Ryan Heffernan is an Australian author and writer. His latest work is a dreamy, soulful, funny and ink black bipolar memoir, Clown & I (2018). Clown & I is a unique and confronting exploration of Ryan's magical and magnetic life with bipolar disorder, where life and success have been writ large, but ruination forever lurks in the form of...
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August 28, 2018
By: Liz Wilson
Dear Supporter; You are the Mother who answered little Liz’s incessant questions when my curiosity exhausted everyone else. You listened to me and that made me feel important and validated. Gave me a thirst for knowledge that remains insatiable to this day. Thank you for giving me a foundation to launch from. You are the teacher at...
August 27, 2018
By: Lori Lane-Murphy
I turned 50 this year.That’s cause for celebration. I have been on this planet for 50 years and experienced the highs and lows that come with a half a century of living. I continue to experience the highs and lows of living with bipolar disorder.Lately, I’ve started to wonder about bipolar and the aging process. Frankly, I’m too afraid to...
August 23, 2018
By: Alexis Zinkerman
Part One of my post on nutrition interviewed Dr. Drew Ramsey about the medical nature of eating healthy. Part two interviews Peri Gershoni, a dietician for Psynergy Programs who is working on her Master’s degree in Dietetics in the UK and writes a blog for Psynergy at http://psynergy.org/blog. Psynergy is a residential treatment program for people...
August 21, 2018
By: John Poehler
Going to university is an extremely fun and exciting time of life. Most students juggle an intense class schedule, social life, and dorm living.For the most part, it is the first time a student will be away from their home for the first time.Let’s face it. It can be pretty overwhelming and stressful.We all know the consequences of feeling stressed...
August 17, 2018
By: Tosha Maaks
Music is a special thing when you have a mental health disorder like bipolar. When you are feeling manic it works off some energy but when you are feeling depressed it really gives you something to look forward too. Recently I was going through a bad depression and my favorite band went above and beyond to be a light for me.I am a country girl at...
August 15, 2018
By: Laura Sanscartier
Dear John,I need to write you a letter of thanks. Though we’ve swapped emails for years with snarky jokes and little life updates, it’s time I thanked you. Truly.I was a soprano who smoked constantly, swore all the time, and wore inappropriate clothing to my auditions. Yet you saw someone who could do something, who could make something of herself...
August 10, 2018
By: Emily McGuigan
Realizing when an episode is approaching terrifies me because I never know how long it’ll last or the intensity it will be this time around. Mine are anywhere from two weeks to a month long depending on life circumstances. As much as I try to stop one in its tracks, I find that my control is limited.Recognizing them as “episodes” not only reminds...
August 8, 2018
By: Sophie Prosolek
When I started grad-school I was full of optimism. I was 21 years old and I had just graduated with a strong first class honours from a good university; I skipped the MSc, easily securing a place straight onto a prestigious PhD programme where I was to spend 4 years studying the scientific art of molecular biology. However, behind a thin veil of...
August 8, 2018
My name is Sophie, I’m a research scientist from Mansfield, England and I live with bipolar (type II) disorder. I decided to start speaking out about mental health after realising how little my condition was understood in some professional circles. When I first got diagnosed I thought my career was over; I didn’t see anyone else ‘like me’...