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Mania & Financial Stress During the Holidays

Jessica Taylor
December 3, 2020

This time of year, I actively resist the urge to overspend. I love giving gifts, going to holiday parties, and dressing up to celebrate. In the past, mania “managed” my wallet and festivities for me. It just forgot about, well, everything else. Thankfully, I’ve learned some lessons to manage my money, my moods, and the...

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Mania and My $10,000 Christmas Tree

Dave Mowry
November 16, 2020

It can be easy to forget that our actions during a mood episode are the symptoms of bipolar—they’re not true representations of our personality and decision-making when stable. Especially after the more “outrageous” behaviors associated with mania, the guilt and shame we feel can keep us from taking stock of what we’ve done and even...

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Learning How to “Turn Off” Triggering Content in News & Social Media

Jessica Taylor
October 1, 2020

My bipolar disorder causes me to be more sensitive to what is going on in the world. I am curious, compassionate, and a helper. So, when that news is not just negative but triggering, I need to set boundaries and try to avoid a depressive episode. Nationwide Crises, Overwhelm, & Bipolar Depression The United States...

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Why (and How) I Wait to Make Important Decisions

Carrie Cantwell
September 30, 2020

With bipolar disorder comes impulsivity. After dealing with the fallout of decisions made in haste or when unwell, I know it’s essential to take my time when making choices that could have a substantial impact on my life. Here’s how I move forward when faced with big decisions. Bipolar Disorder & Living in a State...

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Is This a Healthy Interest or My Latest “Bipolar Obsession”?

Brooke Baron
August 5, 2020

When I become obsessive about something, it’s like having an elephant in my mind. I cannot let go of or ignore my newest compulsion. Here’s how I am trying to sort out which interests deserve my attention and which are less helpful or possibly detrimental. One commonality I’ve noticed between myself and the bipolar community...


Managing Bipolar Anger at Work

Jessica Taylor
June 11, 2020

With bipolar, I feel emotions intensely, especially anger. With workplace stress, it can be really hard to keep my cool. Here is what I try to do if rage starts bubbling up when I need to remain “professional.” Workplace Challenges, Stress, & Bipolar We all deal with challenges at work. Whether it’s the job itself,...


3 Ideas to Help You Control Impulsive Urges

Robin L. Flanigan
August 15, 2019

Developing strategies for dialing back impulsive urges will lead to more stability and healthier choices. Some ideas: #1 Find a lifeguard That’s what Elaina, a Vancouver counselor with bipolar disorder, calls someone who can work collaboratively with you to develop a maintenance plan for day-to-day stability and wellness—and be upfront when red flags arise. Preparation...


7 Tips from Financial Planners to Protect Your Money during Mania

Chris Swingle
July 12, 2019

Left unchecked, hypo/mania and its associated impulsivity can wreck your wallet. For the best tips to guard against overspending and other common monetary risks, we consulted with the experts: financial planners who have experience advising relatives or clients with bipolar disorder. During a manic episode, it is common to overspend, gamble, accrue new debts, and...


When Bipolar Depression ‘Attacks’ My Wallet: How to Control Online Shopping When Depressed

Lynda Williams
November 26, 2018

While mania may often be more associated with over-the-top shopping, it can also be important to watch how bipolar depression can affect your spending. The story I tell myself about money is that I’m not good with it, but the truth is that I’m afraid of it. Most people who live with bipolar disorder have...


Hope & Harmony Headlines: When You Don’t Take Control, Impulsivity Can Control You

Robin L. Flanigan
November 16, 2018

November 29, 2018   •   Volume 11, Issue 48 Subscribe to Hope & Harmony Headlines When You Don’t Take Control, Impulsivity Takes Control of You There isn’t anything inherently wrong with feeling carried away, or making a decision based on a hunch. That’s where excitement and instinct kick in, and who doesn’t want—need, actually—either...


Healthy Versus Unhealthy Food Choices Are a Battle of the Brain

bp Magazine
October 3, 2018

A new study shows that avoiding impulse eating can involve a complex neurological battle that goes much deeper than simply practicing more self-control.   September 28, 2018, CARBONDALE, Ill. — With over $60 billion spent annually by Americans on weight loss programs and diets, it is clear that the obesity epidemic is not caused by...


The Dos and Don’ts of Mastering Your Hypomania ‘Dragon’

Lynda Williams
October 2, 2018

You can learn ways to “train” your hypomania dragon to avoid impulsive decisions that can have lasting impacts on your life.   Last month I discussed how bipolar depression affects my decision-making, specifically in terms of work. Now I’d like to address the impact of hypomania on my decisions and how these affect my relationships....


4 Ways to Encourage Mindfulness in Children with Bipolar Disorder

bp Magazine
April 3, 2018

Studies are proving that kids who practice mindfulness show benefits to psychological well-being, social skills and academics; here’s how to inspire calm awareness: #1 Set an example Mindfulness isn’t something that intuitively appears in children—parents need to cultivate it, writes Sean Grover, LCSW, psychotherapist and child development expert. And he says the best way to...


Striving for Stability: The Importance of Self-Determination

Karl Shallowhorn
December 1, 2017

When it comes to living with bipolar disorder, many people feel like they have no choice, especially when one’s actions have caused damage to themselves or someone else. But the truth is, we all have choices, no matter how big or how small. By Karl Shallowhorn   “If you choose not to decide, you still...


Owning My Anger & Getting It Off My Chest—Respectfully

Lynn Rae
October 3, 2017

Learning to express anger in a healthy, productive way is a much better alternative to holding in this intense bipolar symptom. The Depression-Anger Connection It has been said that depression is anger turned inward.  The first time I heard that expression it hit me like a ton of bricks.  I knew I had low self-esteem,...


A Potential Solution to The Impulsivity Created by Bipolar Disorder

Jasper Benitez
September 22, 2017

Remaining grounded in the present helps you to deliberately resist bipolar disorder’s impusive urges. By: Jasper Benitez   Too often we individuals who live with bipolar disorder give in to our impulses.  Whether it be to drive for miles just to buy that piece of chocolate we suddenly crave, or to give weight to our...


Bipolar & Marriage: What If Your Spouse’s Spending Is Out of Control?

bp Magazine
August 22, 2017

If you’re dealing with the uncontrollable spending behavior of a spouse who has bipolar disorder, there are strategies you and your partner can consider: Working it out together It may be difficult at the best of times to navigate the delicate issues around bipolar excessive spending. The best thing is to sit down with your...


What to Do When Bipolar’s Risky Behavior Takes Hold

bp Magazine
August 18, 2017

When high-risk behaviors like overspending, promiscuity, or substance use overtake you, there are some strategies to help overcome the impulsiveness of bipolar’s grip: Admit there’s a problem You can’t fix a problem if you don’t admit there is one. The best time to do this is when you are not in the middle of a...


4 Ways to Know if Your Bipolar Anger Is Creating Problems

bp Magazine
April 30, 2017

Do you ever wonder if your anger might be getting the best of you? Ask yourself these questions: #1  Is the intensity level usually too high? While we’re all subject to getting angry with a situation or a person if we’ve been wronged, for most it’s short-lived and the intensity does not border on rage....


Hope & Harmony Headlines: Impulsivity’s Reward vs. Risk

Elizabeth Forbes
April 25, 2017

April 27, 2017  •  Volume 10, Issue 17  •  Subscribe to Hope & Harmony Headlines   Impulsivity’s Reward vs. Risk May is Mental Health Month, and the theme for 2017 is “Risky Business.” According Mental Health America, the advocacy organization that spearheads this annual awareness campaign, behaviors such as risky sex, excessive spending, marijuana use,...