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How to Recognize the Distorted Lens of Bipolar and Reclaim Reality

Carin Meyer
September 10, 2018

When bipolar moods take hold, it is important to recognize when your thoughts may not be in line with reality and how to see the truth.   We see everything through a lens, and when you have an illness like bipolar disorder, everything you see can be distorted by that lens. For me, that lens...

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Managing Angry Outbursts With Your Children

bp Magazine
September 6, 2018

As a parent, knowing how to respond effectively to your child’s tantrums can help minimize the possibility of future emotional outbursts; consider these tips: Understand the triggers Experts agree that the first step in helping your child with anger issues is understanding what triggers set off the outburst. For many kids, their meltdowns are predictable...

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4 Ways to Help Kids Overcome the Cycle of Anxiety

bp Magazine
June 20, 2018

As parents we all want to protect our children from their anxieties, but we can inadvertently make things worse; here’s four ideas to help children manage anxiety. #1 Be positive, but realistic It’s OK to express your own confidence that your child is going to manage, and that every step she takes, her anxiety level...

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Mood Episodes: Up and Down—in a Matter of Minutes

Stephen Propst
May 11, 2018

People living with bipolar feel life more intensely. How do you handle random encounters that can substantially, sometimes dramatically, shift your mood? Recently, while attending a mental health conference in Washington, D.C., I found myself with a little free time. So, I attended a timeshare presentation. From past experience, I knew that these can be...

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What Are Your ‘High-Risk’ Triggers For A Mood Swing?

Julie A. Fast
May 10, 2018

Learning your high-risk triggers is important so you can practice avoiding them to maintain stability. I consider bipolar disorder a genetic illness. I was born with it and my symptoms showed up unannounced when I was in my late teens.  I didn’t control this. But I can control the triggers of my bipolar. Here is...

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Why Colds and Mental Health Conditions Have More in Common Than You Think

Erika Nielsen
May 4, 2018

Mental health conditions are just as difficult to endure as physical health conditions, such as colds, but why are they so much more difficult to talk about?   Not long ago, I was knocked down flat by an uber-virus that everyone seemed to be catching. In the throes of my throbbing raw throat, faucet nostrils, and...

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When to Quit What Is Triggering Your Bipolar Disorder Mood Swings

Julie A. Fast
May 3, 2018

Understanding what can trigger bipolar symptoms is important—and you shouldn’t feel guilty for avoiding what can make you sick. Bipolar disorder is so easily triggered.  It’s a rough illness that way—even the things we look forward to can create serious mood swings. People get sick from planning a wedding that is a bit too big...

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Does Bipolar Become Harder to Manage As You Grow Older?

Karl Shallowhorn
March 27, 2018

There are many challenges associated with living with bipolar disorder, however as one gets older it is possible to gain insight into what can best work to develop a healthy pattern of living.   I’ve been living with bipolar since the age of 18 which means that I’ve been having this condition for 37 years....

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Impulsivity: The Power of Now vs The Problem With Right Now

Brooke Hilton
March 13, 2018

How to prevent mania from leading to online purchases piling up on your doorstep, a new hair color, and unicorn astronaut pins in three colors.   I think we are all familiar with Eckhart Toelle’s book, The Power of Now. If not, it’s an excellent read on the power of living in the moment. Whenever...

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Bipolar Mania, Hypomania and the Desire to Escape

Carin Meyer
March 13, 2018

Knowing the early signs of mania, such as a desire to escape, can help to avoid it spiraling into planning elaborate getaways.   The hallmark symptom of my coming mania is an overwhelming urge to escape. For me, the lure of mania has often brought with it the lure of escape. At the beginning, when...

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How Parents Can Avoid Holiday Triggers For Kids with Bipolar

bp Magazine
December 17, 2017

Formal events can be stressful for parents of children with mood disorders; here’s how to prepare so your holiday family outings are fun for all: Be realistic about expectations If you already know your child will be triggered by having to sit quietly through a long ceremony, such as a holiday church mass, then consider...

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Hope & Harmony Headlines: Holiday Mania Alert: Are you doing too much?

Elizabeth Forbes
December 7, 2017

November 30, 2017 • Volume 10, Issue 48 • Subscribe to Hope & Harmony Headlines Mania Alert: Are You Doing Too Much? There’s a lot of talk this time of year about depression and the holidays. Which is a good thing—but not the only mood issue to consider when you have bipolar disorder. For some,...

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Hope & Harmony Headlines: Treat Yourself To Better Weight Management

Elizabeth Forbes
October 24, 2017

October 26, 2017  •  Volume 10, Issue 43  •  Subscribe to Hope & Harmony Headlines Treat yourself to better weight management “Trick or treat” comes with a strong side of temptation. For those of us with a sweet tooth, it can be mighty hard to resist all those mini chocolate bars and candy packets. Still,...

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Medication Is No “Magic Potion” for Bipolar Disorder

Brad Hoefs
October 23, 2017

When you have bipolar disorder, no medication can truly change your attitude or thinking, as I learned from my late father. It takes hard work to make changes for mood stability. My dad was the first person I knew who had bipolar disorder. It was back in 1975 that he had a “nervous breakdown.” For...

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Bipolar & Teens: 3 Common Triggers For Mood Episodes

bp Magazine
October 15, 2017

It’s not always easy to spot the early warning signs of mania or depression in your child. Here are a few ways that could help:   #1 Sleep-wake cycles Sleep is such a common trigger, according to David Miklowitz, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the UCLA Semel...

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How to Help Others Understand Your Bipolar Disorder

bp Magazine
September 11, 2017

People with bipolar disorder require emotional support from family and friends, along with self-management strategies. Here’s how to help your loved ones understand you better: Pass on your knowledge The more you learn, the better you will be able to help your loved ones. With new information and greater understanding, you’ll be able to fully...

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3 Things to Know about Bipolar and Noise Sensitivity

bp Magazine
September 3, 2017

Whether you have a sensitivity to a particular sound related to a past emotional experience or if common noises are intolerable for you; here’s what you can do. #1 Acknowledge the Hypersensitivity It’s important to accept what our body is doing and realize it’s normal to feel anxious. We should try not to fear the...

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3 Things to Consider to Find Work That Works for You

bp Magazine
August 31, 2017

When you’re looking for meaningful work that works for you, there are several things to consider before you start the job search. Here are three of them. #1 Think about the environment Consider your needs. Dealing with the public or being in frontline customer service can be fraught with abusive customers and is a landmine...

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8 Life-Changing Treatment Strategies

bp Magazine
August 26, 2017

Never forget: When it comes to managing symptoms, you are not powerless! You can take control of your wellness plan and stability with healthy personal choices and these tools and actions. #1 Customize your own treatment plan. What works for one person may not work for the next. Those who are finding success in treatment...

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6 Smart Steps to Take After a Bipolar Disorder Diagnosis

bp Magazine
August 17, 2017

After settling in with the news you will be dealing with a bipolar diagnosis—a life-long brain disorder—there are ways you can help yourself right away. #1 Find the right therapist for you This is an important first step; but don’t feel badly if it takes a few times to find the right therapist for you....

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