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  • Bipolar Treatment With Medication | bpHope - bp Magazine Community - Part 3
    A Fast I ve been angry irritated p o d unhappy and depressed for the past few weeks Everyone is getting on my nerves and Read more Medication Compliance Sticking with it By Laura Dolan November 8 2007 1 33 am There are plenty of excuses to go off meds and Laura Dolan has heard them all By Laura Dolan The refusal to take Read more Soap star Maurice Benard This rebel has a cause By John Anderson November 8 2007 1 21 am By John Anderson When asked about Maurice Benard s performance last year on the long running soap opera General Hospital head writer Bob Guza doesn t hesitate Read more Making stupid mistakes with medication By Julie A Fast August 8 2007 1 49 am By Julie A Fast People seem to have misconceptions about me and how I handle my bipolar disorder Some apparently think that my bipolar Read more Scientific proof By Peter Newman November 8 2006 3 07 am You can LEARN to cope with no side effects By Peter Newman Elizabeth taught me how to cope with bipolar disorder she was my psychiatrist Read more SoundOFF The push pull of weight gain By BP Readers August 8 2005 7 10 am Have you experienced weight gain while taking prescription medications If so what have you done to address it bp readers respond My 10 year old experienced Read more SoundOFF The medication journey By BP Readers August 8 2005 6 23 am Many people with bipolar disorder have stopped taking their prescribed medication at one time or another If this describes you what was your experience Read more PREVIOUS 1 2 3 4 NEXT 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

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  • Bipolar Treatment With Medication | bpHope - bp Magazine Community - Part 4
    Issue Archived Issues Customer Service Print Digital Subscription Buy Past Issues Frequently Asked Questions Digital Subscriber Access Page Subscribe Home Bipolar Treatment Bipolar Treatment with Medication Bipolar Treatment with Medication Articles and blog posts relating to the treatment of bipolar disorder through medication PREVIOUS 1 2 3 4 The medication journey By Milly Dawson August 8 2005 6 19 am By Milly Dawson Peter spent his youth in Birmingham England and got what he calls a quite nice telecom job in London He had Read more PREVIOUS 1 2 3 4 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 our community Blog Read and comment Home About Us Privacy Forum Professional Writers Advertising Contact Us Partners Page Cart Subscribe Back to Top Copyright 2015 BpHope All Rights Reserved Newsletter Signup Hope Harmony Headlines is bp Magazine s e newsletter offering the latest research news healthy lifestyle features and inspirational profiles for our bipolar community If you are a human and are seeing this field please leave it blank Fields marked with a are required Afghanistan Albania Algeria American Samoa Andorra Angola Anguilla Antarctica Antigua And Barbuda Argentina Armenia Aruba Australia Austria Azerbaijan Bahamas Bahrain Bangladesh Barbados Belarus Belgium Belize Benin Bermuda Bhutan Bolivia Bosnia And Herzegowina Botswana Bouvet Island Brazil British Indian Ocean Territory Brunei Darussalam Bulgaria Burkina Faso Burundi Cambodia Cameroon Canada Cape Verde Cayman Islands Central African Republic Chad Chile China Christmas Island Cocos Keeling Islands Colombia Comoros Congo Congo The Democratic Republic Of The Cook Islands

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  • Body Brio: Relaxed in the moment | bpHope - bp Magazine Community
    George Stefano MD who directs the Neuroscience Research Institute at State University of New York in Old Westbury New York believes that meditation boosts levels of nitric oxide which is known to relax blood vessels That in turn improves blood pressure and may also have other physiological and psychological benefits By far the most surprising findings come from the Laboratory for Affective Neuroscience at the University of Wisconsin where psychologist Richard Davidson PhD has shown that meditation can change the wiring of the brain After 25 subjects went through a course in mindfulness meditation brain scans showed an increase in activation in areas of the left side of the brain associated with lower anxiety and positive emotional states Very little research has been done on meditation s effect on bipolar disorder specifically although Koszycki believes that findings from studies like hers suggest that it may be helpful for anyone who is grappling with anxiety or depression To hear the participants in the Lancashire Care study in England describe their experiences learning the art of meditation changed their lives When I breathe I feel all right said one participant who had suffered four major depressive episodes and learned new breathing exercises during mindfulness meditation The exercise helps her avoid thinking of pastor forward and to focus instead on the present moment I ve always been a big worrier she told researchers I mnow relaxing more and taking things as they come SIDEBAR Learning to meditate There are many forms of meditation and no one approach is best What all have in common is providing a way to calm the mind either by concentrating on something like breathing or simply sitting quietly and becoming aware of the ebb and flow of sensations and thoughts Meditation courses are available in many cities and towns Mindfulness meditation tapes created by psychologist Jon Kabat Zinn PhD can be purchased online atmindfulnesstapes com You can also get started by creating your own program Meditation in motion If you like to walk try meditating while you stride Focus on the sensation of taking each step repeating a calming word or phrase in rhythm as you walk You can use the same approach if you swim or use a stair machine or treadmill for exercise Quiet contemplation Set aside 15 to 20 minutes at least once a day to sit quietly and calm your body and mind Breathe deeply and slowly concentrating on the sensation of inhaling and exhaling Become aware of your body gently relaxing muscle tension Repeat a calming word or phrase Practice mindfulness Stop now and then to focus your mind on what your senses are taking in At meals eat slowly and concentrate on the taste and feel of each bite Put on a favorite piece of music and really listen to it Whatever you try stick with it long enough to make meditation a habit I had to push myself at first says a 36 year old woman who has suffered bouts of

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  • Connecting mind, body & spirit | bpHope - bp Magazine Community
    in what they re dealing with It s as if a higher power may have given us a particular challenge so that we can do that And yet Dr Patterson and his colleagues are quick to point out that faith can also create immense strife for individuals who have mental health disorders Just as it s possible for people to feel very strengthened and valued based on their spiritual convictions others can feel denigrated and unworthy points out Roger Fallot PhD director of research and evaluation at Community Connections a private nonprofit mental health agency in Washington DC There s a capacity for excessive self blame and a feeling of unredeemable sinfulness especially for people who have depressive symptoms and are prone to depressive patterns says Dr Fallot editor of Spirituality and Religion in Recovery from Mental Illness Jossey Bass 1998 They can start ruminating on things that have gone wrong and see them as signs of moral or spiritual weakness Some religious communities may even reinforce one s negative feelings adds Dr Fallot who is also an ordained minister The flip side of finding a wonderful source of social support in a religious community is finding one that is rejecting And the whole sense of not fitting in because you have a mental health disorder can be very painful Laura can attest to that She remembers lying in a hospital bed after a suicide attempt listening in disbelief as one of her visitors a fellow congregant in the church she attended tried convincing her that she wouldn t be in such emotional distress if she were closer to God She was telling me that I didn t have strong enough faith and that if I knew Jesus better I d be helped with these problems says the Oregon woman still sounding incredulous even though the encounter took place more than 20 years ago Would you say to someone with MS multiple sclerosis that if they knew God well enough their MS would go away People don t have a clue about mental illness continues Mitchell and yet everybody has someone in their family who is suffering from a mental illness and suffering in silence because of the stigma Now a congregant in a different church where she serves as a parish nurse Laura has converted her bipolar diagnosis into an educational mission Although the accomplished vocalist is accustomed to singing in the church choir last year she stood at the pulpit for the first time and delivered a 35 minute sermon about bipolar disorder As a member of the speakers bureau for DBSA she has delivered a version of the same talk titled Madness Melancholy and Merriment to such varied groups as health care providers and philanthropists I believe that the only way to get rid of the stigma is through education she says I happen to like to speak in public when I m feeling good so I figure that s one of the things that I m supposed to be doing I know that the Bible says to go out and spread the word but I feel like the way I spread the word is to help people understand better so they can have more empathy for their loved ones she says That s part of my spirituality God doesn t want me to suffer He wants me to help others Shifting attitudes In his book Dr Koenig writes that Sigmund Freud s negative perceptions of religion which the founding father of psychotherapy described as an obsessional neurosis caused a near complete rift between psychiatry and religion for close to a century impacting the personal views of psychologists and psychiatrists and affecting the kinds of treatments prescribed Today however studies and educational trends suggest that an increasing number of mental health professionals are understanding better the spiritual factors that can impact a person s well being and are more open to addressing spirituality with their patients The Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education for example requires that all psychiatric residency programs provide training on religion or spiritual factors that influence psychological development What s more at least 16 psychiatric residency programs in the United States offer formal training in religious and spiritual issues similar training is taking place in Canada as well There has been a shift and people are recognizing it asserts Christina Puchalski MD associate professor of medicine and health care sciences at George Washington University and longtime crusader for integrating spirituality into medical care More than 100 medical and osteopathic schools teach courses in spirituality and health Dr Puchalski points out many of which are required I ve seen major changes in the last 10 years People are beginning to see that you can t always fix everything with medications Dr Puchalski states In 2001 Dr Puchalski founded and today is director of the George Washington Institute for Spirituality and Health GWish which operates on the principle that spirituality is key to achieving optimal health and coping with illness To encourage the next generation of physicians to embrace that notion GWish offers grants to medical schools to incorporate spirituality into the curriculum We re trying to deliver the most compassionate care possible to patients and you do that by trying to be attentive to their spirituality she says It s not just a nice thing to do it s the ethical thing to do Bowling Green State University Professor Kenneth Pargament PhD agrees A leading researcher in the scientific study of spirituality and health and author of The Psychology of Religion and Coping Theory Research Practice The Guilford Press 2001 Dr Pargament was reminded of that imperative when he developed a seven week program for individuals who have mental illness to discuss religious and spiritual issues such as forgiveness and hope Many people said that this was their only opportunity to talk about spirituality as a resource and a source of struggle he says In years of treatment it had never been discussed with

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  • Bipolar, the Monkey Mind and Meditation | bpHope - bp Magazine Community
    that you don t have to meditate for a prolonged period of time especially when you begin this practice Ten minutes will suffice Once you become more comfortable you can extend the period of time Right now 20 minutes is my comfort level Also some may not be comfortable with having their eyes closed so it s okay to leave them open If this is the case then one may simply find something to focus on Light music may also be used Along with the mental and emotional benefits there are physical advantages as well Meditation has been proven to help reduce blood pressure and help other issues that are as a result of stress on the body There are also spiritual benefits that can be derived from meditation While not everyone subscribes to spirituality or religion most faith traditions incorporate meditation as a means of connecting with one s Higher Power I do not profess to be an expert when it comes to meditation I m far from one But I do know that with continued practice I can help myself to cope with many of the stressors that can exacerbate my BP While I m not one for New Year s resolutions I am going to strive to make the effort to meditate regularly By doing so I will be able to live a more balanced life Do you use meditation as a means of helping to balance your life Tagged with Bipolar Disorder coping skills Karl Shallowhorn mental health mindfulness recovery self care 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 1 COMMENT Karen January 17 2016 Reply Great article and great advice Karl I use the Mantram technique all day long to keep clear the clutter and get centered Happy New Year 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 Bipolar Disorder Demanding Better Care February 5

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  • Hard Work=Staying Present | bpHope - bp Magazine Community
    pain In the past decade she has studied the two disorders worked in peer support and sought a path to her own wellness Today Beth works as a freelance writer and artist She became a contributing editor featured columnist for BP Magazine in 2007 and blogger for bpHope in 2011 Beth holds a B A from Colorado College and M F A from University of Denver Beth s primary area of interest is the relationship between bipolar and PTSD She is currently working on a memoir and building a body of artwork focusing on her recovery Check out Beth s blog at http www bessiebandaidrinkiewater wordpress com 1 COMMENT leslie December 30 2015 Reply This article sums up what I m thinking of doing I have been out of work for 1 1 2 years after being laid off after 17 years in a high stress job more than 30 years altogether in high stress accounting positions I am drug free after withdrawing from the anti psychotic Geodon I had been on it for 8 years and it s effectiveness had dropped After five weeks in the hospital a mini stroke and rehab included it took another 6 months for my head to clear up Now I watch my moods and think I will get a cashier job in a grocery store or something like that I considered working in a animal shelter like this article mentions but don t know if I can handle it physically I am obese though now that my head is clear I am working on losing weight I ve lost 10 pounds since mid November even keeping this off through the holidays Maybe I will reconsider the animal shelter since the comment about getting needed physical exercise hit home 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 Living with Bipolar Why I Still Exercise and Do Yoga February 6 2016 1 01 am I wrote in this winter s issue of BP Magazine Why I still Exercise about how despite both mental and physical struggles and restrictions I continue New Year New Care January 9 2016 1 01 am It s that time of year again when after signing up new health insurance plans in the US have some of us seeking new health care providers Headlines Holidays and Hope December 26 2015 1 01 am Fourteen years ago I wrote a holiday letter stuffed copies of it into festive cards and mailed or passed it around to family and friends Love Care and Commitment living with bipolar December 12 2015 1 01 am A month ago my husband underwent major cardiothoracic surgery to remove a glandular mass sitting near his heart We learned of this scary unwanted blob CURRENT ISSUE Recent Issues October 1 2015 11 50 am Fall 2015 BIPOLAR DEPRESSION Letting the light in By Robin L Flanigan Strategies to

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  • Meditation Take Two | bpHope - bp Magazine Community
    control we do have over our brains That is until I worked hard replacing the negative thoughts that were often ruling me Then never had my life gone so smoothly Naturally when I was suicidal this was out of the question What I love is this example is backed up by science It s truly amazing And there are many more To suggest I could think my illness away is ludicrous however I do know my thoughts deeply influence my mind Can you imagine if we begin to shift our thoughts to positive ones How amazing would that be Wendy is the author of Two Bipolar Chicks Guide to Survival Tips for Living with Bipolar Disorder www twobipolarchicks 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 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

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  • Is Meditation for Kooks? Okay Then, Call Me One | bpHope - bp Magazine Community
    out first Ensure a distraction free environment Try going in to bedroom office or any quiet space Turn off your cell phone or any beeping technology I can t tell you how many times a text or call has come through and ruined it Good luck Wendy K Williamson is the co author of Two Bipolar Chicks Guide to Survival Tips for Living with Bipolar Disorder www twobipolarchicks com Tagged with Bipolar Treatment with Meditation 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 RELATED ARTICLES Where Do You See You and Your Medication 5 Years January 29 2014 1 00 am Cartoon Originally Published On Psych Central s Mental Health Humor by Chato Stewart The topography of numerous bipolar treatments has the landscape stretching from medications to Becoming the Best You Can Be March 28 2013 2 42 pm I ve been living with bipolar disorder for over 32 years My first psychotic episode left me suicidal catatonic and completely incapacitated As an 18 year Guilt An Excuse to Stop Moving Forward January 28 2012 8 00 am If you saw the purple black bruises running from my ankles to my buttocks on the backs of my legs you might conclude I got a Body Brio Relaxed in the moment February 8 2008 2 17 am By Peter Jaret When I used to get very depressed troublesome thoughts became troublesome obsessions a 66 year old woman named Jean recently told research psychologists 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

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