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  • Late Onset Bipolar | bpHope - bp Magazine Community
    Research Hot 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 late onset bipolar 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 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 have stressors that

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  • Metabolic Syndrome | bpHope - bp Magazine Community
    Bipolar Research Hot 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 metabolic syndrome 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 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 have stressors that

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  • Midlife | bpHope - bp Magazine Community
    Bipolar Research Hot 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 midlife 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 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 have stressors that are

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  • Robin L. Flanigan | bpHope - bp Magazine Community
    Posts and Articles by Robin L Flanigan Robin L Flanigan Robin L Flanigan is an award winning journalist whose work has appeared in People magazine US Airways Magazine and other national and regional publications She lives in Rochester New York Top bp Magazine Articles by Robin L Flanigan Tame your triggers By Robin L Flanigan April 1 2015 5 00 am We each have hot buttons that make us susceptible to mood shifts You can manage those reactions with the right preparation and support system 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 My Mom BP Making peace with the past By Robin L Flanigan August 7 2014 7 56 am By Robin L Flanigan Kathy Leichter s mother Nina used to dress up a mannequin in their Manhattan apartment as Bob Dylan She would Read more Additional Articles by Robin L Flanigan 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 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 and letting go of guilt By Robin L Flanigan July 9 2015 4 48 am There s a reason people talk about being weighed down by guilt Check out these healthy ways to lighten your spirits and move yourself forward Read more Tame your triggers By Robin L Flanigan April 1 2015 5 00 am We each have hot buttons that make us susceptible to mood shifts You can manage those reactions with the right preparation and support system Read more Bipolar Stigma Let there be light By Robin L Flanigan December 23 2014 2 40 pm Where does stigma stand now Over the past 10 years we have found signs of progress in bringing bipolar disorder out of the shadows Read more My Mom BP Making peace with the past By Robin L Flanigan August 7 2014 7 56 am By Robin L Flanigan Kathy Leichter s mother Nina used to dress up a mannequin in their Manhattan apartment as Bob Dylan She would Read more Have a little faith By Robin L Flanigan August 7 2014 6 09 am Faith and spirituality whether formal or informal and regardless of doctrine can be an immense source of strength and comfort when dealing with the highs and Read more Bon voyage By Robin L Flanigan August 7 2014 3 46 am How to travel without getting tripped up by symptoms

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  • Growing Older with Bipolar | bpHope - bp Magazine Community
    That lasted a month My best friend repeatedly told me there was something wrong and that really impacted our friendship for a while She pushed me to get help I wasn t ready to listen She put our friendship on the line I admire her courage in taking that risk Kathy started on a new medication Still she did not fully accept the change in diagnosis especially since it came so late in life I feel great sadness over having a mental illness says Kathy who is a minister in Illinois Always have But with age comes wisdom And I remember that bad things do happen to good people But with age comes wisdom I ve come to realize that the best response is kindness towards myself and others She adds I ve come to realize that the best response is kindness towards myself and others Doesn t mean I m good at it but sometimes remembering is enough In March 2014 Kathy created a ministry called Faith Hope and Recovery to offer a safe space for people to talk about mental illness from a faith perspective I believe that life is more than a brain and a body it involves the soul she explains Thank God we have phenomenal doctors and therapists but truth be told the people who got me through were my women friends of faith She adds We all have difficulties and the best we can do is walk with each other and care for one aother SCIENCE SAYS Although relatively little research has been published on bipolar in later life there s some evidence that the pattern of mood episodes shifts in later years Older adults may be more susceptible to rapid cycling or four episodes of depression or mania over the course of twelve months according to Cascade Behavioral Health in Washington state Some studies suggest that when women with bipolar hit the menopausal transition they have higher rates of depressive episodes and an increase in the number of mood episodes in a given year That s been the case for Nancy of Alberta 58 who was diagnosed with bipolar I in her 30s Her moods had smoothed out only to go back into flux as menopause set in She recalls a cycle of hypomania and depression followed by a really bad manic episode when she felt as if songs on the radio were written specifically for her she couldn t sleep and she seemed to be looking at the world through a fish eye lens Yet Martha Sajatovic MD professor of psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland warns that drawing any firm links between menopause and bipolar symptoms would be premature There s a whole field of speculation she says We have some data but not enough to make any real conclusions Sajatovic has been studying late onset bipolar also called geriatric bipolar She and her colleagues compared treatment choices for mania in people ages 60 and over in a large scale randomized controlled trial considered the gold standard in research Until we have more studies of that kind she says we won t have meaningful data about bipolar and aging Yet such information will be increasingly needed in the coming decades People ages 65 and older numbered 44 7 million in the U S in 2013 but by 2060 are expected to more than double to reach 98 million projects the U S Department of Health and Human Services OLDER WISER One advantage to growing older with bipolar Experience can be a great teacher Years of managing the illness typically yield greater self knowledge of which strategies work and what triggers to avoid You learn from your past mistakes that you don t want to make them again says Paul of Illinois 62 I m tired of relapsing You learn from your past mistakes that you don t want to make them again He s careful to keep up with his medication regimen because I ve learned that it s an expensive thing when you go manic Pat 52 was finally diagnosed with bipolar II seven years ago In her 30s she says the aftermath of wild exuberance could carry her through depressive periods That s no longer the case but she s made a kind of peace with her mood patterns I don t know if this is a product of age and therapy but it seems like when the depressions come now I can remind myself this will not last forever Pat explains I will come back out of it And instead of getting lost in psychedelic ideas when her system revs up she says hypomanic energy now gets directed toward work mainly clearing up projects that get abandoned when I m depressed Beverly the speech pathologist from Virginia says time has helped not only herself but those around her As I ve matured so have my friends and loved ones she says We know each other better our relationships are more stable I think this helps me to have a stronger support network that is better equipped to help me than it would have been when we were all much younger and inexperienced Networking Social connectedness benefits your well being at any age but nurturing relationships may take a bit more effort as you age If you ve left the workplace and its ready made network of acquaintances extend a lunch invitation to former co workers Use social media to keep up with far flung family and friends who move away Look into volunteering there are a variety of opportunities to suit the time and effort you can provide If that sounds daunting remind yourself of the payoff Studies have shown a link between lower levels of perceived social support and more severe mood symptoms as well as a link between unsupportive social networks and increased likelihood of medication non adherence At the least don t just sit home alone Even if you re

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  • Emotional Eating: Reset Your Habits—Bite by Bite | bpHope - bp Magazine Community
    COMMENTS Giz January 21 2016 Im going to try these exercise because they sound like good advise Thank you Jen January 21 2016 This provides great information I am so pleased that you included the Mindful Eating Exercise I can t wait to try this I am a mindless snacker Yesterday I caught myself eating Reeses Pieces by the handful not really even tasting them I stopped and put a single piece in mouth and took time to really experience it I think your article is kismet Thank you RELATED ARTICLES Hope and Harmony Headlines Considering creativity 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 New Touched With Fire Movie Finding the Beauty in Bipolar 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 Bipolar Anger Unravel Your Wrath 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 Growing Older with Bipolar 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 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 have stressors that are likely to spark Read more January 1 2015 5 36 am Winter 2015 OUR LEADING LADY CARRIE FISHER By Stephanie Stephens Carrie Fisher is returning as Princess Leia in a new Star Wars movie but she s always been Read more SoundOFF YOU YOUR PSYCHIATRIST The relationship between you and your psychiatrist can influence your recovery What qualities do you think are important in a psychiatrist In what ways has your doctor helped you the most Click here to reply CURRENT RESEARCH The Prechter Fund s Fight to Cure Bipolar Disorder 1 28 2016 Brain connectivity outweighs genetics 1 27 2016 Heinz C Prechter Bipolar Research Fund 1 25 2016 Looking for Motivation Enjoying the Task at Hand Will Matter Once You Start 1 20 2016 Immune cells linked to bipolar symptoms 1 11 2016 CONNECT Letter to the Editor Write to us SoundOFF Question On My Mind Write an essay Talk to bp Writers Forum Join

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  • Emotional Eating: Reset Your Habits—Bite by Bite | bpHope - bp Magazine Community
    especially chocolate turtles that a local shop hand crafts What I do with that is I just have them on special occasions When I delay myself having chocolate it tastes that much better when I do have it Developing that self command didn t happen overnight he says It really took a good six months to a year to figure out what was working for me and what didn t work for me when I ate I tried to combine some spiritual aspect to my eating It really was a long term project By researching healthy eating and experimenting with different approaches I found a balance where I can still have some of my sweets and junk food just not as much as I used to Douyon 44 began to change his eating habits as part of a larger shift toward managing his bipolar 6 through better lifestyle choices Instead of grabbing meals on the go which usually meant unhealthy fast food he began to cook more at home for himself his wife and their twin daughters A regular yoga and meditation 7 practice every morning keeps him grounded and ready to appreciate his meals I focus on trying to taste the flavors he explains It s more fun I can try different spices Not only does Douyon enjoy his food more but he s seen larger rewards as well Over the years I ve lost about 15 pounds My mind is a lot more settled by eating more consciously I m calmer I feel more balanced I m laughing more It works for me FALSE COMFORT In her book Health at Every Size which spawned an online mutual support community of the same name Bacon argues that although our society views thinness as healthy body size doesn t necessarily equate with physical well being Yet that skinny is good attitude amplified by media images that define our notions of beauty create a hostile environment for people whose bodies are more ample Bacon s phrase for this is fat shaming and it has a toxic effect on self esteem Bringing our relationship with food back to basics appetite and nourishment can sidestep a lot of that baggage Bacon says we often keep eating when we re not hungry because we can t even recognize true hunger anymore Especially for chronic dieters they don t act on hunger signals because they have been training themselves to suppress or ignore them she says The brain s reward circuits play a role too Energy rich sugars and fats stimulate the release of the neurotransmitter dopamine the pleasure hormone which is why junk food 5 is so addictive 8 Often we learn to rely on these foods to make us feel better at least momentarily We turn to them even when the root cause of our discomfort isn t hunger but stress 9 unhappiness or even boredom We become caught in automatic patterns of emotional eating not fully aware of what s triggering our

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  • Mind Over Mood: The magic of mindfulness | bpHope - bp Magazine Community
    and your life in the past Get an objective picture apart from all the subjectivity and emotionality which can cloud your thinking Then take time to learn from your mistakes and capitalize on your successes 2 Step forward and anticipate that positive results will come from practicing mindfulness Consciously decide to be the champion of your own recovery You can begin today by examining what you say to yourself and others 3 Step away from triggers like those bad relationships and environments that are not conducive to recovery It makes no sense to unnecessarily stall or sabotage progress toward wellness 4 Step toward the resources people and ideas you can rely on for the journey Equip yourself with the knowledge tools and support you need Don t be afraid to ask for help 5 Step out and be willing to take a calculated risk You re not throwing caution to the wind when you do something that s bold but beneficial Mindfulness can be integrated into many areas of your life Personally I try to use the concept whether it s improving attitude or strengthening relationships It helps me manage my expectations limitations and vulnerabilities Mindfulness requires vigilance Be aware if you start doubting your ability to be mindful or discounting its potential Be prepared to retreat reflect and regain control when needed The key is to take active mindful control of your life and stay on the road to wellness Bipolar can put you on what you think is an undesirable unalterable path But you can choose to start managing your mindset more mindfully You ll find more ability to cope with bipolar and more reason to hope for better days ahead Tagged with depression mindfulness tips About the author Stephen Propst Has 22 Articles Stephen Propst a former chair of DBSA is a public speaker and a coach consultant focusing on living successfully with conditions like bipolar He can be reached at info atlantamoodsupport com LEAVE YOUR COMMENT Cancel reply Your email address will not be published Required fields are marked Message First Name or Nickname Do not use full name Email RELATED ARTICLES Clinical Pearls Self Care and Managing Bipolar Disorder February 3 2016 12 01 am One of the things I have been focused on in the last few months has been really trying to take care of myself This has Bipolar Letting Love In February 2 2016 12 01 am Several years ago I made the decision to choose God in my life I accepted Jesus had a water baptism and felt ready to put Living With Bipolar Disorder How I Got to Not Meet Oprah January 29 2016 2 59 pm For the last 12 years I have sporadically gone through periods of outstanding clarity and positivity In those moments days weeks I was invincible and Bipolar Strong Me My Metabolism and The Market January 28 2016 12 01 am Purpose statement Honoring feelings is healthier than stuffing them with food Grocery shopping is

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