Illness

Illness

Our second Mountain Democrat column has been published this year (April 29, 2013) ~ “Illness” ~ written by Marcia Rose. Excerpts: “When I began teaching at Bipolar Insights, I had a mindset which many people share. It is the inability to recognize what I define as “similarity blindness.” Click here to ready the rest of the story … Bipolar Insights:...

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Authenticity and Mercy

Authenticity and Mercy

February 2013 Our first Mountain Democrat column has been published this year (January 21, 2013) ~ “Authenticity and Mercy” ~ written by Marcia Rose. Excerpts: “It was one of those moments that appear out of nowhere. Suddenly, without warning, anguish approaches, your stomach tightens and tears wash over your cheeks. You are left to wonder WHY?“ Click here to read the rests of the story … Bipolar Insights: Authenticity and...

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The Man in the Fedora Hat

The Man in the Fedora Hat

Our fourth Mountain Democrat column has been published this year (October 29th, 2012) ~ “The man in the Fedora Hat” ~ written by Marcia Rose. Excerpts: “Frequently, new people attend the weekly Bipolar Insights meetings. Some only attend one meeting while others might come from time to time. There are many who attend regularly. Without question, though, those who attend are in pain, they are confused, and they are desperate to find an answer to the weight of their burdens. Each individual has his own story, and more often than not, that personal story is not shared. One Tuesday evening which wasn’t particularly different from any other Tuesday, a gentleman walked into class wearing a fedora hat.“ Click here to read the rest of the story … Bipolar Insights: The Man in the Fedora...

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The Power of Pain

The Power of Pain

Our third Mountain Democrat column has been published this year (July 23rd, 2012) ~ “The Power of Pain” ~ written by Marcia Rose. Excerpt: “When diagnosed with bipolar disorder, one is presented with a list of symptoms that represent mania or depression. The variations from one individual to another are minimal — depending on the type of bipolar: Bipolar 1 (mostly manic with little depression), Bipolar 2 (mostly depressed with little mania), or Bipolar Disorder (mania and depression cycles). A diagnosis explains the characteristics of mania and depression along with the types of medications that are needed to manage the cycles. What’s missing from this diagnosis is you, specifically your life. Who are you? What does your life look like? What is your story? You become invisible and hidden by the disorder.“ Click here to read the rest of the story … Bipolar Insights: The Power of...

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Together

Together

Our second Mountain Democrat column has been published this year (April 23rd, 2012) ~ “Together” ~ written by Marcia Rose. Excerpt: “Did you hear that Mary Jones died? She committed suicide. You probably know that she had a history of mental illness.” With those few sentences, each of us is capable of creating our own inaccurate story about Mary Jones and mental illness. Based on perception and personal beliefs, a misrepresentation of Mary and mental illness unfolds………………. The article caught the eyes of many. An invitation went out to the community to come visit and join our group. Our first visitor was Ruth Michelson (MA, MFT). After the meeting, Ruth stated, “I really enjoyed this. I learned so much; I never understood bipolar disorder. I would like to come again.“ Click here to read the rest of the story … Bipolar Insights:...

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Another Beginning

Another Beginning

Our first Mountain Democrat column published this year (January 19th, 2012) ~ “Another beginning” ~ written by Marcia Rose. Excerpt: “Beginnings come in many forms. Just as each new day is a beginning, so are birthdays, anniversaries and the start of a new year. With every fresh start, we have an opportunity to reevaluate our lives. Will we resolve to lose weight, exercise, read more or take that long-awaited vacation? Begin the new year with something sweet and mix it with love, joy and hope. This year come to Bipolar Insights — a place where dignity abounds.“ Click here to read the rest of the story … Bipolar Insights: Another...

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