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bp Magazine for Bipolar Fall 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…

1 min
pillars & beyond

Experts talk about the three pillars of recovery: medication, psychotherapy, and self-care. Finding the medication that works best usually takes trial and error, and the same is true of talk therapy. CBT, officially known as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, is probably the most familiar (and well-studied) approach nowadays, but why stop there? Perhaps dialectical behavior therapy will give you a better grip on your emotional swings, or acceptance and commitment therapy will keep you moving during depressions. Our feature “Beyond CBT” provides a sampler of some promising options. As for self-care, consider the trend of “wellness rituals.” It’s a different way of thinking about the things you do every day that soothe our soul and keep us grounded. For most of us they are simple pleasures that we embrace, like starting our…

6 min
we hear you

STRONG BONDS “THE TIES THAT BIND” (Summer 2018) was helpful and encouraging to me. I’ve been struggling with bipolar I disorder for at least 15 years. I understand the struggles that those mentioned in the article have. I recognize “empathy burnout” even though I’ve never heard that phrase before. Most of the people who have been close to me in the past no longer are. Only my dear husband is still hanging on. —B.L.R., TOANO, VA I WAS DIAGNOSED seven years ago with bipolar II and was in denial, not taking my treatment plan too seriously. I’ve now been reading and researching to get a better understanding and I’m astounded by the similarity of some of the personal stories of others mentioned in “The Ties That Bind” and things I’ve experienced. The…

1 min
meet brittany

AGE: 29 LOCATION: CHICAGO, IL OCCUPATION: SUBSTITUTE TEACHER DIAGNOSIS: BIPOLAR I YEAR DIAGNOSED: 2006 * * * * * NICKNAME: Britt. THE BOOK I HAVE GIFTED THE MOST IS: The Bait of Satan, by John Bevere. This book helped me to understand that by not taking everything personally, I’m able to free the negative thoughts, energy, and outlook on life and really enjoy the moment. FAVORITE HOBBIES: Reading, writing, yoga, walking/running, spending time with my cat, Hunter, and belting out gospel songs alone in my car. MOST UNUSUAL TALENT: Singing an answer to any question. I WISH I WERE BETTER AT: Singing. MOST TREASURED ITEM: I don’t treasure things. MY BIGGEST ADVENTURE: Moving out of my mom’s house to my first apartment on my own. MY HERO IS: The Beast from Beauty and the Beast. I loved the fact that true, unconditional, unchanging…

6 min
mental health headlines

Canada needs more psychiatrists August 8, 2018, TORONTO, ON—A new Coalition of Ontario Psychiatrists report urges the provincial government to offer initiatives to encourage medical students to choose psychiatry as a specialty. The report warns of a looming mental health crisis as a large number of practicing psychiatrists approach retirement age. Bishop in Ghana dreaming big August 4, 2018, WA, Ghana—Bishop Richard Kuuia Baawobr’s parish provides comfort to homeless individuals with mental health challenges. Now he plans to build a local treatment center and produce a radio show to counter stigma in a country where many with psychiatric conditions are abandoned or abused by their families. New Zealand targets young adults July 23, 2018, AUCKLAND, New Zealand—The New Zealand government announced a multimillion-dollar pilot project offering free counseling to at-risk young adults ages 18 to…

9 min
new research in mental health

Mood instability predicts clinical and functional outcomes August 15, 2018, DETROIT, MI—Mood instability is often different in bipolar disorder I versus bipolar disorder II in adolescents, and can predict functional outcomes, a new study suggests. American researchers said mood instability—the presence of intense, rapidly shifting emotional states—is associated with a number of poor prognostic outcomes, yet is often overlooked in the assessment and treatment of bipolar disorder. They looked at teens with a bipolar I or II mood episode in the previous three months and found that greater depression instability was associated with bipolar II, whereas greater (hypo) mania instability was associated with bipolar I. Mood instability at the start of the study, particularly depression, predicted more instability, a higher percentage of weeks in a clinical mood state, and poorer global functioning over the…