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with Bipolar Disorder

Psychology Today Article Review “A Psychiatric Diagnosis is Not a Disease”

This week I read a fantastic article in Psychology Today that highlights one of the primary issues with bipolar diagnosis and treatment. The article titled “A Psychiatric Diagnosis is Not
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Healing Bipolar Part Two: Therapy and Trauma Healing, What I Wish I’d Known

During the first decade after my bipolar diagnosis, I was encouraged to go to therapy by my psychiatrists to learn coping mechanisms for managing my bipolar. I attempted therapy several
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Why Do You “Push” Micronutrients?

I received an email from someone this weekend accusing me of being a “snake-oil salesman” and asking “Why do you ‘push’ micronutrients” when people really need help. I could feel
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You Must Have Been Misdiagnosed

When I share that I have healed my bipolar disorder I frequently have people accuse me of never having bipolar in the first place. They say, “You must have been
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Healing Bipolar Part One: From Medication to Micronutrients, What I Wish I’d Known

When I was first diagnosed, I was told that bipolar disorder was chronic and incurable and required psychotropic medications to treat.  After following that treatment plan for over a decade
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Am I a Liar?

This morning my social media feed was filled with bipolar content creators saying things like: “If someone tells you they healed their bipolar they are a liar,” or “You can’t
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To Medicate or Not to Medicate, That is the Bipolar Question

When I was first diagnosed with bipolar disorder, I was told that I had a chemical imbalance that required medication to treat. The doctor’s explanation seemed to make sense to
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The Mindset Shift to Heal Bipolar Part Three: The Steps to Heal Your Disorder

Continued from Mindset Shift to Heal Bipolar Part Two: What is Bipolar, Anyway? NOTE: This post DOES NOT contain affiliate links. All links are provided for the convenience of the
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The Mindset Shift to Heal Bipolar Part Two: What is Bipolar, Anyway?

Continued from The Mindset Shift to Heal Bipolar Part One: Three Bipolar Myths When the bipolar diagnosis was first created it was done in hopes of finding a “magic bullet”
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The Mindset Shift to Heal Bipolar Part One: Three Bipolar Myths

Over the first twelve years after my diagnosis with bipolar I was consistently told three things:  Bipolar disorder is a chemical imbalance, Bipolar is like diabetes and medication is like
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Can You Heal Bipolar Disorder?

Can you heal bipolar disorder? I remember asking that question when I was first diagnosed back in 1998. I struggled with accepting my diagnosis because there was no tangible evidence
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The Challenges of Motherhood with Bipolar

Motherhood is challenging for everyone. Motherhood with bipolar disorder brings added difficulty. But it is absolutely possible to parent well with bipolar disorder. 
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What is Your Bipolar Treatment Plan?

What is your bipolar treatment plan? When I was initially diagnosed with bipolar the treatment plan my doctor gave me was to find the right combination of psychotropic medications. I
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Symptoms of Mania and Depression: Don’t Normalize Them!

Something that I have noticed on social media over the past few years is the normalization of the symptoms of mania and depression. It is usually motivated by the desire
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Should I Have Children If I Have Bipolar Disorder?

One question I hear frequently is:  “Should I have children if I have bipolar disorder?”  This question and the worry underlying it are understandable. There are so many unknowns with
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New Years Resolutions for bipolar

New Year’s Resolutions for Bipolar Disorder: The Road to Wellness

It’s that time a year again, when many people resolve to make changes in their life to improve in some way. The new year feels like a natural time to
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Bipolar Disorder: Boundaries?

Boundaries. We hear that word all the time but how many people actually understand what boundaries are and how to set and respect healthy boundaries?  A few years ago I
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Bipolar Disorder: The Kanye Effect

Kanye West has been in the media a lot lately. Every other day there is a story about the latest outrageous thing he has done or said. We all have
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Interview by Hope and Way: How to Live Life to the Fullest as a Mother with Bipolar Disorder with Michelle

Michelle is a mother who is not only living with and managing her bipolar disorder but is also thriving! She has used tools and techniques on herself to make her
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Bipolar Disorder: Six Tips for Getting the Most Out of Therapy

Recently I have been thinking about the blessing that therapy has been in my life and how I didn’t always feel that way. When I was first diagnosed with bipolar
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Introducing Scott Ninneman from Speaking Bipolar

Several months ago Scott’s Speaking Bipolar popped up in my Instagram feed. He was followed by some of the people I follow, and I love the content he puts out.
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NEW private Facebook group for Mom’s with bipolar disorder! 

If you want to live a balanced, healthy, productive life, despite your condition, you are in the right place!

This is a group where we acknowledge that we have bipolar disorder, but we want to take responsibility for ourselves and learn how to live well with it.