posts in Mental Health

4 Important Factors to Know When Helping Someone with Bipolar Disorder

The following is a guest post from Steve Johnson.

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As any parent of a child with bipolar disorder knows, things are rarely easy, but it’s important to recognize potential dangers that come along with it so you can prevent things from escalating out of control. Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder that is characterized by extreme mood swings that are so severe they disrupt a person’s daily life. Nearly 3% of Americans are living with bipolar disorder, and symptoms include “alternating between periods of elevated mood (mania or hypomania) and periods of depression.”

People who have bipolar disorder feel so energetic and abnormally happy that they may make reckless decisions, while they may feel hopeless, overwhelmed, and extremely negative when they experience a depressive state.

If you are a parent of someone who battles bipolar disorder, there are a few important factors to know so that you can help him/her navigate life with this mood disorder more successfully.

How I'm Helping My Kids' Bipolar Disorder Naturally

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"How are you treating their bipolar?" 

It's a question I'm asked quite a bit by parents of kids who have bipolar disorder. The reasons for asking vary. Usually it's one of the following:

  • They see my kids doing well and want to know how that's happening.
  • They want to choose something less harsh, but have no idea where to begin.
  • They use natural remedies or traditional medicine, but never knew it could help this.
  • They're just curious, having no idea about natural medicine at all.
I can only begin to answer this question. One post won't do it. A book perhaps, but not one single post.

5 Resources for Parents of Kids Who Have Bipolar Disorder

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I wanted to come here with a long list of resources. I really did. But that's not going to happen. 

Why? Because there's nothing out there. Seriously.

I receive emails like this one all the time:

"I want to thank you. Today I almost gave up and accepted that I'd lose my child to this illness. I was convinced no one out there knew what it was like to parent kids who have bipolar disorder. Then I did a search for 'parenting kids with bipolar disorder' and found your blog. I could have written those posts myself! I'm so grateful to find this resource."
And while it brings me joy to know I'm helping, the sad truth is there really are no real resources out there. 

Dear Mom of a Child Who Has Bipolar Disorder

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Dear Mom of a Child with Bipolar Disorder,


I know you feel so alone in this world. No one could possibly understand what your life is like. 


No one knows you wake up every day with a question mark hanging in the air. When my child wakes up, what kind of mood will she be in? Will she be happy? Angry? Depressed? 


Most days are good, but you can't predict them. Even if things start well, it could change in a second, right? 

Why You Need Salt in Your Diet [video]

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For about 30 years now, we've been led to believe salt is bad for us. As it turns out, that information is incorrect.

You need salt in your diet.

Pink salt is for everyone. I began using it in our household to help my kids who have bipolar disorder. But realizing the many benefits, it's the only salt in my house now.

4 Reasons I Talk about Bipolar Disorder

4 Reasons I Talk about Bipolar Disorder


Recently, someone asked me to stop writing about bipolar disorder.

No, I'm not kidding. 


Someone asked me to stop. (Just a suggestion, you know.) So, I thought I'd take a few moments to explain why I not only write about it, but will continue to do so.


But first let's talk about...

Letter from a Daughter to Dad Who Died of Suicide

Letter to dad who died of suicide

My daughter wrote this letter months ago. 

She gave it to me to post here, but I was caught up in other things at the time. It's a letter to her father. Today (July 3, 2015) marks 5 years since he died, so i
t's appropriate that I post it today. She turns 17 tomorrow.

Be sure to read the extra note at the bottom. I snagged it from her Facebook status this morning.

World Bipolar Day: Vincent and the Doctor

We're celebrating World Bipolar Day with Vincent van Gogh and Doctor Who!


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My mind has been on Vincent van Gogh for a few days. Anyone who knows my family well, knows we have a connection of sorts with Vincent van Gogh. So strong is that connection that w
hen our friends see or hear something about Mr. van Gogh, they immediately think of us and share it with me on Facebook.

Vincent and my family - We have a history.


Lorelai began watching the modern Doctor Who series in the winter of 2013. We were in our December of Darkness for that year, and it was something entertaining for her during those long nights. She was 10 years old.

Are People with Bipolar Disorder Always Manic or Depressed?

This article busts the myth that people with bipolar disorder are always either manic or depressed. www.HeartofMichelle.com

It's Mental Health Monday again and I'm answering a question from a friend. 

Regarding bipolar disorder, she asks:


"Are people with bipolar disorder always either really high or really low with no in between? Or is that a stereotype?"

I've lived with and around quite a few people with bipolar disorder. Some don't even realize they have it, but most of them do. I've seen what it's like in adults and in children (there's a notable difference between the two), so I can answer this accurately.


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