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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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judgMENTAL (Filipino)

July 26, 2016
This article is available in English here. “Ginagawa mo namang malaking bagay yang sakit mo sa utak!” “Puro yang sakit mo na lang lagi sinasabi mo. Masyado mong ginagawang glamoroso!” “Hindi mo naman kailangan ng gamot eh. Nasa utak mo lang yan!” “Maging postibo ka lang, kaya mo naman yan eh.” Nakakasawa nang marinig, oo. Nakakapagod.Alam ko...
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judgMENTAL

July 26, 2016
Above: mixed media on canvas by Zaeli Eliza“You're making mental illness as if it's a big deal!” “You talk too much about it. You're glamorizing your illness!” “You don't need medication. It's all in your head.” “Think positive. Toughen it up.” Clichés, I know.Thinking it over, most of the time, the way I express how I go through the diurnal...
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Managing emotions is something that comes along with many mental health diagnoses, especially bipolar disorder. It’s always one emotion or another and every one of them is usually to the extreme. Some of the emotions I deal with include anger, depression, hopelessness, loneliness, indifference, fear, sadness, love, happiness, trust, peacefulness,...
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The Blahs

July 21, 2016
Here’s a post I didn’t think I’d ever write! I have been on what is considered to be the best mood stabilizer for over a year, and my mood symptoms have been totally under control. No ups, no downs. I have also been taken off the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) by my doctor, so there is absolutely no cycling. In the past, I would be...
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A Q&A for Self-Care Day

July 19, 2016
July 24 is International Self-Care Day. On behalf of International Bipolar Foundation, I asked my friend, Mike, a fitness enthusiast, yogi, plant-based eater and animal lover, to share the benefits of practicing self-care.As a person who lives with bipolar and anxiety disorders, I know that self-care is important, but I have difficulty with change...
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The International Self-Care Foundation (ISF) has designated July 24 every year as International Self-Care Day (ISD) to symbolize that the benefits of self-care are experienced 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (24/7). The benefits of self-care are life-long. Each year, ISF comes up with a theme for International Self-Care Day, and the theme for...
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