Robin L. Flanigan is a national award-winning journalist for magazines and newspapers, and author of the children’s book M is for Mindful. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in language and literature from St. Mary’s College of Maryland, she worked for eleven years in newsrooms including The Herald-Sun in Durham, North Carolina, and the Democrat and Chronicle in Rochester, New York. Her work has earned awards from the Education Writers Association, the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association, the New York Newspaper Publishers Association, and elsewhere. She also authored a coffee-table book titled Rochester: High Performance for 175 Years. When not writing for work, Robin is usually writing for pleasure, hiking (she climbed to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro in 2008), or searching for the nearest chocolate chip cookie. She lives in Upstate New York with her husband and daughter, and can be found at thekineticpen.com or on Twitter: @thekineticpen.

Highlights
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Managing Close Relationships When Moods Pull Them Apart

Robin L. Flanigan
July 4, 2018

Self-awareness and healthy boundaries are key to maintaining strong relationships with your significant others, family and friends when mood swings threaten to pull you apart. All relationships ebb and flow. It comes with the territory because, well, we’re human. But when bipolar is part of the equation, the dynamics of relationships–with partners, family members and...

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Bipolar Disorder and Grappling with Obsessive Thinking

Robin L. Flanigan
October 2, 2017

Obsessive thinking is a fairly common but rarely discussed symptom of bipolar. We look at ways you can take charge when intrusive thoughts take hold. Getting something stuck in your head—the catchy chorus of a song, a gruesome image from the news—can be annoying for anyone. But annoying segues to alarming when intrusive thoughts, worries,...

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The Ultimate Guide to Handling Hypomania

Robin L. Flanigan
April 8, 2016

There’s no denying the allure of hypomania, but there are real risks to leaving it untreated. Self-knowledge plus practical strategies will keep you from crashing. Those six projects you’ve been meaning to get to for months? You’re on them all—and you have plans for six more. You are cheerful and creative, gregarious and engaging, and...

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Blogs and Articles
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The Best Solutions for a Healthy Relationship

Robin L. Flanigan
February 24, 2022

Hope & Harmony HeadlinesMay 20, 2021 • Volume 14, Issue 20 Healthy relationships—ones that grow and thrive—are built on honesty and commitment. We know that with the mood swings and behavior changes of bipolar, people get frustrated and feelings get hurt. Christie Hartman, PhD, has some straight talk about how getting treatment is essential for...

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When Bipolar Shows Up in Our Family Tree

Robin L. Flanigan
February 23, 2022

Hope & Harmony Headlines • SubscribeMarch 17, 2022 • Volume 15, Issue 11 While many causes exist for developing bipolar, having it in our family is one of the most common. “Bipolar disorder is one of the most heritable mental health conditions, with family history being a significant risk factor,” says licensed mental health counselor...

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How to Guard Your Sleep through Daylight Saving Time

Robin L. Flanigan
February 17, 2022

Hope & Harmony Headlines • SubscribeMarch 10, 2022 • Volume 15, Issue 10 Our biological clocks are kind of a big deal. Among many complex functions, this internal timing system regulates our circadian rhythms—our body’s natural 24-hour cycle—that influence our sleep patterns and mood changes. Guarding our sleep—keeping our circadian rhythm in check—is imperative, given...

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Friendship: Searching for Acceptance & Trust

Robin L. Flanigan
February 9, 2022

Hope & Harmony Headlines • SubscribeMarch 3, 2022 • Volume 15, Issue 9 Maintaining friendships can sometimes seem like a monumental challenge when dealing with unpredictable moods. Even so, since friendships can be one of the most significant relationships we have in our lives, it’s a challenge worth pursuing. “Social support is very, very important.…...

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Being Connected Is Crucial to Improving Depression

Robin L. Flanigan
February 1, 2022

Hope & Harmony Headlines • SubscribeFebruary 24, 2022 • Volume 15, Issue 8 We hear a lot about isolation these days, thanks to the pandemic. With bipolar, there’s a different type of isolation to keep top of mind—a depression-fueled urge to retreat, a desire that’s more of a trap than anything else. Separating from society...

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Making “Time” for Self-Care Steps to Manage Mood

Robin L. Flanigan
January 25, 2022

Hope & Harmony HeadlinesFebruary 17, 2022 • Volume 15, Issue 7 While it’s true that time is parceled out one moment at a time, its nature is still complex and elusive. It’s also something that’s on our minds all of the time. In fact, “time” is the most frequently used noun in the English language,...

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