Another year has come to an end and with this, we reflect on some of the magazine articles, columns and blogs that connected most with the bphope community in 2019. Check out what topics came out on top!
#1 Three Clues For Recognizing Mania In The Eyes, Plus Other Physical Symptoms (Blog)
It’s all in the eyes! Mania profoundly affects the entire eye, from lids and lashes to pupils and color rings.
By Julie A. Fast
It’s easy to see depression – at least the kind of depression we associate with slumped shoulders, feeling dead inside and crying. Depression shows on our faces like a book cover. But mania! Oh mania! It can look like happiness! Or rage! Or someone finally coming out of a depression and feeling real again! Mania is tricky. Read more >>
#2 After Searching 12 Years for the Cause of Bipolar Disorder, Team Concludes It Has Many (Research)
Long-term study in more than 1,100 people yields a new seven-factor framework detailing the causes of bipolar disorder that could help patients, clinicians and researchers.
By Prechter Bipolar Research Program
Nearly 6 million Americans have Bipolar Disorder, and most have probably wondered why. After more than a decade of studying over 1,100 of them in-depth, a University of Michigan team has an answer – or rather, seven answers. Read more >>
#3 Ten Things NOT to Say to Someone with Bipolar (Magazine Column)
Choosing your words carefully can strengthen relationships, fuel recovery, and make for a better quality of life for everyone.
By Stephen Propst
You may think that talk is cheap. But, when words are used thoughtlessly, carelessly, or hurtfully, they can take a heavy toll. Like an arrow, “wrong” words can be sharp, piercing a person’s spirit, ripping away at self-esteem, and making a person feel belittled or even betrayed. Ill-chosen words can strain friendships and create stress. And especially vulnerable are people who have bipolar Disorder. Read more >>
#4 Bipolar & Anger—Getting Control of Irritability and Outbursts (Magazine Feature)
Bipolar irritability and anger can damage relationships and hurt you in the workplace. It pays to learn how to prevent and defuse flare-ups in temper.
By Denise Mann
It starts with a routine annoyance—the living room is a mess again, or another driver cuts you off. Irritation takes hold, then mushrooms as swiftly as a nuclear explosion. Cheeks redden, the pulse quickens, and … boom. Welcome to bipolar rage. Read more >>
#5 When Noise Annoys—Coping with Hypersensitive Hearing (Magazine Feature)
Do sounds that don’t bother anyone else make you want to tear your hair out? Hearing hypersensitivity is a fairly common mood symptom with bipolar.
By Stephanie Stephens
When Lynn was younger, she realized that sometimes she would hear things at work that no one else could. It was all so unsettling: a rattle in the overhead air conditioning unit, a cricket down the hall, cars on the highway late at night—and her house wasn’t even near the road. Read more >>
#6 Nine Must-See Movies About Bipolar Disorder (Buzz)
There are many worthy films about mental illness that inspire, inform and entertain. Here, we narrow down the list to nine movies featuring a lead character with bipolar disorder that you don’t want to miss!
1. The Ghost and the Whale (2016)
Maurice Benard (Sonny of General Hospital) stars as Joseph Hawthorne, a man whose wife was lost overboard when they were sailing. The mystery of what really happened divides his town, makes enemies of his wife’s family, and draws the attention of a journalist. Joseph’s untreated bipolar leads to mania, melancholia, and discussions on the beach with a gray whale (voiced by Jonathan Pryce). Benard and his wife, Paula, produced the thriller. Read more >>
#7 The Difference Between Anger and ‘Bipolar Anger’ (Blog)
The majority of people with bipolar disorder have experienced “bipolar anger,” a level of rage outside the “normal” range. But, what exactly is it?
By Gabe Howard
There are many types of anger associated with bipolar disorder. Putting aside stereotypes is difficult, however. Not every single angry episode can be attributed to mental illness. Just as people who like football have varying degrees of fandom – some paint their faces and attend every game, while others listen on the radio while they mow the lawn – anger is the same way. That said, the majority of people with bipolar disorder have experienced “bipolar anger,” a level of rage and hostility outside of the “normal” range. But, what exactly is “bipolar anger?” Read more >>
#8 Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About BIPOLAR DEPRESSION (Magazine Feature)
Bipolar depression disrupts and devastates lives, and tends to dominate the course of a person’s illness. Yet, it’s still difficult to diagnose and treat.
By Donna Jackel
It is the manic phase of bipolar disorder that attracts—no, demands—attention. But those who have the illness, or love someone who does, know it is depression that most disrupts and devastates lives—and dominates the course of the illness. Read more >>
#9 Three Bipolar Disorder Symptoms No One Wants to Talk About (Blog)
The three symptoms below represent the side of bipolar disorder we all know is there, but we rarely want to let the public know exists.
By Julie A. Fast
I know how important it is to protect the reputation of bipolar disorder in the general public. We don’t want people thinking we are dangerous, scary, crazy people who can’t be trusted. But I do feel we need to own up to the fact that certain mood swings DO cause the behaviors we want to sweep under the carpet. The three symptoms below represent the side of bipolar disorder we all know is there, but we rarely want to let the public know exists. Read more >>
#10 Bipolar Disorder and Grappling With Obsessive Thinking (Magazine Feature)
Obsessive thinking is a fairly common but rarely discussed symptom of bipolar. We look at ways you can take charge when intrusive thoughts take hold.
By Robin L. Flanigan
Getting something stuck in your head—the catchy chorus of a song, a gruesome image from the news—can be annoying for anyone. But annoying segues to alarming when intrusive thoughts, worries or even enthusiasms turn obsessive. Read more >>
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