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Beka's husband wrote an accompanying blog to this post for our Couples Series. We recommend reading the 2 posts together.  I previously wrote an article about how I found happiness, or actually contentedness. It was during my search that I said the most hurtful thing I could possibly say to my husband: “I thought you would make me happy; you...
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My Wife, Bipolar, and I

February 12, 2016

Ron Owens

Beka is one of our bloggers and her husband, Ron, wrote this post for our couples series. Read Beka's accompanying post here.I read somewhere recently that the divorce rate when one marriage partner has bipolar disorder is 90%. While it seems kind of high to me, I suppose I understand it. In the 12 years I have been married to my wife, there have...
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Adam P.

It was January 2013 when I started dating my first boyfriend, and it was under precarious circumstances. We had met five months earlier in a speech course during the first semester of my college career, and we sat next to each other on the first day. We casually talked throughout the semester and became friends, but that was pretty much the extent...
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It’s classic, Shakespearean even. (Romeo and Juliet). Boy Meets Girl in rehab, AA or group therapy and they fall ‘in love.’ Warnings fall on deaf ears. Their focus shifts from recovery to each other while  they float off on a pink cloud. Then the bubble bursts. If the relationship fails, it’s heartbreaking. Betrayal is...
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Taking Out The Trash

February 12, 2016
Don't let others’ negativity bring you down. Being diagnosed with and dealing with bipolar disorder on a daily basis is already a lot to handle. It's hard enough to keep your moods in check and on an even level. It's already difficult to have to take medicine for the rest of your life just to feel "normal." Add to that the stigma and...
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Stephanie Rae

February 12, 2016
My name is Stephanie. I'm 37 years old and have a 16-year-old daughter. I was officially diagnosed as having bipolar disorder in 2004 after a serious suicide attempt that left me in a coma on life support for a week. I have spent the last 12 years learning about my illness and speaking openly about it to help break the stigma. I'm currently...
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Valentine’s Day is all about the romantic, idealistic side of love. While it can be fun and meaningful to celebrate your relationship with your spouse or partner (if you have one), the reality is that relationships can be hard. The Hollywood, happily-ever-after ideal image of relationships makes for enjoyable movies, but it’s not realistic—in the...
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“Mentally ill persons increasingly receive care provided by correctional agencies. In 1959, nearly 559,000 mentally ill patients were housed in state mental hospitals (Lamb, 1998). A shift to "deinstitutionalize" mentally ill persons had, by the late 1990s, dropped the number of persons housed in public psychiatric hospitals to approximately 70,...
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Being diagnosed with bipolar disorder was one of the most traumatic events of my life. The illness presented itself in my teens and at the time I was unaware of the possibility that my experiences had a diagnosis and that things could get better. By the time I began experiencing panic attacks, catatonia and hallucinations I was careful to hide...
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Andrea Bain

February 9, 2016
Andrea Bain is a 47-year-old artist who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 1992. Since then her diagnosis has been refined to Rapid Cycling Bipolar 1 with Psychosis. She is the wife of an incredibly supportive man and mother to two teenage girls. She manages her illness with ongoing medical care, family support, and through the therapeutic...
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Learning to Live “Alone”

February 5, 2016
After my husband and I had been married for 16 years, his liver became damaged from Hepatitis B.  A year later he had a liver transplant which he survived for five and a half years.  At the end of that period, the Hepatitis destroyed his new liver and he needed another.  He died during the second transplant. I had married him...
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My Manic Summer: Take 2

February 5, 2016
It seems that my last blog post was somewhat prophetic. I am currently sitting on a bed, in a psychiatric hospital, recovering from my second psychotic manic episode. This episode evolved much like the last did, with me becoming so elevated that I lost insight and subsequently stopped taking my medication. I had been hypomanic and compliant...
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