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bp Magazine for Bipolar Spring 2017

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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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…

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risky business

BE BOLD. That’s my slogan here at bp Magazine. Over the last few years I’ve written and rewritten it on our white board. It stares me in the face every hour of every day and pushes me to get the job done. Get the message out. No excuses. So far, so good, but here’s the thing: combine that with an entrepreneur’s “trust your gut” instincts and you’ve got risky business. Same thing when mania or hypomania roll in and the usual filters come off. Yes, we can achieve a lot, enjoy a lot, when we’re not held back by indecision, but watch out—the reverse is true, too. The results of impulsive decision-making can be devastating. “Impulse Power” shows how to build in fail-safes to help us pause and ponder whether it’s a…

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we hear you

AN ORCHESTRA FOR US I LOVE READING articles about people who have bipolar disorder but who are still successful in their chosen fields. The journey to success is always the best part and helps me connect to them. “The Maestro & Me2/” (Winter 2017) is by far my favorite, though. Not only is Ronald Braunstein extremely successful in his craft, but he has altered and molded his career into something that includes others living in similar situations. To me this seems like the best kind of advocacy. I’ll be watching the orchestra’s website to see if they ever come out my way!—L.E. ST. LOUIS, MO AWESOME! I’VE ALWAYS WANTED somewhere I could work and just be with people like me.—F.J.G. via facebook I AM SO GLAD Maestro Braunstein can still work and help…

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AGE: 37DIAGNOSIS: BIPOLAR IYEAR DIAGNOSED: 2007LOCATION: CHICAGO, ILOCCUPATION: FREELANCE WRITER * * * * * FAVORITE BOOK: A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess. I used to be a punk rocker and that antiestablishment ethos will always remain with me (though not to the violent extent of the book). FAVORITE FOOD: Lasagna. I make a killer five-cheese version with all fresh ingredients and herbs. The goat cheese really makes it sing. TO DESTRESS I: Listen to music. I calm my nerves and slow my racing thoughts with albums like Air’s Moon Safari and Joni Mitchell’s Blue and playlists of Beethoven, Bach, Mozart, and Tchaikovsky. MOST TREASURED ITEM: My 1994 Fender Stratocaster guitar. I got it when I was 14. It’s got that ’90s grunge sound everyone covets now. IT MIGHT SURPRISE YOU TO KNOW: I spent many…

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mental health headlines

QUICK PICKS Young people in UK fear stigma March 1, 2017, LONDON, United Kingdom—In a new survey of young adults, almost half said they had experienced a mental health problem. However, a third of respondents worried that seeking help would make them appear weak. The survey for the Prince’s Trust polled youth ages 16 to 25. Services lacking in UAE February 8, 2017, ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates—Psychiatric specialists in the UAE say rehabilitation services and community supports barely exist, the National newspaper reports. In addition, a change in insurance copay rates for private care has put more demand on already overburdened public facilities. Negligent care in South Africa February 2, 2017, PRETORIA, South Africa—A government investigation found that at least 94 psychiatric patients died of negligence after being moved from state care in a hospital…

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new research in mental health

Cognitive impairment tied to weight gain March 1, 2017, VANCOUVER, BC—Lower functioning on various domains of cognitive performance has been linked with increasing weight in both people with bipolar disorder and people without the disorder. Canadian and Brazilian researchers noted that elevated body mass index (BMI) has been linked with lower cognitive functioning in bipolar disorder. They followed teens and adults with bipolar over a 12-month period and compared them with a matched group from the general population. Having lower baseline scores in cognitive domains such as attention, verbal memory, and working memory predicted increasing body mass index for both groups. Neither baseline BMI nor increasing BMI predicted lower cognitive function. The researchers said targeting patients’ cognition may be important for minimizing weight gain in bipolar disorder. The study, which appeared in the journal Acta…