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Who Do You Need on Your Bipolar Care Team?

Valerie Harvey
April 5, 2019

Assembling a care team comprised of trained professionals, family, and friends is crucial to building the support system you’ll need while navigating bipolar The first reactions of someone just recently diagnosed with bipolar disorder often include denial, horror, shame, fear, anger and a host of other negative feelings. Shame and denial have been the strongest...


4 Things Not to Do when Your Therapist Retires

Julie A. Fast
April 4, 2019

When you’ve come to depend on your therapist, learning they’re retiring can be devastating. While searching for a new one, avoid these common behaviors. I thought I would be fine when my therapist retired after almost 13 years together. After all, I didn’t really need a therapist, right? I know how to manage my bipolar....


Beyond CBT: See Which Psychotherapy Fits Your Bipolar

Robin L. Flanigan
October 9, 2018

Whether you challenge your negative thought patterns and emotions or greet them with acceptance, there’s more to psychotherapy than the widely used practice of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for improving mental health.   There’s certainly no universal formula when it comes to therapy. The style, the approach, the expectations—all of it is as unique as the...


Why You Need to Be Honest With Your Doctor—Even When It’s Scary

Natasha Tracy
March 16, 2018

Although you may be scared to talk to your doctor about certain symptoms of bipolar or of co-occurring psychiatric conditions, it’s important to be honest anyway.   Over the course of my bipolar disorder, I’ve had many symptoms of bipolar disorder and symptoms of other mental illnesses as well, and I haven’t always wanted to be...


Troubleshooting Trouble with Individual Therapy

Allison Strong
March 14, 2018

It may be difficult when you have to change therapists with individual therapy, however having an honest discussion with your new therapist can pay off.   What happens when suddenly, for whatever reason, your doctor can no longer see you? Maybe they retired or are on a leave of absence. We all have issues. I KNOW...


Making Peace with My Meds

Robin L. Flanigan
January 4, 2018

No one loves needing to take daily medications for a chronic condition, but confronting your barriers to adherence assures a better outcome for bipolar disorder. By Robin L. Flanigan   Making the decision to go on medication for bipolar disorder—and sticking with it to find some-thing that works—can be a hard-fought battle. It’s common to...


‘Back to School’: Learning to Handle the Intense Emotions of Bipolar Disorder

Allison Strong
September 8, 2017

DBT therapy for bipolar disorder is all about “getting clear” on what you want by handling intense emotions and relationships that “invalidate” us. by Allison Strong     I just finished a 24-week semester, or “module” in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, DBT.  The Mindfulness-based program must be taking effect. People I see infrequently keep asking me...


Why Bipolar Disorder is So Hard to Diagnose, and What You Can Do About It

April Michael
July 25, 2017

If you suspect a loved one may have bipolar disorder, here are simple ways that you can help them be properly diagnosed:   This post may be too late for many people here, but my hope is that it will help people struggling with possible bipolar disorder in their life or someone else’s. For me,...


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...


3 Ways to Handle Bipolar Flashbacks

April Michael
May 16, 2017

Bipolar flashbacks can take a toll on the mind and body; but there are ways to manage this symptom   The past year has been remarkable in the lifecycle of my bipolar disorder because it is the first time I have experienced a total lack of symptoms. I could describe it as stability, or as...


What Is It About Horses that Help Our Mental Health?

bp Magazine
April 24, 2017

The healing power of horses assists many people, including those with bipolar disorder; read on:   What is equine therapy? According to PsychCentral, equine therapy is an “increasingly popular experiential treatment where individuals interact with horses in a variety of activities, including grooming, feeding, walking and equine games, for improving their psychological health.” Both a...


7 Psychological Benefits of Pets When You Have Bipolar Disorder

bp Magazine
March 23, 2017

Companion animals provide many positive effects to our mental and emotional health. Here are seven: #1 Normalizing brain chemistry In a University of Missouri study, scientists documented that petting a dog can cause a spike in one’s serotonin level—the neurotransmitter that most antidepressants attempt to increase. Pets can profoundly change the biochemistry of our brains....


This Is How I Rebuilt My Life

Susie Johnson
January 12, 2017

Feeling like you may have hit rock bottom? Here are steps to rebuild your life while dealing with bipolar disorder symptoms. By Susie Johnson   As the New Year begins, I reflect on another new beginning 16 years ago. I had hit rock bottom. I’d moved to Virginia. With my bipolar 1 diagnosis, I needed...


3 Things I Have Learnt Since Not Seeing A Psychologist

December 15, 2016

Around three months ago my psychologist of two years stopped practice. It was a shock and something I had not anticipated. It might not be a surprise to some of you that I have chosen not to see anyone since. I was extremely close with my psychologist, she helped me get through the peak of...


Coping with Medication Change

Beth Brownsberger Mader
October 15, 2016

If you have bipolar disorder, changing medications can result in many challenges. Here are some tips to take on those trials.       I’ve been on the same medication cocktail for over seven years. I think. It’s been so long, I can’t remember. You see, when that particular set of meds was put together,...

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How my Psychiatrist Impacted my Bipolar Journey

Andrea Paquette
June 3, 2016

As I left my psychiatrist appointment, I truly recognized how integral Dr. Song has become to my wellness in managing bipolar disorder. We first met when I was admitted to the Eric Martin Pavilion subsequent to my first and only suicide attempt that landed me in the intensive care unit at the hospital for 3...


SOUNDOFF! You & Your Psychiatrist

BP Readers
May 26, 2016

The relationship between you and your psychiatrist can influence your recovery. What qualities do you think are important in a psychiatrist? FOR ME, IT IS IMPORTANT that my doctor understand that I am the one living with my bipolar disorder on a daily basis and that over the years I have developed a certain understanding...


Work with Me Doctors! Be an Ally, Not a Bully

May 20, 2016

Have you ever felt bullied by a doctor in charge of your mental and emotional well-being? Have you faced behavior such as: rude body language, pursed lips, tightly crossed arms, obvious annoyance, irritation, eyes peering through you? What about rolling of the eyes, lack of interest in what you’re saying, sighing, not facing you, and...


Bipolar, You & Your Psychiatrist

Stephanie Stephens
April 28, 2016

Is your relationship with your psychologist, psychiatrist or therapist all that it can be? Here’s how building a productive partnership can be a team effort.   By Stephanie Stephens   If you have a psychiatrist on your treatment team, ask yourself this: Are you making the most of your relationship? Do you come prepared for...


Bipolar & The Importance of Listening

Beth Brownsberger Mader
April 26, 2016

As vital as it is for us to open up and share our thoughts, it is also important for us to remember when to be silent and listen By Beth Brownsberger Mader   The somewhat worried conversation began when “Sarah,” an old college friend, contacted me asking, “How long before you got your meds right?”...