Buying a gift for a friend or family member with bipolar disorder? Skip the standard Starbucks gift card - and choose something that promotes wellness. Below are a wide variety of selections ranging from $1 to $200 (you can find many of them at discounted prices, so shop around). All of my picks are products I’ve used personally, that my counseling clients have found helpful, or that I’ve carefully researched.
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Carrie Elizabeth Lin
Resilience is defined as “the ability to become strong, healthy, or successful again after something bad happens” or “the ability of something to return to its original shape after it has been pulled, stretched, pressed, bent, etc.” If you want a real-world example of something that’s resilient, think of a Slinky.
As a counselor with a background in vocational rehabilitation, I’m a big believer in meaningful work for people with mental health disabilities – the research shows it’s an effective path toward recovery, and I’ve seen this firsthand over and over.
I'm a psychotherapist who has worked as a vocational rehabilitation counselor - that’s a specialist who helps people with disabilities, including bipolar disorder, find and keep meaningful work. I also have bipolar disorder myself, and have struggled over the years to find work that meets my own “special needs.”
Carrie Elizabeth Lin, MA, LPCC is a psychotherapist and career counselor in San Jose, California. She has worked as a vocational rehabilitation counselor, psychology instructor, and behavioral health researcher. She is currently in private practice and an adjunct faculty member at Sofia University. Carrie has led job search support groups for individuals with disabilities, as well as workshops on a variety of topics such as career exploration and stress management. She has also written career development material for Education Portal.