*The charcoal artwork featured above is titled "Too Much" by Emily McGuigan*When I’m asked for an example of how I’ve used art therapy in my own recovery, I instantly think of a recent time in my life where my art actually resulted in me discovering some past trauma that I suppressed and also where it resulted in me addressing major...
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November 22, 2017
By: Emily McGuigan
October 16, 2017
By: Mel Bonthuys
Taking a deep breath, I walk into the waiting room of the Doctor's Office. It's full of people and I can feel the panic rising in my throat but my appointment is any minute now and I have to check myself in.Standing in the queue at the reception desk, I try my hardest not to think about the waiting room full of people who I am...
September 1, 2017
By: Emily McGuigan
“If I could say it in words there would be no reason to paint.” ~ Edward HopperAs an artist with Generalized Anxiety Disorder(GAD) and Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), I have primarily used drawing and painting to help me cope with and explain traumatic or stressful events in my life, but also to discover who I am as a person. Art allows me to...
August 11, 2017
By: Aubrey Good
I am an intern at the International Bipolar Foundation. I spend a few hours a week at the office finding articles, writers, resources, etc. that I believe are beneficial to educating the public on bipolar disorder and also offer hope and understanding. I offer pieces on how to fight the stigma on mental health- suggestions such as, "be brave and...
July 28, 2017
By special guest: Chris Worfolk of Worfolk Anxiety Management
Special guest, Chris Worfolk from Worfolk Anxiety Management, shares 5 suggestions for overcoming mental health stigma and taking care of mental health.For more information and resources on bipolar disorder, visit www.ibpf.orgFor more information on Chris Worfolk and his work at Worfolk Anxiety Management, visit:https://www.worfolkanxiety.com/
May 9, 2017
This blog was originally published for the Daily Nexus, UCSB’s student-run newspaper.I used to think anxiety was just a bunch of bullshit. In middle school, seventh or eighth grade I think, I remember my grandmother talking to one of my aunts on the phone. My aunt was telling my grandma about how her daughter had just been...
Vicki M. Taylor
"Anxiety can begin early in life for people with depression or bipolar disorder. Anxiety and mood disorders can be a co-occurring diagnosis.”- DBSA Treating anxiety disorder in combination with bipolar disorder can be tricky. Anti-depressants can often increase manic episodes for people with bipolar disorder. Benzodiazepines, another...
March 15, 2017
In retrospect, during my daughter’s battle with mental illness, I wasted a lot of energy worrying about things I couldn’t control. When I learned about a framework called Three Concentric Circles at work, I realized this was a powerful approach I could use to improve my effectiveness in my personal life as well as at work. The concept is to...
March 13, 2017
Hi, I go by the name of EmmaLou. I live in the state of Virginia in the United States. I am a survivor of mental illness. I am 61 years old and although I was not diagnosed with bipolar until more recently, I know that I have been dealing with its symptoms for quite some time. Unfortunately, the bipolar was not treated when diagnosed and it...
December 22, 2016
Vicki M. Taylor
Every year at this time, I tell myself that “this” year, I am going to relax, avoid overdoing and not get anxious. Does it work? Sometimes; sometimes not. Why?Because I always have good intentions, then LIFE happens. You know, that “something” we can’t control. Events we didn’t “plan” for like: Work. Family. Friends. Unexpected...
September 26, 2016
My experience with bipolar disorder had two long difficult periods of extreme symptoms separated by many years of only dealing with depression. The following story is about how I decided to go back to treatment after many years away. I was first diagnosed at 17 after a not-so-serious suicide attempt; I’m sure that sentence will only make...
September 13, 2016
These past few years have been a season of waiting and stress for our family. My husband has struggled to find a permanent job, which has left us with no real sense of where we will settle down and start to build a life. The uncertainty of the situation has produced insurmountable fear due mainly to the possibility of losing health insurance. As a...