Bipolar and Stress

Articles and blog posts relating to stress and living with bipolar disorder.

Blogs and Articles

Bipolar & The 3 Minute Stress-Relief Exercise

Robin L. Flanigan
August 7, 2014

When stresses start to overwhelm you, take 3 minutes to refresh and destress.   William Marchand, MD , an associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Utah, stresses the value of mindfulness interventions in his book Depression and Bipolar Disorder: Your Guide to Recovery. His patients with bipolar often cite the stress that comes...


Handling Exhaustion & Stressful Times While Maintaining Stability

Beth Brownsberger Mader
November 2, 2013

Stressful situations, especially piled on one thing after another, in a relatively short period of time, are difficult to persevere through. But we must continue to accept it, cope, and reduce stress. The last couple of months have been extraordinarily stressful for me and my household. From joint job searches and financial belt tightening, to...


Staying Stable During Stressful Travel

Beth Brownsberger Mader
October 19, 2013

I mentally prepared ahead of time for all the planes, trains, and automobiles that I knew would be involved in my trip. What I didn’t prepare for was the rudeness of my fellow air passengers. It’d been precisely two years since I’d traveled on a plane this last week, to visit my parents in that...


Ask the Doctor: Helpful Holiday Health Hints

Jane Mountain, MD
September 7, 2012

Fall is a difficult time for many because they start worrying about the upcoming holiday season. Why do I feel like my moods fluctuate more during this time of year? You’re on the right track to ask this question, because fall is the best time to start thinking about preventive planning for the holidays. First...


Reflections On Family Legacies & Bipolar Disorder

Beth Brownsberger Mader
April 1, 2012

Sometimes genetics and habits aren’t the only characteristics that are hereditary. Really the only differences between my father and me are 29 years and the X chromosome. I’ve always looked just like him (except for the obvious, duh), we have the same gestures and we share an “A”-type personality. Our similarities go much deeper. We...



bp Magazine Readers
May 10, 2011

Despite your best efforts, there may be times when you relapse into full-blown mania or severe depression. How do you rebound from a mood episode?   IT HAS TAKEN over two years to smooth out a vicious cycle of rapid cycling: depression in the morning, hypomania in the evening. To get myself healthy again, I...


SOUNDOFF! Awareness & Stigma About Bipolar

bp Magazine Readers
January 15, 2010

As bp Magazine celebrates its 5th anniversary, we reflect on the public’s increased awareness and understanding about bipolar disorder. Has this improving environment changed the way you, or someone you know, views and copes with bipolar?   The bp editors are always educated, surprised, and often moved by the range of responses to regular SOUNDOFF!...


Bipolar & Overeating: Shedding Pounds & Gaining Wisdom

Sasha Kildare
May 17, 2009

Sometimes bipolar medication comes with weight gain, so we have some tips on how to keep the weight off and your mood up. I used to blame my mood stabilizer for tripling my dress size. Medication was not the only factor, but I believed it alone was responsible. I lamented my sluggish metabolism while consoling myself with chocolate chip cookies. At 18,...


How Deal With Everyday Stress WITHOUT Sacrificing Your Stability

Stephen Propst
February 1, 2009

In our society, stress is inevitable. So instead of letting it sabotage your stability, use it to fuel your recovery! In our fast-paced society it’s no wonder that we often feel stressed out. If you have the time, resources, and experience to effectively manage a situation, stress is kept at bay. When that’s not the...