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The Secret to Managing Food Cravings: Part One

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series The Secret to Managing Food Cravings

icecreamDoesn't that look yummy? Can you resist?

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Julie Fast – One Woman Bipolar Boot Camp

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Diagnosing Bipolar


A mental health HERO to me is someone who platforms their suffering to inspire and teach others. Julie Fast is such a person. The attention is not on herself. The purpose is not to inflate the illness or glorify it. The whole point is helping others who suffer in the same way. 

Once I discovered I had bipolar depression I began my journey to find out as much as I could about it. I didn't have to go much farther than Julie Fast. She is like a one woman bipolar boot camp.

She has broken down this disease into strategic steps for coping. You can find that in her 'health card' system. Or maybe you would get something out of one of her many books. Or possibly you could just start with her newsletters and see if you like the way she communicates. She has a blog too!

This woman has built a career, not despite her bipolar, but around that very condition. She is making lemons out of lemonade. You see for most people with bipolar, and lots of others with mental illness, it's hard to hold down a full time job. Let's face it, we're not always reliable. But Julie took her writing ability and built a business.

She proves that it's possible to live a full productive life with this complicated mental disorder. The point to my short series on Bipolar Disorder was just to mention it in case some of you out there have not considered it yet as a piece of the puzzle of your own journey.

I created my own 'Bipolar Boot Camp' awhile ago if you would like to do a little more reading about this complicated mood disorder.

There are so many more ways to deal with depression, with mental illness besides the usual medication, therapy and lifestyle changes.

WHAT ABOUT YOU? Is there any possibility that you should take a look at this bipolar disorder?

Next time I am go ing to talk to you about another piece of my own puzzle, maybe this piece will complete your puzzle too!

Just for fun, here's another hero for you.


I'm so glad you droppped by Depression Getaway today. There is hope for depression. Don't give up, I'm praying for you!

Wendy Love

‘Bipolar Disorder’ or ‘Quick Change Artist’?

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Diagnosing Bipolar

jl4Bipolar Disorder has a lot in common with a 'quick change artist'.

Just for fun, here is a YouTube of a Quick Change Artist at work:

Have you ever had an experience where everything is going along just fine? You are on top of the world, totally in control. You feel as though you could do anything and then it all changes in a moment.

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Bipolar? Not Me!

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Diagnosing Bipolar


It took eight long years of depression to figure out that I had a form of mental illness called Bipolar Disorder. The difference is significant in the treatment and so this was an important step in my progress.

Why did it take so long to figure it out?

Bipolar involves both good moods and bad moods. It affects two poles of the brain, not just one. I have Bipolar 2, which some refer to as 'mild bipolar'.

The only time I went to see my doctor was when I was in the depths of despair, experiencing the low moods of bipolar which was depression.

When I was on top of the world, experiencing the high side of bipolar, hypomania, I was too busy being 'not depressed' to go to the doctor. I assumed those good feelings were normal. I assumed that was how everybody felt who didn't have depression.

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Diagnosis + Discovery = Depression Recovery

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Diagnosing Bipolar


'Discovery' can mean different things to different people. Certainly Columbus thought that he 'discovered' America. The truth is, America was already there. The natives probably had a much different point of view. When I found this poster I was surprised at how many other rather critical jokes there are out there of Christopher Columbus!

When you 'discovered' that the symptoms you were experiencing might indicate that you had depression, that was your first step toward recovery. But there are so many more very important steps.

The symptoms of depression could also be associated with other mental disorders such as ADHD, OCD, PTSD, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, anxiety, personality disorder and more. After all, those conditions would make anyone depressed to a certain extent. If your depressive symptoms were just a side effect of one of these conditions, it would help you to know, wouldn't it?

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Bipolar Boot Camp Good Bye

This entry is part 9 of 9 in the series Bipolar Boot Camp


Dear Friends,

It is time to hang up your Bipolar Boot Camp Boots. Sure do hope you got a little something out of it. Depression Getaway is built on the premise that little things can make a big difference.

The idea for the Bipolar Boot Camp came as a result of a workshop I did recently at our hospital mental health unit.

I have a new psychiatrist who I like. I am sort of starting over with her, starting fresh in many ways.

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11 Tips for choosing the right Bipolar Treatment

This entry is part 8 of 9 in the series Bipolar Boot Camp


Bipolar Bootcamp! How is it going so far for you?

Are you getting anything out of it yet?

Have you set your goals?

Have you reviewed the symptoms of both depression and mania?

Have you done a personal study doing a cost/benefit analysis to your own reactions to your symptoms?

Have you figured out a marching/walking song that works for you?

Today's boot camp exercise is going to be a little less active.

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What do John Phillip Sousa and Jane Fonda have in common?

This entry is part 7 of 9 in the series Bipolar Boot Camp

fonda2They both understood the power of music.

John Philip Sousa was one of the greatest marching song writers of all time.

I am not sure if Jane Fonda was the first to try and make exercising fun by adding music, but she certainly hit on a neat idea about making exercising enjoyable and even appealing!

Last time we talked about a marching song for our bipolar boot camp as well as a marching song for each of you personally. Something that you could possibly walk to as well.

You may want to use your marching song for walking. The benefits of walking for anyone are numerous and a person with bipolar could really use some of those benefits.

I have my own personal walking song which I sing (sometimes out loud, sometimes in my head) while I walk, which is almost every day. If you have been reading my blog for awhile you know by now that I am a christian. So here is my walking song:

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The Great Escape

This entry is part 6 of 9 in the series Bipolar Boot Camp


The movie "The Great Escape" holds a special place in my heart. My dad (RAF) was a WWII POW (prisoner of war). He spent over 2 years of the war in a German prison camp which is probably why he lived to come home.

"The Great Escape" is one  of the most famous prison camp escape stories ever and I knew some of the men who were part of it. They were personal friends of my dad's and so when a movie was made about it, we were all interested and followed it closely.

All of this is to introduce you to the idea of a marching song.


Now where am I going with this?

Well, this is a boot camp and we will need a marching song.

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“How’s That Workin’ for Ya?”

This entry is part 5 of 9 in the series Bipolar Boot Camp

dr_phil_mcgrawCongratulations! You have completed four weeks of Depression Getaway's Bipolar Boot Camp!

That is a big deal! Why? Because sticking to things is really hard when you have a mental disorder that causes your moods to change constantly.

What seems like a good idea one day, seems like a distant memory the next day.

Sticking to projects that we start can be hard for just about anyone but particularly if you have a bipolar related disorder.

So what does Dr. Phil have to do with all of that?

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