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  • Adult ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)

    MedicineNet Bipolar Disorder Specialty
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Title: Adult ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)Category: Diseases and ConditionsCreated: 1/31/2005 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 7/30/2015 12:00:00 AM
  • Diagnosis of psychiatric disorders not as important as outcomes

    Bipolar News From Medical News Today
    27 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Nailing the diagnosis of a psychiatric disorder may not be important in prescribing effective treatment, according to Mark Zimmerman, M.D., a clinical researcher at Rhode Island Hospital.
  • Hollywood takes on troubled minds in summer films

    Bipolar Disorder News
    4 Aug 2015 | 2:24 pm
    … personality disorder (“Welcome to Me”), bipolar disorder (“Infinitely Polar Bear,” ”What Happened … condition such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, according to the National Alliance …
  • 10 things we saw at the 2015 WXPN XPoNential Music Festival

    Philly Weekly
    Bill Chenevert
    28 Jul 2015 | 9:59 am
    The sun blazed over three sunsets and baked two days full every genre of WXPN music this past weekend at the 2015 XPoNential Music Festival (presented by Subaru). What felt like the very peak of July heat didn’t deter full, enthusiastic and eager music fan crowds at Wiggins Park and the Susquehanna Bank Center on the Camden waterfront. Here are some things I experienced: 1. It was definitely overly ambitious to think that I could see all the bands I wanted to see. That first crossed my mind as I sat on the living room couch Friday night after a tiring week: Should I go see Milton and…
  • Bipolar Disorder and Focus Problems: How Do You Do it Julie?

    Straight Talk on Managing Bipolar Disorder
    Julie Fast
    15 Jul 2015 | 7:46 am
    Here is a reader question from Michelle. She asks important questions. How DO we get through the days, weeks, months and years when we have focus problems because of bipolar disorder! (By the way, writing this felt like going to the dentist!) Hi Julie! Can you please tell me how you are consistently productive and living with bipolar disorder? I too, am a writer, and I start projects, but can’t finish them. I have boundless energy for awhile, then I crash. I can’t commit to making long term projects with people because I can’t depend on myself that I can follow through.
 
 
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  • 10 things we saw at the 2015 WXPN XPoNential Music Festival

    Bill Chenevert
    28 Jul 2015 | 9:59 am
    The sun blazed over three sunsets and baked two days full every genre of WXPN music this past weekend at the 2015 XPoNential Music Festival (presented by Subaru). What felt like the very peak of July heat didn’t deter full, enthusiastic and eager music fan crowds at Wiggins Park and the Susquehanna Bank Center on the Camden waterfront. Here are some things I experienced: 1. It was definitely overly ambitious to think that I could see all the bands I wanted to see. That first crossed my mind as I sat on the living room couch Friday night after a tiring week: Should I go see Milton and…
  • WTH? Brainspunk’s “Mercury Fur” is a wild ride—and not for the faint of heart

    Bill Chenevert
    27 Jul 2015 | 9:15 am
    There’s no way to get into a review of Brainspunk Theater’s Mercury Fur without starting with a quote from the playwright in the program. Philip Ridley’s play is extremely weird; still, I enjoyed it nonetheless. But here it goes: What Mercury Fur posits is this scenario in which the stories, the social landscape in which these characters are living has been deliberately broken down by a political power. This is not a natural thing that has happened, it has been a deliberate event created by a superpower (which in my mind is America, although it’s never said in the play) which drops…
  • How to do this weekend’s WXPN’s XPoNential Festival right and tight

    Bill Chenevert
    22 Jul 2015 | 12:51 pm
    Take it from us: WXPN’s XPoNential Fest will be a marathon, not a sprint. Sure, if you’re super-parched to discover a new band or stumble upon a set that catches you off guard, by all means, zig-zag and sprint from stage to stage at Wiggins Park and to the Susquehanna Bank Center across the Camden, NJ riverfront. But as a veteran attendee and new-music superfan, I offer a subjective itinerary for your consideration. Friday, July 24 * Go ‘head and get out to the JerseyArts.com Marina Stage for Milton (6:10pm), a local up-and-comer who nails sultry, smooth R&B. His smoky, agile voice…
  • Flashpoint’s “Lulu’s Golden Shoes” a testament to hometown hero Quiara Alegria Hudes

    Bill Chenevert
    21 Jul 2015 | 11:47 am
    Talk about two completely different plays. The second of two Flashpoint Theatre Company summer productions, Lulu’s Golden Shoes, is nothing like Hands Up: 6 Playwrights, 6 Testaments. The latter was an eye-opening, engaging and powerful rumination on police brutality in America with a distinctly racial perspective—fitting, since police brutality is endemic in urban black cultures across the country. And while Lulu certainly explores issues of race and personhood, it does so in a starkly different manner. Ana is our protagonist, a North Philly girl with a troublesome relationship with her…
  • BalletX’s “Sunset, o639 Hours” restaged for two nights to take to Vail and New York

    Bill Chenevert
    21 Jul 2015 | 11:32 am
    We know BalletX is doing great work, and we even knew about the ingenuity behind last July’s premiere of Sunset, o639 Hours from rehearsals. But seeing it in person is really something else entirely, and last week, choreographer Matthew Neenan let Philly Weekly into the U Arts space where they’re fine-tuning a restaging of the piece for a two-night benefit performance run later this week. The company, upon prestigious invitation, is set to take it to the Vail International Dance Festival and The Joyce Theater on a little mini-tour of the production, so they plan to show it off here in…
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    Straight Talk on Managing Bipolar Disorder

  • Bipolar Disorder and Focus Problems: How Do You Do it Julie?

    Julie Fast
    15 Jul 2015 | 7:46 am
    Here is a reader question from Michelle. She asks important questions. How DO we get through the days, weeks, months and years when we have focus problems because of bipolar disorder! (By the way, writing this felt like going to the dentist!) Hi Julie! Can you please tell me how you are consistently productive and living with bipolar disorder? I too, am a writer, and I start projects, but can’t finish them. I have boundless energy for awhile, then I crash. I can’t commit to making long term projects with people because I can’t depend on myself that I can follow through.
  • Accepting New Family Member and Partner Coaching Clients

    Julie Fast
    15 Jul 2015 | 12:01 am
    Over five years ago, I started coaching partners and family members of people with bipolar disorder as an addition to my writing career. I never thought I would find work that I enjoy as much as I enjoy coaching. I feel at home with the parents and partners as I have been where they are- and I remain calm during the crises that many of my clients are going through while we are working together. Bipolar disorder is like a puzzle. It’s not always easy to find the right pieces on your own. It helps to have a coach as a guide. My coaching practice has room for new clients. I take new…
  • Bipolar Disorder Agitated Mania/Dysphoric Mania

    Julie Fast
    5 Jul 2015 | 2:59 am
    The main difference between Bipolar I and Bipolar II is the type of mania. Bipolar I has full blown mania- Bipolar II has hypomania. Bipolar II never has full blown mania- if it happens, the diagnosis is changed to Bipolar I. People with Bipolar I can definitely get hypomanic as well as fully manic! Euphoric and dysphoric mania….. There are two types of mania seen in both Bipolar I and Bipolar II : euphoric mania and dysphoric mania . Euphoric is just like it sounds. Dysphoric is harder to understand as we are not used to the word! Dysphoric mania means agitated mania. It’s a very…
  • Tips to Talk with Kids about Bipolar Disorder and Life in General

    Julie Fast
    3 Jul 2015 | 9:16 am
    Here’s a pic from last summer. I’m lying on the hammock with the greatest person I have ever met in my life- my nephew David. He has taught me so much. He turned 13 this year and the inevitable changes are happening in our relationship. When he turned 11, I started talking with him about the changes he would experience as he became a teenager so that I could prepare myself for when nights at home with Auntie Wee  would not be a priority. I believe we can talk to kids from a very young age about emotions and behaviors so that they can learn empathy, compassion, self belief and…
  • Can Depression Get Better? Yes, depression can get better.

    Julie Fast
    23 Jun 2015 | 12:01 am
    The following is a blog post from two years ago. Now that my depression is better, I’m looking back on life to see where I came from. I was depressed for 30 years off and on. I have a plan that works now. It IS possible to get better. Julie Will This Depression Ever End and Can Anyone Help Me? When I’m seriously depressed every single minute feels like I’m living in hell and I am just closer and closer to death.  I sometimes get so depressed that I can’t move my head or have a conversation. I still make myself get out and do things. I cry and I feel I can’t go on, but I do. I…
 
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  • Bipolar Disorder And My Dirty Little Secret: Part 1

    Kelley Thorpe Baker
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:01 pm
    I’m going to let you in on my secret. Just don’t tell my mom. I’m a closet smoker. I’ve smoked on and off for most of my adult life, and I picked up the habit again about six months ago when I made the move from Southern to Northern California. With it came a period of unknown; stress from leaving the familiarity and friends of a life I had built for the last 15 years. And with the move came the urge to pick up the habit I thought I had dropped years before. I know I shouldn’t smoke. I know all of the health dangers and all of the reasons why smoking is a bad idea for a woman in her…
  • Bipolar Disorder And The “Dad show”

    Jon Press
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Years back, our family started a tradition during roadtrips and vacations. We began keeping a list of the most hilarious and/or weird quotes uttered by each family member during our trip. Perhaps this will come as no surprise, but the list of dad quotes is now several pages long. Here’s a sampling of some of the random exclamations that may or may not have had anything to do with the topic at hand: “It could be worse. You could be Sacagewea at a McDonald’s drive-thru.” “Have you ever had your armpit hair french-braided?” [To my teenage daughter while…
  • Don’t Disrespect Me Because I Have Bipolar Disorder

    Dave Mowry
    2 Aug 2015 | 10:01 pm
    My appointment here at the coffee shop is at 9:00am. I gave myself extra time to get ready to make sure I am on time. Being bipolar I don’t know who is going to wake up  or how hard it is going to be to get ready. Today was a tough day. Getting up I felt sluggish and unmotivated. It took extra time to wake up and get my brain going. I didn’t want to get dressed, but I knew I had to. I made a commitment. Getting here on time was tough, but I made it. I get my coffee and sit down, expecting my appointment any moment. It is 8:55 am. I know she will be here anytime. After all it was her…
  • Bipolar, Weight and 7 Steps to Getting “Unstuck”

    Brad Hoefs
    2 Aug 2015 | 4:40 am
    On June 1st I finally began to get “unstuck” with my weight. It has taken me far too long to get to the point of making the decision that enough was enough. Since June 1st I’ve lost 40 pounds. I have many more to go. But, I’m on my way. I hated being “stuck”. Plus, I had far too many failed attempts at getting unstuck. But, this time I’ve been at least unstuck for eight weeks. When we find our selves emotionally stuck we generally do not get unstuck until being stuck is more painful than what it will take to get unstuck. Unfortunately, all the cheerleading in the world from…
  • Bipolar on the Job (Part 2)

    Karl Shallowhorn
    30 Jul 2015 | 10:01 pm
    In my last installment, Bipolar on the Job (Part 1) I discussed the challenges associated with working while living with Bipolar Disorder. The post received several comments most of which described work as being difficult to manage. I realize that many people living with BP have had to go out on disability and leave the world of work altogether. This is an unfortunate reality for some however there are many individuals who are able to work in some capacity while living with BP. In this post I’d like to focus on maintaining wellness at work. This is one particular area that I focus on in the…
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  • Project life change 180 day 19

    funkylit
    4 Aug 2015 | 6:16 pm
    Hello readers, Today I was browsing zinio a service that offers free magazines through my public library (yes just another great thing about the library), and I came across “Vegetarian Times”.  I am not sure why but it just never occurred to me that there would be a magazine for vegetarians. So I read a couple of issues and here is what I found The first thing I noticed is the magazine has something for everyone from the casual vegetarian like me to the hard core vegan. They included non-food products such as bath and beauty that were vegan and environmentally friendly and an…
  • Walk at the Lake

    ellenslaton
    4 Aug 2015 | 4:48 pm
    I jump up and glide smoothly to the bathroom. “What are you doin’ cutie?” “L
  • 4 Aug 2015 | 3:24 pm

    KM
    4 Aug 2015 | 3:24 pm
    Just tried to make a YouTube video like I was doing back in February, kind of like a little video diary of living with bipolar and it didn’t work out well. I kept saying “um,” looked like I had 1.5 chins and felt really self conscious so I guess that isn’t going on the Internet. Sometimes I feel self-conscious about everything – what people think of me for being a “blogger,” if people wonder why I write about bipolar all of the time instead of just getting over it or something. I’m feeling gross and useless today. Edward said he thought my One…
  • Sun, Fun & Booze

    Nicole Lyons
    4 Aug 2015 | 3:04 pm
    This is me after 5 days of sun, fun and Twisted Teas. Note the hooded eyes and swollen face. I just got home from five days at the lake with my family. A great time was had by all, for the most part. Not gonna lie, I drank a little too much. I didn’t get drunk or go overboard to an extent where it was terribly alarming, but we all know that the meds we’re on do not allow for a whole lot of booze wiggle room. The fallout from five days of drinking in the sun is a cranky and easily agitated Nicole. So now I have to chill the fuck out, find my happy place and tell myself over and…
  • Introducing Sande Rajcic

    Sande
    4 Aug 2015 | 2:44 pm
    I am the beloved of Jesus.  That’s the first and most important thing you need to know about me. My writing and my story make no sense apart from that.  His passionate faithfulness alone has taken what could have been a shipwrecked life and made me into a source of hope for others.   I have survived nearly 30 years with severe bipolar disorder.  I have been wildly psychotic, tragically depressed, and have suffered through the devastating consequences of both.  I have not always turned to Jesus for healing or help, but Jesus has never turned away from me.   In retrospect, I can see…
 
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  • Labour are miserable, spineless, traitorous cowards.

    Mentally Interesting
    21 Jul 2015 | 1:57 am
    And they are rapidly becoming indefensible. For anyone who looks to them for hope or humanity, we are further abandoned. People are suffering and the suffering is going to become even worse and Labour stand by to watch it happen. Shame on Labour. I am disgusted I ever voted for or believed in you. I give up. Well done to the 48 who voted with a conscience (including David Lammy, oddly) but you still belong to a party of bastards. I know this post is insight free, just wanted to register my anger somewhere.Filed under: Mental health
  • Ruby Wax Is Right- You Don’t Have To Tell Your Employers You’re Mental

    Mentally Interesting
    8 Jul 2015 | 6:46 am
    Ruby Wax has caused a minor kerfuffle by suggesting that those us whom struggle with our mental health should keep it quiet from employers, and in fact, lie to them in order to protect ourselves. How many of us have had, “a cold” when general misery has flattened us to our beds? Had dodgy trains when it’s really been a panic attack? In a perfect world, we’d be able to tell the truth. And our employers would be able to respond compassionately and sensibly. But it’s not a perfect world. Nor is it some post-stigma world as Eleanor Morgan suggests in her response to…
  • I wrote a bit for Dear Stranger- letters on the subject of happiness

    Mentally Interesting
    30 Jun 2015 | 3:09 am
    A gigantic THANK YOU! for all your comments and reblogs on my last post.  What a lovely response.  I feel like I should follow it up but I’m still one lap short so consigned to my phone. I’ll update proper soon. Instead of an epic post, I thought I’d give you a quick heads up about: Dear Stranger is a compilation of specially written letters on the subject of happiness. Such excellent people as Marian Keyes and Caitlin Moran have contributed, and all profits go to Mind. I’ve also contributed with something I think is a bit odd (and written in the hormonal,…
  • Musings on Mumhood- Feminism, Love and Grief

    Mentally Interesting
    17 May 2015 | 4:40 pm
    Edit: for some reason this post is showing as May 18th. I wrote it on June 11, so go figure! I’m currently writing this at 11.30pm, in the garden, where a fairly stiff breeze is blowing. This is the only place I know I won’t run to the baby if he cries (Robert is in the house with him, in case you think I’ve just left him). I’ve wanted to get some thoughts down about motherhood for months, but it’s been rather hard to write. Not just due to the new occupant of my lap. But because my feelings are hurricaning through me and evolving every day. When I was pregnant,…
  • My Birth Story, The Bipolar Birth Plan Was Bullshit and The Stigma Of Mentalist Mums

    Mentally Interesting
    16 May 2015 | 8:37 am
    So, this is a two part blog, covering two different topics. For they are different! This blog will be about how that whole well thought out, “bipolar birth plan” worked out. And the second will be about new parenthood in general and the feeling of your skin being stripped off your body. It’s too much to cover in one blog. First, thank you again! Always thanking you, you considerate bastards. Thank you for your emails, comments and congratulations. I haven’t responded because I only have one hand these days. My lap is marked Occupied, which makes it very difficult to…
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