Bipolar Treatment with Peer Support

Articles and blog posts relating to the treatment of bipolar disorder through peer support - local and online.

Blogs and Articles

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...

READ MORE

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...

READ MORE

Becoming Your Own Bipolar Advocate

Carol Borrelli
March 19, 2019

There are times in life when we must be our own best advocate. This can be difficult when depressed or manic; however, it is doable. Countless times, I have thought to myself, “All persons with bipolar disorder should have some type of advocate.” Not only the sort of advocate you’d find in a lobbyist group...

READ MORE

Trying to Find the Right Support Group

Susie Johnson
February 20, 2019

Finding a support group can be difficult, let alone one that fits your personality. It’s still worth it though to check out local resources. Since my diagnosis of bipolar disorder in 1995, I have always felt that something has been missing. I have attended years of therapy, and have a great deal of family support,...

READ MORE

The Sound of Hope: Why Music Fosters Acceptance & Optimism

bp Magazine
January 4, 2019

During a hospitalization, an entrepreneur with bipolar disorder discovers how music can create a shared community and a way forward in difficult times.   As a touring musician in my 20s, I enjoyed many wonderful times. But as I look back, it’s actually a sing-along in a mental health clinic that to this day is...

READ MORE

If You Take Medication for Bipolar, Do You Really Need Therapy?

Natasha Tracy
November 26, 2018

Even if you are taking medication for bipolar and seeing a psychiatrist, you may want to consider therapy for additional support and coping skills.   Hi, I’m Natasha Tracy and this is bp Magazine’s BPHope vlog. Today, I want to talk about therapy as an adjunct to medication when you’re treating a mental health condition....

READ MORE

3 Strategies to Combat Depression’s Loneliness & Isolation

Julie A. Fast
May 11, 2018

Depression heightens loneliness, which only leads to isolation. Regardless, try to do something social—it might make you feel a little better! By Julie Fast   Are you lonely? I often am. One thing I’ve learned about loneliness is that it’s easy to get confused about “bipolar” loneliness versus “real-life” loneliness. Whenever I find myself starting...

READ MORE

The ECHO Effect: 12 Ways Telemedicine Can Improve Mental Health Care

Jay Boll, LMSW
January 17, 2017

Last month at a family support group, I met the father of a young woman with bipolar disorder who was about to move back home. He and his wife were concerned about the move, understandably torn between the impulse to take care of a daughter with a serious health condition and the desire to see...

READ MORE

A Spiritual Path to Health and Helping

Karl Shallowhorn
December 22, 2016

Finding and staying on the road to recovery is not easy. There’s nothing wrong with asking for help—from peers, doctors, and God. By Karl Shallowhorn   Thirty-five years later, I still remember staring out the window at the lit-up signs above the opening to the parking ramp across from the mental health unit where I...

READ MORE

3 Things I Have Learnt Since Not Seeing A Psychologist

Sarah-Kathleen
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...

READ MORE

Families, the Holidays & Mental Illness: A Place at the Table for Everyone

Jay Boll, LMSW
November 22, 2016

  Holiday meals with my family usually include an empty setting at the table. That place is not there to honor someone who has passed away or a member of the military who is stationed overseas and couldn’t make it home for the holidays. It is reserved for a family member, my brother, who comes...

READ MORE

Bipolar Strong: Free Recovery Programs beyond the Twelve Steps.

Allison Strong
November 11, 2016

If One Group Doesn’t Fit, There are Plenty of Others To Slip Into.   After thirty years of faithful attendance at 12-Step groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Overeaters Anonymous), and two other ‘Anonymouses,’ I split. I objected to the self-sickness of “I’m Allison and I’m a ‘recovering’ ____. like I’d never get well. After reading...

READ MORE

Group psychoeducation offers ‘early intervention’ for bipolar patients

bp Magazine
October 19, 2016

Structured group psychoeducation sessions could be more successful in treating patients in the early stages of bipolar disorder than standard peer support.   September 26, 2016, NOTTINGHAM, England—Structured group psychoeducation sessions could be more successful in treating patients in the early stages of bipolar disorder than standard peer-support offered by the NHS and the voluntary...

READ MORE

Engagement: A New Standard for Mental Health Care

bp Magazine
August 17, 2016

A fundamental shift in the culture of mental health care delivery is critical. Now is the time to act. NAMI calls on providers, payers and health systems to take the following steps to promote a culture of engagement Adopt 12 principles for advancing a culture of engagement: Make successful engagement a priority at every level...

READ MORE

My Bipolar Travel Journal

Sharon Chisholm
May 28, 2016

Traveling with bipolar disorder is simultaneously exciting and terrifying. To make it less daunting, make a wellness plan before you travel to ensure you stay on track.   Last year I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder following twelve years of being incorrectly treated for depression.  They believed that it had been triggered by my first...

READ MORE

Mental Health Care & Better Communication.

bp Magazine
February 26, 2016

This past week, I was thrilled to learn about a new initiative at Stanford University. CS (ComputerScience) + Mental Health brings together teams of students with researchers to develop and deploy cutting-edge mental health care technology in ongoing clinical trials. Student teams will dive into the most perplexing and difficult problems in the diagnosis and...

READ MORE

Peer Support Works

Dave Mowry
June 22, 2015

Peer Support Works Peer support is where a person with a mental illness is trained to support another person with a mental illness. Learn more about peer support here. During my four years as a peer support specialist for National Alliance on Mental Illness Clackamas County, Oregon I met with over 800 peers. Often a...

READ MORE

Lies, Thinking and Feelings

Brad Hoefs
June 7, 2015

What we believe about ourselves, others, the world and life in general is very important. From what we believe comes our way of thinking and from how we think comes our feelings. These lies that we believe easily become emotional impairments that keep us from living and thriving well. Bottom line: if you believe lies,...

READ MORE

Across the Miles: Living in South Africa with Bipolar Disorder

Yvette Adams
June 2, 2015

In South Africa, we have a myriad of cultures guiding our beliefs, and so it guides the way we think about many things like mental illness and the rights of people with mental illness. Unfortunately, the stigma about mental illness is rife here and often our belief systems are tuned to being prejudiced toward the...

READ MORE

The Power of Owning Your Story

Brad Hoefs
April 19, 2015

Sharing your experiences with honesty and without shame can allow you to accept the past and bring meaning, purpose, and joy back into your life.   I had the opportunity to attend the New Media Expo and the National Broadcasters Association convention in Las Vegas. There were over 100,000 attendees from all over the world....

READ MORE