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Long time married couple Ron and Beka Owens answer your questions about relationships and bipolar disorder. 

Q. Do arguments about issues in your relationship with your husband ever trigger manic or depressive episodes? How do you deal with any issues you may have if you feel that discussing problems will trigger an episode? Beka:  Sometimes arguments trigger episodes, but I have found that it is better to be honest with each other than to let...
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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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First, let me say that I hate shopping. Not just grocery shopping, which I assume pretty much everyone hates, but all the kinds of shopping that women are stereotypically supposed to love: clothing shopping, shoe shopping, makeup shopping, and furniture shopping. I especially loathe car shopping. The only times I really like shopping are when...
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 “Youth is wasted on the young,” Irish playwright Oscar Wild is quoted as saying. It may be true, too, that happiness is wasted on those who have had no real trouble. Memories of my own youth surged through me recently when I met a 27-year-old woman who has her own video blog about her experience with bipolar disorder II. I envied her as I...
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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...
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Janet Coburn

We may have the same disorder in common, but how it manifests in each of us is different.Obviously, bipolar 1 and 2 are different. But the way I see it, really, everyone has their own personal version of bipolar disorder.For example, I have bipolar 2 with anxiety disorder. I get very few hypomanic episodes – mostly just  depressive ones. I...
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I went off my meds, and the result was not pretty. When I am compliant, my meds work well for me, affording me a relatively normal life. I stabilize on my meds. Then months and years pass, and I think I am cured. I think I don’t need them anymore. So, I stop taking them. At first, everything seems fine, but within a few days, I am paranoid,...
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Help us win Healthline's Best Health Blog of the Year! Vote for International Bipolar Foundation here. Traveling can be difficult for everyone, even more so for those that struggle with mental health conditions. Between packing, leaving your normal schedule, the crowds and hustle at the airport, the time change (when applicable), and the...
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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...
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One part of being a mental health advocate that I pride myself on is being a walking pamphlet of resources for people struggling with mental health and being able to help them help themselves. As a student on Binghamton University’s campus, I am well known among my friends, acquaintances, and maybe even strangers as a source of knowledge on this...
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Besides medication, there are several ways an individual can help ease the symptoms of bipolar disorder. One of those is by establishing and maintaining a regular routine. There are a lot of benefits to routines and schedules.  However, it can be difficult for some of us to stick with it. Why is this the case and is there anything that can...
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This is the fourth 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. ...
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