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  • Have an Unmerry Christmas! | bpHope - bp Magazine Community
    avoiding It s the pain of putting on a happy face when I m miserable I want to find anything else in the world to do just to destract my mind from my pain and being around family only amplifies the pain I m in It s hard enough playing pretend in front of my 10 yr old I just keep reminding myself it will pass and God has me Nan December 11 2015 Reply This story really hits home I ve been bipolar since high school My Dad was killed Christmas week end years ago then my sister died on Christmas Day a few years ago So in top of the holiday blues I relive those sad Christmas memories If it wasn t for my family I don t think I could make it through December Sandra Sweeney December 11 2015 Reply Holidays used to be a mixture of grief and joy How can I not e joy watching my kids excitement on Christmas But I was a single parent with sole custody and it was difficult filling stockings and setting out gifts alone The same thing with Easter basket fillingand hiding eggs It s easier now that the kids are on their own They understand why I can t send gifts or travel to be with them Just cannot afford it But they were raised to celebrate Advent enjoy Christmas Day and continue celebrating the birth of Christ for the next 12 days It made the season more meaningful and for bipolar single mom it was a blessing to not have one huge day as the climax of the season It was fine if I didn t get all the baking done by the 24th I still had all those days after the 25th to celebrate Christmas I prefer celebrating Christmas this way I ve been blessed BRUCE December 19 2015 Reply I AM 47 HAVE MANIC BIPOLAR AND WHAT I JUST READ WAS TO A T I HATE CHRISTMAS DON T GET ME WRONG I LOVE BEING WITH FAMILY EATING HAVING FUN BUT INSIDE IT S A SHOW I JUST CAN T GET MYSELF TO ENJOY MYSELF Ashley December 20 2015 Reply This time of year is always hard for me and I ve never been a christmas type of person Every year is different Sometimes I m manic and sometimes I m depressed but it s never easy I had some pretty traumatic stuff happen around christmas in my childhood so it s always a trigger simply because of the memories I really have to try to keep it together but this year is especially difficult My significant other recently cheated on me and left me so I m crazier than normal for christmastime But I have a great support system in my family and I am very lucky to have those two supportive people in my life They know that christmas is not my time of year and they help me as best as they

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  • All I Wanted for Christmas | bpHope - bp Magazine Community
    illness will be eliminated On Christmas Day 1981 I was lost but now I m found I have discovered that it is possible to live a life that is not a perpetual rollercoaster My life is not perfect but it is a far cry from where it used to be Yes there is hope And with hope comes faith And with faith anything is possible Tagged with Bipolar Disorder christmas faith hope Karl Shallowhorn About the author Karl Shallowhorn Has 147 Articles Karl Shallowhorn is the Director of Community Advocacy for the Mental Health Association of Erie County and Compeer of Greater Buffalo He is a New York State Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor and has worked in both the addictions and mental health fields Karl is the author of Working on Wellness A Practical Guide to Mental Health 2010 Chipmunka Publishing Karl is a certified Mental Health First Aid Instructor He also works as a mental health consultant and has provided a variety of workplace wellness seminars for businesses and organizations in the Western New York area Karl serves on the Board of Directors for the Mental Health Association in New York State as well as the Erie County Mental Hygiene Services Board 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 Bipolar Disorder Demanding Better Care February 5 2016 12 01 am It s been nine years since my late husband David s body was found He d disappeared six weeks earlier in one of the most beautiful and rugged Bipolar Disorder with Obsessive Thoughts Behavior February 4 2016 12 01 am Bipolar disorder is recognized by mania and depression and usually anxiety One area of bipolar disorder not usually talked about is obsessive thoughts and behavior 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 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

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  • Work, Travel and Bipolar Disorder: It does get better….. | bpHope - bp Magazine Community
    to travel and work again it takes a lot of planning and I ll never have the career I want bipolar won t allow many things but we can compromise with this illness and reach our dreams in different ways than expected Has bipolar made it difficult for you to reach a dream What part of that dream can you still acheive Julie Tagged with what is bipolar disorder can I work if I have bipolar disorder work bipolar 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 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 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

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  • Know Thy Limits – Stress in the Workplace | bpHope - bp Magazine Community
    me Stress is the number one trigger for me for many of us next to losing sleep A decade after school when I had a mixed episode I fell off the grid The writing was on the wall and hard not to read My job had gotten too stressful it was like a damn broke It was an easy decision not to go back No job that jeopardizes my mental health is worth it My mind must come first always We can t evade stress in our careers or our live Life is stressful We have our health and costs to manage bills to pay people we love to care for We can though minimize it through making good choices while keeping our mental health foremost in our mind Catch Wendy s latest book Two Bipolar Chicks Guide to Survival Tips for Living with Bipolar Disorder www twobipolarchicks com www wendykwilliamson com About the author Wendy K Williamson Has 32 Articles Wendy Williamson had her first manic episode while studying at Virginia Tech eight weeks before graduation It was then she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder type I After being downsized from corporate America Wendy wrote her memoir of honesty and hope entitled I m Not Crazy Just Bipolar She co wrote her second book Two Bipolar Chicks Guide to Survival Tips for Living With Bipolar Disorder with author Honora Rose Wendy writes for BPHope com and The Huffington Post She has written for BP Magazine Bipolar Disorder for Dummies 2nd Edition and The Two River Times Her book has been reviewed by Publisher s Weekly and National Alliance on Mental Illness The Advocate Wendy is the founder of The Red Bank Writers Group and has been interviewed on over forty radio stations worldwide She can be followed on Twitter at bipolarwendy and 2bipolarchicks Wendy lives in NJ burning out laptops to stay sane www wendykwilliamson com www twobipolarchicks 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 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

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  • Flight of ideas: Steering clear of depression | bpHope - bp Magazine Community
    Melody Moezzi is a writer attorney speaker activist a United Nations Global Expert and award winning author Her latest book Haldol and Hyacinths A Bipolar Life was released in August 2013 by Avery Her first book War on Error Real Stories of American Muslims earned her a Georgia Author of the Year Award Moezzi writes and speaks on a variety of issues particularly those relating to Islam Iran and mental health She is a blogger for bp Magazine the Huffington Post and Ms Magazine as well as a regular columnist for bp Magazine Her writing has appeared in many outlets including The New York Times theWashington Post The Guardian and The Christian Science Monitor She has also appeared on many radio and television programs including NPR CNN and BBC Moezzi is a graduate of Wesleyan University and the Emory University School of Law as well as the Emory University Rollins School of Public Health She lives in Raleigh NC For more information and links to more of her work please visit melodymoezzi com You can also follow her on Twitter MelodyMoezzi 21 COMMENTS Luna30 July 21 2015 Reply Love this article Very helpful Cris July 21 2015 Reply Inspiring Suzanne July 21 2015 Reply Great article Ernie July 21 2015 Reply Very nice reminder Thanks Best of success to you Rex2 July 21 2015 Reply I used to get lost and have memory loss when I was on Klonopin for a while Then when my doc stopped the memory slowly came back An Alzheimer s type of memory loss has been reported in Klonopin users rosebud July 26 2015 Reply I take klonopin generic and I do have memory loss sometimes Since I was diagnosed with bi polar I have a hard time with dates or how long ago something happened Lately I have had a long period of depression and chalked up the new lapses to my depression I get very confused when I am in this state I will definitely talk to my doctor about it Thanks for the help Rainer July 21 2015 Reply It is so easy to ignore the signs of depression and just do the blame game with myself when I spin out of control Thank you so much for your article Miked85284 July 21 2015 Reply article is spot on for me Don t know if Meds aggravate the symptoms but they sure seem to At least my psych Has helped me ruecognize the depression and it helps me deal with it better Rex2 July 21 2015 Reply Has anyone faced memory loss with respect to maneuvering around on roads rosebud July 26 2015 Reply Yes and I live in a small town for 35 years It is like BAM I forget where I was going or where the place is even if I have been there before I thought that was just me I find it happens to me when I am in the middle of depression or mania Ninja July 27 2015 Reply Definitely and I was just around the corner from my house It was one of the most scary and disorienting experiences of my life Both depression and meds were factors Jackie July 21 2015 Reply Great reminder very timely for me Thanks Mary July 21 2015 Reply Thank you Melody for your article and to remind me to watch for my red flags and admit at least to myself when I m in a depression My boyfriend and I go out to Arizona in the winter months and I have no support there Last winter was so difficult that I m thinking about not going this next winter My boyfriend is no support In fact when I get depressed he gets angry He does not understand My doctor and therapist suggested that my boyfriend and I get counseling together and when I asked him he said he doesn t believe in it I would leave him if I could afford to My best friend when we go is myself But I need more Any suggestions Paige November 8 2015 Reply Hi Mary Financially you re dependent on your boyfriend which makes the problem you have understandable I m thinking maybe you feel trapped which is a miserable way to spend the winter months My best friend when we go is myself I believe this is a powerful statement It tells me you are good at entertaining yourself which is not an ability everyone has you re lucky But I want more Again a powerful and healthy way to be thinking and feeling Could you connect with a therapist in Arizona along with a psych doc Would finding a fun way to exercise help Friends can be another avenue for living a happier life although I m not into having friends myself I know this works for others I think they join churches and clubs and maybe get some kinds of paying or volunteer work Also a bipolar support group could be helpful Sooz July 21 2015 Reply Has ANYONE EVER found a medication the docs want to force down our throats that actually works that actually helps and does not do more damage to your already tender mental health Love to all you guys Steffen July 23 2015 Reply First of all if a doctor or therapist is trying shove meds down your throat then these therapists are assholes and you may need to find someone new who will listen in to you and howd the side effects of medications are affecting you Brand Lamictal truly saved my life but everyone s body chemistry is different I pray you find a competent APRN They are very often better than psychiatrists Crash July 22 2015 Reply I have midterm and short term memory issues I do not know how much is secondary to the illness or the meds Sometimes I do not feel comfortable driving because I am easily distracted and experience flight of ideas Fanz July 22 2015

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  • Hope Floats | bpHope - bp Magazine Community
    am Her bipolar wasn t diagnosed until two years after she got her business degree Before that while juggling coursework and three jobs she would overspend during manic phases and get tattoos and piercings while depressed She also drank to the point that she almost flunked out She managed to stay in school thanks to a friend who pulled her away from daily alcohol use She d make me go to class Tanya says She believed strongly in her Christian faith and she instilled that in me Clinical psychologist Chad Morris PhD says that when you ask people about their stories of recovery the turning point was very often that someone gave them a bit of hope SUCCESS BUILDS Morris was the lead author on a 2005 study of people with bipolar disorder that found the more hopeful they were the better they functioned regardless of their symptoms of depression and mania The study also found that the more satisfied patients were with their mental health care the more hopeful they were Tanya says that getting diagnosed and starting treatment helped her find stability which in turn gave her hope that she could continue to get better Success builds on itself in every arena says Morris As director of the Behavioral Health Wellness Program at University of Colorado Denver Morris now devotes his energies to helping people with bipolar and other mental illnesses improve their physical prospects through lifestyle changes When people start attending to their wellness needs everything starts to get better he says Improving overall well being can contribute to a more hopeful outlook Morris says And when people discover they can quit smoking lose weight or make other changes he says they realize they have the power to do anything they want to Tanya aims to exercise regularly guided periodically by a personal trainer Setting a goal and having a clear path to it is one way she feeds her reservoirs of hope Tanya also tries to schedule something fun to look forward to whether an annual trip to visit her brother in western Canada or making the 45 minute drive to her family s cottage It gives me hope for something positive coming up in the future says Tanya Finding the fun in life also helps Carol Anne of Florida When she was an AmeriCorps volunteer working with children she appreciated their ability to be playful and get excited Now 30 she nurtures the child within by going down a playground slide or chasing seagulls at the beach It s very uplifting she says It makes me feel so much larger than I actually am to see the gulls scatter And it causes me to move Carol Anne who received her bipolar diagnosis when she was 22 feeds her spirit by photographing sunrises over the ocean and other nature scenes When her level of hope dips listening to rap music helps clear her mind After several hours of this music therapy Carol Anne says I feel energized TAKING CHARGE Advocating for yourself strengthens hopefulness according to a study published online in the Community Mental Health Journal in December 2011 The study compared patients who received usual care to those who participated in a peer led self management program called Wellness Recovery Action Planning The WRAP participants were significantly more likely to speak up about their care and doing so was linked to greater hopefulness as well as better quality of life and fewer psychiatric symptoms Chris P Gorman MD a psychiatrist who is medical director of outpatient services at St Paul s Hospital in Vancouver encourages people to be involved in their treatment planning A big part of hope I think is autonomy feeling you have some control in your life Before his bipolar diagnosis five years ago Steven Smith not his real name was in despair A married minister in Arkansas Smith had begun to drink heavily and act promiscuously He was sure it was only a matter of time before his seemingly uncontrollable behavior would get him kicked out of the ministry Once he d been diagnosed Smith sought out the tools he needed to get his house back in order Hope entered the picture when I began claiming my life again recalls Smith who is in his 40s Smith is doing well now but these days he worries about losing his job if his bipolar becomes known He drives to a community two hours away for treatment At his church he offers hope every Sunday to others We can lift up cancer diabetes pneumonia even a loved one who s gone astray he says but society s taboo about mental illness stops him from sharing his own challenges STIGMA STORY Research by Philip T Yanos PhD and others has found that stigma eats away at hope and self esteem which in turn hampers recovery Self stigma internalizing negative stereotypes about mental illness can be especially destructive Yanos an associate professor of psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York says getting educated about bipolar disorder to eliminate misconceptions is an important first step Some other strategies he recommends Learn skills to replace negative thoughts with more realistic ones Learn to retell your life story with a more balanced perspective emphasizing your skills the times you ve overcome adversity and the opportunities you still have Pursue medication and psychotherapy together which research finds more effective than either alone Smith stays committed to taking his medication and continuing therapy The other key elements to his stability are daily meditation and spiritual practice lifting weights and eating right I couch it in the language of spiritual discipline says Smith I have to do these things to be the person God wants me to be Beyond the positive feeling that comes from managing his bipolar Smith draws hope from helping parishioners and from the church calendar which every year celebrates the Easter resurrection He treasures good moments with his wife

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  • More than Semantics | bpHope - bp Magazine Community
    the time read the studies check out the textbooks consult with experts in the field and pharmacists and neurologists and endocrinologists In short be your own advocate It could literally save your life Tagged with Bipolar bipolar depression Bipolar Disorder bipolar mania mania mental health mental illness mixed states psychiatry psychology psychosis About the author Melody Moezzi Has 165 Articles Melody Moezzi is a writer attorney speaker activist a United Nations Global Expert and award winning author Her latest book Haldol and Hyacinths A Bipolar Life was released in August 2013 by Avery Her first book War on Error Real Stories of American Muslims earned her a Georgia Author of the Year Award Moezzi writes and speaks on a variety of issues particularly those relating to Islam Iran and mental health She is a blogger for bp Magazine the Huffington Post and Ms Magazine as well as a regular columnist for bp Magazine Her writing has appeared in many outlets including The New York Times theWashington Post The Guardian and The Christian Science Monitor She has also appeared on many radio and television programs including NPR CNN and BBC Moezzi is a graduate of Wesleyan University and the Emory University School of Law as well as the Emory University Rollins School of Public Health She lives in Raleigh NC For more information and links to more of her work please visit melodymoezzi com You can also follow her on Twitter MelodyMoezzi 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 Radio Show Start Talking Speak Up About Mental Health Listen Live Here February 10 2016 12 01 am When families learn someone they love suffers from a mental illness it can be an agonizing wake up call That s because most illnesses do not come Blog Mental Illness in Catholic Schools Catholic Prejudice February 8 2016 12 01 am I was raised a catholic My parents were catholic their parents were catholic all my neighbors and most of my friends were catholic As a Living with Bipolar Be Inspired to Forgive and Ask for Forgiveness February 6 2016 12 01 am This Swedish proverb Love me when I least deserve it because that s when I really need it is so true For us all For me Diabetes II Versus Bipolar II The Power of Stigma February 5 2016 3 49 pm When my husband was diagnosed with diabetes II doctors nutritionists nurses friends family members coworkers everyone was terribly concerned No one doubted his diagnosis 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

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  • Finding Faith in Recovery | bpHope - bp Magazine Community
    that there are some who do not take the spiritual approach to their recovery and I respect that however I have met many for whom spirituality has been the guiding force in their recovery As for me I could not have made it through the tumultuous times in my life if it hadn t been for my belief in a Higher Power Has your faith helped you Tagged with 12 Step program faith recovery About the author Karl Shallowhorn Has 147 Articles Karl Shallowhorn is the Director of Community Advocacy for the Mental Health Association of Erie County and Compeer of Greater Buffalo He is a New York State Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor and has worked in both the addictions and mental health fields Karl is the author of Working on Wellness A Practical Guide to Mental Health 2010 Chipmunka Publishing Karl is a certified Mental Health First Aid Instructor He also works as a mental health consultant and has provided a variety of workplace wellness seminars for businesses and organizations in the Western New York area Karl serves on the Board of Directors for the Mental Health Association in New York State as well as the Erie County Mental Hygiene Services Board 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 New Year Sane me January 29 2016 2 00 am I m cured I don t mean to brag at all But if this is what recovery is then I swear that I am drenched in recovery Bipolar the Monkey Mind and Meditation January 16 2016 8 33 pm I m back after a brief hiatus I needed a little time to take a break during the holiday season It s been very beneficial and the Bipolar Winter Blues December 10 2015 2 05 am Winter is quickly approaching and I m feeling more lethargic tired and irritable One thing I have noticed each winter living with bipolar disorder is that My bipolar is a blessing December 9 2015 2 30 pm I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder a few months ago having been treated for depression for twelve years At first I was shocked and horrified 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

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