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In my last blog post ‘A Day in the Life of Hypomania,’ I posted a journal entry highlighting what it’s like to be hypomanic. In contrast, this blog post is a journal entry I wrote following that episode when I was moderately depressed. 6/6/2015. WINTER I wake up late and groggy from the extra sedatives I took the night before. I...
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Reentering The Workforce

January 18, 2017
Bipolar disorder is different for everyone. Some can continue working, others must file for disability, and then there are those that are somewhere in between, or who come up with alternative ways to generate income. What happens when someone decides to reenter the workforce after several years? For the past seven years, I have been working...
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Do you feel down? Would you rather spend your life in bed 24 hours a day? How about your quality of life – are you feeling worthless, irritable, or hopeless? Perhaps you have feelings of suicide – if you do please call the nearest friend, suicide help line, or go to the nearest hospital emergency department immediately. On the other hand,...
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Self Sabotage and I

January 18, 2017
Growing up, I had one bathroom and shared it with five siblings and two parents. I also shared a bedroom with one of my sisters. This left little room for what my mind asked for, self-harm. I attempted it in small fashions. I knew if I was caught, it wouldn’t be good. And at that age, I didn’t want to get caught. On some level, I suppose I wanted...
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Stigma Society

January 12, 2017
“Oh Wow! So this whole time I was actually just stupid?!” Well hell, had I known that, I wouldn’t have needed to take my meds. What a relief. So I’ll go speak to my psychiatrist and ask them how to get “un-stupid” and then I’ll be cured! Said no-one ever.   So I was searching Google for funny bipolar disorder memes when I came across...
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First, let me say that I hate shopping. Not just grocery shopping, which I assume pretty much everyone hates, but all the kinds of shopping that women are stereotypically supposed to love: clothing shopping, shoe shopping, makeup shopping, and furniture shopping. I especially loathe car shopping. The only times I really like shopping are when...
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 “Youth is wasted on the young,” Irish playwright Oscar Wild is quoted as saying. It may be true, too, that happiness is wasted on those who have had no real trouble. Memories of my own youth surged through me recently when I met a 27-year-old woman who has her own video blog about her experience with bipolar disorder II. I envied her as I...
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by Liza Long

One of the first movies I remember seeing was Star Wars. I was five years old, and for me, as for many girls who came of age in the late 70s and 80s, Princess Leia shaped the possibilities we imagined for ourselves and our adult lives. She was proof that women really could do anything, no matter what obstacles the evil empire of the patriarchy put...
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Vicki M. Taylor

Every year at this time, I tell myself that “this” year, I am going to relax, avoid overdoing and not get anxious. Does it work? Sometimes; sometimes not. Why?Because I always have good intentions, then LIFE happens. You know, that “something” we can’t control.  Events we didn’t “plan” for like: Work. Family. Friends. Unexpected...
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Janet Coburn

We may have the same disorder in common, but how it manifests in each of us is different.Obviously, bipolar 1 and 2 are different. But the way I see it, really, everyone has their own personal version of bipolar disorder.For example, I have bipolar 2 with anxiety disorder. I get very few hypomanic episodes – mostly just  depressive ones. I...
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