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By: Courtney Davey, MA, MFT

Relationships can be full of ups, downs, stress, excitement, and everything in between. From family relationships that have been lifelong, to platonic friendships that withstand the test of time, to romantic relationships that take us to a new level of emotional intimacy, relationships require above all an awareness of self and the other person....
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Courtney Davey, MA, MFT

February 16, 2018
Courtney Davey is a marriage and family therapist in Philadelphia, PA. She earned her Masters from La Salle University in Marriage and Family Therapy. Her work and interests focus on anxiety and mood disorders in couples and sex therapy.  She currently works with both inpatient and outpatient populations promoting safety, positive decision...
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By: Julie A. Fast

The following is part two of an article from Julie A. Fast, the author of Loving Someone with Bipolar Disorder. Click here to read part one if you missed the post. In today’s post, Julie concludes her thoughts on how learning about bipolar and creating a space in life for love and joy outside of the illness can actually strengthen the bonds of a...
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By: Julie A. Fast

The following is part one of an article from Julie A. Fast, the author of Loving Someone with Bipolar Disorder.  In today’s post, Julie gives realistic and positive ideas for a joyful Valentine’s Day when a partner has bipolar disorder. Part two of the article will arrive along with a special webinar from Julie where she discusses exactly how...
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Voices From The IBPF Community 

After reviewing our January posts, IBPF is excited about the increasing participation in our mental health Facebook chats! Every time somebody shares their experiences or advice, another person dealing with the same issue is being helped. This month we even had a few people message us with requests for the weekly question. Here is what you had to...
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By: Jess Lader

I’ve had the same psychotherapist for thirteen years. I chose my psychiatric practice from an insurance book of providers and got lucky on the first try. I know this is not common – but I implore anyone reading this to keep attempting until you find the right practitioner for you. Once you find a good fit and commit to the process of therapy, it...
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Jess Lader

February 8, 2018
Jess Lader worked in healthcare administration for 14 years before deciding to pursue her lifelong love of writing full time. She enjoys writing personal essays and is currently working on a memoir. She specializes in writing about mental illness and is devoted to presenting it from a positive and realistic perspective to eradicate the stigma...
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By: Danielle Workman

“It’s not complicated. It’s easy. You just have to make a decision. Are you going to hurt your unborn child because you are going to kill yourself?”Those words rocked me to my core. Those words sat like a ton of bricks on my mind as I left and drove home from that pharmacy. Those were the words that numbed me and caused me to sit back and feel...
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Seeds of Hope

February 1, 2018

By: Liz Wilson

I often wonder if everyone has experienced the miracle of a well-spoken or well-meaning word during times of crisis or need?  I grew up in a home fraught with poverty, but my Mother was constantly trying to make small things go a long way---both physically and emotionally.  I can remember the day I finally realized I was poor: I was 15....
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By: Alexis Zinkerman

I try to sit on my yoga mat for 20 minutes in meditation a few days a week. I feel mentally and physically balanced. But I am no expert in meditation. I had some questions about my practice and my meditation teacher at the zendo was half a country away in Chicago. So I talked to meditation instructor Susan Piver on the benefits and detriments of...
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