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bp Magazine for Bipolar

bp Magazine for Bipolar Summer 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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in this issue

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.
landmark decisions

We know that getting mood symptoms under control is the first step in managing bipolar disorder. But there’s a way bigger picture to consider: What are your values and goals? What’s your truest vision of a satisfying and fulfilling life? For a lot of people, that ideal includes having a job. The good news is that—depending on which study you look at—from half to three-fourths of people with bipolar have some form of paid employment. Symptoms don’t stay home when you go to work, though. What happens when that affects your job performance and job security? “What to Say at Work—and When” looks at how to decide if you want to take advantage of legal protections and ask for accommodations. “A Safe Space” tackles another serious subject: Getting hospitalized during a severe…

8 min.
we hear you

ON IMPULSE EXCELLENT ARTICLE, Robin Flanigan! (“Impulse Power,” Spring 2017.) I have a real issue with impulsively spending money. Not unusual for an individual with bipolar! I don’t want to give my credit card to my husband because spending seems to be one of my coping devices. Nothing I have tried to control the impulse has worked. I appreciate the list of ideas I can utilize to mitigate some of the worse aspects of my impulsivity. I now possess a few more tools in my tool box.—Dixie via bphope.com A VERY well-thought-out article. In dealing with impulse buying I have discovered a series of things that help me stay financially healthy while giving me the sense of satisfaction from shopping. I start with an empty basket, whether at T.J. Maxx, Target or…

1 min.
mike caesar

AGE: 28DIAGNOSIS: BIPOLAR DISORDER IIYEAR DIAGNOSED: 2007LOCATION: DALLASOCCUPATION: RAPPER/ENTREPRENEUR * * * * * NICKNAMES: AMG Caesar, Davy Jones FAVORITE FICTION: A Raisin in the Sun, by playwright Lorraine Hansberry. It’s an excellent depiction of a man’s struggle to be honorable while providing for his family. ON TOP OF MY PLAYLIST: The albums Rather You Than Me, by Rick Ross, and Trap Muzik, by T.I. FAVORITE HOBBIES: Playing basketball, traveling, surfing, and reading.. INSTRUMENTS I PLAY: Drums. MOST TREASURED ITEMS: Father’s Day pictures and my kids’ school awards. TO DESTRESS I LIKE TO: Write, read, or disappear on a beach for a few days. I WISH I WERE BETTER AT: Letting go of/moving on from the past. NEXT ON MY TO-DO LIST: Chart a record. Maybe my new EP Suicidal Winter, a concept album about coping with my father’s death,…

5 min.
mental health headlines

Workers in UK need support June 1, 2017, LONDON, England—Nearly half of British public sector workers reported taking sick days for mental health reasons, versus a third of workers in the private sector, the Independent reports. However, private sector workers were more likely to say they felt supported after disclosing mental health problems. Philippines' mental health bill May 2, 2017, MANILA, Philippines—The Senate here unanimously approved a bill to establish a national mental health policy. The legislation would integrate behavioral health care into the public health system and require the government to provide mental health services at the community level and in public hospitals. Hong Kong lacks specialists April 27, 2017, HONG KONG, China—Hong Kong faces a severe shortage of psychiatrists in public hospitals and wait times to see a mental health expert range from…

8 min.
new research in mental health

Identifying major factors in workplace impairment June 1, 2017, ANN ARBOR, MI—A lengthy study of how bipolar disorder affects functioning in employment highlights the damaging impact of bipolar depression and cognitive impairments. American researchers followed more than 270 adults with diagnoses on the bipolar spectrum over five years to study work attendance, conflict, enjoyment, and performance in the workplace. The study found people with higher levels of depression and greater deficits in cognitive flexibility (the ability to switch between modes of thought and consider multiple concepts at once) were more likely to have poorer work attendance, lower quality of work, and reduced satisfaction from work. (Turn to our story “What to Say at Work—and When” on page 22 for how to handle bipolar-related issues with job performance.) The researchers said their findings show the need…