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Blogs and Articles

5 Helpful Apps For People With Bipolar Disorder

bp Magazine
August 25, 2017

Everything from medication and meditation reminders, to mood tracking is available as a phone app and in some cases as a desktop program; here are five that can help you today:   #1 Medisafe Pill Reminder & Medication Tracker With the look of a familiar pillbox design, it gives digital reminders to take and track...

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Bipolar & Health: How Yogic Breathing Helps Your Mood

bp Magazine
August 24, 2017

Breathing-based meditation gives people an active way to experience a deep meditative state, helping with mental, emotional and physical health; here’s what you need to know:   The science Medical science now proves the real benefit people with depression and anxiety receives from yoga and its breathing exercises, the foundation of ancient yoga practice. In...

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4 Things to Know About Paranoia in Bipolar Disorder

bp Magazine
August 24, 2017

Paranoia is a symptom of bipolar and other syndromes and is not always easy to treat, depending on the severity of the thoughts and delusions; here’s what you need to know. #1 Defining the symptom Not a diagnosis in it’s own right, paranoia is usually a symptom of another syndrome, including bipolar disorder, delusional disorder...

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Bipolar & Health: 5 Ways to Boost Your Mood With Movement

bp Magazine
August 22, 2017

We know that exercise is essential for our brain health and to help balance our moods; but what if it’s just too hard to start a program? Here’s five ideas to get you moving: #1 Activity in small doses For those living with mood disorders, and depending on the current mental state, it can be...

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Bipolar & Marriage: What if Your Spouse’s Spending is Out of Control?

bp Magazine
August 22, 2017

If you’re dealing with the uncontrollable spending behavior of a spouse who has bipolar disorder, there are strategies you and your partner can consider:   Working it out together It may be difficult at the best of times to navigate the delicate issues around bipolar excessive spending. The best thing is to sit down with...

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Bipolar & Life: 4 Things to Improve Your Life Today

bp Magazine
August 18, 2017

While there’s a host of things that will help you live a fulfilling life with bipolar disorder, these will give you immediate results: #1 Connect with other people It’s human nature to want to feel connected to those around us. Peer support groups allow individuals and families to learn from others in their situation how...

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What to Do When Bipolar’s Risky Behavior Takes Hold

bp Magazine
August 18, 2017

When high-risk behaviors like over-spending, promiscuity or substance use overtake you, there are some strategies to help overcome the impulsiveness of bipolar’s grip: Admit there’s a problem You can’t fix a problem if you don’t admit there is one. The best time to do this is when you are not in the middle of a...

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6 Smart Steps to Take After a Bipolar Disorder Diagnosis

bp Magazine
August 17, 2017

After settling in with the news you will be dealing with a bipolar diagnosis—a life-long brain disorder—there are ways you can help yourself right away. #1 Find the right therapist for you This is an important first step; but don’t feel badly if it takes a few times to find the right therapist for you....

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What To Do When Bipolar Disorder Joins the Family

bp Magazine
August 17, 2017

When either mom or dad gets a bipolar diagnosis it may help explain the mood swings; it also means dealing with a life-long brain disorder: Educate yourselves Now that you have some answers, and perhaps even some relief from a bipolar disorder diagnosis, you’ll also have a ton of questions. It may be the start...

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Bipolar & Life: 3 Ways To Get More Things Done

bp Magazine
August 17, 2017

Whether it’s attention issues or looming depression, motivation can be challenging for people with bipolar disorder; here are three strategies to help be more productive:   #1 Do the hardest thing first It’s natural to put off the things we least like to do. However, as we know, that only adds to the stress and...

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How to Move Forward After Bipolar Depression

bp Magazine
August 16, 2017

Following a depression episode from bipolar disorder, it can be difficult to restore your self-confidence and resolve; here are four ideas to try today:   #1 Love yourself When you endure a period in which your mind is barraged with a constant stream of negative self-talk it can falter your self-confidence. While recovering from a...

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Bipolar & Life: How To Get Back to Yourself

bp Magazine
August 16, 2017

When caught up in the swirl and stress of life and dealing with negative thought loops or anxiety, here are suggestions to do every day: Feel the appreciation It’s one thing to write in a gratitude journal each morning or have grateful thoughts throughout the day, but it’s even more beneficial if you put your...

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Just Diagnosed? What To Ask Your Doctor About Bipolar Disorder

bp Magazine
August 8, 2017

Have you been recently diagnosed with bipolar disorder? Your head may be swimming with questions so here’s a list for your next doctor visit: Q. What’s the different between bipolar I and bipolar II and which one do I have? Once you know which type of bipolar you have been diagnosed with you can ask...

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Bipolar & Living: 4 Ways to Simplify Your Life

bp Magazine
August 8, 2017

Taking steps to organize your living space and your life will help unclutter your mind and reduce the disharmony in your life; here’s how: #1 Create a system When you take the time at the outset to create a system for what may cause you stress in your everyday life, things just become easier. Even...

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Bipolar & Diet: Foods That Fight Inflammation

bp Magazine
August 7, 2017

Bipolar disorder has long been linked to chronic inflammation, which experts say can be helped with diet; here’s your list of the best anti-inflammatory foods:   Olive oil Extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) contains phenolic compounds—36 of them—which have been found to have powerful natural anti-inflammatory benefits. One natural polyphenol in particular, oleocanthal, has been...

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Four Strategies for Maintaining Stability While Traveling Over Holidays

bp Magazine
August 7, 2017

After making the best choice in destination, depending on your range of adventure, there are some strategies that will help make you a savvy traveler:   #1 Have regular meals It’s wise to keep to a regular schedule around timing of meals because it keeps your body and circadian rhythm in check. Also, as much...

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Bipolar & Lifestyle: Top 3 Apps to Track Your Moods

bp Magazine
August 7, 2017

It’s true that people with bipolar disorder find it extremely helpful when they track their moods; here are three top-rated apps to help with that:   #1  iMoodJournal This app is part personal journal and part mood tracker; tracking not only mood, but also sleep and medications. It can also track symptoms and energy level...

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What to Know About Disclosing Your Bipolar at Work

bp Magazine
August 5, 2017

If your bipolar disorder symptoms threaten your job security, it’s time to look at disability protections surrounding the disclosure of your diagnosis; here’s more:   Timing of disclosure is important If you are having performance or conduct issues, experts advise there is an advantage to taking action right away because if you wait too long,...

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Bipolar & Brain Health: 4 Ways to Beat Inflammation

bp Magazine
August 5, 2017

Research has found links between elevated inflammatory markers and many neuropsychiatric disorders, including bipolar disorder and depression; here’s how you can help reduce chronic inflammation:   #1) Cut out inflammatory foods One of the most important things to eliminate from your diet is sugar. Processed sugar is a trigger to release extra immunity messengers, called...

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Bipolar & Health: 5 Surprising Causes of Inflammation

bp Magazine
August 5, 2017

Chronic inflammation has been linked to bipolar disorder and depression; here are some overlooked causes of inflammation that we all need to be aware of:   #1) The foods we eat Functional practitioners have determined the Standard American Diet to be inflammatory and nutrient imbalanced. One of the biggest culprits; however, is sugar, specifically in...

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