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March 5, 2018
By: Kathleen Westerhaus
Cryptic acronyms texted on our phones, new words perhaps, communicate ideas in short memorable phrases; examples include: LOL, ICYMI, DYK. I’ve come to appreciate the creativity of individuals who cleverly express phrases on their vehicle’s license plates. The trick is to convey the idea in less than seven letters or numbers -- at least on license...
February 26, 2018
By: Lori Lane-Murphy
I hate seeing my beloved struggling. He has severe depression that, thankfully, has been managed quite well for the past several years. Like many of us, he still has some days that are a little darker than he’d like, but nothing he can’t handle.Yesterday, I received a call while he was out running errands.“I’m just not doing well. I’m coming home...
February 16, 2018
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....
February 14, 2018
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...
February 13, 2018
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...
September 18, 2017
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...
August 4, 2017
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...
July 28, 2017
By special guest: Chris Worfolk of Worfolk Anxiety Management
Special guest, Chris Worfolk from Worfolk Anxiety Management, shares 5 suggestions for overcoming mental health stigma and taking care of mental health.For more information and resources on bipolar disorder, visit www.ibpf.orgFor more information on Chris Worfolk and his work at Worfolk Anxiety Management, visit:https://www.worfolkanxiety.com/
April 11, 2017
Q: How do you support your partner when, in the midst of a hypomanic episode, they tell you that they want to end the relationship and move out on their own? How can you tell if that’s what they’re truly feeling, or if it’s a result of their episode? Beka: From a bipolar perspective, he probably feels lost and confused. For me, I’d...
March 21, 2017
Q. Do arguments about issues in your relationship with your husband ever trigger manic or depressive episodes? How do you deal with any issues you may have if you feel that discussing problems will trigger an episode? Beka: Sometimes arguments trigger episodes, but I have found that it is better to be honest with each other than to let...
February 14, 2017
Love can be the most wonderful emotion. It can bring both joy and sorrow simultaneously. Even the best and most solid relationships can often be difficult. It is especially challenging when a partner has bipolar disorder. This is not to say that you cannot have a good, strong, long-lasting relationship if you or a loved one have bipolar. But I...
November 17, 2016
Remission and recovery from any mental illness, addiction, or both, bring with them, for most of us entirely new gifts. Some of us are fortunate enough to find a whole new way of living, one which we have never experienced or imagined possible. Not all days are easy, but as we get stronger, we find sometimes that many doors open. They may come in...