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July 24 is International Day of Self-Care. What a great day to celebrate! Since my acceptance of my 3rd bipolar type II diagnosis in 2009, I am so happy to share the things I have done to lift myself out of the suffering and into a place of stability where I feel I have more control over my life like never before. It's been a fascinating journey,...
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Katherine Adamenko

July 21, 2016
I'm a health coach, fitness expert, yoga teacher and performance artist. I was first diagnosed with bipolar disorder type II while in college in 1991 and it took a number of years for that diagnosis to stick (I am sure I am not alone.) It's my pleasure to share my knowledge and expertise because maintaining a healthy lifestyle is key to managing...
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The Blahs

July 21, 2016
Here’s a post I didn’t think I’d ever write! I have been on what is considered to be the best mood stabilizer for over a year, and my mood symptoms have been totally under control. No ups, no downs. I have also been taken off the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) by my doctor, so there is absolutely no cycling. In the past, I would be...
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A Q&A for Self-Care Day

July 19, 2016
July 24 is International Self-Care Day. On behalf of International Bipolar Foundation, I asked my friend, Mike, a fitness enthusiast, yogi, plant-based eater and animal lover, to share the benefits of practicing self-care.As a person who lives with bipolar and anxiety disorders, I know that self-care is important, but I have difficulty with change...
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The International Self-Care Foundation (ISF) has designated July 24 every year as International Self-Care Day (ISD) to symbolize that the benefits of self-care are experienced 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (24/7). The benefits of self-care are life-long. Each year, ISF comes up with a theme for International Self-Care Day, and the theme for...
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The Soup in My Head

July 19, 2016
"This drawing is called 'The Soup in My Head' and was drawn by my friend Julia. We were having coffee time together and I shared with her my fear of planning something ahead as I often have fozzy, foggy mood, and moodswings, although I take lithium and antidepressants. I mean I have no idea what to expect from tomorrow, it's puzzling, that's why I...
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I lived in Northwest Arkansas for several years. My little town was just across the Oklahoma state line and the Cherokee Nation, which is the federally-recognized government of the Cherokee people.  We often traveled to Tulsa for shopping and entertainment along the old two-lane highway that runs through Cherokee land. There were many fatal...
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Tom Roberts

July 15, 2016
Tom Roberts is a mental health speaker and writer living in Huntington Beach, CA. He is the author of  Escape from Myself: A Manic-Depressive’s Journey to Nowhere. Tom tells his audiences about his experience living with a devastating mental illness. He was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 1993—too late to save his marriage and college...
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Most people can say that they’ve been emotional eaters before, whether it’s crying over Chinese food after a breakup or eating too much cake on your 20th birthday. Even I can’t lie and say that my hand was not in a box of Cheez-Its just before I started writing this. Emotions, whether they be excitement, restlessness, anxiety, sadness, happiness...
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Lauryn Maleski

July 14, 2016
Lauryn Maleski is a full-time student studying Human Development at Binghamton University with the hopes of someday obtaining her Master's of Social Work. She lives happily in Binghamton, NY with her emotional support cat, Pabu, during the school year and in Scranton, Pennsylvania during the summer. In December 2014, she was diagnosed with bipolar...
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