25 Things Only Someone with Bipolar Disorder Would Understand

This is from, they actually asked me for my feedback, which I gave them. It is funny, and it takes away the catastrophizing that we intensely emotional people who have bipolar d/o do. It was a much needed reminder for me that everything isn’t always awful. It was a reminder for me to stop taking everything so seriously and take it easy! That really things are fine, only my intensely emotional brain tells me they are not. This was a very welcome reminder to laugh and have fun. There’s a novel concept. Fun! No, it really isn’t, I am a lot of fun normally, just wish that was all the time. Anyway, everyone can enjoy these cartoons and jokes, especially we who have BPD. The fun side to mental illness, that might be the real novel concept, haha. And humor really is the best medicine! And I’m still laughing at #4!!!

25 Things Only Someone with Bipolar Disorder Would Understand

 Learn to laugh along with your condition.

1. You can tell when you had a manic episode by looking at your credit card bill.

credit card bill

2. Even though you live on your own, it often feels like you’re waking up with a stranger.

waking up with stranger

3. You have so many racing thoughts you should be a NASCAR analyst.

nascar analyst

4. You don’t suffer from a sense of superiority – you’re remarkably modest for an emperor of all humanity.

emperor of all humanity

5. You just realized people can drink beer for fun, not because they’re self-medicating.

drink beer for fun

6. Every morning you wake up thinking, “today is going to be a great day. Just not for me.”


7. Family members have mistaken you for the Incredible Hulk.

incredible hulk

8. If someone is described to you as “moody” you think to yourself: amateur.


9. You eat fear for breakfast.

fear for breakfast

10. You don’t know the meaning of “psychosomatic,” because you can’t concentrate on reading a word that long.


11. Your cat would describe you as the aloof and needy one.

aloof and needy

12. Your psychiatrist spends so much time balancing your moods she now has a side job as a professional juggler.

psychiatrist professional mood juggler

13. You remember when Prozac was cool.


14. When you’re down you watch “America’s Most Wanted” and cry out: “Why does nobody want me?”

americas most wanted

15. Your depressive spells make you forgetful, which is a shame because if you thought about your manic stages it might cheer you up.

depressive spells

16. You wonder how someone who feels so empty can put on so much weight.

weight gain

17. When you’re manic, nothing makes you angrier than someone suggesting you’re irritable.


18. Manic episodes give you a heightened sex drive, which makes it unfortunate you can’t maintain any relationships.

heightened sex drive

19. You can’t sleep at nights, which would be OK if you had more insomniacs for friends.

insomniac friends

20. Your depressed self probably wouldn’t be so depressed if your manic self didn’t make so many commitments for it to keep.

depressed vs manic self

21. If you could cycle as quickly as your moods, you’d be the next Lance Armstrong.

lance armstrong mood swings

22. You meet the same person at two different parties and have to convince them you’re not your pain-in-the-ass twin brother.

good vs evil twin

23. Friends say you’re the life and soul of the party, but you avoid parties like the plague.


24. You’ve cried on the pizza delivery guy’s shoulder.

pizza delivery guy

25. You’ve been told the warranty on your car does not cover existential crisis.

existential crisis

My talk in Philadelphia (video)

I was invited to give a talk about my story of bipolar d/o and my experience with medications for bipolar d/o. The invitation was extended by and the talk was for Astra Zeneca drug reps and ad reps. This is a video of this talk, I made it with my iPhone. The talk was given on October 22nd, 2015, in Philadelphia. My talk was really well received 🙂 There were also two other bloggers, Jon Pressman and Julie Fast, who gave talks as well. After our talks, we had a question and answer period, where the Astra Zeneca people asked us many questions about the illness and treatment and what patients needed from them. It was a singular experience, drug companies don’t usually talk to people who suffer from illnesses for which they make medications! Even more singular for them to speak to people who have a mental illness. I commend them, and really thank for putting this together and allowing the drug companies and we, people who suffer from bipolar d/o, to convene and discuss issues that are important to us as patients, and to voice our opinions about what drug companies need to do to ensure better health for us. We, with all our experience and insight into this terrible illness, were given the opportunity to speak to a large pharmaceutical company such as Astra Zeneca, and they listened! And we were taken seriously! Phenomenal!

I fell in love with Philadelphia, it is such a beautiful city! I’ll post pictures I took there in another post.

One of The Best Bipolar Health Blogs of 2015 as chosen by

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Bipolar 1 Blog has been chosen for the “Best Bipolar Health Blogs” for 2015 at

Who knew this was even a possibility when I started this blog in August of 2014! But I am so happy to be a part of this list. There are some pretty awesome blogs on it, so of course to be included is an honor! Simply put, what I have been doing is being recognized, I hope that means I am making a difference and it definitely means I will continue. Onwards and upwards my friends!

Great Tips for Reducing Anxiety from


Since I posted about anxiety, here’s an article which tells you how to lower anxiety levels. Great tips to use when anxiety is troubling you. The link to the article is above and an excerpt from the article is below. I think my favorite is the first one, to invoke the relaxation response when your flight or flight is activated.

Here are some ways to help prevent stress and anxiety in your life:

Use ‘the Relaxation Response’

Dr. Jason Evan Mihalko, a certified psychologist working out of Harvard Square in Cambridge, Mass., said that stress is one of the most manageable things of all.

“Many people know about the fight or flight response—a biological response to stress where our bodies become prepared to either run to safety or fight. What many people don’t know is that we have also designed an antidote to fight or flight: the relaxation response,” he said. “Through simple deep breathing exercises, visualizing a pleasant scene, or soothing ourselves through the five senses, we can induce this relaxation response.”

When we’re able to relax, many things happen, Dr. Mihalko said, including decreased metabolism, slower heartbeat, relaxed muscles, slowed breathing, lowered blood pressure, increased levels of nitiric oxide (an important chemical compound in protecting vital organs and Science’s Molecule of the Year in 1992), and our general sense of well-being and calm increases.


It’s human to feel overwhelmed when there are a million things to do at once—work, school, kids, marriage, friends, family, etc. can all lead to worry. Coupled with the unpredictable nature of bipolar disorder, anxiety can create havoc inside your mind.

The key to preventing stress and anxiety build up—with or without bipolar disorder—is determining which is the most important and what can be done first. We often lose focus of why we’re doing so many things, so concentrating on what’s most important can be an easy way to eliminate clutter in our lives.

It’s important that your therapy for bipolar disorder remains a main priority. You may think you don’t have time for it, but know that if you skip on treatment, you’re only making things worse for yourself.

Lists are a great way to keep track of what you should be doing and what’s the most important thing to do first. Lists are a great way of tackling some of the quick and easy things first, allowing you to cross tasks off your list and gaining a sense of accomplishment.

Here’s an example of what a list might look like:

1. Take medications
2. Email boss about vacation
3. Pick up dry cleaning
4. Meet Shirley for lunch
5. Buy groceries

Limit Yourself

Even super heroes can’t be everywhere at once. You can spend all day, every day attempting to do it all, but that won’t leave you with enough time or energy to stop and enjoy life. Plus, the stress generated by attempting to do it all could only aggravate your mood.

You may want to work full-time, prepare a good dinner every night, volunteer with a local charity, organize events, and do more, but there’s a good chance you’ll only stress yourself out, lose sleep, lose your temper, and create more problems for yourself.

Instead of trying to do everything, focus your energy and attention on doing a few things well. If you can afford it, hire some help around the house to do a little cleaning and the laundry. If you can’t afford it, ask everyone to help pitch in.

Think of your tasks as things you are buying with your time. You can try to buy a 120-bedroom house, but they’re all going to get dirty and broken down without regular maintenance. Besides, you don’t need all that space. You can afford (with your time) a nice two-bedroom house and make it the best one you’ve ever seen. In essence, don’t buy more than you can maintain.

Break Away

No matter your responsibilities, you need time for yourself. You need time to be able to collect your head, think things through, or even let your mind wander. This is especially important if you’re feeling manic and can’t concentrate.

The occasional weekend getaway can do wonders, but even being left alone for a few minutes when you get home can clear your mind. Let people know you need a moment to unwind and clear your head before getting down to business.

Some easy ways to sneak a moment to yourself is going for a walk, reading in a quiet place, going to the park, or just laying down in bed for a minute. No matter how you want to escape, make sure you can when things get to be too much.

Find Support

Friends and family can be the best listeners. They can be your greatest ally against welling stress and anxiety when coupled with bipolar disorder. They also provide a more objective insight into your problems and can help you spot stressful patterns. If all else fails, they can help you get a good laugh in when you need it most.

Therapists are trained listeners, and there’s no shame in seeing someone to help you talk through your problems. There are numerous types of therapy available, and the right one can help you express your emotions in a constructive way.

Take Care of Yourself

Mental health is directly related to physical health. Eating a balanced diet—void of sugary, deep fried, high fat, high sodium, and other harmful foods—can help your body get in shape to handle stress better. If your body is already under stress from harmful substances, it won’t be as ready to handle outside stress as well.

Be wary of tobacco, alcohol, and drugs as a way to relax. They may take the edge off for the time being, but they’ll only create more health problems down the road.

Learn which foods to eat (and avoid) to help your body deal with the stress of anxiety.


Sleep is one of the first things to suffer under a busy, stressful schedule, but it should be the first thing that gets attention. We often skip sleep to tackle our to-do lists, but by doing that we’re robbing our body of rest, which leaves it more vulnerable to stress, anxiety, and illness.


If your mind won’t rest when it’s time to get some sleep, you should incorporate some exercise into your day. Even if you’re snoring the second your head hits the pillow, exercise is a vital way to not only handle stress, but to keep your body in tune to accept any challenge.

Hitting the gym or going for a run after work is a great way to beat stress, as well as give you time to think. Start incorporating it into your routine and see how quickly you can become addicted to good habits.


There will always be unforeseen circumstances, but when you plan in advance, you’ll know what’s next and how to prepare for it. A day planner, smart phone, or email reminders are great ways to keep yourself accountable while giving your mind a second to concentrate on something other than what you’re supposed to be doing next.

My Short Video For The “You’ve Got This” Series.

You've got this!

I made this video for (link below.) It’s a series called “You’ve Got This!” and it’s meant to be a positive inspirational message for people who have been newly diagnosed with bipolar d/o. Here’s the link to the video I made. It was quite an emotional experience, even though it’s short, it brought up a lot of emotions about when I found out I had bipolar d/o and when my brother was diagnosed with it, he was the first one in my family to start showing symptoms of this illness. Sort of a hellish time. We didn’t know what to expect, what was going to happen to my brother. Then I was diagnosed with it. A time of upheaval and terror, really. So I am so happy to be able to offer reassurances to people who are newly diagnosed that things will be fine. It is imperative that they stay in touch with their doctor and follow the doctor’s advice. And their lives will be their own again.

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