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Episode11 HYPOMANIA: high and flying

Episode11 HYPOMANIA: high and flying

June 2, 2021

In this episode, mental health advocates Shaley Hoogendoorn and Julie Kraft discuss how it feels to experience hypomania. Hypomania has two sides the really really good and the terrible. Shaley and Julie tell all! They share what it feels like in their minds and bodies as well as share some wacky thoughts and behaviours. They are so excited to share some big creative projects they have done (with the extra rocket fuel) over the years. Listen in as Shaley and Julie share how they have learned to harness their excess energy and enthusiasm to create beautiful things. It is their greatest hope that this episode gives a real-life glimpse into the rollercoaster that is hypomania! This is bipolar... *Note: Hypomania is a lesser form of mania and a symptom of Bipolar 2 Disorder. Neither Julie or Shaley have had a full-blown manic episode and cannot speak to that experience. Mania and Hypomania do have a shadow side and in no way do they want to glorify it. We talk about the really hard and messy parts of hypomania in an upcoming episode. Please know that we take hypomania very seriously and are committed to our treatment plans, which for us includes medication. @this.is.bipolar #thisisbipolar #thisisbipolarvlog #thisisbipolarpodcast

Episode 10  STIGMA - media & modern culture

Episode 10 STIGMA - media & modern culture

April 19, 2021

In this episode, mental health advocates Shaley Hoogendoorn and Julie Kraft discuss how stigma is affected by media & modern culture. Do movies and tv shows portray mental illness in an accurate light? Do characters give a realistic glimpse? And what happens if and when they don’t? This episode also explores what responsibility, if any, the media has when reporting about 'people in the public eye' & their mental health struggles. Listen in as Shaley and Julie weigh in on specific shows, interviews, and even the paparazzi. It is their greatest hope that this episode brings awareness to the powerful impact the entertainment world has on our perceptions of mental health!

 

*media mentioned in this episode:

-Framing Britney Spears - Hulu (2021)

-Modern Love - “Take me as I am, whoever I am”

- HBO (2019) -Interview with Charlie Sheen - ABC NEWS (Feb 2011)

 

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Episode 9 Language: watching our words

Episode 9 Language: watching our words

March 14, 2021
In this episode, mental health advocates

Shaley Hoogendoorn and Julie Kraft discuss the importance of language. Words absolutely matter- they have the power to hurt or heal. Too often, mental health terms, even actual diagnoses, are loosely thrown around in everyday conversation. How many of us have heard the phrase, “The weather is sooo bipolar!” or heard ‘OCD’ used as an adjective to describe a tidy person? Listen in as Julie and Shaley take a gentle and nonjudgemental look at specific terminology often misused (even, admittedly, by them!) They’ll also explain how and why it can be so harmful. It is Shaley and Julie’s greatest hope that this episode will help bring awareness to the words we use and the power they have!
 
*TRIGGER WARNING: mentions language surrounding suicide
 
Episode 8 Let’s Talk: tips and tools

Episode 8 Let’s Talk: tips and tools

January 28, 2021

LET’S TALK!!Join mental health advocates Shaley Hoogendoorn and Julie Kraft as they share how to keep important conversations going after Mental Health Awareness Days. Statistics tell us that 1 in 5 people struggle with a mental health disorder. This means someone that you know or love is suffering (often in silence) right now. How can you support those suffering around you? What does it look like to keep showing up when things get hard? Shaley and Julie share tips and tools to use when engaging in heavy, awkward, or uncomfortable conversations. They tell stories about the importance of language and how we can use them to hurt or help. It is Julie and Shaley's hope that this episode encourages us all to do our part in ending the stigma around mental health and mental illness. They believe that together we can keep the conversation going. This is bipolar...

 

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Episode 7 Diagnosed: reality and reactions

Episode 7 Diagnosed: reality and reactions

January 6, 2021

Join mental health advocates Shaley Hoogendoorn and Julie Kraft as they give a raw and real look at what it’s like to accept that they are living with Bipolar 2 Disorder. They share their own personal struggles to tell family, friends and eventually the world! 

It is Julie and Shaley’s greatest hope that in telling their stories they will offer insight and encouragement to anyone going through the process of being diagnosed. This is bipolar.....

 

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BONUS EPISODE Christmas: coping and keeping calm

BONUS EPISODE Christmas: coping and keeping calm

December 11, 2020
SPECIAL HOLIDAY EPISODE! Join mental health advocates

Shaley Hoogendoorn and Julie Kraft as they share about coping & keeping calm at Christmas! Is it really ‘the most wonderful time of the year’ for them & their families? Does having bipolar disorder help or hinder them during the holidays? What tips & tricks do they have to reduce anxiety & stress? Julie and Shaley also discuss how this Christmas will look vastly different due to Covid-19. So, whether you’re in a bright place, a dull place, (or maybe even quarantine), it is their greatest hope that in sharing they will offer encouragement and hope this holiday season. This is bipolar...
 
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Episode 6 Getting Help: doctors and diagnoses

Episode 6 Getting Help: doctors and diagnoses

November 14, 2020

NEW EPISODE!! In this episode, mental health advocates Messy Beauty with Shaley and Julie Kraft discuss their vastly different experiences of seeking professional help and receiving their bipolar II diagnoses. They describe when, where, and how they first heard the life-changing news, " You have bipolar disorder." It is Julie and Shaley's greatest hope that in sharing they will offer insight and encouragement to anyone going through the process of being diagnosed. This is bipolar.....

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Episode 5 Prediagnosis: unravelling and falling apart

Episode 5 Prediagnosis: unravelling and falling apart

October 8, 2020
Join mental health advocates Shaley Hoogendoorn and Julie Kraft as they openly share about their lives before their bipolar II diagnoses. In this episode, they both detail the final days and events that led them to seek professional help. How did they unravel? Did others know they were falling apart? This episode also explores what getting help looked like. Julie and Shaley discuss their experiences and reactions - from the emergency room to a doctor's office, with feelings ranging from utter relief to prideful resistance. They also share advice and encouragement for anyone who might be struggling and ready to reach out. It is Shaley and Julie's hope that in sharing they will offer insight and encouragement to others walking a similar path! This is bipolar.....
 
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Episode 3 Prediagnosis: depression and disordered eating

Episode 3 Prediagnosis: depression and disordered eating

October 8, 2020
In this episode, Julie and Shaley both candidly detail their depressive episodes. Although they have the same diagnosis, their symptoms presented in various and different ways. Prediagnosis.....how did depression manifest in their daily lives? What effects did it have on their families and friends? Could they carry on with daily life despite being in a darker place? Did they reach out for help? Find out the answers to all of these questions and more! It is Shaley and Julie's hope that in sharing they will offer help and encouragement to others walking a similar path!
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Episode 4 Prediagnosis: the lives we were living

Episode 4 Prediagnosis: the lives we were living

September 9, 2020
Join mental health advocates Shaley Hoogendoorn and Julie Kraft as they openly share about their lives before being diagnosed with bipolar II disorder. In this episode, they both candidly detail what daily life looked like in the decades leading up to their diagnoses. Julie and Shaley discuss the various ways their depression and anxiety affected them and all those living alongside - from throwing birthday parties & hosting playdates, to organizing big events and attending book clubs. How did they manage? Were their episodes cyclical and predictable? Did they, or do they still, experience shame and guilt over past mistakes? And what advice would they give to anyone living through the same struggles & experiences? Find out the answers to all of these questions and more! It is Shaley and Julie's hope that in sharing they will offer help and encouragement to others walking a similar path!

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