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By: Julie A. Fast

Congratulations on your diagnosis. I know! Most people don’t send out a party announcement when they hear they have bipolar disorder, so I am congratulating you for being so honest and open about having this illness.I remember my first bipolar disorder mania. I was 17 and in Europe. It was sunny and life was so perfect.      I...

By Wendy Ward, Executive Director, The Youth Mental Health Project

My first experiences with mental health conditions are the reasons that I co-founded The Youth Mental Health Project. I believe that by changing the way we talk about and how we act with regard to our children’s mental health, we can create better outcomes for ourselves, our children, and future generations. That is why the International Bipolar...

By: Christine Saenz

 I am three-time suicide attempt survivor; I know first hand what it is like to be in that dark place of feeling hopeless. Battling a mental illness can be an exhausting and lonely place. Mental illness can bully your mind into believing that you are a burden and your family and friends will be better off without you, when it simply isn’t...

"Bipolar" Is The Wrong Word

September 5, 2017

By: James Phelps, M.D.

“Bipolar” is the wrong word. Worse than inaccurate -- it’s directly misleading:1. Depression is the main problem for most folks. Bipolar should be called “Depression Plus."2. Depression and manic symptoms frequently occur together, in “mixed states."3. Many people with “unipolar” depression also have manic symptoms.4. There is no dividing line...

Finding Solace in Art Therapy

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...

Hiding In Plain Sight

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...

By: Allison Strong

I’m in a year-long Dialectical Behavioral Therapy program.  Many people repeat the course. More than once! They say in their first year they felt more like passengers than patients because there’s so much material to cover. I agree. Now that we’re at the end of the semester, there’s so much transformative information that I’m having...

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:

Moods Like the Weather

April 5, 2017
Seasonal Affective Disorder. This is the first thing that came to mind on the 2nd of April, when Namibia officially changed to winter time. The change in time signals the transition from summer to fall; nights begin to get longer while days are limited to few hours of sunlight. Various textures and colours take over and it’s like the world is...

Alexis Zinkerman

I interviewed Melody Moezzi, an Iranian-American bipolar Muslim feminist activist, an attorney, a writer and author of the award-winning books War on Error: Real Stories of American Muslims and Haldol and Hyacinths: A Bipolar Life. She blogs for BP Magazine as well as The Huffington Post and Ms. ...

Self Sabotage and I

January 18, 2017
Growing up, I had one bathroom and shared it with five siblings and two parents. I also shared a bedroom with one of my sisters. This left little room for what my mind asked for, self-harm. I attempted it in small fashions. I knew if I was caught, it wouldn’t be good. And at that age, I didn’t want to get caught. On some level, I suppose I wanted...