I have been diagnosed with bipolar since early 2008 but in total I have been living with the symptoms for over 10 years. Since my diagnosis, my condition has stabilised with the help of medication and therapy. The learning curve has been and continues to be steep, and the journey is often lonely and frustrating. I blog to share what has helped me in my experience, and I also hope that my musings will help people living with bipolar disorder or other kinds of mental illness.
Currently I am living in Australia. I have lived in a few countries in my life - I was born in Malaysia and I studied in Singapore and the US, and I also worked as a journalist in Singapore for about 8 years. I think my perspective is influenced by both Western and Asian culture. Perhaps the greatest influence to my perspective is my commitment to be a follower of Jesus. I think that the church's understanding of mental illness needs to greatly expand so that we can journey better with people. I am single but in a long-term relationship. My partner has experienced mental illness and he has a 12-year-old son from a previous relationship with whom I generally get along. I am currently looking for full-time work after completing my PhD in Mental Health research. I have done some work for a organisation for people with mental health challenges where I helped out in volunteer recruitment.