Daily Archives: January 8, 2015

Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock.

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Sleep is one of the most important elements in managing a mood disorder. Sleep deprivation happens when you are manic, you don’t need sleep then at all. You can go all day, all night, like a zombie, without any sleep. Your brain is working full throttle, you can’t turn it off.

In a depression, you sleep all the time. You don’t want to wake up. You have no drive, seemingly no reason to do anything. Your mind is not working at all, you and your brain are sluggish, you have no energy. Getting out of bed is actually a Herculean task.

When your mood is normal, you are sleeping the 6-8 hours a night and getting up in the morning with a smile and going to bed at a good hour.

If your sleep gets disturbed, it can throw your mood off. Conversely, when your mood is off, it can affect your sleep cycle. It’s the proverbial vicious cycle. As someone who suffers from mood disorders, you have to be extra vigilant about getting the right amount of sleep consistently.

Lately, I have been having a dickens of a time waking up every morning. I simply don’t want to get out of bed. I wish someone would invent an intravenous coffee machine that I could hook up to every night, which will deliver the right dose of coffee to me every morning so I can open my eyes. Haha. Barring that, I just read about Sleep Cycle alarm clock. It’s an App for iPhones. Just got it to help wake me up, lets see if it works.

You put it on your bed, close enough so it can detect your movement. And it wakes you up in the correct phase of your sleep, the lightest phase of your sleep cycle. According to the description and it makes sense, this is the natural way to wake up, rested, refreshed and relaxed. And Wow! since you move differently in bed in different sleep states, it can monitor your movement in bed to determine which phase you’re in. I hope big brother isn’r watching this, haha.

I’ll keep y’all posted. Starting tonight.

Wide Arc Mood Swings

Emotions are a double edged sword for people with bipolar d/o. Our intense emotions allow us to feel deeply, be empathetic, be creative. But these intense emotions can also break us. Things like Empty Nest Syndrome are very difficult to deal with, as our emotions get get very intense and painful and difficult to handle for ourselves. Any kind of emotional upheaval is more difficult when you have a mood disorder. We people who have bipolar 1, 11, or major depressive or anxiety disorders have a more difficult time coping with it. We feel so much more deeply, we really do, I’m not making that up. Whether we are happy or sad, we feel off the charts. Our mood swings are more extreme and have a wider arc than someone who doesn’t have a mood disorder.

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Here’s a figure I made. It’s not exact, just illustrative, the normal mood range is a little past the lines labelled “Normal Depression” and “Normal Euphoria.” The Bipolar mood swings however can go beyond even the “Out of Touch with Reality Depression” and “Out of Touch with Reality Mania“!!! That is some depth and intensity of emotion, that is why when people are in a severe depression, they kill themselves, because the depth, the intensity, the very quantity of their sadness is too painful, too intense to bear.

Just something I wanted to share with people who don’t know what it feels like to have a mood disorder.

Mood stabilizers like Lithium Carbonate, Depakote, Abilify keep us in mostly the normal mood range. They are literally heaven sent for us, people with mood d/o’s. I don’t know if I’d be here without my Lithium Carbonate, I don’t think I would actually. Even with it, I still have been going through some extreme mood situations, but they are somewhat attenuated and more easily reversed than if i wasn’t on Lithium. So even though I have Bipolar Disorder Type 1 (the official name) I feel lucky that I also have Lithium Carbonate. Also, my mood lability was also due, in large part, to Zoloft, which I haven’t taken in 3.5 months, and this will also help stabilize my mood. Yaay! Coming off Zoloft has been anything but easy. But that’s a subject for another post.

Best wishes and hugs to you my dear friends.

I Remembered You

I Remembered You

Blogging 101: Dear Best Friend

Okay, so Blogging 101 has us writing to an important person for this round. Here I go: it’s my best friend.

Dear Best Friend:

When we met online, things were pretty crazy. I was coming down from a manic high and you were accepting of me just the way I was. I miss you.

When we met in person, it was as if we had known each other forever. I miss you.

When we had a “spa” day, I loved hanging out with you and getting pampered all day. I miss you.

When we got crazy over two singers, and flew across the country to see their concerts, I had one of the best weeks of my life. I miss you.

When we went to Vegas and people tried to pick us up, we laughed pretty hard. I miss you.

When I decided I had another best friend, I made you cry. I miss you.

When I went in the hospital after I crashed, I cried. I miss you.

When I laid in bed two years, depressed and lonely, I was so sad. I miss you.

When we got in contact again, I was excited. I miss you.

Now we are friends again, but we don’t have the time we did. I miss you.

I miss you.


International Bipolar Foundation: Get Help

This is a wonderful resource for people who are newly finding out that they have bipolar d/o as well as people and families who have been living with this disease for a long time. Please visit and get knowledge, information and most importantly, get help.


Get Help

What do you need help you with?

Crisis: If you are in a crisis, please call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) in the US, or click here for a list of international hotlines. Calls are confidental and answered by a trained listener who is aware of the available resources for help in your area. They will listen to your needs and connect you to immediate assistance if necessary, or refer you to a place to go for help.

Treatment: Click on Resources on the left side of the screen to browse a list of resources such as inpatient and outpatient treatment centers, hospitals, clinics, and more. We know the quality of treatment varies greatly from place to place, so we do the best we can to vet these resources by using volunteer recommendations. We also have an internal database of therapists and psychiatrists. To find out if we know someone in your area, or for help finding other resources, email [email protected]

If you are in the US, you can also use the USA treatment locator to search by zipcode.

Support: There are many support groups for both people who have bipolar disorder and their caregivers. In the US, NAMI and DBSA have several throughout the country. Some are for all mental illnesses and some are specific to bipolar. They also offer support groups for families of those affected by mental illness. In the UK, Bipolar UK offers many support groups. Visit our resources page to find support groups in other countries.

There are also several websites with online support groups or chats. One of these is 7 Cups of Tea – a free and confidential conversation with trained active listeners.

Newly Diagnosed? In addition to the above resources, you might want to check out our book – Healthy Living with Bipolar Disorder. PDFs are available for free by clicking here. We also have tons of other information on our website to learn more about living with bipolar disorder, click here to see a list. 

For help finding any of these resources, email [email protected]

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