October 3, 2019 • Volume 12, Issue 40
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People can try to convince us the sun is shining, but if all we see are clouds, why should we believe them? We’ll get to that in a minute.
Bipolar depression makes us look at the world through a lens made with tinted glass—it taints our experiences, distorting a reality that’s likely not as bad as we’re perceiving it to be.
“There’s a saying, ‘When you’re in your own mind, you’re in enemy territory,’” says Mark Goulston, MD, psychiatrist and author of Get Out of Your Own Way. “You leave yourself open to those thoughts and the danger is believing them.”
In 2017, the academic journal Clinical Psychological Science published work by psychologists who discovered that people with depression not only see the present and the future as sad, but are prone to hindsight bias, or a distorted view of the past.
A recent German study, meanwhile, found that while those with depression often perceive that time passes extremely slowly or even stands still, their estimates of a specific time interval—such as two seconds or two minutes‚ are just as accurate as those without depression.
It bears repeating—to ourselves, often—that we are not our illness, and that can mean a leap of faith at times. For example, while we shouldn’t blindly believe people who tell us the sun is shining, sometimes we need to focus less on what we see and more on the warmth we feel on our skin.
Even on bad days, bpHope blogger Andrea Paquette encourages herself to view the world as it truly is, instead of being complicit in her depression.
“I have to remember that I have often been stable before, and I know I have truly enjoyed the world around me, so this memory has to keep me going.” Read more >>
United Kingdom and Australia, June 10, 2019—A simple tweak to the sleeping patterns of “night owls”—people with extreme late sleeping and waking habits—could lead to significant improvements in sleep/wake timings, improved performance in the mornings, better eating habits, and a decrease in depression and stress, according to new international research.
Over a three-week period, study participants, who had an average bedtime of 2:30 a.m. and wake-up time of 10:15 a.m., used non-pharmacological and practical interventions including going to bed two to three hours before their usual bedtime, and limiting light exposure in the evening.
On average people were able to get to sleep and wake up around two hours earlier than they were before. Read more >>
Are you trying to make the decision to disclose? First assess—and address—your own opinion about bipolar disorder. Your feelings about bipolar affect how and when you tell a potential partner.
By Julie A. Fast
Before I answer the question, “When do I tell a new love about my bipolar?” I want to share my view of bipolar disorder itself.
Bipolar disorder is an ancient, well-documented genetic illness. It’s not personal, and it’s not a sign of emotional instability. The illness is episodic. When a person gets treatment and has a management plan, that person can be very regular and get on with life. I have bipolar disorder as well as a psychotic disorder. I lived with a partner for ten years who has bipolar I. Read more >>
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