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Dare to Tell: Disclosure in the Workplace

Stephanie Stephens
May 1, 2010

When, if at all, is the right time to bare all about your disorder? By Stephanie Stephens   High low, high low, it’s off to work you go. Question is: to tell or not to tell. Your peers with bipolar relay a very mixed bag of experiences in the workplace—some encouraging, some definitely not. Still,...

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SoundOFF! Bipolar In The Family

bp Magazine Readers
May 1, 2010

People with bipolar often find that other members of their extended family also have the disorder. If this is true in your family, have you and other relations been able to learn, share, and help each other cope?   Unfortunately, both my brother and my mother took their own lives at very young ages, 19...

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College & Bipolar: Strategies for Success

Elizabeth Forbes
April 1, 2010

College can be hard even without a bipolar diagnosis but with lifestyle changes and plenty of support, you can totally score that diploma.   As if you don’t have enough to handle just getting through college, wham—you get a diagnosis of bipolar disorder. Truth is, the timing makes biological sense. The late-teen years are a vulnerable...

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Resiliency: Bouncing Back from Relapse

Julie A. Fast
February 16, 2010

Recovery is not about never getting sick again—it’s about bouncing back when you do. I often feel as if I’ve stepped back in time when I get really sick. I think, “How could this happen again? I’ve worked so hard to get where I am!” Just a few weeks ago, I made this comment to my therapist after I had trouble at work and went into a depression....

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Staying Stable During a Job Hunt

Sasha Kildare
November 1, 2009

Searching for a job can be triggering for your bipolar disorder. Here are 10 tips for making sure you maintain stability while unemployed. By Sasha Kildare   The challenge of finding a job that more than pays the rent can drag down anyone’s mood. However, the uncertainty, lack of structure and financial pressures that characterize...

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Teaching, Treatment & Triumphing Against Bipolar Disorder

Jessica Firger
August 17, 2009

A former teacher chronicles her challenges and triumphs.   By Jessica Firger   Close by her writing desk, Rebecca keeps her favorite quote, once said by Vincent van Gogh, the painter thought by many to have had bipolar disorder. It reads, “Our greatest glory consists not in never falling but in rising every time we fall.” “I’m a quote person. I keep...

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Accepting Your Bipolar Disorder Diagnosis

Donna Jackel
August 1, 2009

Accepting a diagnosis of bipolar can come easily, as you finally identify the root cause behind your experiences; or it might take a while for you to gradually come to terms with this lifelong condition. Fearing the Unexpected, a Diagnosis of Bipolar At age 29, Julie C. seemed to be at an enviable place in...

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When The Psychiatrist Has Bipolar Disorder

Sara Solovitch
February 8, 2007

Like so many others, young MDs— working under stress in internships, residencies, or still in med school— also have their lives torn apart by bipolar disorder. By Sara Solovitch One morning when she was 27, Suzanne Vogel-Scibilia, MD, went to work, a young, up-and-coming resident psychiatrist at a major Pittsburgh hospital and left, hours later,...

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Is Depression Affecting Your Work? Here’s Why You’re Not Alone

Julie A. Fast
February 8, 2007

It’s difficult to get things done when you’re depressed. Julie Fast shares some personal advice on working through bipolar depression to get things done.   There’s no question it’s difficult to get things done when you’re depressed. I’ve certainly had a hard time with this for most of my life. I had plenty of ideas...

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Goal Setting To Beat The Winter Blues

bp Magazine Readers
January 1, 2007

Brighten up your winter with small, attainable goals bp’s writers and readers share their personal goals for winter   This Winter I Promise To… Meet a friend at a coffee shop and do our bills together Let go of an old hurt Build a snowman and throw snowballs Volunteer to work with seniors Take a...

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John Kevin: Miracles in Mental Health

Brenda Alesii
November 30, 2006

One man’s brave story about bridging the gap between depression and recovery   By Brenda Alesii   On September 25, 2000, John Kevin had a change of heart. The 19-year-old San Francisco student, known to family and friends as “Kevin,” was plummeting off the Golden Gate Bridge to a certain death, one that would finally silence...

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Bringing Mental Health Challenges Out of The Shadows

bp Magazine
November 30, 2006

Courageous son’s life still has “great meaning” for the family he left behind, months after being diagnosed with bipolar disorder.   By Richard M. The recent death of [prominent publisher and former diplomat] Philip Merrill brings to mind the observation of Henry David Thoreau that the mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. While...

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Straight Talk About Suicide

Julie A. Fast
February 8, 2006

It is the hardest topic to talk about and the one that needs to be discussed the most. By Julie A. Fast   Although it’s a scary topic, it’s important that suicidal thoughts and behavior be talked about and taken seriously. While suicidal thoughts and actions are a part of bipolar disorder for some people,...

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Being African American & 
Having Bipolar

bp Magazine
November 23, 2005

A woman shares her story about her experiences with bipolar disorder and where she is now. By Jennifer T.   As an African American, I can fully relate to the realities of and fallout from misdiagnoses based on race and culture. I know the denial and shame my family feels about my illness. They will...

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Jane Pauley: The Sanest Person in TV

Lizzie
November 23, 2005

Pauley is a pioneer of beating the stigma of bipolar disorder By Lizzie   Jane Pauley has always considered herself a lucky person, long before she was a celebrity with glamorous friends and a life of worldwide adventure. When she was still a teenager growing up in Indiana, she developed a theory to explain the...

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Winter Blues? You’re Not Imagining Them

Julie A. Fast
November 8, 2005

When not enough light makes a difference in your mood stability, you can take steps to recognize what is happening and address your symptoms before an episode begins. Do you dread the winter? I know I do! I live in Portland, Oregon, where it can be dark and dreary all day long during winter. For...

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The Many Colors of Bipolar Disorder

Stacie Z Berg
November 8, 2005

African Americans, Latinos, Asians, and American Indians may have their symptoms misunderstood due to cultural behaviors, leading to medication errors and misdiagnosis. By Stacie Z. Berg   Kevin W. grew up on military bases. At age 27, he found himself working in Newark, New Jersey, where he became increasingly depressed witnessing the hardships of life in...

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Growing Up With Bipolar Disorder

June Rogers
November 8, 2005

Realizing his history of bipolar disorder helped him recover and be episode free for over 17 years   By June Rogers   Craig Hurst was flying high—literally—one fateful October when he touched down in Dallas for an international home show. The 25-year-old successful home-building Canadian businessman was abuzz with all the innovative housing concepts he...

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A Doctor’s Story Of Successful Bipolar Disorder Treatment

Nassir Ghaemi, MD
August 22, 2005

A doctor’s story about how manic depression plagued one of his patients. The life of a doctor has its ups and downs. There are notable successes, of course, but many of my patients are severely ill. Years of work with them may lead to only marginal improvement in their condition. Every now and then, however,...

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10 Ways to Repair Your Self Esteem

Stephen Propst
August 22, 2005

When negative thoughts are flooding your mind, force them out and give your self-confidence a boost. “It’s easy for me to buy things for others, but hard for me to accept gifts. I really don’t deserve anything.” “It’s not worth it. I just can’t seem to get my act together these days.” Sound familiar? If you’ve...

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