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Ringing in the New Year Alone

Julie A. Fast
December 15, 2020

It won’t be hard to say goodbye to 2020, given all the challenges it brought. But New Year’s Eve itself might be difficult, especially if—like me—you are single and anticipating an emotionally charged time with potential mood swings. That’s why I am planning ahead for what to do—I want to ring in the new year...

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6 Strategies for Simplifying an Uncertain Holiday Season

Sasha Kildare
December 4, 2020

We are living through a stressful, complicated, and emotionally taxing time of year—all in the midst of a world health crisis. To reduce my anxiety, I streamline and simplify. Here’s how I’ve addressed the stressors of past holidays, plus what I am doing now to reduce my tension in this particular season of uncertainty. I’m...

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Mania & Financial Stress During the Holidays

Jessica Taylor
December 3, 2020

This time of year, I actively resist the urge to overspend. I love giving gifts, going to holiday parties, and dressing up to celebrate. In the past, mania “managed” my wallet and festivities for me. It just forgot about, well, everything else. Thankfully, I’ve learned some lessons to manage my money, my moods, and the...

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5 Strategies for Handling Holiday Triggers

Tiffany Romito
November 26, 2020

For me, the holidays usually bring not only traditions and gatherings but also stress and strong triggers. Difficult memories arise as the season changes and the holidays are upon us. In the years since my bipolar diagnosis and sobriety, I’ve learned how to navigate these months and maintain a stable mood. Holidays & Memories—for Better...

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Coping with Loneliness During the Holidays

Debbie Jacobs
November 24, 2020

This past year has been challenging, and the upcoming holiday season is likely to be no different—especially when we’re feeling isolated. To stay out of the holiday blues or bipolar depression, I am approaching this season proactively, tackling loneliness directly and finding ways to be festive and joyful. Feeling Lonely & Isolated During the Holidays...

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Mania and My $10,000 Christmas Tree

Dave Mowry
November 16, 2020

It can be easy to forget that our actions during a mood episode are the symptoms of bipolar—they’re not true representations of our personality and decision-making when stable. Especially after the more “outrageous” behaviors associated with mania, the guilt and shame we feel can keep us from taking stock of what we’ve done and even...

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How I Keep Loneliness at Bay During the Holidays

Carrie Cantwell
November 10, 2020

I’ve found that the holiday season can stir up strong feelings of loneliness. With so much emphasis on family, I’m repeatedly reminded of personal losses and how bipolar has disrupted my past. Now, I turn to specific coping strategies that allow me to experience the holidays with more gratitude and cheer. I often find myself...

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How I Keep My Fall Hypomania in Check

Carrie Cantwell
October 4, 2019

When the leaves start to turn and the holidays are around the corner, a bubble of energy signaling hypomania builds up in my system. I want to drink, socialize, shop, and indulge in the festivities! Here’s how I enjoy the season I love—without triggering a bipolar mood episode. I’ve always wondered if I have some...


Do the Holidays Feel Like a ‘Test’ of Your Bipolar Disorder Stability?

Lynda Williams
December 14, 2018

Navigating the holidays in a healthy way means admitting some of the things I enjoy most about Christmas are actually bad for me.   Sometimes I feel like Christmas is a conspiracy to test my recovery. The parties that interfere with my sleep schedule, the baked goods promising a sugar high (and crash), the alcohol...


Trying to Understand Bipolar & Conflicted Feelings During the Holiday Season

JB Burrage
December 7, 2018

If you feel like you are in a “mental limbo” during the excitement of the holiday season—and you feel anxious at times—you are not alone.   It took me a little while to get my thoughts together for this piece. With the ups and downs of dealing with the season and time change, along with...


Hope & Harmony Headlines: How Social Contact Can Reduce Your Depression

Robin L. Flanigan
December 6, 2018

December 20, 2018   •   Volume 11, Issue 51 Subscribe to Hope & Harmony Headlines How Social Contact Can Reduce Your Depression Depression is a liar. It is manipulative and sneaky and tells us things we shouldn’t believe. Like we’re better off alone—and that just makes us want to isolate ourselves. Add in the...


3 Easy Fixes for Holiday Sugar Cravings

Allison Strong
December 5, 2018

Excess sugar can be especially difficult to resist around the holidays—but it is important to understand sugar’s drastic impact on our mood.     Hi, I’m Allison Strong with bp magazine‘s online community, vlog. The holidays are upon us and for me, that means lots of festivities. Food is central to celebrations in our...


5 Tips to Help You Stay on Top of Holiday Stress

bp Magazine
December 22, 2017

 The holidays often fuel stress by throwing off routines and adding extra pressures, such as getting and giving gifts. Below are strategies to stay stable. While classic Christmas songs depict a time filled with festive decorations and joyful gatherings, there’s another major element to the holiday season for many: stress.  Much of this tension stems...


Hope & Harmony Headlines: Holiday Hope—Dealing With Unmet Expectations & Loneliness

Elizabeth Forbes
December 20, 2017

December 21, 2017  •  Volume 10, Issue 51  •  Subscribe to Hope & Harmony Headlines Bah, Humbug v. Hope Wouldn’t it be nice if bipolar depression took a break just because it’s Christmas? Too bad it doesn’t work like that. In fact, expectations surrounding the holidays may actually intensify depressive mood. Like when your reality...


How Parents Can Avoid Holiday Triggers For Kids with Bipolar

bp Magazine
December 17, 2017

Formal events can be stressful for parents of children with mood disorders; here’s how to prepare so your holiday family outings are fun for all: Be realistic about expectations If you already know your child will be triggered by having to sit quietly through a long ceremony, such as a holiday church mass, then consider...


Bipolar & Kids: Making the Holiday Season Bright

bp Magazine
December 17, 2017

Parents don’t have to forget about the magic of the holidays in order to ensure things run smoothly for children with mood disorders; here’s how: Let kids participate All children want to feel included and like they are able to help out. For some kids with mood disorders, this feeling of acceptance can be amplified....


4 Ways to Lessen Holiday Stress for Parents of Kids With Bipolar Disorder

bp Magazine
December 17, 2017

For parents of children with mood disorders, the holidays could seem fraught with more pressure than pleasure; here are four tips to help change that: #1 Manage expectations Realize the limitations of kids who have mood disorders and don’t set your family up for failure. If your child gets triggered easily by meeting new people...


Too Many Holiday Expectations?

Brad Hoefs
December 8, 2017

Entering the holiday season without any expectations, positive or negative, can help you avoid triggers and appreciate moments of kindness and cheer.     By Brad Hoefs   This time of the year, what is called the “most wonderful time of the year,” can be filled with a lot of expectations. Expectations that set up...


Hope & Harmony Headlines: Holiday Mania Alert: Are you doing too much?

Elizabeth Forbes
December 7, 2017

November 30, 2017 • Volume 10, Issue 48 • Subscribe to Hope & Harmony Headlines Mania Alert: Are You Doing Too Much? There’s a lot of talk this time of year about depression and the holidays. Which is a good thing—but not the only mood issue to consider when you have bipolar disorder. For some,...


Hope & Harmony Headlines: The Holidays—Alcohol & the Decision to Drink

Elizabeth Forbes
November 30, 2017

November 30, 2017 • Volume 10, Issue 48 • Subscribe to Hope & Harmony Headlines The decision to drink ’Tis the season to be tempted. If your holidays bring more invitations to socialize, you may be urged to enjoy party punch, wine with festive meals, champagne toasts. Or if it’s a time of added stress...