bpHope Blog: Dedicated to Living Well with Bipolar Disorder

Our award-winning bpHope Blog is a collection of posts written with heartfelt honesty by a group of bloggers from around the world, each providing their own unique perspectives on living with bipolar disorder. Our bloggers write on issues that reflect their experiences and knowledge of living with bipolar disorder and address a range of topics including: relationships, treatment, symptoms (mania, depression, anger, hypersexuality, impulsivity, sleep), stigma, parenting and more. Our diverse and eclectic group of authors offer information, inspiration, practical guidance – and HOPE, no matter what your needs are. Whether you have bipolar disorder or have a loved one who does, the bpHope Blog is a trusted community for you to connect with.

Highlights

4 Go-To Tips to Take on (Unbearable!) Social Anxiety

Brittany Sibley
July 13, 2018

Getting busy striking up a simple conversation or just helping an event organizer can allow you to ease discomfort in situations with A LOT of people By Brittany Sibley   Over the years I have realized a few things related to my journey with Bipolar I. The fact that I can experience hard core anxiety...

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The Lies Bipolar Tells Me—Uncovering the Truth

Julie A. Fast
July 12, 2018

It may not be easy, but part of managing bipolar disorder depression is recognizing when your negative thoughts are simply not true. By Julie A. Fast   Bipolar is such a liar! It says things that are not true, but they feel real and it’s hard not to get caught up by the thoughts that...

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Grand Leaps, False Starts, and Not Letting Bipolar Stop Me

Carin Meyer
July 10, 2018

 Assessing yourself and remembering it’s OK to take your time can help you achieve your goals, no matter how out of reach they may seem. By Carin Meyer   Like anyone else, I have created and embellished a story that explains my life. This story is the identity that I have held on to, so...

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bp Magazine
October 9, 2018

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bp Magazine
September 10, 2018

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Demi Lovato and Why We Can’t Forget Our Own Bipolar Disorder Battles

JB Burrage
September 4, 2018

Demi Lovato’s apparent overdose can serve as an example that we can’t neglect to take care of ourselves while working to combat stigma and set an example for others.   In the movement to spread the awareness of mental health and helping people realized they aren’t alone, sometimes we forget about our own struggles. I’m...

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bp Magazine
August 29, 2018

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Casting the Glamour: The Enchantment of Euphoric Mania

Martin Baker
July 24, 2018

Euphoric mania can be exciting for those under its spell, but it can also be perilous if you don’t learn to navigate it safely. By Martin Baker   “Casting the glamour” is an old Scots term for a magic spell or enchantment. It is the perfect metaphor for the wild, captivating, almost otherworldly impact of...

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Why We Must STOP the Stigma of Taking Sick Leave for Bipolar Depression

Lynda Williams
July 20, 2018

Sick leave is not a vacation, it’s a necessary measure to treat the depression that interferes with the ability to make effective decisions   By Lynda Williams     Having an invisible illness like bipolar gives me the option to disclose or not based on what I feel is necessary and appropriate, and for the...

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How ‘Glimpses of Hope’ Saved My Life—and Can Save Yours, Too

Laura Fisher
July 17, 2018

In the depths of depression, it can be very difficult to believe things can ever get better; stringing together some small, hopeful thoughts can help. By Laura Fisher   The online Merriam-Webster dictionary defines hope as: “The feeling of wanting something to happen and thinking that it could happen : a feeling that something good...

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The Rage Inside: Mastering Explosive Irritability and Anger

JB Burrage
July 12, 2018

Anger can be one of the most difficult symptoms of bipolar—but being aware of the warning signs can help you manage it once and for all. By J.B. Burrage   At first glance, I can seem very cool and a little stoic. I give the appearance that I just let things go over my head...

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Why Does Doing What I Love Make My Bipolar Worse?

Julie A. Fast
July 9, 2018

We can still partake in activities we love if we understand how to modify our focus on pastimes that promote stability.   By Julie A. Fast   This illness is unfair.  We have to be so careful about everything. Get the right amount of sleep! Make sure you take your meds! Watch out for bad...

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Relationships, Support and Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone

Karl Shallowhorn
July 6, 2018

There are times when we need to push ourselves to overcome bipolar disorder—a therapeutic outdoor recreational program can offer this opportunity. By Karl Shallowhorn   Recently, I had the opportunity to once again work with Higher Ground USA, a non-profit organization that serves veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Post Traumatic Stress (PTS), and Military...

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