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This is part of a series on the the basic “do’s” and “don’ts” of Yoga philosophy, called the ‘Yamas’ and ‘Niyamas.’ Previous posts covered the first Yama: ahimsa, or nonviolence, and the second Yama: satya, or non-lying, honesty, and truthfulness. Beyond my work as a Yoga Therapist, I am currently training as a Spiritual Emergence...
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Tobacco Wilderness

November 4, 2015
Two years ago, I tried to give up smoking. It was just before Christmas, just before New Year’s resolutions come along where we all make promises to be better and do better, eat less cake, and then predictably fall flat on our faces. But it wasn’t about that. It was simply because I thought I should. It would be good for me, my health, my...
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No Longer A Number

November 3, 2015
Just like my bipolar disorder, my eating disorder started in bits and pieces and later formed a cycle. Did you know that as many as 14% of people with bipolar disorder have a co-occurring eating disorder? And it’s not just women! There are male anorexics,  bulimics and men with ‘Bigorexia,’ lifting and taking steroids to achieve the...
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Sometimes mania seems like the ugly stepchild of the bipolar duo of mania and depression. Depression seems to get all the hype, all the attention. And mania sits in a corner like Baby from Dirty Dancing. But if any of you have seen a loved one (or you yourself) have experienced a manic episode, then you know mania is not some passive, quiet,...
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Can those with psychiatric disorders such as bipolar disorder benefit from interaction with animals? For most people the answer is a resounding “YES!” There are an increasing number of dogs being trained to assist individuals with a range of disabilities. It has been noted through many types of studies that service dogs have a positive impact...
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This is the second article in a 3-part series. The blogger recommends reading the first article before reading this one. If you’ve been living with bipolar disorder for some time, you’ve likely noticed a connection between symptoms you experience and stressors in your life. Perhaps you can remember a specific stressor preceding your first...
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Sarah shares tips for telling someone that you have bipolar disorder, and what to do when someone has a negative reaction. She is speaking from her personal experience living with bipolar disorder. Sarah regularly blogs for IBPF and has done some YouTube Videos for their channel. She now writes on a regular basis for the...
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I was standing at the kitchen sink crying. I had just screamed at my 7 year old again. Albeit he was being really annoying, and he talked back to me for the umpteenth time, but it was no reason to scream at him. I just couldn’t control my anger. I was in that agitated, almost-manic state. As soon as I yelled, he got very quiet – and I...
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Emotions and moods fluctuate for everyone. When life is going our way we are happy and when things are rough we can be down. This ebb and flow of moods is normal; it is what makes us human. So what is the difference between ‘normal’ and ‘bipolar’? Bipolar Disorder takes those highs and lows to the extreme: mania and depression. Manic...
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Beka Owens

October 22, 2015
When I was diagnosed with Bipolar II Disorder with episodes of ultra-rapid cycling in 2001, I found an answer for a lot of questions about why I was the way I was – and even more questions about what to do with that information. I hope my blog posts ignite hope and inspiration for readers – and writing them seems to be good therapy for me, too!...
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