Bipolar Treatment and Hospitalization

Articles and blog posts relating to the treatment of bipolar disorder and hospitalization.

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My Experiences In & Out of “Remission” with Bipolar

Julie Whitehead
August 27, 2020

After my diagnosis, I began to define myself by my bipolar. News of being “in remission” brought up fear, doubt, deep questions about identity, and confusion over what it means when my symptoms disappear … and then reappear. “You Are Not Your Illness.” Any doctor, clinician, therapist, and social worker worth their salt will at...


8 Ways to Help You Prepare for & Get Through Your Psychiatric Hospital Stay

Robin L. Flanigan
April 16, 2020

Going to the hospital can be scary and disorienting, but it provides a safe place and the space you need for healing from a severe bipolar episode. Learn what to do before, during, and after inpatient care—as well as what the warning signs are for needing to take action. Whether for yourself or on behalf...

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My Time in the Psych Ward: Navigating Social and Self-Stigma

Andrea Paquette
January 16, 2020

Mental health hospitals are often misunderstood and misjudged—by society and by each of us individually. Thankfully, I’ve also discovered that “society” is not one person. Not everyone carries a negative bias about psychiatric care. Stigmatized Institutions I have found that there is plenty of stigma when it comes to the wider world’s perception of mental...

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The Life-Changing Habit of Journaling for My Stability and Growth

Lynn Rae
September 25, 2019

During my hospitalization, I journaled faithfully through my depressions, mania, and hypomania. I remembered thoughts and experiences that had been buried or lost to time. Eventually, the truth came out and I made some big decisions to change my life for the better. Over 20 years ago, when I was hospitalized for a breakdown, I...


Finding and Maintaining Hope After Being Discharged from the Hospital

Laura Fisher
May 8, 2019

Entering back into your regular life after a hospital discharge can be overwhelming. To make it less daunting, adjust your expectations and take it slow. I was recently hospitalized for a severe depressive bipolar episode. It was quite discouraging for me to say the least. I had been keeping track, and it had been two...


Bipolar & Kids: Supportive Suggestions When Your Child is Hospitalized

bp Magazine
April 3, 2018

When your child is admitted for psychiatric treatment it can be emotionally overwhelming. Follow these tips to stay positive and maintain your own health. Allow yourself to feel your emotions There will naturally be a flood of intense feelings about having your child in a psychiatric hospital, especially if this is the first time. As Julia Johnson...


Pros and Cons of Involuntary Hospitalization

Allison Strong
February 22, 2018

Going inpatient can be a rough ride or a tender mercy, no matter whose idea it is for us to be hospitalized. If video is not showing, click here What I would like to talk about today is the issue of involuntarily hospitalization —of being confined for a psych evaluation. YOU know, when you go...

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What to Know about Bipolar & Going to a Psychiatric Hospital

Robin L. Flanigan
July 6, 2017

Hospitalization gets a bad rap, but sometimes it’s the place you need to be during a severe mood episode of mania or bipolar depression. The phrase “for your own good” is usually attached to something you know you’re not going to like — such as ending up in the hospital because of an episode of...


Evidence does not support exclusion from organ transplant programs

bp Magazine
April 17, 2017

January 1, 2017, DUBLIN, Ireland—People with bipolar disorder should no longer be unfairly excluded from organ transplantation, a new study concludes. Irish researchers said that people with serious psychiatric disorders have been excluded from organ transplantation programs in the past, despite the fact that there is little data to support exclusion based on a psychiatric...


Bipolar & Hospitalization—When Treatment Is Traumatic

Melody Moezzi
November 1, 2016

It can be hard to seek inpatient treatment when you feel like you’ve been burned in the past, but it’s worth it! I am not a patient patient. The second I’m hospitalized, I want out. While most of my many hospitalizations have been the result of a gastrointestinal tumor, a few have been psychiatric as...


What is a Crisis Plan & Why Do You Need One?

Melody Moezzi
October 5, 2016

Part of being at your best means preparing for the worst. bp Magazine columnist, Melody Moezzi, discusses crisis plans—what they are and why you need one. If video is not showing, click here Today I am talking about crisis plan: what they are, why you need one, what they are not. A crisis plan is...


Debunking The Stigma Of Psychiatric Hospitalization

April Michael
September 13, 2016

How can we stop perpetrating the stigma of psychiatric hospitals? A place to start: let’s talk about our experiences to redefine popular notions. With fall upon us, and Halloween right around the corner, one of my favorite pastimes is to watch scary movies and TV shows. I love revisiting old favorites like Psycho and new favorites...


How My Psychiatrist Helped My Bipolar Journey

Andrea Paquette
June 3, 2016

I have always attributed much of my stability to my psychiatrist––I know that if I were to ever relapse, he would guide me back towards stability. As I left my psychiatrist appointment, I truly recognized how integral Dr. Song has become to my wellness in managing bipolar disorder. We first met when I was admitted...


5 Things Nobody Tells You About Being Discharged From a Psychiatric Hospital

Sally Buchanan-Hagen
March 23, 2016

It can be difficult to readjust to home life after a psychiatric hospitalization.   A while ago I was discharged from a psychiatric hospital. I was hospitalized for mania and psychosis. Of course it was a relief to go home, but it was also difficult re-adjusting to home life after 5 weeks in hospital. I...


The Tough Decision To Admit Myself To The Hospital

Sally Buchanan-Hagen
February 18, 2016

Psychiatric hospitalization is not how the movies portray it––it’s a place of healing, not a place of fear––and it is NOT a sign of weakness. I remember over two years ago my university psychologist suggested that I admit myself into hospital. I had been newly diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Before my initial assessment with my...


SOUNDOFF! Bipolar Depression

bp Magazine Readers
October 26, 2015

Which mood state is worse for you: depression or mania/hypomania? How does bipolar depression affect you, and what helps most? FOR ME, THE DEPRESSION is debilitating. But for my family, the anger that comes with a hypomanic state is worse for them.  I am taking a combination of antidepressants that affect serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine...


The Blessings of a Psychiatric Hospital Stay

Kelley Thorpe Baker
April 27, 2015

I realized in the hospital that bipolar disorder isn’t about me. It’s about about sharing the burden and pain of bipolar disorder with other people like me. Several years ago, my self-esteem was severely low. I didn’t trust what to eat for breakfast much less what to pursue in my career, my romantic life, or...


Explaining My Psychiatric Hospitalization To My Kids

Liza Brock
March 31, 2015

Explaining an impatient stay at a psychiatric hospitalization is incredibly difficult to talk about with anyone, let alone your children. I’ve been admitted twice. Once voluntary and the other time is a whole other story. During one visit to my psych I realized she wasn’t talking about the local hospital down the road. She was...


Hospitalization: Recognizing Both Sides

Julie A. Fast
August 7, 2014

Being hospitalized is nothing to be ashamed of, and in some cases it’s part of recovery There are two perspectives on involuntary hospitalization: one from the inside looking out, and one from the outside looking in. When a bipolar crisis happens, you will naturally see the event from your perspective. I experienced this a number...


Life with Bipolar: A Different Kind of Normal

Elizabeth S.
August 1, 2009

Choosing “normal” has been the hardest decision I have had to make. Choosing between the me I knew—the one with bipolar disorder—and the me I didn’t know—the stable person I had to create. By Elizabeth S.   My sister and I were at a film festival, enjoying our weekly dinner and movie night out. I...