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By: Ryan Heffernan

Dear Dad,Can you hear me? You don’t have to answer that. I can feel your spirit every day, moving as a battlefield wraith through my wartorn life. Sometimes you’re my blooming, purple Jacaranda tree, sometimes you’re a star constellation gently moving over me on my broken renter deck, and sometimes you’re the condensation on my wine glass.Bad, or...
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It Took a Village

August 28, 2018

By: Liz Wilson

Dear Supporter; You are the Mother who answered little Liz’s incessant questions when my curiosity exhausted everyone else. You listened to me and that made me feel important and validated. Gave me a thirst for knowledge that remains insatiable to this day. Thank you for giving me a foundation to launch from. You are the teacher at...
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By: Courtney Davey, MA, MFT

When you care for someone who lives with Bipolar Disorder, there can be a variety of questions around how to handle discussions that involve their symptoms or their behaviors. Wanting to be sensitive and not overstep is common, and sometimes it may be necessary to bring something up, regardless of that feeling. Here are a few suggestions on how to...
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By: Lori Lane-Murphy

I hate seeing my beloved struggling. He has severe depression that, thankfully, has been managed quite well for the past several years. Like many of us, he still has some days that are a little darker than he’d like, but nothing he can’t handle.Yesterday, I received a call while he was out running errands.“I’m just not doing well. I’m coming home...
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By: Julie A. Fast

  The following is part two of an article from Julie A. Fast, the author of Loving Someone with Bipolar Disorder: Understanding and Helping Your Partner. Click here to read part one if you missed the post. In today’s post, Julie concludes her thoughts on how learning about bipolar and creating a space in life for love and joy...
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By: Julie A. Fast

  ***The following is part one of an article from Julie A. Fast, the author of Loving Someone with Bipolar Disorder: Understanding and Helping Your Partner.  In today’s post, Julie gives realistic and positive ideas for a joyful special occasion when a partner has bipolar disorder. Part two of the article includes a special webinar...
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Wendy Ward, Executive Director, The Youth Mental Health Project

SAY IT FORWARD 2017 October 8th – 14th Mind your mind…it depends on you to stay in shape #MindYourMind #SIF2017 We all have mental health – the same way we all have physical health. We believe mental health encompasses far more than the short list of disorders which affect one’s mood, behavior, or thinking. Mental health includes our emotional,...
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By: Diane Dweller

 Parents, siblings, and spouses have written numerous books, articles, and blogs about family members coping with bipolar disorder. Hundreds of books on this manic-depression illness have been written by medical professionals and counselors. Many patients write about their challenges of living with mood swings.Q. Who does not write about the...
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My Pharmacy and Me

June 22, 2017

By Janet Coburn

You may think that your psychiatrist and your psychotherapist constitute your treatment team. You can add your caregiver, your bipolar friends, and your online groups and call them your support system. But there's one person you've left out. One who can be vital in getting the care and help you need.Your pharmacist.My pharmacist – indeed, all the...
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In a recent conversation with a good friend, we talked about a mutual friend who appeared to be showing signs of bipolar disorder but who was quite closed to the possibility of a problem. The conversation meandered to what it was like when I was first diagnosed with bipolar, as this friend had known me since then. I wanted to know how open I was...
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My only brother received a gift two days after his birthday, and ten days before Christmas. It was a gift that every person who suffers from mental illness wants.He carried a cross throughout his life called bipolar disorder. Many people - including me, our mother, his physicians, and his loving wife - tried to help him bear his cross. But he was...
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Three Concentric Circles

March 15, 2017

Karen Meadows

 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...
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