Guest Blogger: Update from Martin Baker on Bipolar Disorder and Friendship

High Tide, Low Tide: A Very Human Condition

by Martin Baker

Click here to read Martin’s first guest post on his book High Tide Low Tide: The Caring Friend’s Guide to Bipolar Disorder.

In my last post for Bipolar Happens, I described how the book I wrote with my American best friend Fran Houston came about, and the four year journey that brought our dream to fruition. I’d like to thank Julie for inviting me back to talk about how our book is changing lives.

“High Tide, Low Tide: The Caring Friend’s Guide to Bipolar Disorder” was published last September. Four months on, it is doing well and attracting positive reviews. We believe it has the potential to appeal not [ Read More ]

Guest Blogger Andrew Turman: How I manage my rapid cycling bipolar disorder

by Andrew Turman I have a form of bipolar disorder that is rapid cycling. I can go from being depressed to being manic in a matter of hours. Early on in the onset of my illness, I was depressed more than I was manic. That is not to say that I did not become manic; rather, it was not as intense and did not last as long. However, these days, since I turned 35 or so, mania has become the predominant problem. Again, I do get depressed, but it is not as crippling as I have previously experienced. At its peak, my illness caused me to cycle every other week. One week up, then one down, then back [ Read More ]

Guest Blogger: Dr. Fred Von Gunten on Bipolar Disorder and the Power of Positivity

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Dr. Fred Von Guten Shares His Personal Story of Dealing with and Overcoming Bipolar Disorder

The following is a guest post by Dr. Fred Von Gunten, a retired Optometrist specializing in developmental and behavioral vision for more than 33 years, and the author of The Power of Positivity for Bipolar and Anyone Else, a book in which he explores the challenges of living with bipolar disorder and his ultimate achievement of episode-free stability. Dr. Von Gunten can be reached at fvongunten2@gmail.com and invites readers to follow him on Facebook at Promoting the Power of Positivity and his Personal Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/fred.vongunten.

I wrote this article to help others understand what [ Read More ]

Guest Blogger Martin Baker on Bipolar Disorder and Creating Strong Friendships

Martin_Baker_2016High Tide, Low Tide: Our Transatlantic Best Friendship

—by Martin Baker

“I know what you could do, Marty! You could write a book about what it’s like to be friends with someone with bipolar disorder.”

October 2012. The English Lake District. With those words, my American best friend Fran changed my world. Not for the first time. We’d been friends since meeting online the previous May. We would not meet in real life (as they say) until June 2013, but despite living 3,000 miles apart, we’d grown a strong, mutually supportive friendship that had weathered episodes of wild mania, depression, debilitating pain and fatigue, with suicidal thinking never far away.

Fran Houston, my best friend, lives with bipolar disorder, chronic fatigue syndrome [ Read More ]

Guest Blogger Tara Rolstad: Parenting Children with Mental Health Disorders. It Gets Better!

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Unique, alone, and never-ending.

When I started my journey seven years ago walking alongside family members who lived with mental illness, I was pretty sure those words would always define my experience.

My husband and I had become foster parents for two nieces, and I became legal guardian of a third, and we helped my parents as they took in a fourth. It wasn’t long before the severity of the girls’ PTSD, Borderline Personality Disorder, depression and [ Read More ]

Guest Blogger Gabe Howard on the Diffficult Topic of Violence in Bipolar Disorder

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A Response to Julie A. Fast’s Bp Magazine blog post that received over 1000 shares on Facebook. If you have not read the post, click here to read Three Bipolar Disorder Symptoms No One Wants to Talk About.

Violent Behavior and Bipolar Disorder Are Linked. Let’s Talk About it Openly and Deal with the Problem!

by Gabe Howard

Before we dive into this subject, let’s acknowledge some facts. First, I live with bipolar disorder and no, I have never been violent. Secondly, whether we want to admit it or not, violence can be associated with bipolar disorder – typically with bipolar psychosis, but can also manifest when inhibitions are lowered due to dysphoric [ Read More ]

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