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  • Andrea Paquette AKA Bipolar Babe shares her story of bipolar disorder. | bpHope - bp Magazine Community
    home to create a brochure and newsletter for the Society My brain is a cassette tape in fast forward and it feels similar to a well oiled machine As it gets quite late I have the urge to clean As I fold my clothes quietly in the closet next to my sleeping boyfriend I know I am acting crazy but it feels good to be getting stuff done Yes this is the hypo mania I am very high functioning the majority of the time and I consider myself to be one of the lucky ones with bipolar disorder I suffer too but I feel I am still able to live a full and amazing life within the boundaries I am given I have limitations and I am aware of this fact but I attest that no matter what our challenges we can all live extraordinary lives You can also connect with Andrea on Facebook Twitter and at BipolarBabe com Tagged with Andrea Paquette appreciating bipolar Bipolar babe bipolar depression Bipolar Disorder bipolar mania 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 3 COMMENTS Mitzy January 23 2015 Reply I enjoyed reading your story Andrea I have had one very bad mixed state with psychosis It was a horrible experience that I hope not to repeat My medications have kept me mania free but I struggle with chronic depression I am unable to take antidepressants because they cause me to become unstable It is very nice to meet you and I m looking forward to hearing more from you Marie January 23 2015 Reply I really felt that I am not alone in this battle Thank you for posting it I am like you sometimes but I am doing well now by taking my meds regularly and with therapy Even if I have a Bipolar disorder I always make sure that I have some accomplishments for a day be it a simple household chores or just simply taking care of myself like taking a bath and brushing my teeth and eating healthy food you inspire

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  • Bipolar Disorder Success Stories | bpHope - bp Magazine Community - Part 4
    door of Marya Hornbacher s Minneapolis home are just a relic from five years ago when she whipped Read more The shocking tale of Andy Behrman By Sara Solovitch August 8 2006 6 47 am By Sara Solovitch Andy Behrman wrote Electroboy A Memoir of Mania while convalescing from four months of electroconvulsive therapy ECT that effectively ended 20 Read more My story Addison Wakeford s search for balance By Brenda Alesii February 8 2006 6 39 am By Brenda Alesii Addison Wakeford put the shotgun in his mouth determined to end the pain and humiliation that overwhelmed him He was alone Read more Patty Duke Wise witty and kicking stigma By Stacie Z Berg February 8 2006 6 34 am By Stacie Zoe Berg Armed with a Mickey Mouse clock which she had taken from Sid Sheinberg s desk and tucked in her pocket at Read more My story Victoria Maxwell s bumpy road to happiness By June Rogers November 8 2005 7 22 am By June Rogers Victoria Maxwell is the kind of person who looks like she s got it all together At 38 she is a globe trotting Read more My story Craig Hurst How I ve grown with bp By June Rogers November 8 2005 7 20 am By June Rogers Craig Hurst was flying high literally one fateful October when he touched down in Dallas for an international home show The 25 year old successful Read more My story Lisa Diamond Stein Publicist with a purpose By Brenda Alesii August 8 2005 7 18 am Lisa Diamond Stein has been pitching stories to the press for 25 years Thanks to her skill and determination A list celebrities tout their latest project Read more PREVIOUS 1 2 3 4 5 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

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  • Bipolar Disorder Success Stories | bpHope - bp Magazine Community - Part 5
    label Paul makes his Read more Wambui Bahati s inspirational balancing act By Brenda Alesii February 7 2005 6 18 am By Brenda Alesii Ten years ago John Ann Washington disappeared Sort of John Ann Washington was born in Greensboro North Carolina 54 years ago She was Read more My story Alan Creative performer for all times By Brenda Alesii February 7 2005 6 10 am Alan grew up in Queens attended the High School of Art and Design High in Manhattan and followed his father s footsteps as an actor and Read more Talking it out My key to recovery By Anonymous User November 7 2004 5 57 am By Ross Szabo Lots of kids feel empty or lonely or sad every day but don t know why says Ross Szabo Director of Youth Read more My story John Making a business out of mental health By Brenda Alesii November 7 2004 5 34 am By Brenda Alesii John is a man of strong convictions Diagnosed with bipolar disorder 15 years ago when he was nearing 40 John is Read more PREVIOUS 1 2 4 5 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

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  • ADHD or Bipolar? Detecting bipolar among look-alikes in kids | bpHope - bp Magazine Community
    something else In bipolar disorder hyperactivity is related to the inability of the child to regulate emotional energy in his her brain s limbic system it is a form of hypomania In ADHD hyperactivity is a cognitive issue and is caused by the child s inability to hold focus on something long enough to take it in The child is not pushed by his her emotional brain but is stuck in a random search pattern moving from one stimulus to another trying to gain focus and a sense of satisfaction from his her experience In GAD hyperactivity indicates that a child is beside himself with anxiety feeling out of his body and ten feet off the ground Though anxious children may be very distractible they can be redirected They need to learn how to slow down and breathe Do temper tantrums express bipolar disorder ADHD or GAD Children with bipolar disorder have rages which are so intense that they cannot control themselves children with ADHD and GAD have temper tantrums or meltdowns the latter being when children are very angry and throw temper fits Children with ADHD and GAD generally experience meltdowns from frustration or high anxiety They scream cry rant throw themselves around threaten curse and throw objects However you can talk to them and get through to them They have some control over the reaction as their thinking brains are still somewhat in charge This is not the case in a bipolar rage where the child loses control In fact a child in the midst of a rage related to bipolar disorder does not respond to direction Does impulsivity express the hypomania of bipolar disorder or another condition Destructive impulsivity such as fire starting and dangerous play is frequently correlated with bipolar disorder Very young children who have bipolar may also demonstrate sexually inappropriate behavior years before they have any real interest in sex This manifestation of impulsivity may involve touching parents or teachers sexually or making sexual remarks Impulsivity in children who have ADHD is caused by a failure of so called executive function the ability to make good decisions Children with ADHD do impulsive things because though they do care about consequences in the moment they are not thinking Children with GAD are not typically impulsive They do experience panic when they may run away mindlessly or strike out This impulsivity expresses the flight aspect of the fight or flight reaction Overwrought with taunting from classmates the GAD child may throw over the desk and run out of the school building screaming threats all the way Though this may look like impulsive behavior it is rather what terrified children do when they believe they need to protect themselves Does oppositionality express bipolar disorder ADHD or GAD Here I seek to find out if the child gives caregivers moral authority to govern his her behavior does the child accept their legitimacy to tell him her what to do even though he she does not want to do it When their mood is cycling children who have bipolar disorder act as though they do not care about the authority of parents and teachers and do not fear retribution for noncompliance Children with ADHD and GAD are oppositional because they are stuck emotionally as pre schoolers at the no saying stage Because of genetics and a life experience of failure they do not feel a strong sense of who they are and therefore say No to almost every demand put on them But they do consider parents and other caregivers to have legitimate authority over them Children with bipolar disorder typically see caregivers as the enemy when they attempt to assert their authority If anxiety is the cause of the oppositionality children are not motivated by a desire to gain power over caregivers rather they are motivated by a powerful anxiety related to their ineffectuality in the world They feel like nobodies and lack the sense of self as origin necessary to proceed confidently and positively in life Does insomnia express bipolar disorder ADHD or GAD Children who have bipolar disorder experience severe disruption in their sleep wake cycle their circadian rhythms Their brains wake up at night and become hyperenergized with thoughts that they must express In the daytime these children may be sleepy and depressed Children with ADHD experience insomnia because they cannot turn off their overcharged nervous systems They report feeling unpleasantly buzzed but they do not experience flight of ideas or rapid verbal production They simply can t relax enough to drop into sleep or may sleep fitfully once they do drop off Children with GAD worry themselves awake In bed waiting for sleep their minds have nothing to focus on and so begin to focus on all the things to worry or obsess about in their lives giving them no rest I am careful in my analysis of these factors because I know that the wrong call on my part may mean that the right medication is not brought into the picture to help the child The medications prescribed to treat an anxiety disorder or ADHD may destabilize a child challenged by bipolar disorder Another reason to take care is the impact of putting the label of bipolar disorder on how others view the child and how the child sees him herself Researchers such as Daniel Siegel MD associate clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and author of the award winning The Developing Mind How Relationships and the Brain Interact to Shape Who We Are point out that a key requirement for emotional development is that the child possesses a positive autobiography a sense of self as worthy and powerful in the world I try to do no harm in this regard If bipolar disorder is indicated then what If I believe a child meets criteria for bipolar disorder I immediately suggest that parents have the child evaluated by a psychiatrist with a specialty in the condition A good way

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  • Bipolar & Kids: The importance of friends and fun | bpHope - bp Magazine Community
    with fine motor coordination and simply are not natural athletes Even if children struggle in athletics however it is still important that they be physically active Regular activity helps to regulate sleep and can lead to better mood stability Some medicines for bipolar promote weight gain so it is critically important that your child exercises An individual sport like swimming or tennis may be a better fit Michael Phelps who was treated for ADHD as a young child is the perfect example of this His mother put him in swimming because his high energy levels were a problem in the classroom It was a great fit since the sport kept him in constant motion Many of my patients with bipolar or ADHD have done well with martial arts because the classes have predictable routines and emphasize self control Plus the chance to earn belts in advancing colors achievable for most children willing to practice provides frequent opportunities for success I consider children socially successful if they have three friends and at least one extracurricular activity per week video games don t count If your child is not at that level start looking for ways to add new friends and interests Often if you focus on finding an activity first your child will make friends through the activity Thus both goals can be accomplished at the same time Some children can handle more friends and activities but taking on too much poses a special risk for children with bipolar when they are having a manic episode Also overstimulation could serve as a trigger for mania Remember the goal is not to have your child be captain of the football team or get the lead in the school play The goal is to have them feel good about themselves make friends and have fun If they can do all three their bipolar is likely to be much improved Code bphopekids Printed as Our Kids You ve got to have friends Fall 2009 Tagged with activities bphopekids fall 2009 friends kid feature socialization About the author James Waxmonsky MD Has 5 Articles James Waxmonsky MD is a assistant professor of psychiatry at SUNY Buffalo He is on staff at Women Children s Hospital of Buffalo and serves as research psychiatrist at UB s Center for Children and Families 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 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 Bipolar Disorder Surviving The Spin Cycle December 17 2015 12 01 am Mission Statement To show how human interaction relieves Bipolar Depression If human exchange was currency it s the most devalued coin on earth Our world is Watching For Signs of a Bipolar Diagnosis in Children

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  • Bipolar & Kids: Strategies for success at school | bpHope - bp Magazine Community
    idea to ask if your child is experiencing common side effects such as tiredness headaches tremors or a change in appetite About the child who experiences anxiety or depression If your child has had problems making friends find out how he or she is getting along with peers A shy student silently struggling with anxiety may not get noticed unless grades begin to drop If depression is a concern you want to know whether your child is motivated to complete work and shows an interest in having friends If your child experiences mania Find out whether your child has the ability to sit still pay attention control his temper and follow class rules during a manic episode It s more difficult to get information about older students who have multiple teachers throughout the day In this case speak with someone who can gather reports from all of the teachers the school psychologist the social worker or a guidance counselor In my experience teachers and administrators are more understanding and flexible when they re aware of a student s mental health issues When they know nothing they re more apt to take drastic measures if a child acts aggressively or makes a suicidal statement However when they ve been informed of a preexisting condition they re inclined to consult with the treating clinicians before taking action It s important to note that most teachers receive very little training in handling mental illness especially disorders like bp which is not traditionally viewed as a childhood illness Communicating with mental health professionals and parents is how they come to understand a student s condition Parents and school staff should be allies working together in the best interest of the child It takes a concerted effort on both sides to make the collaboration work Code bphopekids Printed as Our kids What about your child s school Summer 2008 Tagged with Bipolar Disorder bphopekids children disclosure Education kid feature mania school summer 2008 teachers treatment About the author James Waxmonsky MD Has 5 Articles James Waxmonsky MD is a assistant professor of psychiatry at SUNY Buffalo He is on staff at Women Children s Hospital of Buffalo and serves as research psychiatrist at UB s Center for Children and Families 2 COMMENTS Chris December 17 2015 Reply I feel there is a conflict in retaining my student s privacy and disclosing a mental issue to any of her high school teachers Are there any guidelines for how to resolve this Thank You Ella February 5 2016 Reply I feel like now that we have done the very hard work of getting my kiddo mostly stabilized the school and medical establishments continually question whether or not my kiddo has an illness that still needs to be accommodated The school psychologist just tested my kid to see if he still qualifies for service under IEP shouldn t the fact that he has a diagnosis and takes medication three times a day be evidence enough that he has

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  • Kids & Bipolar: Seasonal Mood Swings | bpHope - bp Magazine Community
    corresponding receptor keyhole but they must also act with appropriate timing in relation to one another and to periodic events in the environment The idea that depression and mania can result from abnormalities of photoperiodic regulation draws support from the known therapeutic effects of bright light treatment in seasonally cycling bipolar patients Seasonal depression and light therapy In 1984 Dr Rosenthal then of the National Institute of Mental Health published a groundbreaking article about the seasonal pattern of depression and bipolar disorder he also coined the term Seasonal Affective Disorder SAD Seasonal Affective Disorder is today described in the DSM IV as a regular temporal relationship between the onset of major depression and the time of year fall or winter accompanied by a full remission or change to mania or hypomania in the spring Dr Rosenthal reported on the positive reactions of depressed patients when they were exposed to bright light therapy on a daily basis in fall and winter days their symptoms of depression improved Since children who have bipolar disorder often slide into autumnal and winter slumps close monitoring of this potential pattern of annual relapse needs to be documented Usually if a pattern is recognized the occurrence repeats itself sometimes to within a week from year to year Light therapy tends to work better as a preventive treatment so knowing the periods of vulnerability affords an opportunity to intervene in advance What are light boxes A light box is a metal fixture approximately two feet long and one and a half feet high It contains ordinary white fluorescent lightbulbs set behind a plastic diffusing screen which becomes a film that filters out most of the ultraviolet UV rays from the bulbs Typically the light emitted from these boxes varies between 2 000 to 10 000 lux in intensity Lux is a unit used to measure the intensity of light Indoor light levels range from 200 to 700 lux outdoor levels on a sunny spring day range from 2 000 to well beyond 10 000 lux A child should sit approximately one to two feet from the light source at a 45 degree angle and look up for a few seconds toward the light every several minutes or so Initially one has to be cautious about reaching an effective daily duration of exposure usually 20 to 30 minutes Rarely fewer than 10 minutes of exposure may trigger a brief period of activation that is readily diminished by reducing the duration of exposure In conclusion It is obvious that children up against seasonal and growth patterns are moving targets when it comes to treatment strategies Because of the sensitivity these children have to seasonal change treatments may have to be calibrated and adjusted to accommodate these vulnerabilities Some children will experience instability if prescriptions and doses remain etched in stone A parent should be in close contact with the treating physician during the times of seasonal change Furthermore it behooves all physicians and parents to examine the children s

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  • Kids & Bipolar: Understanding Obsessive & Aggressive Behavior | bpHope - bp Magazine Community
    pushes the parent away for seemingly little reason a glance a gesture or the big one the word no and who is willing to hurt that same parent as retribution for a perceived slight Although aggression has been a hallmark of juvenile onset bipolar disorder until recently nothing in the literature has examined the relationship between the fearful thoughts and aggressive behaviors of these children A new study completed by researchers of the Juvenile Bipolar Research Foundation and published in the December 2005 issue of the Journal of Affective Disorders found that obsessive fear of harm either fear of doing harm or fear of harm coming to self may be closely linked with aggressive behaviors in children who have bipolar disorder The study Parents of 1 600 children and adolescents with a clinician assigned diagnosis of bipolar disorder were asked to complete both the Y BOCS and a scale measuring aggression the Overt Aggression Scale OAS on a secure online database When the data were analyzed the parents who rated their children s fear of harm as often or very often or almost constantly on the Y BOCS also significantly endorsed items on the OAS that reported these same children expressing severe injury to self and others This group called the high fear of harm group had more than twice the rates of self injury than those children who were reported to have low fear of harm Moreover the high fear of harm group was eight times as likely to hurt others These very frightened youngsters were reported to make suicide threats much more frequently than the cohort who was not so afraid of harm to self or to others A sense of threat seems to pervade the waking and sleeping hours for children who have bipolar To state it another way excessive anxiety about aggressive acts done to the child or others very strongly correlate with the amount of aggression the child expresses toward him or herself and others Among the younger children parents reported that the target of aggressive behaviors was more likely to be other children rather than themselves In contrast among older children the target of aggressive behaviors was more likely to be themselves rather than others The helping role of the clinician The treating physician or therapist should be aware that a poorly regulated arousal system associated with poor modulation of aggressive impulses can have profound and negative effects on psychological development and the quality and nature of interpersonal relationships These effects might include Difficulty regulating aggressive impulses Disorders of sleep arousal or parasomnias such as night terrors and nightmares with themes of pursuit and abandonment and the content of dismemberment and gore Fear of abandonment caretakers will be killed Emergence of daytime fears and separation anxiety sensitivity to rejection obsessional routines or rituals that develop around bedtime with a resistance to going to bed Shame and helplessness about his or her actions and an inability to control the fears and anger and to act

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