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October 17, 2011

Maricela Estrada

I used to call it a curse and I hated myself for it. Having bipolar used to give me shame and stigma. However, what I didn’t know is that it would transform my life into abundance, strength and hope. I was only eighteen years old when I got diagnosed. That was thirteen years ago.Now I see my life in a new light. I’m so proud of having bipolar. It...
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J. Teh

October 16, 2011
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...
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Jen T.

As someone with a bipolar diagnosis, I do feel very deeply and I used to wonder if that was the problem. I realize that it's okay to feel deeply and even to show the emotions (I mean, Jesus knew he was going to call Lazarus out from the tomb, but He still let Himself feel the sadness of his friend's death and the Bible records that "Jesus wept")....
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The Princess in the Tower

October 16, 2011

Charlotte Walker

I’ve always loved fairytales. I was lucky that my parents supplied me with a lot of books when I was growing up. I had volumes of the classic stories collected by the Brothers’ Grimm and Hans Christian Anderson, but I was also given stories of Tzar’s palaces and crafty peasants from pre-revolutionary Russia; tales of giants, warriors and shape-...
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Where's My Doctor

October 16, 2011

Brian Jost

I expect certain things from “my” psychiatrist. When I write “my” psychiatrist, I refer to the fact that I have paid for the services of a psychiatrist in private practice, and feel that I have purchased certain aspects of what is hopefully high quality health care. One of the most important aspects of this care is the ability for me to be able to...
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Kristi Wilkerson

October 14, 2011
Kristi Wilkerson is the author of All Things Blogtastic Blog. Wilkerson received her Bachelor’s Degree in Counseling and Educational Psychology from Ball State University, Muncie, IN, 1996. In addition to being a parent blogger for IBF, she is a ASK Champion for About Special Kids and a Family Resource Team Member for A Balanced Mind Foundation (...
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A Story and a Starfish

October 14, 2011

Kristi Wilkerson

Jake just turned 12. He lives with me full time and spends time with his dad on the weekends and most holidays. He was a very happy and easy baby and hit all of his developmental milestones early or on time. During his toddler years, we hit the terrible 2's and I guess that's where things started to get noticed. He never grew out of them. After...
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Sarah Freeman

October 12, 2011
Sarah Freeman is an Australian lawyer and journalist now living in the US:“Moving overseas was the culmination of my worse ever manic episode. I threw away my marriage, my career, my savings – my whole life. It should have ended in disaster but there was a silver lining. My world fell apart so completely that I ended up in psychiatric care, and...
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Sarah Freeman

I destroyed my first marriage through infidelity, wild spending sprees, outbursts of rage, and many of the other hallmarks of uncontrolled bipolar mania. People who know the ugly details of my story are often surprised to learn that my second marriage is so successful and solid. How can my spouse trust me? How can I trust myself?In my other life I...
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Stigma

September 28, 2011

Christi

Stigma. One very important issue we, as a community, try to battle. It's the negative assumptions associated with bipolar and those who have been diagnosed with the illness. I personally have experienced instances where certain assumptions were made about me once I revealed I had bipolar. I became viewed as a liability. But then there are the...
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