Living with Bipolar Disorder

Articles and blog posts relating to the treatment of bipolar disorder and finding balance.

Blogs and Articles

Do I Really Have Bipolar?

Julie A. Fast
March 28, 2019

What if someone is telling you that you have bipolar, but you don’t think that the diagnosis is correct? A reader asked a really good question on my blog post “Dealing with Bipolar Disorder Denial.” She wanted to know what to do if someone in your life—a friend, loved one, coworker—tells you that they believe...

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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...

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Looking at Bipolar Through a Rearview Mirror: The Peril of Living in the Past

Karl Shallowhorn
March 20, 2019

Getting stuck in the past prevents you from living in the present. While you can’t ignore your past, you can keep it in perspective while moving forward. I’m 56 years old. Well into middle-age and pushing the envelope on the later part of life. I’m certainly closer to the end than the beginning. But that’s...

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Wearing a Mask when You Have Bipolar

Karl Shallowhorn
February 27, 2019

There are times when we are a mess inside emotionally, but we pretend that everything is okay. However, this practice can be counterproductive in the long run. It’s interesting how those of us living with bipolar disorder sometimes look like everything is okay on the outside, while really on the inside we’re just a big...

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Social Media & Bipolar: The Good, Bad and Ugly

Melvin G McInnis
January 4, 2019

Finding useful information and nurturing connections with friends, family, and people with common interests are good things. Depression, demoralization, and isolation aren’t.   Today we communicate and interact in a manner unprecedented in human history. Social media—such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.—are mainstream technologies that allow us to communicate and connect with each other online....

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How To Age Gracefully (And Healthily) With Bipolar Disorder

Stephen Propst
July 24, 2018

Tips for aging: solidify your support system, focus on your overall health, keep stress at bay, maintain stability, and nurture your self-esteem. By Stephen Propst   When I turned 50, I was shocked—but it wasn’t for the typical reasons. Given my battle with bipolar, I just didn’t think I’d live this long! Getting on in...

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Building Wellness & Success Using Acceptance

Denise Mann
July 3, 2018

After Kelley Thorpe Baker accepted her bipolar I diagnosis and made positive lifestyle changes, she became a successful life coach and a mental health activist. By Denise Mann   If only Kelley Thorpe Baker had access to the tools and resources that she has created for others when she was first diagnosed with bipolar I...

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The Advice I’d Give My Younger Self

Lynda Williams
June 26, 2018

Adjusting to life with bipolar disorder comes with a sharp learning curve—but with the right tools, you can achieve stability.   By Lynda Williams   By the time I received my bipolar diagnosis, I had already spent several years under treatment for major depression. The treatment was yielding poor results, so the news was hardly...

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Taking Charge of of Your Bipolar Mood Swing ‘Train’

Stephen Propst
June 14, 2018

Dealing with mood swings requires many of the same skills necessary for navigating the railway system– patience, planning, and self-reliance. By: Stephen Propst   I dislike long road trips, so I often take other forms of transportation. I’d rather be on bus, plane, or train than stuck in a car. On a recent Amtrak trip,...

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Bipolar & Wellness: Welcome to the ‘Thrive Tribe’

Melody Moezzi
June 14, 2018

What do members of the ‘thrive tribe’—those with Bipolar who maintain healthy, fulfilling lifestyles—have in common? By Melody Moezzi   In an effort to combat the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental health conditions, I’ve been writing and speaking publicly about my experiences with bipolar disorder for nearly a decade. In that time, I have encountered...

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Finding Motivation with Bipolar—Don’t Give Up!

Karl Shallowhorn
May 14, 2018

Changing how we think about ourselves and how we react to situations can affect our feelings and when we affect our feelings that way, we can get better.   Today I’m going to be talking to you about staying motivated with bipolar disorder. Now you might be saying to yourself, “Stay motivated? Yeah, I can...

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The Enemy Within: Tools to Stop Self-Sabotage

Robin L. Flanigan
April 2, 2018

When self-sabotaging behavior joins the mix of bipolar disorder, new challenges can support self-defeating tendencies; here’s how to get out of your own way:   By Robin L. Flanigan   Like it or not, as humans, we have a tendency to get in our own way. Whether intentionally or unintentionally, we can set up all...

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Does Bipolar Become Harder to Manage As You Grow Older?

Karl Shallowhorn
March 27, 2018

There are many challenges associated with living with bipolar disorder, however as one gets older it is possible to gain insight into what can best work to develop a healthy pattern of living.   I’ve been living with bipolar since the age of 18 which means that I’ve been having this condition for 37 years....

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What are Your Hopes and Dreams in 2018?

Susie Johnson
December 29, 2017

The start of a new year means a fresh start for wellness! Starting small can help you with tackling your goals for 2018 and beyond.   By Susie Johnson   A New Year is here with its promise of possibilities! I am a firm believer in New Year’s resolutions. Yes, I am also aware that...

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Striving for Stability: The Importance of Self-Determination

Karl Shallowhorn
December 1, 2017

When it comes to living with bipolar disorder, many people feel like they have no choice, especially when one’s actions have caused damage to themselves or someone else. But the truth is, we all have choices, no matter how big or how small. By Karl Shallowhorn   “If you choose not to decide, you still...

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Bipolar and Holiday Air Travel: Ten Tips to Avoid Tumult and Get Where You’re Going

Allison Strong
November 29, 2017

Air travel can be difficult enough for anyone. For people with bipolar disorder, there can be extra challenges. Here is your guide to approaching them. By Allison Strong   Tensions are high these days at airports, according to what I hear on the radio, and see on TV—and I’ve experienced in person. Passengers suddenly having to...

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Staying Stable While Grieving

Brad Hoefs
July 20, 2017

 It is natural to feel emotional and sad while grieving, but also remember to be cognizant of your bipolar disorder to avoid the destabilization of your mood. This post is dedicated to my Dad, David J. Hoefs My dad passed away on May 12th of this year (2017). He was the first person I knew...

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Celebrating Achievements with Bipolar Disorder

Sarah-Kathleen
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...

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A Note of Encouragement For Those Living With Bipolar Disorder

April Michael
July 11, 2017

The fact that you have made it this far is a testament to your strength & resiliency. You are an inspiration, and you are NOT alone.   Each time I publish an article on bphope, I look forward to the influx of comments it will generate. More often than not, they are hopeful, helpful, kind,...

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Dream Big—but Respect Your Bipolar Diagnosis

Julie A. Fast
June 22, 2017

You may have to modify your dreams to accommodate bipolar, but you can still dream big and achieve your goals. For a long time, my dreams of the kind of life I wanted were thwarted by bipolar disorder. I’d set a goal, create a plan, tell myself all the positive things I’d learned from self-help...

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