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April 6, 2015
I would like to introduce myself by talking about something that happened last week in my hometown. A teacher committed suicide in her classroom by hanging herself.  After reading the news article, I noticed a trend in the comments section. A lot of people were bullying the teacher. People were calling her selfish for hanging herself...
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Arianna Dixon

April 6, 2015
Thank you for reading my biography and my blog. My name is Arianna Dixon. I have been diagnosed with A-typical Bipolar Disorder and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. I’m a musician and writer with a wonderful, supportive family. I live with my upbeat, loving fiancé, Alissa, and our dogs, Bella, Jasmine, and Josie. As a child, I was told I was a very...
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Hope

April 6, 2015
I have been battling a depressive episode for the last two months. We fool around with my medications but I haven't felt like myself in about five months. Three days ago I posted a photo on my Instagram account about recovery and thought a quote about recovery would be a good addition. The quote I found was by Diriye Osman and the last sentence...
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Garnering Hope

April 3, 2015
College is a time for creating memories with friends, stressing over the five midterms you have this week, and discovering the importance of napping, right? Once I graduated from high school, college came a-knocking three months later. Among those at my door were demanding professors, well-intentioned new friends, and a dose or two of an...
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This is the second article in a 3-part series. The author recommends reading the first article before reading this one.A good detective uses a variety of methods to solve cases: paying attention, asking questions, making connections. Those of us with bipolar disorder can be “relapse prevention detectives,” investigating the mystery of what...
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Out of the Shadows

April 2, 2015
I’ve been blogging as Still Hopeful Mom for more than two years now. Using this pseudonym has enabled me to express myself completely without reservation. I’ve told the story of my son’s spiral into mental illness. I’ve documented the ups and downs of our turbulent relationship. And I’ve even revealed my own diagnosis of Bipolar II. But hiding...
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Half of Me

March 27, 2015
It was the first Saturday night at my new place and I was anxious to get away from the cardboard boxes that filled my room. Luckily, I had been invited by an old friend to come join her and a couple of her friends in the city. I didn’t know anyone in the area yet and knew that it’d be a great opportunity to socialize with new faces, as well as...
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Alana L

March 27, 2015
Alana currently lives within the Washington D.C. metropolitan area with her 5-year-old beagle and works at the United States Geological Survey. She studied Sociology and English at Radford University but medically withdrew during her senior year in 2008 when she was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder 1. Through the support, patience, and...
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I have bipolar 1 disorder with mixed episodes. I’m having a resting day again and I’m trying not to feel guilty about it. My preschooler is with a friend and my husband took off work. About a week and a half ago it became clear that hypomania started working overtime, when, after a day of forcing myself out of bed at noon and exercising to get...
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I Don't Want to Be a Girl

March 26, 2015
What does it mean to be a girl? This question seemed to scratch incessantly at the forefront of my mind growing up. I was never sure, never had any definite answers to cling to and the answers I did have were discouraging. I didn’t realise that I was merely seeing gender stereotypes writ large, a carefully constructed set of norms that each...
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