I Had a Black Dog. His Name Was Depression.

May 04

Some people say Winston Churchill was the first person to call his depression a black dog that followed him everywhere. Others say the expression preceded Churchill. Whichever the case, the black dog of depression has been around for generations now. And this old dog is up to the same old tricks. The black dog will train you, if you let it. But it’s better if...

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My Bipolar Disorder Fuels My Passion for Writing #WorldBipolarDay

Mar 30

My Bipolar Disorder Fuels My Passion for Writing #WorldBipolarDay

Having bipolar disorder can seem like a blessing and a curse. It can play havoc on your moods, energy, and relationships but it also provides tons of creative energy. In my case, I direct that energy into writing. And, increasingly, I find myself expanding into expressing my creativity through drawing and artwork. I’m the author of 24 books. The writing process...

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Mental Health for Christians: Biblical Terms for Healing Include the Term for “Therapy”

Mar 22

Mental Health for Christians: Biblical Terms for Healing Include the Term for “Therapy”

Dear friend, I hope all is well with you and that you are as healthy in body as you are strong in spirit. 3 John 2     Mental illness brings many challenges, but perhaps the biggest challenge can be coping with the false beliefs of other Christians. Well-meaning Christians lay additional burdens on people with mental illness by telling them things like:...

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Bipolar Happens by Julie Fast (@JulieBipolar)

Jan 16

Bipolar Happens by Julie Fast (@JulieBipolar)

Julie Fast’s book, Bipolar Happens: 35 Tips and Tricks to Manage Bipolar Disorder, is a quick read, but a thought-provoking one. She covers 35 problems people with bipolar face and describes not only her debilitating problems but her own tried and proven coping strategies. She covers everything from the fear of going to public events to bipolar spending sprees and...

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The Benefits of Exercise (Laughter Counts!)

Jan 02

The Benefits of Exercise (Laughter Counts!)

Most of us start the year off trying to exercise more, if for no other reason than to lose the five pounds we gained from the holiday eggnog and pie. So it seems timely to share with you a paper my teenage nephew, Nathan MacQueen, wrote in December. It was a school assignment, so I expected to find a sterile explanation of health benefits from exercise. It...

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Bipolar Dysphoria for the Holidays

Dec 07

Bipolar Dysphoria for the Holidays

Because I have bipolar disorder, I occasionally go through cycles where I have a difficult time getting along with people. It’s called dysphoria. In my mind, I’m completely right and the other person is wrong. I don’t realize I’m doing anything wrong. Sometimes I can see it afterwards, but sometimes I still can’t see what I did wrong. All I know is there’s a trail...

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