Brain Review: Bipolar Secrets

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This brain’s fight or flight instinct runs the show.  It fires continuously, wasting all kinds of energy unnecessarily.  It also responds to environmental stimuli inappropriately.  For example, what would be considered a minor irritation to most brains may enrage this brain, and an upsetting situation, such as a hurtful comment from a loved one, may bring a few tears to some brains, but not this one. To this brain it brings hours of heaving and sobbing as if someone just died!

Things are not all bad, however.  This brain is intelligent and creative, always doing well in academia and the visual arts.  This brain also has a very dry sense of humor. Was that a joke?  I don’t know; you tell me. Ha! Ha!

One of the best characteristics of this brain is its empathy. This brain has been told countless times that the human it controls is a great listener, has a calm, soothing voice, and would make an excellent counselor.

This brain does tend to focus on the negative side of things A LOT, and as a result suffers quite a bit.  Depression and anxiety are produced continually by this brain except for a short time each spring when its neurotransmitters go into overdrive and things get a little hypomanic all up in there.  Although the theory has never been tested, it is suspected that this brain may do better in a climate that is warm year-round.

Overall, this middle-aged brain is fair, and even given its limitations with perspective and emotional control, it does function pretty well for the most part if paired with a strong, understanding, and loving family and friends unit. Daily medication is required, however, absolutely no alcohol or recreational drug use is allowed as this brain is in recovery.

BUT WAIT!  Before you consider choosing this brain read on…

My biggest complaint about this brain is that it has anywhere from five to eight migraines per month.  The pain this inflicts is excruciating and cannot be taken lightly. Bottom line is that unless you are a masochist, you probably do not want this brain!

Reviewed by Jessica
www.secretsofabipolarmind.wordpress.com

 

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25 Comments

  1. fightingthedemonanorexia

    have you ever tried flaxseed oil for bipolar ? it definitely works , my husband has bipolar (type 1) and my late sister (again type 1) had it and some other people close to me so I know it quite well – it’s the omega 3 in the flaxseed that is so effective , omega 3 can be found in lots of other foods – fish , chis seeds brocoli even . of course I’m not suggesting it to replace drugs – I would’ve been divorced years ago if not for Olanzapine – which is amazing for stopping mania

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    1. Mindfump

      Wow, I’ve never tried that but it sounds interesting . Thank you for the info, not sure if the author of the review has tried any though? I know food can have a way bigger impact than we imagine. Great comment.

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      1. Anonymous

        that’s true about food – dopamine rich foods have a massive impact on bipolar disorder – not a good impact – it can induce mania – dopamine rich foods are legumes ie lentils pulses, apples and oranges and others – bpd is often treated with Olanzapine – which blocks absorption of dopamine

        this is a link to a book on omega 3 and BPD https://www.amazon.com/Omega-3-Connection-Groundbreaking-Anti-depression-Program/dp/0684871386

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  2. 1Wise-Woman

    Great post – Brains are certainly amazing, and problematic… Having experienced trauma from childhood, my brain is hard-wired in a state of hypervigiliance, waiting for something bad to pop up at any given moment. The stress of that constant state takes it’s toll on my body as well (migraines and auto-immune disorders). It takes a lot of work to decrease anxiety, work towards emotional control. Thanks for posting ❤

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    1. Jessica

      I can relate to your comment, Wise-Woman. I experienced trauma in childhood as well and am always waiting for the other shoe to drop, so to speak. Migraines are one of the worse things about it. Like a stalker waiting around the next corner planning to attack me. Frightening not knowing which corner he’s around. I find breathing meditation helps a lot in decreasing the anxiety.

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  3. malloryxreads

    I love this approach to exploring mental illnesses. It’s a funny, and light hearted way to explain it to people.
    I do have to argue one point here though. I was diagnosed with bipolar a few years back and immediately put on heavy medication. It made me a zombie, I had no emotions and also have little memory of those few months, just a few pictures with dead eyes. My nan started giving me vitamin tablets instead of my medication, obviously the moodswing and depression returned but I’ve learned to deal with it mostly. I’ve got a very supportive boyfriend and family, I exercise a lot and keep busy reading and studying or going out with friends. As long as I keep my mind busy, I’m good. I have set backs but I wouldn’t say big enough ones to start medication again. I know this doesn’t apply to everyone, but this brain, mine at least, can definitely survive without meds, even if it does get hard.

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    1. Mindfump

      Thanks! I love hearing peoples views of their own brain too.

      I also love your comment. Mainly because I had similar experiences, I was on heavy medication 7 years ago and it was the same. I was just knocked out, nothing behind the eyes. Again, just like you I went and focused on other things like exercise. There a lot of amazing simple ideas to keep mental illnesses at bay. Agree with you all day.

      You should write a review of your brain, I’d love to read it.

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    2. Jessica

      I think it’s great that you’ve found a ways to cope without meds. I wish I could be so fortunate. It’s amazing to me how one disorder can affect people in so many different ways. We all have our own journey. How we get to stability and wellness may vary but I think the end goal is the same.

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