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Bipolar Disorder

Mental Health Stigma

Krystal Reddick | Posted 09.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Krystal Reddick

Instead of shrinking from the stigma of having bipolar disorder, I have embraced it. I don't know why I don't feel the stigma. But I just don't. But I want to be the voice for those who do feel the stigma and are silenced.

Off Center: Life With Bipolar Disorder

Alexandra Nyfors | Posted 09.19.2014 | 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 09.12.2014 | 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.

Insensitive Comments About Mental Illness

Krystal Reddick | Posted 09.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Krystal Reddick

You never know what another person is going through. I do recognize that sometimes the comments are very well meaning. And let's be honest, it is hard to know what to say all the time. Sometimes you don't need to say anything. Your presence can be enough.

Thoughts on Suicide From This Bipolar Chick

Wendy K. Williamson | Posted 09.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Wendy K. Williamson

Today, we give priority to discussing suicide after tragedy strikes, but then we yank it away weeks later. The light fades and progress goes on the back burner until next time. I can't be the only one to recognize this pattern.

One Thing We're Missing When We Talk About Suicide

Ross Szabo | Posted 09.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Ross Szabo

In that moment I realized there was a huge part of me that I hadn't been working on in all of my years of therapy. It was an obvious piece of my cycles of dysfunction, but I was too consumed by my symptoms to see it. Through deep, heaving sobs I finally understood that I hated myself.

'This Disease Has A Great Potential To Be Fatal. Fighting Is Important And Very Real'

Posted 09.05.2014 | Healthy Living

Suzanne Greif, 51, of Athens, Georgia, was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at 14. This is her story. When I was 6, my mother was institutionalized....

Life With Joe, Before And After His Bipolar Diagnosis

Kathleen Maloney | Posted 09.05.2014 | 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.

Taming the Lion: Getting Past Manic Episodes on My Journey to Mental Health

Kate Lynch O’Neil | Posted 09.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Kate Lynch O’Neil

I was living in New York City when my manic mind told me it was imperative that I journey through a winding mid-town scavenger hunt. I was listening to the voices in my head and had no control over my racing thoughts or actions.

Mental Illness: How the Victim's Families Suffer A Similar Faith

Olayiwola A. Alara | Posted 09.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Olayiwola A. Alara

While there is no known cure for a psychological disorder, there are a few medications that can assist to subdue the illness so the victims are not ...

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...

After An Arrest, A Student With Bipolar Disorder Realized She Needed Help

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 08.26.2014 | Healthy Living

Mary Lynn R. is a journalist in Rome, Georgia. After being arrested over an Internet comment, she realized that she needed help managing her bipolar d...

Stop The Stigma: 'Bipolar' Is Not A New Word For Just Darn Unpleasant

Dr. Margaret Rutherford | Posted 08.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Margaret Rutherford

There are many people with bipolar disorder who are highly creative, high-functioning people. They can have lives that are not governed by their illness and live happy, loving, productive lives. But there's no cure. And there are some that are not so lucky.

How A Friend's 'Betrayal' Saved This Woman's Life

The Huffington Post | Sahaj Kohli | Posted 08.21.2014 | Healthy Living

Helping a friend who doesn’t necessarily want your help is tough. But sometimes it’s the only option. Marisa Lancione, a mental health advocate...

Game Changer: My Bipolar Journey

Marisa Lancione | Posted 08.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Marisa Lancione

Mental illness is insidious. It's a monster that buries itself deep in your brain and rears its ugly head when you least expect it. And just when you think you've gotten to know the game it plays, the rules change.

This Coupon Entitles You to One Free Hug

Jenine Durland | Posted 08.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Jenine Durland

With a great deal of bipolar disorder in my immediate family, I've watched depression's dark tentacles wrap themselves around our hearts in the most insipid and life-altering ways.

A Better Way to Remember Robin Williams

Melody Moezzi | Posted 08.15.2014 | Arts
Melody Moezzi

Instead of turning to entertainment journalists analyzing a publicist's statement about the actor "battling severe depression" to confirm some sick curiosity, we ought to look where Mr. Williams wanted us to look, where he left so many astounding gifts and treasures, where he lived and where he still lives -- in his art.

It Is Time for an Awakening!

Janine Francolini | Posted 08.14.2014 | Entertainment
Janine Francolini

When a beloved person with the public affection of millions and every resource in the world loses the fight, we must not be paralyzed by our grief and emotion.

Robin Williams' Depression and Suicide

Tom Wootton | Posted 08.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Tom Wootton

I have often heard that we should process the pain so that it eventually goes away. But I don't think it actually works that way. I think we become comfortable with the pain while it gets covered over by recent experiences, yet it remains for the rest of our lives.

The Night I Almost Took My Life

Rev. Jeff Hood | Posted 08.12.2014 | Religion
Rev. Jeff Hood

Our society must take mental illness seriously and not desperately reach for alternative explanations to our plight. We are an oppressed faceless minority.

How I Manage My Bipolar Disorder

Krystal Reddick | Posted 08.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Krystal Reddick

A stable life is highly doable. You have to take stock of your life and shape one you'd be proud and happy to live. It is a lot of work. But what in life isn't?

Affordable, Quality Psychotherapy in America: Open Path Psychotherapy Collective

Paul Fugelsang | Posted 08.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Paul Fugelsang

It's been about a year and a half since I first introduced my idea for making mental health care more affordable for more people. I blogged about it r...

Sleep and Mood Disorders

Krystal Reddick | Posted 08.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Krystal Reddick

Safeguard your sleep. It influences so much of your day-to-day functioning. For instance, if I don't sleep, I can potentially become manic or depressed. I am very protective of my sleep. You should be too.

Mood, Food and Bipolar Disorder: A New Prescription

Dr. Pamela Peeke | Posted 09.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Pamela Peeke

For those with bipolar disorder, it's an empowering message: No longer are you a prisoner of your genetics, thought to play a key role in the disorder. And through healthier lifestyle choices, you may be able to decrease your reliance on medication to manage your illness.