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Resilience: Finding Strength When You Hit a ‘New Low’

Dave Mowry
June 11, 2018

It’s important to remember if you keep pushing forward and don’t give up, you can make a better life for yourself.   Today I want to talk about some of my low points and coming out the other side. Being hospitalized due to my undiagnosed bipolar disorder was a low time. But there were many...

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Bipolar & Wellness: The Power of Spirituality

bp Magazine
September 11, 2017

The healing power of worship has been realized by many with bipolar disorder, among other mental illnesses; here are just a few things to consider:   Strong element to recovery Research has shown that “people with a strong sense of religious identity and who participate in their faith seem to do better, on average, than...

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The Power of Resilience to Foster Stability

bp Magazine
August 4, 2017

What should you do when life knocks you down? Science says: Get back up. Becoming more resilient can positively impact life with bipolar disorder. Rev up positive vibes For many, staying in a positive frame of mind does take work, or at least an intentional act each day. The results are worth it, though. Here...

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Bipolar Recovery Can Be The Toughest Job In The World – We Deserve Some Credit!

Melody Moezzi
July 5, 2017

Recovery is absolutely a team sport. Not only do you need to recruit the best players, but you need to train them.     I suck at sports. I’m neither proud nor ashamed to admit it. It is simply a fact: I am not the athletic type. I am, however, the organized type. I recognize...

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How to Help Children Cope When Tragedy Strikes

bp Magazine
June 4, 2017

Here’s how parents can help kids feel safe and process grief and fear after a traumatic world event: Communicate right away In the event of something tragic that happens that will undoubtedly receive wide media coverage, it is best to have a conversation with your children immediately about what has happened. Instead of hearing from...

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How to Help Kids with Bipolar Disorder Deal With Disappointment

bp Magazine
May 8, 2017

Helping children with bipolar deal with failure sets them up for success; here’s how to help:   Validate their feelings It’s tempting to want to minimize feelings of disappointment for kids in an attempt to cheer them up and divert their attention elsewhere. However, remember children may need some comfort before thinking about other alternatives....

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4 Ways To Help Children Strengthen Their Resilience Muscle

bp Magazine
May 8, 2017

Parents of kids with bipolar disorder want to protect them, but failure is important.   #1 Teach the importance of failure By not being capable of dealing with failure will leave children exposed to the risk of emotional problems, like anxiety and depression. In strengthening their resilience muscle, children will build up the perseverance to...

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Persevering Through Homeless With Bipolar Disorder

Dave Mowry
August 29, 2016

I know that I am not the only person with bipolar disorder to have been homeless. But what’s amazing is that we persevere––we truly have a hidden strength. Having to move from our home and into the basement of some friend’s house is one of the lowest points in my life. I had told my...

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Coping, Resilience, and Post-Traumatic Growth

Beth Brownsberger Mader
September 19, 2015

Many of us with bipolar are also diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). I’d argue that even for those who do not have a formal PTSD diagnosis, living the journey of bipolar disorder, from initial onset, through diagnosis, to tenuous stability, can be seriously traumatic in itself. Either way, arriving at wellness requires thoughtful and...

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Go, Fight, Win! Fighting for Your Meds

Wendy K. Williamson
January 31, 2015

Well, it’s that time of year where our insurance can buck us off our steady, trusted brand medication. It’s not the generics I’m talking about. Those don’t cause our anxiety-ridden trips to the pharmacy every January. I’m taking our life-saving, brand medications. The ones that could, at retail, pay for one semester’s community college tuition bill. Those...

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Matthew 7:7

Beth Brownsberger Mader
February 1, 2014

Being a sort of old hippie chick, and having noticed that inspirational leather wrap bracelets are again all the rage, I decided recently that I simply had to have one to add to my wrist—the wrist opposite my “Let It Be” tattoo, and added to a cotton friendship bracelet like one worn by my husband....

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The Power of Persistence

Karl Shallowhorn
August 10, 2012

“Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never — in nothing, great or small, large or petty — never give in, except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.” Winston Churchill spoke these words in 1941. He might as...

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Resiliency: Bouncing Back from Relapse

Julie A. Fast
February 16, 2010

Recovery is not about never getting sick again—it’s about bouncing back when you do. I often feel as if I’ve stepped back in time when I get really sick. I think, “How could this happen again? I’ve worked so hard to get where I am!” Just a few weeks ago, I made this comment to my therapist after I had trouble at work and went into a depression....

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Kay Redfield Jamison: A Profile In Courage

Jacqueline L Salmon
February 1, 2009

One of the foremost experts on bipolar disorder speaks out about her work and her journey. By Jacqueline L. Salmon   The small woman in the black sweater sitting near the podium at the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) annual conference in Norfolk, Virginia, was intent on her notes, preparing for her keynote address...

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