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Ashley J.

Therapists are useful in helping a consumer understand how one is feeling and thinking, this is also known as talk therapy. Many issues are discussed and it has been proven useful to help with stability and managing symptoms. But what do you do when you’re struggling to describe your feelings with your psychiatrist and therapist?  Once a...
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Paranoia

July 10, 2014

Jeremy S. Cole

Dear friends,Have you ever felt like you just didn't know how to act in recovery? Were you worried about the actions you took may raise red flags to those around you? That pretty much sums up my entire year after my first hospitalization. Thankfully, I've only had two of them. When I was a 9th grade student transitioning to 10th in May of 2000 I...
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Amy Gamble

Life was moving along pretty well for me—that is until bipolar disorder found its way to my door.  From that point on things started to get very difficult.  At first I was hit with severe manic episodes only to fall down so low I found myself knocked down with severe bipolar depression.   For quite a few years of untreated or...
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Jennifer Marshall

Yoga Helps Me to Connect the DotsLast month I pulled a muscle in my neck while reaching into the backseat at a stop light for a book my son had dropped and couldn’t reach. Well I couldn’t reach it either, apparently, injuring myself pretty badly. After dealing with the pain for 24 hours, the next day I decided to find a hot yoga class to help me...
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Mary Alice Do

Those of us who have a mental illness are sometimes told and also think that our mental illness is our fault because we lack faith.  This is not the case.  Mental illness is a biological disorder and can affect anyone.  Let me tell you a story found in the Bible.The people of Israel were worshipping an idol named Baal so the prophet...
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Mary Alice Do

July 9, 2014
Mary Alice Do, M.Div., is a retired ordained minister, mother and grandmother.  She has bipolar disorder, has had recurring episodes of depression throughout her life and was hospitalized twice. She worked seven years in ministry, 13 years providing peer support and two years doing case management for people with a serious mental illness....
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Media and Mental Illness

June 30, 2014

Brian Sztukowski

            I recently read a blog post from the Huffington Post by a Ms. Natasha Tracy (1). Her post centered around a claim that portrayals of people with neurodiverse conditions in the media tends to focus on overly polarized characteristics which, she claims, have the effect of attributing a sort of “...
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Brian Sztukowski

June 30, 2014
Brian Sztukowski is a graduate student at the London School of Economics and Political Science in Philosophy and Public Policy. His focus is on Mental Health Policy. Brian was diagnosed with bipolar disorder during his undergraduate study and currently self-manages using dietary regulation, exercise, meditation, nature therapy, and awareness....
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The Dreads Arrival

June 27, 2014

Dyane Harwood

Today, despite it being summer and my not having to rush my two girls to school, I woke up in a big 'ol funk.  At 5:00 a.m. our precocious Lucy, now a thirteen-week-old bundle of energy, acted as a canine alarm clock and woke me up.  She was raring to go on a puppy ultra-marathon.  My husband rose early to let her outside, and he...
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Brooke West

Yoga makes me feel better! Here are some reasons why:1. Yoga helps me sleep better. Snooze. Boring. Boo. Who wants to talk about the importance of sleep at the very beginning of a blog? (Quick! Raise your hand!) Yoga, Restorative Yoga (passive, slow Yoga) in particular, encourages deepened, slow breath, which slows  your heart rate, calming...
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Brooke West

June 26, 2014

Brooke West

While attending college, Brooke experienced her first onset of bipolar II disorder. However, Brooke West is extraordinary in that she is high-functioning and has managed her illness with a disciplined combination of medication, cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness techniques, including Yoga and meditation, since 2005. She is certified as...
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Doreen Bench

Information on the internet about bipolar disorder seems to be booming right now – that and everything else. Much of this information is coming from individuals like myself – moms that blog. There’s one problem with this: not only are moms inherently busy, but bipolar moms have the task of finding the inner peace and balance that keeps them...
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