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Gretchen W.

June 6, 2014
Gretchen Wallet was born and raised in Northwest Indiana, where she still currently lives.  She is a graduate of Indiana University Northwest with a Bachelors in English.  She is currently applying to an MSW program with the hopes of being a therapist.  She lives with her husband of eight years, Steven, their cats Taffy and...
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Doreen B. 

My name is Doreen. My psychiatrist says I have bipolar disorder. Some people say I don't have bipolar disorder. Sometimes I believe them.I have had one full psychotic break, one manic episode with milder psychotic symptoms, and one short-lived manic episode. I've had many serious bouts of depression, and even hypomanic symptoms. Some...
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Doreen B.

June 6, 2014
Doreen is a busy wife and mom. She likes doing whatever she’s in the “mood” for. She spends her time taking care of her family, doing hobbies, and being active with church. She has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and enjoys substitute teaching. Doreen was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2009, two years after experiencing a...
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Rebecca Moore

Over at PsychCentral, I've been running a series on postpartum depression and having bipolar while pregnant. I think it's important to reach out to mother's who are struggling with the decision of what to do while they are pregnant or if they are considering pregnancy. Many don't know if medication is right for them and they worry about the...
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The Power of One Pill

June 6, 2014

Dyane Leshin-Harwood

Pills.  Ah, pills.  “Pill” is such an innocuous-sounding word, but anyone with bipolar disorder who takes medication knows that pills are anything but harmless. However, unless you depend on medications to keep you stable, and unless you've experienced a med horror story, it's hard to understand why someone highly sensitive to meds...
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Gabe Howard

When I got into advocacy work, public speaking, and blogging, I knew there would be people who disagreed with me and even disliked me altogether. I am familiar with pop culture references to “haters” and I know the comment section can be a difficult place to get opinions about my work.Much of the feedback I receive is easy to deal with....
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Moving On

June 5, 2014

Rebecca Lombardo

Strength, for me, is fleeting. The strength I may feel on any given day will most likely not be duplicated on the following day. Weakness, however, seems to be a constant. Each and every day there will be multiple occasions where I decide that I just can’t do it anymore. I can’t try, I can’t fight, and I certainly can’t win....
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Against the Odds

May 16, 2014

Ashley Z

When I was in the beginning stages of being diagnosed bipolar most people wrote me off. They thought this girl’s out of school, she can’t keep a job and she certainly cannot contribute to society. I was a self-fulfilling prophecy in a sense I thought I was worthless and so I became worthless. I was out of school for just shy of 3 years and I...
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Body Image

May 16, 2014

Rebecca Lombardo

When you suffer from depression, many things that might have been just a slight inconvenience in your life suddenly begin to define you.  As a child, I was always a bit overweight.  I was bullied constantly, sometimes even by my own family.  The older I got the worse it got, even though when I look back on those photos from those...
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Dyane Leshin-Harwood

As of this writing, I will be welcoming a puppy into our home tonight. Our family is totally freaking out about our new addition in the best way possible! And now more than ever, I believe in "furry antidepressants".  Please allow me to explain…In my late twenties, a decade before I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, I...
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