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bp Magazine for Bipolar

bp Magazine for Bipolar Winter 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…

2 min.
sensitive subjects

According to New York Times health writer Jane E. Brody, there’s an “out-of-control epidemic” affecting more people in the United States than any disease: nonadherence to prescribed medications. It’s dangerous to individuals and costly to the health care system. And it’s 100 percent preventable. Whether the underlying health issue is heart disease, asthma, diabetes, arthritis, or a mental health condition like bipolar disorder, the stats are shocking: between 20 percent and 30 percent of medication prescriptions are never filled, and about half of medications for chronic illnesses are not taken as prescribed. The common mantra seems to be, “I am not a pill person.” And let’s be honest: When we start feeling better, it seems fine to stop taking the meds. But then we don’t stay better and suffer surprising relapses. Plus,…

8 min.
we hear you

THE BIPOLAR BRAIN THANK YOU FOR the insightful article on obsessive thinking (“Mind Control,” Fall 2017). I have experienced obsessive thinking which was detrimental to my relationships at home and at work. Prayer helped me muscle through those times. —Riehiegirl via bphope.com OMG, THIS HIT THE NAIL on the head. I get obsessive over things and people and it really screws my mind and emotions up badly. —H.C. via facebook IF ONLY THE STIGMA would go away and people would read up on bipolar disorder and try to understand what it is to live with the many levels of bipolar brains! —T.W.G. via facebook I FEEL LESS LONELY knowing I’m not the only one who struggles with this, but I feel so sad that we all do. —C.M. via facebook OBSESSIVE THINKING and intrusive thoughts…

1 min.
meet krystal

Age: 34 Location: New Jersey Occupation: Graduate student (master’s in social work) Diagnosis: Bipolar I Year Diagnosed: 2007 • • • • • I’M INSPIRED BY: Beauty in nature and resilient people. ON TOP OF MY PLAYLIST: Whatever Pandora plays for me! When I’m manic, though, I play lots of gospel —“Yes” by Shekinah Glory Ministry and “Break Every Chain” by Tasha Cobbs. FAVORITE DOCUMENTARY: 13th on Netflix because it highlights the important issue of mass incarceration by tracing its roots back through U.S. history. FRIENDS WOULD DESCRIBE ME AS: Caring, organized, and passionate. BOOK I HAVE GIFTED THE MOST: I’ve actually gifted journals more than I’ve gifted a particular book. While many books speak to me, the ability to write one’s own story through journaling is priceless. MOST TREASURED ITEM: All the cards and letters I’ve received over the years…

5 min.
mental health headlines

South African conference set November 8, 2017, JOHANNESBURG, South Africa—The South African Federation for Mental Health has set “Leaving No One Behind” as the theme for its fifth Global Mental Health Summit in February 2018. Topics include reducing inequities in income and education, sexism, and serving vulnerable populations. India's 'mental health epidemic' November 3, 2017, NEW DELHI, India—President Ram Nath Kovind opened the World Congress of Mental Health by noting that his country is facing a “mental health epidemic,” Zee Media reports. He said nearly 14 percent of India’s population needs mental health interventions, but stigma and lack of specialists impede care. Cambodians face climate stress October 30, 2017, PHNOM PENH, Cambodia—More than half of Cambodians are economically disadvantaged farmers, making the population vulnerable to stress from prolonged droughts, floods and heat waves, the Eco-Business…

8 min.
new research in mental health

Social cognition deficits extend to body movements December 1, 2017, OSLO, Norway—People with bipolar disorder have more difficulty deciphering emotions from body movements than people without the disorder, a new study suggests. Norwegian researchers looked at that relationship because it’s already been shown that people with bipolar tend to have poorer “social cognition” when it comes to faces and voices. The new research found that the “small but significant” impairment in figuring out someone’s emotional state based on body movement affected all emotions, was equally present in both males and females, and was independent of mood state. The small study, which appeared in the International Journal of Bipolar Disorders, was entitled “Impairment in emotion perception from body movements in individuals with bipolar I and bipolar II disorder is associated with functional capacity.” Depressive symptoms, co-existing…