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Have you ever been so afraid of tripping that you couldn't take a flight of stairs, even though something like that would never happen? This is the stage setting for my anxiety disorder. I have written about my bipolar disorder a lot of times, but my anxiety didn't let me write about my anxiety. I stand in front of the staircase,...
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Approximately three years ago I started noticing that something wasn’t quite right. At first it was little things, like putting my glasses in a desk drawer instead of on my nightstand like I normally would. That was just the beginning. It progressed rapidly. Within months I was forgetting things more often. I would have a doctor’s appointment and...
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I have been dealing with social anxiety since around the time I was diagnosed with Bipolar. That’s 8 long years dealing with both Bipolar and social anxiety. I used to keep myself at arms-length from people for fear of being rejected, since my social anxiety causes weird behaviors. These can be misconstrued very easily if you don’t know me well....
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One of my favorite movies is Silver Linings Playbook.  It is the first mainstream movie I’ve ever seen that accurately depicts the specific symptoms that each character has.  It goes into great detail about delusions, manic episodes, depression and all around bipolar symptoms.  It even goes as far as demonstrating the way people...
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Some days, I want to get off the ride. Some days, I just want to be “normal.” I don’t want to deal with unpleasant side effects of medications. I don’t want to endure my lows or spiral out of control during my highs. I don’t want to be crazy. I don’t want to fall short. I don’t want to struggle through my days. Living with bipolar disorder can be...
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Suicide is a permanent solution to what, with the proper help, could be a short-term situation. It needn't be permanent. Seek the help and support you need.When I attempted suicide, I caught my support system off guard, including my doctors and psychiatric nurse. I had kept my feelings to myself. I survived the next day, so I called my kids and...
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Hey guys! If you haven’t noticed, this is excitingly my first blog post for IBPF. I just thought that maybe before jumping into all the big issues, you might want to know a little about me and my relations with bipolar disorder. And I totally understand! Whenever I read a new blog, I kind of want to know a little bit about the person who’s writing...
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Pippa Lily

July 28, 2016
Hey, I’m Pippa, a new blogger for IBPF. I am currently 16 years old and am studying year 10 in Australia. I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder type 1 in late 2014, and it has been a very tough time for me and my family. But bipolar also has its highs, and I feel very fortunate to be able to use it to help me be a creative person, and to fuel my...
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I can hardly believe that it has been 10 years since I received a diagnosis of bipolar disorder. I wish I could go back and tell my terrified teenage self that though life would sometimes be a roller coaster of ups and downs, a very bright future full of hope and joy would await me. It took a while to learn how to navigate this disorder, and the...
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Coping with the side effects of bipolar is often a matter of trial and error. What works one day, sometimes doesn't work the next. That's why I'm always on the lookout for ways to get through the day that can connect me with the world while also easing some of the more difficult symptoms of my condition. Some days, yoga and meditation work, but...
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Stephanie Renee Kauffman

July 26, 2016
Stephanie Renee Kauffman is a comedian, writer and artist based in Marysville, Ohio and Chicago, Illinois. She is a graduate of the Second City Acting and Improv Conservatory and the iO Training Center. Stephanie has also directed shows and coached improv teams in Chicago and Baltimore. She is immensely grateful for the amount of love and...
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Sarah Carraher

July 26, 2016
My name is Sarah Carraher. I was born and raised in Iowa, and still live amongst all the corn fields with my husband and sweet puppy. I graduated college with a degree in exercise science and currently work in the fitness industry. I enjoy helping clients reach their wellness goals, and I love to be active in my personal life. I’m currently...
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