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Coping Strategies

Redefining Success: Part 2

September 18, 2017

By: Megan Malfi

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By: Diane Dweller

 Parents, siblings, and spouses have written numerous books, articles, and blogs about family members coping with bipolar disorder. Hundreds of books on this manic-depression illness have been written by medical professionals and counselors. Many patients write about their challenges of living with mood swings.Q. Who does not write about the...
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"Bipolar" Is The Wrong Word

September 5, 2017

By: James Phelps, M.D.

“Bipolar” is the wrong word. Worse than inaccurate -- it’s directly misleading:1. Depression is the main problem for most folks. Bipolar should be called “Depression Plus."2. Depression and manic symptoms frequently occur together, in “mixed states."3. Many people with “unipolar” depression also have manic symptoms.4. There is no dividing line...
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By: Danielle Workman

I’ve said it in many other posts and even in my book, but the day I received my diagnosis and was told I had Bipolar Disorder, I truly felt alone. The days that followed, the feeling remained. The more I searched online and the more I dug, the worse I felt. I longed for someone to tell me that things were going to be okay. That life wasn’t over....
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Finding Solace in Art Therapy

September 1, 2017

By: Emily McGuigan

“If I could say it in words there would be no reason to paint.” ~ Edward HopperAs an artist with Generalized Anxiety Disorder(GAD) and Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), I have primarily used drawing and painting to help me cope with and explain traumatic or stressful events in my life, but also to discover who I am as a person. Art allows me to...
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By: Conor Bezane

There are 5.7 million bipolar people in the US, and 60 percent of them are addicts, according to the Epidemiologic Catchment Area study. Co-occurring addiction is more common in bipolar people than in any other psychiatric group. We drink and use drugs to stabilize our moods or to replicate the feelings of mania.  I was diagnosed bipolar...
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By: Danielle Workman

The day I received my diagnosis for Bipolar Disorder, I felt so alone. I remember it vividly, because it was so incredibly painful. I didn’t know anyone with Bipolar Disorder I could talk to about it. The people I knew that had anxiety and depression were so trapped in their own issues, I didn’t want to burden them with mine.Driving home in the...
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By: Serena Goldsmith

As a peer counselor, speaker, and mental health clinician, many people have shared with me that they feel stigmatized by having a mental health diagnosis and they feel reluctant to tell others about it. I felt that way too for many years after I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. When I was diagnosed 25 years ago, I didn’t know very much...
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Hiding In Plain Sight

August 11, 2017

By: Aubrey Good

I am an intern at the International Bipolar Foundation. I spend a few hours a week at the office finding articles, writers, resources, etc. that I believe are beneficial to educating the public on bipolar disorder and also offer hope and understanding. I offer pieces on how to fight the stigma on mental health- suggestions such as, "be brave and...
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By: Allison Strong

I’m in a year-long Dialectical Behavioral Therapy program.  Many people repeat the course. More than once! They say in their first year they felt more like passengers than patients because there’s so much material to cover. I agree. Now that we’re at the end of the semester, there’s so much transformative information that I’m having...
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By: Allison Strong

When I first did intake for group dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), I sorta ‘flunked.’Temporarily.It was determined that I’d been traumatized and I was transferred to their Trauma Resolution and Integration Program (T.R.I.P.) for individual work. I accepted their professional opinion. My mood state with regards to Bipolar Disorder...
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A Step Back From The Edge

August 4, 2017

By: Nic Fleming

It has been almost 8 months since my last blog. It is hard to believe how much time has passed. I literally could not write- or read for that matter.So yes, I have been exceptionally unwell but I would like to share some aspects of my experience over the past 8 months or so and my ongoing recovery with you.As a sufferer of bipolar disorder and a...
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