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The Bipolar Battle

The Bipolar Battle

By John Poehler
Voted one of Feedspot’s Top 10 Bipolar Disorder Podcasts on the web.

The Bipolar Battle is here to empower those living with bipolar disorder to live the life they deserve.

Diagnosed with bipolar disorder type 1, John Poehler discusses anything and everything related to bipolar disorder. This is his online diary.

Whether you are newly diagnosed, a seasoned veteran, a loved one, or merely curious about bipolar disorder, this podcast is for you.

John is an award-winning blogger, award-winning mental health advocate, and published author of the book This War Within My Mind.
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The Bipolar Battle

Interview With Fellow Author And Bipolar Warrior Oliver Seligman
Diagnosed with bipolar type one at seventeen, Oliver Seligman has battled with euphoric manias, suicidal depressions and bewildering psychoses, as well as the side effects of psychiatric medication. Having spent time in mental hospitals in Norway, Australia and the U.K, he has experienced a range of approaches to bipolar and has tried many forms of alternative treatment and a variety of medications. At one point, after four years of continuous depressions, psychoses and manias, it looked as if all was lost. However, by giving up the fight and learning to accept his illness, Oliver managed to turn his life and his relationship with bipolar around. Oliver has written a book called Befriending Bipolar: a patient's perspective. This book gives a unique and engaging perspective on living with a mental illness; describing the euphoric highs, hellish depths and brutally confusing psychoses, as well as sharing what has worked for him and what hasn't. Befriending Bipolar is available on Amazon at:  For the last six years he has been well and able to enjoy a stable and fulfilling life. He now spends his time writing, giving inspirational talks on mental health and teaching people to find peace through meditation.  Oliver's website:  YouTube:  Instagram: @befriending_bipolar
January 25, 2022
Tristan Miller from the "Positive and Negative Podcast" Joins John Poehler from "The Bipolar Battle, Inc."
Tristan Miller is an actor, comedian, and podcast host. Tristan is the creator of Manic Impressive, an hour of stand-up comedy.    Ways to get in touch with Tristan:  Website:  Twitter: @tristanjmiller1  Instagram: @tristanjmiller  TikTok: @tristanjmiller  David Lynch Foundation
October 22, 2021
Simple Tips To Get Through A Depressive Episode
John is a big believer in taking action to prevent a mood episode. However, what do you do when you are in a depressive episode? John discusses some suggestions to help you get through.
October 01, 2021
You Can Heal From Trauma Now: Sharon LaFlamme Joins John To Discuss Trauma And Mental Health
Meet Sharon Laflamme.  Facilitator/founder of Creating Serenity, LLC.   Sharon has taken her life's passions of human behavior, health, nutrition, yoga, meditation and incorporated them into creating an internal space for healing. Healing herself and others has been a lifelong passion. Her journey through childhood trauma created a need to heal, and as an empath, that meant everyone she was in contact with. She became a certified Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner where she helps transform pain into peace, where trauma symptoms resolve, and clients feel integrated and whole. Vitality is restored, clients finally feel at home in their body.  Sharon works with people with childhood trauma, resolving the many health issues that present, due to the nervous system's dysregulation.  She is a seeker of knowledge & evolution, a certified Kripalu yoga teacher, with a Associates Degree in Chemical Dependency, Ayurvedic/Functional medicine advocate, a summit presenter, podcast guest speaker and she is on the board of LoveMakers Foundation. You can view Sharon's YouTube channel by clicking HERE.
June 11, 2021
A Candid Chat with Willa Goodfellow, Best-selling Author of Prozac Monologues: A Voice from the Edge, and Mental Health Advocate
John Poehler chats with Willa Goodfellow, who is the author of Prozac Monologues: A Voice from the Edge. Ways you can connect with Willa: Twitter @WillaGoodfellow Instagram @WIllaGoodfellow Website Facebook Page
March 29, 2021
Chris Wyllie "The Gamechanger" Joins John Poehler from "The Bipolar Battle, Inc."
Chris Wyllie is known as "The Game Changer", chats with John Poehler about his new Persuasion Masterclass and his philosophy about coaching his clients.
February 23, 2021
Adaptability Is A Key Ingredient To Manage Bipolar Disorder
John discusses adaptability and how it has helped him to manage his own bipolar disorder.
January 07, 2021
Reaching Out During the COVID-19 Pandemic - Some Important Points to Remember
John discusses how he is reaching out during the COVID-19 pandemic due to "pandemic fatigue" and the need for medication changes.
November 05, 2020
Resources to Help Improve Your Mental Health Right Now - Whether You Have Bipolar Disorder or Not
The Bipolar Battle recently earned the distinction of making Feespot's Top 10 Bipolar Disorder Podcasts. In this episode, John suggests resources to help improve your mental health right now during COVID-19. These resources can help you whether you have bipolar disorder or you do not.
September 21, 2020
Psychosis and the Bipolar Mind
John discusses psychosis and his own experience living through it.
September 06, 2020
Racing Thoughts and Bipolar Disorder
John discusses racing thoughts, what they are, and how he deals with them.
September 03, 2020
There's a Reason Behind the Name: The Bipolar Battle
John discusses how the name - The Bipolar Battle - materialized.
August 26, 2020
From Doctor to Writer, Natalie Dale Navigates Her Life With Bipolar Disorder Type 2
Natalie Dale graduated Alpha-Omega-Alpha from the Chicago Medical School in 2016 and began her residency in Neurology at Oregon Health Sciences University. After struggling with Bipolar II Disorder, she decided to leave medicine and focus on her long-time passion: writing. Since then, she has written three novels and several short stories exploring the deeply personal experience of physical and mental illness. She also freelances, writing research essays, fact-checking, and translating academic articles for the layperson. In her spare time, she organizes an elementary school reading program, runs a local writing critique group, and plays violin in a community orchestra. She married her college sweetheart, dotes on her dog and cat, and lives in Hillsboro, Oregon.  1)  Natalie, what is your background? My background is pretty mixed. I started out as a music major (violin performance) in college, before switching to a biochemistry major so that I could go to medical school. I took two years off between college and medical school. During that time, I worked in an infectious disease lab at the University of Washington, then I went to New Zealand on a scholarship from Rotary International. In New Zealand, I took classes in Public Health (earning my DPH, or Diploma in Public Health) and gave talks around Australia and New Zealand comparing healthcare systems. Once back in the US, I attended Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and science and graduated with honors before starting my neurology residency at Oregon Health Sciences University. I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder less than three months before graduation. I left OHSU in December 2017 due to my struggle with Bipolar II Disorder, and since then have been focusing on writing  2)  Natalie, what projects are you working on? What are your goals for those projects? I like to do a lot of things at once. I find that this gives me the flexibility I need since my disease still isn’t fully controlled. I write short stories, nonfiction articles, and novels. But the project that is closest to my heart is my second novel, Pathétique.  Before I came up with a title, I called it the “Bipolar Violinist” story. It’s about Anna Zantic, a 30-year-old professional violinist who has recently landed her dream job with the Portland Philharmonic. But when side effects from her lithium start affecting her ability to read music, she turns to her mother for advice. Her mom – a concert pianist who has never accepted her daughter’s illness – convinces Anna to stop taking her meds. As you might expect, things go downhill from there. The book is all about breaking free of stigma, denial, and family expectations. It’s about acceptance and finding a way to embrace the changes that Bipolar can force down your throat. I started working on it while I was debating leaving residency. At the time, I was feeling the weight of failure quite keenly. The book started out as a way for me to work through these feelings, to come to some semblance of acceptance. But since it’s inception (and I’ve now gone through more than 30 drafts), it’s become a lot more.  Social media links:  Website:  Twitter: @dalenatalie  Facebook: natalie.grattan.9   Instagram: natalierose6627
August 05, 2020
How A Person's Motives Can Impact Your Bipolar Disorder in the Current State of the World
John discusses how the motives of others impacts his bipolar disorder. Specifically, during the current environment of the world related to COVID-19.
July 28, 2020
How to Make a Life Changing Decision When You Have Bipolar Disorder
John discusses the process he goes through in making important decisions while living with bipolar disorder.
July 14, 2020
The #1 Tool to Help Manage Your Bipolar Disorder
Finding the right tools is imperative when managing bipolar disorder. John discusses a tool he has used that has been a game changer in his life.
July 07, 2020
The Number One Trigger of a Manic and Depressive Episode
John talks about the number one common trigger of a mood episode. Other triggers are discussed and tools are mentioned to help recognize future episodes.
June 30, 2020
Talking with Paul Marlow About Anxiety, Depression, and His Business - Never Alone
Paul Marlow came up with the idea of Never Alone during his depression after his dad passed away. Over the next 16 months, he used the motivation to create something worthy to help others in the world, to also help him fight his way out of depression. Today, is live. Each sale goes back into creating free online content to help those who need it.
June 23, 2020
What Is Bipolar Depression?
John explores bipolar depression and ways to manage it.
June 16, 2020
Anne Grady, Resilience Expert and Mom of Mentally Ill Teen, Shares Coping Strategies
Resilience expert Anne Grady is not your typical motivational speaker. She is a best-selling author, two-time TEDx speaker, trainer, survivor, optimist, inspirer, and truth-bomb dropper.  Anne has a master’s degree in organizational communication and has spent the last 20 years working with some of the largest organizations around the globe. She has become known as a leading expert on communication, leadership, emotional intelligence, and resilience, contributing to Harvard Business Review, Entrepreneur, Fast Company, Inc. Magazine, FOX Business, and many more.  Audiences love her raw honesty, edgy humor, authenticity, and insight. Anne shares inspiring personal stories, cutting edge research-based content, and implementation tools to transfer learning into real life to improve relationships, navigate change, and triumph over adversity. And she’ll make you laugh while she does it.  In her first book, “52 Strategies for Life, Love, & Work,” Anne provides practical strategies to improve relationships, increase productivity, and reduce stress. In her second book, “Strong Enough: Choosing Courage, Resilience, and Triumph,” Anne draws from her personal life experiences that touch the hearts and minds of readers, helping them use adversity as a catalyst to grow "strong enough." Her new book, “Mind Over Moment: Harness the Power of Resilience,” will be published in fall 2020. Learn more at
June 09, 2020
The Reality of Personal Responsibility and Bipolar Disorder
John discusses personal responsibility and how it relates to bipolar disorder. He provides suggestions how you can take personal responsibility for your bipolar disorder.
June 02, 2020
There's More To Bipolar Disorder than Just Moods
John dives deeper into the intricacies of bipolar disorder.
May 26, 2020
A Frank and Open Discussion with Rebecca and Joe Lombardo
Rebecca and Joe have been married for almost 19 years and happily live in Michigan. Rebecca has battled bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and self-harm since she was 19 years old.  Rebecca is a published author and blogger starting back in 2013. Joe has been Rebecca's support and rock the entire time. Joe has been battling anxiety and depression for about 10 years, although it's probably been a lot longer. He didn't recognize what he was going through until he saw his symptoms in what I struggled with.  Rebecca and Joe have been hosting the podcast, Voices For Change 2.0, for 3 years. They also promote their hashtag #KeepTalkingMH. Their goal is to help break down the stigma surrounding mental illnesses and to educate them through various guests and topics.  Rebecca's Twitter handle: @BekaLombardo Joe's Twitter handle: @powerslave1974 Website:
May 19, 2020
Chris Wyllie Discusses The Power of the Mind & How to Change It Utilizing the Right Tools & Methods
Chris Wyllie is a brain transformation specialist, Neuroplastician, NLP Trainer, Educator and Speaker, and The Game Changer. He is a brain and mental health expert teaching you how to make lasting mental behavioral changes. Over the past 10+ years,  Chris has been learning about the brain & how to help others transform their brain & behavior. Today, Chris joins The Bipolar Battle Podcast and discusses how you can literally transform your brain.
May 12, 2020
One Big Thing I'm Doing to Manage My Mental Health During the Coronavirus Pandemic
Everybody is different. Especially when it comes to managing a crisis. John shares something that he is doing to help manage his mental health during the coronavirus pandemic.
May 07, 2020
Breaking the Shackles and Finding the Right Treatment Plan
John goes over the importance of finding the right treatment plan. Break the shackles and live the life you deserve.
May 05, 2020
How Bipolar Disorder Can Impact Your Job and Career
A large majority of us living with bipolar disorder have difficulty maintaining a steady job and career. This episode explores how bipolar disorder can impact your working aspirations.
April 30, 2020
Living Your Life One-day-at-time When You Have Bipolar Disorder (Or Living In A Pandemic)
If you live with bipolar disorder, you may have already adopted the live your life one-day-a-time lifestyle. You can adopt this perspective if you do not have bipolar. Especially right now during the COVID-19 pandemic.
April 28, 2020
What is mania?
John describes mania using his own lived experience. Some myths are busted and the facts are set straight regarding the reality of a manic episode.
April 23, 2020
Finding Your Inner Warrior
John speaks about seeing himself as a warrior and how it has helped him.
April 21, 2020
Maintaining Stability During the COVID-19 Crisis
John Poehler goes into detail how he manages his mental health each day during the COVID-19 pandemic. These are things that are important whether you have bipolar disorder, or not.
April 19, 2020
Trailer for The Bipolar Battle
A brief introduction to The Bipolar Battle.
April 19, 2020