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There is one specialized type of knowledge that trumps all of the others during states of mania and depression, knowing how to function while in the state. While all the other types of knowledge are interesting, knowing how to function can literally be the difference between life and death. https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/bipolar-advantage/201504/the-most-important-thing-know-during-bipolar-episodes
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I’ve got some INCREDIBLE news to share! A generous supporter has made a major donation to Bipolar Advantage, enabling us to offer our next session of Bipolar In Order classes starting on April 2nd for FREE!! Sign up now as there are only limited spots available on a first come first served basis. http://www.bipolaradvantage.com/prices.php
New 8 week session begins April 2nd, sign up for FREE to claim spot now! (limited time offer)
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Thanks Tom! I love what your doing! :D

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What if we CAN learn to function while manic or depressed?
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Starting at 12:30 Today (in a few minutes) - A live Interview with Huffington Post and myself about Depression. Please join us at http://huff.lv/1orRXuf
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Robin Williams killed himself yesterday. I tried to kill myself August 8th of 2005 so I know perhaps a little bit about how he felt. My best friend Santiago killed himself in November 2005 so I also know what it feels like for those who are left behind to sort it out. Please read my article on Psychology Today and let me know what you think. - Tom Wootton 

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/bipolar-advantage/201408/robin-williams-depression-and-suicide
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It's an interesting perspective, to say the least. I know that simply recognizing depression for what it is—altered brain chemistry—rather than simply a mood has helped me immensely. I have far fewer episodes of hopelessness and deep despair, because I know that the darkness will fade over time.

I do function somewhat better with that knowledge, but I don't see anything ever softening those days or weeks where nothing has joy or purpose. Just getting out of bed seems futile and overwhelming, even knowing that the next day might be better.

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The latest X-Men movie explores depression and finds hope in it.
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Always saw the metaphor in the "x-men" series between the "x-gene" and what they call bipolar disorder. What if it is evolution, and those who seek to suppress it are the old model?

Don't see it as a disorder myself, but something you have to be taught to understand and control. We're not like everybody else, and it's fine guys you can learn to manage it in time and with real work that's probably never gonna be done, but you CAN.

Like Xavier taught the young x-men, we can teach each other. You're not a disorder. Use your power for good, even for those that don't understand or respect it.

#bipolartribe
#useyourillusion
#xmen

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Do you suffer from bipolar disorder or know someone who does? If you want to end all suffering you need to understand the difference between why and how. The reason so many people are still suffering is because this difference has not been made clear enough.
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The diagnosis of mental illness is the most dangerous time for many of us. Overwhelmed by fear, confusion and the numbing effect of over-medication, we are vulnerable to messages that can have long-term negative consequences. It was during my first months after diagnosis that I fell victim to the messages that perpetuate the myth that we cannot change our condition. http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/bipolar-advantage/201409/the-worst-myth-mental-illness
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We have been doing scholarships since the first course over ten years ago, but never made it public. Feedback on our new website pointed out that many people cannot afford to take our programs so we made the scholarship program more clear. Please visit http://www.bipolaradvantage.com/scholarships.php and sign up if you need help affording our online Bipolar IN Order course. It produces better results than any other option and now you can't afford to miss it!
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Last chance to take up to 75% off of our online live workshop. We have been discounting our new version 4.0 in preparation for the full Tufts University study and this will be the last test run.
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