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Surprising Benefits of Media Use Before Bed

University at Buffalo
February 10, 2022

Recent findings suggest that media use under certain conditions just prior to sleep onset doesn’t always disrupt our sleep and may, in fact, improve it. BUFFALO, NY—Time spent watching television, playing video games, or listening to music just prior to going to sleep might not be as bad for you as you think. The relationship...

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A Simple Strategy to Let Go of Stress

Dave Mowry
January 20, 2022

Stress can spark depressive episodes and bipolar disorder symptoms like obsessive thinking. I’d like to share a technique that helps me to overcome stress and its effects. If video is not showing, click here Obsessive Thinking & Bipolar I live with bipolar disorder, severe anxiety, panic attacks, and obsessive thoughts. Over many years of living with...

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Wellness Practices & Habits for Bipolar I Will Never Give Up

Natasha Tracy
November 19, 2021

There are some lifestyle practices and daily habits for bipolar disorder that help me manage my symptoms so much, I would never give them up. What “Works” Best for My Bipolar There are many different wellness practices that can improve life with bipolar, and it can be difficult to know which lifestyle changes are most...

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Solutions for Sleep Stress and Stable Moods

Robin L. Flanigan
September 20, 2021

One night, our own thoughts get in the way of restorative rest. The next, it’s our partner’s snoring. Here’s how to mitigate several common sleep saboteurs. It’s no secret that steady sleep and stable moods go hand in hand when it comes to managing bipolar disorder. Whether it’s chronic insomnia, a sudden circadian disruption, or...

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When Work Deadlines Compete with Sleep

Sasha Kildare
August 3, 2021

When an unexpected project deadline coincided with the busiest week of the year, I had to temporarily sacrifice sleep without triggering a mood shift into depression. Sleep Is Vital to My Mood Stability The importance of regular, sufficient sleep is underrated in our culture. Adequate, restorative sleep plays a huge role in my ability to...

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Bipolar Depression & Struggling to Get Out of Bed

Debbie Jacobs
July 14, 2021

The daily obstacle of getting up sapped my energy and self-confidence. Here’s how I finally powered through the negative thoughts holding me back. Understanding Self-Belief with Bipolar Disorder What does it mean to believe in yourself when you are living with bipolar? Let’s start with what it is not. It’s not believing that you can...

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Bipolar Disorder & Hearing Voices

Dave Mowry
March 10, 2021

When I first woke up with voices in my head other than my own, I thought it was just an odd experience. Now, I’m doing what I can to ensure I don’t hear them anymore. Sleeping Well or Waking Up in a Crowd I don’t set my alarm anymore. I wake up at about the...

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How I Get Restful Sleep

Carrie Cantwell
January 19, 2021

For mood management, it’s about not just the amount of sleep but also its quality. Nothing else matters if I ignore my need for restorative sleep. Treating Bipolar—What Works & What Doesn’t Bipolar disorder brings with it different challenges—some, we share; others are unique to each of us. I have dedicated a lot of time...

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Three Things Successful People with Bipolar Share

Melody Moezzi
October 8, 2020

Having insight into your health conditions, prioritizing sleep, and maintaining a responsible relationship with substances is always smart—even more so if you have bipolar. I received two rejections yesterday, one of which forced me to click on four links and enter a password before I could access my “regret-to-inform-you” letter. I consider it a sign...

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Working Together to Overcome Setbacks in Life

Elizabeth Drucker
October 6, 2020

Bipolar can disrupt life plans in unexpected ways. Having the close support of my family and psychiatrist enabled me to turn my setbacks into comebacks. Underestimating the Impact of Bipolar Very soon after my diagnosis, I faced painful personal setbacks from bipolar; at the time, I had just started college, and I had expected myself...

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How I Jump-Start My Way Out of Bipolar Depression

Jessica Walker
June 4, 2020

The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, everyone is smiling—and suddenly I hate all of it! Bipolar depression strikes again. Here is what I do to try to return to mood stability and enjoy the day. The Suddenness of Bipolar Mood Episodes Ever have those beautiful, bright days where you wake up … and...

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Going Back to Basics When My Bipolar Tells Me Everything Is Futile

JB Burrage
May 21, 2020

Lately, there’s been a battle in my head—my own thoughts are warring with the cruel monster of bipolar disorder and its lies, all while I hear my psychiatrist’s voice in the background. To keep pushing forward, I’m focusing on the basics: sleep, medication, connection, and creativity. Bipolar Disorder & Feeling Hopeless It’s been a season...

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Newly Diagnosed with Bipolar? Sleep Is Nature’s Medicine—and It’s Free!

Julie A. Fast
April 23, 2020

Medications that treat bipolar help with acute symptoms and can save lives, but, overall, lifestyle changes that are free and available to everyone—such as properly managing our sleep—create the best outcomes for those of us with bipolar.  Bipolar Medication & Lifestyle Management I use medications for bipolar disorder, and I support medications when needed. They...

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Tips to Avoid the Spin Cycle of Bipolar Mania

Debbie Jacobs
April 17, 2020

After a manic episode, I realized the damage done and knew I had to create a strategy to limit (or prevent) this mood episode at the earliest possible sign of onset. Know Thyself, Know Thy Manic Episode If you have done a lot of damage in a manic episode, you might have learned (as I...

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Wrestling My Sleep Demons for Stability & Peace

Debbie Jacobs
April 10, 2020

A lack of sleep contributed to my first manic episode and my bipolar diagnosis. To become stable, I needed to solve my sleep problems—for good. The Functional Purpose of Sleep No longer is sleep just for our beauty. It is a foundational component for our mental well-being, and we cannot take it for granted. I...

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Bipolar Disorder & the Importance of Rest

Laura Fisher
March 26, 2020

Often overlooked as part of an effective treatment plan for bipolar disorder, rest is one of the most important tools we can use to maintain our well-being. What Is Rest? Nighttime: Sleep I believe we can rest during both sleep and wake times. Sleep is what comes to mind as an obvious source of rest....

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Bipolar & Sugar—How We Unintentionally Sabotage Our Stability

Jon Press
March 9, 2020

With chocolate—dark chocolate—I’m like a kid in the (literal) candy aisle. I know my mood requires some restraint with sweets. It’s just so tempting to overindulge. If video is not showing, click here They say that confession is good for the soul. So, it’s time for me to come clean about something: Do you ever...

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6 Ways Circadian Rhythms Are Important to Bipolar Disorder

bp Magazine
March 6, 2020

We’re breaking down circadian rhythms and bipolar, so you can keep your biological clock in sync and stabilize your mood. Our biological clock influences everything in our body. Understanding how its rhythms affect bipolar symptoms, plus what we can do to minimize its disruption, may help us to stabilize our sleep patterns, maintain our mood,...

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Bipolar Memory Loss: Tips & Tricks for Improving Your Memory

bp Magazine
March 4, 2020

Sometimes our daily lives are disrupted more by the cognitive deficits that accompany bipolar than by the affective symptoms of the disorder itself. Fortunately, there are certain solutions we can employ in everyday life—using specific strategies and even improving our well-being in order to boost memory and brain health. It is very common to face...

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6 Lies That Bipolar Tells Us—Debunked

bp Magazine
February 12, 2020

Both depression and mania can be master manipulators—playing tricks on our mind, convincing us to believe things that just aren’t true. Whether it’s challenging the negative thought loops or recognizing the patterns of fabrications in how we perceive the world around us, simply being aware of the fact that we can’t always believe everything we...

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