bpHope Blog: Dedicated to Living Well with Bipolar Disorder
Our award-winning bpHope Blog is a collection of posts written with heartfelt honesty by a group of bloggers from around the world, with each providing their own unique perspectives on living with bipolar disorder.
Our bloggers write on issues that reflect their experiences and knowledge of living with bipolar disorder and address a range of topics, including relationships, treatment, symptoms (mania, depression, anger, hypersexuality, impulsivity, sleep), stigma, parenting, and more. Our diverse and eclectic group of blog/vlog authors offer information, inspiration, practical guidance—and HOPE, no matter what your needs are.
Whether you have bipolar disorder or have a loved one who does, the bpHope Blog is a trusted community for you to connect with.
Blogs and Articles
My New Year Resolution: Working Out Your Head
Every year, the first week of January, people storm into gyms as if they’re giving away hot new bodies for free. We all know it doesn’t work that way. Losing weight requires a lot of discipline to achieve long lasting results.The same goes for getting your head in shape—you must be committed to getting...
6 Tips For When Depression Comes Knocking
I’ve lived through over half a dozen episodes of clinical depression and fended off at least a couple dozen others. So, I’m good at spotting the vicious lowlife known to clinicians by that deceptively benign term: “depression.” Though it remains devious, I’ve gotten better at spotting and combating it. My best defense is catching it...
Who is the Real Me? Who is the Real You?
I believe that bipolar disorder is an illness that sits on top of who I am. The real me is under there – it’s just often obscured by mood swings. In 1998, I started to distinguish between myself and bipolar disorder. I discovered that the depressed me is weepy, nervous, hopeless, self deprecating, lonely and...
Weathering Your Storm
Airports were closed. People were irritable and cold. Nobody was going anywhere. New York City experienced one of it’s worst blizzards in history yesterday. But unlike the two-feet of snow that’ll be gone soon with the help of the sun and an army of snow plows, a person dealing with their own inner storm...
Are people with bipolar disorder in denial?
Here are the most common questions I get from loved ones of people with bipolar disorder: Can’t people with bipolar disorder see that they’re sick and ruining their lives? Why do they refuse help? Answer: No, people with bipolar disorder can’t always see that they’re sick. It’s a symptom of the illness. I’ve worked on...
Have a Merry Mental Christmas.
They say it’s the most wonderful time of the year. But candy canes, a red-nosed reindeer, and a shiny new bike can only do so much for somebody who’s depressed. The pressure of buying gifts is overwhelming, being alone when others around you are together can be devastating, and getting together with family can be...
Don’t Be Afraid to Fire Your Doctor
Doctors are great, but they’re also human. Blindly trusting whatever they say without expressing our concerns as patients is a recipe for substandard healthcare. If we want the best quality care, we need to educate ourselves and demand it. We need to be vigilant advocates for ourselves, and if our doctors aren’t meeting our needs,...
What triggers your bipolar disorder?
How do we know what situations will make us sick and what situations we can handle? Managing this illness is all about knowing and then avoiding our triggers. I’m very careful about this. I go to Michigan in a few days and I can feel myself getting more and more anxious. Why? There is no...
MANIC or just ME
A few days ago my mind was racing. I was moving a mile a minute. I was Tweeting and texting and emailing and updating my status every five minutes and I was writing my next book and my next screenplay and then I made an appointment with a broker to buy an apartment for...
A Rare Win in Court
James Hazen, a former contract partner at the law firm of Hill, Betts & Nash, was recently awarded nearly $600,000 after an administrative law judge found that the firm discriminated against him due to his disability: namely, bipolar disorder. The firm alleged that it didn’t fire him on the basis of his mental illness, but...
Are You Traveling this Holiday Season?
All bipolar mood swings affect sleep. Mania keeps you awake, depression can make you tired, psychosis can make your thoughts so upsetting you’re scared to sleep and then there is anxiety. No one sleeps well when they have a lot of anxiety! But sleep problems themselves can also create mood swings, especially when you travel...
BP’s First 5 Years
Looking back at where we began and how far we have come When we published bp Magazine’s Preview Issue in the fall of 2004 (top right), it was natural to turn to bipolar disorder’s favorite “daughter”—Carrie Fisher—for a cover story. Her second best-selling book, The Best Awful, had been released six months earlier and Fisher was gliding on a...