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5 Ways To Help You Cope With Medication-Related Weight Gain

Marta Manning, Ph.D.
June 24, 2019

Weight gain is an incredibly common––but mentally devastating––result of many bipolar medications. One thing to remember if it happens to you: be kind to yourself. I would do anything to be skinny – anything, that is, except for dying or losing my mind. Unfortunately, in 2014 I had to choose between thinness and sanity. Faced...


‘Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall’…How Self-Image Changes with Your Moods

Brooke Hilton
February 22, 2018

Your self-image, even just from glancing in the mirror, can reflect if you are in the midst of depression or mania.   Do you ever have one of those days where you go shopping and everything you put on just looks so fabulously fashionable and cute, you end up buying it all? I have… and...


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...


Practically Positive: How to Change Toxic Thoughts

Sasha Kildare
November 1, 2016

Combat anxious escalation, self-defeating soundtracks, and other toxic thought patterns by subtly changing the way you think. Six years ago corporate-speak crept into my life. Problems don’t exist in corp-speak. There are only “challenges” or “opportunities.” Losing a client is an opportunity to refine your sales pitch. Losing your lease is an opportunity to conduct...


Letting Go of the Past to Celebrate Present Accomplishments—Both Big & Small

Beth Brownsberger Mader
July 3, 2016

You deserve to feel good about yourself and your accomplishments. “So, uh, you gotta tell me what you wanna do,” my husband said to me for, like, the billionth time in the past six months, “because time’s a-wastin’, baby.” I cringed. Of course I did. I’m turning 50 in a few weeks, and a couple of...


How Singer-Songwriter Mary Lambert is Spreading the Love

Stephanie Stephens
July 9, 2015

Call singer-songwriter Mary Lambert a missionary for self-acceptance. When it comes to bipolar disorder, body-image and more, she won’t take shame for an answer.   Mary Lambert doesn’t care if the world knows her secrets. She recites them, sings them, and lives them large with a candid, “this is really me” demeanor that endears her...


Put An End to Self-Hate with Three Words

Chato Stewart
September 21, 2011

Put an end to self-hate with 3 words…I forgive my-self…that could really be four words.  No matter how many words it takes to apologize to oneself, it is worth doing!   Try it, say out loud… ‘I FORGIVE MY-SELF’.  Of course, you may want to do this when you’re alone, since loudly stating that you’ve...


The Difference Between Self-Love & Self-Absorption

Beth Brownsberger Mader
August 9, 2011

It’s important that we take care of ourselves, but we still need to value and care for others in our life too. As far as body parts go, I happen to really like my navel. The doctor who tucked it in 45 years ago did a very nice job: a deep “innie”—nice swirl inside, round...


Bipolar Disorder & Learning to Love Yourself

May 22, 2005

An important part of recovery from bipolar disorder is self-care and learning to work on your self-esteem. By Lizzie   I’m going to tell you why you must stop dating like you’re damaged goods, if you are living with bipolar disorder. First of all, you are not damaged goods. Many of us who live with...