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bp Magazine for Bipolar Summer 2021

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.

United States
BP Magazine
4 Issues

in this issue

2 min

Deep in our souls we usually know when it’s time for a change. Doing something about it is a whole other thing. Whether it’s coffee, junk food, late night Netflix binges, toxic relationships, alcohol—or mania—when harm outweighs the rewards, the decision becomes clear. Clear … but never easy. That comes through loud and clear in “A Hard Goodbye.” The common reluctance to “give up” mania’s package of extra energy, excitement and self-confidence, the onrush of ideas, and that thrilling sense of inspiration that artist Allan Westing, for one, was worried about losing. Trading in manic episodes for stability often comes with grief and even resentment. Yet after a period of adjustment and acceptance, this refrain sounded again and again: It was so worth it. As Ana H. points out, her hypomania was…

7 min
we hear you!

‘BRAVO, DAVID CHANG!’ DAVID CHANG’S story is compelling and very interesting (“David Chang: Recipe for Change,” Spring 2021). Anyone out there who has been diagnosed or is sensing something is wrong and is talking to others about it has my sincerest respect and best wishes. Mr. Chang’s story is an example of a person who has and continues to go through the bipolar experience but refuses to be controlled by it. Thank you for being candid, Mr. Chang. Your story will change the life of another person with the same struggles. —Landon, MYRTLE BEACH, SC • DAVID CHANG’S fascinating story of award-winning success in his chosen field highlights what heights the bipolar intellect and creativity can attain. I and many others can relate to the lifelong need to push through adversity with the…

1 min

NICKNAME:Walley or Vale. MOST UNUSUAL TALENT: Picking up TikTok dances on the fly. MOST TREASURED ITEM: A ring my partner got for me before I went to graduate school. MY WORKOUT: Tiny cardio warm-up, then weights. TO UNWIND: Shoes and socks off, cup of tea, and watching YouTube baking videos. I’M GRATEFUL FOR: Sunny days with a light breeze. GO-TO COPING STRATEGY: Listening to “Catch & Release” (Deepend Remix) by Matt Simons and pacing my breathing to the song. GREATEST LESSON: I am not alive to only work and be productive; rest and leisure is just as valuable. PROUDEST OF: My TEDx talk in 2018 about my mental health: “Confessions of an Honor Roll Manic Depressive.” GADGET I CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT: My iPad and Procreate! Drawing has become a huge outlet of self-care for me whenever I get overwhelmed. INSTRUMENTS…

4 min
mental health headlines

A SOURCE OF HOPE: Scientists research the origins of bipolar for answers ONE THING IS CLEAR from the nation’s largest long-term research study on bipolar disorder, which has followed more than 1,300 participants since 2005 and collected billions of data points: There is no particular gene responsible and no singular cause. “The illness is incredibly complex, so it’s very premature to make assumptions about someone who has it,” says Melvin G. McInnis, MD, FRCPsych, director of the University of Michigan’s Heinz C. Prechter Bipolar Research Program. “What we are doing is learning about and appreciating that complexity.” Waltraud E. (“Wally”) Prechter founded the program in 2001 after the death of her husband, entrepreneurial visionary, auto industry advocate and philanthropist Heinz C. Prechter, who had bipolar. As a young German immigrant, Heinz founded the…

6 min
new research in mental health

Specific types of cognitive rehab may help adherence in bipolar I July 1, 2021, CAIRO, Egypt—A new study suggests that rehabilitation of specific cognitive skills may increase the likelihood that people will continue taking medication as prescribed for treatment of bipolar I disorder. Egyptian researchers, noting non-adherence to prescribed medication is common in people with bipolar I, assessed more than 100 inpatients with the disorder when they were admitted to the hospital and again six months after discharge. At follow-up, close to 60 percent of people were not taking their medications as prescribed. The study found that younger age and having episodic memory deficits were the strongest predictors of non-adherence to medication. Younger males with fewer years of education and lower scores on cognitive measures such as visual memory and learning domains had…

3 min
gathering together

For around 25 years, I’ve had the privilege of facilitating peer support groups, both in-person and lately, virtually. It’s amazing when people—first-timers, regulars, friends, and even strangers—gather in search of hope and help. The meetings are intended to be informative and inspirational. They are frequently life-changing; they can be life-saving! These groups are led by and comprised of people living with mood disorders. Some groups also permit friends and family to join. Participants are urged to speak from personal experience rather than offer advice. The groups are not a substitute for seeing a doctor or pursuing therapy. Taking part in support groups can challenge your thinking and change your perspective for the better. Whether you have attended meetings for a while or may do so in the future, keep the following five…