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Pregnancy & Bipolar Disorder

Childbirth is one of the most powerful triggers we know for episodes of bipolar disorder. Women with bipolar disorder face very difficult decisions around starting a family and with regard to continuing medication in pregnancy. In this talk Professor Ian Jones will discuss what is known about the link between bipolar disorder and childbirth and what we still need to find out. He will talk through what all bipolar women should consider when planning pregnancy or if they become pregnant.

Suicide Awareness Day

DISCLOSURE

STOP and read the following clearly. This article may be troubling to somebody thinking about suicide. This article is about personal and factual experiences regarding suicide. Please do not read if you are in a dark place and feeling suicidal. Suicide is never the answer, finding help and support IS. At the end of this article, I listed numerous resources, to obtain more information on this topic, as well as crisis hotline numbers for immediate support. Please utilize these fully.

Suicide:

Can I Advocate from the Shadows or Is That Hypocrisy?

As some of you may know, my 21 year old bipolar son was incarcerated last March during a manic episode where he did something that was, in his words “very stupid.” He was in the midst of denying his illness and he was running with the wrong crowd, and self-medicating with drugs and alcohol. I do not excuse his actions, nor does he. Thankfully, he is now facing his illness head on and, though he is in prison, he is in a better place psychologically and emotionally than he has been since his illness presented itself three years ago.

Sometimes it seems like I am the only one fighting for my child

My daughter is 11 yrs old. We’ll call her Bug. Bug was diagnosed bipolar when she was 7. It has been a long, difficult road of ups and downs since then. We went through three schools before anyone would listen to me enough to give her an I.E.P. Finally at the end of her 3rd grade year (and after a hospital stay for a suicide attempt while at school – the 2nd one) the third school evaluated her and decided she “qualified”. Last year, around the end of November, (while in 5th grade) she started having hallucinations again, auditory and visual.

Animals in Mental Health Recovery

Alicia Smith, while living with Bipolar II, PTSD, Agoraphobia and Major Depression, taught over 85,000 people in person and 12,000 virtually.  Now medically retired, Alicia focuses her time on mental health advocacy, and various volunteer activities, to improve our country's mental health care.  People have asked her to present to groups and she has developed four interesting and unusual takes on recovery in mental health.

Once upon a Dream

‘Waking up is hard to do’

I have always had a rather constant, endless even array of dreams. Whereas as some people have the odd dream now and again or some confess to never dreaming, I have always had dreams that are complex, graphic in their imagery and disconcertingly vivid, making one believe that the dream they’re currently experiencing is happening in real-time.

NORMAL—A look at Darren Stein’s Art Work

This week I wanted to highlight an artist who both creates art and has been diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. While searching the Internet I came across Darren Stein, an Australian artist and poet. Although Stein was previously diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, he was more recently diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder II. He attributes eight new images he created as inspired by this new label.

I Look In The Mirror

Every morning I wake up and I look in the mirror

Sometimes I know who I see and that is me

Other times it is a stranger staring back at me.

Where did the years go?

When did my life become medication, therapy, support groups, and doctor’s appointments?

Will I ever be who I once dreamed of becoming or will those dreams be lost forever?

Every morning I wake up and I look in the mirror

Sometimes I just don’t have the energy to stay out of bed

Other times as I stare the fighter within me begins to awaken from its den.

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