Bipolar When It Counts











{December 12, 2012}   Question of the day #7

What is the worst side effect you suffer from, and how do you deal with it?

Personally, I keep a mood journal.  I graduated from a large one to a small one so I could keep it in my purse. Its working so far.

So tell us all how you deal with your side effects.

I look forward to reading your comments!



{December 12, 2012}   Question of the day #6

I find one symptom harder than others are. For me, it is sleeping. I have tried everything I could think of, and nothing works, so far.

So here is my question of the day. 

What is the one manic-depressive symptom you have to deal with that you wish you could change.

Stay tuned! Very soon we’ll be having a draw. I will be creating a new page just for contests. And remember, the more times you enter, the better your chances!



{November 25, 2012}   Question of the day #5

So all you bipolar friends. In keeping with the theme of my last post, here is the question of the day today.

What is the one piece of advice you wish someone had given you, or the one tool you wish you had had when you were in school?

I look forward to reading your answers!



{November 22, 2012}   Just another manic… Wednesday?

Okay, okay, I know its Thursday. It just doesn’t feel like it to me right now. I worked a 16 hour overnight shift last night and, besides being tired, I’m finding that I may have lost a day…

To top it all off, I’m getting sick. Yup, I’m pretty sure that I’m going to get hit pretty badly this year. I’ve managed to a skip the last few years, so I doubt I’ll get lucky again this year. Which isn’t to say I don’t have my fingers and toes crossed again for this year…

Once again, Christmas is right around the corner. And, once again, I’m at a loss. What do you buy for 3 teenagers? I just don’t know. Maybe I’ll just buy them all gift cards and let them buy their own gifts?

What do you think? Should teenagers be allowed to select their own gifts by way of gift cards?



{October 10, 2012}   Sleepy

So today Ian the complete opposite of yesterday. In case you didn’t read yesterdays post, i woke up after 3hours and couldn’t get back to sleep. I worked all day, then came home and stayed up till 130.

Today is a completely different story. I am exhausted. I didnt want to get out of bed. I did it though, as here i am, talking to you, dear reader. But i have to say that it was tough to get out of bed. And I still want to crawl back in and sleep. I won’t, but the temptation is definitely there.

That’s the thing. Some, okay, pretty much all of the meds we have to take as people with bipolar, they cause drowsiness. Its is one of the biggest problems we face. And its not one that people understand.

The other big problem is the weight gain. Lets face it. Psych meds can, and do make us gain weight. I gained 100 lbs the first year. Rough…

So, I hear the words fat and lazy A LOT. And that’s just it. Important neither. I have lots of energy  (duh, bipolar, lol).  I barely sleep most days and I work 2 jobs, plus I am writing all the time. And researching. And studying. And taking care of my family and my house. Yeah, Im really lazy…..

So, here is the question of the day. What side effects do you suffer from? If, of course, you are taking meds.

If you don’t take meds, your questions is this: What preconceived ideas do you have about people that could be explained by side effects from meds?

Thanks for reading! I look forward to hearing from you!



{June 22, 2012}   Question of the day #4.5

So here’s a question. At what point do you share with your employers that you are dealing with a mental illness?  I’m not looking for a general answer. When did you actually tell your employer, and what was their reaction?

As always, I look forward to seeing what you have to say. Leave your comments below.

-Lauren

If you have any issues you would like to see here, or articles and stories you would like to share, you can leave me a comment below, or email me at lmhennebury@hotmail.com



{June 22, 2012}   Question of the day #4

Ok, here’s todays question of the day.  I was told that because of my meds, I can’t take any cold remedies.

So what do you do when you can’t take anything? How do you deal with being sick?

Share your answers below. I look forward to hearing from you!

-Lauren

If you have any issues you would like to see here, or articles and stories you would like to share, you can leave me a comment below, or email me at lmhennebury@hotmail.com



{June 15, 2012}   Question of the day #3

So here is something to ponder.  I’m currently taking a distance course to become a Natural Health Consultant.  I truly hate having to put all these chemicals into my body, although I understand the necessity. I do incorporate as many natural remedies as I can to help with the other issues, such as yoga, tai chi, meditation, massage.

So here is my question.

Do any of you have any natural health remedies that you swear by. This could be anything from vitamins, chiropractics, dance, art, or music therapy, aromatherapy, herbal remedies.

Pick your favourite and share them here. Tell us what you use, and why you love it.

I look forward to reading everyone’s responses. Oh, and if you have more than one that you like to use, feel free to share them all!

-Lauren

If you have any issues you would like to see here, or articles and stories you would like to share, you can leave me a comment below, or email me at lmhennebury@hotmail.com



{June 12, 2012}   Question of the day #2

I would like to know what my dear readers do to unwind.  I personally try to do yoga every day, at least once a day.  I would also love to learn tai chi.  I find yoga stretches and works not only my body, but my mind too.  Honestly, I would love to be a yoga instructor some day, but for now I’ll stick to the privacy of my living room. 🙂

So the question again.

What do you, my dear readers, do to unwind?  I’m sure you do something, so tell us what it is!

-Lauren

If you have any issues you would like to see here, or articles and stories you would like to share, you can leave me a comment below, or email me at lmhennebury@hotmail.com



{June 11, 2012}   Question of the day #1

Ok, so if you read my last entry, you will have seen the link I posted to another blog, Bipolar Today.  If you haven’t read the article yet, go ahead and read it now.

And now on to the question of the day.  Do you, or someone you know ‘present well?’ Do you feel that this interferes with your/their ability to receive quality health care?

Ok, so its a two part question.  Post your answers in the comments section below.

-Lauren

If you have any issues you would like to see here, or articles and stories you would like to share, you can leave me a comment below, or email me at lmhennebury@hotmail.com



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