Sometimes traditional therapy just doesn’t cut it!

Lets face it.  Having bipolar disorder can give us some symptoms that are really, really hard to control, like trouble with our spending habits.  Not all of us face it, but a lot do.  Some call it spending sprees, others refer to it as retail therapy.  Whatever your pleasure, its still the same.  Mine used to be going on my lunch break and walking around the stores, gathering all the things that I thought I… Continue Reading

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“…because I had never, ever figured out how to f**king deal.”

– Marya Hornbacher said that in her book Wasted. Why is this part of my “favorite things” series of posts???  Because Marya Horbacher is not only an amazing woman and I have a deep admiration for her, but she is an outstanding writer and even more than that, her first book Wasted may have saved my life.  After reading that book, and seeing how she could get down to 54 pounds and be given one… Continue Reading

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Even more favorite things for surviving the bipolar coaster

A traditionalist?!  ME?!  I THINK NOT!  So when it comes to therapy methods, you better be creative.  Like right now for instance.  I just started physical therapy and become I am hyperflexible (which is what caused the degeneration of the discs in my back etc.) the standard exercises will not work for me.  So, off my therapist goes to do some research and to get creative with my therapy routine.  Sometimes that is just what… Continue Reading

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Holy S**t! A HERO?!

Well, today was quite an amazing day.  While I did know that I had been nominated for this (I had to provide my bio and pic ahead of time) seeing it actually posted on the Psych Central website and all over the internet has left me completely awestruck.  I mean, here I was, almost 16 months ago, at ground zero, going on disability and now, here I am being honored as a Mental Health Hero!!!… Continue Reading

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The Bipolar Hot Mess Favorite Things Post for Tues May 7

They say that when times are stressful, meditating can help.  Well, to be quite honest, I don’t know that I have the patience to sit still for more than a few minutes at a time, let alone be able to sit and meditate.   UNTIL I found this book.   Another one of the Bipolar Hot Mess  Favorite Things.  The book Peace of Mind is a book that has a page for everyday with a… Continue Reading

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BIPOLAR HOT MESS BOOK REVIEW!!!!!

Every now and then I get a bundle of books sent my way from a publisher to read and review with my opinion.  Yes, sometimes I also wonder if they were thinking clearly when they gave me the power to read a book and give my opinion to thousands of people! lol… JUST KIDDING!   I absolutely love to read and if you give me a book to read by either an author I love… Continue Reading

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The Bipolar Hot Mess 2013 NAMI Walks Team – Chicago style!

ATTN!!! NAMIWalks IS COMING! This year I have created a team for the Bipolar Hot Mess website to do the NAMI Walks in Chicago. If you are in Chicago and would like to join the team, it is Sept 21 at Grant Park. If you would like to support the Bipolar Hot Mess and her incredibly awesome team (already 1 member from the site!) and donate a TAX DEDUCTIBLE amount to our team that goes… Continue Reading

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