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Bipolar Disorder

From Negative to Positive

October 31, 2017

By: Kryss Jobes

There was a time in my life when I had a breakdown. I sought help in caring for my daughter before things got too bad. But after that it was a continuous downward spiral until I wasn’t me anymore. I had run away, to live in the back of my mind, while my life went on around me. I didn’t like what I saw through my eyes, but no matter how much I...
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By: Vicki Taylor

In Part 1 of the 2 part series I wondered whether there was a link between having a Mental Illness and developing Dementia. I was genuinely concerned, as I felt I was experiencing more than the normal “aging” memory issues. Other cognitive issues included inability to focus, think clearly, or make sound decisions.I had talked to a Tampa, FL...
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By: Michelle Vasiliu 

My experience of bipolar I suffered from major depression from my late teens but I wasn't diagnosed with bipolar till 2007 when I was 40 years old. My form of bipolar is largely about extreme depressive episodes and less frequent hypomanic episodes. I've only had three major manic episodes - back in 2007 when I was first diagnosed and more...
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Food And Bipolar Disorder

October 20, 2017

By: Natalia Beiser

In my experience, I have found there to be a direct correlation between food and bipolar disorder.When manic or hypomanic, I have observed that not eating is easy. The more that I don’t eat, the more weight that I lose and not eating makes me even more wound up. At that point, I don’t care how fast my brain is spinning. Once I went into the...
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Wendy Ward, Executive Director, The Youth Mental Health Project

SAY IT FORWARD 2017 October 8th – 14th Mind your mind…it depends on you to stay in shape #MindYourMind #SIF2017 We all have mental health – the same way we all have physical health. We believe mental health encompasses far more than the short list of disorders which affect one’s mood, behavior, or thinking. Mental health includes our emotional,...
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Dr. Steve Hinshaw

Award-winning UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco Proffessor Steve Hinshaw speaks out about the huge need to combat stigma after reflecting on his father's recurring mental illness and the doctor-enforced silence surrounding it. SAY IT FORWARD 2017 October 8th – 14thMind your mind…it depends on you to stay in shape #MindYourMind #...
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Crazy?

October 5, 2017

Danielle Workman

Recently I had a book signing for my recent book. Following the reading portion of our event, I opened up the floor to a question and answer session. It was fabulous, lots of fantastic questions and ideas tossed around the room in a conversation-like format. Something stood out to me during that group conversation that I want to share and...
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Emily McGuigan

Some days, I feel energetic and like I can accomplish everything I set out to.Some days, I wake up and feel like I didn’t even get a chance at having a good day. I have no desire to get out of bed or talk to anyone or study or go to the gym or read or think.Some days, I just need a break.And that’s okay.It took me years to start realizing that it...
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One very important thing I learned over the course of my mental health recovery journey, which was reinforced by my professional work and training as a peer support specialist and clinical social worker, is that I cannot separate my mental health from my physical health. I am a whole being, and my mind, body, and spirit are completely...
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Kristian McElroy

Fighting for my mental wellness and resilience everyday tells me I’m making my overall well-being a priority; everyday, I’m intentionally choosing life, and becoming a champion of the life I am living -- whatever that looks like at any given moment.With all of the upheaval that is going on in the world, in combination with the speed of each day...
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For the last seven years, I was more stable than in the past 20 all put together.  Nearly three years ago, I started eating more healthfully. A year and a half ago, I started running and strength training. Then I started obsessing over my weight and my food and increasing my workouts to one hour seven days a week on top of working a full-time...
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By: Julie A. Fast

Congratulations on your diagnosis. I know! Most people don’t send out a party announcement when they hear they have bipolar disorder, so I am congratulating you for being so honest and open about having this illness.I remember my first bipolar disorder mania. I was 17 and in Europe. It was sunny and life was so perfect.      I...
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