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The Best Solutions for a Healthy Relationship

Robin L. Flanigan
February 24, 2022

Hope & Harmony HeadlinesMay 20, 2021 • Volume 14, Issue 20 Healthy relationships—ones that grow and thrive—are built on honesty and commitment. We know that with the mood swings and behavior changes of bipolar, people get frustrated and feelings get hurt. Christie Hartman, PhD, has some straight talk about how getting treatment is essential for...

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When Bipolar Shows Up in Our Family Tree

Robin L. Flanigan
February 23, 2022

Hope & Harmony Headlines • SubscribeMarch 17, 2022 • Volume 15, Issue 11 While many causes exist for developing bipolar, having it in our family is one of the most common. “Bipolar disorder is one of the most heritable mental health conditions, with family history being a significant risk factor,” says licensed mental health counselor...

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How to Guard Your Sleep through Daylight Saving Time

Robin L. Flanigan
February 17, 2022

Hope & Harmony Headlines • SubscribeMarch 10, 2022 • Volume 15, Issue 10 Our biological clocks are kind of a big deal. Among many complex functions, this internal timing system regulates our circadian rhythms—our body’s natural 24-hour cycle—that influence our sleep patterns and mood changes. Guarding our sleep—keeping our circadian rhythm in check—is imperative, given...

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Friendship: Searching for Acceptance & Trust

Robin L. Flanigan
February 9, 2022

Hope & Harmony Headlines • SubscribeMarch 3, 2022 • Volume 15, Issue 9 Maintaining friendships can sometimes seem like a monumental challenge when dealing with unpredictable moods. Even so, since friendships can be one of the most significant relationships we have in our lives, it’s a challenge worth pursuing. “Social support is very, very important.…...

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Being Connected Is Crucial to Improving Depression

Robin L. Flanigan
February 1, 2022

Hope & Harmony Headlines • SubscribeFebruary 24, 2022 • Volume 15, Issue 8 We hear a lot about isolation these days, thanks to the pandemic. With bipolar, there’s a different type of isolation to keep top of mind—a depression-fueled urge to retreat, a desire that’s more of a trap than anything else. Separating from society...

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Making “Time” for Self-Care Steps to Manage Mood

Robin L. Flanigan
January 25, 2022

Hope & Harmony HeadlinesFebruary 17, 2022 • Volume 15, Issue 7 While it’s true that time is parceled out one moment at a time, its nature is still complex and elusive. It’s also something that’s on our minds all of the time. In fact, “time” is the most frequently used noun in the English language,...

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A Guide to Bipolar & Loving, Positive Relationships

Robin L. Flanigan
January 19, 2022

Hope & Harmony HeadlinesFebruary 10, 2022 • Volume 15, Issue 6 With Valentine’s Day around the corner, it’s a good time to focus on what it means to be involved in loving, positive relationships—whether with romantic partners, friends, or family members. When we’re surrounded by caring people, this human connection plays an important role in...

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Putting Paranoia in Check

Robin L. Flanigan
January 11, 2022

Hope & Harmony HeadlinesFebruary 3, 2022 • Volume 15, Issue 5 Is Paranoia Affecting Your Life? While the term “paranoid” is used loosely among the general population—often in jest—in truth, this experience can be highly unsettling and isolating. Paranoia can range from extreme feelings of being followed and persecuted to being cheated on. It can...

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Why We Eat When We’re Not Hungry—and What to Do about It

Robin L. Flanigan
January 5, 2022

Hope & Harmony HeadlinesJanuary 27, 2022 • Volume 15, Issue 4 Why do we eat when we’re not hungry? Well, lots of reasons—most of which carry an emotional burden: depression, stress, boredom, and patterns from childhood. It’s often mindlessly snacking in front of the TV, bingeing on Netflix, then feeling guilty at evening’s end. “When...

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Recovering Financial Freedom after Holiday Overspending

Robin L. Flanigan
December 30, 2021

Hope & Harmony HeadlinesJanuary 20, 2022 • Volume 15, Issue 3 Suffering from a holiday-spending hangover? You’re not alone. More than one-third of Americans (36%) took on debt to pay for holiday expenses in 2021, according to a survey conducted by LendingTree. While the aftershock of holiday splurges can be tough to manage, financial recovery...

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Moving Forward from Negative Thinking

Robin L. Flanigan
December 15, 2021

Hope & Harmony HeadlinesJanuary 13, 2022 • Volume 15, Issue 2 On the heels of the “most wonderful time of the year,” this stretch can easily be called one of the most challenging. Now that the weeks of buildup and the holiday festivities have come and gone, reality is setting in with the arrival of...

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Set an “Intention” for Getting What You Want in 2022

Robin L. Flanigan
December 7, 2021

Hope & Harmony HeadlinesJanuary 6, 2022 • Volume 15, Issue 1 Traditions can be great, but when it comes to resolutions, there’s nothing like the timing of a new year to break with the past. And that’s because resolutions are hard to keep. They’re often too vague and difficult to lead to meaningful change. And...

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Ringing in the New Year with Fewer Anxieties

Robin L. Flanigan
December 7, 2021

Hope & Harmony HeadlinesDecember 30, 2021 • Volume 14, Issue 51 English Romantic poet William Wordsworth once said, “Life is divided into three terms—that which was, which is, and which will be.” There’s nothing like the dawn of a new year to make that division palpable. Ringing in 2022 is the perfect time to reflect...

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Managing Depression During “Happy Holidays”

Robin L. Flanigan
November 30, 2021

Hope & Harmony HeadlinesDecember 23, 2021 • Volume 14, Issue 50 We are all familiar with the traditional spirited holiday hit “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”—the scene-stealer on the radio’s streaming list rotation. Its message pervades holiday home décor, from framed canvases and serving plates to mugs and welcome mats. The sights...

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Being Mindful of Impulsive Holiday Spending

Robin L. Flanigan
November 29, 2021

Hope & Harmony HeadlinesDecember 16, 2021 • Volume 14, Issue 49 With less than two weeks before Christmas, time is ticking to grab last-minute gifts and decorations. We need to brace ourselves for this last financial push—a leading source of stress that can overwhelm our lives and upend our mental health. Especially given that shoppers...

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Why Alone Doesn’t Have to Mean Lonely

Robin L. Flanigan
November 17, 2021

Hope & Harmony HeadlinesDecember 9, 2021 • Volume 14, Issue 48 Given that technology can keep us connected—some would say hyperconnected—on a global scale, it would seem that loneliness could be extinguished with the press or swipe of a finger. Instead, studies have shown that we are relying more and more on virtual connections, and...

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How Holiday Sugar Can Crash Your Mood

Robin L. Flanigan
November 10, 2021

Hope & Harmony HeadlinesDecember 2, 2021 • Volume 14, Issue 47 The holidays can be stressful enough without having to deal with moods associated with reactive hypoglycemia—a fancy term for the crash that happens after eating high-sugar foods. (And what holiday event doesn’t have a horde of those?) These foods cause the body to release...

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Why Being Thankful Makes You Feel Better

Robin L. Flanigan
November 3, 2021

Hope & Harmony HeadlinesNovember 25, 2021 • Volume 14, Issue 46 It’s all in the name. Thanksgiving is a day to celebrate gratitude—shown by science to be good for both our mental and physical health. “Gratitude is a powerful human emotion,” says certified psychiatric counselor Madhuleena Roy Chowdhury. “By conveying and receiving simple ‘thank you’...

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How to Manage Holiday Stress & Mood Swings

Robin L. Flanigan
October 27, 2021

Hope & Harmony HeadlinesNovember 18, 2021 • Volume 14, Issue 45 If only our holidays could look like they do on magazine covers, with highly curated, perfectly placed decorations—and families with expressions ranging from contentment to downright ecstasy. No sign of planning, work, or stress in sight. We know better. So does the American Psychological...

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Breaking the Cycle of Self-Sabotage

Robin L. Flanigan
October 21, 2021

Hope & Harmony HeadlinesNovember 11, 2021 • Volume 14, Issue 44 Self-sabotage is when we undermine what we want and what we believe in. And everyone does it—to some degree. Before they made history, even Abraham Lincoln, Fred Rogers, and Michelangelo sabotaged themselves, so we’re in good company. Self-sabotage happens “when your drive to reduce...

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