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Demi Lovato and Why We Can’t Forget Our Own Bipolar Disorder Battles

Demi Lovato’s apparent overdose can serve as an example that we can’t neglect to take care of ourselves for the sake of being a shining beacon for …

The Bipolar Diagnosis ‘Acceptance Rollercoaster’—Grappling with Grief

While you may feel you’ve lost a part of your self-identity after your bipolar diagnosis, you can find your way back to acceptance and “level ground.”<p>…

Mental Health

When Something Goes Wrong in Bipolar Disorder Treatment—The Mistake to Avoid

You don’t have to “tough it out” or handle it yourself when things go wrong in your treatment—tell your doctor.<p>By Natasha Tracy<p>Hi, I’m Natasha Tracy …

Depression

The Lies Bipolar Tells Me—Uncovering the Truth

It may not be easy, but part of managing bipolar disorder depression is recognizing when your negative thoughts are simply not true.<p>Photo: Getty …

Managing a Bipolar Crisis—You Don’t Have to Go Through It Alone

Knowing the resources and support system you have access to can help you in the midst of or following a bipolar crises.<p>By Karl Shallowhorn<p>Hi. This is …

Relationships, Support and Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone

There are times when we need to push ourselves to overcome bipolar disorder—a therapeutic outdoor recreational program can offer this …

5 Truths About Maintaining a Loving Relationship When You Have Bipolar Disorder

Having bipolar disorder is challenging when it comes to maintaining healthy relationships, but there is much we can do to encourage the acceptance of …

Escaping When Depression Forces You to Cling to Pain from Your Past

We can move beyond the negative, distressing events of our past—that is, if depression isn’t forcing us to relive these agonizing moments.<p>By Natasha …

Finding Strength from My Bipolar Disorder Story

While it can be easy to get caught up in all of the challenges that come with bipolar, overcoming them teaches perseverance.<p>By Linea Johnson<p>Hi …

7 Strategies to Outsmart the Sun: Staying Clear of Summer Mania

While you can’t change the seasonal shift to longer days, you can make subtle lifestyle changes, such as regulating sleep, to sidestep summer …

Clearing up ‘Massive Misunderstandings’ About Bipolar in Conversations with Friends & Family

So the person that you’re talking to, not only do they not know any real facts about bipolar disorder, but the things they do know about bipolar …

When You Feel Like You’ve Hit a ‘New Low’: Finding the Strength to Keep Going

It’s important to remember if you keep pushing forward and don’t give up, you can make a better life for yourself.<p>By Dave Mowry<p>Hi, this is Dave Mowry …

Why Do We Get Suicidal After Euphoric Mania?

It’s important to prepare for the intense depression that can follow euphoric mania by reminding yourself to ask for help and avoid isolating.<p>Photo: …

Navigating the Mental Health System Maze: Your Guide

The mental health system can be confusing and frustrating. But with the right information, you can make the process smoother.<p>By Karl Shallowhorn<p>Hi. …

Missing Hypomania—and Accepting Sacrifices for Stability

It may not be easy, but letting go of hypomania’s false promises and accepting the challenge of committing to treatment can help you manage your …

How to Spot Bipolar Red Flags—and What to Do about Them

If you are a friend of someone living with bipolar disorder, you can play the important role of vigilantly helping them watch for symptoms of …

How Allowing ‘Your Hands to Take Over For Your Mind’ Can Help with Bipolar Disorder

Occupational therapy can be a great way to cope with bipolar disorder symptoms as it allows you to get your mind off of negative thoughts and create …

Planting Seeds of Stability and Growing Wellness Through Gardening

Hobbies such as gardening can be a great way to take on stress and stay active when living with bipolar disorder.<p>Photo: Stígur Már Karlsson …

What are Your High-Risk Triggers for a Bipolar Disorder Mood Swing?

Learning your high-risk triggers is important so you can practice avoiding them to maintain stability.<p>Photo: Poike/Getty Images<p>By Julie A. Fast<p>I …

Colds and Mental Health Conditions Have More in Common Than You Think

Photo: Cecilie_Arcurs/Getty Images<p>By Erika Nielsen<p>Not long ago, I was knocked down flat by an uber-virus that everyone seemed to be catching. In the …

When to Quit What is Triggering Your Bipolar Disorder Mood Swings

Understanding what can trigger bipolar disorder symptoms is important—and you shouldn’t feel guilty for avoiding what can make you sick.<p>Photo: …

The Best Dog Breeds For Helping With Bipolar Depression and Anxiety

These are just some of the canine breeds that help symptoms of bipolar disorder:<p><i>Photo: Pexels.com</i><p><b>Cavalier King Charles Spaniel</b><p>This lapdog is …

Mental Health Month: Taking Pride in Working Toward Wellness

Mental Health Month is a chance to own your wellness journey, discovering what works best for you and taking pride in your daily wellness …

Uncovering Unexpected Signs of Bipolar Depression

Depression goes much deeper than feeling sad and crying. Learning to recognize surprising symptoms can help in getting the best possible treatment.<p>By …

How to Support Your Friend with Bipolar from Afar

Social media and the Internet mean no one is too far away to be cared for, or to care.<p>Photo: Georgijevic/Getty Images<p>By Martin Baker<p>We don’t always …

What is the Difference between Depression and Bipolar Depression?

It’s important to understand the major differences between bipolar depression and unipolar depression, and to help educate others about the …

Staying Positive with Bipolar—Start Small

Don’t get discouraged—becoming more positive can start with simple things like getting out of bed when depressed, feeling grateful and living in the …