Bipolar Treatment & Recovery with Pets

Pets can play a vital role in treatment and recovery and now there’s a place to share that bond with others. bphopePETS is a growing community of pet lovers that allows the bphope community to share hope and inspiration, while showcasing their furry friends.

Highlights

5 Celebs Who Depend on Their Emotional Support Animals

bp Magazine
May 17, 2018

An Emotional Support Animal (ESA) is a companion pet that offers support to an owner who has a mental or emotional health condition by reduce their owner’s anxiety and the feelings of alienation.* #1) Bradley Cooper The “Silver Linings Playbook” actor can often be found taking his beloved Chow-retriever mix, Charlotte, for a walk. He...

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Animal Therapy and Services Explained

bp Magazine
July 16, 2017

The various roles of service/emotional/therapy animals can get confusing; we break it down:   Service animals These animals are mostly dogs, and are trained to perform assistive tasks for people with physical disabilities. They are sometimes referred to as support animals or assistance animals, depending on the animal’s function. For a service dog to qualify,...

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The Best Dog Breeds For Helping With Bipolar Depression and Anxiety

bp Magazine
June 4, 2017

These are just some of the canine breeds that help symptoms of bipolar disorder:   Cavalier King Charles Spaniel This lapdog is extremely affectionate and easy to train. Animal Planet calls these dogs so cuddley, they’re nicknamed “The Love Sponge.” While they are sure to put a smile on your face every day, this breed...

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Blogs and Articles

Pet of the Week: STELLA STAR

bp Magazine
September 4, 2018

Stella Star’s sensitivity to moods and her endless cuddles help keep her owner stable, and the responsibility also provides an added sense of purpose. Names: Heather & Stella Star (Dog)   Stella Star ’s Age: 4 years   First meeting: 9/11/15   Is Stella Star an Emotional Support Animal? Yes   How does Stella Star brighten...

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Pet of the Week: KOOKIE

bp Magazine
September 4, 2018

Kookie’s unconditional love and warm presence are just what her owner needs when experiencing stress and anxiety. Names: Alondra (human) & Kookie (Lab/retriever mix)   Kookie ’s Age: 3 years   First meeting: At an animal shelter about two years ago.   Is Kookie an Emotional Support Animal? No   How does Kookie brighten your day?...

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What Would Your Dog Do to Help If You Were Upset? Quite a Bit, Study Finds

bp Magazine
September 4, 2018

Prior studies have found dogs to be highly responsive to human crying. But Sanford’s team is the first to show that dogs who detect emotional distress will hurry to do something about it.   July 17, 2018 — Dogs are thought to be very aware of people’s emotions, but if a pup’s owner was really...

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9 Tips to Control Your Bipolar Rage

bp Magazine
July 24, 2018

Suggestions to help you get a handle on your anger. 1. Ask yourself questions When you feel yourself on the verge of anger ask: Is this really what I want to do? Do I want to have this conversation or explosion now? Maybe I should wait until I feel better. Answering “no” could buy you...

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3 Simple Ways to Silence Social Anxiety—Right Now

bp Magazine
July 23, 2018

Social anxiety is painful and can make you feel inferior, self-conscious and even humiliated. Try these strategies to tackle your fears #1. Create constructive mantras Empowering self-talk can do wonders to boost your confidence. Instead of worrying about how people may be judging you, try replacing these thoughts with phrases like, “People like hanging out with...

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3 Simple Ways to Put Calm into Your Mania

bp Magazine
July 19, 2018

Redirect your energy toward these three everyday activities—and feel the difference.   #1. Take deep breaths Stopping what you are doing and taking deep breaths can help you stay in control. A simple technique to try: close your eyes, sit up straight, and count to five as you take a deep breath in. Count to...

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Pet of the Week: TEDISON

bp Magazine
July 18, 2018

The special relationship shared by Tedison and his owner is full of support, laughs, and love.   Names: S.P. (human) & Tedison (cat)   Tedison’s Age: 6 years   First meeting: My co worker had a litter of kittens and we went to go see them. Tedison was immediately sweet and hung out on my...

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Pet of the Week: SHELLBY

bphope admin
July 11, 2018

A chance meeting in a 5th grade science class kickstarted a decade-and-a-half-long bond between Shellby and her owner. Names: C.G. (human) & Shellby (Painted Turtle)   Shellby’s Age: 15 years   First meeting: In my 5th grade science class.   Is Shellby an Emotional Support Animal? No.   How does Shellby brighten your day? Shellby brightens...

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People May Draw More Support from Furry Friends than Spouses, Human Allies

bp Magazine
July 7, 2018

A few minutes alone with a pet cat or dog might do more to help people’s stress than talking about their troubles with their best friend or spouse, according to a new study. Researchers recently examined the effects of the presence of friends, spouses and pets on the level of stress associated with certain relatively...

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Pet of the Week: BELLA BLU

bp Magazine
July 3, 2018

Bella Blu’s training as a service animal and her immense dedication to her owner’s wellbeing is truly remarkable.   Names: Dixon (human) & Bella Blu (Doberman Pinscher)   Bella Blu’s Age: 4 years   First meeting: When Bella was 7 weeks old, and still with the Breeder.   Is Bella Blu an Emotional Support Animal? No-...

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