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  • Are you SAD? Step In To The Light! | bpHope - bp Magazine Community
    sun is not available go to lightbox Open all window shades and drapes when you wake up Make sure branches are trimmed and keeping the sun blocked Keep your windows clean There you have it If you have SAD go get a lightbox and don t forget to use it every day Experts say even missing one day can set you back I can attest to that www twobipolarchicks com Photo credit alexfrance from morguefile com Tagged with bphope Dawn Stimulator Light Box SAD seasonal affective disorder Two Bipolar Chciks 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 4 COMMENTS James November 7 2015 Reply First time light box users should be careful to avoid overuse especially when first starting treatment and at the of the Winter You should think of the light box just like a medication as opposed to a lifestyle choice If you take too much of something which is stimulating to offset depressive symptoms you can induce a manic episode Light boxes have been very effective for me but the first time I used one resulted in an attack after I had been stable for over a decade So if you start think of it like changing medication wendywilliamson January 13 2016 Reply Report user Thanks James While this hasn t been my experience thank you for sharing yours It makes sense to think of any treatment like medication with caution realizing any can affect people positively or adversely we are sensitive creatures I am astonished by your results and thank you for reporting them Dyane Harwood November 9 2015 Reply Great article Wendy I ve used my Sunbox desk lamp for many years and I love it I have bipolar one peripartum onset a k a postpartum bipolar and it s awesome I ve NEVER ever had a tinge of hypomania or mania set in although yes it s true you need to be careful and look for any signs when starting out as well as alert your support system around you to pay attention

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  • Bipolar Treatment Wellness Management Plan | bpHope - bp Magazine Community - Part 3
    cheese dripping over its edges Read more 7 Tips for Staying on Your Road to Bipolar Recovery By Stephen Propst November 8 2013 11 14 am Having a recovery plan helps you maintain wellness These tips can help insure your ability to successfully manage your bipolar now and in he future Read more Safety Net By bp Magazine August 5 2013 2 08 pm Finding support and information via the Internet and social media has the benefits of privacy plus convenience but it pays to be aware of the risks Read more Mind over mood Strategies for smoother sailing By Stephen Propst May 25 2013 9 42 am By Stephen Propst I recently traveled aboard one of the world s largest cruise ships For seven days I sailed the seas on a Read more Touching Wellness By Julie A Fast August 28 2008 2 30 pm It took me a long time to figure out what it feels like to be well I ve certainly had periods of wellness since I was Read more Teaching your loved ones to help you By Julie A Fast May 1 2007 2 26 pm By Julie A Fast My family has really had a tough time because of my bipolar disorder A few years after I was Read more PREVIOUS 1 2 3 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

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  • Our leading lady, Carrie Fisher | bpHope - bp Magazine Community
    balls IT TAKES A CERTAIN KIND OF HEROISM quoted in the Calgary Herald They didn t hire me they hired me minus 35 pounds Fisher quipped before entering the cone of silence imposed on the Star Wars VII production Enjoined to spill nothing about the plot of the new movie Fisher has thrown out speculations edged with wry humor She d like to see Leia cooking at the stove like any old granny her gray hair done up in Leia s original and much spoofed cinnamon bun hairstyle The former Imperial Senator turned rebel might have slowed down some less inclined to be up for the big battle she riffed to the Palm Beach Illustrated The same can t be said of Carrie Fisher She s still speaking out with acerbic wit still fighting the good fight against stigma and secrets still leading by example with a resilience that inspires Her self deprecating message for the rest of us If I can get through all the things that I got through then anybody can Tagged with Bipolar Bipolar Treatment with ECT carrie fisher star wars Winter 2014 About the author Stephanie Stephens Has 21 Articles Stephanie Stephens is a multimedia content specialist based in California who writes frequently about mental health She runs the women s health website MindYourBody tv 25 COMMENTS Terri F January 23 2015 Reply I find it very sad that Carrie Fisher can find humor in her ECT therapy My Mother went through this procedure in Oct 1967 She could not remember anything and never wanted to be alone Our family and friends just ignored it The doctors never told anyone in the family about never wanting to be alone We got to Dec and my Mother could not remember what she had bought us for Christmas in the packages under the tree She was really upset about this Then came Jan 18 1968 and my Mother went out to our travel trailer with a high powdered rifle as the death certificate states very early in the morning and shot herself in her left lung I do not know if she laid there suffering or died instantly but know she was DOA at the hospital Her death certificate also states suicide She left 3 children Me at 15 a brother 12 and a brother 5 When suicide happens the dead person does not know what it does to the family I am Bipolar and am heavily medicated and sometimes that doesn t help Both of my brothers believe they are Bipolar too but refuse to seek help My younger brother has a violent temper one minute and is fine other times He has severe mood swings My other brother chooses to use alcohol as medication He is an alcoholic and barely able to stay out of the gutter To this day from Oct Jan I am sick I never want to put up a Christmas tree or decorate for years now I go through the motions for my husband and kids Then comes Jan 18th every year The date she died in 1968 In 47 years I have not quit mourning her death Everyone tells me I need to get over it and move on I called the brother just below me and asked him if he felt like I do this time of year He said to me that he thinks about our Mother every single day as a do I but around Christmas time I always fall apart and end up at my therapists office I have been in counseling since my early 20 s but was not diagnosed with Bipolar until Feb 2005 I absolutely find no humor in any of this It has been a very sad life for the 3 kids left behind and uprooted from the home we knew and the Mother we loved so much that she has been on our minds almost daily for 47 years now I was 15 when it happened and am 62 now It just makes me really sad and mad that someone would find humor in this disease and ECT treatments Kelly February 11 2015 Reply Dear Terry I am so sorry to hear about your story I understand your pain and struggle However I think that finding humor in horrible situations can be very theraputic and maybe the only way to cope and accept the illness As for myself I am bipolar borderline and have a severe anxiety disorder and sometimes I just have to laugh at my crazy so that I don t break down and cry Also I think that it sometimes helps me to accept my illness which is really difficult for me I hope this helps you to understand As we all know living with mental illness is tragic and destroys lives but sometimes seeing the humor in our brand of crazy helps even if it s only for a little while Kaye December 12 2015 Reply July 24 2012Hi Carrie Love the blog I m definitely one for tiynrg new things all of the time If you re a keen entrepreneur why not start a new business in 30 days 31 with my challenge but still It s easy with an online business because my step by step approach makes the job so simple and after the 30 days investing just 30 minutes per day you will only need to put in 2 hours per week to earn great money from your online business Check it out 31days2 comHannah Colette December 31 2015 Reply ECT is a rape of the soul I don t know why this barbaric practise hasn t gone out along with the drowning of witches LaLa April 3 2015 Reply Terri Re Humor in Bipolar Disorder Humor is an effective human coping mechanism Without the ability to laugh at life I don t think we would be able to survive this life For me without humor and music I know for a fact I couldn t thrive or even continue existing as I do Humor is said to equal tragedy time Laughter is a release of tension Believe me i learned a lot about comedy when I befriended a Grammy award winning comedian who keeps me sane when I m low with his amazing sense of humor Some theorists suggest that laughter and humor are instinctive coping mechanisms that help people deal with the disappointments and struggles of life Specifically it is believed that by finding humor in stressful or potentially threatening situations people can replace negative with positive affect therebygiving them an increased ability to cope with negative states of affairs Laughing at the ludicrous nature of bipolar disorder doesn t mean the condition isn t being taken seriously It s just one of those If I couldn t laugh I d cry kind of situations Wouldn t you rather laugh about it if you could You have to find the funny in this insanity or the depression would take control and we who suffer from this condition are always in constant fear of succumbing to what I call the abyss that depression where you cry yourself to sleep and wame up crying because you re still alive and have to face another day of seemingly endless misery and probably spend your waking hours finding ways to self medicate because what you re feeling is so painful you simply can t function and need a way any way to go on If you can laugh at least you re reminded of the good parts of life if only for a moment I m truly sorry for the tragic loss of your mother aND at such a young age Please understand that I don t believe anyone is making light of the gravity of the high suicide rates among those suffering from Bipolar Disorder Emily April 14 2015 Reply T Jen October 4 2015 Reply Terri F Reading your comment is hitting me hard I just had 4 ECT treatments they have made me feel much worse not a little worse a LOT I have 2 kids I want to kill myself because this is not fair to them I love them so much I want something better for them I don t want them to suffer or be influenced in unknown ways by me in ways I can t help I want my husband of 20 years to find a better wife give my kids a better woman to look up to I don t want my kids to worry about me or carry unconscious burdens of shame disappoitment from me I love them so so so sickly much it s painful I want better for them it s so unfair unfair unfair I hate it Your comment shows me your long suffering from your mothers death it s the one thing I don t want to inflict yet I feel having a mother that brings in all this dysfunction brings all sorts of other suffering so I just don t know I m so sick mad by the unfairness of this illness its crappy treatments options steph December 31 2015 Reply That s why humour is so important Ever heard the saying if you don t laugh you will cry if you can laugh about things you are less likely to drown in it Emily D January 23 2015 Reply Terri first off I want to say my heart cries at the lose of your mother I m so sorry Im also so sorry your brothers are not seeking treatment We all face this illness with the strengths we have And many of us are left with very little strength when our lives are destroyed by an illness that we didn t even understand we have Please take heart I m certain that she would find no humor in your mothers experience Just as I find no humor in my holes in memory I ve lost years That said how can we fault anyone their coping mechanism for surviving this We all fight everyday tooth and nail to get through this I m highly intellectual about reading every study know every side effect of every drug taking psy 201 Anything to lessen it s hold on my life My husband He makes me laugh He says I have bipolar I m not bipolar He makes jokes and makes it seem little and conquerable At first I found it crass How dare he But he gets scared too and its how he fights it We all use what we have And not all us will win Bit we must try Im sorry your heart is hurt by her attitude It maybe how she stays alive Hugs And yes I barely make it through the winter SAD is part of it But you have added loss and mourning I will keep you in my prayers Hold tight Spring is coming Salem April 2 2015 Reply Emily that was a wonderful response I feel the same way I m very sorry she had such a horrible experience but I don t find the humor that Carrie uses to cope in bad taste We all have different ways to deal with this just as we all have different ways of grieving None are bad they are just different I used to be offended by humor about my illness as well It took me reading volumes about bipolar disorder and other mental illnesses medications and their side effects and reading other people with bipolar disorder personal accounts of their experiences before I could move onto another level of thinking I can now make jokes It helps lessen the severity of the disorder I battle every day I truly loved the line in this article where Carries says as it pertains to weight loss that she may have simply forgotten how to lose weight I have never had ECT but my memory loss from the medication and due to the illness are quite pronounced When in depression not only have I forgotten how to lose weight I seem to have forgotten how to do a lot of things I used to be great at One of the worst things is knowing you used to be wondrously awesome at a certain thing during mania and even hypomania but somehow forgetting how to achieve those great heights during a depression In my case I truly feel like I m being robbed of talents I know I possess Without humor I would sink too deep to want to trudge on The medication is a double edged sword in my opinion I know I have to take it but I feel dulled and felt more competent without it until psychotic manic kicks in and to me that was fabulous but the people around me experienced a nightmare It causes me to gain weight It s a trade off that none of us like I was thin and really not in touch with reality but completely productive in ways that got me promoted quickly That sounds like a strange combination as I see it as I type I ve completed the equivalent of 5 6 years of college but changed my major so many times because in mania I was simply good at everything and couldn t commit to any one thing I only have an associate s degree but am a senior toward my bachelor degree I have amassed enough credits to have attain my master s degree if only I could have committed to one field Once again I have to make jokes about that as well If I make jokes first it makes anything other people say just part of the jokes I ve started They can t say sharp things to me because I ve dulled their proverbial knives prior to them retrieving them from their mouths Now due to complications with chronic pain and simply falling apart I blame long term medication although I cannot get a professional to agree with me Maybe because that helps me deal with it and it isn t really true Who knows Just another example of coping mechanisms my depression has been keeping me from being productive The extra medications I m taking on top of the medications for bipolar disorder have hampered my memory further I had to drop out of school this semester due to pain and medication making it unsafe for me to drive and impossible to remember anything I was reading I have a 4 0 GPA which shows I m capable of the good grades I couldn t do it this time I d read reread overread and read again I was a ball of stress that was making life unbearable for me and everyone around me I m 49 and maybe I should have mentioned that in the beginning I started my college career when I was 25 I got a late start due to undiagnosed bipolar disorder I ve had 6 attempts at attaining my degree I swore to myself that I would finish this before I died It looks like I ll have a 7th attempt sometime in the future One should not have 160 credit hours and no bachelor degree I have forced myself to stick with this degree Guess what it is Psychology Yes its the one I originally started Why For purely selfish reasons I wanted to find out what was wrong with me so badly I know that now I didn t know that half a century ago And now that I have rambled like I m mania I will close here I did go off on another tangent however it s a good representation of how this disorder affects each of us differently and how each of us may find some solace some reprieve in which we deal with it I wish all of you well in your trudge through this illness that robs us of so much and is misunderstood and criticized by many Stay strong and know there are many of us out here I didn t know that for a long time JE January 23 2015 Reply I have a similar story however my mother committed suicide with pills and it was 6 mo after my father had died of colon cancer It left such a void and there is mental illness in my brothers and myself Some of us can only carry so much and then we break I wish for you the best you can find Any laughter or joy should be celebrated and held on to with all the strenght you have I am close to 60 myself and have worked lately after many medications and treatments to focus on POSITIVE in everything i have made it my mission to be involved with POSITIVE PEOPLE PODCASTS MOVIES MAGAZINES This disease can rob us from the rest of our lives and I dont want that i leave the holidays to people who can handle them and I move through as best i can Dont listen to people tell you to get over it it has been my experience that we get over things at the pace our own minds can handle WISHING YOU HAPPINESS Walter R January 23 2015 Reply Growing up I didn t Understand a lot of things and as the years passed bye and I come from a Big Irish Italian Family I am starting to see the constant mood swings the highs lows anger struggles being diagnosed with bipolar it was hard for me to except many of these feelings of broken hopelessness no one understands what you go through daily I am thankful for the articles that comes in the mail and I thank the One who Created Me and Who Knows and Loves Me THE LORD JESUS CHRIST OF NAZARETH thank you to everyone and you are in my prayers abdelmeseih s February 2 2015 Reply Dear

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  • Broken Relationships, turning 50, and living with bipolar | bpHope - bp Magazine Community
    relationships You fear the BIPOLAR IN ME because you know I will pull no punches You fear the BIPOLAR IN ME because you know that I will tell your secrets You are a hater period Then SILENCE When you alienate people because you are a CEO of personality the reality is it s lonely at the top What the heck do I do now Do I even begin to make amends with those whom I m forced to have relationships with Backtrack and tell those I ve insulted manipulated and hurt that Bipolar made me do it I DON T KNOW I m tired tired and my nails are in concrete moving towards tomorrow I want peace I need peace I can t function anymore without peace Bipolar Disorder influences how I view myself Bipolar Disorder influences my reaction to situations unfamiliar and uncomfortable Bipolar disorde r has handed and continues to hand me anticipated anxiety and paranoia on a notorious silver platter However I am empowered with medical treatment now I have therapy at my fingertips so there s no reason to think I m alone My conscience is giving me a psychological and emotional beat down I have to stop the madness I m going to put a plan in place and follow through I ll figure it out I m sure I will Tagged with 50 amends Older older with bipolar relationships sleep tired 2 COMMENTS Princess Marksalot January 13 2016 Reply God bless you and your struggles It is really lonely at the top but on the bright side as you know you seem to have been given the gift of perspective empathy I pray that those near you will let you change SLY January 24 2016 Reply I couldn t have written or articulated it better myself except the header is age 30 100 follow and emphasize xooo 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 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 Creating healthy lifestyles for children with bipolar January 5 2016 9 06 am Good sleep a healthy diet and regular exercise can help stabilize mood swings boost self esteem and manage side effects of medication in children with bipolar Sleep wake and biological clock disturbances are common in people with bipolar December 9 2015 2 54 pm November 7 2015 HONG KONG China People whose biological clocks produce peak alertness in the evening may be at higher risk of sleep problems and other Parenting My Son With Bipolar Loving Unconditionally November 16 2015 9 14 am Recently I had someone close to me break my trust and I was immensely hurt by it This wasn

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  • Skewed perception and my son | bpHope - bp Magazine Community
    for Mental Illness NAMI The Balanced Mind Foundation TBMF and has assisted with the creation and implementation of the Advanced Juvenile Crisis Intervention training CIT for Chicago Police officers She is certified by the Federal Bureau of Investigation Hostage Negotiation Team as a Crisis Negotiator has conducted presentations on mental illness for Attorney General Lisa Madigan s Office and has had the opportunity to speak to legislatures on the need for special education funding Julie has also conducted educational presentations for DCFS on interventions for kids with mental illness Along with her son she was interviewed on NPR WBEZ for the Out of the Shadows series which focused on juveniles and mental illness Currently Julie spends her time raising awareness and advocating for people living with mental illness 8 COMMENTS Catadvocate101 January 11 2016 Reply I too suffer with bipolar It takes a great deal of therapy especially the dialectal behavioral therapy for me to understand my realities My loved ones are dealing with it on your side but there is a catch Families can be triggers and it sounds like his rapid cycling is triggered by something at home maybe He has to identify his triggers and learn coping skills so that you can relax without being the sounding board Personally I don t want anyone to tell me that I am irrational or making a mountain out of a mole hill because everyone reacts to stressors I know that I have to live realistically but in the moment I just want an I m sorry that was so hard for you The gist is that I may be overreacting and it might be unhealthy but I can sort that out later Loved ones establish boundaries so you can say no messaging while I am at work or only contact me after you have gone through these three steps to process your reaction It is a work in progress and it constantly changes I m sure he isn t enjoying it at all I feel like I m on a good path until the ground opens up and I plummet into hell followed by clawing my way up to the path again until the next minute hour day sends me back to hell Society wants us to be normal work and act well but it is a constant tape on replay of the worst times in life and every error I ve ever made plus trying to process current things around me I guess what I want to say is just say apologies because each day could be your last and you wouldn t want either one of you grieving over what you wanted to say DrowningMomInSWMichigan January 11 2016 Reply This is my daughter to a T Been searching for help and assistance to help her and me and the rest of the family on how to handle these struggles But everyone we ve been to hasn t had any suggestions Anyone here know Rachael January 12 2016 Reply This is my daughter also I feel as though I could have written this I too would love to hear what other people do to cope with this behavior I am so tired of being the target Jody January 11 2016 Reply Thank you for publishing this Even though I m a trained mental health professional myself I thought I was the only one experiencing this kind of repeated trauma with my mentally ill daughter who also has ADHD and bipolar disorder Carole January 12 2016 Reply Wow Julie I felt like you were writing about me and my son it was uncanny As I was reading it I was saying to myself Yes yes yes I ve always felt like I was the only one going through these same things Many times I m crying because I feel hurt and frustrated that our relationship is so poor because of his bipolar I m glad to know I m not alone Ana Alvarez January 12 2016 Reply Its my son too He thinks hes so much more superior to me But yet im the one who supports him I feel he takes advantage of me especially after m daughtets death Thanks fir the article at least I now feel im not totally wrong Kristina January 12 2016 Reply I m 50 years old and have been diagnosed with a mental illness since the age of 16 Same dual diagnosis of Bipolar and ADHD I ve had over 10 hospitalizations most of my own accord because I worked in healthcare 10 years plus educated myself enough to learn when to get help This is not an easy black and white illness Every person is a unique individual plain and simple Try not to label your son as his illness My Mom was my trigger and it took me until roughly the age of 42 44 to gain the tools in my toolbox to not engage I do understand both sides of the coin on how difficult it can be especially when the mania comes and how our brains are in a constant fast lane while everyone around us are trying to pick up the debris of words actions inactions and behaviors the disease can cause however my husband said something that may help I don t know how to tell if it is you talking or the bipolar I d like to know where you begin I answered Please look at me as just Kristina Too many family members friends community want so desperately to help those they love but forget for us it s like you are looking at the Statue of the Illness instead of all the positive and sometimes wonderful things that can if in a productive way can come from the illness Peer to Peer support is so important not just because we need to feel accepted by others who face our challenges but those that can better to relate the mental and physical aspects of

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  • Bipolar Disorder And Relationships | bpHope - bp Magazine Community - Part 50
    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 The big payoff of well chosen words By Stephen Propst November 8 2006 2 56 am By Stephen Propst You may think that talk is cheap But when words are used thoughtlessly carelessly or hurtfully they can take a heavy Read more People like me By Sara Solovitch August 8 2006 3 53 am By Sara Solovitch Every man woman and child who struggles with bipolar disorder struggles in a different way That much is obvious from six Read more Mind over mood Points to ponder By Stephen Propst November 8 2005 7 44 am 10 Ways to Support Someone with Bipolar By Stephen Propst For those of us who have bipolar disorder we are kidding ourselves if we Read more First person Jayson Blair By Jayson Blair May 8 2005 6 33 am Jayson Blair s name became synonymous with scandal and disgrace following his highly publicized self destruction at The New York Times in 2003 for rampant plagiarism and Read more Is there a BP competitive edge By Stephanie Stephens February 7 2005 6 37 am The hot studio spotlights glared down on the two athletes accentuating the very real life drama about to be played out before a national television audience Read more You ve been lied to Myths and realities By Stephen Propst February 7 2005 6 22 am By Stephen Propst Do you know that there are many myths and misperceptions that surround it It is essential that such false notions Read more PREVIOUS 1 2 49 50 51 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

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  • Bipolar Disorder And Relationships | bpHope - bp Magazine Community - Part 51
    a struggle for anyone but there are extra challenges for those of us living with bipolar disorder Check out the articles below for personal stories practical advice and tips on maintaining healthy relationships PREVIOUS 1 2 50 51 SOUNDOFF Working it out at work By BP Readers November 7 2004 5 50 am Should you tell your boss you have bp Ultimately the only person who can decide whether or not to tell the boss about their Read more Working it out at work By Jeff Wuorio November 7 2004 5 47 am By Jeff Wuorio Weighing the benefits of disclosure Stephanie Schroeder remembers the wash of relief she felt when she told her boss she had bipolar Read more PREVIOUS 1 2 50 51 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

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  • Talk therapy: 7 ways to help your partner help you | bpHope - bp Magazine Community
    and your prescribing doctor This might range from every meeting to far fewer times but should be no less than twice a year 5 Specify when your partner may reach out Agree which behaviors besides medication non compliance give your partner de facto permission to contact your therapist or psychiatrist outside of regularly scheduled meetings Be precise about these behaviors such as not sleeping at night uncharacteristic aggressiveness or belligerence or major loss of interest in your usual pursuits 6 Make a video Record yourself on video reading the written agreements you and your partner have made together State in your own words that you know if your illness flares up you will not want to follow through with these agreements but that you give your person permission to follow through on what the two of you have written 7 Urge your partner to become informed There is an abundance of information available Strongly request that your partner attend local support groups and family education courses available through mental health associations Your trusted person needs a mixture of education support and direction and you need him her to be as informed as possible While you are well remind yourself that bipolar is an illness that tells you that you don t have an illness Being realistic about the tricky nature of bipolar and staying vigilant with a plan combined with medication and therapy can make a big difference in the control you have over bipolar and in enjoying life fully Tagged with communication About the author Judy Eron Has 1 Article Judy Eron is a licensed clinical social worker and the author of What Goes Up Surviving the Manic Episode of a Loved One 3 COMMENTS Barbara August 15 2015 Reply Husband died 4 2015 Can t do this B August 16 2015 Reply I m sorry to hear your loss Do you have family around to talk to Maybe call someone you can talk to How are you doing today jossy September 8 2015 Reply its good when you give a hand of help to your friend when in need 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 The Power of Listening July 3 2015 12 01 am Last week I was in a counseling session with my therapist with whom I ve been working with for over 20 years That may sound like What do you want me to say May 6 2014 12 00 am As a father of teenage girls our home is bursting with activity and emotion When one of our girls seems out of sorts I ll try When Will They Get It April 12 2014 12 01 am This last weekend was a nephew s birthday I d been very busy and wrapped up in my work and in my own home life and I The Funny Thing about Ruminating February 15

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