Bipolar and Stress

Articles and blog posts relating to stress and living with bipolar disorder.

Blogs and Articles

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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Discovering Your Stress-Free Sanctuary When Living With Bipolar Disorder

Karl Shallowhorn
June 19, 2018

It’s important to find a place where you can escape daily stressors and focus on activities that build stability when living with bipolar disorder. By Karl Shallowhorn   When I had my last (and hopefully final) bipolar episode, I was particularly vulnerable and hypersensitive. I also was experiencing paranoia that only served to add to...

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Planting Seeds of Stability and Growing Wellness Through Gardening

Lynn Rae
May 15, 2018

Hobbies such as gardening can be a great way to take on stress and stay active when living with bipolar disorder. By Lynn Rae   Having bipolar disorder can take its toll on our physical health as well as mental health. I have found one of the best ways to combat this is by having...

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Pet Dogs Help Kids Feel Less Stressed, Study Finds

bp Magazine
May 11, 2018

A University of Florida study discovered kids who interact with dogs have lower cortisol levels—a biological marker of the body’s stress response May 10, 2018, Gainesville, FL— Pet dogs provide valuable social support for kids when they’re stressed, according to a study by researchers from the University of Florida, who were among the first to...

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Stress or Bipolar Anxiety? How to Tell the Difference

Julie A. Fast
March 22, 2018

Learning to tell the difference between stress from a specific source and bipolar disorder anxiety can help you in managing both. By  Julie A. Fast   First, I should clarify the role anxiety plays in bipolar disorder. Bipolar is a mood disorder that has two mood swings: mania and depression. All of our symptoms will...

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Five Tips to Take on Bipolar Symptoms When Moving

Brooke Hilton
March 20, 2018

Moving is difficult, especially if you are dealing with bipolar disorder symptoms. It can help to consider five factors, including adjusting your treatment plan for your new home base.   If I know one thing, it’s that moving sucks. It is stressful and for those of us with bipolar disorder, we need to be extra...

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When Stress Triggers Bipolar Disorder: How To Let Go

bp Magazine
February 16, 2018

Stress can spark bipolar disorder symptoms such as obsessive thoughts and depressive episodes. Dave Mowry shares a technique that’s helped him combat stress and its effects.   I live with bipolar disorder, severe anxiety, panic attacks, and obsessive thoughts. One of the main triggers for me is stress. I learned over my years of living with...

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Time, Experience and Bipolar Disorder

Karl Shallowhorn
January 16, 2018

A combination of time and experiences can be helpful when it comes not only to managing bipolar disorder, but living a fulfilling life.   By Karl Shallowhorn   If you have been recently diagnosed with bipolar disorder you may be having a number of feelings: fear, anger, sadness or despair, to name but a few....

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Help for the Highly Sensitive Person

Sasha Kildare
January 4, 2018

If you are a “highly sensitive person” overstimulation from your environment can be a trigger for mood episodes. Here is what you need to know. By Sasha Kildare   Are you bothered by sounds and smells that don’t annoy the people around you? Are you often accused of being overemotional and too easily upset? You...

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5 Tips for Stay on Top of Holiday Stress

bp Magazine
December 22, 2017

 The holidays often fuel stress by throwing off routines and adding extra pressures, such as getting and giving gifts. Below are strategies to stay stable.   By Shannon Hazlitt Harts   While classic Christmas songs depict a time filled with festive decorations and joyful gatherings, there’s another major element to the holiday season for many:...

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