“I grew up believing fear and tears were unmanly…”

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Today’s letter is by Gabe Howard, an award-winning writer and speaker who lives with bipolar and anxiety disorders. Hello Friends, The only time I ever saw my father cry was at my grandfather’s funeral. I don’t remember ever seeing him scared. I grew up believing fear and tears were unmanly. When I was in a psychiatric hospital and diagnosed with bipolar disorder, I was terrified. I didn’t understand what was happening, nor how to explain it to my family. My […]

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To all mums out there

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To the mamas too depressed to get out of bed today, we see you. To the mamas fighting the guilt that comes with suicidal thoughts, we hear you. To the people not celebrating Mother’s Day because it’s just too damn hard, we’ve got you. To all the fabulous women who lift others up even when they’re feeling down, we hope you know how much you matter. Today, we hope you’re able to let go of expectations and do whatever’s best […]

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Keep Watch For Summer Mania

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The calendar officially flipped seasons this week with the arrival of the summer solstice—the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. But summer isn’t all fun and games for everyone. Maybe life is more complicated with the kids out of school. Maybe you hate the heat. Or maybe you’re prone to seasonal mania at this time of year. Research tracking hospital admissions for a mood episode has pretty consistently identified seasonal patterns that follow the sun in both […]

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World Bipolar Day 30th March

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  Be Positive, Bipolar Self Help Malta, an NGO under the patronage of H.E. the President of Malta, commemorated this day by having an information stand, in the main foyer of Mater Dei Hospital. We were also honoured that Christabelle, Malta’s Eurovision Singer for 2018, visited our stand to show her support and help us fight the Taboo. The Medical on-line dictionary describes Bipolar disorder, (previously known as manic depression,) as a mental illness that brings severe high and low […]

The Early, ‘Hurtful’ Sign of My Bipolar Disorder

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I remember screaming at the top of my lungs until my throat hurt. I remember having argument after argument with my parents. I remember being told I should be a lawyer because I loved to argue. I even remember throwing chairs once! But, I also remember going to my room, sobbing, not knowing why I was yelling in the first place. I didn’t like to scream and argue, but the anger flowed through my veins with such force and it […]

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World Bipolar Day 2018

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COME AND MEET US AT MATER DEI ON THE 26TH AND 27TH MARCH 2018 between 9 am until noon World Bipolar Day (WBD) – an initiative of the Asian Network of Bipolar Disorder (ANBD), the International Bipolar Foundation (IBPF), and the International Society for Bipolar Disorders (ISBD) – will be celebrated each year on March 30th, the birthday of Vincent Van Gogh, who was posthumously diagnosed as probably having bipolar disorder. The vision of WBD is to bring world awareness to […]

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When Springtime Spells Disaster for Someone With Bipolar Disorder

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Ah, spring is just around the corner. It’s so close I can feel it! But for me, that feeling of springtime can often lead to the most difficult phase of bipolar — the dreaded mixed state. Don’t get me wrong or view me as ungrateful… theoretically, I love the blooming flowers, buds on the trees, longer days and abundance of fresh air. However, the change in time and fluctuating weather can often wreak havoc on my system. Chris Aiken, MD […]