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Michele Soloway Sexton Patient Expert

Seymour, Tennessee
I have been familiar with bipolar disorder from an early age, as my mother has the disorder, too. We lost my sister to bipolar disorder on April 15, 2005. I am married to a man who also has the disorder, so I know it from both a survivor and a supporter's point of view. I live in Tennessee and... Full Bio
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Check Your Attitude by Michele Soloway Sexton Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Bipolar Disorder How has your outlook been lately? If it has been trending toward the negative, perhaps it’s time for an attitude check. That’s what I’ve found in my own case, anyway ... Read on »
Intimidated by Doctor? by Michele Soloway Sexton Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Bipolar Disorder In this column, many times I share some “tricks” I’ve learned from my years of being a person with bipolar disorder – things I’ve learned the hard way from which I h ... Read on »
I Am Not Damaged Goods by Michele Soloway Sexton Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Bipolar Disorder One of the hardest things about living with bipolar disorder is dealing with those times when I fall into self-pity. Sometimes, even after all these years, there are ... Read on »
Fear of Depression by Michele Soloway Sexton Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Bipolar Disorder One of the hardest things I have to deal with as a bipolar survivor is the fear that when I get depressed, or even just in a bad mood, that it is signaling the begin ... Read on »
I WON! by Michele Soloway Sexton Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Bipolar Disorder I can’t believe it, I won my disability appeal! It’s just so fantastic, the only thing I can say is that it’s a God thing. I am SO happy! It’s been four very, ve ... Read on »
Social Security Update by Michele Soloway Sexton Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Bipolar Disorder Well, my social security disability case is still ongoing. It’s been three months now. Luckily they continued my benefits while the case is being decided. Unfortunat ... Read on »
One Thing at a Time by Michele Soloway Sexton Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Bipolar Disorder You know that saying, “One Day at a Time,” right? A lot of people do, whether they’re in 12 step programs or not. I try to live my life One Day at a Time, becaus ... Read on »
Rough Time Lately by Michele Soloway Sexton Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Bipolar Disorder I’ve been going through a rough time lately. I got a letter from Social Security that they think my condition has improved and that I can now work. WHAT?? They said ... Read on »
I Wish I Wish Upon a Star by Michele Soloway Sexton Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Bipolar Disorder I wish Social Security would leave me alone. Would you believe they sent me yet ANOTHER set of forms to fill out (this one eight pages long)?!! I mean, I wish I didn ... Read on »
Good News Bad News by Michele Soloway Sexton Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Bipolar Disorder Well, I’ve got good news and I’ve got bad news (don’t you hate it when people do that?). The good news is that I heard back from Social Security on those work hi ... Read on »
Social Security Scare by Michele Soloway Sexton Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Bipolar Disorder I hate when things are going along peacefully and then WHAM… I get a letter from Social Security and all of a sudden I’m all stressed out.  First of all, this le ... Read on »
Visit with New Psychiatrist by Michele Soloway Sexton Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Bipolar Disorder Well, I had my visit with my new psychiatrist, and it went great! So much better than I expected it was going to be. I was so nervous about it, fear of the unknown, ... Read on »
Struggling with Self-Confidence by Michele Soloway Sexton Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Bipolar Disorder We had to go back to the psych clinic this week to sign papers to get our medical records transferred to the new psychiatrist, and it just reinforced the decision to ... Read on »
Falling into Self-Pity by Michele Soloway Sexton Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Bipolar Disorder One of the hardest things about living with bipolar disorder is dealing with those times when I fall into self-pity. Sometimes, even after all these years, there are ... Read on »
Recovery or Cure for Bipolar Disorder by Michele Soloway Sexton Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Bipolar Disorder Many people confuse “recovery” with “cure” for bipolar disorder . The truth is, there is NO cure for bipolar disorder at this time. The best we can hope for is good ... Read on »
Decision About New Psychiatrist by Michele Soloway Sexton Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Bipolar Disorder Well, I contacted the new psychiatrist and I have good news and bad news. The good news is that he is taking new patients and is willing to see both me and my husban ... Read on »
New Psychiatrist or Not? by Michele Soloway Sexton Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Bipolar Disorder I’ve got a dilemma. I need to decide whether to go to this new psychiatrist or not. Actually, I don’t even know if he’s accepting new patients, but I have to decide ... Read on »
Don’t Get Too Overwhelmed by Michele Soloway Sexton Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Bipolar Disorder There are a lot of things that can cause a bipolar episode, but one of the more common ones is feeling overwhelmed. For me, that means feeling butterflies in my stom ... Read on »
Looking Forward to Tomorrow by Michele Soloway Sexton Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Bipolar Disorder I’m looking forward to tomorrow. Nothing special, nothing really going on, just that these days I look forward to the next day with anticipation. It’s so different f ... Read on »
Getting Through the First Year by Michele Soloway Sexton Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Bipolar Disorder The first year after being diagnosed is definitely the worst part of having bipolar disorder , in my opinion. Everything is so new to you, for one thing. I mean, you ... Read on »