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Recovery and Wellness

Bipolar Experts share their strategies for coping and living well with bipolar disorder.  

  • Living With Bipolar Disorder: Six Key Coping Strategies
    G.J. Gregory shares the top six coping strategies that have helped guide him through the ups and downs of bipolar disorder.
  • Recovery is Responsibility
    Learn about a model of recovery which states that psychiatric medications are just one step in a journey toward managing and living successfully with bipolar disorder.
  • Introduction to Recovery
    No matter where you stand on the road to recovery from a mental illness, John McManamy explores how to get well and stay well.
  • The Art of Conversation - Part 1
    John McManamy describes two situations to show how social skiils can be key in affecting recovery in people with mental illness.
  • The Art of Conversation - Part 2
    In this second article on conversation, John McManamy follows up his story about "Bob", who's schizophrenia is primarily to blame for his lack of social skills.
  • The Art of Conversation - Part 3
    John McManamy describes a few simple precepts he picked up as a journalist to help develop effective communication.
  • The Art of Conversation - Part 4: Lessons From a Former President
    John McManamy casts back to the 1992 Presidential campaign to show how former President Bill Clinton's listening and people skills were key in helping him win the nomination.
  • The Art of Conversation - Part 5: Active Listening
    John McManamy takes a look at how "active listening" can help in both your professional and personal life.
  • The Art of Conversation - Part 6: Telling Them What They Want to Hear
    When it's your turn to talk, John McManamy explains why less is often more.
  • The Art of Conversation Part 7: The Loudmouth Trap
    John McManamy gives tips on how to communicate with others and to successfully engage in conversation without being overbearing.
  • Sleep Part 1: Mastering the Master Clock
    John McManamy discusses the connection between bipolar disorder and problems with sleep.
  • Recovery is a Journey
    "Even living within certain limitations, recovery may actually translate into a life better than the one we had before, rather than a mere return to where we once were."
  • McMan's Eight-fold Path to Living Well
    Knowledge, mindfulness, eating right.  These are just a few of John McManamy's strategies for coping successfully with bipolar disorder.  Read them all here, and then share your tips!
  • The Importance of Knowing Thyself
    Knowing, understanding and accepting who you are and how best to take care of yourself can be a complex undertaking. Learn how to begin the journey toward knowing thyself.
  • Knowledge is Necessity
    Recovery begins with knowledge. It all starts with knowing thyself. And no matter how far we've come, there is always more to learn and more work to be done.
  • Mindfulness - Part I
    "Mindfulness" is the latest recovery buzzword, yet the concept has been embedded in therapeutic techniques for years. Learn why mindfulness is such an important part of treating bipolar disorder.
  • Mindfulness - Part 2
    Mindfulness, or the ability to maintain self-awareness in the present moment in a non-judgmental fashion, is an invaluable tool for managing depression and bipolar disorder. Learn more about how this technique works.
  • Mindfulness - Part 3
    Bipolar has been called “a dangerous gift,” one that many of us would gladly return to the customer service counter of life. The practice of mindfulness opens up the possibility of realizing our potential, but it also necessitates working within our limitations and leading highly disciplined lives.
  • Mindfulness - Part 4: Savoring the Moment
    Life is all about the present. If you’re not in it, you’re not playing. To play, you have to pay attention.
  • Mindfulness - Part 5: Cultivating Calm Awareness
    Learn about how meditation can help you become more in touch with your surroundings, your goals, and your mental state, and can allow you to enjoy the moment.
  • Mindfulness Part 6 - The Fear Factor
    Fear underlies our stress pathways. Learn how fear can get in the way of mastering mindfulness and managing bipolar disorder.
  • Stress Part 1: Some Landmark Findings
    Managing our stress is absolutely critical to managing our illness. In fact, for many of us it may be more useful for us to think of ourselves as having a stress disorder that manifests as a mood disorder. A series of ground-breaking studies explain why.
  • Stress Part 2: When the Brain Overreacts
    The brain's limbic system was designed to extricate ourselves from danger long enough to experience the pleasure of a mate and thus ensure our genetic future. But what happens if our limbic system works too well? What if we perceive the entire world around us as a threat? Or, to the contrary, what if we become addicted to pleasure or novelty? John McManamy explains.
  • Stress Part 3: Back to 1844
    John McManamy provides a brief history of the evolution - and decline - of mental healthcare in the United States, and points to the importance of equipping patients with the skills to cope with their illness and treatment.
  • Stress Part 4: Seeing it Coming
    John McManamy offers tips for identifying and managing stress before it triggers a mood episode.
  • Stress Part 5: Industrial Disease
    John McManamy ponders the question "Is mental illness an industrial disease?" See how the U.S. stacks up against lower-economic countries' mental illness rates.
  • Stress Part 6: Managing Your Life
    John McManamy explains how he contends with life's constant challenges while dealing with mental illness.
  • Stress Part 7: Finding the Life That Fits
    John McManamy discusses three basic rules to help manage your life around stress.
  • Stress Part 8: Working With Anxiety
    While anxiety is often linked to stress, John McManamy takes a closer look into how they really relate.
  • Stress Part 9: Smoking
    John McManamy explores how some bad habits can be helpful in managing stress.
  • Stress Part 10: Yoga and Meditation
    Discover how yoga and mediation can help relieve stress.