Hope

Hope is a cornerstone of bipolar disorder recovery. Check out the articles & blog posts below to help you find & maintain hope in the face of bipolar disorder.

Blogs and Articles

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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How To Age Gracefully (And Healthily) With Bipolar Disorder

Stephen Propst
July 24, 2018

Tips for aging: solidify your support system, focus on your overall health, keep stress at bay, maintain stability, and nurture your self-esteem. By Stephen Propst   When I turned 50, I was shocked—but it wasn’t for the typical reasons. Given my battle with bipolar, I just didn’t think I’d live this long! Getting on in...

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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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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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Managing Close Relationships When Moods Pull Them Apart

Robin L. Flanigan
July 4, 2018

Self-awareness and healthy boundaries are key to maintaining strong relationships with your significant others, family and friends when mood swings threaten to pull you apart. By Robin L. Flanigan   All relationships ebb and flow. It comes with the territory because, well, we’re human. But when bipolar is part of the equation, the dynamics of...

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Building Wellness & Success Using Acceptance

Denise Mann
July 3, 2018

After Kelley Thorpe Baker accepted her bipolar I diagnosis and made positive lifestyle changes, she became a successful life coach and a mental health activist. By Denise Mann   If only Kelley Thorpe Baker had access to the tools and resources that she has created for others when she was first diagnosed with bipolar I...

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Finding Strength from My Bipolar Disorder Story

Linea Johnson
June 27, 2018

While it can be easy to get caught up in all of the challenges that come with bipolar, overcoming them teaches perseverance.   I really want to just share some of the good things that have happened with my bipolar and some of the bad things, and to really get to the point that bipolar...

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Finding The Strength To Ask For & Accept Help

Melody Moezzi
June 14, 2018

Seeking help to manage your bipolar disorder is NOT weak; admitting that you need help is a sign of great personal strength. By Melody Moezzi   It was my final year of law school, and all was well on paper. But true to form, depression didn’t care. It led me to the brink of taking...

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Bipolar & Wellness: Welcome to the ‘Thrive Tribe’

Melody Moezzi
June 14, 2018

What do members of the ‘thrive tribe’—those with Bipolar who maintain healthy, fulfilling lifestyles—have in common? By Melody Moezzi   In an effort to combat the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental health conditions, I’ve been writing and speaking publicly about my experiences with bipolar disorder for nearly a decade. In that time, I have encountered...

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Acceptance: A Difficult Journey for You AND Your Family

Lindsay Wheeler
June 14, 2018

The process of accepting a bipolar diagnosis is long and arduous—for both you AND your family members. By Lindsay Wheeler   I say my life started in 2014 when I began writing about my secret battle with bipolar. Just after telling my parents, I announced it publicly on Facebook. Wrapped up in the sensation of...

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