Quick Question…

To my bipolar amigos: does anyone have tips for going through time zones? I’m going to be zipping through quite a few myself in a couple days, and last time I ended up in a manic episode that…wasn’t so great. I mean, it was great, obviously, but then it gets all “wreck your life”ish (as those things tend to do). Trying to avoid it this time.

I tried to spend the last week getting on the time schedule of my destination’s time zone, but…well… #fail.

Any advice?

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4 thoughts on “Quick Question…

  1. It sounds like you are already doing what you need to do. You are being self aware. You are trying to nip this in the bud. Maybe bring a journal, that’s always my go-to when I am going out of my mind. Even when I”m not going out of my mind, but let’s face it that would be almost never.

    There’s only so much you can do to control your body and your mind. It sounds like you are doing it.Medication. Check. Nutrition. Check. Vitamins, eating well, a good book or better, a boring book that will put you to sleep….If you can take melatonin I suggest you bring it. When you have done all that then there is this: Pray. Mind you I am not one of the people that believes in ‘choice theory’ (that book nearly lead to a break up very early on) or that I just need more faith and then I wont need medication (I am fairly sure God gave the doctor his skills and intuitiveness etc. He also gave us medication. There are different ways He can heal.) but praying does bring me peace and some peace of mind. Remember, God always gets the last word (a smart ass friend of mind then said “God is clearly a woman.”) when I remember that part, that no matter what I do, no matter how far off course I go, God will eventually recalculate my route. (and He doesn’t do so with the snotty voice my GPS uses. Seriously, that bitch GPS is trying to end my relationship. If we end up on one more dirt road because of her…) it helps me tremendously.

    You will be fine. Your husband and the city you are going to may never be the same, but YOU will be fine. Xoxo. Good luck and keep us posted.

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  2. It depends…. We live in cst. If we travel to est (going ahead one hour), my husband will start a few days before we go taking his pills in 15 minute increments later than usual till he hits about the 45 minute zone. As long as he takes them within the hour, it is ok. Works the same way going to mst., except an hour backwards. When we have gone pst., 2 hours behind, he will start about a week before taking pills earlier, again in a 15 min. increment. When we go over to Europe, it’s a whole other ball of wax. If you are looking at a longer-than-six-hour difference, let me know and I will go into more detail how we handle it. Since I am the more “coherent” one, I take charge of pill timing.

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