Health & Fitness
bp Magazine for Bipolar

bp Magazine for Bipolar Spring 2018

bp Magazine empowers people with bipolar disorder to live healthy, fulfilling lives. bp delivers success stories of people living with bipolar, including celebrities. It also includes features on building healthy lifestyles—with topics like sleep, exercise, stress, treatments, relationships, and employment—and offers cutting edge news and research.

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3 min.
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). The change in mood can last for hours, days, weeks, or months. What bipolar is not Bipolar disorder is not a character flaw or sign of personal weakness. Whom bipolar disorder affects Bipolar disorder affects more than 5.7 million adult Americans and 440,000 adult Canadians. It usually begins in late adolescence, often appearing as depression during teen years, although it can start in early childhood or later in life. An equal number of men and women develop this illness. Men tend to begin with a manic episode, women with a depressive episode. Bipolar disorder is found among all…

2 min.
keeping faith on track

Getting behind the wheel of his 4,000-pound, 800-horsepower truck, motor-sport champion Justin Peck feels in control of his mind, his thoughts, and has a sense of “mental peace.” The idea of the need for speed as a tool for balancing bipolar disorder seems like an oxymoron—but it works for Peck. In fact, this off-road racing superstar says his “helmet is my medication,” at least part of it. With the focus of a trained brain that reacts in tenths of a second, his mental chaos disappears behind the wheel. There’s a parallel here and it’s not lost on Peck: maneuvering his fears and the challenges of competing in the desert looks a lot like how he manages his mania and depression. Whether it’s race car driving, building businesses or being raw and…

7 min.
we hear you

LIVING IN HOPE THIS ARTICLE (“Get Your Hopes Up,” Winter 2018) brings me so much comfort as I am in [a depression] right now. I keep slipping into “why am I like this” mode—part of me trying to be happy, trying to ignore this diagnosis as an unreal thing. Then I take a look around to see how others are living, and it hits me how they live differently. It feels good to see this because I can surrender and have a deeper acceptance of myself, more love of myself. Thank you. I saved [this article] on my desktop. Danielle via bphope.com THANK YOU for this article (“Hope Is The Thing With Feathers,” Winter 2018). [Your advice] does help and even though it is not easy to do, I am going to…

1 min.
meet brianna

Location: San Diego, CA Occupation: Student at Palomar College Age: 19 Diagnosis: Bipolar I Year Diagnosed: 2015 * * * NICKNAME: Bri or Breeby. FAVORITE DOCUMENTARY: Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens! ON TOP OF MY PLAYLIST: “Featherstone” by The Paper Kites; “Stubborn Love” by The Lumineers. MOST UNUSUAL TALENT:I can say the 50 states in alphabetical order. TO DESTRESS I LIKE TO: Do yoga, write, and hang out with friends. BEST GUILTY PLEASURE: I love chocolate-covered pretzels more than any other candy/dessert. BIGGEST ADVENTURE I’VE HAD: I went on a road trip to four different national parks in nine days: Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Antelope Canyon, and Zion! MY HERO IS:Definitely my mom, Leslie. I’M GRATEFUL FOR: Getting through my dark times with a positive outlook and now getting the opportunity to help others do the same. MY BEST COPING STRATEGY: Writing. MY BEST RESOURCE:…

6 min.
mental health headlines

Myanmar mental health policy February 19, 2018, YANGON, Myanmar—Mental health societies urged the government of this country formerly known as Burma to develop a comprehensive mental health care program for the nation, noting the country’s current mental health legislation entitled ‘The Lunacy Act’ was enacted in 1912, and that a new mental health bill has been discussed since 2013. Hong Kong urged to spend more February 19, 2018, HONG KONG, China—Patient groups urged Hong Kong to spend billions of dollars more on mental health support amid high suicide rates, saying spending lags behind many developed countries. The government has established an advisory committee on mental health to help develop polices to enhance mental health services. Compensation for families February 8, 2018, CAPE TOWN, South Africa—The country’s government will compensate the families of at least 144…

8 min.
new research in mental health

Facebook supports healthy lifestyle March 1, 2018, LEBANON, NH—Social media platform Facebook appears helpful for supporting healthy behavior decisions among people with bipolar disorder, a new study suggests. American researchers invited a group of people with mental illness and obesity enrolled in a six-month lifestyle program to join a secret Facebook group to support their weight loss and physical activity goals. Among participants, more than a third of whom had bipolar, those who achieved 5 percent or more weight loss or improved fitness contributed more interactions in the Facebook group. Participants’ posts containing personal sharing of successes or challenges to adopting healthy behaviors generated more interaction compared to posts containing program reminders, motivational messages and healthy eating content, the study found. The authors said the findings could play a part in using social media…