Bipolar? You Can Survive This Holiday Season, part I

Here’s a blast from the past. It’s a little close to Christmas, but the information contained in the post is still applicable. Happy holidays!

The Bipolar Parent

This is part one of a two-part series.
Part I | Part II

I’m a little late for Thanksgiving, but I wanted to address what to do before Christmas and Kwanzaa sweep the land. For some, the holiday season is filled with joy and light, sweet treats, and time off. But for others, hasty decisions and loneliness reign supreme.

What to Do if You’re Manic

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When at get-togethers, try to steer clear of the alcohol, especially if you’re taking medication. If you’re partying with someone you trust, ask them to give you a signal if your behavior is out of control, but don’t let them be responsible for checking in on you for the entire gathering. Set a timer on your watch, and step outside–alone–every twenty minutes to regroup. Breathe. Have a glass of water. Take stock of what you’ve…

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Author: Cassandra Stout

Freelance writer Cassandra Stout blogs weekly at the award-winning Bipolar Parent, a comprehensive resource for parents with mental illnesses. She also blogs monthly at the International Bipolar Foundation website ( Her work has been published in the anthology, How the Light Gets In. Cassandra holds degrees from the University of Arizona in Creative Writing and Journalism. She has been a judge for the Pacific Northwest Writers' Association literary contest for nine years, where her memoir, Committed, recently placed as a finalist. She balances her literary work with raising her children, feeding her cat, and managing her bipolar disorder.

2 thoughts on “Bipolar? You Can Survive This Holiday Season, part I”

  1. Thank GOD I got through the holidays without mania or depression! I’m glad you did too, Cass!!!! Frankly, I was glad when it was over……except (on a rather superficial note, I know) it sure was nice not having to get up early and get 2 kids to school on time!

  2. Oh, the winter holidays are always a dangerous time for people who suffer from mental illnesses, and I’m so glad to hear you managed to get through them without any mood episodes! Hooray! Good for you, Dyane. I totally feel you about getting the kids up early, though! The school juggling is not fun.

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