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Spring 2019

bp Magazine
April 11, 2019

Bipolar & the Entrepreneur Advantage The personality traits of entrepreneurs and those with bipolar often overlap; the key to success is embracing both the strengths and vulnerabilities. By Michele Wojciechowski & Robin L. Flanigan FEATURES When Stigma Strikes Close to Home Stigma stings, but when it happens in our own backyard—family, friends, and community not...

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Winter 2019

bp Magazine
January 15, 2019

  The Truth About the Link Between Bipolar Mania and Creativity Twenty-five years after Kay Redfield Jamison convincingly linked bipolar disorder and artistic genius, we look at the latest evidence exploring—and expanding on—that theory. By Donna Jackel   FEATURES How to Get Your Life Back on Course After a Bipolar Relapse Repairing relationships, routines, and...

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Fall 2018

bp Magazine
October 10, 2018

  Zack McDermott on His Memoir and His Mom As beautifully told in his book Gorilla and the Bird, former attorney Zack McDermott relied on his mother’s unconditional support while winning his way back to stability. By Stephanie Stephens   FEATURES Beyond CBT: See Which Psychotherapy Fits Your Bipolar Whether you challenge your negative thought...

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Summer 2018

bp Magazine
June 29, 2018

The ties that bind If relationship problems frequently tie you up in knots, you are not alone. We explore ways you can keep things together when your moods threaten to pull you and your loved ones apart. By Robin L. Flanigan   FEATURES Rocking steady with Ellen Forney bp Magazine columnist, Melody Moezzi, delves into...

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Spring 2018

bp Magazine
April 10, 2018

  Justin Peck: Taking the Wheel of his Bipolar He’s a fearless motorsport champion, entrepreneur, loving father and now author; but it’s his fierce drive in navigating the rocky road of mental health that makes him a true hero. By Linda Childers     FEATURES The enemy within: Tools to Stop Self-Sabotage You may not...

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Winter 2018

bp Magazine
January 4, 2018

  Get Your Hopes Up The belief that your life can and will get better is a vital part of recovery from bipolar disorder. Luckily, hope is a renewable resource. By Donna Jackel   Hope is the Thing with Feathers: Taking Wing Out of Bipolar Depression In the midst of bipolar depression, writing as a...

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Fall 2017

bp Magazine
October 5, 2017

  Bipolar Disorder and Grappling With Obsessive Thinking If you’re frequently entangled in obsessive thinking, you might be surprised to know you’re far from alone. We look at ways you can take charge when intrusive thoughts start to run amok. By Robin L. Flanigan     FEATURES Love and Bipolar: Real-Life Tips From Four Long-Term...

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Summer 2017

bp Magazine
July 11, 2017

  The ABCs of Disclosure in the Workplace If bipolar symptoms are putting your job at risk, it’s time to educate yourself about disability protections and what you do and don’t need to share about your diagnosis. By Stephanie Stephens     FEATURES A Safe Space—What To Know About Going To The Hospital Hospitalization: for...

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Spring 2017

bp Magazine
April 7, 2017

  Bipolar and Controlling Impulsivity Reckless actions are a common symptom of bipolar disorder, even outside of mania. Good coping tools can rein in impulsivity and prevent the negative consequences. By Robin L. Flanigan     FEATURES Impulsivity: What’s happening in the brain Scientists around the world are trying to understand the roots of impulsivity...

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Winter 2017

bp Magazine
January 3, 2017

  Conductor Ronald Braunstein—Making Music, Fighting Stigma Ronald Braunstein uses his experience with bipolar disorder to help other musicians with brain-based disorders find a safe place to create music with his Me2/Orchestra. By Robin L. Flanigan     FEATURES Getting a Grip on Mania Manic episodes in bipolar I play out differently for different people,...

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Fall 2016

bp Magazine
October 1, 2016

  Maria Bamford Turns Bipolar Into Funny Business In her stand-up, the comedian spoofs her diagnosis as “the new gladiator sandal.” She’s reaching new audiences with her Netflix series Lady Dynamite, normalizing topics like hospitalization. By Melody Moezzi     FEATURES Practically Positive: Transforming Your Negative Thinking Trapped in negative thinking? There’s more than one...

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Summer 2016

bp Magazine
July 1, 2016

Richard Dreyfuss—Brash, Bold and Proudly Bipolar The movie star speaks candidly on Hollywood greed, civics education, how living with bipolar disorder has been good for him, and why stigma is “stupid By Fergus Ewbank and Marianne Haynes     FEATURES The Sweethearts Deal: How To Keep Your Relationship Healthy Building a strong relationship takes work....

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Spring 2016

bp Magazine
April 10, 2016

  Olympic Runner, Suzy Favor Hamilton on Bipolar & Hypersexuality When manic behavior leads to public scandal, what then? For Olympic runner Suzy Favor Hamilton, a new mission to champion this message: “There is hope, and I’m living proof.” By Scott Pitoniak     FEATURES Handling Hypomania You’re peppy, more productive, the life of the...

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Winter 2016

bp Magazine
January 1, 2016

  Paul Dalio’s “Touched With Fire”: Finding beauty in bipolar Writer and director Paul Dalio channeled his complex feelings about having bipolar into his feature film Touched With Fire, titled after the famed book about creativity and manic-depression. By Stephanie Stephens     FEATURES Unravel Your Wrath A prickly feeling like you’re ready to snap....

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Fall 2015

bp Magazine
October 1, 2015

    Bipolar Depression: Letting The Light In By Robin L. Flanigan Strategies to dispel the darkness of bipolar depression, starting with the “good enough” theory (taking small actions to build momentum).     FEATURES The Memory Question By Barbara Boughton Have trouble remembering names, appointments, where you put your keys? Is it hard to...

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Summer 2015

bp Magazine
August 3, 2015

    Mary Lambert: Spreading The Love By Stephanie Stephens Singer-songwriter Mary Lambert puts it all out there in her hit “Secrets” and she lives the same way. Whether it’s bipolar or body image or a troubled past, she’s a missionary for self-acceptance.     FEATURES Letting Go of Guilt By Robin L. Flanigan Guilt...

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Spring 2015

bp Magazine
April 1, 2015

    Tame Your Triggers By Robin L. Flanigan From major life events to emotional patterns, we all have stressors that are likely to spark a mood shift. Learn about strategies that put you back in control.     FEATURES SoundOFF! Mood Shift Triggers & Protection Readers respond: Various stressors can raise the risk for...

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Winter 2015

bp Magazine
January 1, 2015

  Our Leading Lady, Carrie Fisher By Stephanie Stephens Carrie Fisher is returning as Princess Leia in a new Star Wars movie, but she’s always been our heroine for getting through tough times—and laughing about it later.     FEATURES Let There Be Light By Robin L. Flanigan Where does stigma stand? We look at...

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Fall 2014

bp Magazine
December 23, 2014

  Demi Lovato: Stronger Than Ever By Rachel Rabkin Peachman The platinum-selling recording artist is on a mission to spread her message of hope: We can get through dark times and reach a place of strength.     FEATURES Getting Better Together By Jodi Helmer Empower yourself with peer support! That kind of connection brings...

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Summer 2014

bp Magazine
July 1, 2014

  Maurice Benard: Man With A Message by Elizabeth Forbes Maurice Benard sees his own openness, his role as Sonny Corinthos on General Hospital and a new movie project as ways to bring bipolar into public view.     FEATURES BP On TV: Are We Ready For Our Close-Up? By Elizabeth Forbes New TV shows...

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