Bipolar Disorder: The Financial Burden

Statistically speaking, the odds are stacked against you. In the United States and Canada, at least 40 percent of all marriages fail. But the statistics for marriages involving a person who has bipolar disorder are especially sobering—an estimated 90 percent of these end in divorce, according to a November 2003 article, “Managing Bipolar Disorder,” in […] Read more…

All the medication, psychiatrist appointments, therapy and support won’t do a thing if the person with bipolar is not invested in their own treatment and recovery. But for the one suffering, it is very difficult for them to find a reason within themselves, to get better. As the spouse, you need to help them find their reason why.

How To Help Make Recovery The Goal For Your Bipolar Spouse

Bipolar is very difficult on family and friends. The mood swings from debilitating depressions to extreme manias can throw a whole home into a state of chaos. Everything revolves around the unwell person. Young children, no matter how much you try to shelter them from it, are deeply affected by an unstable environment. Sometimes in […] Read more…

In many ways, my marriage is no different than anyone else’s marriage. But living with someone that has a mental illness (bipolar) adds another element to the mix of usual. It can be very trying, exhausting and difficult.

Living And Thriving In A Bipolar Marriage

In many ways, my marriage is no different than anyone else’s marriage. This is the second marriage for both my husband and I. We both have children from previous marriages. We both have ex-spouses that are still involved in our lives on a daily basis. We have extended families with varied backgrounds, sprinkled all around […] Read more…

As the caregiver of a bipolar spouse, I have an opinion about whether suicide is selfish. You may not agree with me but hopefully you will understand why.

Is Suicide Selfish? A Caregiver’s Point Of View

There has been a lot of talk and backlash from the mental health community about the use of the word “selfish” in regards to suicide. I felt as though I had to speak out as the caregiver of a bipolar spouse. You may not agree with me but hopefully you will at least be able […] Read more…

I do believe that cancer is accepted as an illness and spoken about openly and mental illness is not. But here is why I don't think you should compare mental illness and cancer.

Please Stop Comparing Mental Illness To Cancer

I have had something building up inside me for a weeks and I have to spill it. It was Mental Health Awareness Week around the world and everywhere I looked, someone was posting a statement about the “openness” of discussing cancer and the mental illness “stigma”. I am completely flabbergasted that even well known organizations […] Read more…

Check out what celebrities are embracing knitting and why it is good for your health.

5 Ways Knitting Is Good For Your Health

If you are anything like me, when the weather starts to turn colder, you spend more and more time inside. If I could hibernate the winter away, I swear I would. Please don’t tell me I should get involved in winter sports because that would make me enjoy it more. No, it wouldn’t. I can’t […] Read more…

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