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My Journey Towards Inner Peace & Serenity

April Michael
December 27, 2016

I strive for inner peace more than happiness––largely because of the mental anguish I have experienced from bipolar disorder and OCD. Please be advised: this post discusses religion.  As the year draws to a close I inevitably find myself reflecting back on it. The most amazing thing I experienced this year was the birth of...

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Real Hope Has Gotten Me Through My Hopelessness

Brad Hoefs
December 23, 2016

When you are living with bipolar disorder, hopelessness happens all too easily. But having real hope and being hope-filled takes effort, and a little faith. If matters of faith trigger you or you find them offensive, then this post is one you will want to skip. Life can be difficult.  No one makes it through...

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Hope & Harmony Headlines: Spirituality Helps Recovery

bp Magazine
December 22, 2016

December 22, 2016 • Volume 9, Issue 56 • Subscribe to Hope & Harmony Headlines   Spirit rising When bipolar depression descends, elements of faith may provide a lifeline through hopelessness. Scientific evidence is building that people with bipolar disorder who have some type of spirituality in their lives—whether from organized religion, prayer, meditation, art,...

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A Spiritual Path to Health and Helping

Karl Shallowhorn
December 22, 2016

Finding and staying on the road to recovery is not easy. There’s nothing wrong with asking for help—from peers, doctors, and God. By Karl Shallowhorn   Thirty-five years later, I still remember staring out the window at the lit-up signs above the opening to the parking ramp across from the mental health unit where I...

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My Bah Humbug Christmas and How I Hung on to Hope

Susie Johnson
December 15, 2016

If you are struggling this holiday season I pray that you hang on to hope and faith because life is so worth it. Things can only get better. By Susan Johnson   With the holiday season in full swing I remembered a time in my life when the holidays just sucked. It was back in...

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Why Self-Care Matters

Melody Moezzi
November 2, 2016

bp Magazine columnist, Melody Moezzi, talks about the importance of self-care in any treatment plan, providing some examples of self-care strategies and inviting you to share your own       Hello, this is Melody Moezzi with bp Magazine’s bphope vlog, and today I’m talking about self-care – what it is, what it isn’t and...

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Bipolar Grief: Learning from a Loss

David Wise
October 26, 2016

It can be very difficult living with bipolar disorder. Managing everyday highs and lows in mood and emotions can be challenging. All of this is compounded when a person diagnosed with bipolar disorder endures grief. Losing a loved one, family member, or friend, is a very stressful life event and it can be difficult to...

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Bipolar – Accept the Diagnosis, Not the Prognosis

Lynn Rae
October 24, 2016

You may have trouble at first accepting your bipolar disorder. However once you deal with the initial shock and learn to manage this illness, you can accomplish your goals.   At 39 years of age I had two psychiatrists tell me I would NEVER work full time again. Can you imagine that? There I was,...

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Pray Bipolar Away?

Melody Moezzi
August 10, 2016

Faith has helped enormously in my recovery, but some people of faith haven’t been nearly as supportive. Here’s how I deal with them.     Hello, this is Melody Moezzi with bp Magazine’s bphope vlog, and today I’m talking about an experience that I think a lot of us living with psychiatric conditions, including bipolar...

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A Rabbi’s Tale of Bipolar Hope

Rabbi Marc Wilson
August 3, 2016

A Rabbi tells his story of bipolar depression and mood swings   By Rabbi Marc Wilson   Please spare me the bromides about “Clergy are people, too” or “Being a rabbi would make anyone crazy.” This rabbi nearly committed suicide, emotionally abused his wife, berated his congregants in his sermons, sent ugly and grandiose emails,...

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Bipolar & The Dilemma Of God

​Jess Melancholia
May 18, 2016

Personally, I struggle with religion. I don’t know if there is a God. What I do know is that I fight for my own sanity every single day. Let me ask a simple question: Why, if there is a God, would He/She allow something as tortuous and destructive as bipolar disorder to exist? That’s a...

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Questions to Ask Yourself When Emotionally Stuck

Brad Hoefs
April 10, 2016

Now and then you and I will hit a “speed bump” in life. I define a “speed bump” as those times in which I am troubled by something that happens or by what someone has done that I continue to ruminate over and over in my mind. And due to the ruminating, I get emotionally...

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Mental Health & Catholic Schools: Prejudice?

Julie Joyce
February 8, 2016

1 in 5 kids experience mental health conditions. So why are we not addressing the problem in all of our schools? It’s time we take some accountability. 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...

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Living with Bipolar: Signs of A Excruciatingly Intense Person

January 8, 2016

I just read the Open Mind’s “20 Signs of A Excruciatingly Intense Person” online and then I posed the question: “Am I really excruciating?” on Facebook!? Most people were too afraid to comment. One old friend said that I was “misunderstood” and another dear one questioned if it was a bad thing… My response was...

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Why My Bipolar Disorder Turned Out To Be A Blessing

Sharon Chisholm
December 9, 2015

My bipolar disorder diagnosis turned out to be a blessing that I am truly thankful for––because it inspired my passion for mental health advocacy. I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder a few months ago, having been treated for depression for twelve years. At first I was shocked and horrified, wondering what on earth I had...

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Living with Bipolar Disorder: Fear, The Ugly

Wendy K. Williamson
October 31, 2015

The reason I love the Universe is because it always gives me what I need, when I need it. And I do believe it has a quirky sense of humor, too. Once, my car slid on black ice off a country road into a ditch. My car was totaled. Wouldn’t you know, my rental was...

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Living With Bipolar: Friendship in Faith and Recovery

David Wise
October 29, 2015

Living a spiritual and purposeful life with bipolar disorder is possible By David Wise   I have recently found a new friendship between faith and recovery. I grew up as a person of faith and was raised in a Christian home. As a young adult in my early 20’s I embraced this faith; but in...

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Finding the Joy in Bipolar

Liza Brock
October 14, 2015

Hello, beautiful people. How are you? As you may be aware the other day was World Mental Health Day. I saw lots of wonderful affirmations on Facebook and Twitter and I shared a few too.  Here’s my Facebook link and Twitter. It got me wondering about Joy, Faith and Bipolar. Before we go any further,...

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On This National Day of Prayer for Mental Health

Brad Hoefs
October 6, 2015

Please note: I was asked to offer the post for this National Day of Prayer for Mental Health. This prayer comes from a Christian pastor’s heart and is not intended to offend or trigger anyone. If you find matters of faith offensive I encourage you to ignore this post. If you are a person of...

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Hope and Harmony Headlines: Independence Day ~ Liberating ourselves from some of our challenges with bipolar

bp Magazine
June 30, 2015

  FREE TO ‘BE’ In honor of the observance of Independence Day this week, we can’t do better than return to the basics outlined in the Four Freedoms—artist Norman Rockwell’s famous posters (inspired by a speech by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt) illustrating basic liberties every democracy should protect. We’ve come up with our own...

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