bp Magazine for Bipolar3 min lettiPsychology
It's A Matter Of Time
Time is a unique phenomenon. We all have an equal amount of it. Once it’s gone, it’s gone. It’s easily wasted if not properly managed. It can fly, stand still, and play tricks on us. With bipolar, time is particularly relevant. It can take a decade t
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‘Supergirl’ Actor CHYLER LEIGH: Fighting The Good Fight
Supergirl’s adoptive sister Alexandra Danvers, MD, PhD, scientist and government agent, uses her genius-level smarts and kickass fighting skills to protect the earth—and her loved ones—from alien invasion and other threats. Danvers is part of the cen
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BP on TV
"Surely there is someone out there who will take me for who I am: the good, the bad, the full story of love." That’s award-winning actor Anne Hathaway as Lexi, prognosticating optimistically about her romantic future as a woman with bipolar disorder.
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Affirmation Vs. Autopilot
WORDS —whether spoken or thought—carry incredible weight. They are capable of healing or harming. The unkind phrases we tell ourselves so often can easily turn into beliefs, shaping an unfair and cruel view of who we are. If words hold so much sway,
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Balancing Act
Tension can build up quietly. We might not recognize it, but our bodies do. Grinding your teeth at night and walking with your shoulders bunched up around your ears? Consider taking 2 minutes, once or twice a day to practice deep breathing. Tania Muc
bp Magazine for Bipolar5 min lettiSelf-Improvement
Proof Positive
ON THE SURFACE, Jordan Burnham was a high school success story. A talented athlete, he played on the baseball and golf teams. He was elected class president in ninth grade. He was a popular student from a loving home. Bubbling underneath was corrosiv
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How Much Should You Disclose?
A few years ago, I took a leap. After nearly a decade working as a full-time writer, I applied for a position as a creative writing professor. It was my first time seeking traditional employment since the publication of my memoir, Haldol and Hyacinth
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Springtime Rules
I follow my very own “bipolar calendar.” And it is nearly always the same. Every spring, like clockwork, the sun returns to southern Alaska with an unnecessary force, and with it comes the manic eruptions that signal the end of the comforting darknes
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Double Trouble?
A certain amount of anxiety is a normal part of life; we often find ourselves worrying about stuff, our family, our job, and pretty much anything else that matters to us. For those who live with bipolar, more than 50 percent also have some form of cl
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Losing My Dad And Losing My Mind
Last summer, my dad turned 82. But not really. Two years prior, he passed away suddenly, just before his 80th birthday. Almost immediately thereafter, we unexpectedly lost my beloved dog, Pika, and then my husband’s uncle, too. And while having bipol
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Nita Sweeney
She’s run three full marathons, 28 half-marathons in 18 states, and 100 shorter races—surprising even herself. Nearly 50 years old and dealing with bipolar II’s chronic and crippling depression, NITA SWEENEY could barely jog for 60 seconds. With one
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Hollywood actors like Chyler Leigh (Grey’s Anatomy, Supergirl) seem so far removed from our daily lives—so polished, so pretty, so well-paid, so insulated from everyday problems. Truth is, Leigh deals with so much we can relate to—from caring for her
bp Magazine for Bipolar6 min lettiNutrition
We Hear You!
THE 15TH ANNIVERSARY ISSUE of bp Magazine was über-awesome! The eye-catching layout matched the quality and diversity of the articles. From the history of bipolar to personal profiles (Patty Duke and Carrie Fisher), cutting-edge research, and—my favo
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AGE: 44 LOCATION: ST. IGNACE, MI DIAGNOSES: ADHD & BIPOLAR I DISORDER YEAR DIAGNOSED: 2018 •  •  • 1ST THING TO KNOW: Fair warning, I like to make people laugh. FAVORITE BOOKS: Anything by Mitch Albom. MOST TREASURED GIFT: My wife’s love and support.
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The Pulse
Crisis counselors at the Crisis Text Line (741741) offer mental health assistance round-the-clock. An analysis of 129 million messages sent over six years showed:  56% of users said it was their first time trying to get any kind of mental health inte
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March 2, 2020, SHENYANG, China—A new study suggests the involvement of structural alterations in the brain may play a role in suicide attempts among people with bipolar disorder. Noting both bipolar and major depressive disorder are associated with h
bp Magazine for Bipolar3 min lettiSelf-Improvement
Taking Charge of You!
Those of us living with a mood disorder confront a condition we did not choose. Though we may sometimes feel like it’s not in our control, we don’t have to surrender! Instead, we can work to keep bipolar at bay. Over 35 years of living with bipolar,
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David Feherty Has A Tale To Tell
ALMOST THROUGH HAPPENSTANCE, David Feherty has spawned the Feherty brand. As in: Feherty, his Emmy-nominated series on the Golf Channel, a combination of interviews and antics now in its ninth season. And “Feherty Off Tour,” the one-man show combinin
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The History of Bipolar
There’s no time like the present to be diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Comparisons between what we know now versus what we knew then reveal that, indeed, our understanding of the disorder has come a long way. Though it’s impossible to trace the firs
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My Mom, Patty Duke
Actor Sean Astin strides onstage and bursts into the theme song from the 1960s TV sitcom The Patty Duke Show. The crowd responds warmly with applause and appreciative laughter. “My daughters hate when I sing—especially in public,” Astin confesses, a
bp Magazine for Bipolar3 min lettiPsychology
So Long, Sugar
Would you like a piece of cake?” a coworker recently asked as she thrust a chocolate square dripping with frosting at me. My response of, “No, thank you,” was met with a quizzical look. Being able to Just Say No to chocolate cake was once impossible
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Sugar: Not-so-sweet Relief
I’M LIKE a two-year-old on cotton candy. Racing thoughts, agitation, restlessness, flights of thought. One 12 oz. soda or chocolate bar, and I'm done. Working to keep sugar out of my diet. But some days I need the kick that sugar gives me. —Diane S.
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Balancing Act
If you’re tempted to dial the thermostat back up to summer temperatures, consider this: Spending several hours a day in a cool environment (60–66° F)—or a shorter time out in the cold—has some benefits. For one, it may help convert some of your “whit
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Empowerment through Disclosure
When you’re living with bipolar disorder, choosing to disclose your mental health status can be one of the toughest decisions you’ll ever make. Just as with determining whom to tell and when, the decision on how to disclose should always be up to us—
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Three Big Bipolar Misconceptions
I understand why people get confused about bipolar disorder. It’s a complicated illness with many symptoms. It helps to know what isn’t true about bipolar so that we can make sound choices and seek appropriate treatment. Clearing up misconceptions gr
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Blessed Are The Caregivers
Among the Seven Corporal Works of Mercy mentioned in the Bible is visiting and tending the sick. We look after each other, providing comfort, concern, and care in times of need. Loving and caring for someone with bipolar disorder can be tough at time
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What Is Bipolar?
Bipolar disorder is a treatable illness marked by extreme changes in mood, thought, energy, and behavior. Bipolar disorder is also known as manic depression because a person’s mood can alternate between the “poles”—mania (highs) and depression (lows)
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I Won't Let Bipolar Stop Me!
I have never followed a solid upward trajectory. The arc of my life consists of fits and starts, of grand leaps and crushing steps backward, of great achievements followed by enormous crashes. In fact, a potential agent and editor once pointed out wh
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Just a "Thing"
Fifteen years ago, I reached out to a respected publisher in the magazine industry for some guidance on getting bp Magazine’s premiere issue out the door: “You’re launching a magazine on bipolar?” she asked in disbelief. “Yes,” I responded and though
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Sheila Weller on Carrie Fisher
Journalist and best-selling author SHEILA WELLER has written about the lives and cultural impact of famous singer-songwriters of the 1960s (Girls Like Us) and pioneering women in broadcast news (The News Sorority). Her latest book, Carrie Fisher: A L
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