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Hope & Harmony Headlines: Breaking the Cycle Of Depression and Pain

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January 17, 2019   •   Volume 12, Issue 3 Subscribe to Hope & Harmony Headlines Breaking the Cycle Of Depression and Pain Though the reasons for their connection remain unclear, depression and physical pain are indeed closely related. “Sometimes pain and depression create a vicious cycle in which pain worsens symptoms of depression, and...

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How We Use Music as a Possible Sleep Aid

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Respondents believe music stimulates sleep, blocks internal, external sleep disruptors   November 14, 2018—Many individuals use music in the hope that it fights sleep difficulties, according to a study published November 14 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Tabitha Trahan of the University of Sheffield, UK, and colleagues. As described by the authors, this...

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What I Learned from Relapse

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The lessons I’ve learned from past manic episodes can help prevent future relapses.   I’ve been living with severe bipolar I disorder for over fifteen years. I’ve had five full-blown manic episodes. That’s four relapses. After my first manic episode, I didn’t think I’d have another. It was horrible—the episode, the shock, and the aftermath....

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Katherine Ponte

Hope & Harmony Headlines: The Key to a Meaningful Life

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January 10, 2019   •   Volume 12, Issue 2 Subscribe to Hope & Harmony Headlines Living a More Meaningful Life Starts With Acceptance Countless quotes try to encourage us to be more accepting. “Happiness can exist only in acceptance,” said novelist George Orwell. Actress Jessica Lange called acceptance a “life-altering lesson.” And self-help author...

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Better Cardiorespiratory Fitness Leads to Longer Life

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Cleveland Clinic researchers have found that better cardiorespiratory fitness leads to longer life, with no limit to the benefit of aerobic fitness.   Researchers retrospectively studied 122,007 patients who underwent exercise treadmill testing at Cleveland Clinic between Jan. 1, 1991, and Dec. 31, 2014, to measure all-cause mortality relating to the benefits of exercise and...

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The Sound of Hope: Why Music Fosters Acceptance & Optimism

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During a hospitalization, an entrepreneur with bipolar disorder discovers how music can create a shared community and a way forward in difficult times.   As a touring musician in my 20s, I enjoyed many wonderful times. But as I look back, it’s actually a sing-along in a mental health clinic that to this day is...

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What to Do to Silence Your Inner Self-Defeating Critic

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Despite that nasty voice in our heads that’s always saying “You can’t,” we are eternally worthy and useful. We can, and do!   “You’re lazy. You’re useless. You’re better off giving up,” I said to no one ever. Except, of course, if you count me. I could never imagine saying any of this to another...

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Melody Moezzi

Social Media & Bipolar Disorder: The Good, Bad, And Ugly

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Finding useful information and nurturing connections with friends, family, and people with common interests are good things. Depression, demoralization, and isolation aren’t.   Today we communicate and interact in a manner unprecedented in human history. Social media—such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.—are mainstream technologies that allow us to communicate and connect with each other online....

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Melvin G McInnis

Family Support—We’re All Working Towards Stability Together

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While mood-stabilizing medications have long been the centerpiece for treatment, education and therapy that includes family support are essential for lifelong success.   For years, many in the mental health field believed that treating bipolar disorder came only in the form of medications, and that therapy, family support, and education about the condition were far...

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6 Lesser-Known Challenges That Accompany Bipolar Disorder

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Simple strategies for problematic predicaments: managing friendships, relationships, work, and most of all taking good care of yourself—physically, psychologically, emotionally, and otherwise.   I’ve faced the more familiar facets of bipolar—unpredictable mood swings, medication side effects, irregular sleep patterns—for decades. However, I’ve discovered some difficult dilemmas that may be overlooked. It’s important to acknowledge and...

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Stephen Propst

An Author’s Remarks On Bipolar, Motherhood, & Overcoming Her Past

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While hospitalized, Terese Marie Mailhot began writing her bestseller, Heart Berries: A Memoir, that explores life as an Indigenous Canadian woman with bipolar disorder.   While hospitalized with a diagnosis of bipolar II, Terese Marie Mailhot began writing Heart Berries: A Memoir, which became a New York Times Bestseller. A series of essays, the book...

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A Slow Climb to Stability For A Lifetime Of Hope

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University fundraiser David C. spent four years finding workable medications for his bipolar I disorder, slowly added in self-care, and later entered psychotherapy.   There was a time when going on permanent disability seemed inevitable for David C. . He’d been hospitalized three times in four years for episodes of mania and bipolar depression. Recurring...

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Denise Mann

How To Lose Weight While Effectively Managing Bipolar

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Strategies for managing bipolar also apply to weight loss. How to adapt principles like mindfulness, self-monitoring, and a support team to slimming down.   Whether you’d like to lose a little weight or a lot, you’ve got company: According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, more than 70 percent of Americans over age 20...

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Stephanie Stephens

How to Rebuild Your Life After a Bipolar Relapse

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Repairing relationships, routines, and reputation after a severe episode of (hypo)mania or bipolar depression requires small steps and a willingness to seek change.   In the spring of 2017, Jess L. got the news that her estranged father had been in a serious car accident. The combination of uncertainty about his prospects, emotional baggage from...

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Robin L. Flanigan

The Truth About The Link Between Bipolar Mania And Creativity

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It’s true: bipolar disorder and creativity are linked. But, contrary to popular belief, effective coping skills may promote, rather than hinder, artistry.   Author Virginia Woolf saw her artistry and her mood extremes as being inextricably linked. In a letter to a friend in 1930, she wrote of her “madness” that “in its lava, I...

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Donna Jackel

Hope & Harmony Headlines: The Key to Reaching Your Goals

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January 1, 2019   •   Volume 12, Issue 1 Subscribe to Hope & Harmony Headlines Want to Reach Your Goals? Momentum is Key Getting motivated to start something new can be tough enough. Staying motivated can feel inconceivable, especially if a lack of energy and self-direction tend to get in the way. What we...

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Just a Few Drinks Can Change How Memories Are Formed

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Researchers have found that alcohol hijacks a conserved memory pathway in the brain and changes which versions of genes are made, forming the cravings that fuel addiction.   October 25, 2018, Providence, RI—A new study in flies finds that alcohol hijacks this memory formation pathway and changes the proteins expressed in the neurons, forming cravings....

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Overcoming Isolation During Bipolar Depression

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For many with bipolar, depressive episodes involve isolating oneself. Knowing the signs can help you find ways of overcoming this challenging symptom.   This is Anja Burcak with bp Magazine’s bphope Vlog. Today, I will be speaking about bipolar depression and isolation. One of the main problems with my depressive episodes is the act of withdrawing...

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Anja Burcak

Do the Holidays Feel Like a ‘Test’ of Your Bipolar Disorder Stability?

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Navigating the holidays in a healthy way means admitting some of the things I enjoy most about Christmas are actually bad for me.   Sometimes I feel like Christmas is a conspiracy to test my recovery. The parties that interfere with my sleep schedule, the baked goods promising a sugar high (and crash), the alcohol...

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