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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