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  • Winter 2016 | bpHope - bp Magazine Community
    Log In Forum Home Topics Discussions Partners Page Members Forum Rules Community Blog Forum Associations Letter to the Editor SOUNDOFF Talk to bp Writers Magazine Current Issue Archived Issues Customer Service Print Digital Subscription Buy Past Issues Frequently Asked Questions Digital Subscriber Access Page Subscribe Home Winter 2016 Hope and Harmony Headlines Considering creativity By bp Magazine February 8 2016 1 13 pm A few years back movie audiences got a fairly upbeat take on bipolar disorder in Silver Linings Playbook a quirky romance with a feel good ending Read more New Touched With Fire Movie Finding the Beauty in Bipolar By Stephanie Stephens January 5 2016 11 45 am Director and screenwriter Paul Dalio s new feature film takes a hard and gritty look at love mania creative inspiration and making peace with bipolar Read more Bipolar Anger Unravel Your Wrath By Denise Mann January 5 2016 11 30 am Bipolar irritability and anger can damage relationships and hurt you in the workplace It pays to learn how to prevent and defuse flare ups in temper Read more Growing Older with Bipolar By Robin L Flanigan January 5 2016 10 59 am Bipolar disorder may become easier to manage in later life but stay alert to changes in physical health and how well your medication works Read more Emotional Eating Reset Your Habits Bite by Bite By Jessica C Kraft January 5 2016 9 33 am Bringing awareness to every bite helps you avoid emotional eating limit calories and choose more foods that make you feel better in the long term Read more Creating healthy lifestyles for children with bipolar By Adelaide Sherwood Robb MD January 5 2016 9 06 am Good sleep a healthy diet and regular exercise can help stabilize mood swings boost self esteem and manage

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  • Bipolar And Creativity | bpHope - bp Magazine Community
    Issues Triggers Treatment Art Music Confidence Building Diagnosis Misdiagnosis Diet Doctors ECT Exercise Finding Balance Hospitalization Living Well Medication Meditation Mindfulness Peer Support Pets Animals Physical Health Psychotherapy Setting Goals Stress Management Talk Therapy Wellness Management Plan Relationships Caregivers Dating Family Forgiveness Friends Parenting Children School Spouse Partners Stigma Work Hope Celebrities Hope Inspiration Motivation Religion Faith Spirituality Success Stories K i d s All Articles Diagnosis Family Stories Genetics Living Well Support Symptoms Treatment Blog Most Recent Posts Meet Our Bloggers Comment Policy Forum Log In Forum Home Topics Discussions Partners Page Members Forum Rules Community Blog Forum Associations Letter to the Editor SOUNDOFF Talk to bp Writers Magazine Current Issue Archived Issues Customer Service Print Digital Subscription Buy Past Issues Frequently Asked Questions Digital Subscriber Access Page Subscribe Home bipolar and creativity New Touched With Fire Movie Finding the Beauty in Bipolar By Stephanie Stephens January 5 2016 11 45 am Director and screenwriter Paul Dalio s new feature film takes a hard and gritty look at love mania creative inspiration and making peace with bipolar Read more BIPOLAR CREATIVITY When Creativity leaves Have Patience By Beth Brownsberger Mader August 22 2015 1 01 am I suddenly thought of this topic while doing my morning yoga sun salutations I was bending over palms to the floor observing through sleepy eyes Read more CURRENT ISSUE Recent Issues October 1 2015 11 50 am Fall 2015 BIPOLAR DEPRESSION Letting the light in By Robin L Flanigan Strategies to dispel the darkness of bipolar depression starting with the good enough theory taking Read more August 3 2015 9 12 am Summer 2015 MARY LAMBERT SPREADING THE LOVE By Stephanie Stephens Singer songwriter Mary Lambert puts it all out there in her hit Secrets and she lives the Read more April 1

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  • Highlight | bpHope - bp Magazine Community
    Blog Most Recent Posts Meet Our Bloggers Comment Policy Forum Log In Forum Home Topics Discussions Partners Page Members Forum Rules Community Blog Forum Associations Letter to the Editor SOUNDOFF Talk to bp Writers Magazine Current Issue Archived Issues Customer Service Print Digital Subscription Buy Past Issues Frequently Asked Questions Digital Subscriber Access Page Subscribe Home highlight New Touched With Fire Movie Finding the Beauty in Bipolar By Stephanie Stephens January 5 2016 11 45 am Director and screenwriter Paul Dalio s new feature film takes a hard and gritty look at love mania creative inspiration and making peace with bipolar Read more Bipolar Anger Unravel Your Wrath By Denise Mann January 5 2016 11 30 am Bipolar irritability and anger can damage relationships and hurt you in the workplace It pays to learn how to prevent and defuse flare ups in temper Read more Growing Older with Bipolar By Robin L Flanigan January 5 2016 10 59 am Bipolar disorder may become easier to manage in later life but stay alert to changes in physical health and how well your medication works Read more Emotional Eating Reset Your Habits Bite by Bite By Jessica C Kraft January 5 2016 9 33 am Bringing awareness to every bite helps you avoid emotional eating limit calories and choose more foods that make you feel better in the long term Read more Creating healthy lifestyles for children with bipolar By Adelaide Sherwood Robb MD January 5 2016 9 06 am Good sleep a healthy diet and regular exercise can help stabilize mood swings boost self esteem and manage side effects of medication in children with bipolar Read more Bipolar Depression Letting the Light In By Robin L Flanigan October 5 2015 1 30 am Learn more about bipolar depression including strategies that challenge lethargy like the good enough theory and word choices that can help you build momentum and get yourself unstuck Read more Bipolar in Kids Know the Symptoms By Adelaide Sherwood Robb MD October 5 2015 1 20 am For kids and teens with bipolar disorder some of the common co occurring illnesses include ADHD anxiety and substance abuse all of which can be treated successfully Read more Balancing Motherhood Bipolar Brave New World By Lori Hile October 5 2015 1 10 am For Jennifer Marshall wife mother and creator of This Is My Brave a bipolar diagnosis led to a more satisfying life and redefining what really matters Read more My Biggest Supporter Heroes of Hope By Stephanie Stephens October 5 2015 1 05 am What keeps us going through bipolar mood episodes Sometimes it s the unexpected support from someone who offers acceptance encouragement or simply a sympathetic ear Read more Liza Fox talks Bipolar Recovery Reinvention By Elizabeth Forbes October 5 2015 1 00 am Our Q A catches up with the former American Idol performer whose music video I Am Not I is an allegory about overcoming bipolar disorder Read more 1 2 3 NEXT CURRENT

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  • Katie Holmes | bpHope - bp Magazine Community
    Attention Issues Triggers Treatment Art Music Confidence Building Diagnosis Misdiagnosis Diet Doctors ECT Exercise Finding Balance Hospitalization Living Well Medication Meditation Mindfulness Peer Support Pets Animals Physical Health Psychotherapy Setting Goals Stress Management Talk Therapy Wellness Management Plan Relationships Caregivers Dating Family Forgiveness Friends Parenting Children School Spouse Partners Stigma Work Hope Celebrities Hope Inspiration Motivation Religion Faith Spirituality Success Stories K i d s All Articles Diagnosis Family Stories Genetics Living Well Support Symptoms Treatment Blog Most Recent Posts Meet Our Bloggers Comment Policy Forum Log In Forum Home Topics Discussions Partners Page Members Forum Rules Community Blog Forum Associations Letter to the Editor SOUNDOFF Talk to bp Writers Magazine Current Issue Archived Issues Customer Service Print Digital Subscription Buy Past Issues Frequently Asked Questions Digital Subscriber Access Page Subscribe Home Katie Holmes Hope and Harmony Headlines Considering creativity By bp Magazine February 8 2016 1 13 pm A few years back movie audiences got a fairly upbeat take on bipolar disorder in Silver Linings Playbook a quirky romance with a feel good ending Read more New Touched With Fire Movie Finding the Beauty in Bipolar By Stephanie Stephens January 5 2016 11 45 am Director and screenwriter Paul Dalio s new feature film takes a hard and gritty look at love mania creative inspiration and making peace with bipolar Read more CURRENT ISSUE Recent Issues October 1 2015 11 50 am Fall 2015 BIPOLAR DEPRESSION Letting the light in By Robin L Flanigan Strategies to dispel the darkness of bipolar depression starting with the good enough theory taking Read more August 3 2015 9 12 am Summer 2015 MARY LAMBERT SPREADING THE LOVE By Stephanie Stephens Singer songwriter Mary Lambert puts it all out there in her hit Secrets and she lives the Read more April 1 2015

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  • Paul Dalio | bpHope - bp Magazine Community
    Topics Books Symptoms Addiction Anger Anxiety Depression Hypersexuality Impulsivity Mania Mood Swings Psychosis Relapse Sleep Problems Spending Stress Substance Abuse Suicide Thinking Attention Issues Triggers Treatment Art Music Confidence Building Diagnosis Misdiagnosis Diet Doctors ECT Exercise Finding Balance Hospitalization Living Well Medication Meditation Mindfulness Peer Support Pets Animals Physical Health Psychotherapy Setting Goals Stress Management Talk Therapy Wellness Management Plan Relationships Caregivers Dating Family Forgiveness Friends Parenting Children School Spouse Partners Stigma Work Hope Celebrities Hope Inspiration Motivation Religion Faith Spirituality Success Stories K i d s All Articles Diagnosis Family Stories Genetics Living Well Support Symptoms Treatment Blog Most Recent Posts Meet Our Bloggers Comment Policy Forum Log In Forum Home Topics Discussions Partners Page Members Forum Rules Community Blog Forum Associations Letter to the Editor SOUNDOFF Talk to bp Writers Magazine Current Issue Archived Issues Customer Service Print Digital Subscription Buy Past Issues Frequently Asked Questions Digital Subscriber Access Page Subscribe Home Paul Dalio New Touched With Fire Movie Finding the Beauty in Bipolar By Stephanie Stephens January 5 2016 11 45 am Director and screenwriter Paul Dalio s new feature film takes a hard and gritty look at love mania creative inspiration and making peace with bipolar Read more CURRENT ISSUE Recent Issues October 1 2015 11 50 am Fall 2015 BIPOLAR DEPRESSION Letting the light in By Robin L Flanigan Strategies to dispel the darkness of bipolar depression starting with the good enough theory taking Read more August 3 2015 9 12 am Summer 2015 MARY LAMBERT SPREADING THE LOVE By Stephanie Stephens Singer songwriter Mary Lambert puts it all out there in her hit Secrets and she lives the Read more April 1 2015 11 37 am Spring 2015 TAME YOUR TRIGGERS By Robin L Flanigan From major life events to emotional patterns we all

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  • Touched With Fire | bpHope - bp Magazine Community
    Attention Issues Triggers Treatment Art Music Confidence Building Diagnosis Misdiagnosis Diet Doctors ECT Exercise Finding Balance Hospitalization Living Well Medication Meditation Mindfulness Peer Support Pets Animals Physical Health Psychotherapy Setting Goals Stress Management Talk Therapy Wellness Management Plan Relationships Caregivers Dating Family Forgiveness Friends Parenting Children School Spouse Partners Stigma Work Hope Celebrities Hope Inspiration Motivation Religion Faith Spirituality Success Stories K i d s All Articles Diagnosis Family Stories Genetics Living Well Support Symptoms Treatment Blog Most Recent Posts Meet Our Bloggers Comment Policy Forum Log In Forum Home Topics Discussions Partners Page Members Forum Rules Community Blog Forum Associations Letter to the Editor SOUNDOFF Talk to bp Writers Magazine Current Issue Archived Issues Customer Service Print Digital Subscription Buy Past Issues Frequently Asked Questions Digital Subscriber Access Page Subscribe Home Touched with Fire Hope and Harmony Headlines Considering creativity By bp Magazine February 8 2016 1 13 pm A few years back movie audiences got a fairly upbeat take on bipolar disorder in Silver Linings Playbook a quirky romance with a feel good ending Read more New Touched With Fire Movie Finding the Beauty in Bipolar By Stephanie Stephens January 5 2016 11 45 am Director and screenwriter Paul Dalio s new feature film takes a hard and gritty look at love mania creative inspiration and making peace with bipolar Read more CURRENT ISSUE Recent Issues October 1 2015 11 50 am Fall 2015 BIPOLAR DEPRESSION Letting the light in By Robin L Flanigan Strategies to dispel the darkness of bipolar depression starting with the good enough theory taking Read more August 3 2015 9 12 am Summer 2015 MARY LAMBERT SPREADING THE LOVE By Stephanie Stephens Singer songwriter Mary Lambert puts it all out there in her hit Secrets and she lives the Read more April 1

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  • New “Touched With Fire” Movie—Finding the Beauty in Bipolar | bpHope - bp Magazine Community
    was happy that experience was available after germinating all those years ago He took it all to another level when he got direction Dalio remembers We went for long walks when he would open up about himself and his own issues Kirby says he was intrigued by Marco s motor his defiant spirit and audacity that were equally inspiring and bewildering as was his exhaustive determination He was also drawn to the theme of the sweetness and universality of love Two people fighting for that is always a good hook especially if it rings true and is challenged authentically Marco and Carla s relationship gives many opportunities for that he reflects Like Dalio Kirby thinks the movie opens the door wider for engagement around bipolar The movie goes beyond normal and abnormal he says Bipolar has so much more dimension The bridge to connect with what we consider abnormal isn t that far Production Values Dalio started the script for Touched With Fire as a film student at New York University s Tisch School of the Arts That s where he met his wife who was a fellow student And that s where he encountered Spike Lee the famed director producer writer and actor He actually chooses students to get behind and support Dalio says of his erstwhile professor And Spike shows tough love I clearly remember him telling the directing class There are 36 of you here One of you will be a director and the others might go on to do other things in the business He implanted that fear along with a desire in me to succeed I was fascinated with the idea that Carla has this great talent for writing poetry and when she falls in love with Marco they believe that being bipolar fuels their creativity Katie Holmes Lee patiently prodded Dalio through multiple drafts of the story and ultimately served as the film s executive producer During filming he showed Dalio shots from other movies as examples of what might work or not for Touched With Fire Lee almost never phrased his teachings as statements or comments Dalio recalls Instead he asked questions forcing me to go within to figure it out That s OK because I m very much an introvert The time he spent on his own polishing his vision for the movie composing the score and editing the final product was all a creative joy he says Dalio sees genetic influence at work in both his mental disorder and his musical aptitude On the one hand he has traced bipolar through his mother s family tree On the other his late grandfather Marino Dalio was a jazz musician who played with Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett I recently dreamed I saw him and got to play my music for him That was so beautiful he says As much as he enjoyed communing with his muse Dalio says I did love being on set with the others In addition to Holmes and Kirby Touched With Fire s cast includes acting veterans Christine Lahti as Carla s buttoned up mother Sara Bruce Altman as Carla s dad Donald and Griffin Dunne as Marco s father George To Dalio s credit the family members concerns get full due They do what parents do worry protect and want the best for their kids They try to reason get mad back off and do it all again At a tense two family sitdown George says he s afraid that his son and Carla will be a bad influence on each other At the same time he speculates that stigma would make it hard for someone who is open about having a mental illness to find a soul mate Sara has no patience with the idea that bipolar attributes should be embraced This is not a gift she tells her daughter It s an illness that needs to be treated The movie doesn t gloss over worst scenario outcomes of leaving bipolar untreated Both Carla and Marco attempt suicide Still Dalio fears that the ultimate message about sticking with medication won t hit home hard enough even with Kay Jamison s hearty on camera endorsement People with bipolar can find it so hard to let go of mania he muses drawing on his own experience It takes discipline and patience to make lifestyle changes and experiment with dosages he says and all the while there s the inclination to look for any excuse any opportunity to convince themselves that going off meds is the way to go On balance For Dalio fully committing to meds finally banished his all consuming depressions He did have to ride out an initial bumpy patch when he remembers being very numb overweight and lethargic But I couldn t put my parents through my suicidal tendencies again Now the father of two sons Dalio follows a recovery regimen that includes transcendental meditation going to bed at 10 p m and long walks during which he gazes skyward to absorb the light He finds judicious use of a light therapy box helpful as well though there s evidence it can trigger mania for some Dalio also appreciates the night sky which gets top billing in Touched With Fire in the form of Van Gogh s famous work The Starry Night The painting a scene of swirling constellations above a cluster of village homes reflecting the view from the artist s room in an asylum in the south of France reappears throughout the film as unifying symbolism Dalio says he eats well but very little during the day He drinks green juice and won t touch alcohol I couldn t even bring myself to drink a glass of champagne when we had a toast to the film he says He s busy with a couple of new projects collaborating on the script for a sci fi film which his wife will direct plus writing the story and music for the next movie he will direct It s my only cure for the post mortem depression of finishing Touched With Fire he jokes Overall however he s happy he s flourishing and he s all too aware that the rules are no longer made to be broken For the rest of my life I will be walking a tightrope I still slip but I ve gotten a lot better at catching myself Write a letter to the editor Buy this issue Film Trailer Printed as Touched With Fire Winter 2016 Tagged with bipolar and creativity highlight Katie Holmes Paul Dalio Touched with Fire Winter 2016 About the author Stephanie Stephens Has 21 Articles Stephanie Stephens is a multimedia content specialist based in California who writes frequently about mental health She runs the women s health website MindYourBody tv 17 COMMENTS Annababygo January 11 2016 Reply I m a happy bi polar personality Since 1978 and given meds It was all experiments as far as help was needed Drs were the worst to go to for some help years of throwing back and forth i was on meds for about 40yrs I wouldn t give up the medication I m very able to function in a everyday life I no longer am suppressed to bi polar i function daily well I m aware of my illness always always is present and just enough to keep me on the meds nicole January 12 2016 Reply I wanna know how u go about ur day to day activities and b ok with who u r with this disability Holly January 25 2016 Reply I don t speak for others but I take it one step at a time I was diagnosed at 17 I finally started the long road to help when I was about 24 25 We finally found the right combination of medications for me by the time I was 35 I said at the start that I take one step at a time instead of one day at a time because with this disorder you can switch emotions hour to hour All you can do is take it one step at a time As far as finding acceptance that is a deeply personal thing that varies person to person However it seems to become easier for others to accept you once you learn to accept yourself I got tired of trying to hide it from people I would get attached to them then when they found out I was sick they would tuck tail and run leaving me heartbroken So I decided to start laying it out in the beginning Basically saying without actually voicing it Hey look this is me and if you can t deal with that just leave now I have been lucky however I have a very good support system of friends that look out for me Just remember the disorder is just something that you have It s not who you are You are more than a disorder you are a person with feelings and dreams and hopes just like anyone else dan January 14 2016 Reply I have been living with bipolar since I was at least a pre teen I am now in my mid 40s I was not CORRECTLY diagnosed until ten years ago prior to that I was being treated for major depression with only anti depressive meds which as many of us know can trigger manic episodes in people with bp if not used in conjunction with mood stabilizers Since the mid 00s I have been mostly stable with the help of a good combination of meds a good support system and a good doctor and therapist I hold a steady job own my own home have a steady romantic relationship and for all purposes appear normal to the rest of the world I am a creative person and work in a creative field at my regular job the one that pays the bills I am also a musician and songwriter in my spare time and have released several singles and one full length CD with another one slated for release in February I don t feel that being medicated has inhibited my creativity one bit if anything it has helped me FOCUS my creative impulses and actually HELP me get things done If I were not on the meds I would still have the ideas and inspiration but my mind would be so scattershot and unfocused that I d never be able to finish one thing and move on to the next In fact some of my best music has been composed while I have been medicated at least according to my critics One thing that has helped me enormously is to not look at bipolar disorder as a disability but as a chronic health condition that needs to be managed like diabetes high blood pressure or any other number of physical ailments Treating it as a health issue and not a disease also helps me not be stigmatized by the label of being mentally ill I am pretty normal really I look normal well a bit overweight thank you psych meds act normal most of the time and live a normal happy life The only difference is that I have to be a bit more vigilant about my moods and more mindful of what is going on in my head and how it affects those around me And with a little practice and some help from things like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy that part can be managed too We as people with bipolar disorder need to look at ourselves not as diseased but as different and be okay with being different No single person in this world is exactly the same not even identical twins and we should not be ashamed of who we are or what conditions we have Ivy January 20 2016 Reply I agree with what you said about meds How the meds help with creative projects instead of the projects not being completed I find myself more creative and able to follow through now that I m on meds I also liked what you said about looking at bipolar as a chronic health condition dialogueftdepths January 19 2016 Reply What an amazing detailed review of such an important film Now I am very much looking forward to it Thanks Angie January 19 2016 Reply I have been fortunate enough to be able to live without medication since 2010 I have battled this illness for nearly 20 years Regular behavioral therapy and limited social environment are my life now so I can follow this med free dream I can live with that I do miss working full time but my psychologist is positive that I will be able to return someday with my advancements in recognizing my behavior Some days my brain just can t get enough feed I don t know what I would do without online classes and painting to provide the constant stimulus I have come to the point in my life where I recognize the true beauty that comes with what others call an illness I am no longer ashamed or live in fear of ridicule or persecution This is me and I wear it well Kitcat January 20 2016 Reply Like many folks I was misdiagnosed with major depression at age 13 during my 1st hospitalization I was correctly diagnosed in my 20s now early 40s Thanks to regular ECT treatments I am more stable than I ve been in a very long time I used to hide my illness due to shame embarrassment pain etc but not for the last 7 10 years Often times I tend to blurt out that I have bipolar so that it will explain to those around me if it seems like I am off I feel it s better easier to explain ahead of time than try to explain in mid episode I am so excited about this move Most movies that have bipolar characters portray the characters in such a negative light and many times that s all people know about bipolar I am so looking forward to something different Kitcat January 20 2016 Reply BTW I know that alot of folks are negative towards ECT but this was my choice after extensive research and after trying almost every medication known to man or so it seemed Krissa January 20 2016 Reply Like many of us I was misdiagnosed for years with major depression and anxiety My first hospitalization I was 17 and I m 41 now It wasn t until after the birth of my daughter 12 years ago that I got properly diagnosed However at that time I did not like my diagnosis Bi polar meant crazy right And those meds they gave me made me feel like a zombie made me gain weight and took my happy away So for years I went on and off meds and was hospitalized many times for both manic and depressive episodes some of them resulting in suicide attempts one of which I was on a respirator for 5 days I seriously felt like my doctors guinea pig from all the differant drugs combos and doses i tried After my last hospitalization a few years back I found my manias were just as bad as my depression I was paranoid and experiencing psychosis I had experienced that before but never to that extreme and it scared me Being happy just wasn t worth it anymore Finally I am on a combination of drugs that work for me I can feel happy all on my own I can complete tasks I went back to school I have two jobs and work full time I run a household My oldest daughter recently got diagnosed with stage 3 cancer and yes it s scarey but it did not send me into a depression I am thinking and coping in a positive and healthy way I have down days sometimes I m human but I take my meds faithfully I have a wonderful support team around me and meditation has worked wonders for me Bi polar is a piece of who I am but it is not everything I am At my work today i help people who are struggling with mental illness i know first hand how tough it can be living with mental illness but there is hope It should be treated just like any other illness and we need to the proper steps to take care of ourselves to prevent from getting sick I wish you all peace and love on your journeys Poppy January 20 2016 Reply I have had Bipolar 2 all my life It s a very creative brain that sings paints writes A Brain that was gifted down thru out the years from my Fathers side It wasn t until 1997 that I was Hospitalized for the first time I was 47 going through para menopausal dad died of cancer my brother had to go in a hospital for heart problems All in that year 1997 Way to much to handle Three Hospitals that year I was admitted to I hated being on Meds and a course every time you try to get off of them by yourself it s a disaster The 3rd Hospital was like being in prison Later I found out from my Doctor that they purposely made it miserable and hulmulating so you don t find yourself back in a hospital So that stay I was listening I wanted to get off my meds but this time I did it the right way I worked with a Doctor that weaned me off the Depakote and replaced it with Salmon Oil 9 pills a day plus reducing Depakote under the Doctors Help After several months I was only taking two Salmon oil a day It worked I was off the meds and had the balance that was necessary Another thing I learned was

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  • Bipolar & Anger: Unravel Your Wrath | bpHope - bp Magazine Community
    no tools to handle anger in healthy ways I was just supposed to never be angry As an adult I still hold back and seethe until I explode The article mentions Depression anger and I think that s a large part of it I know I ve been depressed since at least my twenties I don t remember feeling happy much until I was on the correct meds I still have episodes of hypo mania when I ve gone shopping That is when I had money I ve just zipped through stores scooping up the items I ve wished for and getting home to later be disappointed with something I ve bought My anger is so intense I don t even think of cooling I ve just now been given the tools but I suspect it will be slow going I still get highly irritated over small things and I sometimes yell an obscenity and stamp my foot Sometimes I just slap the table or just roar I even killed a computer mouse by banging it down on the table too many times when my crotchety computer gave me grief My mother even though I ve tried to explain Bipolar anger still believes I should always be in control and still blames me The rest of my family is so out of touch with me that I don t think anyone else knows I m Bipolar I suspect if they were told they still wouldn t understand most belong to fundamentalist Christian churches I m not sure if I m afraid of stigma finger pointing or just lack of understanding but then with almost no contact with them who needs to know Kaia February 2 2016 Worried about my little daughter being rude to her being sleepy most of the time not enjoying jobs and thinking about quitting all the time can t find a good school for my daughter cause I always find a problem have chnged 3 times she is too little for me to explain what I have So meanwhile she ll have to go through this without understanding anything So sad Catsue February 4 2016 Oh do I know this thing called anger I suffer from depression and this anger rage was what got me to seek medical help to begin with Had to get that anger monkey off my back and under control I also live with 3 people that have Bipolar II my husband my step son and my daughter My husband and daughter have anger rage issues currently and I am tired of it the argumentiveness the snapping back the temper tantrums etc And their anger issues don t help my anger issues it is a vicious circle I am throwing myself into the Lord s word and placing it at His feet the issue with that is leaving it there and listening to what is suggested Know the ignorance of the church and of people in general and try to educate them as much as possible to help remove the stigma and the wrong perceptions Am going to consider the idea of family therapy but not sure this would be productive due to social anxieties that everyone has it may be too confrontational and counter productive Am going to pray for guidance and wisdom in this regard Another thing that I think makes it hard for people with Bipolar to control the anger rage is that ADHD ADD is generally co morbid with it and lessens the impulse control It will take a bit of work but will endure and help my family take a better walk on the positive side Ruth February 10 2016 Was this article written about ME The anger issues outbursts and general loss of control fit me to a T I have suffered depression I think all of my life and have taken every prescription drug there is out there to fix me About 2 years ago I was diagnosed with Bipolar 1 in addition to depression I am also now taking Ritalin at 56 years old to help in memory and organization issues at work I have a great psychiatrist who is very knowledgeable and patient I am very fortunate The anger issues described in the article are exactly what I experience The building to the nuclear explosion with the extreme outburst is something I am trying to deal with not always successfully I live alone so I can avoid the issue at home can t get mad at the cat but at work I have had several explosions where I should have applied coping methods to avoid I was told just yesterday by my supervisor that I am abrupt and opinionated she said it in a nice way I have one co worker that I have specific issues with and she with me that I have to avoid even passing in the hallway We have exchanged words that made the office walk on eggshells for a long time we were both written up by our supervisor and HR I am specifically trying to put together a coping mechanism to deal with this person In thinking back to two failed marriages and the loss of some long time friends in my life I think that the anger issues and outbursts were direct contributors I didn t see it at the time but I know now I enjoy reading the articles in BP and learn something almost every time The best part however is finding out that there are others that experience what I do I have spent many years wondering why I am this way and could I be the only one We must continue to read research learn all we can about depression and bipolar disease Applying what we learn to fix ourselves or at least make us able to survive in the normal world ha ha is essential Thank you BP Magazine Keep up the good work Cosette February 10 2016 This one is

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