Coping with Depression, Mania, and Bipolar Disorder

If you are here, things are probably not right in your life because of depression or mania or bipolar disorder. Or perhaps you are seeking information because someone close to you is bipolar. Or maybe you feel something is wrong and you are looking for answers or information.

You are not alone. A lot of us have gone through what you are experiencing.

I can trace back hints about being bipolar as far back as my teenage years. I also survived 15 years before I was diagnosed, and I've now spent over twenty years learning to cope with the mood swings.

These are my experiences along with practical suggestions on how to cope with depression, mania, medications, coping mechanisms, and dealing with family and friends. All described in detail and in plain English.

Take the time to explore, because psychiatrists and counselors and psychologists might know what the mood swings are, but they don't live it, and that makes all the difference in the world.

Depression - Symptoms, Meds, Coping

A really really good description on what happens as you become depressed.
Why the language we use makes things worse. Also, why not to try to cheer us up.
Mood Swings slowly creep up over the years. Signs that suggest that maybe you should get help. Parents should read this too.

Mania - Symptoms, Meds, Coping

Drugs and Therapy

Family, Friends, Relationships

This is the most read post on this site

Diagnosis and Doctors

General Bipolar Life Issues

My Bipolar Diary


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