This is a NEW trailer for the podcast!  I hope this helps explain what this podcast is about, and the topics covered.  Thank you for listening, and keep on surviving.

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June 13, 2021

#37 - Meditation

Today I talk about a topic that is near and dear to me: meditation.  It is a practice I really enjoy, and that has great side effects in my life.

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I discuss how I really, truly have Bipolar I, PTSD, and likely have sleep apnea.  And how I feel accomplished getting out of bed each day despite those. 

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There is nothing wrong with you.  Here is how I know this.  This episode is a discussion on guilt and shame, particularly the two types of guilt, and shame.  I encourage you to check out the work of Brene Brown for incredibly insightful research and clear, impactful presentations regarding shame. 

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Here are 3 things that you can do to improve the world, society, and most importantly, yourself.  These aren't the three most important things, or the only three things, but these are three of the multitude of important things you can do that will make a change in the world, society, and yourself.

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It is important to be honest with yourself, and also to maintain a journal.  This episode dives into honesty, journaling, parenting, and the insights that I have arrived at based on these practices and topics.  The website is also refreshed!  More content to come there.  www.bipolarandsurviving.com

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Sometimes I wonder if I am even bipolar.  It is natural to have these self-doubts, but even more so, I oftentimes doubt whether my thinking is the "up" or anxious me, or the "down" or depressed me speaking.  So, the doubt is two-fold: Am I even bipolar? and Can I even trust my thoughts when I am thinking this way?

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December 20, 2020

#31 - Fatigue

I haven't recorded an episode in 1.5 months because of fatigue.  Today I talk about my experience with fatigue caused primarily by a dosage of Abilify that was too strong.  Other topics include self care, basic needs, and routine.

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Depakote is a mood stabilizer that is helping me beat my mania and hypomania which I haven't been able to get rid of for many months.  Depakote is saving my life.  This episode details my experience with it.

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This episode tells the story of me leaving one psychiatrist, and finding a new one.  This involves topics related to medication, psychiatry, therapy, support networks, growth, and hard work.  Primary medications touched on are Depakote, with references to Lamictal and Lithium.

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