Maternal Mental Health Month

Maternal Mental Health Month

Maternal Mental Health Month Maternal Mental Health Month is celebrated each May to raise awareness about parents’ mental well-being before, during, and after pregnancy. Celebrating this month can mean acknowledging the importance of monitoring maternal mental...
Aníta

Aníta

Something I am Proud Of: What I am proud of in my journey is that I never gave up, no matter how hard things got. I always found a way to power through the darkness after a manic episode, and the trauma that can come along. I have been in a mental hospital 4 times...
Creating a Safe and Supportive Home Environment for Children With Bipolar Disorder

Creating a Safe and Supportive Home Environment for Children With Bipolar Disorder

Author: Sam Bowman   Home should be a safe haven for children living with bipolar disorder. As a parent or caregiver, you have the unique opportunity to create a supportive home environment for them that fosters growth and compassion. As they’re growing up,...
Creativity as My Outlet

Creativity as My Outlet

Author: Sara Trejo   Creativity has always been an impactful outlet for me. For a long time, I’d struggle expressing myself, I’d doubt my creative abilities, or question whether I would even consider myself creative at all. It wasn’t until I eventually asked...
The Impact of Bipolar on Relationships

The Impact of Bipolar on Relationships

Author: Matthew Palmieri   It’s no secret that if left untreated, bipolar illness can have a devastating impact on relationships. So when symptoms take over, it’s crucial to start looking at the triggers that lead to a change in thinking and behavior. A few...
Jamie

Jamie

Something I am Proud Of: I was diagnosed with Bipolar I at the age of 18 following six years of inexplicable behaviours, emotional dysregulation, and suicidal ideation. In my final year of high school, I dropped five courses, and the future I had always dreamed for...
Therapy Saved and Changed My Life

Therapy Saved and Changed My Life

Author: Lee Formella   After being diagnosed with bipolar disorder, there were many emotions that ran through me immediately, and for a long time thereafter. Among these feelings were two that were hard to overcome; confusion and defeat. I was confused about what...
Lee

Lee

Something I am Proud Of: I am proud of what was once impossible; some stability living with Bipolar 2 through a consistent routine. After 15 years of drinking, gambling, and yelling at those I love; I no longer drink,I workout 3-5x/ week, eat healthy, sleep 8 hours,...
Che’

Che’

Something I am Proud Of: There have been countless times where I felt like I just couldn’t “do life”. In my most recent series of episodes, I quit my job that I once loved, I showered 3 times a month on average, I wore the same clothes I slept in...
Mariah

Mariah

Something I am Proud Of: Hi, I’m Mariah. I’m 22 years old and I currently live in Italy. Here’s my story of dealing with Bipolar 1 disorder (with psychosis). I got diagnosed in February 2022 after I found myself in the psychiatric ward lying on the bed and...
Living with Bipolar as a Neuroscientist – My Journey of Hope and Discovery

Living with Bipolar as a Neuroscientist – My Journey of Hope and Discovery

Author: Robin Mazumder BSc, MSc OT, PhD   The year that followed my diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder was, without doubt, the most difficult year of my life – the deepest trench in an ocean of despair. I’d gotten used to feeling depressed but the “year of...
Five Words My Psychiatrist Told Me After the Death of My Mom That Changed the Course of My Grief Journey

Five Words My Psychiatrist Told Me After the Death of My Mom That Changed the Course of My Grief Journey

Author: Lianca Lyons   My mother died suddenly on the afternoon of Thursday, September 14, 2023. She went into cardiac arrest and had a heart attack in front of me. To my surprise, this is NOTHING like the movies but I will spare you the horrific scene that lives...
My Experience with Mania

My Experience with Mania

Author: Ricardo Pavão   My first manic episode was about 4 years ago, and now I understand that before that I also had long periods of depression. I can say that experiencing mania was a really tough time. I was hospitalized 4 times, basically once every year,...
Pets and Mental Health – A True Companion

Pets and Mental Health – A True Companion

Author: Niki Castle contains mentions of suicide and sexual assault   Buster was the only puppy in his litter. A runt, they said. He was the perfect mix of Pomeranian, Poodle, Jack Russell terrier, and Chihuahua. A stout, white body with large brown spots and...
The Positivity of World Bipolar Day 2024 – #BipolarStrong

The Positivity of World Bipolar Day 2024 – #BipolarStrong

World Bipolar Day is celebrated each year on March 30th, the birthday of Vincent Van Gogh, who was posthumously diagnosed as probably having a bipolar condition. International Bipolar Foundation’s 2024 theme was #BipolarStrong! As a worldwide community, we came...
Allowing Myself to Own My Experiences

Allowing Myself to Own My Experiences

Author: Mihlali Mqushulu   For months I have been contemplating this. It was not so much about sharing my experience with this lifelong rollercoaster I’ve been handed at quite a young age; But more so about if my experience will seem valid enough for anyone...
To Medicate or Not to Medicate? My Personal Experience

To Medicate or Not to Medicate? My Personal Experience

Author: Birdie Thorn   I’d like to start off by saying that this is all based off my personal experience and my personal opinions. You should always consult with a doctor to determine what works best for you. I have bipolar 2 disorder. I have attempted to treat...
Choosing Life Over Addiction with Bipolar Disorder

Choosing Life Over Addiction with Bipolar Disorder

Author: Che’ Lang   Thinking I may be dead because too many things in life are connecting perfectly, and way too often, was a sure sign that I was in the throes of a manic episode. Sleeping 2-4 hours a night was all I needed. I had no time to sleep. I had...
Working Through the Challenges of Relocating With Bipolar Disorder

Working Through the Challenges of Relocating With Bipolar Disorder

Author: Sam Bowman   Bipolar disorder can make relocating a unique challenge to overcome. Moving is a stressful time for almost everyone due to its unpredictability. A perceived loss of control is anxiety-inducing for anyone — but particularly for those living...
What I Wish More People Knew About Bipolar Disorder

What I Wish More People Knew About Bipolar Disorder

Author: Matthew Palmieri   Since accepting the severity of my mood disorder, I’ve admittedly developed a sense of wanting to explain my condition to friends, family, and anyone within earshot.  It’s likely because I’m still trying to understand it more clearly...
Find Your Smile

Find Your Smile

by Surabhi Verma   The number of people with declining mental health is unfortunately increasing rapidly. Getting more isolated and fatigued, many people have been caught in a web of mental struggles. Day by day, this web grows, yet manages to stay hidden in the...
I Can Be Even More Vulnerable

I Can Be Even More Vulnerable

by Katie Garrison   Heart racing, tears falling, hands shaking. I will never forget that day in April of 2021- I have never experienced such hopelessness and fear. I could never have imagined that the most vulnerable and terrifying moment of my life would...
Sophia’s Mindful Stitches

Sophia’s Mindful Stitches

by Sophia Hasan   Throughout my high school years, I have discovered the powerful impact of creativity on my mental health. When faced with academic and social pressures, engaging in creative activities became my safe place. Whether it was crocheting, sewing, or...
Balancing Work, School, and Bipolar Disorder

Balancing Work, School, and Bipolar Disorder

Author: Elizabeth Horner   There are a number of truths about living with bipolar disorder that need to be accepted. One of them is that we do not have the ability to compartmentalize our lives so that bipolar disorder can affect one area of our life and not the...
Hypomania is not “a little mania”, nor treated like one

Hypomania is not “a little mania”, nor treated like one

June 5, 2024 at 10:00 AM PT Register for the free webinar with Dr. Jim Phelps here. Consider the difference between having a *really* good day versus losing contact with reality and risking one’s job, savings, relationships and safety. These are completely...
How Creating Music Has Helped Me Navigate The Complexities of Bipolar Disorder

How Creating Music Has Helped Me Navigate The Complexities of Bipolar Disorder

Author: Brandon Russ   Throughout the history of this planet, music has been something used by both individuals and societies at large to convey a variety of ideas and emotions. These include religious and spiritual groups, educational institutions, and the...
Calming the Bipolar Waves: From a Psychiatrist’s Point of View

Calming the Bipolar Waves: From a Psychiatrist’s Point of View

Author: Thiago Genaro   Have you ever been to Rio de Janeiro? Rio reminds me of tropical natural beauty, carnival and parties. When I think of Rio, the statue of Christ the Redeemer, Sugarloaf Mountain, sailboats in Botafogo Cove, and incredible beaches come to...
Bipolar Impulses: Understanding the Impact on Finances and Relationships

Bipolar Impulses: Understanding the Impact on Finances and Relationships

Author: Sam Bowman   Developing healthy boundaries and coping mechanisms when dealing with bipolar disorder can feel like an uphill battle. Budgeting and managing your platonic, romantic, and familial relationships is already hard enough, but the overwhelming...
Long-Acting Injectables & Bipolar Disorder

Long-Acting Injectables & Bipolar Disorder

June 27th, 2024 at 9:00 AM PT Register for the free webinar with Mauricio Tohen, MD, DrPH, MBA here. Long-acting antipsychotic (LAI) medications are frequently prescribed in schizophrenia, but less often in patients with bipolar disorder. Patients with bipolar...
Social Rhythm Therapy for Bipolar Disorder

Social Rhythm Therapy for Bipolar Disorder

July 11, 2024 at 10:00 AM PT Register for the free webinar with Dr. Holly Swartz, here. Psychosocial interventions are valuable complements to medication in improving symptomatic and functional outcomes for individuals with bipolar disorder. Social Rhythm Therapy...
Parenting and Bipolar Disorder

Parenting and Bipolar Disorder

Author: Che’ Lang   Caring for a child comes with many responsibilities. Being emotionally and mentally stable is essential when teaching a little human the ropes to this complex life. It requires immense amounts of patience, and the ability to stay calm...
Identifying and Processing Bipolar Emotions

Identifying and Processing Bipolar Emotions

Author: Matthew Palmieri   Before I committed myself to understanding the underlining emotions characteristic of bipolar, I’d often oscillate between extreme irritability, and a kind of manic frenzy jumping from one task to another without any real consideration...
Empowering Aging Adults with Bipolar Disorder to Stay Active and Engaged

Empowering Aging Adults with Bipolar Disorder to Stay Active and Engaged

Author: Sam Bowman   For adults, exercise and socialization may be difficult enough propositions on their own; but for aging adults with bipolar disorder, there are times when maintaining a regular, active schedule may seem downright impossible. Sure, it’s easy...
My 5 Positives of Bipolar

My 5 Positives of Bipolar

Author: Matthew Palmieri   Many years after my initial diagnosis, a simple question popped in my head that would fundamentally change the way I look at my mental illness. I asked, “What would happen if I embraced bipolar instead of constantly looking at it as...
Sleep in Bipolar Disorder: Challenges and Management Tips

Sleep in Bipolar Disorder: Challenges and Management Tips

United States – July 30, 2024 at 4:00 PM PT Australia – July 31, 2024 at 9:00 AM AEST Register for the free webinar with Dr. Greg Murray here. Joined by Professor Greg Murray, we will start by talking about the different ways that sleep problems can impact...
Carlsbad Marathon 2024

Carlsbad Marathon 2024

Our dedicated volunteers brought enthusiasm to the event, cheering on runners and engaging in meaningful conversations to raise awareness about mental health. This dual approach not only added vibrancy to the marathon but also contributed to breaking down stigmas...
Exercising with Depression: Simplifying Fitness for Mental Wellness

Exercising with Depression: Simplifying Fitness for Mental Wellness

Author: Sam Bowman   For all of us, energy is a limited resource at the best of times. We only have so much capacity to do everything we need in a day – and unfortunately, mental illness can consume most of it. With depression, even the most simple of tasks can...
Welcoming Mania After Depression? My Experience

Welcoming Mania After Depression? My Experience

Author: Birdie Thorn   To understand the appeal of Hypomania/mania, you must understand the dread of depression. Bipolar depression is much more than occasional bouts of the blues. It can feel as though you are stuck in the deepest parts of your brain while your...
Maslow’s (Bipolar Disorder) Hierarchy of Needs

Maslow’s (Bipolar Disorder) Hierarchy of Needs

Author: Brooke Rowland   Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs provides helpful structural guidance for the multi-faceted approach to treating Bipolar Disorder. Articulated in 1943, his theory stated that our needs can be visualized as a pyramid and that the needs at the...
Bipolar 2024 Resolutions— Do the New You or the Tried & True?

Bipolar 2024 Resolutions— Do the New You or the Tried & True?

Author: Matthew Palmieri   For many, January is THE time to take an honest look at our habits, routines, and other frequent choices that force us to take stock of what works and doesn’t work for our physical, mental, and emotional health. However, for those of us...
The Nails (and Medals) of a World Champion Brazilian swimmer

The Nails (and Medals) of a World Champion Brazilian swimmer

Photo: Satiro Sodré/SSPress/CBDA Author: Thiago Genaro   “Marcel, I have to go.” Felipe abandoned training, got out of the pool and went to the shower. His head didn’t stop. Thoughts were racing. The restless mind. Inattention harmed the...
Disclosing Bipolar Disorder

Disclosing Bipolar Disorder

Author: Lee Formella   I am extremely lucky. On the day that I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, I knew I had at least 5 calls to make, receiving nothing but empathy and support on the other end of the phone. Beyond that though, who do you tell? When do you...
Bipolar Disorder on the Job: How Managers and Co-workers Can Help

Bipolar Disorder on the Job: How Managers and Co-workers Can Help

Author: Sam Bowman   A truly inclusive workplace can positively impact employees and companies alike in countless ways. The stressors that jobs bring to the average employee don’t have to be exacerbated by unacknowledged issues. Employees with bipolar disorder,...
Starry Night 2023

Starry Night 2023

Thank you to all who supported Starry Night 2023, A Star’s Secret Revealed! It was an amazing night of meaningful connection and celebration. We give special gratitude to our featured speaker and 2023 Imagine Award winner, Terri Cheney, for captivating and inspiring...
The Complexity and Potentials of Recovery

The Complexity and Potentials of Recovery

Author: Alan Monnelly   Recovery is not linear. Recovery is not easy. Recovery is the only option. There are so many stages and variables in the journey of recovery from bipolar illness that it is vital for the person on this road to take it one day at a time. In...
The “Little Things” Before Symptoms

The “Little Things” Before Symptoms

Author: Matthew Palmieri   It’s the Little Things. Big shifts in our lives can derail us from progress in managing bipolar, but it’s crucial we often look at the little things as well that may cause our symptoms to take over. Are we ignoring the need to eat food...
Coping with Grief: Managing Bipolar Disorder After Losing a Loved One

Coping with Grief: Managing Bipolar Disorder After Losing a Loved One

Author: Sam Bowman   Losing a loved one and going through the grieving process is difficult for everyone. But, when you’re an individual with bipolar disorder, experiencing that loss can be even more difficult. The journey of grief can feel like it has more...
Fighting Through Depression – Getting Back to the Basics

Fighting Through Depression – Getting Back to the Basics

Author: Tori Bryl   With bipolar disorder, every depressive episode varies in length and intensity, with a fleeting epiphany that holds the key to breaking free. This past summer, I was in a four-month depressive episode— the longest I’ve ever experienced....
Finding Hope Through Challenges

Finding Hope Through Challenges

Author: Sophia Queen   I wanted to start by saying, this road isn’t easy. I forced myself into thinking it would be fine and I would be fine, but many times I’m not. I get glimpses of hope every once in a while but just know that the first diagnosis...
Obsessions and Impulsivity with Bipolar Disorder

Obsessions and Impulsivity with Bipolar Disorder

Author: Lee Formella   Before I was diagnosed, my obsessions and impulsivities were an unstoppable force. I’d wake up in the morning convinced I was NOT going to gamble that night, despite the triggers of the day. I promised myself if I did drink, I would NOT...
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