How Do You Know if You Have Manic-Depression

Written by Michael G. Rayel, MD

Nancy was doing very well until about two years ago when Phil, her boyfriend of 9 years, broke-up with her. It was a difficult moment for her especially after she learned that Phil eventually married her cousin. Since then, Nancy had deteriorated. One evening, she was involved in a motor vehicular accident because she was driving fast and recklessly in a quiet suburban neighborhood.

During interrogation,repparttar cops noted that Nancy was talking rapidly and nobody could interrupt her. Also, she was making jokes and laughing so loud. She further indicated to them that she was on her way to meetrepparttar 126117 President and his top officials about her invention that could curerepparttar 126118 oil crunch. She eventually ended up inrepparttar 126119 emergency room where she was diagnosed and treated for bipolar disorder after intensive evaluation.

Bipolar disorder or manic-depression is manifested by highs and lows. When a patient like Nancy is onrepparttar 126120 manic side, there is a persistent feeling of euphoria or irritability associated with lack of need for sleep, excessive energy, agitation, fast and loud speech, increase in goal-directed activities such as spending sprees and establishing businesses with no appropriate plan, and hypersexuality.

Patients with this disorder develop poor judgment and impulsivity. They become irritable and can lash out easily even if not provoked. Some patients have delusions of grandeur. When this happens, patients think that they have special powers, talents, and influence.

How to Escape Out of Thought Traps?

Written by Oz Merchant, C.Ht., NLP Trainer & Coach

Have you ever been really sure about something, only to find out you were mistaken?

Did you notice how you operated “as if” you were correct? You may have even seen, heard, touched, tasted, or smelledrepparttar world in a way to support your stance. And perhaps you felt you had solid logic to support this position.

So how didrepparttar 126116 possibility of an opposite opinion make its way through your logic and basicallyrepparttar 126117 reality as you knew it, to get you to change your mind?

Did you fight hard to stay where you were? Did you go through so called “denial”? Did you lock in to your position, and build up a wall to prevent entry of any contrary thought?

Nowrepparttar 126118 question I have for you is, “Were you keeping them out or were you trapping yourself in?”

In sales, a prospect may be dead-set in his view about a particular product or service. Nowrepparttar 126119 sales rep may know thatrepparttar 126120 prospect does not have allrepparttar 126121 facts yet, so he sets out trying to convey this torepparttar 126122 prospect.

One of two things can result. Onerepparttar 126123 prospect tightensrepparttar 126124 grip on his view or two he begins to shift his perception. Now this of course depends onrepparttar 126125 rapport and sales strategy used byrepparttar 126126 sales professional to enter intorepparttar 126127 prospect’s “thought blockade” and free him from that “one” perspective. Listen torepparttar 126128 conversations around you, perhaps evenrepparttar 126129 words coming out of your own mouth, are you building your own thought blockade or ”thought trap”?

If so, how do you get out? Then (If so desired!) how do you get others out?


Let’s start by looking atrepparttar 126130 traps ofrepparttar 126131 intellectual mind,repparttar 126132 one who weaves such wonderful webs of logic that leaves us feeling good while keeping us quite stuck.

Trap One: Being Right

I often tellrepparttar 126133 couples l work with, “Do you want to be happy or do you want to be right?” Surprisingly, I see quite a lot of incongruent responses. It is like they know they should say “be happy” and (that’s why they do), but in fact, they really want to say “be right”.

Nowrepparttar 126134 real interesting thing is thatrepparttar 126135 intellect wants to be right, regardless of you being right or not. Confused?

Then let’s make an important distinction.

You are not your intellect! Yourepparttar 126136 being (soul) are much, much more! The intellect’s limitations are not your limitations torepparttar 126137 degree that you can separate your “self” (soul) fromrepparttar 126138 intellect. Recognizing these traps and how to avoid them will help in that separation process.

Trap Two: Validation

The intellect seeks constant validation. It is constantly saying recognize me, notice me, “Hey! I’m over here!” Whether it is validation from authorities or peers, this need for validation becomes a crucial trap to avoid.

Kids learn this early on. A child comes home with their report card in hand and an eager look of anticipation, waiting for those few key words, “Oh honey, you did great!” Yeah! The kids can now feel worthy. Now imagine what happens when this is compounded over a few decades. Pretty soon we are all looking for validation in every direction.

Trap Three: Sharing

I’ve just got to tell you about this one. Oh you won’t believe it. The intellect likes to share things. Through sharing it can feel more validated and of course be right.

Ever felt like crap and wanted to let others know that you felt that way? Did you hope they would sympathize with your story and tell you how right you are in feeling this way? Hoping they would validate your stance?

If so, then you fell into another trap to feedrepparttar 126139 intellect while starving your real self.

Trap Four: Safety

Asrepparttar 126140 intellect spins its logic, forming a thought blockade, it is also creating a sense of safety. If it constructs well-thought-out logic that sounds reasonable, it is safe from any challenges.

So what happens when a contrary idea comes knocking onrepparttar 126141 door? The intellect’s internal safety procedure is kicked in. You may have seenrepparttar 126142 behaviors that go along with such an internal process if you have ever challenged someone’s “sacred cow.”

A woman called me up a few weeks back and wanted me to see her son because he was very messy. She asked if I could hypnotize him to always clean up after himself. I told her that it certainly was possible; however I wanted to know a few things first.

So I asked her what happens to her when she sees that he hasn’t cleaned up after himself? She replied with great tension in her voice, “Well that just makes my blood boil!” So I asked if it always made her blood boil. She stammered, “Yes!”

Then I asked her what she thought about her response she had to his messiness. I asked her what kinds of effects she thinks this may be having on her own body, her health. I continued by saying, what if she could see a messy room and her blood not boil. Talk about running full force right into a sacred cow. (Moooove!)

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