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4 Steps to Finding Joy and Happiness in Your Bipolar Life

New Harbinger | Posted 05.05.2016 | Healthy Living
New Harbinger

This may sound confusing, but it's really quite simple. We are not our symptoms. So why should we let them define us? Mindfulness gives us the power to view these symptoms as an observer rather than an active participant. Here are four ways you can use mindfulness to find joy and happiness in your bipolar life.

Why a World Bipolar Day?

Muffy Walker | Posted 05.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Muffy Walker

World Diabetes Day, World Cancer Day, and even World Egg Day, and now, drum roll please, World Bipolar Day (WBD). WBD is a day to bring about awarenes...

Learning to Welcome a Bipolar Diagnosis

Karen Zainal | Posted 05.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Karen Zainal

If you're a frequent reader, you may have noticed that I've been posting at a markedly reduced rate. The arrival of spring has, for me, coincided with...

Just Grin and Bear It

Kimberly Gallagher | Posted 04.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Kimberly Gallagher

For people who have never experienced depression or been close to someone who has, it's hard to understand. How can someone just lie in bed and not ha...

Our Failure to Understand Mental Illness Has Debilitated Nearly 60 Million Americans

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 04.04.2015 | Healthy Living
The University of Central Florida Forum

Our country was founded on the principles of liberty and justice for all, but our failure to understand mental illness and provide assistance facilities for families and the ill has ripped away the liberty and justice deserved for nearly 60 million Americans.

Does Having Bipolar Disorder Equate to an Early Death?

Muffy Walker | Posted 03.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Muffy Walker

Our son refuses to tolerate 20 years loss of life expectancy. If more people with serious mental illnesses were aware of the risks, maybe they would make changes and refuse as well.

What We Were Really Feeling in 2014

Karen Cahn | Posted 03.02.2015 | Women
Karen Cahn

Everybody knows that it's not cool to air your dirty laundry on Facebook. I mean, come on, nobody really wants to know about your sexless marriage. Why? Because it forces them to think about their own sexless marriage. I

Fighting Stigma One Story at a Time

Elizabeth Barnett | Posted 02.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth Barnett

My mental illnesses are diseases, just like my cancer, and need to be treated in a similar way. If I, myself, can't share my story then it indicates that I also have stigma so I discuss my mental health issues openly just like I do anything else. I have found that when I share my story, I have an impact.

The 3 Things People With Bipolar Disorder Want for Christmas

Natasha Tracy | Posted 02.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Natasha Tracy

This holiday season, try to remember not only to give others something wrapped up beautifully under a Christmas tree, but also to give others who are not as fortunate as you are, with a healthy brain, a bit of your compassion.

My Bipolar Anniversary

Subrina Singh | Posted 01.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Subrina Singh

The anniversary of my life-changing date that Hallmark lacks a card for reminds me of all of the obstacles being bipolar has thrown my way but I have persevered. Having reminded myself this over and over, I look back at my journey and think of that terrified and lost 16-year-old girl.

Taking My Body Back From Bipolar, One Bite at a Time

Emily Grossman | Posted 12.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Emily Grossman

The hardest part has been the self-esteem blow that gaining 100 pounds has given me. I am learning, slowly, to be kinder to myself, and not beat myself up. I was taking that medication in the hopes that I could become better.

A Poem About Losing Custody

Jon Vaughn | Posted 03.11.2016 | Divorce
Jon Vaughn

Shock and surprise, in the blink of an eye. I'm still a kid myself! This twenty year old guy.

Go Ahead, Label Me

Elizabeth Barnett | Posted 12.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth Barnett

My labels aren't what make me who I am or how I experience my mental health or lack thereof. My labels just give my treatment team an idea of where I fall on the spectrum and help them to decide various strategies for recovery.

Agents of Change: 5 Inspiring Women Worthy Of Your Attention Right Now

Greg Archer | Posted 12.15.2014 | Women
Greg Archer

They walk among us -- those agents of change. Sometimes, we just need to be reminded of who they actually are. Take note of five enterprising women who generate a powerful ripple effect and emerge as some of the finest agents of change this fall.

The Real-Life Experiences Of Those Who Suffer From Bipolar Disorder

Alexandra Nyfors | Posted 12.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Alexandra Nyfors

I'm settled into the first stability I have ever had as an adult. I have been living in the same place for the longest time since I left my childhood home. I am mostly glad I decided to live, and vastly grateful that I managed to pay into Social Security every year from the age of 15 to the age of 53. Most of all, it is good to live without hiding.

You're So Dramatic!

Elizabeth Barnett | Posted 11.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth Barnett

The problem with using the word dramatic to describe my own expression of emotion is that I am not intentionally seeking out to attract attention. I have been consistently feeling emotions in an intense way for 35 years of my life. So it may be a jolt to you, but to me it is what it is like to live inside my brain every day. It's exhausting.

Off Center: Life With Bipolar Disorder

Alexandra Nyfors | Posted 11.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Alexandra Nyfors

This is one of the things that is hardest for people to understand: how different these diseases can be. As a bipolar, I can more or less think clearly, but I am almost never in control, mood wise.

What Bipolar Disorder Really Feels Like

The Huffington Post | Sarah Klein | Posted 09.18.2014 | Healthy Living

About 2.6 percent of American adults -- nearly 6 million people -- have bipolar disorder, according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)....

My Medicated Case For Psychiatrics

Brett Gleason | Posted 11.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Brett Gleason

Some of my friends brag about how little sleep they get, as if depriving oneself of the ability to function fully is something to be proud of. Perhaps I could survive without my meds, but would I have been able to graduate college? I don't just want to survive, I want to thrive.

Trigger Warning: Real Life

Jacqui Morton | Posted 11.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Jacqui Morton

I think what I'm saying is all of these things are connected. For me, at age 37, this is maternal health. If I don't talk about these things, reflect on them, consider them as parts of me as a whole person, and as a whole parent, who will?

Life With Joe, Before And After His Bipolar Diagnosis

Kathleen Maloney | Posted 11.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Kathleen Maloney

The sad fact is that you don't have control over what someone else does. You can't force someone to do something they do not want to do. My husband refused to believe he had bipolar disorder. And in 2011, when he was diagnosed with stage IV cancer, he refused to believe that.

How Realizing Her Bipolar Was A Medical Condition -- And Not A Spiritual Failing -- Helped This Woman Heal

The Huffington Post | Amanda L. Chan | Posted 09.02.2014 | Healthy Living

This is the story of Holly S., of Atlanta, Georgia, and her experience with bipolar II disorder. My whole world growing up was Southern Baptist. My...

When the Doctor Says 'You're Bipolar'

Jessica McNeill Azar | Posted 08.26.2014 | Parents
Jessica McNeill Azar

At that moment, I began to realize that while managing Bipolar II was not going to be easy, doing my best to do so was the key to living out an amazingly fulfilling life. I had what I needed to truly survive inside of me -- my determination, faith in God, and a thirst for knowledge.

Coming Out of the Bipolar Closet

Danielle Hark | Posted 08.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Danielle Hark

At the moment of diagnosis, you went from being that person -- the eccentric-but-sometimes-sad creative -- to that person: the crazy one.

#YesAllWomen Includes Mothers Of Children With Mental Illness

Liza Long | Posted 07.28.2014 | Parents
Liza Long

As a single mother of a son with mental illness and former Mormon, I know a thing or two about misogyny. But I would respectfully suggest that hatred of women has very little to do with what happened in Santa Barbara.