Lena H. Nghiem

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Lena H. Nghiem

Hello! I’m Lena. Welcome to my writing website and higher calling—to carry the message of hope, healing, and recovery. I was a depressed, lost soul, and through the help of others, I found a new model of living that has profoundly changed my life for the better. I am indebted to those who guided me and were driven to pay it forward. The purpose of this space is to encourage others to look within, to help those suffering from loneliness, restlessness, and discontent, and to aid those struggling with anxiety, anger, fear, depression, addiction, trauma, mental illness, and suicidal ideation. I believe that when we honestly look at our behaviors, thoughts, feelings, and belief systems—and work with them—we can alleviate the causes of our suffering and bring joy and happiness.


Disorder of the Brain Chemical

I offer a new perspective on simplicity and explain how learning about this illness is easier than you might think—calling someone “bipolar” is often used as a joke. The concern is not that calling a person “bipolar” is an insult to people who are bipolar. It is that people inaccurately use the term. I’m bipolar, and others like me have a different brain than most. It’s a medical disease of a chemical unbalance in the brain that can’t regulate emotions and energy levels, causing symptoms that make us act and behave erratically. It’s just because our brain is like a damaged, broken thermostat. Like the AC and Heater run nonstop, you probably can’t sleep. The chemical unbalance in my brain keeps me running nonstop and unable to sleep, too—thermostat short-cycling. My brain is rapid-cycling. I know the thermostat can be repaired and replaced. My brain cannot be returned. Another example, my brain is like a pool of algae; the water is green from not maintaining the correct PH level. My brain and the collection both require a healthy balance of the proper chemical levels is so important. Just like having a safe pool and a stable brain needs it. KNOWING WHAT BIPOLAR DISORDER IS — Mania Episode Signs and Symptoms are Increased energy from excess adrenaline causes increased involvement in goal-directed activities. The euphoric mood will not take medication. I am racing thoughts and oversharing nonstop texting. Starting projects, I am confident, will change the world. Lack of concern and very oblivious to everything. Talk, read, and write extremely fast. No sleep for 1-3 days or longer. Heightened sense of self-importance. Spending sprees. Being my doctor to find a cure for illness. Loss of appetite, unintended weight loss. Denial that anything is wrong. Psychotic: hallucination and delusional. Loss of all contact with reality. Run up and down the street in the middle of the night. My brain gets activated when I don’t sleep, giving me the superpower to challenge myself on how much I can write down everything I hear from all the voices in my head. I was so high on mania trying to counteract it simultaneously, and I needed to find a release that I wrote 170 pages before sunrise. Perhaps, this is my relief. I can’t be Manic. Then I choose to become an Author. Depressive Episode Signs and Symptoms are sad, anxious, or empty-feeling mood.

Feelings of hopelessness and pessimism. Feelings of guilt and worthlessness. Loss of interest or pleasure in activities. Lack of energy, fatigue. Difficulty concentrating. Brain racing and looping. I cannot make a decision; it never feels right. Restlessness and irritability. Sleeping too much for 1-3 days. Binge eating, unintended weight gain. Psychotic, paranoid thoughts. Unable to function doing daily tasks. Isolate from everyone. Neediness, anxiety, distorted beliefs. Feeling easily overwhelmed, Oversensitivity. I was overanalyzing everything. I’m afraid to look into the mirror because I see a deformed face, and I pick my skin, causing red scars. I can’t write, read, or talk. I get very embarrassed when I send out mass texts. I’m bedridden afraid to leave my room. I can’t differentiate all the voices in my head. Thoughts of death or suicide constantly

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