• Patrick Norris

100. Dr. Todd Bowman – Bipolar Mood Disorder: How to Deal with Difficult People



Welcome to Episode 100 of the Red Ink Revival Leadership Podcast. Today’s conversation is with psychologist Dr. Todd Bowman as we explore bipolar mood disorder.

Dr. Bowman is the Associate Professor of Counseling at Indiana Wesleyan University. He is an Adjunct Professor for Human Sexuality at Nazarene Theological Seminary. He is an Adjunct Professor of the Intro to Psychology at Nazarene Bible College. He also is an evaluating psychologist for assessing seminary applicants for seminaries.

Our conversation takes us into the following:

  • The difference between a personality disorder and a mood disorder.

  • How mood disorders are related to depressive disorders.

  • How lifestyle changes (eating, sleeping, exercise…) can be as effective as antidepressants.

  • What an emotional hangover is.

  • How mood disorders have a strong underpinning of genetic predisposition.

  • Diagnosable features of bipolar mood disorder.

  • How some people with exhausted dopamine circuits have been misdiagnosed as bipolar.

  • How to engage people who present with bipolar mood disorder.

  • How bipolar mood disorder is often leveraged for inappropriately excusing behavior.

  • How free will is about initial choices in a deep process, not just the powerless moments of an overwhelmed system.

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Edited and produced by Evan (Emac) McAlister.

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