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Value of Support Groups for Mental Illness

Value of Support Groups for Mental Illness

Mental Illness support groups help family members and people with mental illnesses. Learn how support groups for mental illness can help. Listen

There is a mental illness support group for almost every psychiatric disorder or abuse. As a person on the receiving end of verbal abuse for years, attending a support group propelled me forward exponentially and I encourage people to locate a support group and attend it. But sometimes, people are intimidated and do not attend. They desperately want the emotional support, but perhaps stepping outside of their comfort zone is too much when added on top of everything else they’re experiencing.

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Life with Bipolar Disorder . . . and a Spoonful of Sugar

Life with Bipolar Disorder . . . and a Spoonful of Sugar

Funny in the Head humor blogger Alistair McHarg tells the unvarnished truth about life with bipolar disorder. Listen and learn about the man behind the laughs.

Plenty of people make jokes about mental illness. But it’s a rare humorist who delivers sobering insight while administering that arguably best medicine, laughter. Alistair McHarg is one of those precious few. After 40+ years of life with bipolar disorder, Alistair has the experience and wisdom to know that there’s a profound difference between levity and turning serious, even life-threatening conditions into mere punchlines.

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Living in a Bipolar Marriage – Beating the Odds

Living in a Bipolar Marriage – Beating the Odds

With the odds stacked against bipolar marriages succeeding, come join us as we discuss with Sara Anderson her efforts to beat those odds.

According to commonly quoted statistics, 90 percent of bipolar marriages end in divorce. When one factors in the difficulties of living with somebody who cycles through depressive and manic episodes, including manic episodes in some bipolars of binge spending, or worse, hypersexuality which results in infidelity, it is not difficult to see why the odds are stacked up against a long lasting bipolar marriage.

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From Life of the Party to Get a Life

From Life of the Party to Get a Life

A mental illness, especially during the adjustment period after first receiving a diagnosis, can be filled with a lot of strife and heartache. The challenges are only compounded by the fact that many find themselves more isolated and alone than ever before in their life. Our guest this week, Stephanie, has found herself in just that place, alone like never before.

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Living with Bipolar Disorder. Surviving through Art.

Living with Bipolar Disorder. Surviving through Art.

carolyn-gabbAfter a hospital mistake left her totally disabled for six months, Dr. Carolyn Gabb struggled harder than ever to cope with bipolar symptoms. Though she’s since recovered enough to resume her work as an artist, living with bipolar disorder isn’t easy. “Art is a way of coping, and living an enriched life,” she says.

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Life after Suicide

Life after Suicide

barb-hildebrandcropOn Christmas day ten years ago, Barb Hildebrand became a widow. Diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder just one month prior, her husband Rob committed suicide. “My entire world changed in ways I could never have imagined,” she says of her life after suicide.

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Benefits of Bipolar Disorder? The Bright Side of Bipolar

Benefits of Bipolar Disorder? The Bright Side of Bipolar

Are there benefits of bipolar disorder? Richard Jarzynka, who lives with bipolar, says there is a bright side. What are the benefits of bipolar disorder?

On this week’s HealthyPlace Mental Health Radio Show, Richard Jarzynka shares his personal struggle with bipolar disorder and discusses the surprising bright side of bipolar.

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Betrayed by Bipolar Disorder

Betrayed by Bipolar Disorder

Want to know what it's like living with bipolar disorder? Get inside the bipolar brain of Breaking Bipolar blog author, Natasha Tracy. Listen and learn how crazy it can be.

“Take a look inside my Bipolar Brain and you’ll see crazy,” proclaims Breaking Bipolar blog author, Natasha Tracy. Natasha is diagnosed with bipolar II, ultra-rapid cycling and has been in treatment for over a decade. Unfortunately, even after trying numerous bipolar treatments, Natasha has received little relief.

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