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

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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Bipolar & trying to be a supportive parent from afar

Julie Joyce
August 24, 2015

My son has been living away from home for 8 months now. I can’t believe how much time has passed. Although I have found my house to be a more peaceful place I have found my emotions in complete chaos. I feel as if I have developed a split personality. Part of me enjoys coming...

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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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