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  • Heinz C. Prechter Bipolar Research Fund | bpHope - bp Magazine Community
    and treatment of depression bipolar disorder and other related illnesses is dedicated to providing national leadership in the areas of depression research clinical care of patients with depression related disorders and in the training of the next generation of physicians and medical scientists who wish to devote their careers to learning more about the causes of depression related disorders and the best ways to treat them These initiatives have great life changing potential for the many millions of people around the world and their families and friends whose lives are compromised by the terrible effects of depression bipolar disorder and related illnesses The University of Michigan today is one of the top academic research institutions in America with an exceptional culture of collaboration that is attracting many of the nation s top medical scientists to Michigan and to research in the brain related sciences Melvin G McInnis M D 2 the Principal Investigator of the Prechter Research Projects and a leading scholar in bipolar genetics was recruited to the University after serving 15 years on the faculty at Johns Hopkins University His initial study of bipolar families became one of the first modern genetic linkage studies in bipolar disorder The

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  • Research | bpHope - bp Magazine Community
    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 Research Heinz C Prechter Bipolar Research Fund By bp Magazine January 25 2016 3 06 pm Mission The mission of the Heinz C Prechter Bipolar Research Fund is to provide a repository of longitudinal clinical genetic and biological data to investigators Read more Immune cells linked to bipolar symptoms By bp Magazine January 11 2016 8 29 am December 16 2015 Swedish researchers have identified a gene variant linked to psychotic symptoms and cognitive impairment in people with bipolar disorder The link to cognitive Read more Helping Others Dampens the Effects of Everyday Stress By bp Magazine January 5 2016 9 30 am Newswise Dec 14 2015 Providing help to friends acquaintances and even strangers can mitigate the impact of daily stressors on our emotions and our Read more Hope and Harmony Headlines Watching What You Eat Over the Holiday Season By bp Magazine November 16 2015 3 42 pm Don t weight The idea that the average person gains 7 to 10 pounds over the holiday season was debunked many years ago by researchers from Read more New Mood Disorders Program Aims to Advance Treatments Erase Stigma By bp Magazine November 16 2015 3 27 pm 20 Million Gift From Dolby Family Fund Backs Neuroscience Powerhouse At UCSF November 4 2015 A gift of 20 million from the Ray Read more Expecting fathers also at risk of depression By bp Magazine November 11 2015 3 23 pm September 18 2015 MONTREAL Quebec Nearly 13 percent of men whose wives are well into a pregnancy experience depression symptoms according to Canadian researchers Factors associated Read more Inability to read faces may be inherited trait of panic disorder By bp Magazine November 11 2015 3 21 pm October 1 2015 OTTAWA Ontario Children of parents with panic disorder appear to have an impaired ability to accurately read negative facial expressions a new study Read more Being moody may help us adapt to change By bp Magazine November 4 2015 9 39 am November 4 2015 It s long been known that mood biases our judgments and perceptions but this effect has usually been regarded as irrational or Read more A new way to look at depressive symptoms By bp Magazine October 30 2015 2 39 pm October 22 2015 LEUVEN Belgium A new study suggests that the current approach to diagnosing depression should be reassessed to reflect how a person s particular symptoms Read more The psychology behind religious belief By bp Magazine October 5 2015 1 27 pm Researcher says religion fulfills 16 basic human desires Published on October 05 2015 COLUMBUS Ohio Throughout history scholars and researchers have tried to identify Read more 1 2 7

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  • Hope and Harmony Headlines: Watching What You Eat Over the Holiday Season | bpHope - bp Magazine Community
    or stressed says nutritionist Elsye Resch a registered dietitian and co author of the influential guidebook Intuitive Eating We learn from the moment we re born that food is comforting says Resch It s an inborn thing to know that food is going to be soothing and food is a socially acceptable way to soothe ourselves Click here to read more Research Hope for the future New from San Francisco November 4 2015 The psychiatry department at the University of California San Francisco has received a gift of 20 million to support research on mood disorders with the aim of rapidly advancing our understanding and treatment of depression bipolar disorder and related disorders The gift from the Ray and Dagmar Dolby Family Fund will support pioneering UCSF research on the genetics neurobiology and brain circuitry underlying those disorders with the ultimate goal of discovering better therapies and eliminating the stigma surrounding mental illness Click here to read more Tagged with christmas depression eating food healthy Holidays hot topics newsletter parties Research Thanksgiving Turkey 1 COMMENT Ginger November 17 2015 Reply I have been dragging because of the lower amount of light I was tired all of the time and decided to look at my diet I don t get as much sunlight because I can t get out and golf twice a week Lack of exercise and vitamin D was hurting me too I started supplementing my diet with a veggie fruit shake with some whey protein in it and it has helped tremendously After I eat lunch I still feel sleepy but I m getting a lot more done in the mornings and it is making me feel better to accomplish so much 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 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 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 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

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  • New Mood Disorders Program Aims to Advance Treatments, Erase Stigma | bpHope - bp Magazine Community
    of depression and bipolar disorder could be altered by new therapies A collaboration with particular relevance to mood disorders is the SUBNETS initiative a UCSF led research endeavor funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency DARPA This 26 million project led by neurosurgeon Edward F Chang MD draws on the expertise of faculty from UCSF s Departments of Neurosurgery Neurology and Psychiatry as well as UCSF researchers in basic neuroscience The SUBNETS team is seeking cures for major depression and anxiety disorders by employing neural sensors to help break the code of circuit activity that underlies these brain states and by developing stimulation therapies to coax the brain to unlearn the detrimental signaling patterns that underlie these diseases The Dolby gift will help support integrated clinical research employing these techniques expanding an already fruitful collaboration involving more than a dozen scientists engineers and physicians from UCSF UC Berkeley Cornell University New York University and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory The Dolby family has been a generous donor to UCSF most notably with a lead gift that provided funding for the construction of the Ray and Dagmar Dolby Regeneration Medicine Building an architecturally significant structure on the Parnassus Heights Campus that houses the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regeneration Medicine and Stem Cell Research The Dolbys have played a key role in helping UCSF advance research in some of the most promising areas of medicine said UCSF Chancellor Sam Hawgood MBBS We are grateful to them for their unflagging generosity and vision in helping us meet this next challenge Mood disorders are serious disabling illnesses and our world class researchers and physicians are well positioned to lead the way in discovering a new generation of treatments UC San Francisco UCSF is a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research graduate level education in the life sciences and health professions and excellence in patient care It includes top ranked graduate schools of dentistry medicine nursing and pharmacy a graduate division with nationally renowned programs in basic biomedical translational and population sciences as well as a preeminent biomedical research enterprise and two top ranked hospitals UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children s Hospital San Francisco Source University of California San Francisco Tagged with Bipolar depression Research 2 COMMENTS Mandy November 16 2015 Reply I am so grateful for the Dolby family funds given by them to help us with mental illness research And the stigma of the illness It does not help in fact it can hinder recovery if someone doesn t understand bipolar or other mental illnesses I know because I am bipolar and I have been criticized and put down because of my weakness We are human beings too and it is not a weakness Sunshine November 19 2015 Reply Reading this article really brightened my morning I m so happy to see that people are actually working on something better for us in the mental health community I m also very grateful for the

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  • Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About BIPOLAR DEPRESSION | bpHope - bp Magazine Community
    been with the same Psych Dr for six years I started rapid cycling about six months ago and the medications I was taking at the time was an antidepressant along with a mood stabilizer The hypomania became an everyday visitor to me It was hard for me to determine what was worse the hypomania or depression Finally within the last two months my whole demeanor has changed with medication adjustments still a long road ahead but I m feeling much better Thank god for my Dr catching it and started treatment Thanks again Pam September 22 2015 I was diagnosed bipolar when I was 29 when I had post partum depression I ve had 4 suicide attempts the first one at age 11 when my mother left us I am 63 now and have tried many drugs some worked well only to wear off after about 6 months 5 months ago I asked my psychiatrist about ECT treatmentys shock treatment I went ahead and had 8 of the 12 treatments After about a month I woke up feeling like a new happy person I am so glad I had the treatments They have completly changed my life I still take seroquel and effexor and always will be taking meds But believe ECT is nothing to be afraid of and so well worth it bjk September 22 2015 I am a musician w Bipolar a b u tiful lady sweet 17 yr old my gf S kid living in a wonderful home I struggle w depression and embrace mania but know the mania will fade to depression I will do all i can to tame this MONSTER STAY STRONG MY FRIENDS BJK kb September 22 2015 I know the darkness well I ve had problems with depression anxiety and panic attacks all my life since I was very little I guess mine is lifelong The stigma needs to be removed I do better when I have a best friend that I can spend lots of time with but I haven t had that for over 10 years now I need that badly I need a friend that lives close by Danielle September 22 2015 I struggle everyday with bipolar depression it s not easy my doctor had given me 3 different meds But I took myself off my Prozac wishing now I didn t I lose control of everything I get mad easier and flip out on anything But I have my fiancee who helps me everyday I wish it didn t run in the family due to I found out about 7months ago my daughter was diagnosed with bipolar I just wish there was another mediation for this bipolar depression because that Prozac doesn t help I don t like having this Stephanie September 28 2015 Prozac is an anti depressant which can make things worse like this article says Don t give up There are a lot of meds out there and you may feel like a guinea pig but you will be thankful when you find the right combination No the symptoms never FULLY go away but there are ways to help reduce it Good luck in your fight and remember you re not alone Lorna September 22 2015 The Last 3 yrs have been incredibly difficult and I felt many tes I had reached my end My doctors are very good and see me regularly and trying various tactics ie Meds therapy activity Then my doc suggested ECT I wish I had done it yrs ago In the middle of the sessions usually 5 10 to start I had a heart attack ugh As soon as I m cleared to continue I will resume For me And Bi Polar since I was 17 this has been a lightbulb Isobel September 23 2015 I wish I had known about this condition 20 years ago I did my best to help with the limited understanding I had at the time My relationship with my daughter was damaged while she was suffering K8ty September 24 2015 I just got out of the hospital Louse September 25 2015 Maybe try writing more about the horrible life that the manic side of bipolar hands you Not just You demand attention Sondie September 30 2015 I agree it seems for BP sufferers the worst is the depression but as the wife someone with BP the hardest is the mania to emotionally deal with He becomes narcissistic insensitive self absorbed outspoken obnoxious It s very hard to continue to love someone win these non redeeming qualities and truly believes he does nothing wrong rose58 September 27 2015 This week has been really bad for me I am Bi polar 2 PTSD and major depression Thankfully no suicidal thoughts this time I can not get out of bed haven t showered or anything for a week I think some things hit my triggers for the PTSD and depression In the last 10 years I was diagnosed with all this and didn t have any support Now I am divorced have many health conditions newly diagnosed which limit me I like to be active and now due to health problems I can t I think the lack of activity and not having a family most just turned away from me In this time I almost died due to severe asthma and COPD heart failure and was put two times in the ward several plans to commit suicide This evening I thought I will do one thing today maybe that will help me I WASHED MY DISHES LOL I have to be careful cuz when I come out of a deep depression I get really manic and clean the house with a toothbrush My Therapist and shrink tell me not to try to jump out of the depression to take is slow I always joke that I ride the roller coaster and I never know which way it will turn dip or go upside down Susanne2220 October 8 2015 Hi rose58 Your diagnosis and present symptoms sound like mine I have just spent a year forcing myself to get up forcing myself to have a shower and take care of the dogs The rest pretty much went undone A month ago I thought I was having a stroke I felt my speech was slurred so called a friend I ended up in Emergency where they discovered my hemoglobin was at 85 instead of 125 SO because of this I came under the care of a wonderful Doctor I have had Cat Scans searching for growths colonoscopy and endoscopy one more scan to go Two weeks ago I went to Emergency because the urge to kill myself was so strong I felt I needed help Now I am in the Out Patient Program and have a Psychiatrist My Point I was not eating properly this caused a HUGE problem for me ALSO I was horribly stressed because I felt responsible to contribute my time to a family project I wasn t sleeping at all some nights What I learned Keep a log of my moods sleeping what I feel stressed about my eating etc This is for my Psychiatrist and for me ROSE58 I suggest you see about eating properly and well this makes a big difference Sleeping my psychiatrist gave me sleeping pills they are like magic Have your blood tested for iron and hemoglobin I wasn t a slug I just didn t have enough oxygen Do one 15 minute task a day record these accomplishments on a calendar it s amazing how great you will feel and what wonders you will accomplish XOXO Susanne2220 Dawn September 28 2015 I suffer from bipolar II It is an everyday struggle these days currently in medication adjustment I appreciate you all for sharing This is a very isolating disease and it helps to not feel alone in this struggle Jim September 29 2015 I ve been reading this stuff for years Diagnosed OCD in late 1980 s then BP then Depression then atypical BP Taken SSRI s mood meds Lost a dearly loved service job suicide attempt hospital stay Have a diagnosed son divorced wife I don t care what the label is Just wish I didn t have it Jan October 3 2015 Sorry but it s not that simple Each person is different and each person s symptoms are different I am 70 years old and have suffered with the disease for most of my life and I still don t know everything there is to know about it So please don t you presume to say that you know everything there is to know about bipolar Melanie October 10 2015 7th at really frustrated me is that my medical staff seem more concerned when I am manic than depressed I get hospitalised when manic and left to mange by myself when depressed My depression is life threatening whereas my mania is not U S President 2016 October 11 2015 BIPOLARS NEED A LOT MORE MONEY LOVE TO BE STABLE MANY ARE PERMANENTLY DISABLED and living on Social Security Disability at 1000 a month Rent for a 1 1 is 1000 a month I have tried to work for 20 years I keep getting fired for no reason My last boyfriend was 5 years ago Bipolars are suicidal because we are POOR IN MONEY AND OVERALL QUALITY OF LIFE THE MEDS ARE NOT HELPING MUCH WE NEED A LOT MORE MONEY LOVE TO BE STABLE Mimi October 24 2015 I was diagnosed with bi polar 1 along with depression Ptsd personality disorder ocd Some days I don t feel like getting up or do anything I have no friends because of my illness My family are very judgemental think it s all in my head and that I can change They just don t get it and it Pisses me off Who the hell wants to have a mental illness Not me but I do I deal with it and take one day at a time I don t work seems like I can t hold down a job because I don t feel good or I m depressed I also suffer from panic attacks I went through alot growing up molested as a child and then date raped So I want to tell my family it s Not In my head it s real EveryDay is a struggle but I get through it I was miss diagnosed in the past and was put on paxil I had bad experience I seek counseling and my shrink I have days that I don t like people and just stay to myself and then there s times I wanna go out but then I have the panic attack and gotta leave I hope whoever reads this and know that you are never alone There is help don t wait until it s to late God bless Linda November 24 2015 hI have I palmer depressionHDmajor depressive disorder PTSDADHD it used to be my bipolar depression was not such a big deal as the PTSD but now that I have progressed to getting better I find bipolar disorder crippling mean I get a glimpse of happiness and I long for long Of depression taking care of myself is a constant battle which most of the time I do lose I have contacted my doctor and he says that I m on all the regiment that I can be on and thehe just doesn t want me to have a maniac episodes but I like the manic episode or what they called a manic episode I take care of myself everyday do things around the house my house is kept up really nice I can be around other people I do not see a psychiatrist because the only ones here that I could see is MHMR and they make you sign a consent form that they can put you in the hospital anytime they deem it necessary the hospital is not a good place for someone like me especially during a depressed episode all they do is talk about how I feel every man s that make me feel miserable sometimes I end up feeling really good and being free going in there and they don t not like that so they gave me more meds and take away meds until I m in Ocean State again that s crippled state again the holidays are a horrible time of the year for me I hate the holidays might disorders were made in the from the ages of first born 2 8 years old I was in constant fear for my well being I was not afraid to die and wanted to die I feel like for someone like me its just hopeless I feel like I ll never experience happiness again I ve been to a lot of psychiatrists to help me sort through things but some things just can t be explained they say that every child has an angel that watches over them I do not believe that might be stopped cuz I stayed in the hospital that s died in the hospital met Jesus and he sent me back I had never been shown the emotions that came out of him to me before that point in time I was just unlovabletreated like an animal and behave like an animal and I love animals they were my friends when I was a little girl especially cats I have a way with animals but humans make me feel uncomfortable cheerioI don t trust people very much I have become delusional and embarrass my children in public they don t speak to you now they re all grown up and I m just waiting for them they make contact with me there are no psychiatrist hear that take my insurance except for MHMR and I m not going to have them put me in a facility because I m happy I m doing great with animals so they think that I m having a manic situation my manic situation is just me being happy and being able to be me when I m happy I m extremely grateful that I am happy which makes me happier I don t knowif I will be able to be social during this holiday season someone shot my dog I took him to the vet and he had to be put down that day I can t work they won t give me a Social Security check because I m married and I spent over 100 at the vet s office to be able to see my dog got a proper loving compassionate passing it s ridiculous that I don t get my 700 a month anymore I also and paying back the government because they said that they overpaid me 30 a month for 3 years I don t know what to do I don t know what to say I don t have a professional to talk to you I know that that would help what does people at MHMR have an attitude that s not good for people like me there s no way they can help me all I have to do is happy and maybe saying you can talked and yes I can communicate with annaanimals animals love me I don t think I can communicate with a big ol bear or a animal that can eat me for animals are almost human you just have to read their body language their tongues their eyes that s their homes homes tons Tones I ve had to do that with people my whole life because I m deaf not completely about 70 definite talking tomfat StonesTones it s a survival tactic to be able to read a body movement a facial expression tell what a person is saying before you can hear them because of my love for animals family I was in would do whatever they said to hurt my animal relationship one time I had a cat friend who was pregnant I was so happy she was going to have babies carrier she was a little on the wild side so I met her under a bush in a field and let my mom know about her I went to meet the cat in the bush under the seaunder the Bush and she was cut open and a babies were playing out of her because somebody decided to kill her and leave the display for me to find my mom was the only one I had told about the cat its like she was jealous of my ability to be happy with what God provided me with even when I was in an abusive situation I m trying to get better there are much worse things that I ve been through I think the worst of all was not being good enough to be held talk to except for when there was something for me to do if you have anything that will help I would really like to hear it Latisha November 24 2015 I just want to say thank you for this Not only do tid bits like this help me but they help my family too I have so many issues trying to explain to them what i go through on a constant basis I get so lost attempting that i just give up The struggle has been much worse over the last year as no insurance or doctor or medicine and no work has caused me to have to fight hard every day to try and contain my out bursts I have to say that most days i lose my battles But I remain as optimistic as i can in hopes of being happy once more the one thing i wish i could change about me is not so much taking this away

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  • Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About BIPOLAR DEPRESSION | bpHope - bp Magazine Community
    no vacation for either of us It seems to have to do with breaking out of his work routine and structure Even on weekends he tends to be more symptomatic Then there are the stress factors 13 beyond one s control such as ill health or the death of a loved one The economy has greatly affected our finances and our work situations says Therese J Borchard a mother of two popular blogger Beyond Blue on beliefnet com and author of several books including the memoir Beyond Blue Surviving Depression Anxiety and Making the Most of Bad Genes Hachette Book Group 2009 It has taken about nine months to navigate through that stress but now that we have found a way to produce enough income I think I will be less prone to fall into depression KEEPING THINGS STEADY The severity of the illness one s support system the luck or failure of finding effective medication a competent doctor and a supportive partner all affect how successfully bipolar depression can be stabilized Muriel H of Easley South Carolina managed to teach for 32 years in part because of her husband s steady encouragement but some days it took all her inner resources to make it through the day Had it not been for my work ethic I would have been home in bed Muriel says On many weekends I would hole up in my apartment not coming out again until Monday morning Severe bipolar depression 14 not only robs one of the ability to enjoy life but also may even interfere with basic acts of self care C A lives directly across the street from a grocery store but recalls one morning when even that short distance was too far to walk She showered applied some makeup but found she couldn t leave the house I stood at my bedroom window looking across the way at the store and crying I felt helpless and stupid It is when we are in absolute despair that we most need the comfort of loved ones The irony is this is also the time when we feel the most unlovable are least able to return love and tend to strain the devotion and patience of even the most steadfast caregiver T L knows her husband s depressed when he grows quiet turns from sweet to snappy has trouble sleeping becomes overly critical and begins obsessing over trivial things like irritating TV commercials As soon as she observes such symptoms T L asks her husband how he s feeling and whether anything is stressing him out One time I was on the computer and he came down to the office to say good night I was in the middle of writing an email He gave a big sigh stomped up the stairs and slammed the bedroom door I went up and calmly asked what his problem was and he snapped something about not kissing him goodnight as if I could read his mind I quickly

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  • The Bipolar Conversation: A Communication Tip to Change Your Life | bpHope - bp Magazine Community
    wait until they get better I have used dysphoric mania and psychosis in this example but this technique works with all mood swings When someone is depressed and says they have no friends it does not help at all to respond with But you do have a lot of friends They call you all of the time Why are you saying these things The better response would be I can see that you are depressed And depression really does make you feel you have no friends I am your friend How can I help you with your depression That works That gets results That is how we need to respond Learning to recognize stop and ultimately prevent the Bipolar Conversation is the best technique I know to help relationships when someone you care about has a mental health disorder Teaching myself and then training others about the Bipolar Conversation changed my life for the better It can do the same for you Julie Tagged with bipolar disorder communication help parents of child with bipolar disorder talk bipolar disorder About the author Julie A Fast Has 189 Articles Julie A Fast is the bestselling author of Loving Someone with Bipolar Take Charge of Bipolar Disorder and Get it Done When You re Depressed She is an award winning columnist for bp Magazine Fast Talk and has one of the top bipolar disorder blogs on the internet Julie is the bipolar disorder management specialist on the Oprah and Dr Oz website www ShareCare com She was the original consultant for Claire Danes on Homeland Julie is not only a leading expert on helping those affected by bipolar disorder and depression she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 1995 and successfully as best she can manages the illness with medications and the strategies in her books Julie knows firsthand about living with and loving someone with bipolar disorder within her own life and helps family members partners and health care professionals understand and support those with the illness Julie is a highly in demand family and partner coach speaker and educator who is passionate about changing the way the world views and manages mood disorders 14 COMMENTS Deborah March 26 2015 Reply I found this article very helpful I am the mother of a daughter with bi polar I have learned not to argue with my daughter It s difficult to always be aware of the mood swings but I am now in the fourth year of learning The medication does work but it has taken three years for my daughter to realise this Liz March 27 2015 Reply I as well found this article very helpful I am a mother of a son with bipolar and ADD When hospitalized and in psychosis he was saying a lot of things that were not true or changing the truth We have had two episodes with psychosis My son is the bravest person I know It s horrible what those who suffer with bipolar at their worse go through Sandy March 29 2015 Reply My son in law experienced a severe psychotic experience soon after he our daughter married We learned after medication for classic bi polar symptoms through long term talk therapy that he had suffered sustained ritual sexual abuse as a baby child by his mother As long as he maintained his medicine protocol stayed in therapy he managed the mania and following depression successfully However when ever he was off meds after awhile the mania illogical behavior would commence Learning to read the signs of mania knowing how to appropriately converse has empowered his spouse her family to provide support guidance to get back on track with medicine protocol return from manic episode Thank you Julie for your courage in authoring your books articles card system to support those living with bi polar elle April 24 2015 Reply i wanted 2cry reading this i try 2explain this 2 people in my life often before they experience me having qn episode its had moderate success with those ive known longest little success with newer relationships and almost none with those i might have wanted to share my life with your article explains this communication technique perfectly tx xoxo Kel April 25 2015 Reply It s difficult enough to embrace and manage my episodic life of mania and depression without having to live with the reality of dismissive and judgmental actions and words of those who pretend they care Symptoms are magnified Reality distorted Paranoia expands I lose myself even more There is no peace Chaunet May 19 2015 Reply I found this to be VERY helpful indeed I am currently involved with a man with untreated and diagnosed bipolarism I recognize the signs because I grew up with a bipolar brother and step father Being in a relationship with someone that is bipolar is nothing I expected in my wildest nightmares I love him dearly and I am trying not to walk away like all the other women in his life Right now he is having an episode and I just found out from this article that fighting with him in his manic stage makes it worse It his not the man I feel in love with it is the illness Thank you so much If we are not broken up this time I will try this exercise Cal3 June 5 2015 Reply Chaunet Your story sounds a lot like mine Sometimes just reading that I m not alone in this helps Thank you veryconfused45 June 11 2015 Reply Report user I have tried this approach and I believe it is the correct approach however I ve had mixed results using it with my gf when she s in an episode It will work at one point but an hour later she will accuse me of patronizing her or not listening to her I feel like there is really nothing I can do except take the ride until comes back Tony August 4

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