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  • ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba, Fossil Tree, Kew Tree, Silver Apricot)

    MedicineNet Bipolar Disorder Specialty
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Title: ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba, Fossil Tree, Kew Tree, Silver Apricot)Category: MedicationsCreated: 3/2/2005 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 9/19/2014 12:00:00 AM
  • Benefits, risks of yoga for bipolar disorder: survey results

    Bipolar News From Medical News Today
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Newly published results from a survey of people with bipolar disorder who practice yoga have begun to document the reported benefits and risks of the practice.
  • Patients don't always know best

    Bipolar Disorder News
    21 Sep 2014 | 6:06 pm
    … why people with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder refuse treatment. However, it is …
  • Can Iowa grassroots save Dems?

    CNN.com - Top Stories
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:38 am
    For a small band of supercharged Democratic organizers, the pleasant Des Moines neighborhood of Beaverdale goes by another name: Obamadale.
  • Philly Fringe portraits: In the Pony Palace/FOOTBALL

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    J.R. Blackwell
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Tonight is the last night to see award-winning New York ensemble Half Straddle‘s innovative staging of In the Pony Palace/FOOTBALL, written and directed by Tina Satter. It follows a gender-swapped high-school football team, their cheerleaders and their coaches through a tumultuous season. Come for the marching band; stay for the touching monologue from the owl mascot. For tickets and additional info: fringearts.com  
 
 
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  • Can Iowa grassroots save Dems?

    22 Sep 2014 | 12:38 am
    For a small band of supercharged Democratic organizers, the pleasant Des Moines neighborhood of Beaverdale goes by another name: Obamadale.
  • Marchers rally for climate change action

    22 Sep 2014 | 12:31 am
    Tens of thousands of people marched through Manhattan sounding an urgent call for action to reverse global climate change Sunday.
  • 2 incidents in as many days raise concerns

    22 Sep 2014 | 12:09 am
    Officers patrolling the area near the White House will be out in greater numbers and will be "looking for individuals who don't look like tourists," a federal law enforcement officer tells CNN.
  • Speed-dating diplomacy on tap at U.N.

    21 Sep 2014 | 11:04 pm
    The world comes to New York this week, accompanied by baggage full of crises.
  • Student takes on China

    21 Sep 2014 | 11:02 pm
    He's one of the fieriest political activists in Hong Kong — he's been called an "extremist" by China's state-run media — and he's not even old enough to drive.
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    PW's PhillyNow

  • Philly Fringe portraits: In the Pony Palace/FOOTBALL

    J.R. Blackwell
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Tonight is the last night to see award-winning New York ensemble Half Straddle‘s innovative staging of In the Pony Palace/FOOTBALL, written and directed by Tina Satter. It follows a gender-swapped high-school football team, their cheerleaders and their coaches through a tumultuous season. Come for the marching band; stay for the touching monologue from the owl mascot. For tickets and additional info: fringearts.com  
  • 30-Second Reviews: “The Calamari Sisters” and Son Step

    Bill Chenevert
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:43 am
    Back to School with the Calamari Sisters at Penn’s Landing Playhouse Thurs., Sept. 18. plplayhouse.com Overall vibe: As whacky and lovably off-kilter as you might expect. You may have seen these sisters on buses or in your newsweekly ads, and perhaps you’ve scoffed their show off as bizarro granny drag, but that’s where you made a mistake—because these girls are hilarious. Plus, they really do cook on stage, and you might even be lucky enough to get some antipasti or cannoli passed to you while you’re in your seat. Here’s the thing: they pull audience members up on stage, flirt…
  • Tavis Smiley talks tonight on “Death of a King”

    Randy LoBasso
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:15 am
    Growing up in a trailer park in rural Indiana, writes radio/talk show host Tavis Smiley, “my initial encounter with the speeches of Martin Luther King Jr. altered the very course of my life.” It was King’s rhetoric and righteousness, Smiley says in the introduction to his 16th book, Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Final Year, that led him to his work as a minister and advocate. It’s also what led Smiley to study the period from April 4, 1967 to April 4, 1968, days in which, just a few years after winning the Nobel Peace Prize, the beloved civil rights…
  • Photos: Phashion Phest turned 21 last night

    Bill Chenevert
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:07 am
    Sharon Phillips Waxman and her SPW Productions have been putting on shows since 1994. I heard, after the show, that she’s put on some killer productions in far less institutional spaces like last night’s site, the Shops at Liberty Place: tunnels under the Convention Center, Center City sidewalks, etc. For my interests, I went for Skinny Girl cocktails and an opportunity to see what Philadelphia’s “most fashionable” look like. God help us if the crowd at the Phashion Phest are to represent the stylish set of our fair City. I know for a fact that there are more…
  • Poverty drops in Philly, spikes in New Jersey

    Josh Kruger
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:27 am
    Philadelphia has experienced a modest downturn in its stubbornly high poverty rate, according to the most recent US Census Bureau: Philly’s impoverished population has dropped from an egregiously high 26.9 to a still-terrible-but-getting-better 26.3 percent between 2012 and 2013. Even better than that, though, is the outlook for Philadelphia’s suburban counties; Bucks, Montgomery, Chester, and Delaware counties together saw their poverty rates tumble by 4 percent. Alfred Lubrano breaks these figures and more down today in the Inky. Philadelphia’s neighbor to the east,…
 
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    Straight Talk on Managing Bipolar Disorder

  • Bipolar Happens! is #1 Bipolar Disorder Book on the Kindle!

    Julie Fast
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:19 am
    Bipolar Happens: 35 Tips and Tricks to Manage Bipolar Disorder is the #1 Bipolar Disorder Book on the Kindle! That’s exciting. I went to the Kindle store to see how my books Loving Someone with Bipolar Disorder and Take Charge of Bipolar Disorder were doing on the bipolar disorder page. These books are in the top ten ranking- and then I saw that Bipolar Happens! was #1. Fantastic! Bipolar Happens! is an enjoyable book about a serious topic. Guess what- it’s only $.99 I want it to be available to everyone. Yes, I think this is a great deal and a good way to get helpful information…
  • BIPOLAR DISORDER MANIA 101

    Julie Fast
    11 Sep 2014 | 2:01 pm
    Here is basic info about bipolar disorder mania. It’s MANIA 101! I’ve decided to label mania each time I talk about it. As you may now there are two levels of mania: hypomania and full blown mania. People with bipolar disorder II (two)  have hypomania only. People with bipolar disorder I (one)  have hyomania and the very dangerous and very life disrupting full blown mania. I have bipolar disorder two, but I’m one of the unfortunates- My type of hypomania is right on the verge of full blown mania. If I ever do move into full blown mania, I will then have a diagnosis of…
  • Bipolar disorder depression: ” Julie, Can You Help Me? I Feel Like I Can’t Go On….”

    Julie Fast
    9 Sep 2014 | 7:47 pm
    I’ve been posting a lot to FACEBOOk lately. I have a wonderful bipolar disorder community on my page and I find great solace, fun and a lot of joy from the posts. Here is one from tonight. ” Julie, please help me. I feel like I can’t go on….” When I first started BipolarHappens.com in 2002, I listed my email online. I didn’t know what I was doing of course- no one had eBooks back then except a few of us and I wanted to be available to everyone. The new media was so exciting- and still is. We can reach so many people. I received thousands of emails- not a…
  • Embracing the Journey. Guest Blogger Martin (Marty) Baker: Author of Gum on My Shoe: One Step at a Time with My Bipolar Best Friend

    Julie Fast
    7 Sep 2014 | 8:55 pm
      Like many of the friends I’ve met on the internet, Marty charmed me with his commitment to helping those with bipolar disorder, especially his friend Fran.I asked him to write about his experiences as a friend of someone who has bipolar disorder and how it has changed his life. You can read more about Marty in the bio below, and of course there are lots of links, because if you are a mental health writer, you need to know Marty!!   Embracing the Journey  by Martin Baker “You’re stuck with me now, Frannie.”  ”Like gum on my shoe!” People are…
  • Guest Blogger Sherry Joiner: It was like my head was so much clearer…. before

    Julie Fast
    3 Sep 2014 | 12:39 am
    It was great doing an interview for the Bp Magazing blog with Julie about the differences between schizo affective disorder and bipolar disorder.  Julie asked me to write what life was like for me after I finally had the correct diagnosis of schizo-affective disorder.   After the diagnosis, I got on the right meds and that really helped. It was like my head was so much clearer on the meds. Before, it was like it was like I had a block of metal and I hammered on the metal for an hour and then threw it in the fire- then doused it out with a cold pitcher of water- that is how I described…
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  • This is what bipolar disorder really feels like

    Christopher F
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:34 am
    Huffington Post: Sept. 18, 2014 – What Bipolar Disorder Really Feels Like.
  • This is what bipolar disorder really feels like

    Christopher F
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:33 am
    Huffington Post: Sept. 18, 2014 – What Bipolar Disorder Really Feels Like.
  • This is what bipolar disorder really feels like

    Christopher F
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:32 am
    Huffington Post: Sept. 18, 2014 – What Bipolar Disorder Really Feels Like.
  • This is what bipolar disorder really feels like

    Christopher F
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:31 am
    Huffington Post: Sept. 18, 2014 – What Bipolar Disorder Really Feels Like.
  • Before my friend's wedding

    Mo Chan
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:23 am
    It’s my uni friend’s wedding today in Kew Gardens. She gave me the invite a few months ago. It’s horrible being depressed because I don’t want to go. I don’t want to see my friends because I feel down. I hate having to act good in front of people. It’s not socially acceptable to have a black face. I’m upset that I have such strong negative inner feelings – I doubt my other non-depressed non-bipolar friends have the same sentiment. It seems hard to come back to an outer reality that is so far away from where you are. I wish I didn’t have…
 
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    The Secret Life of a Manic Depressive

  • Pregnant, Mental and Fat

    Mentally Interesting
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:59 am
    Bloody hell. It’s taken me 18 weeks to write this post. I imagined a dam would burst when we told everyone at week 12. And I, who diarises everything and have done since I was a child. Anyway- better late than never. This is my news… Whomp whomp whomp she says I found out I was pregnant on the day Rik Mayall died. My already not inconsiderable boobs seemed to have become zeppelins of ache, so I decided to grab a pregnancy test on my way to work to  wee upon in the peaceful surroundings of the disabled toilet. I yawned as I waited for the results, expecting it to be negative like…
  • An apology

    Mentally Interesting
    1 Aug 2014 | 6:00 pm
    I’m really sorry that for the longest time I have been awful at responding to comments. This is because, for ages, I haven’t received notifications for them. And I’ve tinkered around in both emails and the site and still don’t get them. I see comments when I read back posts so I *always* read them. I am very often on mobile Internet so struggle to type and tend to read late at night half asleep. But I massively appreciate comments and absorb them all and I’m sorry if I’ve seemed rude not responding. Quite honestly whatever the excuse I’m a very…
  • On being lonely

    Mentally Interesting
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:48 am
    I’ve written about pissing into bottles when I’ve been depressed, and yet to me, this is a blog  whose responses I fear the most. Because admitting that you’re lonely seems to be the most shaming thing you can do. We’re meant to be glitzy! Instagramming! Vineing our awesome lives! And this will sound like one long self pitying tract, which it is, really. All I want from it is to get some thoughts out of my system. It is not a plea for contact because as I will explain I must do those things on my own terms and not be forced into them or feel obligated because I find…
  • A World without Rik Mayall

    Mentally Interesting
    14 Jun 2014 | 7:45 am
    I don’t write about other things much in this blog, but the death of Rik Mayall means that I bloody well will. Because Rik Mayall was brilliant, and now he’s dead, and I just wanted to write a short bit about how ace he was. I’m not one to sneer at people who show emotion when a celebrity dies.  Although the hyperbolic, competa-bituaries sprout up as soon as the heart-clutch hits the ground, I don’t think that it means that the grief isn’t genuine. Of course we don’t know the celebrities who die. We grieve for the person as they were to us, a little piece…
  • Living in a Scar Suit- the summer edition

    Mentally Interesting
    7 Jun 2014 | 7:54 pm
    Edit: Before I start, I want to say that these are my feelings on my own self harm. I’m not talking about yours, or anyone elses’. This is my post about my body and my experiences. Just a bit of a whine really.  When I’ve written about self harm here before (take a wee look at the comments page of this entry, it’ll lead you to the others), it’s been with reflection and optimism. I don’t feel that way today about my scars. Just pissed off. Stupid. Now that the sun is out, I look like a bloody zebra. A slither of sunlight on my arms turns my skin red and the…
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    A Mad Reality

  • Less therapy?

    16 Sep 2014 | 3:47 pm
    I had therapy today. It was a difficult session. Probably a good one, just difficult.  He asked me what we were going to work on when I start DBT. Other than body image issues I couldn’t think of anything. We brainstormed a couple things we could still do, but we pretty much came to the conclusion that I don’t need to come as often.This makes me very nervous. I agree that with me doing DBT I don’t have much to do in therapy, but I just feel more comfortable with it being there. I’ve been going for 2 ½ years. It’s a regular part of my life. I just worry about things getting…
  • Quick update

    11 Sep 2014 | 2:29 pm
    I’m so tired, and I have no energy. Thinking about having to do simple things like making dinner really brings me down. I just want to curl up in my bed and go to sleep.My lab work came back normal. Which is good of course, but there is still nothing obvious causing my exhaustion. I saw my psychiatrist today who said the meds I’m on probably are not causing fatigue. He does think that the antipsychotic is causing a lot of weight gain so we’re stopping that. He also upped my mood stabilizer. He said the weight gain could be making me feel sluggish, so hopefully this will help give me…
  • DBT interview

    10 Sep 2014 | 1:58 pm
    Today is World Suicide Prevention Day, please take a moment to think about those who have been effected.I had my DBT interview today and was accepted. I was given two options. 1) A six month intensive program where I would have to leave my current therapist and would be given a new therapist who specializes in the program. I would see the therapist and have group therapy on a regular basis and would also have access to call my therapist when needed to be “coached’ through difficult times. Or 2) A less intense group skills workshop which meets once a week. I’m going with the 2nd option.
  • Withdrawing again

    8 Sep 2014 | 5:27 pm
    I didn’t sleep well last night. I had things on my mind. Mainly I was thinking about how much I’ve been sleeping the past three months. I’ve been absolutely exhausted. I have to really push through the day doing all the things that I have to do (work, parenting), but then when the evening comes and I sit down to do school work I just fall asleep. I really struggled finding the energy to get through the summer semesters, trying to do the same thing for this semester seems impossible. After spending a good deal of time thinking about it and talking it over with others, I decided to drop…
  • My overdoses

    6 Sep 2014 | 4:37 pm
    This is one of those posts that could get me in trouble. So sorry in advanced.I did a post about six weeks ago where I mentioned a couple overdoses. Two people came to me asking me about them. I had to spend some time thinking about if I was going to talk about this or not.My first overdose was when I was 18. It was barely an overdose. I didn’t take much and ended up just sleeping it off. I think it was more of a cry for help than anything else. My second overdose was about a year later and took place over a couple days. Instead of taking a bunch of pills at once, I spent 2-3 days not…
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