I try to sit on my yoga mat for 20 minutes in meditation a few days a week. I feel mentally and physically balanced. But I am no expert in meditation. I had some questions about my practice and my meditation teacher at the zendo was half a country away in Chicago. So I talked to meditation instructor Susan Piver on the benefits and detriments of...
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January 29, 2018
By: Alexis Zinkerman
January 25, 2018
By: Nic Fleming
My thoughts turn to the whimsical ideas I have when I’m elevated, or in fact when I’m depressed or perhaps even relatively level.All my life I have always had an active imagination and a type of acute sensory capacity in the context of so many things: the musical journeys I can take in my solitude, the beauty of the ocean and nature, the concept...
January 24, 2018
Quality of life in bipolar disorderMaintaining good quality of life is an important goal for people with bipolar disorder. Beyond managing the symptoms of bipolar disorder, people naturally want to maximise satisfaction in important life areas, such as the social, leisure, sleep, and identity domains. The goal of good quality of life...
January 22, 2018
Every year in January I have a ritual, I re-watch the TV series Xena: Warrior Princess, all six seasons of it. Xena was a TV show that aired between 1995 – 2001 about a warrior woman of ancient Greece who used to be a warlord but turned to the side of good though was constantly fighting her demons. I would have been 10 years old when it...
January 22, 2018
Hi, my name is Kam, I'm from Manchester, England and I live with bipolar. I started blogging on the topic of mental health officially in 2015 but I have been writing my whole life. I was diagnosed at age 27 and at the time I couldn't find any support or literature that helped me or even told me that I could live a happy and fulfilling life; ...
January 18, 2018
By: Emily McGuigan
I have always dreamed of traveling across the world, so when I got the opportunity to study and intern in Florence, Italy, for three months I was beside myself. The closer the date crept up, the more my excitement morphed into anxiety. My mind became cluttered with “what ifs” and questions about if I was really ready to live across the world.I...
January 15, 2018
By: Danielle Workman
To many people, the mere thought of me telling my son about my bipolar disorder diagnosis was controversial. When people would ask if he knew, I’d always let them know that yes, he did know, and he was okay with it. They’d gasp, or shake their heads in disapproval, or even tear up. If I am being completely honest, I don’t understand their...
January 11, 2018
By: John Poehler
Bipolar Disorder is a chronic illness of extreme moods, energy, and motivation. It is a complex disease that requires multiple coping strategies per day. The diagnostic criteria is the same for everyone. However, each individual is unique in their biology and symptomology. Therefore, the following coping strategies are...
By: Conor Bezane
You are dually diagnosed. You have bipolar and addiction. It’s a nightmare. Naturally.Alcohol makes you feel warm and fuzzy all over, especially in the winter, when all you feel like doing is cozying up to the fire and enjoying a glass of wine or a fine Scotch or bourbon. But you’re not drinking anymore — and don’t forget that you feel better as a...
January 3, 2018
By: Allison Clemmons
Tenacity is one’s strength of will or determination in continuing to do what one is doing. It is a word synonymous with stubbornness and patience. It is also a quality which those who struggle daily with serious mental disorders must seek to nurture in order to survive the continuous ups and downs and twists and turns we so often face. In that...
December 27, 2017
John Poehler was diagnosed Bipolar Type 1 back in 1999. He is the creator and founder of the blog “The Bipolar Battle”, whose mission is to help empower those afflicted with bipolar disorder live the life they deserve. John is a mental health advocate, writer and aspiring author. He is in the early creative stages of writing a...
December 27, 2017
Voices From The IBPF Community
This December we launched our new weekly health talks amongst our Facebook community as a way to keep up a conversation about mental health with one another! You all responded with much enthusiasm which tells us that there is much more to be discussed and so we will be continuing these talks going into 2018! Here is some of what you had to say as...