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Social Media Benefits & Drawbacks with Bipolar

JB Burrage
February 28, 2022

Social media sites and apps can provide necessary connections and offer entertainment; they can also enable isolation and masking stability while denying bipolar depression or mania. Social Media Status: Complicated I have a love/hate relationship with social media. On one hand, I’ve found plenty of old acquaintances and reconnected with them—even met for the first...

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Seeking Healthy Thrills to Prevent Bipolar Depression

Sasha Kildare
February 22, 2022

Newness is exciting; boredom feels painful. It took a while for me to realize that boredom is a personal risk factor for depressive episodes. Not everyone understands this. As it turns out, there’s plenty of research regarding how learning new things influences your brain, including creating new connections between your neurons (neuroplasticity). This is, in...

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Routine Problems with Bipolar

Brooke Baron
February 14, 2022

I recognize the importance of a consistent routine for managing bipolar. I also know that maintaining my stability depends on having free time for spontaneity. The Necessity of Routine We hear it all the time: Routine is so important for people with bipolar! Keep a steady routine to combat your bipolar symptoms! Do things the...

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Managing Bipolar in the Workplace

Debbie Jacobs
February 7, 2022

I worried my bipolar diagnosis would hold me back professionally. In time, I learned that bipolar could propel me to better self-management and career success. Diagnosed & Doubting My Life Dreams When I was diagnosed with bipolar, years ago, I was working full-time and pursuing my graduate degree. It was my last semester of school,...

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Relationships & Bipolar Disclosure—Finding the Right Time to Share

Julie Whitehead
January 31, 2022

Revealing your diagnosis in a relationship can be difficult and feel risky. I prioritize honesty and try to separate reactions from my self-worth. Romance & Revelations Starting a new romantic relationship is often an exciting time. Experiencing new feelings, stretching horizons, and learning about each other is often thrilling, with exciting dates, a longing to...

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