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Coping Strategies

By: John Poehler

April is Stress Awareness Month in the UK.Stress is a huge trigger of bipolar disorder.  There is no way to completely get rid of stress. Noone lives in a bubble, but there are ways to reduce and manage the stress in your life.  How Stress Affects My MoodsFor me, stress deregulates my mood. Extreme stress can trigger a full...
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By: Natalia Beiser

After a serious depression, I was declared to be legally disabled and experienced extreme social phobia.  I was rarely able to go in public, except in the middle of the night.  I was afraid that I would be seen by people that I had known in my career and I was immobilized by fear in the thought of seeing them.  The chances of...
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By: Sasha Kildare 

Sometimes desperation inspires action. A while back, the desperation of homelessness ended my eight-year cycle of hospitalizations for bipolar disorder that had begun in my teens.Sixteen years ago, I was struggling with secondary infertility. Through my own research I discovered that my food choices, gaining and losing 30 pounds a year, and being...
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By: Carrie Elizabeth Lin

This is the eighth in a series of 26 posts covering a variety of stress management tools and techniques, starting with the letter A. For some background information on stress and bipolar disorder, the blogger recommends reading her three-part series, “Getting a Handle on Stress When You Have Bipolar Disorder,” starting with the first one.Reducing...
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By: Courtney Davey, MA, MFT

There’s nothing quite like having a long-term relationship. After you have moved past some of that initial nervousness, it can feel great to have a steady person in your life to be a friend, lover, and support. Knowing their patterns and knowing how to predict interactions and conflicts can create a sense of stability. However, falling into a...
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By: John Poehler 

Getting the news that you have a chronic mental illness can be quite disheartening.  It can be extremely overwhelming.You cannot change the fact that you have bipolar disorder.You can change your perspective about mental illness by reframing your thoughts..I was extremely elated when I first received my diagnosis of bipolar disorder.  ...
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By: Kam

Having an invisible illness such as mental health comes with all manner of problems and stigma. I’m very lucky in the sense that I am supported by my family and friends but I often find that thought creeping into my head... ‘they just don’t get it’.What I mean by that is, even though everyone supports me, looks after me and helps me where they can...
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By: Brandon L. Lowe CCSI, MS, LPC, LCAS, MAC, CSOTP

My name is Brandon Lowe, I’m a therapist and owner of a mental health agency (Knew Era Consulting PLLC) in Winston Salem, NC.  I have experience spanning over 11 years in the field of psychology and therapy.   I currently hold state licensures in the state of North Carolina as a LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor) and a LCAS CCS-I...
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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. 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 outside of the illness can actually strengthen the bonds of a...
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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.  In today’s post, Julie gives realistic and positive ideas for a joyful Valentine’s Day when a partner has bipolar disorder. Part two of the article will arrive along with a special webinar from Julie where she discusses exactly how...
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By: Alexis Zinkerman

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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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...
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