Bipolar Disorder in Students

Continuing Your Education. Read these personal stories, practical advice and tips on balancing your ongoing education while managing your bipolar disorder.

Blogs and Articles

Rock Bottom: Is It Time to Schedule an Intervention?

Julie Joyce
March 29, 2019

An adult child’s behavior may become more than you can handle. If so, you might want to consider a professional intervention. My son will be turning 26 this month. When he was younger, I honestly thought things would get easier as he got older. I thought things would be easier now. However, I know bipolar...

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8 Things to Consider when College Is Around the Corner—and You Have Bipolar

Anja Burcak
March 26, 2019

Heading off to college is a daunting time, made even more uncertain when you have bipolar. Keep these tips in mind to smooth your path to graduation. As a first-year student preparing for my transition to a new college, living situation, and city, mental illness was not even something on my radar. As someone who...

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A Mental Health Diagnosis in College: What Parents Need to Know

Katherine Ponte
March 5, 2019

An initial mental health diagnosis often occurs in college. How parents react and respond can help set the course for their child’s treatment and recovery. College is a vulnerable time for the mental health of young adults. In fact, 75 percent of all mental illnesses are diagnosed by age 24. Anxiety and depression are among...

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Celebrating Achievements with Bipolar Disorder

Sarah-Kathleen
July 20, 2017

Accomplishments, no matter how big or small, deserve to be celebrated.   A week before my 18th birthday I was in a terribly dark place. I had been depressed for quite a long time, refused to seek help and believed I wouldn’t see my 18th birthday. When I was younger and asked what I wanted...

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8 Things Every Teacher Should Know About Bipolar Disorder

bp Magazine
December 30, 2016

Though children with bipolar disorder are often gifted, they require patience and new approaches to help them learn and grow. Here are eight teaching strategies to help these students excel in the classroom.   #1 Flexibility works best It is best to adapt a more flexible lesson plan for children with bipolar disorder. Additional time...

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How Routines Help Stabilize My Bipolar

Sarah-Kathleen
April 14, 2016

Growing up Swiss I learned from a young age the skills of organization, good routine planing and time management. Going into my adult years i’ve learned to really appreciate these cultural traits I have as they really help how I manage having bipolar. I’m very time management orientated and very organized; generally speaking these traits...

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Bipolar Brave: Admitting myself to the hospital

Sally Buchanan-Hagen
February 18, 2016

I remember over two years ago my university psychologist suggested that I admit myself into hospital. I had been newly diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Before my initial assessment with my psychiatrist, my general practitioner commenced me on a new anti-depressant that put me into a mixed state. It was simply the worst time of my...

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Blog; Mental Illness in Catholic Schools- Catholic Prejudice

Julie Joyce
February 8, 2016

I was raised a catholic. My parents were catholic, their parents were catholic, all my neighbors and most of my friends were catholic. As a youth I was active in the church. I attended church on Sundays, sang in the church children’s choir and completed all my sacraments. It was just the way it was....

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Crisis in College—My Tools for Recovery

bp Magazine
October 27, 2015

After a bipolar diagnosis, a college student takes time off to fine-tune his treatment and learn management strategies—then returns triumphantly to graduate. By Benjamin M.    I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder the summer after my freshman year at Georgetown University. I didn’t know what my diagnosis meant for my future, but on reflection it...

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Life as a University Student With Bipolar Disorder: Part 1

Sally Buchanan-Hagen
June 19, 2015

Six years ago I started university. It was a time full of excitement, anticipation, growth, and although I didn’t know it at the time, bipolar disorder.   I was eighteen when I finished high school and embarked on tertiary studies to become a nurse. My years as an undergraduate student were a turbulent, fast-paced messy...

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Bipolar Disorder & The Power Of Small Acts Of Kindness

Victoria Maxwell
October 28, 2014

I recently got this question: “How can my daughter in middle school help a fellow classmate who’s struggling with mental illness? Do you have any suggestions about what to say that might be helpful to this boy and that will show kindness, compassion and seek to understand him?” As I read further, I realized it’s...

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Mantras, Grattitude and Me

Wendy K. Williamson
October 12, 2014

Have you ever had blessings that leave you exhausted? This is the first year the scales have been tipped in my favor. I earned it, though I don’t always feel it. My life has never been better, yet I have been working myself into the ground, on the verge of a hypomanic episode. Forget about...

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She’s in Mania, Mania Oh No

Wendy K. Williamson
September 10, 2014

The end of August and beginning of September is the worst time of year for me mania-wise. I’m on spending lockdown, when all I want to do is shop on-line and plan vacations. I talk a mile a minute to any poor soul in my wake. Ah, pressure of speech: You have to really love...

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Inflammation & Mood

Beth Brownsberger Mader
August 30, 2014

About two months after the mid-May incident in which a hit-and-run driver crushed my collarbone, requiring surgery, and to date 3 ½ months of recovery, I began to fall hard and steep into depression. It was BAD.  Only in the last week or so am I beginning to climb out of it in the usual...

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Pain in the neck!

Jon Press
August 26, 2014

Several months ago I started experiencing pain in  my neck and shoulders.  Initially it was bothersome.  But as the weeks progressed, the pain intensified.  Thus began a costly and frustrating process of trial and error trying to pin down the cause and achieve some relief. After multiple exams, adjustments, massages, medications and x-rays, we think...

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College Bound

Karl Shallowhorn
August 22, 2014

It’s s that time of year again. Many college students are preparing for the upcoming semester and are planning for the year to come. I recall my experience of going to college for the first time. I was excited about the prospect of independence and the challenges it held. This all changed in my second...

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Bipolar Mental Health Advocate Video

Ben Behind His Voices: A Review

Karl Shallowhorn
August 1, 2014

I was on vacation last week and I found this to be a great opportunity to read a book that’s been on my reading list for quite a while. It’s called by Ben Behind His Voices: One Family’s Journey From Schizophrenia to Hope by Randye Kaye. I heard Randye speak at a local NAMI annual...

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A Humble Stance

Karl Shallowhorn
July 4, 2014

There’s an old adage, “The older I get the less I know.” As I am well into the second half of my lifespan I believe this to be true. As someone who is often asked about mental health, and in particular Bipolar Disorder, I must confess that I still have a lot to learn. There have...

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Our Future

Karl Shallowhorn
May 30, 2014

We experienced another tragedy recently in Isla Vista, California at the Santa Barbra City College. We’ve all heard the story of Elliot Rodger and most of us that have seen the story on the news have seen his “retribution” video. I’m not going to get into the fray over gun rights. I’m not going to...

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Bipolar Mental Health Advocate Video

A Teachable Moment

Karl Shallowhorn
May 9, 2014

In my current role as a community advocate, I’m always looking for opportunities to educate the general public about mental health. This is sometimes in presentations to groups. There are other times that are more personal. I was at my daughter’s track meet this week and was chatting with another parent. She saw the green...

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