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Walk Your Way to a Better Mood

Christine Yu
April 5, 2019

Walking can help you balance bipolar moods, relieve stress, sleep better, and feel less lonely. Find out how to take the first steps. It was by accident that Marian figured out walking could be more than just a mode of transportation or exercise. Years ago, she was going through a bad depressive episode after moving...


Bipolar & the Entrepreneur Advantage

Robin L. Flanigan
April 4, 2019

The personality traits of entrepreneurs and those with bipolar frequently overlap; experts say embracing both strengths and vulnerabilies is key to success. Entrepreneurs are always on, which is why they need to have lots of energy, an inventive streak, and a sizeable appetite for risk—but they’re often stressed out, sleep-deprived, responding to high levels of...


8 Things to Consider when College Is Around the Corner—and You Have Bipolar

Anja Burcak
March 26, 2019

Heading off to college is a daunting time, made even more uncertain when you have bipolar. Keep these tips in mind to smooth your path to graduation. As a first-year student preparing for my transition to a new college, living situation, and city, mental illness was not even something on my radar. As someone who...


4 Tips for Challenging Yourself While Nurturing Your Stability

Emily Allen
March 25, 2019

You’re full of ideas and thrive on challenges, but know a stable lifestyle is essential. Fortunately, you can satisfy your desire for challenges, and still maintain balance. If you’re like me, you’re chock-full of bright ideas. You’ve got tons of inspiration. You love the new, new, new—and get bored easily. You’re always looking to shake...


A Wellness Wake-up Call—The Importance of Getting in for That Physical

Emily Allen
June 12, 2018

Making it to your doctor’s office to get a physical might be difficult, but it can be an important step in taking charge of your own health. I admit: I did it again. I let too long go between physicals, this time allowing three years to lapse before getting myself to my primary care physician...


How to Spot Bipolar Red Flags—and What to Do about Them

Martin Baker
May 29, 2018

If you are a friend of someone living with bipolar disorder, you can play the important role of vigilantly helping them watch for symptoms of depression or mania.   By Martin Baker   In a recent article I mentioned “red flags” that can alert you when your friend may be slipping into depression or mania....


Bipolar – Accept the Diagnosis, Not the Prognosis

Lynn Rae
October 24, 2016

You may have trouble at first accepting your bipolar disorder. However once you deal with the initial shock and learn to manage this illness, you can accomplish your goals.   At 39 years of age I had two psychiatrists tell me I would NEVER work full time again. Can you imagine that? There I was,...


Bipolar & Fatherhood—Father of 4 Shares Tips for Success

Chato Stewart
April 13, 2016

Tips from a dad raising four children on the importance of talking about your mood swings and mental health. Today, I like to speak to you about what I believe, is the most important key to being a successful father with bipolar disorder. Whether you’re a NEW Dad or have grown children… All fathers will...


WRAP in Action: Creating Your Wellness Plan

April Michael
April 5, 2016

If you are familiar with Wellness Recovery Action Plan, you may be unsure of how to apply it to your life or too overwhelmed to try. But, the good news is that making your personal WRAP is not complicated! Perhaps you have heard of WRAP, or maybe it is something completely new to you. WRAP...


Mania or Depression? Signs Things May Be Breaking Down

April Michael
December 22, 2015

When you’re dealing with the possibility of mania or depression, you have to carefully delineate your warning signs while you’re feeling well.   Personally, I know that an unmade bed is definitely a sign of impending depression. But what about the flip side? In bipolar disorder, a slip in behaviors could indicate either a coming...


5 Ways to Get Your Life on Track

Yvette Hess
July 15, 2015

Educating yourself about bipolar disorder and joining a support group are ways you can turn your life in the right direction and discover stability. 1. Educate yourself I cannot stress this (almost) obvious point:  read, read, and read some more. A more important point to mention is to read good material. But, I must say...


Your Wellness Journey: Small Steps with Big Pay-Offs

Brad Hoefs
May 24, 2015

My journey towards wellness was made up of small, simple steps––I gradually accomplished things that, at that time, seemed impossible to do. My journey towards wellness has been made-up mostly by small, simple steps of doing things that were at the time very hard to do. I had to force myself to do them. For...


Break the Cycle of Self-Sabotage and Achieve Your Goals

Kelley Thorpe Baker
April 14, 2015

One of the worst side effects of bipolar disorder is the repetitive cycle of self-sabotage. But you can manage this symptom by mapping out your goals. One of my most heartbreaking side effects of having bipolar disorder is the cycle of self-sabotage that has replayed itself in my life. It’s painful to dissect this pattern,...


Help for Treatment-Resistant Depression

Susannah J. Tye, PhD and Jennifer L. Payne, MD
March 25, 2015

Don’t lose hope if some medications haven’t worked for your depression. We have alternatives for you to try out! I’ve tried several medications and I’m still depressed. What now? If your depressive episode has not responded to two or more adequate trials of antidepressant medications, you may be categorized as having treatment-resistant depression (TRD). Several...


Tackling Your Triggers

Deborah Serani, PsyD
March 24, 2015

Triggers are anything that throws your stability off balance. Which is why bipolar trigger management strategies are extremely important to have. Printed in esperanza Magazine I keep hearing about “triggers.” What are they? Sometimes called stressors, triggers are anything that almost inevitably brings on depressive symptoms and tips you off-balance. A trigger might be emotional,...


3 Ways to Reduce Worry

Julie A. Fast
August 7, 2014

Worry is a natural part of life with bipolar disorder. But that doesn’t mean it has to keep you from being stable and happy. By Julie A. Fast   Worry is a natural part of existence, especially when you have bipolar disorder. But that doesn’t mean it has to keep you from creating a life...


My Bipolar Diagnosis and “The New Normal”

Robin L. Flanigan
August 7, 2014

Having bipolar is a game changer, but you still have the power to decide where to set your goalposts for a fulfilling future. By Robin L. Flanigan   It took a long time for Gretchen to come to terms with having a chronic mental illness. But lately, the 41-year-old from Illinois has been looking beyond...


5 Self-Support Strategies For Caregivers

Josh P. Roberts
February 7, 2014

Some advice from “A Guide for Caregivers of People with Bipolar Disorder”. By Josh Roberts   1) Address your stress. Organize, prioritize, delegate, and get rid of unrealistic expectations about what you can and should do. Encourage the person with bipolar to develop a diverse support network, including mental health professionals, other relatives, friends, and peers....


Rethinking Bipolar Relapse

Stephen Propst
April 1, 2012

Don’t let the fear of relapse prevent you from recovering–we have some wellness tips for you to stay positive! Living with bipolar disorder is certainly no light matter. After working diligently to achieve stability, having depression or mania resurface can be very disconcerting, discouraging, and deflating. It’s easy to look at having a relapse only...


5 Ways to Manage Bipolar Anger

Judy Eron, LCSW
August 28, 2011

Keeping your cool can be incredibly difficult; here are a few simple tips to help. Anger is a strong emotion. Sometimes we go overboard with it, and yet, sometimes we don’t express it enough. Anger can be trickier for a person with bipolar. Having a diagnosis of any chronic illness usually carries some anger with...