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Teresa Smeigh

October 1, 2015
Teresa Smeigh is currently 59 years old and lives in Deptford, New Jersey. She is a mental health blogger and has been featured on 2 websites with her articles about Bipolar Disorder. Her desire is to be a mental health advocate. She has joined a few projects to help try to make more people aware of the disorder and to help eliminate stigma. ...
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Dealing with Stigma

September 30, 2015
“Are you on Facebook?” Those four little words make me cringe more than anything. Never did one sentence cause so much fear and anxiety. Then I have to weigh very carefully how I respond. There are questions I ask myself about the person: Are they open-minded? Will they understand? Every friend I have on Facebook, I trust. I trust that they won’t...
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Lynn Ulrich

September 30, 2015
My name is Lynn Ulrich. I have a bachelor’s degree in Education and am currently an elementary school teacher and gym instructor. I was diagnosed with rapid cycling Bipolar I Disorder with psychotic features in 2008. In my free time I love to go to the gym, play with my son, and spend time with my significant other. 
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I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder when I was young, fifteen or sixteen years old, but before that I had been seen by doctors, psychiatrists, and psychologists for depression. I think ‘manic’ stages were assumed to be me being a ‘normal’ kid: happy, productive, and full of life and energy. During the time after diagnosis I was put on,...
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Jessica Hull

September 30, 2015
Hello! Thank you for taking the time to read my biography. My name is Jessica Hull. I am thirty years old. I was diagnosed with Bipolar I disorder, general anxiety disorder, and social anxiety at the age of sixteen. Prior to this diagnosis I was being treated for depression only from the age of eight to approximately fifteen. I have a very...
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Help us win Healthline's Best Health Blog of the Year! Vote for International Bipolar Foundation here. I think it’s safe to say that many of us who have bipolar disorder struggle with weight gain. The main reason is that medications can affect our appetite. My medication makes me crave sweets like never before. A woman I met in my...
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In this video, Sarah talks about the dull feeling she had when she first starting taking medication. It eventually went away after she worked with her psychiatrist to adjust the medication to what works best for her. Read more of Sarah’s posts for IBPF here. You can find out about Sarah’s other passion, health and nutrition, at her blog...
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When you’re first diagnosed with bipolar disorder, it’s normal to be confused, scared, and upset. You may be grieving, and that’s okay. The pain may feel unbearable, but it will eventually fade. Though you may feel alone right now, you are never alone. There are people ready, and willing to help you. This illness may not curable, but it is...
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Catch It, Check It, Change It

September 18, 2015
I sit every day on the third floor of the student center eating my lunch. Today I was ruminating about how up until now I was usually eating lunch with friends, laughing and having fun, but these days, it is not at all like that. I do not have friends at school, or at least any friends that invite me over to their house or where we go out to a bar...
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Positivity

September 16, 2015
Think...Think My thoughts are wild. Untamed. Running wild like mustangs Think...Think My mind is a minefield. One wrong step and it’s blown Think...Think One day bad. One day good. Think...Think One day fast. One day slow. Think...Think One day guided. One day misunderstood. Think...Think My...
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