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Aren’t You Jealous?

By: Sabrina Ruediger This series is exploring the mania, including psychosis, in manic episodes of Bipolar I and my experience with that in a psychiatric hospital. I was inspired by a poem I wrote during my stay at Aurora Behavioral Health Psychiatric Unit in 2016,...

Jails Are No Place For Those With A Mental Illness

Jails Are No Place For Those With A Mental Illness

By: Carol Ray, Ph.D. Prisons and jails have become America’s default mental health institutions. More individuals with  severe mental illnesses are housed in prisons and jails than in state psychiatric hospitals. Individuals with severe mental illness, while in...

When You’re Bipolar, It’s Better To Give Than To Receive

When You’re Bipolar, It’s Better To Give Than To Receive

By: Conor Bezane I still make mixtapes. They may be on CD, but, to me, they will always be mixtapes. Music is my higher power in AA and even though I don’t go to very many meetings anymore, music still plays a pivotal, necessary role in my recovery — for my dual...

Creating A Positive Attitude When You Have Bipolar Disorder

Creating A Positive Attitude When You Have Bipolar Disorder

By: John Poehler  Getting the news that you have a chronic mental illness can be quite disheartening.   It can be extremely overwhelming. You cannot change the fact that you have bipolar disorder. You can change your perspective about mental illness by reframing your...

Why Living With Bipolar Is Like A Life-Long Game Of Chess

Why Living With Bipolar Is Like A Life-Long Game Of Chess

By: Kam Having an invisible illness such as mental health comes with all manner of problems and stigma. I’m very lucky in the sense that I am supported by my family and friends but I often find that thought creeping into my head… ‘they just don’t get it’. What I...

ALBCNYA

ALBCNYA

By: Kathleen Westerhaus  Cryptic acronyms texted on our phones, new words perhaps, communicate ideas in short memorable phrases; examples include: LOL, ICYMI, DYK. I’ve come to appreciate the creativity of individuals who cleverly express phrases on their vehicle’s...

Bipolar Disorder And The Stigma On Men’s Mental Health

Bipolar Disorder And The Stigma On Men’s Mental Health

By: John Poehler It is interesting to note that the prevalence and type of bipolar disorder related to men’s health is gender specific. The DBSA (Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance) provides some startling statistics: The incidence of bipolar disorder is the same...

“Praying Away” Mental Illness In The African American Community

“Praying Away” Mental Illness In The African American Community

By: Brandon L. Lowe CCSI, MS, LPC, LCAS, MAC, CSOTP My name is Brandon Lowe, I’m a therapist and owner of a mental health agency (Knew Era Consulting PLLC) in Winston Salem, NC.  I have experience spanning over 11 years in the field of psychology and therapy.   I...

When Having A Mental Illness Helps You Help Your Partner

When Having A Mental Illness Helps You Help Your Partner

By: Lori Lane-Murphy I hate seeing my beloved struggling. He has severe depression that, thankfully, has been managed quite well for the past several years. Like many of us, he still has some days that are a little darker than he’d like, but nothing he can’t handle....

Lori Lane Murphy

Lori Lane-Murphy is a comedic storyteller with a passion for mental health advocacy, particularly stigma reduction. Her goal in life is to show people that living with mental illness is no different than any other physical illness. Having grown up in a house with the...

How My Eating Disorder Affects My Mental Health

How My Eating Disorder Affects My Mental Health

By: Emily McGuigan My journey with food has been a long and exhausting eight year cycle of self-destruction. In those eight years, a mental and physical war broke out against myself, with myself. As someone who already suffers from mental illness, I have...

Forming Relationships With Bipolar Disorder

Forming Relationships With Bipolar Disorder

By: Courtney Davey, MA, MFT Relationships can be full of ups, downs, stress, excitement, and everything in between. From family relationships that have been lifelong, to platonic friendships that withstand the test of time, to romantic relationships that take us to a...

Courtney Davey, MA, MFT

Courtney Davey, MA, MFT

Courtney Davey is a marriage and family therapist in Philadelphia, PA. She earned her Masters from La Salle University in Marriage and Family Therapy. Her work and interests focus on anxiety and mood disorders in couples and sex therapy.  She currently works with both...

Let’s Talk About Mental Health: January

Let’s Talk About Mental Health: January

Voices From The IBPF Community  After reviewing our January posts, IBPF is excited about the increasing participation in our mental health Facebook chats! Every time somebody shares their experiences or advice, another person dealing with the same issue is being...

How Therapy Plays A Role In My Mental Health Recovery

By: Jess Lader I’ve had the same psychotherapist for thirteen years. I chose my psychiatric practice from an insurance book of providers and got lucky on the first try. I know this is not common – but I implore anyone reading this to keep attempting until you find the...

Jess Lader

Jess Lader

Jess Lader worked in healthcare administration for 14 years before deciding to pursue her lifelong love of writing full time. She enjoys writing personal essays and is currently working on a memoir. She specializes in writing about mental illness and is devoted to...

Maternal Fetal Mental Health Choices – My Story

By: Danielle Workman “It’s not complicated. It’s easy. You just have to make a decision. Are you going to hurt your unborn child because you are going to kill yourself?” Those words rocked me to my core. Those words sat like a ton of bricks on my mind as I left and...

Seeds Of Hope

Seeds Of Hope

By: Liz Wilson I often wonder if everyone has experienced the miracle of a well-spoken or well-meaning word during times of crisis or need?  I grew up in a home fraught with poverty, but my Mother was constantly trying to make small things go a long way—both...

Meditation: Good For Overall Sense Of Well-Being

Meditation: Good For Overall Sense Of Well-Being

By: Alexis Zinkerman I try to sit on my yoga mat for 20 minutes in meditation a few days a week. I feel mentally and physically balanced. But I am no expert in meditation. I had some questions about my practice and my meditation teacher at the zendo was half a country...

Where Bipolar Meets My Imagination

Where Bipolar Meets My Imagination

By: Nic Fleming My thoughts turn to the whimsical ideas I have when I’m elevated, or in fact when I’m depressed or perhaps even relatively level. All my life I have always had an active imagination and a type of acute sensory capacity in the context of so many things:...

The ORBIT Project

The ORBIT Project

Quality of life in bipolar disorder Maintaining good quality of life is an important goal for people with bipolar disorder.  Beyond managing the symptoms of bipolar disorder, people naturally want to maximise satisfaction in important life areas, such as the social,...

How Xena: Warrior Princess Saved My Life

How Xena: Warrior Princess Saved My Life

By: Kam Every year in January I have a ritual, I re-watch the TV series Xena: Warrior Princess, all six seasons of it.  Xena was a TV show that aired between 1995 – 2001 about a warrior woman of ancient Greece who used to be a warlord but turned to the side of good...

Kam

Kam

Hi, my name is Kam, I’m from Manchester, England and I live with bipolar. I started blogging on the topic of mental health officially in 2015 but I have been writing my whole life. I was diagnosed at age 27 and at the time I couldn’t find any support or...

How I Managed My Mental Health While Living Abroad

How I Managed My Mental Health While Living Abroad

By: Emily McGuigan I have always dreamed of traveling across the world, so when I got the opportunity to study and intern in Florence, Italy, for three months I was beside myself. The closer the date crept up, the more my excitement morphed into anxiety. My mind...

Mommy’s Bipolar

Mommy’s Bipolar

By: Danielle Workman To many people, the mere thought of me telling my son about my bipolar disorder diagnosis was controversial. When people would ask if he knew, I’d always let them know that yes, he did know, and he was okay with it. They’d gasp, or shake their...

7 Simple Ways To Maintain Stability When You Have Bipolar Disorder

7 Simple Ways To Maintain Stability When You Have Bipolar Disorder

By: John Poehler  Bipolar Disorder is a chronic illness of extreme moods, energy, and motivation. It is a complex disease that requires multiple coping strategies per day. The diagnostic criteria is the same for everyone.  However, each individual is unique in their...

A Tenacious Spirit And Managing Bipolar Symptoms

A Tenacious Spirit And Managing Bipolar Symptoms

By: Allison Clemmons Tenacity is one’s strength of will or determination in continuing to do what one is doing. It is a word synonymous with stubbornness and patience. It is also a quality which those who struggle daily with serious mental disorders must seek to...

John Poehler

John Poehler

John Poehler was diagnosed Bipolar Type 1 back in 1999.  He is the creator and founder of the blog “The Bipolar Battle”, whose mission is to help empower those afflicted with bipolar disorder live the life they deserve.  John is a mental health advocate, writer and...

Let’s Talk About Mental Health: January

Let’s Talk About Mental Health: December

Voices From The IBPF Community  This December we launched our new weekly health talks amongst our Facebook community as a way to keep up a conversation about mental health with one another! You all responded with much enthusiasm which tells us that there is much more...

A Holiday Message And Resource List From IBPF

A Holiday Message And Resource List From IBPF

Although the holiday season is known to be the most wonderful time of the year, the truth is that it can also be very difficult for many of us who are suffering from hardships and/or mental illness. It is important that we take care of our own mental health and also...

Planning For My Health

Planning For My Health

By: Danielle Workman Most girls have that one ‘must have’ item in their purse at all times. For some it is a certain lip gloss, others have a pair of great sunglasses, others hide great items like portable chargers or spritzers. These days, my go to items are my...

The Holidays Aren’t Happy For Everyone, And That’s Okay

The Holidays Aren’t Happy For Everyone, And That’s Okay

By: Melanie Luxenberg It’s that time of year again. December. The holidays are approaching. Time off school for students, perhaps time off work for those whose offices close (or who take time off), time to travel for some, staycations for others. A chance to spend...

Help! My Parent Has Bipolar Disorder: Part 2

Help! My Parent Has Bipolar Disorder: Part 2

By: Leslie A. Lindsay In Part 1, I described my personal experience with a parent with bipolar disorder. I have compiled a list of questions and concerns that you may have from your own personal experience! Maybe one is, “Why does my mom (or dad) have Bipolar...

Help! My Parent Has Bipolar Disorder

Help! My Parent Has Bipolar Disorder

By: Leslie A. Lindsay  Hi, my name is Leslie. My Mom can be sometimes happy and other times sad. She sometimes forgets to take care of me because she is busy sewing, sewing, sewing. And smoking. She’s say, “Just a second,” with her brows pinched together, her eyes...

Leslie A. Lindsay

Leslie A. Lindsay

Leslie Lindsay is a mother, wife, and writer living in Chicagoland. Her mother died by suicide in June 2015 after a lengthy battle of bipolar disorder with psychotic features; she was an interior decorator. Leslie is at work on a memoir, aptly titled, MODEL HOME in...

Overcoming Fear In Recovery

Overcoming Fear In Recovery

By: Nic Fleming  As I sit down to write this blog, I am reflecting on my last post and where I am at today. All I can come up with is that for me living with bipolar is all encompassing. It is present in every action I take or do not take. It undermines my sense of...

How Art Helped Me Through My Longest Depressive Episode

How Art Helped Me Through My Longest Depressive Episode

By: Emily McGuigan *The charcoal artwork featured above is titled “Too Much”by Emily McGuigan* When I’m asked for an example of how I’ve used art therapy in my own recovery, I instantly think of a recent time in my life where my art actually resulted in me...

Witchcraft Or Simply Mental Illness?

Witchcraft Or Simply Mental Illness?

By: Mamotladi Ivy Matloga I recently watched a programme on television wherein a young lady was talking about how in her understanding, there is no such a thing as mental illness. According to the lady, mental illness was nothing more than plain witchcraft. “People...

Changing The Perspective Of Your Symptoms

Changing The Perspective Of Your Symptoms

By: Danielle Workman  The best advice I had ever gotten in regards to my diagnosis came from my father. It was a dark and gloomy day, in those long months between winter and spring. “You need to spend less time fighting your bipolar and more time working with it.” He...

Fear Of Taking Pills

Fear Of Taking Pills

By: Conor Bezane Artificial happiness. That’s what I thought I’d be getting into if I went on antidepressants. I have to admit I was scared to even go there. Would I become a zombie? Would my emotions be flattened? What about apathy? Turns out these fears were, for...

From Negative To Positive

From Negative To Positive

By: Kryss Jobes There was a time in my life when I had a breakdown. I sought help in caring for my daughter before things got too bad. But after that it was a continuous downward spiral until I wasn’t me anymore. I had run away, to live in the back of my mind, while...

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