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Dealing with the Effects of Trauma
Self-Help & Improvement

Dealing with the Effects of Trauma

You may have had one or many very upsetting, frightening, or traumatic things happen to you in your life, or …Read the Rest

What Is the Difference Between Counseling and Therapy?
Therapy

What Is the Difference Between Counseling and Therapy?

“Therapy” and “counseling” are terms that are often used interchangeably. Although they are very similar, there are some subtle differences …Read the Rest

Types of Bipolar Disorder
Bipolar Depression

Types of Bipolar Disorder

The bipolar classifications in this post are loosely paraphrased from the DSM-IV-Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition …Read the Rest

Spotting the Early Warning Signs of a Bipolar Episode
Self-Management

Spotting the Early Warning Signs of a Bipolar Episode

You may be able to short-circuit a developing mood episode through early intervention, but to do so, you must first be able to identify the early warning signs. In this post, I point out some common early warning signs of an oncoming bipolar mood episode (depression, mania, or mixed) and ask you to share your early warning signs.

One of the most challenging aspects of bipolar disorder is that those who have it often lack insight, meaning that in the midst of a major mood episode, their mood radar stops working. Consider teaming up with a loved one you trust to provide the objective insight you need. Remember: The earlier you intervene, the better chance you have of keeping a full-blown mood episode at bay.

The Many Faces and Facets of Bipolar Disorder
Bipolar Disorder

The Many Faces and Facets of Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder can show up in many costumes. It can be happy or sad, euphoric or desperate, energized or exhausted. …Read the Rest

Action Planning for Prevention and Recovery – Using Your Action Plans
Recovery

Action Planning for Prevention and Recovery – Using Your Action Plans

You have now completed your action plans for prevention and recovery. At first, you will need to spend 15-20 minutes …Read the Rest

Action Planning for Prevention and Recovery – When Things Are Breaking Down or Getting Worse
Self-Help & Improvement

Action Planning for Prevention and Recovery – When Things Are Breaking Down or Getting Worse

In spite of your best efforts, your symptoms may progress to the point where they are very uncomfortable, serious, and …Read the Rest

Action Planning for Prevention and Recovery – Early Warning Signs
Self-Management

Action Planning for Prevention and Recovery – Early Warning Signs

Early warning signs are internal and may or may not arise in reaction to stressful situations. In spite of your …Read the Rest

Action Planning for Prevention and Recovery – Daily Maintenance Plan
Self-Management

Action Planning for Prevention and Recovery – Daily Maintenance Plan

On the first tab write “Daily Maintenance Plan.” If you haven’t already done so, insert it in the binder along …Read the Rest

Action Planning for Prevention and Recovery – Developing a Wellness Toolbox
Recovery

Action Planning for Prevention and Recovery – Developing a Wellness Toolbox

To develop this plan, the only materials you need are a three-ring binder, a set of five tabs or dividers, …Read the Rest

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