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Chris Cole hosts the Waking Up Bipolar podcast, focused on the intersection of bipolar disorder and spiritual awakening. He is the author of The Body of Chris: A Memoir of Obsession, Addiction, and Madness, inspired by his own journey of spiritual unfolding and mental health challenges. Chris Cole offers life coaching for any number of mental health conditions, specializing in bipolar disorder and spiritual emergence. Chris’s experience with addiction, disordered eating, body dysmorphia, psychosis, and spiritual emergency allows him to relate to a wide range of clients. He utilizes a holistic approach to mental health which views wellness in physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual domains. Learn more about Chris and his work at colecoaching.com.

Waking Up Bipolar with Chris Cole | Bipolar disorder, spiritual awakening, and everything in between‪.‬ Chris Cole | Life coach and author of The Body of Chris

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Chris Cole hosts the Waking Up Bipolar podcast, focused on the intersection of bipolar disorder and spiritual awakening. He is the author of The Body of Chris: A Memoir of Obsession, Addiction, and Madness, inspired by his own journey of spiritual unfolding and mental health challenges. Chris Cole offers life coaching for any number of mental health conditions, specializing in bipolar disorder and spiritual emergence. Chris’s experience with addiction, disordered eating, body dysmorphia, psychosis, and spiritual emergency allows him to relate to a wide range of clients. He utilizes a holistic approach to mental health which views wellness in physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual domains. Learn more about Chris and his work at colecoaching.com.

    Dr. Daniel Bober: Depression in the Times of Coronavirus

    Dr. Daniel Bober: Depression in the Times of Coronavirus

    Dr. Bober attended medical school at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his Adult/Child/Adolescent Psychiatry training at the Yale University School of Medicine and a fellowship in Forensic Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts School of Medicine. Dr. Bober served as a mental health policy fellow in the U.S. Senate through the American Psychiatric Association and the Yale University School of Medicine. While working in Congress, he championed the cause of veterans and active duty service members with mental illness. He currently holds a faculty appointment as an Assistant Clinical Professor at the Yale University School of Medicine while overseeing his private practice. He is currently the Chief of the Department of Psychiatry for Memorial Regional Healthcare System.

    Dr. Bober is Board Certified in General Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and Forensic Psychiatry, by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Additionally, as a Diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine, Dr. Bober is a certified Addiction Medicine physician. He is a member of the American Psychiatric Association and American Society of Addiction Medicine.

     Chris Cole hosts the Waking Up Bipolar podcast, focused on the intersection of bipolar disorder and spiritual awakening. He is the author of The Body of Chris: A Memoir of Obsession, Addiction, and Madness, inspired by his own journey of spiritual unfolding and mental health challenges. Chris Cole offers life coaching for any number of mental health conditions, specializing in bipolar disorder and spiritual emergence. Chris’s experience with addiction, disordered eating, body dysmorphia, psychosis, and spiritual emergency allows him to relate to a wide range of clients. He utilizes a holistic approach to mental health which views wellness in physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual domains. Learn more about Chris and his work at colecoaching.com.

    In the podcast notes, please find the link to the Dr. Daniel Bober’s website, drbober.com, where you can find more information to work with him.

    Alright everybody. If you enjoyed this conversation and want to contribute your OWN thoughts, experiences, and resources, check out our Waking Up Bipolar Facebook group. You can also head to wakingupbipolar.com to join the email list. This has been another episode of the Waking Up Bipolar podcast. For more episodes, visit wakingupbipolar.com. You can also subscribe on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, or TuneIn, and if you feel so inclined, please rate the podcast or leave a review so other folks may have an easier time finding this. If you want to learn more about me and how I came to care about the intersection of bipolar disorder and spiritual awakening, you can check out my book, The Body of Chris: A Memoir of Obsession, Addiction, and Madness, or visit colecoaching.com for life coaching, blog posts, videos, emails, social media, and of course, more episodes. Be well until next time.

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    • 41 min
    Sean Blackwell 2: Bipolar, Spirituality, and Rebooting

    Sean Blackwell 2: Bipolar, Spirituality, and Rebooting

    Chris Cole hosts the Waking Up Bipolar podcast, focused on the intersection of bipolar disorder and spiritual awakening. He is the author of The Body of Chris: A Memoir of Obsession, Addiction, and Madness, inspired by his own journey of spiritual unfolding and mental health challenges. Chris Cole offers life coaching for any number of mental health conditions, specializing in bipolar disorder and spiritual emergence. Chris’s experience with addiction, disordered eating, body dysmorphia, psychosis, and spiritual emergency allows him to relate to a wide range of clients. He utilizes a holistic approach to mental health which views wellness in physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual domains. Learn more about Chris and his work at colecoaching.com.

    In the podcast notes, please find the link to the Sean Blackwells’s website, bipolarawakenings.com, where you can find links to schedule, get involved, and support Sean’s retreat work.

    Alright everybody. If you enjoyed this conversation and want to contribute your OWN thoughts, experiences, and resources, check out our Waking Up Bipolar Facebook group. You can also head to wakingupbipolar.com to join the email list. This has been another episode of the Waking Up Bipolar podcast. For more episodes, visit wakingupbipolar.com. You can also subscribe on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, or TuneIn, and if you feel so inclined, please rate the podcast or leave a review so other folks may have an easier time finding this. If you want to learn more about me and how I came to care about the intersection of bipolar disorder and spiritual awakening, you can check out my book, The Body of Chris: A Memoir of Obsession, Addiction, and Madness, or visit colecoaching.com for life coaching, blog posts, videos, emails, social media, and of course, more episodes. Be well until next time.

    Links: http://bipolarawakenings.com

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    • 54 min
    When Depression is Awakening: Attachment, Faith, and God

    When Depression is Awakening: Attachment, Faith, and God

    In this episode of Waking Up Bipolar, Chris Cole shares a recovery talk for the Center for Spiritual Living Boulder Valley, a spiritual center of worship based on the teachings of Dr. Ernest Holmes.

    The purpose of the Center of Spiritual Living Boulder Valley is to celebrate divinity, embrace humanity, and create community. Their mission is to provide tools and support to awaken the community to its spiritual magnificence. And the vision is to inspire and uplift every one of us to transform the world.

    The New Thought tradition dates to the 1880s and has its roots in the Transcendentalist Movement of the 1830s. New Thought has a long and respected history, and includes luminaries such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Walt Whitman, Phineas Quimby, and Emma Curtis Hopkins. Some of the better-known authors today whose writings parallel such thought are Wayne Dyer, Deepak Chopra and Eckhart Tolle, as well as many others.

    These teachings incorporate the ancient wisdom of all the spiritual traditions through the ages. People of all spiritual paths – Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu, Islam, New Age and others – are all welcome in their communities.

    As you’ll hear in this talk, mental health crisis, and depression specifically, provide fertile ground for self-examination and the sort of spiritual inquiry that may deepen our faith and connection with the divine. I am so grateful to the community for inviting me to speak, and I hope you get something out of a dialogue about the transformative potential of times of deep despair.

    Visit the Center for Spiritual Living Boulder Valley’s website: https://cslbouldervalley.org/

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    Chris Cole hosts the Waking Up Bipolar podcast, focused on the intersection of bipolar disorder and spiritual awakening. He is the author of The Body of Chris: A Memoir of Obsession, Addiction, and Madness, inspired by his own journey of spiritual unfolding and mental health challenges. Chris Cole offers life coaching for any number of mental health conditions, specializing in bipolar disorder and spiritual emergence. Chris’s experience with addiction, disordered eating, body dysmorphia, psychosis, and spiritual emergency allows him to relate to a wide range of clients. He utilizes a holistic approach to mental health which views wellness in physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual domains. Learn more about Chris and his work at colecoaching.com.

    The Waking Up Bipolar podcast in now available on the following platforms:

    Apple Podcasts | apple.wakingupbipolar.com

    Google Play | google.wakingupbipolar.com

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    TuneIn | tunein.wakingupbipolar.com

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    • 1 hr 13 min
    Internalizing Insanity: Presenting Psychosis as Trauma, Diversity, and Insight

    Internalizing Insanity: Presenting Psychosis as Trauma, Diversity, and Insight

    In this episode of Waking Up Bipolar, Chris Cole shares a recovery talk for for the Interfaith Network on Mental Illness, a non-profit in Boulder, Colorado that helps our many spiritual and religious communities have greater access and resources for mental health.

    INMI, the Interfaith Network on Mental Illness, maintains the mission to increase awareness and understanding of mental illness among clergy, staff, lay leaders and members of faith communities and help them more effectively develop and nurture supportive environments for persons dealing with mental illnesses and their families and friends.

    INMI envisions a future in which people freely seek the mental health services they need without fear of embarrassment or stigma. Faith communities are leading a cultural shift that permeates our society with compassion for people with mental illnesses and their families.

    As you’ll hear in this talk, psychosis offers an opportunity for all of us to open our hearts more fully, to feel more deeply, and to know a love big enough for recovery and care. My hope is that more communities throughout the United States of America consider the opportunity for reconciliation of spiritual, humanistic, and trauma-informed mental health reform.

    Visit INMI’s website: http://inmi.us/

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    Chris Cole hosts the Waking Up Bipolar podcast, focused on the intersection of bipolar disorder and spiritual awakening. He is the author of The Body of Chris: A Memoir of Obsession, Addiction, and Madness, inspired by his own journey of spiritual unfolding and mental health challenges. Chris Cole offers life coaching for any number of mental health conditions, specializing in bipolar disorder and spiritual emergence. Chris’s experience with addiction, disordered eating, body dysmorphia, psychosis, and spiritual emergency allows him to relate to a wide range of clients. He utilizes a holistic approach to mental health which views wellness in physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual domains. Learn more about Chris and his work at colecoaching.com.

    The Waking Up Bipolar podcast in now available on the following platforms:

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    • 56 min
    Natural Highs: Radical Recovery, Inner Change, and Social Engagement

    Natural Highs: Radical Recovery, Inner Change, and Social Engagement

    In this episode of Waking Up Bipolar, Chris Cole shares a recovery talk for Natural Highs, a non-profit in Boulder, Colorado that helps young people connect to sober living and each other. 

    Natural Highs is an interactive strengths-based substance abuse prevention/intervention peer mentor program that is co-created by teens to empower teens and their communities around healthy lifestyle choices and creating a positive peer culture.

    Our MISSION is to empower teens and adults to become INSPIRED LEADERS around HEALTHY LIFESTYLE CHOICES and to work for POSITIVE CHANGE in their communities.​

    Natural Highs provides healthy alternatives to drugs and alcohol through offering workshops, drop-in classes, groups, presentations, sober events, and entrepreneurial and leadership opportunities for teens. The goal of the program is for teens to learn about the effects of substance use, discover healthy alternatives, support each other with healthy choices, and take on leadership roles to positively impact teens and adults in their communities.

    The larger vision for this program is to create a positive peer culture around healthy lifestyle choices for teens and adults. We serve over 2000 teens per year in the Boulder, CO area. The intended outcome for these participants is to increase the number of teens who make healthier choices around drugs and alcohol. Our goal is to empower teens to step up as leaders in creating a positive peer culture in their communities. 

    As you’ll hear in our conversation, Natural Highs offers a chance for deeper connection as a way to avoid the pitfalls of the sort of isolation and anxiety that marks drug use and pervasive ambivalence. I feel strongly that our young people are the future of our country, and I couldn’t be more proud to serve the local youth toward holistic health and wholeness.

    Visit Natural High's website: http://naturalhighs.org

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    Chris Cole hosts the Waking Up Bipolar podcast, focused on the intersection of bipolar disorder and spiritual awakening. He is the author of The Body of Chris: A Memoir of Obsession, Addiction, and Madness, inspired by his own journey of spiritual unfolding and mental health challenges. Chris Cole offers life coaching for any number of mental health conditions, specializing in bipolar disorder and spiritual emergence. Chris’s experience with addiction, disordered eating, body dysmorphia, psychosis, and spiritual emergency allows him to relate to a wide range of clients. He utilizes a holistic approach to mental health which views wellness in physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual domains. Learn more about Chris and his work at colecoaching.com.

    The Waking Up Bipolar podcast in now available on the following platforms:

    Apple Podcasts | apple.wakingupbipolar.com

    Google Play | google.wakingupbipolar.com

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    TuneIn | tunein.wakingupbipolar.com

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    • 25 min
    Dan Griffin: Me Too, Man Rules, and Liberating Dichotomies

    Dan Griffin: Me Too, Man Rules, and Liberating Dichotomies

    In this episode of Waking Up Bipolar, Chris Cole speaks with Dan Griffin—addictions expert, public speaker, and host of the Man Rules podcast.

    Dan has dedicated his life and work to exploring and redefining what it means to be a man in the 21st century. He is committed to helping men be better men, by understanding the impact of the Man Rules on their lives. Dan also helps men find the success in their personal lives they are striving for in their professional ones. Griffin’s book, A Man’s Way through Relationships, is the first book written specifically to help men create healthy relationships while navigating the challenges of the “Man Rules™” — ideas men internalize at very young ages about how to be real boys and men.

    Griffin’s professional background includes over two decades in the mental health and addictions field. In addition, he is  the author of A Man’s Way through the Twelve Steps, the first trauma-informed book to take a holistic look at men’s sobriety. He co-authored Helping Men Recover, the first comprehensive gender-responsive and trauma-informed curriculum for addiction and mental health professionals. Dan served as a senior fellow at The Meadows, world-renowned experts treating addictive disorders and trauma, from 2015 to 2017. Dan earned a Master’s degree in Sociology from the University of Kansas. For his graduate work, Dan completed the first qualitative study centered on the social construction of masculinity in the culture of Alcoholics Anonymous.

    Dan grew up in the DC area and lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Nancy, and his daughter, Grace. He has been in long-term recovery from addiction since he graduated college in May of 1994. 

    As you’ll hear in our conversation, Dan Griffin embodies authentic masculinity in his daring articulations of mens’ trauma. Due to my own location in nonbinary gender advocacy, I find men like Dan refreshing and warm as we all try to come to terms with our own gender and healing.

    Visit Dan Griffin's website: http://dangriffin.com

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    Chris Cole hosts the Waking Up Bipolar podcast, focused on the intersection of bipolar disorder and spiritual awakening. He is the author of The Body of Chris: A Memoir of Obsession, Addiction, and Madness, inspired by his own journey of spiritual unfolding and mental health challenges. Chris Cole offers life coaching for any number of mental health conditions, specializing in bipolar disorder and spiritual emergence. Chris’s experience with addiction, disordered eating, body dysmorphia, psychosis, and spiritual emergency allows him to relate to a wide range of clients. He utilizes a holistic approach to mental health which views wellness in physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual domains. Learn more about Chris and his work at colecoaching.com.

    The Waking Up Bipolar podcast in now available on the following platforms:

    Apple Podcasts | apple.wakingupbipolar.com

    Google Play | google.wakingupbipolar.com

    Stitcher | stitcher.wakingupbipolar.com

    TuneIn | tunein.wakingupbipolar.com

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    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
59 Ratings

59 Ratings

Lauren A Barber ,

Wow did not expect this

I recently discovered I have Bipolar Disorder. I felt lost and searched “bipolar” in the search bar and Chris’ podcast showed up. I am blown away at how down to earth and insightful he is. I feel as if Chris is offering his freedom to us through this podcast, and I am deeply grateful for the beauty, effort, and prices of himself he has poured into “Waking Up Bipolar.”

Bunny Cub ,

Fantastic

Cole is a wonder and this podcast is so helpful.

andysphere ,

New and Valuable Perspective

Chris brings new and important perspectives to a discussion that we should all be having, and that is unfortunately otherwise very incomplete: that of mental illness/health, addiction recovery, and spirituality, particularly from a male point of view. He shares with an emotional vulnerability and radical honesty that is so rare and that men greatly need to hear. (It is a message that is just as important for women as well.). He dives deep and takes unique turns in his interviews, and the guests offer interesting takes on a range of topics. I highly recommend!

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