Rapid Ones

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I’m experiencing rapid cycle bipolar. Based on a therapist and a doctor’s diagnosis, this time it is pretty rough. I concur.

I am bouncing off the ceiling then falling into mud. This cycle is happening fast.

My therapist described in detail what I’m experiencing right now.

Oh did I mention anxiety attacks? I’m missing a lot of work.

Please comment if you’re dealing with rapid cycling bipolar, also depression or manic behavior.

Thanks in advance.

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I took over my father’s blog September of 2017 after losing his battle with mental illness. This blog was originally to share my journey through grieving, finding peace, and trusting God in the process...and in many ways is exactly that. This has evolved into life as a family of 4 with 2 dogs, living in the Midwest. I will cover everything from fashion to our family routines. Join us on this crazy adventure!

6 thoughts on “Rapid Ones

  1. I’m a rapid cycler with mixed episodes. I used to argue I’m more ADHD than bipolar but really I’m both. Same as you – the anxiety really drives me to the different poles – chicken with my head cut off and anxious or depressed, lethargic and anxious.

    Some things I’ve learned to do for me – journal the specific anxieties out. It kind of forces my brain to see the mountains and molehills. I do a lot of yoga when I’m manic. I find I struggle with movement when I’m depressed but I try to do some
    Poses to at least do something. I also try to take long baths with salts and smells – aromatherapy does wonders for me. The other thing that is a huge huge help are meditation walks. The movement combined with the guided meditations really give me that mindful focus – I’m looking at trees, I’m looking at my feet. I’m here and now.

    I’m here if you need to talk – my email is mahbuttitches@gmail.com. You’re definitely not alone, and you’re going to be okay. Just keep doing your best and remember everything was your best, because you’re still here.

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      1. I’ll email you some links for the meditation walks. Especially from what I read, I think that would be hugely beneficial for you. I’ll send some yoga ones too, if you want to give that a go.

        A couple others:
        Pranayama breathing, which is a fancy way of saying counting breath. Very easy: breathe in through your nose for 4 seconds, hold your breath for 7 seconds, and exhale for 8 seconds. Repeat it a few times. Hugely beneficial.

        The other is just another mindfulness practice. Take a deep breath. Name something you see, something you feel, something you hear, something you smell, something you taste. Very grounding.

        I’m very very happy to help. Most of this is years and years of “aaaah what the f@$k is wrong with me?!?!?!”

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      2. I appreciate your time and effort. You’re kind. I’m in to the whole mindfulness thing. I’m just trying to figure out the rapid changes. I’m new to this, or at least I think I am.

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