame about for years. I’m finally able to untangle bipolar symptoms from my personality.

For over twenty years, I’ve been insufficiently treated for depression. This is not uncommon. According to the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, women are more likely to be misdiagnosed with depression. I was one of those women.

There are depressive elements of BD but there are also manic symptoms that can wreak havoc on your life. My symptoms were relatively low-grade so they’ve been hiding in plain sight.

There is a misconception that people with mental illness are “crazy” and have detectable symptoms. This is not true.

I earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees and held down jobs. At the same time, I dealt with suicidal thoughts (and attempted suicide a few times), forged unhealthy relationships, and unknowingly behaved in ways that hurt others.

Clinicians and therapists missed my BD because I fall in the gray area where my symptoms don’t lean strongly toward mania. The term “bipolar” is a misnomer. In reality, it’s expressed on a spectrum, not two extremes.

I’m thankful that the psychiatrist who diagnosed me correctly was intentional in reviewing my extensive mental health history and asked pointed questions to understand my experience. She reframed my understanding of myself and my past. She changed my life.

I still struggle with overwhelming symptoms that make daily functioning a challenge but I’m hopeful that, in time, I will reach the prolonged mental stability I’ve fought so hard to achieve.

Treatment is only effective when you're properly diagnosed and receiving support for all of your symptoms.


Source: Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance. “Treatment for Bipolar Disorder.” Bipolar Disorder Statistics - Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance

#Bipolar1 #BipolarDisorder #MoodDisorders #MentalHealth

Bipolar Disorder Statistics - Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance

Bipolar disorder Statistics. Learn about who is impacted by bipolar, the economic affect of this mood disorder, and more from research
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