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Monthly Archives: June 2012

The Fine Art of Hiding Bipolar Disorder and Why It Kinda Sucks

I’ve gotten very good at what my psychiatrist calls “presenting well.” What this basically means is that, under normal circumstances, it’s not obvious that I have bipolar disorder, even when I’m having a moderate episode (more severe ones are another story). While none of my friends were especially surprised when I disclosed my bipolar disorder, on a day-to-day basis, I’ve gotten pretty good at hiding what is going on. Continue reading

Guest Post: "David’s Dream" – How a Documentary About Bipolar Disorder Made a Dream Come True

Joe Cox is a filmmaker who recently made the film “David’s Dream.” In this article, he discusses his the excitement and challenges of making this film and how it went from production to its acceptance at World Health Day in Manchester later this year. You can find out more about the film at his blog for the film, David’s Dream, and see more clips about the movie on his Youtube channel. He also runs the personal blog Bipolar Joe.

In 2006, I organised a mini film festival to showcase short films focusing on the experiences of people who have experienced mental health difficulties. Continue reading

Doing Unto Others: How Bipolar Disorder Can Make Us More Accepting of Other People

A couple of months ago, I was having a discussion with one of the women from my bipolar support group. We were going over some of the ways in which bipolar disorder has actually improved our lives, and I said something like, “I think it can make us a little more accepting of other people.” She looked at me and responded, “It makes us incredibly accepting of other people.” Continue reading

Katherine Bader: Photography

Katherine Bader is the wife of Daniel Bader, the editor of this blog. She has the experience of living with a bipolar husband, and has written a piece about those experiences. In addition to doing photography, she is also an accomplished painter, with a master’s degree in fine art history from the University of Toronto. Continue reading

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Counselling from Daniel
Daniel Bader, Ph.D., RSW, CCC
Daniel Bader, Ph.D., RSW, CCC is a Registered Social Worker and Canadian Certified Counsellor with a private practice operating out of Kitchener, Ontario. He provides in-person counselling in Kitchener and email, video or telephone counselling within Canada.

To find out more, please visit the website for his private practice, Bader Mediation & Counselling Services.