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Dr. Jennifer Bahr, ND

Last month I gave a webinar for International Bipolar Foundation (IBPF) entitled Removing Obstacles: A Naturopathic Perspective on Treatment. In that webinar I discussed the philosophy and therapeutic order of naturopathic medicine and gave some examples related directly to the natural treatment of bipolar disorder. One of the primary concepts, as...
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Mental Health Hero

June 10, 2014

Dyane L. Harwood

During this year’s Mental Health Awareness month I was thrilled to be selected as a “2014 Mental Health Hero” associated with PsychCentral’s popular Mental Health Humor column!  I was chosen for this honor by advocate/cartoonist/Psych Central columnist Chato B. Stewart. Chato, who has bipolar disorder, is also a married father of...
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Ashley J. 

Is this your first appointment with a new therapist? If this is the case, it will take a while for you to get to know the therapist and their style, as well as for them to get to know you. Therapy is useless if there’s not positive energy both ways.  Evaluate your sessions, and do not accept or stay with a therapist who imposes his/her own...
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More than a Label

June 6, 2014

Amy G. 

I have found one of the most difficult aspects of having a mental illness and specifically bipolar disorder, is realizing we are much more than a diagnosis.  In fact, buying into the whole idea of “I am bipolar” instead of believing “I have bipolar,” in my opinion says a lot about how we view ourselves.  For me it was very empowering to...
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Amy Gamble

June 6, 2014
Amy is a former Olympic Athlete who worked in the business world for nearly 20 years.  She has a master's degree in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix and an undergraduate degree in Communication from the University of Arizona.  She’s traveled extensively for business and pleasure visiting almost all the U.S. states...
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Zephyr

As I was sipping a hot cup of tea in a breezy evening, for the first time, I could feel the calmness in my soul as the wind touched my face. For so long, I had been struggling to feel this way. I had never felt this way. What was this calmness? I wondered. It was as though my soul was a baby in his mommy’s lap in a deep sleep. Oh, it was the...
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Zephyr

June 6, 2014
Zephyr is a mom, a wife, a daughter and a writer. She was diagnosed with Bipolar II in March 2014. Ever since that she has been very active writing about her struggle with the disease.  She was diagnosed with post partum depression soon after the birth for her son, in April 2013. Ever since that she has been struggling with depression....
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A new mattress

June 6, 2014

Gretchen W. 

This Monday I cried tears of joy for the first time in many years.  Probably since my diagnosis, thirteen years ago.  I didn’t even cry at my wedding, and my husband is everything to me.  So what made me weep openly with happiness?  A new mattress.  I know right, I was surprised as you are, believe me.  Why would a...
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Gretchen W.

June 6, 2014
Gretchen Wallet was born and raised in Northwest Indiana, where she still currently lives.  She is a graduate of Indiana University Northwest with a Bachelors in English.  She is currently applying to an MSW program with the hopes of being a therapist.  She lives with her husband of eight years, Steven, their cats Taffy and...
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Doreen B. 

My name is Doreen. My psychiatrist says I have bipolar disorder. Some people say I don't have bipolar disorder. Sometimes I believe them.I have had one full psychotic break, one manic episode with milder psychotic symptoms, and one short-lived manic episode. I've had many serious bouts of depression, and even hypomanic symptoms. Some...
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Doreen B.

June 6, 2014
Doreen is a busy wife and mom. She likes doing whatever she’s in the “mood” for. She spends her time taking care of her family, doing hobbies, and being active with church. She has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and enjoys substitute teaching. Doreen was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2009, two years after experiencing a...
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Rebecca Moore

Over at PsychCentral, I've been running a series on postpartum depression and having bipolar while pregnant. I think it's important to reach out to mother's who are struggling with the decision of what to do while they are pregnant or if they are considering pregnancy. Many don't know if medication is right for them and they worry about the...
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