Bipolar Treatment with Peer Support

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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...

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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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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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....

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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