12 Step Programs - NA vs. AA

January 1, 2018

Roughly 60% suffering from Bipolar also experience issues with drugs, alcohol or both.

I share my experiences from both NA and AA to help shed some light on the differences - the good, the bad and the ugly.

This isn't advice, it's simply my opinion from my time spent in each...hope you find something useful.

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Is it Bipolar or Grief

December 20, 2017

How do you know if you're grieving or having a biploar episode?  After suddenly losing my father to cancer, my sanity seemed to shatter.   I share some about the experience as well as a book and article that helped.

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Life’s Traumatic Adversities

November 5, 2017

One of life's most traumatic adversities just hit me out of nowhere, so I share 2 articles with recommendations on dealing with traumatic events while managing mental illness.  The last article also addresses helping loved ones and children after a traumatic event.

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Control

October 10, 2017

Trying to control others and the world around me has never ended with good results.  I share an article from BPHope about conquering triggers by controlling the urge to control the world around us, including 4 audiobooks that are helpful.

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Anger and Bipolar

August 27, 2017

At what point do you start questioning your physiatrist's treatment plan and discuss alternatives vs. just trying what he or she recommends?  I share an article from BPhope that talks about bipolar and anger, my two most common symptoms, which offers advice and coping strategies while I research different studies on the medications most commonly prescribed for these symptoms and their quality of results.

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Alcohol and Bipolar

August 25, 2017

I share an article from BPhope on Alcohol and Bipolar, which can be a dangerous and sometimes deadly combination.  I'm also celebrating a year of straight sobriety this month, including nights and weekends :) , and interject some of my own experience throughout.

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Mixed Episodes

August 24, 2017

I just had a horrific mixed episode...one of the worst I've experienced to date, that was noticed by others and has imacted my job to an unknown degree.  I share articles defining mixed episodes, what the symptoms are and what my mixed episode was like.

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Making Big Decisions During An Episode

August 20, 2017

Normally I would say hell no to making a big decision during an episode, but I'm under the gun to make a major life decision in a limited time frame.  Discussed are the steps and tools I'm using...hoping things work out for the best.

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My Traveling Trainwreck

August 11, 2017

EXPLETIVE CONTENT - Ironically, after sharing the methods I learned in therapy to help me stay stable, I have a nightmarish traveling experience where I completely derailed emotionally.  It's funny how life works our sometimes.

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My Bipolar Therapy Experience Pt.2

August 11, 2017

I follow up from my last podcast with my bipolar therapy experience, what I learned, as well as what worked and didn't work.

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