1. Current behaviors are not in line with past behaviors. For example, – a person who has been empathetic throughout life suddently becomes selfish and callous and says, “I don’t love you and never have! You are finally seeing the real me!”
2. They stop paying attention to what has always been important. This can include being with their children. People who once cared about helping animals will forget to feed them or might kick them for example.
3. They don’t listen. And when you point this out, you are always the one with the problem.
4. They simply can’t see that they they are doing or are about to do isn’t going to end well.
I’ve taught myself to recognize mania from the beginning. That is the answer to how you keep from getting lost in mania. Once it is to the point that you can’t see it, it’s too late. For example, right now due to the stress of my latest project (I’m writing a children’s book), I’m going in and out of hypomania. I know the signs from my Health Cards of what this mania looks like.
When I start to talk a bit too loudly and can’t hear it. When I don’t care about seeing my nephew as much and become more selfish. These are signs.
I now know this is not natural for me. When I think [ Read More ]
There is a self that is separate from bipolar disorder. When you find yours, it stays with you even in the darkest moments. We are strong.
I recently spoke at Oxford University in England at the Oxford Union
The event The Student Mental Health Crisis – What Next? was a great success.
“25% of adults suffer from mental health conditions; this figure doubles among Oxford students. Many believe that drastic action is needed to respond to this crisis in care, engaging with both the general stigma and failing institutions.”
As a person who flunked out of my first college due to my untreated bipolar disorder, I’m passionately committed to helping students succeed in school. I eventually received a degree eight years after I started. It doesn’t have to be this hard. Universities, parents, students, health care professionals and teachers can band together and create [ Read More ]