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Your Child’s Education

Getting Support for Your Child

Do you have a child who is struggling with academic work or behavioral problems in school and he or she has either been diagnosed with Bipolar, or you and/or your pediatrician suspect that your son or daughter might have Bipolar Disorder? If you do, you may be wondering how you can get the needed support that you will need. We have laws in place that actually protect your child’s rights to supportive services if he/she meets certain criteria.


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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 fill with learning how to regulate his or her mood swings in addition to all of the work of growing and learning as a child. In addition to this, you child may need additional support in school where he or she begins the long journey of self discovery away from the comfort and security of the home environment.


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Integration of Self-A Unified Whole

We have explored aspects of creativity that are so common among individual who have challenges with mania and depression. We have embraced self acceptance. We discovered tools that empower us to be proactive in our recovery and our own stability. We continue to strive for balance in our relationships, our work, our spiritual aspirations and our lives.


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The Art of Self Acceptance

Feeling Good in Your Own Skin

Sometimes one of the biggest challenges during times of recovery includes learning to feel good about oneself. If your life feels as if it has been shattered, and you are picking up the pieces, you might be filled with fear, self doubt, and shame. These are demons worth fighting. Overcoming these negative emotions can change your world. If you are working through your own personal recovery process and you are hit with these feelings, you might feel overwhelmed by them; However, you can win. Try this:


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Using The Power of Positive Creativity

Creativity and The Bipolar Child

If you have a child or teenager with bipolar disorder, you may find that there is a stream of profound creative amidst the often chaotic and confusing struggles that your child has as a result of unmanaged symptoms. You may be feeling that is would be even sad to lose that creativity as a sacrifice of stabilizing your child. You don't have to.


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The Creative Impulse

The Healing Force of Art Form

Many people who have experienced manic episodes but are currently stable, perhaps on medications; may remember extreme creativity during their manic phase. Often, the choice to take medication and get treatment is related to the resulting chaos and sometimes devastating disruptions in one’s personal life that motivates the person with bipolar to maintain their treatment program; yet they may also feel that their creative side must be nurtured and nourished. If you are one of these people, you are right.


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Going Home

Prepare for Discharge

One very important mission for the person in recovery is to take things one step at a time. We want to prevent overwhelm and support a feeling of competency as this will build healthy self esteem, quality mental health and confidence. In turn, this will result in the confidence that your loved one needs in order to feel and be successful in his or her own life path. With that said, below are some things for both you and your loved one to keep in mind as you prepare for discharge.


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Rights of the Psychiatrically Hospitalized

Know Your Rights

This is a reminder to not only learn about how to get the best possible treatment and how to support your loved one while they are hospitalized.  If you are someone who is at risk of psychiatric hospitalization,  learn about your rights before you are hospitalized if at all possible. That means, learn about this now.


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Involuntary Medication and Involuntary Hospitalization

Is It Ok?

All individuals have a right to consent to medication and or hospitalization unless they become unable to make that decision for themselves due to grave disability including an inability to make decisions on one’s own behalf. In some situations, a person with bipolar disorder might have a manic episode that is so extreme that the person experience vivid hallucinations, or is living in a delusional world that is so separate from reality that he does not where he or she is, or what he or she is doing. There are also situations where an individual’s life is in danger due to severe an extreme depression, and has not eaten for days or is expressing other life threatening behaviors such as being suicidal. Sometimes, when a person is expressing symptoms this extreme they may even refuse to be treated, and refuse to take medication.