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The only podcast where you will hear stories on what it means to Live Well Bipolar every Monday! Tune in as Paris Scobie, 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.

Live Well Bipolar ‪™‬ Paris Scobie

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 137 Ratings

The only podcast where you will hear stories on what it means to Live Well Bipolar every Monday! Tune in as Paris Scobie, 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.

    211: Stand-Up For Mental Health: A Bipolar Comedian's Story

    211: Stand-Up For Mental Health: A Bipolar Comedian's Story

    John F. O'Donnell: Comedy, Bipolar Disorder, and Resilience

    In this episode of Live Well, Bipolar, Paris is joined by John F. O'Donnell, a national headlining comedian and mental health advocate, who shares his journey of living with bipolar disorder while thriving in his comedy career.



    John discusses his early diagnosis, the challenges of managing his condition, and how integrating his experiences into his comedy has helped both himself and others.



    The conversation dives into the importance of sleep, medication compliance, and having a support system, as John offers insights and advice for others dealing with similar struggles.



    Stay connected with John here!

    00:00 Introduction and Special Guest Announcement
    00:24 John F. O'Donnell's Background and Bipolar Journey
    01:59 Comedy as a Creative Outlet for Bipolar Disorder
    05:58 The Impact of Bipolar Disorder on John's Life and Career
    11:34 Recovery and Finding the Right Treatment
    20:01 The Importance of Sleep and Routine
    22:38 Community and Purpose Through Comedy and Advocacy
    30:49 Final Thoughts and How to Connect with John

    • 34 min
    210: A Teacher's Tale Breaking Free of Bipolar Denial

    210: A Teacher's Tale Breaking Free of Bipolar Denial

    Embracing Bipolar: Kelcie's Journey of Acceptance and Support

    Paris welcomes Kelcie, a mental health advocate and toddler teacher, to share her journey living with bipolar disorder.



    Kelcie discusses her diagnosis in 2020, overcoming denial, and the vital support from her family, especially her mother.



    She opens up about the challenges of living with bipolar, including experiencing psychosis, drug use and toxic relationships, and highlights the importance of community and support systems in her life today.



    Kelcie talks about her passion for teaching and the impact of a supportive work environment on her well-being, as well as how journaling and reconnecting with family in helping her navigate recent life changes.



    Stay connected with Kelcie here!

    00:00 Welcome to the Live Well Bipolar Podcast
    00:30 Meet Kelsey: Mental Health Advocate and Teacher
    01:01 Navigating Bipolar Disorder and Medication Stigma
    01:51 Kelsey's Diagnosis Journey
    03:43 Denial and Acceptance of Bipolar Disorder
    06:46 Experiencing Psychosis and Seeking Help
    09:33 The Impact of Toxic Relationships
    10:28 Finding Support and Healing
    13:20 Teaching with Bipolar Disorder
    19:50 Adjusting to New Beginnings
    24:12 Living Well with Bipolar Disorder
    29:34 Closing Remarks and Staying Connected

    • 30 min
    209: Big June Things

    209: Big June Things

    Since it is the last Monday of the month you know what that means.... time to break down all things June.



    I asked (on a story on my paris.scobie Instagram account) what topic you wanted me to review most and the winner was... the first month working full time in my speaking business!



    I cover this along with the other top 3 you voted for: behind the scenes of NAMICon, review of all June things and talk about my audiobook that is now out!



    In addition to this, I quickly review the other 14 things that happened this month and why they have a place in my life.



    Most importantly, I share with you what I did this month to show up for myself on both the good (speaking at NAMICon, being interviewed on AZ Preps Live) and bad (getting a cold, losing a loved one) days.



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    • 31 min
    208: Surviving Sexual Assault to Thriving in Love & Business

    208: Surviving Sexual Assault to Thriving in Love & Business

    Steve Wilson's Journey of Resilience, Surviving Sexual Assault at 9 and Advocacy.


    In this episode of the 'Live Well Bipolar' podcast, host Paris welcomes Steve Wilson, a 75-year-old author from Scottsdale, Arizona.



    Steve shares his powerful journey as detailed in his book 'Teetering on a Tight Rope: My Bipolar Journey,' discussing his experience living with bipolar disorder since 1978, the impact of early childhood trauma, struggles in his careers, and the importance of mental health support.



    Steve speaks candidly about the challenges faced due to inadequate mental health care and insurance limitations, and the crucial role of support networks in coping with mental illness.



    His story highlights the ongoing need for advocacy and systemic change in mental health care.



    Stay connected with Steve here!

    00:00 Introduction and Guest Overview
    02:03 Steve's Early Life and Bipolar Diagnosis
    02:38 The Impact of Childhood Trauma
    05:25 Struggles with Mental Health and Relationships
    10:25 Finding Support and Sharing Trauma
    24:20 Career Challenges and Triumphs
    33:33 Living Well with Bipolar Disorder
    35:45 Challenges in Mental Health Systems
    40:00 Conclusion and Final Thoughts

    • 40 min
    207: Mind & Miles - A Triathlete's Bipolar Journey

    207: Mind & Miles - A Triathlete's Bipolar Journey

    In this episode of the 'Live Well, Bipolar Podcast,' Paris introduces Sam, a Virginia Beach native and mental health advocate.



    Sam shares his journey living with bipolar disorder, detailing his initial denial, the impact of the pandemic on his mental health, and his first manic episode leading to hospitalization.



    He discusses the role of exercise, particularly running, and the importance of community and support in managing his condition. The conversation highlights the significance of involving family in therapy, the challenges of mental health treatment, and practical steps for maintaining mental well-being.



    Stay connected with Sam here!



    00:00 Welcome to the Live Well, Bipolar Podcast

    00:24 Meet Sam: A Journey Through Bipolar Disorder

    02:18 Sam's Diagnosis Story: Facing Bipolar Disorder

    04:47 The Turning Point: Therapy, Denial, and Self-Discovery

    07:08 Running Towards Recovery: The Role of Physical Activity in Mental Health

    10:04 A Manic Episode Unveiled: Navigating the Storm

    18:56 Hospitalization and Reflection: A New Beginning

    31:19 Rebuilding Life: Therapy, Family, and Self-Care

    36:20 Living Well with Bipolar: Insights and Closing Thoughts

    • 39 min
    206: Overcoming Failed Treatments with Amen Clinics Psychiatrist

    206: Overcoming Failed Treatments with Amen Clinics Psychiatrist

    Unraveling the Mystery of Mental Health: Integrative Psychiatry and Brain Scans



    In this episode of 'Live Well Bipolar,' we sit down with Dr. Lisa Parsons, an integrative psychiatrist at the Amen Clinics in Arizona.



    Dr. Parsons shares her unique journey into psychiatry, driven by both personal and professional revelations during her medical school rotations. Despite initial hesitations due to her family's mental health challenges, she found her calling in understanding the intersection of mental health and medical illness.



    Dr. Parsons discusses the transformative approach at Amen Clinics, emphasizing comprehensive diagnostics including brain scans, to offer more personalized and effective treatments. Addressing topics from the stigma associated with bipolar disorder to the critical role of asking 'why' to understand the root causes of psychiatric symptoms, the conversation shines a light on the importance of integrative medicine in mental health.



    Highlighting cases of elevated free copper as an example, Dr. Parsons illustrates how specific treatments, informed by detailed scans and lab tests, can significantly improve patients' quality of life. The episode ultimately defines living well with bipolar as an empowered state, where individuals honor their journey and strive for a deeper understanding and mastery over their health.



    Check out the work at Amen Clinics here!



    00:00 Welcome to Live Well Bipolar: Introducing Dr. Lisa Parsons

    01:18 Dr. Parsons' Journey into Integrative Psychiatry

    05:13 The Intersection of Mental Health and Medical Science

    06:08 Unveiling the Missing Pieces in Mental Health Treatment

    12:39 Personalizing Treatment: The Amen Clinics Approach

    30:25 Empowerment and Living Well with Bipolar

    33:56 Closing Thoughts and How to Connect

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
137 Ratings

137 Ratings

Sunshine_2024 ,

An Example of Manifestation of BiPolar

The episode I listens was with Sam the triathlete. He did a fantastic job explaining how Bi Polar manifested in his life. After listening to Sam’s story I really feel a lot more knowledgeable about Bi Polar. This episode erased some of my misconceptions and left me with a ton more empathy and compassion. I thank Paris for sharing and doing a knock out job of interviewing Sam. Well done. I highly recommend this episode!

Puakia ,

A Hand Reached Out And Held On

Trying to come to terms with a recent diagnosis of multiple mental health issues has been so hard. I found Paris almost by accident. Right now I can’t remember where I first heard about her but I am so thankful. On a rough day I commented on her Instagram and she actually responded. Then she sent me a link to a specific podcast episode she thought would resonate with me. I can’t thank her enough and recommend the podcast become a must listen!

Toddd Carstens ,

Excellent podcast!!

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“I was fortunate to have met Paris at NamiCon while she shared her courageous story. Paris is a excellent speaker with a giant heart helping those with mental illness. I highly recommend reading her bestselling memoir Crooked Illness: Lessons from inside & outside hospital walls. Her book and podcast sheds light on the stigma that surrounds mental illness in our society. For those looking for positive insight and practical applications to overcome trauma you are in the right place! Paris, Keep up the great work!

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