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Welcome to the Family

Brooke Baron
August 19, 2019

Having bipolar can rock your world, but take heart—there are some pros to all the cons. A diagnosis of bipolar disorder is a tough pill to swallow. From pharmaceutical decisions to disclosure decisions, it can become a crippling time of anxiety, frustration, and upheaval. That feeling of brokenness can be hard to shake, but remembering...

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Bipolar “Sticker Shock”: Accepting Bipolar As Part Of Your Life

Julie A. Fast
June 27, 2019

Bipolar disorder is part of my body, and it is also part of my life. So, like paying for an unexpectedly expensive lunch, I have to live with it. Have you ever been to a restaurant and been shocked by the bill when it arrives? Just the other day, my nephew and I went to...

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Bipolar Stability Means Letting Go Of The Life You Pictured For Yourself

Julie A. Fast
June 6, 2019

Bipolar is a limiting illness, and I grieve over the adjustments I have to make. But I can live with the grief. Life is better when I’m stable. I never really get used to having bipolar disorder. It’s a true chicken and the egg scenario. I get better and then try to do more things...

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Everything You Need to Know about “Coming Out” about Your Bipolar Disorder

Katherine Ponte
June 4, 2019

The decision to disclose your diagnosis of bipolar disorder is very difficult. Here is everything you need to know before you go public. Coming out is hard to do, but it may be the best thing for you. I stayed “closeted” about my mental health condition for over ten years, but my bipolar and the...

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TO LOVED ONES: Accepting That I Am ‘One’ With Bipolar

Kea Paton
May 26, 2019

If people can’t love and accept you for who you are–bipolar disorder diagnosis and all–then they are not the kind of people you need in your life. When I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder my family was at a loss of what to do. No one in our immediate family has lived with any mental...

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Finding Hope: A Difficult but Vital Part of Life With Bipolar

Elizabeth Drucker
May 18, 2019

Finding hope isn’t about medications or what doctors say. It’s about getting to know yourself and realizing that you can be yourself, just with bipolar. When I was first struggling with bipolar mood swings, as a child, it felt like most people were constantly losing faith in me. With much difficulty, I seemed to bounce...

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After a Diagnosis, How to Move Past Helplessness Into Greener Pastures

Kea Paton
May 6, 2019

As cliche as it may sound, when a recent bipolar diagnosis makes you feel helpless, let optimism help you find hope on the path towards greener pastures. I’m sure the thought has gone through your head at least once: “Why me?” “Why was I burdened with this daunting disorder that I will have to live...

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Me — and My Wife’s Bipolar Diagnosis

Izzy Gonçalves
May 2, 2019

While they reconciled their former hopes and dreams with a new reality after a bipolar diagnosis, this couple discovered they can both live fuller lives. I came home to my world upside down. My apartment entrance had been blocked with music blaring deep within. I finally got inside and found my wife, Katherine, in a...

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When Words Wound: Using Mental Health Terminology Incorrectly Hurts

JB Burrage
April 1, 2019

Sometimes people are unaware that using mental health terms to describe everyday situations can cause harm to people by trivializing those mental health issues. Back in my days of mental health ignorance, when I didn’t know the difference between different disorders and thought everyone with a mental health issue was just “crazy,” certain things didn’t...

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Do I Really Have Bipolar?

Julie A. Fast
March 28, 2019

What if someone is telling you that you have bipolar, but you don’t think that the diagnosis is correct? A reader asked a really good question on my blog post “Dealing with Bipolar Disorder Denial.” She wanted to know what to do if someone in your life—a friend, loved one, coworker—tells you that they believe...

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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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Couple Learned Patience & Understanding Through Search for Husband’s Diagnosis

bp Magazine
December 14, 2018

While “Satur-dates” together help to strengthen Sharon and Clayton’s* marriage, having a good support system and the right doctor help manage bipolar symptoms.   Did you know that your husband had a mood disorder or struggled with moods when you met him? When I met my husband in high school for the first time, I...

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What To Do When Someone You Love is Diagnosed With Bipolar

bp Magazine
December 14, 2018

While finally getting a diagnosis of bipolar disorder may come as a relief, it’s also loaded with questions as to where to go from here: Understand the diagnosis Both you and your spouse finally have an explanation for the confusion of ever-changing moods and an array of other symptoms. And now you also have a...

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When You Feel ‘Stuck’ with a Bipolar Diagnosis: Learning From the Pros and Cons

Linea Johnson
September 26, 2018

It’s normal to feel overwhelmed with negativity when you receive a bipolar diagnosis, but it can help to realize there are some advantages   Hi everyone! This is is Linea Johnson with bp Magazine’s bphope Vlog.” Today, I will be speaking about the pros and cons of a bipolar diagnosis. Many people fear a diagnosis....

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The Diagnosis Acceptance Rollercoaster—Confronting Anger

Linea Johnson
September 18, 2018

If you are dealing with anger following your bipolar disorder diagnosis, you are not alone—and you can learn ways to manage this symptom. Today, I will again be speaking about the rollercoaster that is acceptance, and specifically, anger. I am sure we’re all familiar with this. You are going along with your life, doing well,...

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The Diagnosis ‘Acceptance Rollercoaster’—Grappling with Grief

Linea Johnson
July 18, 2018

While you may feel you’ve lost a part of your self-identity after your bipolar diagnosis, you can find your way back to acceptance and “level ground.”     So, you’ve been diagnosed. And people are reacting in a myriad of ways. Some people are worried. Some people are supportive. Some people are, well, just acting...

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Mom Shares Experience With Daughter After Her Own Bipolar Diagnosis

bp Magazine
July 2, 2018

With her daughter grown and stable, Lori* was hit with exhaustion, depression and a financial crisis leading to her own diagnosis at age 58. Q. What made you think there might be something amiss with your daughter? Looking back, my daughter came out of the womb as a difficult child. My first, and only child,...

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The Advice I’d Give My Younger Self

Lynda Williams
June 26, 2018

Adjusting to life with bipolar disorder comes with a sharp learning curve—but with the right tools, you can achieve stability.   By Lynda Williams   By the time I received my bipolar diagnosis, I had already spent several years under treatment for major depression. The treatment was yielding poor results, so the news was hardly...

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Acceptance: A Difficult Journey for You AND Your Family

Lindsay Wheeler
June 14, 2018

For me, my diagnosis of bipolar was accompanied by an overwhelming sense of relief. For my family, who still harbored outdated stereotypes about this brain-based disorder, it meant a complete shift in mentality. I say my life started in 2014 when I began writing about my secret battle with bipolar. Just after telling my parents,...

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Hope & Harmony Headlines: The Many Shades of Bipolar—One Size Does NOT Fit All

bp Magazine
June 6, 2018

June 7, 2018   •   Volume 11, Issue 23   •   Subscribe to Hope & Harmony Headlines Know The Symptoms: One-Size Does NOT Fit All On a tiny Parisian island named Île Saint-Louis, there’s a boutique that sells only one-size-fits-all clothing. When a shopper hesitated before trying on a green shirt, the polite saleswoman said,...

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