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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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Relationships & Bipolar Disclosure—Finding the Right Time to Share

Julie Whitehead
January 31, 2022

Revealing your diagnosis in a relationship can be difficult and feel risky. I prioritize honesty and try to separate reactions from my self-worth. Romance & Revelations Starting a new romantic relationship is often an exciting time. Experiencing new feelings, stretching horizons, and learning about each other is often thrilling, with exciting dates, a longing to...

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What Everybody Ought to Know about Mending Relationships Hurt by Bipolar

Karl Shallowhorn
January 12, 2022

When trying to repair relationships strained by bipolar, it’s important to stress how you are working on ways to avoid these behaviors. If video is not showing, click here Relationship Challenges with Bipolar For many people who live with bipolar disorder, undoing damage to relationships comes with complications. Oftentimes, this is because the symptoms associated...

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When “Helpful” Advice Doesn’t Help Bipolar Depression

Carrie Cantwell
January 3, 2022

If I could “snap out of it,” I would. Here’s why advice like that isn’t helpful—plus 5 strategies that do help me cope with bipolar depression. Unhelpful Advice for Bipolar Depression Have you ever gotten this advice when experiencing bipolar depression? “Think positive.” “It could be worse.” “Snap out of it.” I’ve heard it all,...

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Watch Out for “White Knight Syndrome” in Relationships

Natasha Tracy
December 16, 2021

It’s not possible to “save” someone from a brain-based condition like bipolar, but there are many ways a partner can provide support and love. Romance to the Rescue? When some people look at a person with bipolar disorder, they may see the person as “broken” or “damaged.” You may not see yourself that way, but...

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Too Many Holiday Expectations?

Brad Hoefs
December 6, 2021

Entering the holiday season without any expectations—positive or negative—helps me avoid triggers and appreciate moments of kindness and cheer. Expectations & Disappointments This time of the year, what is called the “most wonderful time of the year,” can be filled with a lot of expectations. Expectations that set up you and me for a whole...

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How I Recognized & Recovered from Manipulation Known as “Gaslighting”

Carrie Cantwell
December 2, 2021

My bipolar disorder diagnosis was used against me in my relationship. Here’s how I recognized the manipulation and escaped. Bipolar Diagnosis & Questioning My Perceptions Years ago, I experienced my first major depressive episode, which precipitated my bipolar diagnosis. I was terrified. I had so many questions swirling around in my head: Was I broken?...

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The Art of Self-Care with Bipolar

Susie Johnson
November 11, 2021

Self-care doesn’t have to be self-indulgent. (But it can be!) It’s also about taking time to invest in your own well-being. And sometimes that means saying “no.” Understanding the Core of Self-Care I have learned many “do’s and don’ts” for living with this mental health condition, ever since my diagnosis of bipolar I disorder over...

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Bipolar & Work: How I Turn My Brain “On”

Julie A. Fast
September 23, 2021

Bipolar is part of my life, but it doesn’t ruin my life. In terms of personal relationships, things are good! I’d like the same for my work. Working Through & With Bipolar Disorder My message is one of hope and renewal: Bipolar may be part of your life, but it does not have to ruin...

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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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Marriage & Bipolar Disorder: Tips from a Dedicated Couple

Gabe Howard
August 23, 2021

Is there a secret to managing bipolar and maintaining a successful relationship? Perhaps. Over the years, my wife and I have found that teamwork is essential. If the video is not showing, click here. An Open Dialogue: Partnership & Managing Bipolar Disorder Managing bipolar disorder is no easy feat. The same could be said of...

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4 Reasons Saying “No” to Self-Fueling Mania Leads to a Happier Life

Julie A. Fast
August 10, 2021

Especially during depressive episodes, mania might seem appealing. I know from experience, though, that welcoming mania means holding the door open for depression, too. Mania’s Appeal & Relationship to Depression I know as well as anyone that certain kinds of mania feel incredible. This is especially true if you experience a lot of depression and...

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Recovering from “Bipolar Blowouts”

Andrea Paquette
June 10, 2021

When mood episodes turn our lives upside-down, the emotional fallout can seem overwhelming. Here’s how I learned to mitigate these “blowouts” and manage the hard feelings that follow. What Is a “Bipolar Blowout”? Sometimes we face difficult, damaging, even traumatizing life experiences. As trying as they may be, the importance lies in how we handle...

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5 Estate-Planning Tips to Protect a Loved One with Bipolar

Julie Whitehead
May 25, 2021

Sometimes, big life events can prompt us to finally address important but daunting tasks. Here’s what we learned while reassessing our wills and creating an estate plan. Moving from Anxiety to Action Amid Uncertainty In the wake of the world health crisis, we’ve all had to change our perspective, whether by force of circumstance or...

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I Never Get Used to My Bipolar Mood Swings

Julie A. Fast
May 6, 2021

With persistently active bipolar disorder, I never become fully accustomed to my mood swings. That said, I still manage my symptoms and live my best life. In many cases, bipolar symptoms improve with time, proper treatment, and lifestyle adjustments, and one’s future can be brighter than one’s past. This is true and a positive thing....

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Living with Bipolar—Why Is It So Hard to Make Friends?

Allison Strong
April 23, 2021

If you are having trouble forming new, lasting friendships, improving your listening skills may be a new tactic to try. If video is not showing, click here I’ve often wondered if I’m going to be a loner for life, or if I can finally have a circle of friends. Making friends has always been hard for...

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Bipolar Disorder & the End of Friendships

Julie A. Fast
March 30, 2021

Bipolar can damage, even ruin, a friendship. If it ends badly, both people are hurt, and the one with bipolar risks a mood episode. Freely discussing this with others and acknowledging imperfections can help mitigate future difficulties. Romance Fades, But Friendship Is Forever? I’ve noticed that, in general, our attitude about and understanding of romantic...

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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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Accepting Bipolar Disorder as an Invisible Illness & “Disability”

Natasha Tracy
March 9, 2021

Even if people disagree with you, bipolar is real. It’s a brain-based disorder, and you should be proud of overcoming the daily challenges it presents. If video is not showing, click here Mental Health Symptoms Are Often Invisible I have bipolar disorder, and bipolar disorder is, of course, invisible. There are noticeable symptoms of a...

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Bipolar & Achieving Goals with the Help of My Puppy

Gabe Howard
March 8, 2021

Don’t let bipolar stop you from living your life. With planning, personal effort, and enough support, you can achieve your goals. Plus, meet my surprise guest! If video is not showing, click here Today, I would like to discuss the topic “Achieving Goals and/or Rising to the Occasion of Challenges,” which is the longest title,...

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