Debbie Jacobs is an advocate, writer, and healing specialist living in Alexandria, Virginia. She lived most of her adult life with a diagnosis of depression and anxiety, and then was diagnosed with bipolar. She speaks out on how self-improvement is life improvement and believes we all can live happy lives by making positive changes to ourselves. Her influences are Louise Hay, Napoleon Hill, Les Brown, and Tony Robbins. She does positivity life coaching and is in the process of writing her first book on her healing process of accomplishing positive thinking, positive effective coping skills, and healthy self-esteem—what she calls “freedom and happiness.” She shares her work to motivate, inspire, and help others make positive changes to themselves for their freedom and happiness, too.

Highlights

Taking Yourself On: Insecurity

Debbie Jacobs
March 9, 2019

Insecurity is like your shadow, always at your side. It whispers in your ear and undermines your confidence. But it doesn’t have to. Growing up, I was always shy, intimidated and afraid to speak. I am the youngest of five, and it was hard for me to be outgoing, vocal, and secure among the stronger...

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‘Taking Yourself On’: How I’ve Mastered Social Anxiety

Debbie Jacobs
November 30, 2018

Reprogramming your thoughts to be more positive and soothing can help you take on social anxiety, so you can strengthen old bonds and form new ones.   For many years, I lived with and perpetuated social anxiety. For most of my life, I never really felt confident with my social skills. I struggled with communication...

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Taking Yourself On: Want to Stop Bipolar Anger? Now You Can!

Debbie Jacobs
November 13, 2018

It may not be easy but with practice, you can train your brain to focus on your goals instead of your anger. Have you ever found yourself so consumed in your anger that it was literally all you were thinking about? All of your thoughts focused on your anger, rage, upset, and hurt feelings—and you...

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Coping with Loneliness During the Holidays

Debbie Jacobs
November 24, 2020

This past year has been challenging, and the upcoming holiday season is likely to be no different—especially when we’re feeling isolated. To stay out of the holiday blues or bipolar depression, I am approaching this season proactively, tackling loneliness directly and finding ways to be festive and joyful. Feeling Lonely & Isolated During the Holidays...

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Thanksgiving & the Holiday Season—An Opportunity for Growth

Debbie Jacobs
November 20, 2020

My anxiety at the family dinner table often made me “check out” during gatherings like Thanksgiving. I got lost in my head, where I felt safer. But I also missed out on all the fun. Here is how I set an intention to stay in a healthy mindset, escape the holiday blues, and learned to...

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How Managing My Bipolar & Mania Taught Me to Manage Myself

Debbie Jacobs
November 5, 2020

My first manic episode and diagnosis of bipolar hit me hard. They pushed me to become the person I am today—someone who proactively manages symptoms and not only truly knows herself but also trusts herself in the midst of any storm. My 1st Manic Episode My first experience of going to therapy was in 1998,...

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My Tips for Managing Moodiness

Debbie Jacobs
October 21, 2020

When I was first diagnosed with bipolar disorder, I thought it meant I was doomed to live with moodiness and irritability for life. Fortunately, I found that balancing my mood is not only possible but essential for achieving peace of mind. What Motivates Our Moodiness? Over time, I’ve learned that my moodiness has more to...

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Rebuilding after Hitting Rock Bottom with Bipolar Depression

Debbie Jacobs
October 7, 2020

When a trifecta of painful life circumstances culminated in me hitting my lowest point of bipolar depression, I had no choice but to rebuild myself. So I set the bar high, aiming for becoming the best possible version of myself. My Lowest Point with Bipolar Depression They say when you hit rock bottom, there is...

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How Mindfulness Made a Huge Difference in My Bipolar Symptoms & Self-Control

Debbie Jacobs
August 6, 2020

After experiencing a breakdown and overwhelming pain, I was pushed to find a new way to manage my mind, quiet my internal chatter, and calm my insecurity, anxiety, and aggressive behavior. Developing the Skill of Mindfulness for Bipolar Management Ten years ago, due to my own overwhelming pain and breakdown, I felt compelled to do...

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