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Live Well Bipolar ™

Live Well Bipolar ™

By Paris Scobie

The only podcast where you will hear stories on what it means to Live Well Bipolar every Monday! Tune in as Paris, NAMI Speaker and Best-Selling Author of "Crooked Illness," and guests get into what works, what doesn't and how the reality of living with bipolar looks different for everyone! Each episode will teach you how to shatter the stigma and conquer those obstacles we so often face with bipolar.
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17: The "All-in" Mentality

Live Well Bipolar ™ Jul 06, 2020

180: Healing Through Past Mistakes

180: Healing Through Past Mistakes

Get ready for a wonderful returning guest of mine who I spoke with last back on episode 115 in March of 2022 here.

Sarah Fox returns to the podcast to answer the question "what does it look like when we are learning how to heal through past mistakes, both pre diagnosis and during our manic states?"

Sarah is a Christian woman, alumna of The King’s College with a B.A. in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics with a Pre-Law minor & a Case Manager/Transformational Coach for youth development. With this profession, Sarah spends most of her time mentoring at-risk youth and preparing them for job opportunities. She is also the host of the top 10% globally ranked podcast called Rough Edges where she shares educational tools about mental health, anecdotes from her healing journey, and the intersection between faith and mental illness.

We dive into all aspects of Sarah's journey with bipolar disorder, from diagnosis to starting her healing journey, her struggles with self-care and how she learned to accept her diagnosis.

Discover the role her faith played in her healing journey, and the importance of community and how Sarah first began to cultivate vulnerability. She also shares her tips on how to deal with past mistakes, how to challenge the people-pleasing mentality, setting healthy boundaries, and the importance of self-compassion for individuals living with bipolar disorder.

Make sure to connect with Sarah here to stay updated on her journey and podcast!

00:40 Getting to Know Sarah Fox

01:38 The Importance of Open Conversations

02:21 Understanding and Healing from Past Mistakes

03:07 Sarah's Personal Journey with Bipolar Disorder

04:47 The Impact of Diagnosis and Stigma

07:07 Learning from Past Attitudes and Embracing the Present

10:20 The Importance of Community and Vulnerability

20:20 The Struggle with People Pleasing and Setting Boundaries

25:12 Looking Forward: Upcoming Season of Rough Edges Podcast

28:15 Living Well with Bipolar: A Personal Perspective

30:59 Conclusion and Farewell

Dec 04, 202331:23
179: The Greatest Tool I Made For You
Nov 27, 202314:19
178: Pillars to Finding Your Way Out of The Darkness
Nov 20, 202333:52
177: Managing Depression Relapse & Life Changes

177: Managing Depression Relapse & Life Changes

I am so excited to bring back a former guest of mine I interviewed one year ago here.

We have Jean Kim returning to the podcast to talk about a very important topic so many of us have found ourselves in at one point or another... relapse of depression.

This is something I struggled with a lot in April of this year and Jean breaks down the onset and triggers that arose for her earlier this year.

Jean shares a type of volunteering she has done that has allowed her to embark upon a new career. She describes what it has been like this year to leave behind her life in LA along with her time as a DJ in order to focus on her healing.

Tune in to hear the power of a supportive partner and how her sister helped Jean accept help. Make sure to connect with Jean on IG here and Tik Tok here.

Nov 13, 202332:49
176: Asking For Help As A Man
Nov 06, 202333:35
175: Lies Bipolar Told Me
Oct 30, 202316:19
174: Practicing Radical Belief in Oneself
Oct 23, 202328:22
173: A Story on Culture's Role in Bipolar

173: A Story on Culture's Role in Bipolar

This week we are joined by a psychiatrist who took the time to create a story on bipolar for us.

Elizabeth Nguyen, MD is a multidimensional psychiatrist, writer, and author of the recently published novel, Aloha Vietnam. She was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. Her parents were refugees from Vietnam who arrived in Honolulu in 1975 at the end of the Vietnam War. She received her BA from Stanford University in Human Biology, her MD from Northwestern University, and her Psychiatry Residency and Child Psychiatry Fellowship training at UC Davis.

She started her career in community mental health, with specific interests in cross-cultural psychiatry, the intersection of spirituality and mental health, and the healing power of water and the natural world. She currently lives and works in private practice in Davis, CA.

Dr. Nguyen speaks openly about her early experience with mental illness in her family growing up. She describes the ways in which this influenced her to pursue her career in psychiatry. This career is also what put her on the path to write and publish Aloha Vietnam.

Aloha Vietnam describes the journey of Anh Nguyen, a 17 year old senior in high school, who experiences her first manic episode. She is diagnosed with bipolar disorder, put on medications, and she and her Vietnamese-American family are suddenly thrown into the world of mental health treatment and recovery.

Tune into this episode to hear Dr. Nguyen's take on therapy, living well with bipolar and the ways in which her clients have helped her grow as both a practitioner and person.

Connect with Dr. Nguyen here and grab her book here.

Oct 16, 202330:12
172: My Sister Vienna on Mixed Episodes + Navigating Post-College

172: My Sister Vienna on Mixed Episodes + Navigating Post-College

This is the first time I have ever interviewed someone in-person and it is one of my favorite people if you could not tell from the title.... my little sister, Vienna Prynkiewicz! Vienna was diagnosed with bipolar disorder type 2 & ADHD in summer of 2022, is a filmmaker, recent graduate of Northern Arizona University, and currently pursuing creative interests such as music, acting and art directing. Tune in to hear Vienna share her experience receiving her bipolar diagnosis along with ways to manage ups and downs while practicing self compassion. She speaks about her journey with sobriety, coming out of toxic relationships to finding a supportive partner and the transition between college and the real world.
Oct 09, 202329:01
171: Handcuffed & Given a Second Chance
Oct 02, 202330:37
170: What Telling My Story Taught Me

170: What Telling My Story Taught Me

I open up about why I published my book, Crooked Illness: Lessons From Inside & Outside Hospital Walls, and what vulnerability has done for my healing journey.

There were a number of things I had to change in order to even get to a stable place before Live Well Bipolar ™ could be born. Part of these changes came with stripping away the stigma I attached to myself after receiving my diagnosis.

Publishing my book allowed me the opportunity to share the numerous solutions I had discovered from so many guests on this podcast. I asked myself "where do I want to be? What do I want to feel like?"

This equation of getting to where I wanted contained many pieces that I dive into inside my book. I share what it was like to survive a psychiatric hospitalization, misdiagnosis, sexual assault, abusive relationships and returning to work at the same hospital I was once a court-ordered patient at.

To enter the giveaway to win a signed copy of my book, make sure to read my post and enter here. I am so grateful you are here and thank you for being part of my story.

Sep 25, 202317:03
169: Habit Tracker for Bipolar
Sep 18, 202328:26
168: More Than Motherhood & Bipolar

168: More Than Motherhood & Bipolar

Mel Howard joins me to discuss parenting while living with bipolar, warning signs and how to keep your family healthy and safe. Mel is a stay at home mom, part-time dog walker and advocate for mental illness. She works to silence the stigma through sharing her lived experiences, fundraising and volunteering with initiatives that support mental health awareness.
Tune in to hear Mel's story on her lived experience that has enabled her to identify triggers that can create an episode. She has lived with bipolar I for over 24 years since her diagnosis and describes the role that a bad accident played for her.

She explains her experiences with multiple hospitalizations, struggling with an eating disorder and facing past traumas in order to understand and heal.

For more Mel, connect with her here.
Sep 11, 202339:56
167: Therapy for Bipolar Stigma

167: Therapy for Bipolar Stigma

Have you ever felt crippled by the stigma of bipolar disorder? Living with bipolar is not always easy but it gets really challenging when stigma enters the picture.

Andrea Vassilev is a fifth-year doctoral candidate in clinical psychology, a therapist in California specializing in bipolar disorder, and a person with 25 years of experience with the condition. She speaks and writes for outlets such as Slate Magazine, NAMI, and the International Bipolar Foundation. Andrea is the creator of the world's first self-stigma program for bipolar disorder and hopes that telling her own story of life with bipolar through the lenses of clinical causes, treatments, and outcomes will provide education, hope, and comfort to others.

Andrea joins me on the podcast to detail her experience being diagnosed with bipolar disorder at 14 all the way to developing the world's first program designed to help reduce self-stigma in individuals living with bipolar disorder. Tune in to learn what it means to truly get to know how bipolar lives in you and the ways to understand how it shows up in your life using psychotherapy.

Many myths about therapy for bipolar will be busted along with key insights into how you can get the most out of therapy. Andrea shares how she has taken her lived experience with bipolar and turned it into wisdom to help others overcome common obstacles.

You can connect with Andrea at her website here or on Instagram. You can learn more about her Overcoming Self-Stigma in Bipolar Disorder (OSSiBD) program here. Last but not least, you can check out her article on acceptance and bipolar here.

Sep 04, 202326:56
166: Things I'm Giving Up On
Aug 28, 202321:35
165: Writing for Bipolar Care
Aug 21, 202329:09
164: Sobriety Journey with Bipolar
Aug 14, 202326:45
163: The Path of Lived Experience
Aug 07, 202331:27
162: Power of Peer Support
Jul 31, 202329:09
161: Identifying Root Causes
Jul 24, 202328:26
160: Why I Started Tracking Habits
Jul 17, 202312:52
159: Why My Healing Looks Different Today
Jul 10, 202312:25
158: Honeymoon Triggers
Jul 03, 202314:31
157: I'm Married but.... There's More
Apr 03, 202322:37
156: Intersection of Bipolar, Body Image & Eating Disorders
Jan 30, 202329:47
Jan 23, 202320:15
154: Finding Your Purpose After Loss
Jan 16, 202332:37
153: Facing Addiction to Rediscover Self
Jan 09, 202327:41
152: Breaking Out of Survival Mode
Jan 02, 202328:19
151: No More Secrets
Dec 26, 202232:20
150: This is Bipolar
Dec 19, 202235:21
149: Getting Underneath it All
Dec 12, 202234:49
148: Choice to Commit
Dec 05, 202227:42
147: Writing to Release Stigma
Nov 28, 202226:55
146: Until it Happens to You

146: Until it Happens to You

Lauren Contey is a Licensed Associate Counselor, wife and mother of 2 who never experienced a day of depression in her life....

Until she was 31 when she was hit with crippling depression, debilitating anxiety and unclear diagnoses. 

Lauren is 32 now and in the middle of trying to figure out her diagnosis while being a sign of hope for others online here.

Tune in to hear Lauren's surprising family history of depression she never knew about, what she does to get through bad days and what her journey with bipolar has taught her so far about changing the narrative and why we need to do so. 

Make sure to connect with Lauren again.... here and here

Nov 21, 202231:15
145: Process of Opening Up
Nov 14, 202225:33
144: The Most Stigmatized Disorder?

144: The Most Stigmatized Disorder?

After listening to this Model Mentality Episode, I wanted to share this episode with you guys. In this interview, Rachel Hilbert, shares her experience of stigma living with bipolar as a fashion model for Victoria's Secret. 

She shares how speaking about bipolar felt more stigmatizing than sharing her struggles with anxiety. After she got into the details surrounding her diagnosis, I felt the same. 

Tune in to hear why speaking about bipolar can feel like a more difficult conversation than speaking about other struggles related to mental health. Why is this? Why do so many who live with bipolar also have a story to share related to stigma?

This  episode will walk  you through:

1. Where the stigma comes from

2. How to release yourself from it 

3. Why it matters to share your story living with bipolar

Don't forget to connect with me here after the episode:


My Story

Nov 07, 202213:06
143: To Take or Not Take Medication?
Oct 31, 202211:13
142: DJ Jean K on Reprogramming Negative Thoughts

142: DJ Jean K on Reprogramming Negative Thoughts

Jean is a musician, small jewelry business owner, and daily mental health advocate with 11 years experience living with bipolar II disorder. Tune in to hear how Jean has leveraged more than CBT, therapy practices, reprogramming negative thoughts and gratitude to shatter stigma. 

Jean describes the tools she began to leverage (boundary setting, quitting drinking and getting into music) to overcome the daily obstacles she faced with bipolar. 

Listen to discover a powerful solution for reprogramming negative thoughts that you can try out to get on track or stay on track with living well bipolar!  

More of Jean:

instagram: @dj.jeank



Oct 24, 202232:20
141: Measure To Improve

141: Measure To Improve

What you keep track of... you can work to improve on!

When it comes down to living well bipolar, it is so important to keep track of the areas you are wanting to improve or just certain areas to track progress.

Whether you are newly diagnosed or have been living with bipolar for a number of years..... it is key to understand where you are now, celebrate your progress and recognize areas for growth.

Areas we can measure:

Sleep, screen time, exercise, medications, journaling, our feelings and progress at therapy or in coaching

I am currently looking to get better at being more present by lowering my screen time and get back into reading and working out more again!

What are  you looking to improve on that will help you out more when it comes down to prioritizing your mental health to live well bipoolar?

Oct 17, 202214:05
140: Live Well Bipolar

140: Live Well Bipolar

Welcome to the third (and hopefully last) name change of the podcast! If you are an OG who has been here from the start of this podcast then you remember how it was the Crooked Illness podcast focused on everything mental health. 

But.... around August of 2021, I changed the name to "Master Your Mental" since Crooked Illness stemmed from the name of my memoir and personal story living with bipolar. I decided to change the name to Master Your Mental and continue sharing conversations from others who have overcome challenges related to mental health. I wanted a name that more clearly defined what the show was about but since the podcast is all about bipolar disorder..... it doesn't fit.

In June of 2022, I decided to make the focus of the podcast all about what I needed the most when I was at my lowest... solutions for living well with bipolar. I wish I had access to a show or information 8 years ago when I was newly diagnosed with bipolar..... so I decided to create it!

Live Well Bipolar is all about stories from myself and my guests about the reality of living with bipolar and what has been the most helpful. We will be getting into the things we have come across that have had the most positive impact on our lives and the things that had the opposite effect. 

Tune in every Monday to learn more of what is working to incorporate into your life and all the ways that you can 100% live well with bipolar! 

Follow me on Instagram (my new one since my old one is still hacked): @livewellbipolar

Oct 10, 202210:30


Sad to share but both my Facebook & Instagram have been hacked and disabled last Tuesday.

I wanted to come on and explain how this happened and share some news..... 

The podcast will be getting a new name, cover, website, email and social accounts  (since I was hacked and have no access anymore).

Still here and love and miss you guys! I will be sharing more on the updates coming with the same focus on solutions for managing bipolar. 

Oct 04, 202210:00
138: Give Yourself Credit

138: Give Yourself Credit


Do you truly know how far you have come when it comes down to prioritizing your mental health?

Are you taking the time to give yourself credit for all you have overcome?

This is something I still struggle with and I wanted to share how I acknowledge the work I put in so far. Going from struggling tremendously when I was newly diagnosed with bipolar disorder to creating a plan to live well is something to be proud of!

This episode will teach you:

1. Clarity on why it is a challenge to celebrate your progress 

2. What to do daily to show grace for how you got to where you are now

3. Why we need to celebrate ourselves more for putting our mental health first

Learning how to celebrate my progress and the years of work I put in to living well with bipolar was not easy. 

This episode will show you the impact that giving yourself the credit you deserve has on your mental health!

Grab your FREE  "Master Your Mental" Guide here:

Sep 26, 202213:48
137: Energy Drainers & Chargers

137: Energy Drainers & Chargers


Are you clear on all the things that drain your energy?

What about the things that give you energy?

If you think of yourself like a cell phone running on low battery and about to die.... it needs a charge and so do we!

This episode will teach you:

1. How to identify what depletes your energy and boosts it

2. What to do to give yourself more of the good

3. Why we need to understand how these factors impact our life outlook

Getting clear on what adds and subtracts from my energy was the game changer that taught me to properly care for my mental health.

After years of running away from the topic and diving into the work... I get into how this has helped and how I hope it helps you!

Grab your FREE  28-day Gratitude Journal here:

Sep 19, 202214:17
136: Own Your Health

136: Own Your Health

The stigma of mental health in a South Asian family can be complex, with loved ones often denying or minimizing issues. Their actions, even if they are well-intentioned, can be harmful to their family members living with bipolar.
The immigrant experience, often characterized by keeping up appearances and the collectivist mindset, is unfortunately a common one. Perhaps, by sharing more of these experiences and breaking down at least some of the barriers that exist, we can start to shift the attitudes toward bipolar and other mental illnesses.
For Nikhil Torsekar, this narrative is all too familiar. One day, he seemed to have it all—a loving family, a first-class education and a thriving career—until suddenly, it came crashing down. He lost his job, abruptly filed for divorce and had nowhere to live. Turns out, he had been suffering from undiagnosed bipolar disorder for 20 years. After becoming suicidal and receiving a diagnosis at 40-years-old, he finally began his journey toward healing.
With the help and support of his wife, Shelly Sood, the pair now share their story on a successful podcast and blog, and are now working on a book and movie to tell their story about mental health. Their message, above all else, is to untether your life.
Tune in to hear more about how with the right combination of tools—medication, therapy and supportive relationships—you can start your own healing journey, and take ownership of your mental health.
Topics discussed in this episode:

Nikhil’s journey to diagnosis
The immigrant experience
The three-legged stool: medication, therapy, relationships
Sore state of mental healthcare in India
Untethering your life
Taking ownership of your health
Finding and joining a community
The fundamentals of breathing

Head to Apple Podcasts to listen to the Shelly Story, a podcast about owning your own health, co-hosted by Nikhil and his wife, Shelly Sood. You can also find them at
Connect with Shelly and Nikhil:

Connect with Paris:
To hear more episodes, visit Apple podcasts. Be sure to write a review and let me know your thoughts on the show!
Sep 05, 202233:57
135: Self-Acceptance in Transition

135: Self-Acceptance in Transition

For some people, sports and physical activity can be a healthy outlet for coping with the difficulties around mental illness. For others, it can become a way of repressing emotions and can create a toxic cycle of ignoring the difficulties of life.

What if you shifted that mindset from constantly pushing your physical limits to ignore what’s brewing inside, to instead, putting your mental health first?

On today’s episode, mental health advocate and high performance coach, Bonnie Mosby, shares her experiences of transforming her own disordered relationship with sport from being unhealthy, toxic and hyper focused on perfectionism, into one that’s a lot healthier, and one where having fun plays an important role.

Bonnie was diagnosed with bipolar type 2 disorder and social anxiety following a traumatic brain injury that abruptly ended her decade-long professional rugby career. After years of hard work and being dedicated to truly understanding herself, she now uses those experiences to support and encourage others committed to forging their own paths.

She wants nothing more than to bring sustainable strategies to the table, as she rocks the world with how she approaches high performance training, whether that be in a sport, at work, or within oneself.

Tune in to hear more about how radical acceptance and new hobbies—like owning dozens of houseplants— can help your mental health.

Topics discussed in this episode:

  • Learning to trust your own feelings is key to understanding your diagnosis
  • Create boundaries in relationships (and with yourself)
  • Healing is not a destination, it’s an ongoing process
  • Let go of relationships that you’ve outgrown
  • How collecting house plants helped shift Bonnie’s perception
  • Advice for how to talk about your diagnosis
  • Where to find support groups and build a community
  • Learn to have compassion, especially with yourself

If you are a creative or an athlete with invisible disabilities and mental illness, looking to build a support system, head to Bonnie’s website and make an appointment with her!

Connect with Bonnie:


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To purchase Paris Prynkiewicz’s book ‘Crooked Illness’, head to Amazon.

To hear more episodes, visit Apple podcasts.  Be sure to write a review and let me know your thoughts on the show!

Aug 29, 202222:22
134: Keto for Bipolar

134: Keto for Bipolar

This podcast was created to provide as many options as possible to help treat bipolar disorder and mental illnesses in a way that works for you. One facet of that is your diet. What you eat changes the way your body functions. Particularly with a ketogenic diet.

A keto diet drastically changes the way your brain and body functions. It has the capacity to help stabilize bipolar disorder and has been proven to be most effective for depressive episodes.

Since this is a promising treatment for bipolar disorder, we wanted to talk to someone who is highly qualified in mental health and nutrition. So today we welcome, licensed mental health counselor, who is trained in functional nutrition and the use of a ketogenic diet as a treatment for mental illness and neurological disorders, Nicole Laurent.

On today’s episode, Nicole schools us on how effective a keto diet can be to help stabilize bipolar disorder, and where to start. She presents us with advice and tools to help you get started.

Tune in to hear an information packed episode that will get you thinking about how your diet affects your mental health.

Topics discussed in this episode:

  • How ketogenic diets have been used historically
  • How keto changes brain chemistry
  • Important information to consider before starting a keto diet
  • Helpful tools for people starting a keto diet
  • The most successful approach to keto diet
  • Common low carb foods
  • Advice for vegans wanting to do a keto diet
  • Results for people with bipolar disorder after starting a keto diet
  • Helpful advice for people struggling with starting a keto diet
  • Who Nicole looks to for advice when it comes to keto

If you are interested in starting a ketogenic diet and don’t know where to start, head to Nicole’s website!

Connect with Nicole:


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To hear more episodes, visit Apple podcasts.  Be sure to write a review and let me know your thoughts on the show!

Aug 22, 202228:33
133: Scream Therapy

133: Scream Therapy

Just as nuanced as each bipolar diagnosis is, so are the treatments. Different treatments work better for different people. Medications that would help one diagnosis may not have the same effect on another.

This is why we have to explore the different areas of treatments that could be beneficial to stabilize bipolar. Sometimes the most unconventional methods have the greatest effect. Such as scream therapy. Sound intense? Well, intensity may be what it takes to release and move the pent up energy when it has nowhere else to go.

This is something our guest on today’s episode experienced when dealing with unstabilized bipolar disorder. Pent up energy caused by dysregulation, releasing in harmful ways. He learned tools that worked for him to release and help manage bipolar disorder in unique ways.

Jason Schreurs, mental health advocate, podcast host of ‘Scream Therapy’, and author of the book ‘Scream Therapy: A Punk Journey Through Mental Health’, joins us on today’s podcast to teach us about how scream therapy changed his life and tools he has learned along the way to help keep his bipolar disorder in check.

Tune in to hear more about how scream therapy may be beneficial for you!

Topics discussed in this episode:

  • Jason’s journey with bipolar disorder
  • How Jason was diagnosed later in life
  • How Jason found music as a healing method for bipolar disorder
  • A powerful lesson that bipolar has taught Jason
  • Changes Jason has made from the way he used to live to now
  • The importance of routine to keep the nervous system regulated
  • The support groups that have helped Jason
  • The biggest thing music therapy has helped Jason with so far
  • The overarching message Jason wants to convey in his book
  • Nuances in bipolar disorder in different people

To learn more about scream therapy, visit the scream therapy headquarters website here!

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To hear more episodes, visit Apple podcasts.  Be sure to write a review and let me know your thoughts on the show!

Aug 15, 202231:15
132: Trust the Process

132: Trust the Process

“I don't think I would care to find peace if I didn't have such a brutal mind.” - Oliver Seligman
Mindset is everything, especially when dealing with a mental disorder like bipolar. It can make all the difference in the healing process by creating new avenues for connection and support. This requires a change in the way we perceive day to day life and the nature of the disorder. It helps to have helpful tools to choose from, which tends to come naturally for some who are dealing with bipolar disorder, because it becomes a necessity.
This rings true for our guest, Oliver Seligman, author of “Befriending Bipolar” and “The Broker That Broke Free”, as well as a powerful mental wellness coach. Oliver joins us on today’s episode to tell us his story about living with bipolar disorder and his journey to becoming a mental wellness coach.
Oliver is the epitome of someone who took their healing into their own hands. He created happiness in his life by shifting his perspective from focusing on negativity to positivity, and finding community and connection through his disorder. He talks about how the disorder humbled him to a point where he has learned from his mistakes and now has an arsenal of tools that he wants to share with others dealing with similar issues, so he can make a difference in someone else’s life.
Tune in to hear how you can start trusting the process with a positive attitude and create a supportive network for yourself!
Topics discussed in this episode:

How Oliver came to know he had bipolar disorder
Oliver’s experience with medication
Negativity and how it affected Oliver then and now
How Oliver shifted from negative to positive focus
Which tools have been most helpful to help him help others
How bipolar brought Oliver helped create closer connections in relationships
How Oliver discovered meditation

Connect with Oliver:

You can find Oliver’s books here:
The Broker Who Broke Free: Peace is found Within
Befriending Bipolar: A patient's perspective
Connect with Paris:
To hear more episodes, visit Apple podcasts. Be sure to write a review and let me know your thoughts on the show!
Aug 08, 202229:52
131: Upside of Down

131: Upside of Down

Being a mother is one of the most rewarding experiences, but is also one of the most difficult things you can do. Pair that with mental health issues, like bipolar disorder, and it adds another set of challenges. Dealing with bipolar on your own is one thing, then having to manage it while being responsible for the care of others is something we don’t talk about enough. Yes it’s challenging, but it can also be highly motivating to get the help you need.
Our guest on today’s episode has lived with bipolar disorder for 22 years and is also a mother and wife. Michelle Rittinger joins us to share what her path to wellness has looked like. She inevitably struggled, but she took the challenges of her disorder and motherhood and made it work for her. Climbing out of her lowest moments with her daughter as her inspiration, she is now able to cope with her bipolar disorder in a healthy way and wants to share how she did it with other mothers with bipolar disorder.
Tune in to hear Michelle’s journey of overcoming some of the lowest moments of her life and learn how she created a mental health emergency response plan to manage her episodes.
Topics discussed in this episode:

Michelle’s experience with bipolar
Struggles with accepting bipolar
Michelle’s turning point on her path to wellness
Coping mechanisms when dealing with bipolar disorder
How Michelle put a plan in place for her bipolar episodes
The impact a parent’s bipolar has on children
Understanding early warning signs of an episode
The unique challenges with bipolar as a mother
How Michelle is giving back to mothers with her blog posts

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To hear more episodes, visit Apple podcasts. Be sure to write a review and let me know your thoughts on the show!
Aug 01, 202228:35