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bp Magazine for Bipolar

bp Magazine for Bipolar Summer 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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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…

2 min.
simple, loving acts of stability

Whether it’s kids home from school, vacations spent in close quarters, reunions that gather extended family, or simply a full slate of neighborly cookouts, summer can be a time of heightened togetherness. Meanwhile, the longer days and warmer temperatures may bring on summer mania—or for some, summertime seasonal depression —with symptoms that leave loved ones reeling. So how to maintain the supportive, meaningful relationships that are key to our well-being? “The Ties That Bind” explores ways to sustain healthy connections with the people in our lives who deal with intense sensitivities and sometimes abrasive behaviors that go along with bipolar moods. There’s advice for the parties on both sides. For example: “Never keep score,” says spouse Chris Kraft. And this from Courtney Jones: “We are very honest and open with one…

8 min.
we hear you

THE DRIVE TO BE WELL I CAN EMPATHIZE with [Justin Peck’s] the adrenaline rush (“Justin Peck: Taking the Wheel of His Bipolar,” Spring 2018). Justin sounds like a Type A person with a lot of energy and drive in addition to having a mood disorder. At 50 I was diagnosed with terminal cancer (Mesothelioma) and began chemotherapy. Now at 51, I am permanently disabled with a prognosis of three to five years. However, like Justin, I am not giving up. I am pushing myself to stay healthy, strong and positive. I take my psych meds and watch for mood shifts that could take me down roads I don’t want or need to go. I am blessed with so many things in my life right now. —Jeffrey via bphope.com LOVED THE ARTICLE. Positivity…

1 min.
meet susan

AGE: 41 LOCATION: Las Vegas, NV OCCUPATION: Instructional Assistant For Special Ed Students/Mental Health Inspirational Speaker/Author DIAGNOSIS: Bipolar I YEAR DIAGNOSED: 1995 * * * * * NICKNAME: Susie. ON TOP OF MY PLAYLIST: U2 and Sting. FAVORITE DOCUMENTARY: Happy. It was uplifting and the world needs good news and more happiness. FAVORITE HOBBIES: Hiking, baking, and traveling. MOST TREASURED ITEMS: The first thing is my Bible, given to me by my parents, and the second, my Siberian cat, Angel-Ann. SOMETHING SURPRISING ABOUT ME IS: I met my teen idol, Kirk Cameron, when I had a big crush on him … and embarrassed myself. MY HEROES: My mom and dad. They have loved me unconditionally and sacrificed everything for me. I’M GRATEFUL FOR: My husband, my cat Angel-Ann, friends, and good physical and mental health. MOST VALUABLE COPING STRATEGY: 8-10 hours of sleep. GREATEST LESSON…

6 min.
mental health headlines

National treatment institute in India May 17, 2018, NEW DELHI, India—The Indian government has approved establishing a National Institute of Mental Health Rehabilitation in its central state of Madhya Pradesh, saying it will be a world-class treatment center. President Ram Nath Kovind has highlighted the nation’s shortage of mental health specialists. More Australian children in crisis May 6, 2018, MELBOURNE, Australia—Swelling numbers of children showing up in hospital emergency departments during a mental health crisis show Australia’s health system is failing, experts say. Recent studies show a surge in visits for self-harm, suicidal ideation, anxiety, and other behavioral disorders in recent years, ABC News reports. Kenya tackling shortage of experts April 30, 2018, NAIROBI, Kenya—Kenya is adopting a World Health Organization framework for community-based interventions for mental health problems to provide services and support despite…

9 min.
new research in mental health

Gray matter changes associated with psychosis June 1, 2018, MILAN, Italy—Psychosis appears to be linked with changes in the brain in people with bipolar disorder, a new study suggests. Italian researchers, noting bipolar disorder is a major psychiatric illness with diverse symptoms including psychotic features, said up until now neuroimaging studies have underestimated the potential impact of psychosis on the brain in people with bipolar. They used neuroimaging to compare the brains of people with bipolar with and without psychotic symptoms, as well as people without bipolar. The study found volume deficits in gray matter—the pinkish areas of the brain—in people with bipolar with psychosis in the right temporoparietal cortex of the brain compared to bipolar patients without psychosis and people without bipolar. Bipolar patients with psychosis also showed increased age-related gray matter deficits…