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By: Emily McGuigan

My journey with food has been a long and exhausting eight year cycle of self-destruction. In those eight years, a mental and physical war broke out against myself, with myself. As someone who already suffers from mental illness, I have unintentionally used eating as a weapon of self harm. An eating disorder is a private battle; I have learned...
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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: Emily McGuigan

I have always dreamed of traveling across the world, so when I got the opportunity to study and intern in Florence, Italy, for three months I was beside myself. The closer the date crept up, the more my excitement morphed into anxiety. My mind became cluttered with “what ifs” and questions about if I was really ready to live across the world.I...
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By: Emily McGuigan

*The charcoal artwork featured above is titled "Too Much" by Emily McGuigan*When I’m asked for an example of how I’ve used art therapy in my own recovery, I instantly think of a recent time in my life where my art actually resulted in me discovering some past trauma that I suppressed and also where it resulted in me addressing major...
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By: Janet Coburn

You often hear it said that a good belly laugh is as effective as a dose of antidepressants. You read author Allie Brosh's account of her depression breaking when she couldn't stop laughing at a piece of corn she noticed under the refrigerator.But for a lot of us with bipolar depression, laughter is not only not the cure, it simply isn't...
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By: Michelle Vasiliu 

My experience of bipolar I suffered from major depression from my late teens but I wasn't diagnosed with bipolar till 2007 when I was 40 years old. My form of bipolar is largely about extreme depressive episodes and less frequent hypomanic episodes. I've only had three major manic episodes - back in 2007 when I was first diagnosed and more...
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Wendy Ward, Executive Director, The Youth Mental Health Project

SAY IT FORWARD 2017 October 8th – 14th Mind your mind…it depends on you to stay in shape #MindYourMind #SIF2017 We all have mental health – the same way we all have physical health. We believe mental health encompasses far more than the short list of disorders which affect one’s mood, behavior, or thinking. Mental health includes our emotional,...
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How Do You #MindYourMind?

October 5, 2017

Danielle Workman

“And now we will inhale, and as you exhale, move forward to Down Dog.”The voice of the yoga instructor was an octave too high and the cantation style tone of her voice was almost painful as she chirped her way through this short session of televised yoga. As I shifted my hips into the air and positioning my head towards the floor, I grumbled and...
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Emily McGuigan

Some days, I feel energetic and like I can accomplish everything I set out to.Some days, I wake up and feel like I didn’t even get a chance at having a good day. I have no desire to get out of bed or talk to anyone or study or go to the gym or read or think.Some days, I just need a break.And that’s okay.It took me years to start realizing that it...
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For the last seven years, I was more stable than in the past 20 all put together.  Nearly three years ago, I started eating more healthfully. A year and a half ago, I started running and strength training. Then I started obsessing over my weight and my food and increasing my workouts to one hour seven days a week on top of working a full-time...
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By: Julie A. Fast

Congratulations on your diagnosis. I know! Most people don’t send out a party announcement when they hear they have bipolar disorder, so I am congratulating you for being so honest and open about having this illness.I remember my first bipolar disorder mania. I was 17 and in Europe. It was sunny and life was so perfect.      I...
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By Wendy Ward, Executive Director, The Youth Mental Health Project

My first experiences with mental health conditions are the reasons that I co-founded The Youth Mental Health Project. I believe that by changing the way we talk about and how we act with regard to our children’s mental health, we can create better outcomes for ourselves, our children, and future generations. That is why the International Bipolar...
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