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By: Cassandra Stout

The holidays strike fear into many hearts, especially those of us with mental illness. But they don't have to. People with mental health conditions, including bipolar disorder, can thrive during the holiday season.Don't Neglect Basic Self-CareYou won't be able to enjoy the season if you neglect basic self-care. This applies to whatever episode you...
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Holding on to Hope

November 19, 2019

By: Thea Madeline Porter

I grew up in a typical middle class neighborhood in southern California. During my childhood I enjoyed being creative, playing sports, taking Irish dancing, listening to music, watching movies and hanging out with friends and family. I was diagnosed Bipolar Type 1 when I was 20 years old.In my early 20’s it is thought that with...
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By: Cassandra Stout

Medication interactions are serious business. You could take two medications which counteract each other, which could make you sick enough to end up in the emergency room, or even die. October 21st is National Check Your Meds Day in the US. Making sure that you're safely consuming the right combination of medications is important for everyone...
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By: Greg Walshaw

I was finishing my first year of a Master’s program when things started to change. The first time I stayed up all night to work on a paper, I thought nothing of it: the paper had to get done, and this was the cost of getting it done. I remember getting through the next day without crashing, even going out with friends in the evening. I still...
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By: Cassandra Stout

Seeing a therapist can be enormously helpful in sorting out issues you may have in your life. You can also develop coping skills in therapy to deal with serious problems, or just the less-serious issues of everyday life.But how do you start searching for a therapist? Read on to find the solution.Facts to Keep in Mind During Your SearchThere are...
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By: Sophie Prosolek

Self-discovery is an important part of learning to be an individual, but in my opinion it’s all the more important when that individual has Bipolar disorder.Bipolar, in its many guises, can be a really two-faced friend; it occasionally allows you to feel an incredible sense of self, and then rips it all away in the blink of an eye, leaving you...
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By: Cassandra Stout

As a parent with bipolar disorder, you might worry about the effects of your unchecked mental illness on your loved ones, especially your children. The devastating mood swings of bipolar disorder can cause instability for your kids. One example, a 2014 study, showed teenaged children of parents with bipolar disorder are more susceptible to risky...
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Hold On

April 23, 2019

By: Laura Sanscartier 

(Trigger warning for sexual assault)There's a song by Sarah MacLachlan called "Hold On". The first line is "Hold on, hold on to yourself, for this is gonna hurt like hell." I often think of it when it comes to hard things in my life. Not because it's "gonna hurt like hell", but because I need to "hold on".When I was 20, I was sexually assaulted by...
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World Sleep Day

March 13, 2019

By: Brandy Higgins, RN,BSN 

National Sleep Awareness Week is March 10-16, 2019 this year! I love to sleep. Unfortunately, I have battled all of my life to sleep normally. My mental illnesses make it really hard for me to sleep like an average person. I have insomnia.  When I’m depressed, I will have trouble falling asleep and staying asleep. When I do finally fall...
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By: Sydney Batt

Students living with Bipolar disorder have challenges not many people see or understand. Features of bipolar disorder make it tough to thrive in school, so it may feel like a lonely battle in the classroom. School stressors can contribute to triggering episodes of depression or mania. What happens when you are having a serious mood swing and still...
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By: Courtney Davey, MA, LMFT

The holidays are a wonderful time: family, friends, feelings of good will etc. However, these additions to your schedule also can create high levels of stress. Holiday movies are notorious for making gags out of the difficulties with family as it concentrates on our interactions with them. As we go through the holiday season, living with Bipolar...
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By: Andrienne Kennedy

This is the most wonderful time of the year! For many people the holidays signifies happiness, family and fun. But what about those who struggle when holiday time comes around? While the meaning of the holidays is beautiful, it can be a rough time for so many people including myself.  When I was a child I loved Christmas, it was my...
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