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Tom Wootton
Tom Wootton (follow on Twitter or Facebook) is CEO of Bipolar Advantage. Along with experts in complementary fields, including doctors teaching the next generation of therapists, their mission is to help people with mental conditions shift their thinking and behavior so that they can lead extraordinary lives. Tom is the author of three books: "The Bipolar Advantage," "The Depression Advantage" and, most recently, "Bipolar In Order: Looking at Depression, Mania, Hallucination, and Delusion from the Other Side."

Entries by Tom Wootton

Is Bipolar Still in Disorder Really the Best We Can Do?

(2) Comments | Posted January 18, 2016 | 12:40 PM

A common refrain in the bipolar disorder community is, "I'm doing the best I can." Every time I hear this or a similar phrase, my heart weeps. I know all too well the feeling of despair and hopelessness that comes with it. There were so many times, while in tears,...

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Robin Williams' Depression and Suicide

(2) Comments | Posted August 13, 2014 | 1:33 AM

Robin Williams killed himself yesterday. I tried to kill myself August 8 of 2005 so I know perhaps a little bit about how he felt. My best friend Santiago killed himself in November 2005 so I also know what it feels like for those who are left behind to sort...

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Mindfulness Does Not Lead to Happiness

(2) Comments | Posted October 1, 2013 | 5:35 PM

The part of our minds that most people identify with is the part that silently talks to us with a running commentary. We listen to it all day long. Let's call it "The Talker."

"The Talker" prefers pleasure over pain, happiness over sadness, winning over losing, health over sickness,...

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Is Bi-Cycling Delusion Keeping Your Bipolar in Disorder?

(11) Comments | Posted September 8, 2013 | 3:18 PM

Some call it "state specific memory," but after 10 years and thousands of interviews I prefer to call it "bi-cycling delusion." It is the delusion that comes with the bipolar cycles and a primary reason people remain in disorder even with the best intentions.

Bipolar is a cyclical condition. We...

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Advantages in Bipolar -- No Longer If, but Why and How

(2) Comments | Posted June 23, 2013 | 2:55 PM

I attended a great presentation at the APA annual conference in San Francisco about Achievement, Innovation, and Leadership in the Affective Spectrum. Four distinguished panelists gave presentations about their research into why people with bipolar disorder tend to exhibit advantages in some parts of their lives. They said it was...

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Becoming More Aware of Depression and Bipolar

(0) Comments | Posted December 6, 2012 | 4:45 PM

You can live in the same neighborhood for 30 years and still have little idea of what is going on there. You can shop in the stores, eat in the restaurants, talk with the neighbors, and feel that you know the community very well. But there are still more things...

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Eye Exams and Bipolar Disorder

(9) Comments | Posted July 28, 2011 | 3:34 PM

One of the many traits of being bipolar is the ability to see the world in a different way. Many might say it is a curse, but it can also be a gift when looked at from a positive perspective. This change in perspective can help you to see with...

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Understanding Bipolar: You Don't Know the Half of It

(34) Comments | Posted July 1, 2011 | 9:19 AM

"You don't know the half of it" is a once-common phrase that is generally applied to negative things. It usually means that you don't really know how bad it is. It is easy to see how bipolar people can use the phrase to describe how horrible bipolar disorder is to...

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