Bipolar disorder has its quiet periods. And, where it's easy to miss mood swings. Do you know how to catch signs...before disaster strikes?
Totally fed up with acting out emotions. Desperate for up-down cycles to stop. And, crave stability. Does this sound like you?
Are you ready to do something about it?
Clues do appear when mood changes. Self awareness helps you recognize them.
The idea is to catch signs...fast...Before they swing too far.
With self-awareness, it's as if you purposely step back and 'watch' what's going on with you. Keeps you from becoming your emotions. Pause, before giving in to obsessions. And, steers you away from hopelessness.
The good news is...
Stability is within your grasp. Best of all…You figure out what works for you.
Structure, finally, becomes part of your life. It's stronger. Trust in yourself sharpens. And, you have more control over what you can do for yourself.
Recovery is achievable. And, you're symptom-free for longer stretches.
It doesn't get better than that.
Dealing with manic-depression means knowing yourself. Totally.
Plus, what you do for…
What you do right now,...Does it help or hurt your stability?
You may find, what's taken for granted, does affect you...a great deal. Late nights. Side-stepping exercise. Or, forgetting routines that help you relax.
Noticing small changes can save you from going on a binge. Or, sinking into despair. For example, grabbing the bull by the horns with antipsychotic medications causing weight gain.
Count on less heartache when you pay attention.
Imagine the control you'll have...understanding your nature and limits.
Boundaries are easier to make. And, stick to. You won't feel so helpless.
Coming up with your own answers to problems. And, feel awesome about it, too.
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Anxiety sensitivity, the 'fight, flight or freeze' response, gone crazy, increases the risk for anxiety disorders to develop. Feeling like you're losing control is very real. And, can be unbearable.
Combined with bipolar disorder, complicates matters. You may…
Catch faulty thinking making your symptoms worse. And, help understand what's behind your anxiousness. Calmer, you're not pulled into the drama. And, feel more comfortable to ask for what you need.
Pay attention to...what you say to yourself.
Stress, disappointments, and excitement jack up inner chatter. And, reveals what's really going on.
Use this to your advantage.
Emotions can be intense. And, where phrases tend to repeat themselves. Mull them over for clues to...
You may be afraid. But, won't get sucked into automatic...destructive patterns. And, can make better choices for yourself.
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Record thoughts in a notebook. It's quiet time writing about what's been on your mind. You're more prone to connect with what matters. And, writing gives you a voice. After all, you count.
Keeping a log...
A breakthrough may have happened. But, you didn't realize it. By rereading, you'll find bits and pieces of success. Repeat them. Then, repeat them again till you find something better. Ditch the failures.
…is terrific for painting a clear picture of what's going on in your life.
The information jotted in is a must for the mood chart to mean anything. The more detailed, the better.
You won't have to worry about remembering details. And, what's important for the doctor to know, will be there.
You'll become expert with the ins and outs of bipolar disorder. How and when they show up. And, what triggers them. Best of all, it'll be way easier to steer clear of trouble.
Bipolar disorder is misleading. It's easy to believe, during quiet times, mood swings are gone for good. But, when they're back, self-awareness can help recognize symptoms early, before disaster strikes.