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Are You Ready for Your Next Bipolar Depression?

Learning to recognize the “real you” and the “depressed you” can help you avoid decisions when you’re depressed that can have negative life …

4 Factors to Consider When Choosing a Treatment Facility for Bipolar Disorder

By Julie A. Fast<p>I’ve worked with many thousands of people over the past 20 years who have told me about what works and what doesn’t work in treatment …

Mental Health

Writing About Bipolar Disorder: A Healing Way to Help Others

Writing can be a very therapeutic way to cope with bipolar and other mental health conditions.<p>Photo: Jelena Danilovic/Getty Images<p>By Karl …

Mental Health

Bipolar Mania: You Want Me To Take a Pill Because I Am Too Happy?

It’s important to have a plan in place so you can recognize when you are too happy, too energized—and manic.<p>Photo: Pexels.com<p>By Julie A. Fast<p>Here I …

Mental Health

How to Take a Journey of Self-Discovery—and What You Can Learn

Sometimes, after years of illness, life invites us on journeys of self-discovery. Here are some steps that I have followed on my own personal journey …

Mental Health

Prizefighter Friendship: Lessons Learned Battling Bipolar Disorder, Breast Cancer

Two friends, one battling bipolar I and the other battling breast cancer, learn faith and friendship can give them strength during the toughest of …

Mental Health

Do I Have Bipolar Disorder? The Symptom to Watch For

Wondering if you have bipolar disorder? While depression is a major part of bipolar, it must also be accompanied by mania.<p>By Julie A. Fast<p>The only …

What to Do When Bipolar Disorder is Really, Really Hard

We have a mental illness. This is our reality. It doesn’t matter what we call it. It doesn’t even matter if we deny we have it. The reality is our …

My Bipolar Breakdown During the Holiday Season

The holiday season can be a particularly challenging time for people with bipolar disorder. However, it can help to know that things can always turn …

The Challenges of Working While Dealing with Bipolar Disorder

<b>Bipolar often presents challenges for people in the work force. However, options such as freelancing can allow you to be productive while working</b> …

Mental Health

What To Do When You Feel Like You Can’t Go On

Having a plan, such as turning to faith, family or friends, can help you get through a bipolar disorder downswing.<p>Photo: Juanmonino/Getty Images<p>By …

Mental Health

How Meditation Helped Me Regulate Stress and Anxiety

<i>It’s hard enough for people without bipolar to manage stress and anxiety. The act of meditating can be an enormous help in regulating our …

Meditation

Bipolar Disorder and Autumn: Getting Through My Favorite and Worst Season

<b>While I love many aspects of fall, depression presents a challenge. Writing and other activities help take my mind off negative feelings.</b><p>Photo: …

Stress, Pressure and Bipolar Disorder: A Perilous Mix

Stress is a normal part of life. When living with bipolar disorder, stress can cause problems that may increase symptoms and make life more difficult.<p>…

Mental Health

Can Your Kids Help You Manage Bipolar Disorder?

We were in the living room packing my suitcase:<p>Julie: D<i>arn it! I’m having a panic attack. I hate my bipolar disorder! I have to breathe. Let me sit</i> …

My Partner With Bipolar Cheated on Me When Manic & Hypersexual

If a partner with bipolar disorder ‘cheats’ it is important to distinguish the underlying cause— relationship problems, or hypersexuality?<p><i>Photo:</i> …

When Noise Annoys: Coping with Hypersensitive Hearing

Do sounds that don’t bother anyone else make you want to tear your hair out? Hearing hypersensitivity is a fairly common mood symptom with bipolar.<p>By …

Self-help

The Fight Against My Bipolar Hypomania Monster

You have to have a complete knowledge of your personal hypomania ‘monster’ to be able to fight it off.<p>There is a monster that invades your body and …

7 Steps to Take If You Think You’re Becoming Depressed

Sometimes it seems as if a depressive episode comes out of nowhere. Here are some steps you can take to ensure that episode doesn’t become</i> …

The Self-Defeating Side of Bipolar Depression

I am probably one of the most outgoing, positive and content people that I know, and I would even admit, that my baseline is around the hypo-manic …

7 Tips to Help You Break Free from the Bipolar Hamster Wheel

There is a song called “<i>What A Wonderful World</i>” that Anne Murray sings. One of the lines in it is “The Risk of Going Nowhere is the Greatest Risk of …

Denying My Bipolar Diagnosis

If you’re newly diagnosed, it’s okay to be in denial. But eventually, you need to face the facts about your new normal so you can take care of …

Five Things I Didn’t Realize About Taking Antidepressants

Some people may think that the side effects of antidepressants can be pretty innocuous as they are commonly prescribed, but for me, the side effects …

Depression

Choosing Hope in the Face of Hopelessness

<i>Trigger Warning: If matters of faith trigger you easily, then you will want to skip reading this or at least replaces the references to faith within</i> …

3 Simple Ways to Explain Bipolar to Friends and Family

It may not be enough to just educate others on what bipolar is; we also need to help them understand<p>Photo: Getty Images<p>By Gabe Howard<p>Believe it not, …

Mental Health

Bipolar Disorder & Anger: Stuck On The Rage Road!

<b>In the bipolar equation, anger has long been overshadowed by mania and sadness. Now it’s time to take a hard look at this isolating emotion.</b><p>By …

Mental Health

Bipolar & 3 Simple Steps to Stop Multitasking

In the early part of the millennium, multitasking was all the rage. It practically became a badge of honor to tell people how well you could …

Time Management

7 Signs a Loved One with Bipolar Disorder Needs Help

Here are seven signs of illness shared by most of us with bipolar disorder that you can look for in order to help a loved one.<p>It’s hard to know when …

Mental Health

Genetic Testing Offers Hope to People with Bipolar Conditions

After a 16-year career in Congress, Patrick J. Kennedy has become an advocate for the promise of genetic testing in mental illness treatment.<p><i>By the</i> …

Mental Health