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Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Anxiety, BPD & Mental Health in General
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Demystifying myths around mental health problems like bipolar disorder, depression (Manic depression) anxiety and Borderline Personality Disorder. (BPD)
Demystifying myths around mental health problems like bipolar disorder, depression (Manic depression) anxiety and Borderline Personality Disorder. (BPD)

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http://bipolardisorderdepressionanxiety.com/mental-health-awareness-mentally-and-physically-abuse/
After years of torment, I developed a mental illness. Although doctors believe now, I had problems with my mental health from a young age as I would always struggle. But, after my entire trauma from both my childhood and from adulthood, I was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD.)

I tried to take my life many times and was in the hospital a lot. Slowly though I started to understand it was trauma from my past catching up with me and invading my life like a virus I couldn’t shake.

With a lot of support, I got my life back on track. It took a lot of strength and plenty of counseling, but I got there. But, this wasn’t the end of my struggles. It turns out I had Bipolar.

I was diagnosed with Bipolar disorder a couple of years ago but, they say it’s been around for awhile and just wasn’t being treated.

I hated getting this label. It made me feel like I must be some kind of crazy. But, you know what; it really doesn’t make me crazy at all. I can’t help that I have this. They say it was probably passed down to me because both my parents had it.

But each day after finding out I would wake up, realize I have this label, and it would get me down. So one day I decided to ditch the label. I decided I am who I am, and not the label I’d been given.

So this is me.
I’m intelligent and witty.
I’m not bipolar.
I have a positive outlook on life even if I have some really down days.
I’m not bipolar.
I can actually be pretty funny.
I’m not bipolar.
I’m good looking.
I’m not bipolar.
I’m an amazing mother.
I’m not bipolar.
I’m a great friend, partner, sister, daughter and aunt.
I’m not bipolar.
I am me.
I’m not bipolar.

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Malignant Self Love – Narcissism Revisited
Read “Traumas as Social Interactions” by Dr. Sam Vaknin, http://samvak.tripod.com/trauma.html (accessed August 12, 2015)

We react to serious mishaps, life altering setbacks, disasters, abuse, and death by going through the phases of grieving. Traumas are the complex outcomes of psychodynamic and biochemical processes. But the particulars of traumas depend heavily on the interaction between the victim and his social milieu.

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http://bipolardisorderdepressionanxiety.com/womens-strengths-aid-in-addiction-recovery/
Girls and women are encouraged much more so than boys and men to express emotion, to develop expressive relationships, and to allow themselves the luxury of accepting help when they’re in need. All of these factors together are enormously important in the recovery process, which means that women tend to have more tools for coping with recovery in general.

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Ranting on Bipolar II
For starters – this is a pure opinion piece.  I am going to rant a bit about Bipolar II.
I read a lot of bipolar “stuff” – articles, study results, chat boards, Facebook pages – a lot.  Recently, once again, I have become irritated by the use of “Bipolar II”.
http://bipolardisorderdepressionanxiety.com/bipolar-ii-rant-from-a-bipolar-i/

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Movie attractions about mental illnesses!
http://bipolardisorderdepressionanxiety.com/mental-illnesses-and-the-movies/
Recently I wrote about the premiere of a new movie, Mania Days, which stars Katie Holmes and is based on the life of the author who has Bipolar disorder.  One of our Facebook friends asked where it could be seen.

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Difficult to diagnose Bipolar Disorder?
I am not bipolar!  I am (insert other diagnosis here)...

...Now, as a bipolar, I get to watch my kids and see if they have “it” or something else.  Either is scary, both are scary but I hope I will be more help than my parents were.
 I still take my meds but I also still retain the right to act on the 1 percent in case something better than bipolar disorder comes up.
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