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How to Safeguard Your Finances Through Bipolar’s Overspending

6 hours 10 minutes ago

Overspending is part of manic AND depressive mood episodes––which is why you should put safeguards in place to protect your finances when things head south. I have a very love-hate relationship with money. It’s beguiling and complicating, and as hard as I try, sometimes I’m just not good with it. It seems like as soon...

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Lisa Acuña

Finding Hope: A Difficult but Vital Part of Life With Bipolar

2 days 6 hours ago

Finding hope isn’t about medications or what doctors say. It’s about getting to know yourself and realizing that you can be yourself, just with bipolar. When I was first struggling with bipolar mood swings, as a child, it felt like most people were constantly losing faith in me. With much difficulty, I seemed to bounce...

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Elizabeth Drucker

Strive For Integrity ––And Don’t Let Bipolar Control Your Life

4 days 5 hours ago

You are not alone if your mood swings can make you mean and nasty. But integrity helps you stop yourself before you unintentionally hurt others. Integrity is a word I cherish. It means acting the same no matter what situation arises. This is especially important in our up and down bipolar disorder world. When we...

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Julie A. Fast

Mental Health Advocacy: Is Our Work Valued? Are We Doing Enough?

5 days 3 hours ago

If you choose to speak up about your experiences with bipolar disorder, and become an advocate, you take away the space stigma needs to thrive. I think the biggest takeaway from my years of working in the mental health sector is that the work we do is undervalued and we underestimate the energy – all...

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Yvette Hess

Medication Alone is NOT a Bipolar “Miracle Cure”

1 week ago

Although taking medication as prescribed is one part of achieving stability, it alone is not enough. You also need to work on bettering yourself. Psychiatrists have been taught that medication will stop the symptoms of bipolar disorder.  We are encouraged to take our meds as prescribed and with any luck our depression and/or mania will...

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Lynn Rae

To My Friends: The Real Reason I Sometimes Isolate Myself

1 week ago

Sometimes the biggest clue that I’m struggling through a bipolar disorder relapse sounds like nothing—withdrawal doesn’t make noise. Recently, I received a phone call from someone who wanted to check-in on the state of my thoughts. I was having a trying mental health day, and I had phoned this person earlier requesting some words of...

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Lynda Williams

Hope & Harmony Headlines: Learning to Cool Down When Anger Strikes

1 week 3 days ago

May 16, 2019   •   Volume 12, Issue 20Subscribe to Hope & Harmony Headlines Learning to Cool Down When Anger Strikes You might get a little squeamish from the title of the popular children’s book Everyone Poops by Taro Gami. In the book, which describes how creatures throughout the natural world—including humans—deal with the...

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No Such Thing as ‘Sugar Rush’! Sugar Worsens Mood Rather Than Improving It

1 week 3 days ago

Sugar does not improve mood and it can make people less alert and more tired after its consumption. April 4, 2019, Coventry, England—Unlike the common myth, sugar does not improve mood—and it can make people less alert and more tired after its consumption, according to a new study by the University of Warwick, Humboldt University...

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Hope & Harmony Headlines: How to Stop Impulsive Spending

1 week 3 days ago

May 23, 2019   •   Volume 12, Issue 21Subscribe to Hope & Harmony Headlines Taking the Reins on Spending Sprees Tidying expert Marie Kondo may be the world’s most famous decluttering diva; however, not all of us can relate to her wisdom: “Quests to faraway places or shopping sprees are no longer necessary. All...

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bp Magazine

Authenticity: The Ultimate Act of Self-Care

1 week 3 days ago

Be true to who you are—not who your family and community expect you to be–and practice authenticity, the greatest act of self-care. The World Health Organization defines self-care as “the ability of individuals, families, and communities to promote health, prevent disease, maintain health, and to cope with illness and disability with or without the support...

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Melody Moezzi

Don’t Go It Alone: When and How to Ask for Help For Bipolar

1 week 3 days ago

Living with bipolar is extraordinarily challenging– but you don’t have to go it alone. When times seem too tough to bear, reach out and ask for help. Living with bipolar can be extraordinarily challenging. Sometimes merely surviving feels overwhelming. I still face periods when I feel like I lack the wherewithal to keep going. Perhaps...

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Stephen Propst

How the Brain Fights off Fears That Return to Haunt Us

1 week 3 days ago

A group of neurons have been discovered that are responsible for frightening memories re-emerging unexpectedly. The findings could lead to recommendations about the treatment of anxiety, phobias and post-traumatic stress disorder. April 1, 2019, Austin, TX—Neuroscientists at The University of Texas at Austin have discovered a group of cells in the brain that are responsible...

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bp Magazine

Bipolar Getting You Down? A Therapy Technique to Keep You Going

1 week 4 days ago

What you think during overwhelming moods may not always be the truth. So, question your thoughts using CBT. Life with bipolar can be very hard. As a person with severe, daily and what truly feels like unrelenting bipolar, I want to share what I do on the tough days when I feel I can’t go...

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Julie A. Fast

Finding and Maintaining Hope After Being Discharged from the Hospital

1 week 4 days ago

Entering back into your regular life after a hospital discharge can be overwhelming. To make it less daunting, adjust your expectations and take it slow. I was recently hospitalized for a severe depressive bipolar episode. It was quite discouraging for me to say the least. I had been keeping track, and it had been two...

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Laura Fisher

Hope & Harmony Headlines: More Surprising Reasons to Go For A Walk

1 week 5 days ago

May 9, 2019   •   Volume 12, Issue 19Subscribe to Hope & Harmony Headlines Even More Reasons To Make Walking Part of Your Routine Philosophers are masters at rational inquiry. So we should believe Friedrich Nietzsche’s declaration: “All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking.” He said it in 1889, so it’s not exactly...

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After a Diagnosis, How to Move Past Helplessness Into Greener Pastures

2 weeks ago

As cliche as it may sound, when a recent bipolar diagnosis makes you feel helpless, let optimism help you find hope on the path towards greener pastures. I’m sure the thought has gone through your head at least once: “Why me?” “Why was I burdened with this daunting disorder that I will have to live...

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Kea Paton

Taking Yourself On: Tackling Trust Issues

2 weeks 1 day ago

If negative experiences have left you wary of relationships, it’s okay. Take the first step towards healing, and open your mind to change. We have all been hurt. This is life, it’s hard to avoid it. Sometimes our experiences can leave us distrustful of people, relationships or situations and can result in the defense mechanism...

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Debbie Jacobs

Me — and My Wife’s Bipolar Diagnosis

2 weeks 4 days ago

While they reconciled their former hopes and dreams with a new reality after a bipolar diagnosis, this couple discovered they can both live fuller lives. I came home to my world upside down. My apartment entrance had been blocked with music blaring deep within. I finally got inside and found my wife, Katherine, in a...

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Izzy Gonçalves

How to Stay Well During Troublesome Life “Storms”

2 weeks 5 days ago

When life gives you “storms” of unease, stress, or sadness, here’s a few ways you can make sure your stability progress stays on track. The Grateful Dead sing a song titled “Uncle John’s Band” and one of the lyrics is “When life looks like easy Street, there is danger at your door.” My job is...

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