A magazine for people with bipolar disorder is celebrating its 10th anniversary with an issue in mailboxes now.
bp magazine is a glossy quarterly with the tagline “hope and harmony for people with bipolar.” Leaving off the “disorder” reflects the shortened version often used by people who have the condition—but it could also be an assertion that the condition doesn’t always have to “disorder” one’s life.
Formerly known as “manic depression,” bipolar disorder is characterized by extremes of energy, inspiration, grandiose thinking and behavior (mania or the highs) and opposite extremes of lethargy, poor self-concept and withdrawal (depression, or the lows). The changes in mood typically repeat and can last for hours, days, weeks or months. Lithium used to be the standard treatment, but the last 20 years have brought major advances in understanding the disorder and in treatments for it.
Issues of bp typically provide a cover story of a notable person who has bipolar, news of research advances in treatments for bipolar, letters and comments from an active online community of readers with bipolar (and their support people), tips and professional advice for coping with the many problems bipolar can cause, reviews of books about the condition, and columns from survivors.
Members of the bp staff took the opportunity of the 10th anniversary issue to comment on their jobs, using words like “powerful.”
“It’s the personal stories told in these pages that I think are so inspiring,” wrote news editor Paul Forsyth. “They play a vital part in ‘normalizing’ mental illness, and it’s uplifting to read how people whose lives had often spiraled into destruction and despair can reclaim their futures and tell their stories with such dignity, courage, and in many cases, even humor.”
For more information on bp, go to http://www.bphope.com/.