General

Don’t Be Ashamed

I used to be afraid to tell people that I had bipolar disorder. I was ashamed. I thought bipolar disorder was a dirty, dark secret. I thought I was less than everyone else because I was sick. I felt like people wanted me to shake it off and get back to being...
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Help Your Child Succeed

          Children With Bipolar in School If you have a child with bipolar in the school system you will want to create a protective/empowerment support system that surrounds your child. This will help to set the stage for success. No doubt you child has a tall order to...
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Books

Capturing Your Legacy in Small Stories

There is a Jewish tradition, which traces back to Genesis, called an "ethical will." This practice is about passing down values from one generation to the next generation. Originally, ethical wills were transmitted orally. For instance, on their deathbeds Isaac and Jacob shared their values and wishes with their...
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Animals and Birds

This Cartoon’s for You, Cecil the Lion

The last Quick Fix cartoon  is about the other side of yummy sex. Yeah, sometimes you have to go there. For any cartoon you enjoy, you’re invited to share it anyplace except Pinterest. And thank you for sharing every week on Facebook and Twitter. All rights reserved, and content including cartoons is ©Donna Barstow 2015.  And you can Like me on Facebook...
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Emotional Support Animals

I got my Bernese Mountain Dog, Hope, in November of 2008. She was born the day I was released from the psych ward in California. After I tried to kill myself and nearly succeeded. I saw this as a sign. My parents wanted me to get a dog and I wasn't sure I...
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Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Living Your Life Fully Through Mindfulness

  Emotionally Sensitive People are capable of great joy.  You are the person who lights up the room and makes any get-together a memorable event.  Your sensitivity also means that  your capacity for joy can be lost, buried under depression or fear.  Here's some ideas for how to recover your ability to live fully...
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The Secret to Sustaining Happiness

Me in pajamas. Cow. India. Many years ago, I was sitting on the floor of an ashram, wearing what looked (to the westernized me at least) a lot like pajamas. Our lesson that day was about happiness - how to find it, how to hold onto it. Our teacher explained, "People...
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Bipolar Laid Bare

I Need Support and I’m Not Sorry

As human beings we have the inalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. If you think about it this way, bipolar disorder commits human-rights violations on a daily basis. We’re essentially imprisoned by our disease as it dictates our brain function and our ability...
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