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3 Christian Misconceptions about Mental Illness

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I slept 14 hours last night. I’ll get back to this in a moment. I want to give you a glimpse of what it’s like to have bipolar disorder by sharing things as they happen. It’s time to dispel some myths and the best way I know to do that is to become much more open with the details of my life. When I read all the misinformation from Christians condemning other Christians for having mental health problems, it breaks my heart and makes me angry. Dear Christian, if you have a mental health problem, it’s not because you’re a worse sinner than anyone else. Mental illness is not caused by your sin, nor is it a sin to have mental health problems. Okay? There is no condemnation in Christ (Romans 8:1). Don’t let other Christians make you feel guilty. With that said, mental illness needs to be treated holistically—physical, mental, and spiritual. We cannot merely pop a pill and hope it makes us...

My Bipolar Disorder Fuels My Passion for Writing #WorldBipolarDay

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Having bipolar disorder can seem like a blessing and a curse. It can play havoc on your moods, energy, and relationships but it also provides tons of creative energy. In my case, I direct that energy into writing. And, increasingly, I find myself expanding into expressing my creativity through drawing and artwork. I’m the author of 24 books. The writing process involves both left and right brain tasks. This is convenient since depression puts me in a logical, left-brained state of mind for long periods and mania puts me in an energetic, creative, right-brained state of mind for long periods. The creative right brain comes up with ideas—too many for me to ever complete. It generates the major concepts, figures out how they relate, and gets the first draft on paper in short order. The logical left brain is the inner editor, constantly critiquing and evaluating so when I am depressed...

Bipolar Happens by Julie Fast (@JulieBipolar)

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Julie Fast’s book, Bipolar Happens: 35 Tips and Tricks to Manage Bipolar Disorder, is a quick read, but a thought-provoking one. She covers 35 problems people with bipolar face and describes not only her debilitating problems but her own tried and proven coping strategies. She covers everything from the fear of going to public events to bipolar spending sprees and more. For each problem area, she frequently offers a list of possible solutions. I had to pause to consider which problems I experience and which types of solutions could work for me. On one level there’s nothing earth shattering here. On another level, this small eBook does address a variety of concerns for people with bipolar disorder (and those who love them). One of the things I liked about her writing was her quirky and memorable analogies: The past is not a frog for you to dissect. Life is not a biology class....

Bipolar Dysphoria for the Holidays

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Because I have bipolar disorder, I occasionally go through cycles where I have a difficult time getting along with people. It’s called dysphoria. In my mind, I’m completely right and the other person is wrong. I don’t realize I’m doing anything wrong. Sometimes I can see it afterwards, but sometimes I still can’t see what I did wrong. All I know is there’s a trail of carnage in wrecked relationships and lost jobs. God is reminding me of something I already know to be true but somehow I forget it when I’m in a dysphoric state: Sometimes I can do or say the right thing with the wrong attitude. *Headslap* Well, duh. How could I not know that? Yet when I’m in a dysphoric state, I can’t see that.     Now that I’ve used up all my friends, I’m letting God do a little soul-surgery. I’m giving God permission to do whatever work He needs to do in my life to fix things. I’m very much aware that...

Imagine Bipolar Disorder

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Imagine you just spent a month accomplishing things other people could only dream of doing. You feel powerful and invincible. Everything you set your mind to do, you are able to accomplish. Things that might otherwise seem out of reach are not only within reach, but easy-peasy. You’ve spent hour after hour conquering goals, creating amazing things, and devising plans for the future. You have amazing purpose and passion. You’re driven beyond reason to pursue lofty goals. And when you achieve them, it’s like a euphoric drug that makes you want to achieve more and more. You have little need for sleep, but a voracious hunger and thirst for victory over ambitious goals.     One day something startles you so you slam on the brakes, go flying through the window, and land in the mud. Threatened by the sudden change of situation, you turn into The Incredible Hulk.     People try to help you,...