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When Anxiety Manifests as Anger—Taming Your Temper

Natasha Tracy
February 24, 2022

While they are two different emotions, anxiety can present itself as intense anger. Recognizing this is important, so I can prevent taking these feelings out on others. If video is not showing, click here Discerning Anxiety from Anger with Bipolar I’ve been thinking about anxiety and anger, and, specifically, whether anxiety can manifest as anger....

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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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3 Strategies to Get Smart with Bipolar & Stress Management

Lisa Acuña
December 16, 2021

Feeling overwhelmed by stress and anxiety? There are some practical strategies you can work into your daily life to find relief. Managing Stress with Bipolar Disorder Stress is a common trigger for bipolar mood episodes. To manage stress more effectively with bipolar disorder, I use certain techniques that have worked for me. #1 Exercise My...

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3 Things I’ve Learned from 2021 on Navigating Anxiety

Natasha Tracy
November 19, 2021

Anxiety that cooccurs with bipolar can pose real challenges, especially when it feels “out of control.” Here are some important insights I’ve recently learned for managing my anxiety. Strategies for Coping with Anxiety I live with both bipolar disorder and anxiety, and this year I’ve been using some helpful strategies I learned recently for coping...

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How I Manage My Bipolar Symptoms in Turbulent Times

Carrie Cantwell
October 26, 2021

Recently, I’ve been grappling with stress, overwhelm, and anxiety. Here’s how I take care of myself so I can stay stable with bipolar disorder. I’ve been feeling overwhelmed and stressed out lately, and that’s not good for my mental health. But, during these turbulent times, I’ve made some life adjustments that are helping me stay...

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Mania & Bipolar Depression Come and Go, But Anxiety Is Constant

Dave Mowry
October 12, 2021

Bipolar disorder can be challenging on its own, but especially when complicated by persistent anxiety and sudden panic. Here’s how I’ve learned to manage. Facing Bipolar Disorder & Anxiety I have lived with bipolar disorder and anxiety all my life. With my bipolar, the mania is bad, but it comes and goes. It’s the same...

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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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The Wrong Things to Say When Someone with Bipolar Is Anxious

Natasha Tracy
August 18, 2021

Many people who live with bipolar disorder also face anxiety. If you’re supporting someone who grapples with both, learn about three things you should never say. If the video is not showing, click here. Supporting Someone with Bipolar & Anxiety When someone you care about seems anxious or distressed, it can be difficult to know...

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Overcoming My Bipolar, Anxiety, & Fear to Deliver a TEDx Talk

Susie Johnson
June 29, 2021

Do you have a dream but think your bipolar disorder will make achieving it impossible? Think again. Here’s how I went from stage fright to center stage. The Courage to Learn In 2015, I was terrified of public speaking. In January 2021, I stepped onto a prestigious TEDx stage and shared my story, “Having a...

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How Self-Talk Helps Me See Silver Linings

Carrie Cantwell
April 8, 2021

When inconveniences pop up, I struggle with frustration and irritability. I’m focusing on my self-talk to reduce anxiety and prevent a spiral into bipolar depression. OK, fellow humans with bipolar disorder: how many times in your life have you heard these pieces of advice? “Don’t be so negative.” “Let it go.” “It’s not worth it.”...

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Bipolar Disorder: Who Is the Real “Me”?

Anthony Clark
April 6, 2021

With bipolar disorder, I have a tough time reconciling the manic, depressed, anxious, and normal “me.” How do I determine my identity, when my ever-changing mood disorder causes “out of character” behavior? Bipolar Disorder & Questions of Identity I have been living with active bipolar disorder for decades, and I have struggled with the question...

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Why Does My “Bipolar Brain” Shut Down When I Work?

Julie A. Fast
March 10, 2021

Ever wonder how do to deal with a brain that is overwhelmed by bipolar symptoms when a project is due? Here’s what happens—and what works—for me. If video is not showing, click here Remember What Is Normal with Mental Health Conditions It’s normal for people with bipolar disorder and other mental health conditions to “shut...

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Overcoming Helplessness & Actively Choosing Hope

Carrie Cantwell
March 2, 2021

Life has felt like a stress marathon. But by consciously investing in my well-being to keep my mood stable, I plan to cross that finish line. Feeling Helpless in Times of Uncertainty By 2021, the world crisis had already worn my nerves thin. I’d been bombarded by negative news for so long, it seemed like...

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Bipolar, Anxiety, & “Losing Control”

Carrie Cantwell
February 2, 2021

Chaos and stress can trigger an urge to control my environment. When that led to irritable mania, I had to question my perfectionism and learn to let go. Stepping Up Self-Care Until Stress & Anxiety Take a Toll For most of the year, I had handled the world health crisis like a champ. I practiced...

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Mania & Turning to the Red-Light District

Anthony Clark
January 28, 2021

A busy, stressful workday triggers my anxiety and my bipolar. Mania takes the wheel, and I’m making all the wrong turns—all the wrong “decisions.” Feeling Productive, Wired, and Stressed It was a good workday. I felt great about it. I have a good job. I was busy and very productive. I talked to a lot...

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We’re Not Lying to You—With Bipolar, Sometimes We Have to Fake It

Dave Mowry
December 22, 2020

Everybody pretends sometimes—glossing over ugly truths, exaggerating, even lying. That’s different from “bipolar pretending,” where acting like you’re “okay” is a matter of survival. My bipolar disorder has impacted every part of my life. Specifically, from the time before I had my worst “breakdown,” which started my “lost years,” up until today. And I realize...

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Sensitivity & Bipolar Disorder—AM I TOO SENSITIVE?

Sarah-Kathleen
December 21, 2020

People tell me I’m sensitive, emotional, and stubborn. I don’t know whether my hypersensitivity is advantageous or challenging, but it’s been a constant in my life. If video is not showing, click here. “So Sensitive”—Variations on a Theme I don’t know about you, but I’ve always been told that I am sensitive, emotional, and stubborn....

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Supporting Caregivers & Others with Bipolar in Times of Crisis

Elizabeth Drucker
December 14, 2020

During the world health crisis, I faced extreme anxiety while working toward my degree in public health. This unique perspective helped me realign my priorities, especially supporting my loved ones. From Dubious to Facing Sudden Danger As a graduate student of public health, I had taken a college course on environmental health during the Fall...

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7 Ways to Avoid the Negative Consequences of “Doom Scrolling”

Anja Burcak
December 8, 2020

Are you consuming too much negative news and social media at night? Your lack of restorative sleep, mood triggers, and ramped up anxiety are good reasons to take back control! This year, I feel as if, collectively, we are glued to our screens even more than usual. From Zoom calls to social media scrolling, many of...

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6 Strategies for Simplifying Family Holidays in Uncertain Times

Sasha Kildare
December 4, 2020

When the holidays feel complicated and emotionally taxing, simplifying plans and expectations can reduce anxiety and help loved ones with bipolar to avoid mood triggers. I’m certain that January 1, 2021, will follow December 31, 2020. But that’s all I am certain about this holiday season. As a working mom, simplifying the holiday season became...

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