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  • Bipolar Treatment With Stress Management | bpHope - bp Magazine Community - Part 3
    2012 12 06 am I am fortunate that generally I am not one who suffers from seasonal affective disorder SADD I think it s helpful that I live in Arizona Read more Seasonal Depression is a MONSTER By Marybeth Smith October 28 2012 7 30 pm Seriously I can hear it roaring at me right now Not only have I been stuck under the thumb of the SAD monster Read more I Hate Daylight Savings Time By Julie A Fast October 25 2012 6 03 am The dreaded day light savings time is coming in a few weeks I can t stand it for a few reasons less light in the Read more Watch Out for Summer Mania By Julie A Fast June 21 2012 12 01 am I ve written on this topic for BP Magazine since Summer 2005 And it s still mighty relevant My major hypomania episodes have always been Read more Options By Jon Press June 19 2012 12 00 am Spoiled rotten That s how I felt this past Father s Day My wife and my daughters went to a lot of effort to surround me with Read more Bipolar Friendly Travel Tips By Julie A Fast June 7 2012 12 01 am Hi Julie I just got back from Cancun I was so manic and stressed I lost control How long does it take before a person Read more Mother s Day Mental Health Month and My Birthday By Marybeth Smith May 13 2012 12 34 am It s easy to assume May is my favorite month I mean HELLO look at all that awesometasticness going on around me Funny thing is 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

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  • Bipolar Treatment With Stress Management | bpHope - bp Magazine Community - Part 4
    Read more You Ain t Alone So Why Are You Lonely By Danielle Belton December 23 2011 11 07 am One of the biggest questions I would get from people who didn t understand mental illness let alone depression or Bipolar Disorder was how I could Read more Bon Voyage How to travel well this holiday weekend By Julie A Fast December 22 2011 2 03 am Three travel tips 1 Get ready in sections I E you don t have to pack all at once It took me hours to pack my little Read more Summoning Sergeant Pepper By Marybeth Smith December 17 2011 10 45 pm I m beginning to believe loneliness is a symptom of bipolar disorder One of those awesome symptoms that comes and goes with little to no Read more I m Not a Scrooge By Julie A Fast November 17 2011 1 50 pm I heard a man say this at a coffee shop yesterday I don t like the holidays Every year we are forced to eat so much Read more Health Your habit Up in smoke By Donna Jackel February 1 2009 7 13 am By Donna Jackel Every smoker is familiar with the strong mix of feelings that nicotine addiction elicits you long for that next cigarette but Read more Body Brio Relaxed in the moment By Peter Jaret 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 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

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  • Reframing your story | bpHope - bp Magazine Community
    what it takes to pick myself up after a setback involves sifting through our experiences to pick up and polish an alternate set of beads ones that emphasize abilities and coping skills The more of those beads we find and string together the stronger or more dominant the new story becomes Nancy of New Brunswick 22 discovered her own form of narrative therapy through speaking to other young people about her past which includes profound low moods bouts of impulsivity and seeking sexual encounters in a negative way She experienced a shift the very first time she gave shape to her story as a sophomore in high school She gave a very personal presentation to her class for a unit on mental health and discovered that even the popular kids could relate to the feelings of loneliness and sadness she described That sense of connection renews in the talks she continues to give to high school and college students even though she s now busy pursuing a degree in criminology It s exhausting but super therapeutic and liberating because I get to be vulnerable says Nancy who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at 19 But the more I go through this and see the reactions from people the more I discover about my own story Because of that ongoing revision she s no longer captive to a negative narrative of brokenness She s now able to view herself less as a victim and more a change agent for herself and others I still have ups and downs she says But to me the most important thing is that my story right now has a happy ending FREE FROM THE PAST To find the happy ending it s necessary to shake up a person s fundamental assumptions and create an opening for new options to arise As Lourdeaux explains it the process involves externalizing a problem the better to hold it at arm s length That makes the problem something the person can solve rather than something they just have to endure along the lines of saying I have bipolar rather than I am bipolar Next comes identifying useful tools and practical skills including ones that either have been forgotten from prior times or come from another part of life such as successful work Lourdeaux says The quest for new perspectives may call for outsider witnesses who listen in on a counseling session and provide feedback The witnesses might be family members friends even strangers with similar experiences whom the therapist recommends Linehan the Massachusetts therapist says a client once invited his favorite glam rock band More typically the therapist asks questions with an open minded curiosity that invites the client to direct the conversation Encouraging new ways to think about a problem does not mean dismissing or downplaying a person s difficult experiences and emotions however For example Linehan says many people with bipolar miss the conquering energy of mania once their symptoms stabilize That hard and true loss should be acknowledged on the way to exploring what other motivating factors are available to the client he says Although there have been relatively few clinical or empirical studies looking at narrative therapy a case illustration published in the Journal of Creativity in Mental Health in 2008 suggests that the approach may be effective in helping people with bipolar disorder live more fulfilling lives particularly those whose personal narratives are significantly influenced by diagnostic labels Internalized stigma can make some people see themselves as damaged goods with no hope for a successful future That s partly what a group based approach known as narrative enhancement and cognitive therapy NECT is designed to address Psychologist Paul H Lysaker PhD a professor at Indiana University School of Medicine who helped develop NECT says the group dynamic can be important for people who doubt their worth One element of feeling marginalized is that you feel your story is uninteresting or wouldn t be engaging to anyone else and this is an opportunity to refute that myth he says As with individual narrative therapy writing down thoughts beforehand is an important element in NECT You get the opportunity to organize things more succinctly when you write them down to look for different pieces and see how the puzzle works together Lysaker says Lysaker acknowledges that deep reflection isn t easy Like any real growth in life it may be painful he says Things are being connected in a new way and you re seeing yourself in a new way But it s freeing also It took courage for Amy to delve into traumatic events from her past including sexual abuse and witnessing a crime Amy who was diagnosed with bipolar II in 2006 says she felt liberated after completing a writing assignment from her therapist to personify shame Writing from shame s perspective gave me a handle on an emotion or experience that has been in me like a slow moving undercurrent for most of my life says the 42 year old from Iowa This helped me arrive at some distance from it to be able to better see its power and most important its vulnerability Once I could see that I felt deep compassion for myself I no longer feel like a victim of the past at least most of the time I ve learned to have more respect for just how hard I d been working to be normal and am beginning to accept myself as I am Amy says the deep exploration she has done through narrative therapy led not only to a new way of looking at her life but also to a new comfort level with her diagnosis She recently began sharing the fact that she has bipolar with friends My story I think has begun to move from the inside to the outside she adds It is very scary but somehow I hope this can lead to a sense of wholeness Sidebar The Backstory Narrative therapy is a discipline

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  • Strategies for Bipolar Disorder When it All Becomes Overwhelming | bpHope - bp Magazine Community
    read again I have removed clothing that holds poor memories from my past and items that sit around my house because they have always just been there We all need to truly understand that life can indeed overwhelm us and we are not weak for feeling this way we are simply human and were not built to exist in a world that is so fast paced and complicated by technology including having too many looming deadlines I have learned that we will not always be good friends with everyone in our lives we will not please everyone it is okay to miss a deadline and we do not always have to pretend that everything is fabulous As I travel along my bipolar journey I have realized that being gentle with myself and being surrounded with all things that bring me joy will not only make a significant impact for my wellness but will help me cope with whatever life may bring my way Tagged with bipolar and hope bipolar overwhelming bipolar self management managing bipolar About the author Andrea Paquette Has 20 Articles Andrea Paquette is founder and Executive Director of the Bipolar Disorder Society of BC also known as Bipolar Babe She is a mental health speaker published author advocate and above all a Stigma Stomper She created the Bipolar Babe Project with the introduction of bipolarbabe com in May 2009 Andrea has reached thousands with her message of hope and resilience in schools workplaces and throughout various community organizations and events Her Bipolar Babe persona has reached great heights locally and internationally as she is the B C provincial 2015 Courage To Come Back Recipient in the Mental Health category the winner of Victoria s 2013 CFAX Mel Cooper Citizen of the Year Award and the 2013 Winner for mental health Mentorship given by the National Council for Behavioral Health Washington D C She is grateful for having the opportunity to share her personal message that No matter what our challenges we can all live extraordinary lives 4 COMMENTS Kamal June 13 2015 Reply Missing a deadline is nothing to worry much Laurie June 13 2015 Reply This is such a struggle for me I feel like all I do is rush and do what is required when I stop at end of day my mind races I get anxiety finally o crash and can t function Some morning I wake feeling as of I have a hangover Really need to get it under control before I lose complete control My 3girls need me and my husband as well Iamflysandy June 16 2015 Reply After many small crashes throughout my life I completely crashed at 50 I couldn t drive anymore or control my emotions and became unreliable The over achieving successful brave me was gone and I don t know if she ll ever be back I haven t worked in 2 years and that really scares me because I m a career oriented person What I

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  • Bipolar Depression and Low Field Magnetic Stimulation | bpHope - bp Magazine Community
    pricey and require some type of therapeutic license So they are not sold to general public That s why I came up with my Do It Yourself Low Field Magnetic Stimulator PS Please don t try this at home Resource http www ncbi nlm nih gov pubmed 22069111 Tagged with brain stimulator Chato Stewart low field magnetic stimulator Mental Health Humor About the author Chato Stewart Has 180 Articles Chato Stewart is a family man mental health advocate and cartoonist behind the Mental Health Humor Drawn from his personal experience of living with Bipolar Disorder Chato creates positive provoking and sometimes even funny cartoons Knowing the power behind humor his motto is humor gives help hope and healing Chato is a Certified Recovery Peer Specialist CRPS A Featured as the 1st place winner of the DBSA 2009 Facing Us Video Contest his powerful PSA tells his personal story of living with a mental illness through a montage of his cartoons Chato was also part of the 2010 and 2011 DBSA Stand Up for Mental Health comedy night cast In addition Chato does an annual Cartoon A Thon for Mental Health Awareness Month drawing Caricatures of his reader His mission is to use humor as a positive tool to cope with the serious and debilitating effects of mental illness To learn more about Chato visit his website 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 Can Some One With Bipolar Reach Certification For Bipolar Disorder Advocate December 19 2015 12 01 am Recently I was asked the question on How someone can become reach Certification For Bipolar Disorder Advocacy The truth is I coined Made it up on The Bipolar Purpose March 25 2015 10 58 pm We all have one Sometimes it is given to us on a silver plater other times we find it after we suffer trials in life what is The Mask of Bipolar Addiction March 11 2015 8 00 am The Bipolar Mask hides Addiction well doesn t it Drug Alcohol Gambling even sex addiction are all that next quick high next fix Bipolar And Marriage Why Is It So Toxic On Relationships February 11 2015 8 00 am Bipolar Disorder And Marriage Why Is It So Toxic On Relationships Your partner can be a pillar of strength or a bucket of quick dry cement 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

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  • Do not Believe Everything You Feel | bpHope - bp Magazine Community
    feelings that often follow What do you do As an example of how things can look or feel distorted when they really aren t take a look at this photo Can you guess what it is The answer is below the picture This looks like a weird strange thing But what is it really A beautiful sunflower distorted by the camera options the photographer chose to use Photo credit goes to PixelAnarchy via Pixabay 2014 Victoria Maxwell Tagged with anxiety Bipolar CBT Cognitive Behavioral Therapy emotions feelings self talk About the author Victoria Maxwell Has 28 Articles Victoria Maxwell BFA BPP self proclaimed Bi Polar Princess is one of North America s top speakers on the lived experience of mental illness and recovery dismantling stigma and returning to work after a psychiatric disorder She lives with bipolar disorder anxiety and psychosis and has for more than 14 years been presenting performances and workshops across Canada and the States Her award winning one person shows tour internationally She s a researcher with the international Collaborative Research Team on Bipolar Disorder and her Psychology Today blog Crazy for Life was named one of the Top Ten Bipolar Blogs from PsychCentral Bachelor of Fine Arts Bi Polar Princess Connect with her Website www victoriamaxwell com Twitter Victoria BPP Facebook Victoria Maxwell 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 in her hit Secrets and she lives the Read more April 1 2015 11 37 am Spring 2015 TAME YOUR TRIGGERS By Robin

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  • Safety Net | bpHope - bp Magazine Community
    people outside my immediate family Jennifer lives in a rural area which makes having an online community all the more important For one thing the chances of finding others who share your particular challenges are bound to be lower in a place where there aren t as many people around If there is a support group in the area transportation can still be a problem And it may be harder to protect your privacy in a small town Of course city dwellers can have their own problems with transportation and with overcoming the lethargy of depression Cindy turned to the Internet for other reasons after she began treatment for depression and anxiety in 2006 She didn t have much success attending support groups in person partly because she got anxious about leaving the house at times but also because in face to face meetings she felt too embarrassed to share her symptoms When she s at her computer it s another matter altogether Stigma makes anonymity really important and online forums are just another notch in the support circle says Cindy who is planning to start a blog about mental illness It s all part of my own maintenance CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING Tagged with Facebook SAFETY NET social media 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 Signs of A Excruciatingly Intense Person January 8 2016 1 13 pm I just read the Open Mind s 20 Signs of A Excruciatingly Intense Person online and then I posed the question Am I really excruciating on Mental Health Why it Deserves More Than Just One Month May 8 2015 12 01 am I ve been working in the mental health and addictions field for about 14 years I also have the experience of living with Bipolar Disorder for Twitter Posts May Shine a Fresh Light on Mental Illness Trends December 9 2014 1 03 pm Newswise Johns Hopkins computers scientists who have already used Twitter posts to track flu cases say their techniques also show promise as a OM Monday Mental Health Mantras Join the Tribe April 30 2014 8 33 pm Do you like a little pick me up to energize your Monday morning and start your week on the right or left foot Join me CURRENT ISSUE Recent Issues October 1 2015 11 50 am Fall 2015 BIPOLAR DEPRESSION Letting the light in By Robin L Flanigan Strategies to dispel the darkness of bipolar depression starting with the good enough theory taking Read more August 3 2015 9 12 am Summer 2015 MARY LAMBERT SPREADING THE LOVE By Stephanie Stephens Singer songwriter Mary Lambert puts it all out there in her hit Secrets and she lives the Read more April 1 2015 11 37 am Spring 2015 TAME YOUR TRIGGERS By Robin L Flanigan From major life events to emotional patterns we all

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  • Teaching your loved ones to help you | bpHope - bp Magazine Community
    of that lovely high of mania Indeed it s common to hear such comments as Forget medications They will dull my mind and make me into a walking zombie You re the one with the problem Such attitudes can cause a lot of chaos in a family What can you do To help you can learn the patterns of the person who has bipolar disorder and understand what you re up against As painful as it may be you may have to set strong limits on what you will accept For instance if you re letting your depressed son live in your basement and he s smoking pot all day or if you keep bailing out your father every time he spends all his money you have to look at what this does to your life Saying no and taking care of yourself may be one of the hardest things you will ever do While it can feel like you re abandoning the person you love for some people this may be the only option Doing this isn t easy and I m not making light of the matter but when someone is not getting better you must make some tough decisions My life today When I asked my mom what is different now compared to when I first got sick she says Since we started your plan the one described in my book it s like being on watch all the time I look for signs of how you use rapid speech express excessive worries about money talk about suicide or try to do too much I then call your brother and we work together to make sure you re okay He calls you or we make sure to get you out somewhere I don t think you notice what we re doing when you re sick My mother adds that she and other family members try to help me before things get out of hand this approach works You taught us what you need and we take over when you can t help yourself she says We now know all your patterns We re no longer totally surprised by your behavior we expect it and aren t as scared as before I guess I knew how she was going to answer my question but it still made me cry I hate being such a burden to my family This illness has taken so much from us But that is just how it is isn t it It would be the same if I had a physical disability or illness My mom says that if I had cancer we would all of course learn what we could to help me stay alive So we have had to face facts I have a chronic illness that will never go away What has changed though is how I manage my bipolar and how I ask for their help By working together we have more normal and fun times than sick times It wouldn t be this way if I hadn t taught them what I need and they hadn t been willing to listen and do all they could to help I m very thankful for my family Tagged with 2007 Bipolar Disorder family Julie Fast relationships spring 2007 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 4 COMMENTS gr8ful 2271 January 26 2015 Reply Great article The only thing that I do differently is I do not claim the diagnosis I no longer say my bipolar it is just bipolar or the bipolar I also do not say I am bipolar I say I live with bipolar I take full responsibility for my medication and maintain my life I just choose to no longer claim it I claim happiness and health not bipolar and sickness I will be sure to read your book and recommend it as a reference to others Colleen May 1 2015 Reply To gr8fl 2271 I wholeheartedly agree with you regarding not identifying myself as the disease I have bipolar disorder or I live with bipolar disorder I am NOT bipolar It s an important shift in perspective for me and the many people that I work with as a licensed psychotherapist to not connect their whole identity to the disease Yes living with bipolar disorder is a daily part of my life just as being an artist mother psychotherapist athlete etc are all part of who I am Thank you Julie for your story on teaching family and friends how to help their loved ones with a mental illness Maneuvering through the maze of accessing mental health services is usually challenging for the family members let alone people who are very ill in the disease Keep up your good work ABatel August 7 2015 Reply You are so blessed No one in my family will even say the word Bipolar I have 4 sisters and a father who all

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