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When Completing Tasks Becomes Too Much to Manage

JB Burrage
March 18, 2019

With bipolar disorder, the inability to complete tasks is not a sign of laziness. It’s your mind going so fast that you can’t focus, or because you’re depressed and feel too tired. How many people have started something, but not completed it? Pretty much everyone. I’m definitely guilty of not completing tasks. There are many...


Redefining Success after a Bipolar Diagnosis

Laura Fisher
March 6, 2019

A bipolar diagnosis may require you to reevaluate how you view success—and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. I have always associated my accomplishments with my worth as a human being. I think my driven, perfectionist personality is what perpetuated this idea. It certainly was not how I was raised or how my parents saw...


How to Push Kids With Bipolar to Reach Their Goals

bp Magazine
May 19, 2018

We all want what’s best for our children, but it can be difficult to know when and how much to push them to experience new things; consider these: Know your child All the fun and wonderful memories from your own childhood that you want your child to experience may actually just be too much for...


Turning New Year’s Resolutions Into Reality

bp Magazine
December 31, 2017

Go ahead and make New Year’s resolutions. E.J. Masicampo, assistant professor of psychology at Wake Forest University, can help you keep them. Newswise — An expert on goal setting and will power, E.J. Masicampo offers six tips for turning New Year’s resolutions into reality: Commit to a specific plan. Where and when are you going to...


Celebrating Achievements with Bipolar Disorder

July 20, 2017

Accomplishments, no matter how big or small, deserve to be celebrated. A week before my 18th birthday I was in a terribly dark place. I had been depressed for quite a long time, refused to seek help and believed I wouldn’t see my 18th birthday. When I was younger and asked what I wanted to...


Dream Big—but Respect Your Bipolar Diagnosis

Julie A. Fast
June 22, 2017

You may have to modify your dreams to accommodate bipolar, but you can still dream big and achieve your goals. For a long time, my dreams of the kind of life I wanted were thwarted by bipolar disorder. I’d set a goal, create a plan, tell myself all the positive things I’d learned from self-help...


Hope & Harmony Headlines: Bipolar & Relationships—Supporting Someone You Love

bp Magazine
March 22, 2017

March 23, 2017 • Volume 10, Issue 12 • Subscribe to Hope & Harmony Headlines   Advice for the support team Sometimes managing your bipolar disorder can feel so overwhelming, it’s easy to forget that the people who love you are living with bipolar, too. They get stressed. They may feel angry or hurt by...


Bipolar & Achieving Goals with the Help of My Puppy

Gabe Howard
March 8, 2017

Don’t let bipolar stop you from living your life. With a little planning, effort, and support you can achieve more. Plus, meet my surprise guest!   Today, we are going to discuss “Achieving Goals and/or Rising to the Occasion of Challenges,” which is the longest title, ever! But that is okay, because to make this...


Reflecting on My Bipolar Recovery

David Wise
December 28, 2016

Be thankful for all of your experiences, even the difficult ones, because they have made you who you are today and made your bipolar recovery journey possible.   I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder 1 in 2009. The years following where rough. I had previously been diagnosed with other mental health conditions and struggled. By...

You are more than a diagnosis

More Than a Diagnosis – Remembering Who You Are

April Michael
November 29, 2016

Don’t let your diagnosis of bipolar disorder define who you are– you are so much more than just a ‘designer label’.   When I was diagnosed with bipolar I nearly four years ago, I was faced with so many feelings. My first reaction was one of relief. Finally, I thought, there was an answer, a...


6 Motivation Tricks If You Live With Bipolar

bp Magazine
November 17, 2016

Whether you are bogged down by old habits or mired in bipolar depression, these strategies will help you over the hump of inertia.   #1 Start with modest goals You need to bring your expectations down as low as necessary to get over the hump of inertia—especially when every molehill feels like an Everest. The...


5 Tips for Your ‘New Normal’ Game Plan

Robin L. Flanigan
October 10, 2016

Bipolar disorder alters the course of your life, but it’s important to remember that you can still accomplish good things within your “new normal.” Some points to keep in mind: #1 Adjust your expectations Routines and schedules are important in promoting stability, notes psychiatrist Holly A. Swartz, MD, and new dreams and plans must take...


3 Tips to Help Your Summer Blues

Jon Press
July 20, 2016

3 Ways To Get Yourself Going When Facing Summer Depression Many of us experience a degree of “seasonal affective” depression during the cold winter months. But have you ever experienced summer depression? I have… and still do. I mean, I’m happy to pull out the shorts and sandals. And I love to see the flowers...


Dream Big and Keep Bipolar Disorder in Mind

Julie A. Fast
July 11, 2016

My next blog for Bp Magazine focuses on dreaming big within the confines of bipolar disorder. It’s not a fun topic. I want to say- Dream big and anything is possible! But I don’t think that’s true. I believe those of us with bipolar disorder have to be honest with what the illness lets us...


When You Think You’ve Got Your Bipolar Disorder Figured Out…

Sally Buchanan-Hagen
May 17, 2016

At the end of last year it had been eighteen months since my last hospitalization, a new personal best since my bipolar diagnosis. I was doing really well. My studies were on track, I was back doing casual shifts in the emergency department and I had a new temporary role in research, which I really...


When Depression’s Procrastination Arises—Persevere. Success Is on the Horizon

Gabe Howard
March 22, 2016

Don’t give up just because it takes you a long time to complete a task; keep inching forward, and success will come.   The other day, I received a Facebook question from a follower. She asked, “Due to my bipolar and depression and all that, I have a horrible habit of not being able to...


A New Way to Measure Accomplishments

Karen Linden
January 26, 2016

Mood symptoms make it harder to hit the standard milestones, but there are other important ways to measure accomplishment when living with bipolar.  I wake up with every intention of having a productive day. I take a shower and pull clean clothes out of laundry baskets that sit in the middle of my bedroom floor....

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The power of the mind – Bipolar

Liza Brock
November 11, 2015

Hello lovelies I was watching something on TV the other night which was utterly amazing and got me thinking about the power of our mind. Example. This young man was at the top of his game as snowboarder. He was 18 and incredibly talented. Thinking he was invincible (which I think we all have done...


Is It Impulsivity, Or Is It Me––Recognizing The Difference

Sharon Chisholm
November 10, 2015

How can I possibly make sound decisions knowing that bipolar disorder can cloud my judgment? It’s a work in progress. Looking back at my behavioral ups and downs over the years, it is very clear to me that I have made some unfortunate and destructive decisions since my journey with mental illness began. Of course,...

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Keeping Track of Bipolar Disorder

Karl Shallowhorn
October 23, 2015

I was speaking with my wife a couple of nights ago and explained that I was having difficulty coming up with a topic for this week’s blog post. Her reply was, “What about having so many things to keep track of?” She shared how she was talking with her mother about the possibility of getting...