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bp Magazine for Bipolar

bp Magazine for Bipolar Fall 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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4 Issues

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…

3 min.
stronger together

I’ve had psychotherapists tell me that relationship problems are the top reason people come in for help. That says something about how important it feels, if there’s a “significant other” in your life, to keep that connection strong and healthy. In “Love Stories,” we go straight to the source: Couples who have weathered years together. The secret to a loving, long-term relationship? Teamwork! No surprise there. Another common theme among our four inspiring couples was education about bipolar, matched with hard-won experience about the individual’s specific patterns of triggers and symptoms. This paves the way to understanding when and what kind of support is needed. As with all relationships, communication is key—which involves clear, calm discussions. As Drea Barton says, “We remain united because we do understand what the other is going…

8 min.
we hear you!

DO YOU DARE DIVULGE? LIKE ‘TOM’ IN “What to Say at Work—and When” (Summer 2017), I have found that working in the health care industry while disclosing your illness can be very stigmatizing. It shouldn’t be that way, especially in that industry. I was working as a certified pharmacy technician and also getting my medicines filled at the same pharmacy. That ended up being a very bad idea, along with being too trusting and disclosing specific experiences. I advise having healthy boundaries and always being careful with exactly how much you disclose. Just for the record, I lost that job and am no longer currently working as a pharmacy technician. —Mary B. via bphope.com THIS ARTICLE IS SPOT-ON. I must agree regarding the surprising level of stigma in the health care profession.…

1 min.

AGE: 55 LOCATION: KOKOMO, INDIANA OCCUPATION: RETIRED UNIX SYSADMIN AND ELECTRONIC CIRCUIT DESIGNER DIAGNOSIS: BIPOLAR DISORDER, OBSESSIVE-COMPULSIVE DISORDER, GENERAL ANXIETY DISORDER YEAR DIAGNOSED: 2001 * * * * * LAST BOOK I READ:Snow Crash, by Neal Stephenson. It’s a science fiction classic that I hadn’t read since the ’90s. LAST MOVIE I SAW: Ghost in the Shell —a great movie, a combination of live-action anime and cyber punk. I’M GRATEFUL FOR: My wife. MY HERO IS: Nikola Tesla. SOMETHING SURPRISING ABOUT ME: I started getting tattoos in middle age; starting with a semicolon (for Project Semicolon suicide prevention effort). MOST VALUABLE COPING STRATEGY: ‘Opposite to Emotion Action’—a DBT (dialectical behavior therapy)skill. GREATEST LESSON I’VE LEARNED: Just do what you’re thinking about. It doesn’t have to be perfect; finishing a good job is better than just thinking about a perfect job. FAVORITE HOBBIES: Electronics,…

5 min.
mental health headlines

Long wait times in Finland September 2, 2017, REYKJAVIK, Finland—Mental health care has come under criticism in this Scandinavian country, where 9 percent of the population reports depressive symptoms. Although Finland has socialized medicine, psychiatrist visits are not covered and there are long waiting lists for psychiatric hospitalization, especially for young people, the Iceland Review reports. Scottish schools lack counselors August 28, 2017, EDINBURGH, Scotland—More than a third of students in Scotland’s public schools have no school-based counseling available, a BBC investigation revealed. The number is likely higher since some districts have mental health support services at some but not all of their buildings. Japan targets high suicide rate July 25, 2017, TOKYO, Japan—The Japanese government announced a plan to slash deaths by suicide by 30 percent over the next decade by addressing issues such…

8 min.
new research in mental health

Immune system dysregulation implicated in both manic and depressive mood states September 1, 2017, HOUSTON, TX—A large-scale analysis by American and Brazilian researchers suggests systemic inflammation plays a role in the acute mood phases of bipolar disorder. The team reviewed more than 100 studies involving people with bipolar to look at levels of cell-signaling molecules that are markers of immune system activity. They found that levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines, which trigger immune system response, tend to be elevated during hypo/manic and depressive episodes, while anti-inflammatory cytokine levels are lower than the norm. The researchers cautioned that more study is needed to determine whether inflammatory markers can be useful in the diagnosis and treatment of bipolar. The study, which appeared in the Journal of Psychiatric Research, was entitled “A systematic review of evidence for the…