Brooke Baron has a BA in English, a minor in philosophy, and a lifelong obsession with language. She is the author of A Beginner's Guide to Being Bipolar. Although born and raised in Alabama, she has been a proud California resident for 10+ years. During a professional stint in Silicon Valley—in both the corporate and private business sectors—she handled internal and external communications, office design and construction, photography and graphic design, executive assistance, and functioning on very little sleep. Brooke now specializes in "New Human Orientation" from her home in the suburbs. She has a young, loving, growing family of five and is fueled by that love and coffee. In addition to caring for the rest of Team Baron, she enjoys writing, reading, researching miscellaneous topics, and funneling manic energy into creative projects. With so many balls in the air—including bipolar II disorder—balancing her life is like balancing two kangaroos on a see-saw. She offers consulting services for the bipolar community at Better Bipolar Balance.

Blogs and Articles
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Routine Problems with Bipolar

Brooke Baron
February 14, 2022

I recognize the importance of a consistent routine for managing bipolar. I also know that maintaining my stability depends on having free time for spontaneity. The Necessity of Routine We hear it all the time: Routine is so important for people with bipolar! Keep a steady routine to combat your bipolar symptoms! Do things the...

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Why Bipolar Is Like Getting a New Horse

Brooke Baron
January 18, 2022

What does acceptance of a bipolar diagnosis look like? What does it feel like? Turns out, it’s a lot like getting to know a new horse. What Is Bipolar Acceptance? There isn’t a trophy for achieving bipolar acceptance. There isn’t a list of requirements, a deadline, or a competition. But still, many of us see...

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Demystifying CBT

Brooke Baron
November 16, 2021

The varieties of talk therapy can be confusing: Is a counselor required? What’s the difference between CBT and DBT? Do I need a workbook or something? Talk Therapies, Decoded If you’ve considered talk therapy for bipolar disorder, you’ve probably heard of cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) and its proven benefits for those of us living with...

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An intro course for allies

Brooke Baron
October 27, 2021

An insider’s guide to how bipolar spikes and swings differ from everyday, garden-variety moods. Hint: Our episodic turbulence arises from misfires in the brain. If you have a friend or loved one who has bipolar disorder, you may have read up on diagnostic criteria and common symptoms. Maybe you even learned that scientists can trace...

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Using Authenticity Lists to Avert an “Identity Crisis”

Brooke Baron
October 12, 2021

Sometimes I feel like having bipolar and experiencing “identity crises” go hand in hand. Recognizing my authentic self has helped me quash questions like, “But who am I, really?” Self-Identity & Bipolar Disorder One thing I have noticed about many people who live with bipolar disorder (including myself, at times!) is that we seem to...

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The Circle of (Bipolar) Life: Survive, Stabilize, Thrive

Brooke Baron
September 9, 2021

When the clinical criteria don’t really fit my lived experience or I feel lost in self-diagnosis, I find it helpful to re-frame bipolar as a perpetual cycle. Bipolar Is Not So Clear-Cut & Clinical There is something about the “either/or” nature of the language surrounding bipolar disorder that rubs me the wrong way. It’s probably...

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