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Stigma & Bipolar— Attacking Assumptions

Melody Moezzi
January 1, 2012

The stigma and assumptions made that surrounds having bipolar disorder are hard enough, but one of our columnists adds a few things to the mix. By Melody Moezzi   I’m used to people making false assumptions about me. As an Iranian American Muslim woman living in a “post-9/11 world” who writes and speaks extensively about...

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My Dysphoric Hypomanic Episode

Julie A. Fast
January 1, 2012

Between the symptoms of being hypomanic and crushing depression, we can help soften the blow and establish some mood-related equilibrium. I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder 16 years ago (yikes!). I created and follow a management plan, I take my meds, and I have a good support team. I’ve become an “expert” on bipolar disorder...

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How Deal With Everyday Stress WITHOUT Sacrificing Your Stability

Stephen Propst
February 1, 2009

In our society, stress is inevitable. So instead of letting it sabotage your stability, use it to fuel your recovery! In our fast-paced society it’s no wonder that we often feel stressed out. If you have the time, resources, and experience to effectively manage a situation, stress is kept at bay. When that’s not the...

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Recipe for Recovery: Tools for Bipolar Living

Stephen Propst
August 1, 2007

Whether you are cooking in the kitchen, or dealing with your bipolar disorder, you need the right tools. By Stephen Propst   In my former life—before bipolar disorder took hold—I worked for one of the largest restaurants in the country. As assistant to the president, I worked in every phase of the business, but my...

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My Transforming Moments With Sleep

Lizzie
January 1, 2007

Getting in the habit of establishing a sleep routine is a good thing- as long as it is not holding you back By Lizzie S.   Over the past year, as I turned 30, I began to let go of a complex set of rules, boundaries, and limits I had painstakingly created during the decade...

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SoundOFF! Medication Compliance

bp Magazine Readers
August 8, 2005

Many people with bipolar disorder have stopped taking their prescribed medication at one time or another. If this describes you, what was your experience? Shortly after I was diagnosed, I stopped taking my anti-epileptic drug and went into a period of denial regarding my illness. As a result of my not taking my medications properly,...

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