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Managing Close Relationships When Moods Pull Them Apart

Robin L. Flanigan
July 4, 2018

Self-awareness and healthy boundaries are key to maintaining strong relationships with your significant others, family and friends when mood swings threaten to pull you apart. By Robin L. Flanigan   All relationships ebb and flow. It comes with the territory because, well, we’re human. But when bipolar is part of the equation, the dynamics of...

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Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About BIPOLAR DEPRESSION

Donna Jackel
October 1, 2010

Bipolar depression disrupts and devastates lives, and tends to dominate the course of a person’s illness. Yet, it’s still difficult to diagnose and treat.   It is the manic phase of bipolar disorder that attracts—no, demands—attention. But those who have the illness, or love someone who does, know it is depression that most disrupts and devastates lives—and...

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Three Bipolar Disorder Symptoms No One Wants to Talk About

Julie A. Fast
January 29, 2015

The three symptoms below represent the side of bipolar disorder we all know is there, but we rarely want to let the public know exists.   I know how important it is to protect the reputation of bipolar disorder in the general public. We don’t want people thinking we are dangerous, scary, crazy people who...

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4 Go-To Tips to Take on (Unbearable!) Social Anxiety

Brittany Sibley
July 13, 2018

Getting busy striking up a simple conversation or just helping an event organizer can allow you to ease discomfort in situations with A LOT of people By Brittany Sibley   Over the years I have realized a few things related to my journey with Bipolar I. The fact that I can experience hard core anxiety...

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Ellen Forney is ‘Rock Steady’ on the Way to Stability

Melody Moezzi
July 4, 2018

Columnist, Melody Moezzi, delves into Ellen Forney’s latest book, “Rock Steady: Brilliant Advice from My Bipolar Life,” on finding stability and how to maintain it. By Melody Moezzi   It’s not easy being highly public about something most people prefer to keep highly private, but knowing you’re not alone makes it a whole lot easier....

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The Diagnosis ‘Acceptance Rollercoaster’—Grappling with Grief

Linea Johnson
July 18, 2018

While you may feel you’ve lost a part of your self-identity after your bipolar diagnosis, you can find your way back to acceptance and “level ground.”   So, you’ve been diagnosed. And people are reacting in a myriad of ways. Some people are worried. Some people are supportive. Some people are, well, just acting weird...

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Finding Strength from My Bipolar Disorder Story

Linea Johnson
June 27, 2018

While it can be easy to get caught up in all of the challenges that come with bipolar, overcoming them teaches perseverance.   I really want to just share some of the good things that have happened with my bipolar and some of the bad things, and to really get to the point that bipolar...

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Demi Lovato and Why We Can’t Forget Our Own Bipolar Disorder Battles

JB Burrage
September 4, 2018

Demi Lovato’s apparent overdose can serve as an example that we can’t neglect to take care of ourselves while working to combat stigma and set an example for others.   In the movement to spread the awareness of mental health and helping people realized they aren’t alone, sometimes we forget about our own struggles. I’m...

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20 Unexpected Signs of Bipolar Depression: Part One

Julie A. Fast
July 25, 2016

I’ve found that there are two kinds of bipolar depression. Here are the signs of an angry and irritated downswing.   It’s easy to spot what we consider traditional depression symptoms: crying, lack of movement, sadness, silence, brain fog, slumped body, lack of desire, fear, hopelessness, helplessness and an overall worry that life is not...

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Bipolar & The Best Way To Deal With Everyday Stresses

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! By Stephen Propst   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....

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