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Becoming Your Own Bipolar Advocate

16 hours 15 minutes ago

There are times in life when we must be our own best advocate. This can be difficult when depressed or manic; however, it is doable. Countless times, I have thought to myself, “All persons with bipolar disorder should have some type of advocate.” Not only the sort of advocate you’d find in a lobbyist group...

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Carol Borrelli

How to Cope when the Bank Account Is Spent

17 hours 32 minutes ago

Out-of-control spending during mania can be a destructive symptom of bipolar, and can devastate a family’s financial security; here’s how to help navigate this road: Understand the diagnosis It’s not uncommon for people without bipolar to be financially irresponsible and overspend, live beyond their means, and wind up in bankruptcy. However, as caregivers, we need...

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Is It the Marriage or the Bipolar Diagnosis?

17 hours 58 minutes ago

In times of stability, it can be difficult—and painful—to determine if there are real problems with your relationship or if bipolar symptoms are the culprit; find out more: Interpreting the symptoms Even after years of stability, a stressful event or a build-up of stress can cause an onset of symptoms. These may be too subtle...

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5 Ways to Help Save Your Family Finances

19 hours 24 minutes ago

Irrational and impulsive spending is a byproduct of bipolar; before a spouse’s compulsion to spend harms the family bank account, try these financial responsibility strategies: Work it out together During a stable time, sit down with your spouse and work through a strategic financial plan. Consider consulting with a financial advisor to help with both...

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5 Ways to Prevent Caregiver Burnout

19 hours 49 minutes ago

Caring for a loved one can sometimes lead to high stress, exhaustion and being overwhelmed, what is commonly known as caregiver burnout; here’s how to help: Know the signs Burnout can come on slowly. It can start showing up as apathy, depression, irritability, sleeplessness, appetite changes, lack of personal care, and difficulty dealing with stressful...

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Hope & Harmony Headlines: Kicking Negative Self-Criticism to the Curb

21 hours 4 minutes ago

March 21, 2019   •   Volume 12, Issue 12Subscribe to Hope & Harmony Headlines Kicking Negative Self-Criticism to the Curb Look around. The world is full of negative messaging. Adding our own voices to the mix—telling ourselves we don’t measure up, for example, or that we’re incapable of measuring up—can make us feel helpless,...

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Decreased Deep Sleep Linked to Early Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease

1 day 17 hours ago

Older people who have less slow-wave sleep have higher levels of the brain protein tau. Elevated tau is a sign of Alzheimer’s disease and has been linked to brain damage and cognitive decline. January 9, 2019, St. Louis, MO—Poor sleep is a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease. People with the disease tend to wake up tired,...

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4 Ways to Treat Empathy Fatigue

1 day 18 hours ago

As a caregiver, if you’re experiencing the emotional exhaustion and physical symptoms related to compassion/empathy fatigue, here’s what you can do to help: Lessen your load Start small until you can work out a plan for some time off. Start with a half-day off on a regular basis. Though it’s not always easy or even...

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When Caregiving Turns to Codependence

1 day 19 hours ago

Often misunderstood, codependence can be the cause of a great deal of distress while taking care of a loved one with bipolar; here’s what you need to know: It doesn’t mean what you think According to Diana Denholm, PhD, LMHC, a psychotherapist for more than 30 years, co-dependency is highly misunderstood and usually poorly defined....

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When Completing Tasks Becomes Too Much to Manage

1 day 22 hours ago

With bipolar disorder, the inability to complete tasks is not a sign of laziness. It’s because your mind is going so fast that you can’t focus, or because you’re depressed and feel too tired. How many people have started something, but not completed it? Pretty much everyone. I’m definitely guilty of not completing tasks. There...

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How to Prevent Compassion Fatigue

5 days 15 hours ago

While knowing how to treat compassion fatigue is important, perhaps more relevant is learning how to prevent it; find out how to keep empathy strong: What is it? At its core, compassion fatigue refers to the gradual decline in feelings of sympathy and empathy for the person you’re supporting—the opposite of what you want to...

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How to Care for Your Friend with Bipolar

5 days 16 hours ago

If someone you know and love is diagnosed with bipolar disorder, it may seem overwhelming; but there are ways you can help your friend in need: Learn first Taking the time to research this diagnosis is the perfect first step. By educating yourself, you’ll know what to expect regarding symptoms, possible triggers, or warning signs...

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When Your Partner Has Bipolar Depression

5 days 19 hours ago

It can be extremely challenging, even heartbreaking, being the caregiver of a loved one with bipolar depression; here are some simple things to keep in mind: Educate yourself By learning about the specific symptoms of bipolar depression, you will come to realize that certain symptoms are simply caused by the condition; they are not personal...

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Do You Really Want to End Bipolar Disorder Mood Swings?

5 days 21 hours ago

Bipolar consists of mania and depression. Sometimes mania gets a pass because of perceived “benefits,” but ignoring your mania means you aren’t fully addressing your condition. Do you really want to end your mood swings? I ask this question honestly. Many of us want to end depression. It’s a terrible, vicious and life-threatening experience for...

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Julie A. Fast

Hope & Harmony Headlines: Say ‘Good Night’ to Insomnia

6 days 19 hours ago

March 14, 2019   •   Volume 12, Issue 11Subscribe to Hope & Harmony Headlines Saying ‘Good Night’ to Insomnia Insomnia and bipolar go together like, well, old chums. Except the relationship isn’t a healthy one. Poor sleep impairs quality of life, causing negative consequences with mood, motivation, and cognitive functioning. “It also triggers manic...

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What You Eat Could Impact Your Brain and Memory

6 days 19 hours ago

You may be familiar with the saying, “You are what you eat,” but did you know the food you eat could impact your memory? January 28, 2019, AMES, IA—Auriel Willette, assistant professor, and his team of researchers in Iowa State University’s Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition discovered a satiety hormone that, at higher...

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Spectator Sports Therapy

6 days 20 hours ago

Watching sports can thrill us, or make us want to throw things. It can also bring stability and stress-relief. Here’s how: I lived in southern CA when I was in high school and became quite the LA Kings hockey fan. I had all the gear and loved collecting it. There was a fan sport shop...

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Susie Johnson

Top 5 Upsides of Living with Someone Who Has Bipolar

1 week ago

At the risk of romanticizing a serious mental health condition, there are indeed many positive aspects to loving someone with bipolar. Here are just five: #1 An artistic/creative lens Being around people with imaginativeness and artistry is fascinating! Through her research, Kay Redfield Jamison, PhD, a professor with Johns Hopkins University, has linked bipolar with...

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When Inconsistency Becomes a Way of Life

1 week ago

When a spouse or partner has bipolar disorder, we may need to accept that life will be unpredictable, and then find ways to adapt. Adjusting to new realities A loved one’s diagnosis will affect the entire household. All family members will need to adjust to this new normal, a life likely full of inconsistency. Living...

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