Positive Changes in Our Bipolar Disorder World

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I’m writing today to share good news about the changes I see in our mental health world. I’ve been rather despondent for years regarding the struggles we all seem to go through due to bipolar disorder. This includes those of us with the illness as well as the families, partners, friends and health care processionals who want to help us live stable and productive lives.

What is the good news?

We all know more help is needed from the outside world, especially in terms of government support and today I see it happening. If you’re on Facebook, you know they often share old posts where you can see what you in the past. This morning, I saw a post from two years ago where I wrote:

How many more times do [ Read More ]

Concerned about a Loved One with a Bipolar Disorder?

b fatherWould you like to get help for a loved one with bipolar disorder? This post talks about my coaching pracice for family members and partners of people with bipolar disroder and other mental health disorders including schizo-affective disorder, anger and anxiety disorders and personality disorders.

Julie, who do you coach in your family and partner coaching? Do you ever work with people who have bipolar disorder?

I hear these questions a lot. First of all, I do not coach people with bipolar disorder. I recommend my books for those with bipolar disorder and encourage people to get a strong health care team. I LOVE writing books for, speaking with and talking to people who [ Read More ]

Why is it so Hard to Get Help for People with Bipolar Disorder Who are Ill and Smoking Pot?

 

 

amanda bynesThe majority of my bipolar disorder coaching practice involves a crisis situation where I help family members and partners get a loved on into treatment. In over 50% of the situations, the person with the illness is a heavy pot smoker which fuels the episode.

I have a plan I use and it WORKS, until we run into law enforcement that simply have no idea what they are up against when they go to the door of someone who has a mental illness.

In the past three days, I’ve worked with clients to locate the loved one who is ill so that we can send help. In every situation, the police arrive and the person with the illness 100% talks them out of this help. I have faith that law enforcement can change [ Read More ]

The New Psychotic Pot: Is High THC Marijuana Dangerous for People with Bipolar Disorder?

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A quick explanation on why I believe bipolar disorder and pot smoking don’t mix.

 

I have bipolar disorder. I work as a coach for parents and partners of children with bipolar disorder. Here are my experiences:

 

1. For over three years now, at least 50% of the coaching situations I experience involve POT smoking that leads to mania and abnormal amounts of psychosis in the person with bipolar disorder. In my experience, people who continue to smoke pot that causes bipolar disorder symptoms do not get better. At this time, three of the six clients I’m working with have children who are either in the hospital or are about to go into the hospital because of pot induced bipolar psychosis. It’s not a joke and I hope it can be addressed rationally and reasonably without [ Read More ]