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This is the first in a series of 26 posts covering a variety of stress management tools and techniques. 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. Welcome to the A to Z Guide to...
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If stigma didn’t exist, we would discuss mental illness more openly. I had a recent unpleasant experience on Twitter where someone posted a tweet that essentially said “Bipolar is not an illness. You simply have not trained yourself to control your thoughts and emotions,” and this person was very insistent that mental illnesses do not exist. This...
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Melanie Luxenberg

January 26, 2016
Melanie Luxenberg was diagnosed with Bipolar II in July 2010. She also experiences rapid cycling and at times, experiences multiple cycles in a week, as well as general anxiety and social anxiety. Melanie graduated with an Honour’s B.A. in English & History from the University of Toronto in 2006 and from Seneca College’s Accelerated Law Clerk...
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Bell Let's Talk 2016

January 21, 2016

Melanie Luxenberg

International Bipolar Foundation is participating in the 2016 Bell Let’s Talk Initiative, which is taking place on January 27, 2016. How does it work? Bell Let’s Talk is a Canadian mental health initiative that encourages participants to have an open conversation about mental health using social media. For every text message, wireless...
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A Laugh A Day

January 20, 2016
If I had to choose one thing that has helped me with my Bipolar Disorder more than sleep, cognitive behaviour therapy, meditation, or walking in a field with sheep, it would be laughter. It is hard to cry when you are bent double, unless those tears are the kind that run down your nose when you’ve just watched Lee Evans career around the...
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Trigger Warning. This article talks explicitly about self-harm and different types. If you feel as though you may be triggered but still want the tips, read with a supportive person present. We feel out of control and in control at the same time. We hurt ourselves and for a moment there is relief. Shortly after we feel guilt, shame, and even...
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A Healthy Mind Starting Now

January 20, 2016
It’s January, a time of the year when people make the resolution to throw on their workout gear and make a healthier version of themselves. Usually, this doesn’t last very long. I know, because I was one of them. But a new body shouldn’t be your only reason for wanting to be healthier. What about a healthier mind? It may not always be as fun...
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Bipolar Disorder is Ageless

January 20, 2016
Bipolar Disorder is a disorder seen throughout the aging process. It can start in childhood and continue on through into senior citizens. It is not just a disorder for young adults, criminals and the rich and famous. Bipolar disorder, also known as manic depression, is generally thought of as disease starting in young adulthood. I am...
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Goals, Not Resolutions

January 20, 2016
It’s the first month of the year and most people are posting about their New Year’s resolutions. There are plenty of articles with ideas and they’re almost all the same: work out, save more money for retirement, remove toxic friendships, eliminate processed foods, and so on. Resolutions are made to solve ongoing problems and/or to make...
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I do not say much about my parents. There is nothing to be said about my folks outside my therapy sessions. Out of a need for privacy I usually keep my family members out of any advice I give on this blog. This Christmas I decided not to visit my parents in their new home, just a couple of hours away from where I live. It is something selfish for...
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