You are dually diagnosed. You have bipolar and addiction. It’s a nightmare. Naturally.Alcohol makes you feel warm and fuzzy all over, especially in the winter, when all you feel like doing is cozying up to the fire and enjoying a glass of wine or a fine Scotch or bourbon. But you’re not drinking anymore — and don’t forget that you feel better as a...
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By: Conor Bezane
December 21, 2017
By: Aubrey Good
When making the decision to take an active role in handling my bipolar disorder, I was given a lot of advice that warned of the hard times ahead and the need for patience and endurance. The most common conversations, whether it is with my medical team or peers, include phrases like:-“Finding the right medication will take a lot of trial and error...
December 12, 2017
By: Danielle Workman
Most girls have that one ‘must have’ item in their purse at all times. For some it is a certain lip gloss, others have a pair of great sunglasses, others hide great items like portable chargers or spritzers. These days, my go to items are my planners and journals, and yes, I carry those in my purse at all times. Let me explain more.It came as an...
December 11, 2017
By: Melanie Luxenberg
It’s that time of year again. December. The holidays are approaching. Time off school for students, perhaps time off work for those whose offices close (or who take time off), time to travel for some, staycations for others. A chance to spend time with family and friends and enjoy yourself- that is, if you want to and are able to. You may be...
December 7, 2017
By: Leslie A. Lindsay
In Part 1, I described my personal experience with a parent with bipolar disorder. I have compiled a list of questions and concerns that you may have from your own personal experience! Maybe one is, “Why does my mom (or dad) have Bipolar Disorder?”That’s a very natural question. The answer isn’t super-clear. Scientists knows bipolar is a...
November 10, 2017
By: Danielle Workman
The best advice I had ever gotten in regards to my diagnosis came from my father. It was a dark and gloomy day, in those long months between winter and spring. “You need to spend less time fighting your bipolar and more time working with it.” He said. “It’s how you would work with a difficult person, you could make that person work for you - why...
October 31, 2017
By: Vicki Taylor
In Part 1 of the 2 part series I wondered whether there was a link between having a Mental Illness and developing Dementia. I was genuinely concerned, as I felt I was experiencing more than the normal “aging” memory issues. Other cognitive issues included inability to focus, think clearly, or make sound decisions.I had talked to a Tampa, FL...
October 16, 2017
By: Mel Bonthuys
Taking a deep breath, I walk into the waiting room of the Doctor's Office. It's full of people and I can feel the panic rising in my throat but my appointment is any minute now and I have to check myself in.Standing in the queue at the reception desk, I try my hardest not to think about the waiting room full of people who I am...
October 5, 2017
Dr. Steve Hinshaw
Award-winning UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco Proffessor Steve Hinshaw speaks out about the huge need to combat stigma after reflecting on his father's recurring mental illness and the doctor-enforced silence surrounding it. SAY IT FORWARD 2017 October 8th – 14thMind your mind…it depends on you to stay in shape #MindYourMind #...
October 4, 2017
For the last seven years, I was more stable than in the past 20 all put together. Nearly three years ago, I started eating more healthfully. A year and a half ago, I started running and strength training. Then I started obsessing over my weight and my food and increasing my workouts to one hour seven days a week on top of working a full-time...
September 25, 2017
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...
September 22, 2017
By: Vicki Taylor
Diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder I, Social Anxiety Disorder, Depression, Panic Disorder, General Anxiety Disorder, PTSD, and a slew of other medical issues not related to psychology, I became concerned about developing Alzheimer’s Disease or Dementia as I grew older. I’m already middle age and have had some cognitive issues such as loss of memory....