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Animals in Mental Health Recovery

Alicia Smith, while living with Bipolar II, PTSD, Agoraphobia and Major Depression, taught over 85,000 people in person and 12,000 virtually.  Now medically retired, Alicia focuses her time on mental health advocacy, and various volunteer activities, to improve our country's mental health care.  People have asked her to present to groups and she has developed four interesting and unusual takes on recovery in mental health.

Once upon a Dream

‘Waking up is hard to do’

I have always had a rather constant, endless even array of dreams. Whereas as some people have the odd dream now and again or some confess to never dreaming, I have always had dreams that are complex, graphic in their imagery and disconcertingly vivid, making one believe that the dream they’re currently experiencing is happening in real-time.

NORMAL—A look at Darren Stein’s Art Work

This week I wanted to highlight an artist who both creates art and has been diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. While searching the Internet I came across Darren Stein, an Australian artist and poet. Although Stein was previously diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, he was more recently diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder II. He attributes eight new images he created as inspired by this new label.

I Look In The Mirror

Every morning I wake up and I look in the mirror

Sometimes I know who I see and that is me

Other times it is a stranger staring back at me.

Where did the years go?

When did my life become medication, therapy, support groups, and doctor’s appointments?

Will I ever be who I once dreamed of becoming or will those dreams be lost forever?

Every morning I wake up and I look in the mirror

Sometimes I just don’t have the energy to stay out of bed

Other times as I stare the fighter within me begins to awaken from its den.

Remission – Is it a Good Thing?

I think one of the less talked about aspects of Bipolar Disorder is what happens when one is stable. I mean we hear lots about both the depression side and the mania/hypomania side. But ,what about life as a stable person? Some call it remission. No depression and no mania. Most people would think this is a non-issue. For the average person who doesn’t know BPD, and maybe even for some who do, it isn’t an issue.

Finding Balance in an Unbalanced World

A native Boston, born 60 years ago, Deva Lipson is a bipolar survivor who has become a missionary against the twisted existence the disease can cause. She goes wherever in the county to talk to service clubs, schools, anyone with ears to loan about the disease that for years pinned her life like a beetle - how to understand it and how to survive it. She especially wants to help remove the stigma. Her teaching syllabus is her own life. 

In the Mood for Love: The Overlap of Romantic Love and Mania

Dr. Haase is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center and in private practice in psychiatry. She is a member of the Human Sexuality Committee of the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry, which has been interested in the relationship between bipolar disorders and sexuality, and has been exploring the relationship between elevated mood states and romantic love.