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Recognizing Impatience as a Symptom of My Mood Episodes

Carrie Cantwell
March 8, 2022

When I’m experiencing a mood episode, my patience often goes out the window. Recognizing that is key to keeping myself in recovery. Hi, this is Carrie Cantwell with bpHope’s online vlogging community, and today I’m going to talk to you about impatience. When I’m experiencing a bipolar mood episode, my patience often goes out the...

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Seeking Healthy Thrills to Prevent Bipolar Depression

Sasha Kildare
February 22, 2022

Newness is exciting; boredom feels painful. It took a while for me to realize that boredom is a personal risk factor for depressive episodes. Not everyone understands this. As it turns out, there’s plenty of research regarding how learning new things influences your brain, including creating new connections between your neurons (neuroplasticity). This is, in...

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Fighting the Myth of Mania

Melody Moezzi
February 15, 2022

Given the widespread effects of “spring fever,” it’s not surprising that this season can push some of us with bipolar disorder toward the manic end of the mood spectrum. “Spring Fever” & Spontaneity There’s something ridiculously alluring and intoxicating about spring—with her tulips and daffodils and cherry blossoms, not to mention her festivals, fairs, and farmers’...

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Mania & My $10,000 Christmas Tree

Dave Mowry
November 9, 2021

After selling my business, I had $10,000 in cash on hand … and a budding manic episode. Now I appreciate the importance of minding my mood—especially after a period of stability. Opening Up about Manic Episodes There are not a lot of personal essays or articles about the mania of bipolar disorder. That is because...

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Mania Is NOT a Good Thing, STOP Thinking It Is

Gabe Howard
October 5, 2021

Mania may feel good in the moment, but afterward it can leave you feeling full of regret. Romanticizing mania is never a good thing. Mania Feels Amazing … Mania, in my opinion, has the greatest public relations team in the history of the world. Let me explain why. See, when I’m manic, everything looks and...

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Attaining Higher Education with Bipolar Disorder

Julie Whitehead
August 5, 2021

I started college early and pursued multiple degrees in different fields over many years. Navigating it all with bipolar meant overcoming tricky issues of disclosure, accommodation, and managing expectations and emotions. Seeking Dual Enrollment for Higher Education Once the summer of 1987 was over, I went to school on the first day of my senior...

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Explaining Bipolar to Our Friends and Family

Gabe Howard
June 2, 2021

Comparing bipolar disorder to the weather may feel cringeworthy, but it could help people to understand the unpredictability of our medical condition. If video is not showing, click here Bipolar—Beyond the Definition If you need technical definitions of bipolar disorder, bphope has it in spades, and you can find it pretty much anywhere on the...

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My “Happy-ish” Birthday—Complicated Emotions around Meaningful Days with Bipolar

Jessica Walker
June 1, 2021

My birthdays come with love, presents, parties, attention, and crying jags. As I counted down the days to my birthday, I found a pattern of moods that surprised me. “Big” Birthdays Lead to “Big Feelings” Recently, I celebrated a milestone birthday—one marking another decade in my life. And I just have to say that I...

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Bipolar Disorder and Being “That Guy”

Anthony Clark
April 29, 2021

If you do something inappropriate during a mood episode, does it always define you? Will you forever be “that guy” who did that one regrettable thing? Have you ever done something so uncomfortably out of character that you’re overwhelmed with regret when you think about it? Something so humiliating that you bury your feelings deep...

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Managing the “Extreme” Mood States of Bipolar Disorder

Andrea Paquette
April 27, 2021

Bipolar can be difficult to manage, especially with intense mood episodes and their fallout. We can find hope by taking action to bring harmony back into our lives. Bipolar disorder can be frustrating to bear, and there have been many times when I have felt like I have just had enough—but hope always remains at...

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Mania, Self-Shame, & Hitting on a Guest at My Own Wedding

Anthony Clark
April 22, 2021

I love the extra energy of mania. But the splitting of consciousness, lack of self-control, ill-conceived compulsions, and subsequent self-shaming? Those I could do without. Sharing My Struggles with Self-Shame Sometimes, the self-shaming kicks in when I think back on what I’ve done during manic episodes. I get lost in judgmental, negative thought loops: “Ugh!...

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Friends & Family: How You Can Support a Loved One with Bipolar

Karl Shallowhorn
March 11, 2021

Often family members of those with bipolar do not fully understand what their loved one is going through. Empathy and education are invaluable tools. If video is not showing, click here Family Members Seeking to Support Loved Ones with Bipolar I’m going to be speaking with you about bipolar disorder and family. In particular, how...

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My Manic “Mrs. Robinson” Moment

Anthony Clark
February 25, 2021

My mania is subtle but consistent—and convincing. At one family gathering, it even had me thinking that my mother-in-law was attracted to me. Perhaps the most famous scene from the classic movie The Graduate is when Dustin Hoffman’s fiancé’s mother tries to seduce him at his graduation party. I had my own “Mrs. Robinson” moment...

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The Calming Effect of Nature on My Bipolar Symptoms

Jessica Walker
February 16, 2021

When I’m dealing with racing thoughts, mania, or depression, going into nature—the local beach or nearby woods—calms my mind and soothes my soul. Racing Thoughts, My Nonstop Bipolar Symptom My world is so busy. There are so many things going on, and my brain is all over the place. There is work, which occupies most...

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4 Physical Signs of an Impending Manic “Breakdown”

Brooke Hilton
February 13, 2021

Skin issues and tinnitus are just a few physical signs of mania to be on the lookout for—recognizing them can help you be prepared. If video is not showing, click here Lingering Episodes & Confusing Crashes When you live in a perpetual hypomanic haze—as I did for years—it’s hard to know whether you’re simply feeling...

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Keeping Resolutions Realistic with Bipolar

Tiffany Romito
January 6, 2021

Each New Year’s Eve, mania compelled me to attain “perfection” in the new year. Now I’m learning to set kinder, achievable goals. “New year, new me.” How often have we said that to ourselves? As the tumultuous year of 2020 ended, many of us approached the new year with hopes of a fresh start. And...

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The Siren Call of Euphoric Bipolar Mania

Julie A. Fast
December 28, 2020

While in a depressive episode, mania calls to us like a Siren. But chasing the alluring melody of mania leads to disaster and wreckage. The Sirens of ancient mythology lured sailors to their doom with sweet songs and a captivating presence. The stories claimed that they charmed their listeners … and then tore them to...

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10 Silver Linings for People with Bipolar in 2020

Brooke Baron
December 10, 2020

I choose to focus on the good and think positively—even when it comes to all that we have collectively endured this past year. Let’s consider a different perspective on our uncertain and disruptive times: How has 2020 has benefited those of us who live with bipolar? Whoo, this year is one for the record books,...

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10 Strategies for Stable Holidays When You or a Loved One Has Bipolar

Carrie Cantwell
November 30, 2020

Holidays can challenge anyone’s mood, but living with bipolar—or supporting someone who does—teaches us how to cope with the unknown. Here are my go-to’s for maintaining hope and stability. Although our collective sense of time has been affected by the global health crisis and its disruptions to our lives—our routines, stress, workloads, and ability to...

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3 Essential Steps for When a Manic or Hypomanic Episode Ends

Natasha Tracy
October 17, 2020

Looking back on how mania affected my choices, I recognize that I am imperfect and give myself a break—taking responsibility for my actions and learning from them as I move forward. If video is not showing, click here If you’re like me and you have bipolar disorder, then you will have experienced at least one...

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