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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Managing Bipolar in the Workplace

Debbie Jacobs
February 7, 2022

I worried my bipolar diagnosis would hold me back professionally. In time, I learned that bipolar could propel me to better self-management and career success. Diagnosed & Doubting My Life Dreams When I was diagnosed with bipolar, years ago, I was working full-time and pursuing my graduate degree. It was my last semester of school,...

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Coping with Loneliness During the Holidays

Debbie Jacobs
December 20, 2021

Holidays can be challenging, especially when we feel isolated. To avoid bipolar depression, I’m taking a proactive approach—tackling loneliness directly and finding ways to feel joyful. Feeling Lonely & Isolated During the Holidays The holidays can often be the hardest time of the year for dealing with loneliness and the potential mood shift that can...

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No Longer Letting My Anger Do the Talking

Debbie Jacobs
October 28, 2021

One unexpected, angry outburst showed me how speaking kindly—instead of reacting with rage—can help me handle uncomfortable situations and prevent hurt feelings after the fact. Learning to speak kindly was a valuable lesson that I learned the hard way. And I’ll never forget how it happened. An Angry Outburst One day, I was in the...

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We Can Learn New Ways to Improve Life with Bipolar

Debbie Jacobs
September 2, 2021

When I was stuck in the black hole of bipolar depression, I discovered the only way to improve my life. To heal, I had to allow myself to learn. Healing & Personal Development I’ve centered my life around healing and the work of personal development, which is really about discovering what you don’t know, for...

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Bipolar Depression & Struggling to Get Out of Bed

Debbie Jacobs
July 14, 2021

The daily obstacle of getting up sapped my energy and self-confidence. Here’s how I finally powered through the negative thoughts holding me back. Understanding Self-Belief with Bipolar Disorder What does it mean to believe in yourself when you are living with bipolar? Let’s start with what it is not. It’s not believing that you can...

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How Organizing My Life Allowed for Mood Stability

Debbie Jacobs
March 18, 2021

At last, I’ve figured out how to run my life so my bipolar doesn’t run me. Learning to craft my own self-care system was critical. Stability Takes Time I am a 49-year-old woman who has lived with bipolar since her diagnosis 17 years ago, and who has finally gained some insight, understanding, and stability—after many...

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