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Top Ten Reasons I LIKE Having Bipolar

Marybeth Smith
September 16, 2012

There are many days where I find myself cursing my life and my brain and I’m pretty sure I’m not alone. So I decided to focus today on what I like about my dysfunctional self rather than what I dislike. ***Disclaimer*** There will be absolutely NO asking in the comments section about how long it...

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Widening the Welcome

Karl Shallowhorn
September 7, 2012

When I was first diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder over 30 years ago I found myself in a spiritual quandary.  I was raised in the church but at this time I found it difficult to feel like it was a place where I could fit in.  At that time I experienced a considerable amount of shame...

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Words To Live By

Elizabeth Forbes
September 1, 2012

What’s in a phrase? Readers share inspiring quotations that help them through hard times. By Elizabeth Forbes   Bob L. faces a lot of stress. At his demanding job as a lawyer for a large corporation. At parties and get-togethers he attends with his wife, where his social anxiety rears up even with friends. In...

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Can’t pray it away

Melody Moezzi
August 27, 2012

I consider myself a devout believer (in my case, Muslim)–not because I pray and steer clear of pork and alcohol, but because I believe whole-heartedly in a loving God who will never give me more than I can handle. Like many people of faith, I’ve received some absolutely idiotic responses from my fellow believers after...

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Finding Faith in Recovery

Karl Shallowhorn
July 27, 2012

“We came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.”  Step Two Faith has played a very important part in my recovery, both from mental illness, as well as addiction.  But early on it was not that way.  My first bipolar episode was horrific and delusional.  The next eight years...

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In it for the Long Run

Karl Shallowhorn
June 22, 2012

One of my favorite pastimes is long-distance running.  I started running nearly 14 years ago as a means of weight loss.  Little did I realize the emotional benefits I would receive as well.   My recovery from Bipolar is analogous to running a marathon. Like a marathon, my disease requires a measure of discipline and determination....

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Hallelujah

Beth Brownsberger Mader
December 24, 2011

I thought I would be able to write a lovely message this week about how the holiday season is about miracles, revelations, belief and giving, but my brain isn’t cooperating.  I have been mentally unstable for about two months now.  I’ve dug and dug into my bag of coping skills, and have just barely kept...

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SOUNDOFF! Religion and Recovery

bp Magazine Readers
October 7, 2011

Many of us draw strength from our religious faith and relationship with the divine. How has your faith helped you cope with bipolar and maintain your stability?   The faith of my youth told me that bipolar was a punishment for something I had done. The faith I have chosen as an adult, Unitarian Universalism,...

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Bipolar & The Importance Of Faith

Robin L. Flanigan
October 7, 2011

Faith and spirituality—whether formal or informal, and regardless of doctrine— can be an immense source of strength and comfort when dealing with the highs and lows of bipolar. By Robin L. Flanigan   Marja B. found God at her public library. Born into a Christian family, she went to Sunday School because it was expected....

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Zombie

Beth Brownsberger Mader
September 23, 2011

I looked up the DSM IV’s (the physician’s manual for diagnosing mental disorders) definition of Depression, and think editors could easily consolidate some of the criteria for diagnosis under the heading, “Zombie”.  Might save on printing costs.  That’s how I describe my mood lately… a zombie.  Not the kind you see in movies, or a...

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The Other Side of the Bipolar Rainbow

Bruce Goldstein
April 5, 2011

  15 years ago, I had horrible mood swings. I had hallucinations. I had no reason to get up in the morning. And six days ago my beautiful son was born.   For those of you struggling with bipolar, I just want to say that it is possible to have a happy, well-rounded life. It...

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Faith & Bipolar Disorder: A Blessing, Or A Curse?

bp Magazine
May 18, 2009

Faith can help ease the frustration of recovery. By Michael K.   As a young Christian man growing up in the United Kingdom during the 1970s, I struggled with terrifying thoughts, feelings, and symptoms I couldn’t understand. I was often misunderstood by believing friends and by employers who lacked any knowledge or understanding of psychological disorders. When I summoned up the courage to talk about...

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A Woman on a Mission: Shannon’s Story

Michelle Roberts
April 1, 2008

How Shannon overcame stigma to succeed in her career.   By Michelle Roberts   Shannon O. , a Christian missionary in Bolivia since 2001, struggles to stay healthy despite overwhelming odds. Not only does she confront bipolar disorder far from the love and support of her friends and family in Texas, she also faces ignorance...

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Bipolar & Parenting: Our Faith, Hope & Family

Millie Guerrero
May 21, 2007

Anna’s faith has helped her cope with her son’s bipolar diagnosis, and has pulled her from her deepest depressions. By Millie Guerrero   From a distance, the Evans family looks like a Norman Rockwell painting. With four sons and one daughter, they are churchgoing people. They love the outdoors and sports and participate in the...

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SoundOFF! Spirituality

bp Magazine Readers
August 8, 2006

A sense of “spirituality” takes many forms—from the glow of the setting sun to times of organized prayer. How does your spirituality or belief in a higher power make a difference in achieving wellness?   Belief in God affects every aspect of my life, except when my brain isn’t working. Just as my body needs...

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Powerful Tools for Everyday Healing

Nicole Peradotto
August 8, 2006

Practicing different variations of spirituality can help you on your path to recovery—connecting mind, body and spirit. When Diana was admitted to the hospital for an intense manic episode, one of just two she has experienced since being diagnosed with bipolar disorder nearly three decades ago. Distressed less by the mania than by her first...

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