posts in Mental Health

4 Important Factors to Know When Helping Someone with Bipolar Disorder

Jul 27, 2016

The following is a guest post from Steve Johnson.

boy suffering with depression

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

Feb 1, 2016


"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

Dec 11, 2015


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

Nov 11, 2015

mother and sad child

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? 

4 Things You Can Do Right Now to Help Bipolar Moods [Video]

Nov 4, 2015


People who have bipolar disorder experience serious shifts in mood, energy, thinking, and behavior. Not everyone experience the same types of mood shifts, but they are a key component of bipolar disorder.

These sudden and drastic changes in moods confuse friends and family, and may damage relationships. While there are medications to help prevent the depressive states, I'm not sure there are any that control the mood swings in general. (If I'm mistaken, feel free to correct me.)

A Letter from My Daughter to Her Father

Jul 3, 2015


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 marks 5 years since he died

It's appropriate that I post it today. 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

Mar 30, 2015

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.

Making Progress with My Child's Bipolar Disorder and My Life

Jan 17, 2015

In this week's Homeschool Mother's Journal, I share the progress I'm making in various areas of my life, including my children's bipolar disorder.

I'm pretty excited about some things going on in our lives lately. 

After a month-long depression, during which I almost left the internet (long story), I'm finally back in the swing of things. I'm feeling a lot better about some things in my life and hopeful about others.

Progress. That's my focus.

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I'm writing again.

I jumped head-first into a 5-day series on adding art to your homeschool. It was difficult to do because I'd lost the desire to write about a month ago. But I did it. We'll see where it takes me. 

My youngest child showing less symptoms of her bipolar disorder.

We've made some changes around here lately. We've taken all white salt (sea salt included) out of the house and replaced it with Himilayan pink salt. The effects have been amazing! So far what I've seen is:

  • Moods are less intense - no euphoria, mania or depression.
  • Mood swings are less frequent - Instead of daily cycling, she may have an episode once every 6-8 weeks. Progress!
  • Better sleeping habits - She sleeps at night and is up in the day as long as she's getting plenty of vitamin D from the sun, too.
Seriously, it's nice to not feel like I'm on eggshells or have to worry all day about her sleeping and waking patterns. That had become almost the sole focus of my life for the last two years.

Are People with Bipolar Disorder Always Manic or Depressed?

Dec 1, 2014

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

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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