Robin L. Flanigan is a national award-winning journalist for magazines and newspapers, and author of the children’s book M is for Mindful. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in language and literature from St. Mary’s College of Maryland, she worked for eleven years in newsrooms including The Herald-Sun in Durham, North Carolina, and the Democrat and Chronicle in Rochester, New York. Her work has earned awards from the Education Writers Association, the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association, the New York Newspaper Publishers Association, and elsewhere. She wrote the children’s book M is for Mindful, and also authored a coffee-table book titled Rochester: High Performance for 175 Years. When not writing for work, Robin is usually writing for pleasure, hiking (she climbed to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro in 2008), or searching for the nearest chocolate chip cookie. She lives in Upstate New York with her husband and daughter, and can be found at thekineticpen.com or on Twitter: @thekineticpen.

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Managing Close Relationships When Moods Pull Them Apart

Robin L. Flanigan
July 4, 2018

Self-awareness and healthy boundaries are key to maintaining strong relationships with your significant others, family and friends when mood swings threaten to pull you apart. All relationships ebb and flow. It comes with the territory because, well, we’re human. But when bipolar is part of the equation, the dynamics of relationships–with partners, family members and...

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Bipolar Disorder and Grappling with Obsessive Thinking

Robin L. Flanigan
October 2, 2017

Obsessive thinking is a fairly common but rarely discussed symptom of bipolar. We look at ways you can take charge when intrusive thoughts take hold. Getting something stuck in your head—the catchy chorus of a song, a gruesome image from the news—can be annoying for anyone. But annoying segues to alarming when intrusive thoughts, worries,...

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The Ultimate Guide to Handling Hypomania

Robin L. Flanigan
April 8, 2016

There’s no denying the allure of hypomania, but there are real risks to leaving it untreated. Self-knowledge plus practical strategies will keep you from crashing. Those six projects you’ve been meaning to get to for months? You’re on them all—and you have plans for six more. You are cheerful and creative, gregarious and engaging, and...

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Anger Antidotes

Robin L. Flanigan
December 21, 2020

Anger can feel overwhelming when it suddenly “erupts.” Here are some expert tips to tame your rage, get rid of regret, and prevent ruined relationships. #1 Set Boundaries. This is a nuanced skill, according to Brock Schludecker, PsyD, of Columbus, Ohio. But it’s important for “protecting one’s time and space and autonomy in a way...

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All the Rage: What to Do When Anger Attacks

Robin L. Flanigan
December 18, 2020

When intense irritability and “anger attacks” disrupt your life and damage your relationships, you may question how to move forward. To regain control over this sometimes-bewildering symptom of bipolar, look to the source—could it be a mood swing, increased stress, or an unrecognized trigger? If Terry had to give herself a diagnosis, it would be...

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New Year, New Perspective

Robin L. Flanigan
December 15, 2020

Hope & Harmony Headlines  •  SubscribeDecember 31, 2020  •  Volume 13, Issue 52 Abraham Lincoln, who lived with deep depression, used his personal struggle to galvanize the spirit of a nation—to turn the source of his anguish into an invitation to do things differently. To set new priorities. On the cusp of a new year, we get the...

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Coping with Loneliness During the Holidays

Robin L. Flanigan
December 10, 2020

Hope & Harmony Headlines  •  SubscribeDecember 10, 2020  •  Volume 13, Issue 49 Coping with Loneliness & A Holiday Slump For many, this time of year has always evoked feelings of joy and has been an occasion for celebrating with loved ones. Yet for many others, it marks a time of loneliness and psychological distress. Truly, this holiday...

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The Gift of Hope Is the Gift of Resilience

Robin L. Flanigan
December 5, 2020

Hope & Harmony Headlines  •  SubscribeDecember 10, 2020  •  Volume 13, Issue 51 Poet Alfred Lord Tennyson once penned: “Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering ‘it will be happier.’” Said another way, it’s the perfect time to reflect on what possibilities lay ahead of us. For many, on this eve of Christmas—either the...

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Taking a Sober Look at Our Decision to Drink

Robin L. Flanigan
December 2, 2020

Hope & Harmony Headlines  •  SubscribeDecember 17, 2020  •  Volume 13, Issue 49 The decision to drink alcohol can have sober consequences. We know that decision is more significant when living with bipolar, a diagnosis that has a close relationship with substance use—alcohol use in particular. Despite the glamorization of holiday cheer, with celebratory ads and social media’s...

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