Sharing your Bipolar Diagnosis with a Confidant
Telling a loved/trusted member of your life can be the first step of working with your Bipolar diagnosis. In doing so, you may be asking for help; you may also be seeking support, a listening ear, and acceptance. Sharing your story as well as asking for help are powerful moments of vulnerability. Those moments are never easy, but can be immensely rewarding. Introducing a confidant into your experience is your choice but allows you to be honest and open about what you need as you begin or continue to manage a Bipolar diagnosis.read more
What More People Should Know About Bipolar Disorder
While many people have heard the term ‘Bipolar Disorder’ before, not enough actually understand what the condition really is. There are many lesser-known facts related to the disorder that will be very helpful for anyone who is suffering, or knows someone suffering, from the illness. For one, there are three different types of Bipolar Disorder depending on the severity of the case. This also means that there are different modes of treatment used to manage the condition. Despite these different treatments, tools such as eMoods are valuable for anyone suffering from Bipolar Disorder because it helps take note of a person’s general disposition on both a day-to-day and aggregated level.read more
Self-Care and Bipolar Disorder
Improving our physical, mental, and emotional well-being so that we may be our best version of ourselves
Self-care varies from person to person, but it’s anything that refuels us and makes us feel happy and healthy. And it’s not selfish or self-centered–for those with Bipolar Disorder, self-care is recognized within the healthcare community as an essential part of a healthy and holistic approach to managing long-term chronic health conditions.read more
Exercise and Bipolar Disorder
Eating nutritiously goes hand-in-hand with exercise, and together these can combat the weight-gain issues that many with Bipolar face.
Exercise is considered to be a crucial part of any healthcare routine. It has numerous benefits for your body, mind, and emotions. Physically, exercise controls weight, strengthens bones and muscles (including heart and lungs), reduces risk/help prevent cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, and some cancers, and delivers oxygen and nutrients to tissues and muscles, creating higher energy.
Analyzing eMoods Data in Spreadsheet Form
How to export CSV data from the eMoods app and restore it or analyze it in Excel or Google Docs
eMoods is an effective tool for tracking your symptoms and sending a monthly PDF report to your doctor. But you can also export your full database of symptoms, tracking points, notes, and medications in CSV format. With this data export you can restore your data on another copy of eMoods on another phone (Android OR iPhone) or you can open the CSV files in Excel, Google Docs, or another spreadsheet program to run your own reports and create custom graphs. Here's how...read more
Nutrition and Bipolar Disorder
Cookies, chips, fried foods, and other high-calorie, high-fat, and high-sodium foods are all around us, and sometimes it’s hard to pass up this tasty “junk” food. However, studies show that good nutrition and maintaining a healthy weight can benefit the body and mind in many different ways, including for those experiencing illness, particularly Bipolar Disorder.read more
How I Used An App To Save My Relationship
An app user named Michael Salamey reached out to me a few months ago to let me know that he was using the app in an unexpected way. He wasn't tracking Bipolar, but rather general goals and habits, and it was helping improve his life and relationship. I was stunned and humbled that someone had found an unintended use for the app and how helpful it was proving to be.
I invited him to do a guest post on how the app was helping him as a general goal and habit tracker. Read on for more....
Discussing your illness with your doctor
After being diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, it is often a challenging, frustrating, and even sometimes frightening path to where you are able to easily manage your illness. Finding the right treatment doesn’t happen overnight and requires the proper combination of doctors, medication, and personal self-care.
Each patient and treatment is different, but let’s discuss some strategies for good communication with your doctor–this will help make the path a little less bumpy while living with your illness, whether it’s the first month or the 20th anniversary of diagnosis.