Stephen Propst is a public speaker and a coach/consultant focusing on living successfully with conditions like bipolar. He was a columnist with bp Magazine for 17 years. Stephen can be reached at talktosteve@protonmail.com.

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10 Things You Don’t Want to Know about Bipolar … Unless You Want to Successfully Manage It

Stephen Propst
January 20, 2015

There are things about our lives that we just don’t want to know. If, however, we want to take charge and live well in spite of bipolar disorder, then read on. You know, there are things about our lives that we just don’t want to know. For example, most of us do not want to...

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10 Things NOT to Say to Someone with Bipolar

Stephen Propst
November 8, 2006

Choosing your words carefully can strengthen relationships, fuel recovery, and make for a better quality of life for everyone. You may think that talk is cheap. But, when words are used thoughtlessly, carelessly, or hurtfully, they can take a heavy toll. Like an arrow, “wrong” words can be sharp, piercing a person’s spirit, ripping away...

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10 Ways to Support Someone Who Has Bipolar

Stephen Propst
November 8, 2005

For the people who support those of us with bipolar, there are ways to reduce stress, improve relationships, and make for a better overall quality of life for everyone. For those of us who have bipolar disorder, we are kidding ourselves if we think we can go it alone. While one of the most profound...

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Bipolar and Unintended Consequences

Stephen Propst
October 27, 2021

When we are dealing with a mood disorder, simplistic, superficial comments—however well intended—can diminish the dedication required to deal with a difficult diagnosis. People often make comments to me such as: I thought you’d dealt with that. Or: You mean you still get depressed? My reply is that living with bipolar is still a big...

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Principles to put into practice—And transform your thinking

Stephen Propst
October 27, 2021

Managing bipolar is much more than doctor and therapy appointments and medications. A comprehensive approach—sleeping soundly, eating nutritiously, and exercising regularly—is critical. Managing a mood disorder is an ongoing undertaking. Contrary to what some people think, you don’t just “get over it.” How you see the situation is key. Adopting the right perspective takes time,...

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My Battle with Bipolar: 10 Things I Know Matter Most

Stephen Propst
October 18, 2021

It’s hard to believe that my column dates back to 2005 when I wrote about “10 things you don’t want to know about bipolar…unless you want to successfully manage it.” Now, around 70 issues later, it’s time to conclude this chapter of my life and complete the circle. For my final column, I took some...

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How to Talk to Myself (About Bipolar)

Stephen Propst
January 29, 2021

To stay on track with wellness and boost my mood, I stay away from damaging negative self-talk and have positive conversations with myself instead. If you see me walking, driving, or even just standing around, you may notice that I’m talking to myself. This practice might seem peculiar, but I assure you that it has...

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Bipolar & Relationships—Turning back, not away

Stephen Propst
November 18, 2020

Sharing and then respecting each other’s boundaries is a good way to begin the process of turning back to one another, not away. In the 30+ years I’ve lived with bipolar—and worked with countless others who do—I’ve found that people are more prone to back away or out of our lives. Similarly, we may find...

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A How-To Guide for Bipolar’s Turbulent Waters

Stephen Propst
November 18, 2020

Living with bipolar makes the rough waters everyone inevitably confronts more challenging. But you can still safely and smoothly go with the flow. The first time I went whitewater rafting, I had so many misperceptions. I was truly naive—not unlike when I was first diagnosed with bipolar. Indeed, I seriously had a number of concerns...

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