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Browsing Category(Hypo)mania

Did My Personality Type Cause My Bipolar?

One of my several bookcases of binders I used to pride myself on my total type-A personality. Over-achiever, control freak, wannabe wonder-woman who took on way too much – at work, at home, as a volunteer, and in social settings. My level of obsessive organization was unrivalled: I have over 60 binders for every possible project, labelled and stored neatly in my office. Needless to say, confronting chaos and embracing change is not one of my fortés. So when I developed bipolar disorder, I got completely derailed. It was my type-A personality (combined with menopause) that caused my bipolar In…

Do your moods change with the seasons?

Seasonal change is a trigger When I was first diagnosed with bipolar, my psychiatrist warned that sleep deprivation, together with stress and a heavy workload in my case, is a major trigger for (hypo)mania. Several months later, when Spring blossomed, I discovered that seasonal change had a huge effect on my sleep patterns now that I had bipolar. I now consider seasonal change to be a major trigger for (hypo)mania in itself. Journal extracts during my first manic episode Here’s a brief extract from my journal during the first Spring after my diagnosis: Did good work till nearly 3:30 a.m., then…