January 19, 2017 • Volume 10, Issue 3 • Subscribe to Hope & Harmony Headlines
Self-awareness & bipolar depression
Trying to convey what it’s like to live with bipolar disorder can be an exercise in frustration. Sometimes it helps to have a creative metaphor or two tucked away.
Here’s one from a gentleman in Seattle that’s worth sharing: A car that either rockets along at 95 miles an hour or plods at 5 miles an hour—nothing in between, and no predicting which it will be. Even so, it’s the only car you have and you need to figure out how to pilot it safely down the road.
Christine E. describes depression as driving a car with the parking brake engaged. The vehicle still runs, but more slowly.
In a column for bp Magazine, Melody Moezzi turns getting lost on the way to a restaurant into an insightful metaphor for depressive denial.
Glancing down at map program on her phone, she nearly crashed into another car in a busy traffic circle. When the other drive started berating her, she uncharacteristically burst into tears.
At the time, Melody believed she had recovered from an ongoing depressive episode. “But at that moment—frantically searching for a tissue and realizing I was already into my third meltdown of the day--I realized that I hadn’t ‘come out of’ my depression after all.”
Becoming aware that “my blue dot isn’t in a great neighborhood” led to deploying a variety of coping tools to find a way out, including stabilizing her sleep and starting up psychotherapy again.
And that wasn’t the only lesson she drew from that incident. Find out more in “Flight of Ideas: Steering Clear of Depression.” >>
Recent research: More proof of the power of pets
December 9, 2016, MANCHESTER, United Kingdom—Pets often play a key role in helping people manage long-term mental health conditions, according to University of Manchester researchers. The findings come from a study that asked individuals receiving mental health treatment to rate the importance of elements in their personal support network.
Supports included friends, family, health professionals, pets, hobbies, places, activities and objects. Participants could allot each element to one of three concentric circles. Sixty percent placed their pet in the inner, most important circle and 20 percent placed their pet in the secondary circle. Read more >>
VIDEO: Bipolar Disorder Paranoia and Keeping Your Relationships Strong
When dealing with paranoid, anxious and unkind thoughts about people—brain chatter—it’s hard to know what is real. Watch Julie’s video blog >>
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