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Hear the stories of those that have struggled with bipolar disorder.

I am newly diagnosed

You should know that you are not alone. 60 million people worldwide have bipolar disorder, and 1 in 4 people experience some type of mental illness.

I have been living with bipolar disorder

International Bipolar Foundation is here to help learn more about living with bipolar disorder. We believe that education is key to managing symptoms and here you can find information to help you on your journey to recovery.

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If you care for a loved one who has bipolar disorder, you are what we call a “caregiver.” An important thing you should remember as a caregiver is not to forget to take care of yourself.

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Sleeping and Circadian Rhythms

Join Chris Ching, from the USC Keck School of Medicine, for a webinar on sleep and circadian rhythms on July 26th, at 10 AM PST! Stay tuned for more details!

Carlsbad Marathon

Sunday, January 15, 2023 | Carlsbad, CA In 2022, we had an awesome day by Pacific Ocean cheering on Carlsbad Marathon Runners! Make sure to join us next year at the Carlsbad Marathon and spend a beautiful day by the sea in support of mental health awareness!...

From Our Blog

Signs: Everywhere and Nowhere

Signs: Everywhere and Nowhere

Author:  Melinda Goedeke I’m often asked whether or not I saw the signs. What I hear in that question is blame and responsibility; assignment of fault. I didn’t see the signs because there weren’t many to see; I saw Laura - my delightful, radiant and complicated...

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Haiku Train: Railways

Haiku Train: Railways

Author: Sophia Falco   existentialism may be the way live without street signs spelling out starlit sky does not equate to lit torches fire still seeing darkness energy to moon and back bursting with the blank possibilities verbalize rather not trip up tongue...

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Lithium and Dialysis, Part VI

Lithium and Dialysis, Part VI

Author: Natalia A. Beiser I have been on dialysis since July 2021 and continue to take Lithium, which in some patients causes decreased kidney function. However, I continue to be prescribed Lithium because it is the only proven medicine to curb my personal experience...

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Author: Catalina Bellizzi-Itiola Sometimes I look back at the timeline of my life’s volatile mood fluctuations, and it makes me worry about what on earth my future will look like. Will I hold a job? Will I have a child? Will I be able to survive more episodes? Even...

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How to Ensure You Never Run out of Meds Again

How to Ensure You Never Run out of Meds Again

Author: Cassandra Stout Running out of meds is the worst. If you're regularly taking medication and you run out of pills and stop suddenly, this is terrible for your body and your mind. If you're bipolar, you may end up tripping into a mood episode that can devastate...

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