I am a 36 year old mother of two daughters 5 & 7 years old. I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder 1 about 13 years ago but I ignored it. I was in comets denial. How could a functioning caregiver have a mental illness? I worked as a nursing aide for 13 years. I made poor choices and attempted suicide twice. After the birth of my second child I...
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January 28, 2014
On Wednesday, December 11 of 2013 I ended up somewhere I never thought I’d be again...in a psychiatric hospital unit room in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. After having a manic episode. It was also the exact same unit that I was in during my last manic episode in May of 2007.How did I end up in here again?!I had been admitted to the...
January 22, 2014
Every New Year people become rather obsessed it seems with making new years resolutions. Many seem to think it is natural to suddenly make long and unobtainable lists of the things they ‘should’ or ‘must’ be doing. ‘I should be slim’ is followed by hopeless looks in the mirror at the body they have come to despise as they over-optimistically...
January 13, 2014
Middle of the Road Rapid Cycling War & PeaceMy name is Roger and I suffer from Bipolar Disorder 2. This blog almost did not get written. I informed Ashley at the International Bipolar Foundation that I wanted to wait until I was in a positive mood to write...
January 8, 2014
After being a fan of the International Bipolar Foundation blogging community, it is an honor to share my perspectives about living with bipolar disorder with you. I wish to help you feel less alone in living with this mood disorder, and to emulate the I.B.F.’s mission to “erase stigma through education.” I grew up close to my violinist father...
January 8, 2014
As far back as I can remember, we have always been fed the same philosophy about life. You grow up, go to college, meet the man (or woman) of your dreams, get married, move into a big house with a white picket fence, and have a whole gaggle of kids. That’s what our parents did….or tried to do, so now it’s our turn. What happens...
January 3, 2014
I am 40 years old, and I have been happily married for 12 years. I come from a large family, but lost my mom in 2008 and one of my brother's in 2011. I don't have any kids, but we do have cats. My full time business is pet sitting, so I spend a lot of time with animals. I have suffered from depression since I was very young, but...
January 3, 2014
Every time I hear “I Gotta Feeling” by Black Eyed Peas ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSD4vsh1zDA ) I am instantly energized. It brings me back to the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver which I was fortunate to go to. I went to some events and heard this song seemingly everywhere I went around the downtown core. It was an incredible...
December 18, 2013
Melody Lin, born in Taichung, Taiwan, recevieved her B.S. in Biology from the University of Taiwan and 4 years later, her Masters of Social Work from the University of Illinois.During 1981-1986, Melody worked as a social worker in Chicago and Taiwan. Then in 1987, she was first diagnosed with postpartum depression and shortly thereafter, began...
December 11, 2013
Last week I attended a talk at the Wellcome Collection. For non-Londoners, the Collection houses the phenomenal range of medical objects gathered from around the world by Sir Henry Wellcome in the late 19th and early 20th century. It also plays host to relevant events including the series of free talks Exchanges at the Frontier, in which leading...