Bipolar BUZZ: Inspiration & Information

bphopeBUZZ inspires, informs and stands up to the toxic stigma that surrounds us! bpBUZZ delivers the truths about bipolar disorder: it’s common, it’s a brain illness and it’s treatable! Join bpBUZZ and stay in tune with what’s going on with your community, what’s trending and what’s working for others in managing their bipolar. Share bphopeBUZZ with your network of family, friends and connections, letting them in on our challenges and triumphs—not only as we survive, but thrive!

Blogs and Articles

6 TV Shows Featuring Characters With Bipolar Disorder

bp Magazine
October 20, 2016

Compelling storylines for main television characters with bipolar disorder continue to gain popularity on the small screen, helping to reduce stigma and normalize mental illness.   #1  Degrassi: The Next Generation The Canadian teen drama has tackled a range of social issues such as AIDS, alcoholism, abortion, bullying, gay rights and eating disorders. No surprise,...

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7 Athletes Speaking Out About Anxiety, Depression and Bipolar Disorder

bp Magazine
October 18, 2016

With strength and grace, these sporting legends are using their own personal experiences to create awareness and break down the stigma that surrounds mental illness. #1  Dorothy Hamill This Olympic figure skating legend was diagnosed with depression in 1993, and has a strong familial history of anxiety and depression. She advises that having a core...

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5 Tips for Your ‘New Normal’ Game Plan

Robin L. Flanigan
October 10, 2016

Bipolar disorder does alter the course of your life, but it’s important to remember that you can still accomplish good things within your “new normal.” Some points to keep in mind: #1 Adjust your expectations Routines and schedules are important in promoting stability, notes psychiatrist Holly A. Swartz, MD, and new dreams and plans must...

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9 Steps for a Better Sleep Tonight

bp Magazine
October 5, 2016

Sleep. It affects each of us, every moment of our life. But for people living with bipolar, sleep is found to be a significant cause of stress. We know that sleep problems don’t just affect mood, they can also be the cause. Here are nine ideas for better night’s sleep. #1 Find ways to cope with stress Focus...

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7 Documentaries About Bipolar Disorder

bp Magazine
August 22, 2016

This list of documentary films weaves together courageous stories of people with bipolar disorder with discoveries in the fields of neuroscience and genetics which over the years have paved the way to better understanding.   #1  Ride the Tiger (2016) This film tells the story of highly accomplished individuals, including former congressman Patrick Kennedy, attorney...

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9 Ways to Make Amends and Seek Forgiveness

bp Magazine
April 22, 2016

When bipolar disorder is at the source of our past mistakes in a relationship, the road to forgiveness can be long and complicated. Here are some tips for moving forward.   #1 Bipolar disorder is what you have, not who you are You still must live with it, stand up to it, accommodate yourself to...

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3 Steps to Clear Your Guilty Conscience

bp Magazine
April 22, 2016

Guilt can be a healthy emotion and powerful motivator—as long as you don’t let it overpower you. Some steps that may help: #1) Set boundaries Talk with the people in your life in advance of manic or depressive episodes so they know what to expect—and you’re clear on what they expect from you. Ideally, that...

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5 Celebrities with Bipolar Who Inspire Us

bp Magazine
April 11, 2016

Over the years bp Magazine has had the opportunity to talk with some amazing and inspirational people. Here are five famous faces who have used their star status to spread awareness and help end the stigma surrounding bipolar disorder. #1 Carrie Fisher Carrie Fisher, also known as Star Wars’ Princess Leia, will always be our...

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Celebrities Who Embrace Their Bipolar Disorder

bp Magazine
March 11, 2016

Here are 7 famous faces who are fighting stigma of brain-based disorders:   Demi Lovato A platinum-selling recording artist, Demi Lovato is an advocate for people affected by mental health conditions, proving it’s possible to get through dark times and reach a place of strength. More recently, and in conjunction with Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc. and...

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5 Film Directors With Bipolar Disorder or Depression

bp Magazine
March 10, 2016

A connection between creativity and brain illness? These five movie directors are fueling the link:   #1 Paul Dalio Director and screenwriter Paul Dalio struggled to understand what his bipolar diagnosis meant; he then channeled those emotions into his first feature film, Touched With Fire (2016), starring Katie Holmes and Luke Kirby. The film takes...

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5 Famous Funny People With Bipolar Disorder

bp Magazine
March 10, 2016

These celebrities are proving laughter really is the best medicine:   #1 Maria Bamford In both her standup routines and now in her Netflix series Lady Dynamite, comedian Maria Bamford normalizes topics like bipolar depression, hospitalization, and obsessive thoughts. The series is a loosely biographical show based on her hospitalization for bipolar depression several years ago....

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6 Rap Artists Who Have Battled Bipolar Disorder

bp Magazine
March 10, 2016

These six artists demonstrate how bipolar disorder and depression have become part of the hip hop world:   #1 Chris Brown It was reported in 2014 that Chris Brown, rapper, songwriter, dancer and actor, was diagnosed with Bipolar II and PTSD. In 2009, he had received a great deal of media attention after pleading guilty...

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5 Contemporary Writers Who Have Bipolar Disorder

bp Magazine
March 5, 2016

Here’s a sampling of renowned authors fighting bipolar stigma with flair:   #1  Alan Garner Alan Garner is an award-winning English novelist best known for his children’s fantasy novels and his retellings of traditional British folk tales. His notable works include: The Owl Service; The Weirdstone of Brisingamen; The Moon of Gomrath; and Elidor. Originally diagnosed with...

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Carrie Fisher: 15 Honest Quotes About Bipolar Disorder

bp Magazine
January 28, 2016

Recognized everywhere as Princess Leia and respected as a prolific author, the late Carrie Fisher was a true heroine for rebelling against the stigma of bipolar disorder. She was also instrumental in the launching of bp Magazine, gracing three covers since 2004. Here is just a sampling of wise words that have inspired a mental...

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8 Bruce Springsteen Songs That Reveal a Life of Depression

bp Magazine
January 19, 2016

The Boss has battled depression his entire adult life and has been in therapy and on medication for 30 years. In a New Yorker profile, he says he’s still gripped by the pain of his early years and his parents’ struggles and his father’s relationship with him. “It’s the thing that eats at me and...

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9 Famous Faces of Creativity and Bipolar Disorder

bp Magazine
January 4, 2016

The correlation between creativity/artistic temperaments and manic depression remains a controversial topic for some. There’s definitely a long and varied list of great minds with bipolar disorder. Today, contemporary writers, actors, and artists acknowledge the challenge of living with bipolar disorder and help the fight against stigma. Here are nine samples, past and present. #1...

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10 Must-Read Memoirs From People With Bipolar Disorder

bp Magazine
January 2, 2016

These pages offer more than just the brave pen of someone navigating life with bipolar disorder; they also provide inspiration to others fighting a similar battle. Here are 10 autobiographies to offer hope and understanding: #1  Just Like Someone Without Mental Illness Only More   by Mark Vonnegut (Bantam, 2011) Mark Vonnegut, the son of the...

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Why You’ll Never Forget The Extraordinary Carrie Fisher

bp Magazine
January 1, 2016

Princess Leia, author, performer, daughter, mother, champion for those affected by bipolar disorder. She is known for her irreverent and brash commentary on life through her novels, memoirs and one-woman shows. Here are excerpts from the witty pages of the life of Carrie Fisher you’ll always remember:   The Princess Diarist Intimate memories of behind...

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How Singer-Songwriter Mary Lambert is Spreading the Love

Stephanie Stephens
July 9, 2015

Call singer-songwriter Mary Lambert a missionary for self-acceptance. When it comes to bipolar disorder, body-image and more, she won’t take shame for an answer.   Mary Lambert doesn’t care if the world knows her secrets. She recites them, sings them, and lives them large with a candid, “this is really me” demeanor that endears her...

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