Bipolar Treatment with Peer Support

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Balancing what You Know with What the Doctors Know

Beth Brownsberger Mader
May 28, 2011

Why?  Because the physician who’d been treating me for another issue said that the thrush I’d developed was an impossible side effect of my treatments. I was not going to see the doctor for another week. I went to reputable sites online, and diagnosed myself.    So the pharmacist saw my tongue, and said, “Uh,...


Don’t Stop Believin’

Beth Brownsberger Mader
May 20, 2011

OK, I am a middle-aged pseudo-“Idol” geek.  Last week’s elimination of contestant James Durbin from “American Idol” nearly broke my heart.   No doubt the guy can sing. As the season passed, we followers of the show learned, he could belt-out heavy metal, and then surprisingly turn around and reveal his ability to present a...


Free–Helping Us Heal

Beth Brownsberger Mader
May 12, 2011

Twenty years ago I lived a gloriously hippie-fied summer/fall in what was then quaint Telluride, Colorado.  The social center of town was the post office.  Directly across from the post office was the town’s “Free Box”. Actually it was a wall of cubby holes, into which folks discarded items and/or picked out things they wanted. ...


The Benefits of Friends with Bipolar

Melody Moezzi
May 9, 2011

Hello from Utah’s stunning Zion National Park! I’ve been travelling across the American Southwest with a dear friend this week. Before arriving at Zion, we hit Sedona, the Grand Canyon, Antelope Canyon and Lake Powell—all in just five days. In short, it’s been a busy and eventful week, and part of the reason we’ve been...


Bully, Bullied, or Both?

Beth Brownsberger Mader
May 6, 2011

Studies are showing that being a bully or being bullied can have profound, long-term affects on kids that can continue into adulthood.   I am glad that more people are recognizing that there are no specific “qualifications” that might cause someone to be “bully-able”.  Since the “It Gets Better” ad campaign I’ve had some worries. I...


Scoring High in the Health Resources Game

Beth Brownsberger Mader
April 30, 2011

Brenda from Pennsylvania commented in this Spring’s bp Magazine’s Mailbag, “…I’d love [bp Magazine] even more if I could read about people who are financially ruined and how they manage to get help when they neither qualify for government help nor can afford medications”. While I don’t know Brenda’s specific situation or how things came...



April 24, 2011

The Apollo theater..YES! I made the audition.  It was 1984 and in full blown hypomania I was ready to conquer the world!  The prize was $500 big ones.  Was the money my focus?  Oh no, I was THE   Whitney Houston of Spanish Harlem, and ready to “shake what my mama gave me“.   BP was a god-send (I...

A blond woman with a crew cut flexes her bicep, looking confident and determined. Her arm is covered in tattoos, and she has piercings as well. Represents resilience with mental health challenges like bipolar and the art and tattoos inspired by them.

Let It Be

Beth Brownsberger Mader
April 23, 2011

Hi.  I’m Beth, the new kid here, and I just got my third tattoo. So what? This new one I have considered for some time, as I have developed increasing objectivity about myself, tenacity, bipolar, PTSD, and medicine. {Let it be} Yes, as in Beatles’ song, and my favorite stanza: “And when the night is...


Support Groups: Walking the Path to Wellness Together

Donna Jackel
May 1, 2009

Talking about what’s on our minds can help us recover. By Donna Jackel   One hour into a support group meeting for adults with bipolar, facilitator Christopher turns to a middle-aged man who has barely spoken. “How you doin’, Stan?” asks Chris, 38, who has a shaved head and is dressed casually in sweats and...


Hope Through Support Groups: Ed’s Story

Charles Anzalone
January 1, 2008

Ed is able to use his bipolar diagnosis to help thousands of others across the Canadian province of British Columbia.   By Charles Analzone   He’s there every day, wearing his signature Hawaiian shirt and flip flop sandals. With his unassuming manner, Ed Rogers is easy to overlook in the Vancouver offices of the Mood...


Finding Support Through Family: Lynn’s Story

Millie Guerrero
May 1, 2007

Lynn may not have a large support network, but it certainly is mighty.   By Millie Guerrero   Lynn M. finds peace and solace after difficult days by sitting on the swing in her back porch and watching the riverbank. “It’s very calming,” she says about the surroundings of her Selma, Alabama, home. “You can...


SoundOFF! Creating Your Wellness Team

bp Magazine Readers
November 8, 2006

Have you built a wellness team of people to support you in your recovery? We invite you to share your experience. Yes, I have a wellness team of people who are supporting me in my recovery. I have a psychologist, a therapist, and a case manager. I also have friends who have helped me greatly...


Scientific Proof That You Can Manage Your Bipolar Disorder

Peter Newman
November 8, 2006

You can LEARN to cope with no side effects— science says so. By Peter Newman Elizabeth taught me how to cope with bipolar disorder—she was my psychiatrist until I moved from England to the United States in 1989. I’d like to think it was because she took a special interest in me, but maybe she...


Me, Get Therapy? It’s My Kid Who Has the Problem

August 29, 2006

You don’t have to have a mental illness to go to therapy. By Lizzie S.   Recently, I was speaking before a large group in Illinois, when a man sitting with his family in the balcony raised his hand to ask a question. He said he had a son in his 20s who had bipolar,...


Searching For Support? You Are Not Alone!

Stephen Propst
February 8, 2006

When living with bipolar disorder peer support groups can offer a confidential, safe environment for sharing and caring with others who’ve had similar experiences. By Stephen Propst   Do you ever feel alone in your struggle with bipolar disorder? Do you ever feel as though no one else understands? Would you like to have help...