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The 12 Steps of Christmas

November 15, 2011

Sarah Freeman

“My name is Sarah and I am a Holiday-holic”.Yes, I love the holidays. In fact, I probably love them too much. I am so emotionally over-invested that I sometimes get overwhelmed, creating a horrible disconnect between the fantasy and the reality.The truth is that I have gone through the same cycle of manic hyper-anticipation and inevitable...
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The Bipolar Roller Coaster

November 14, 2011

Kristi

I have spent a lot of time talking about Bipolar Disorder and what it means to me and my son. I get asked a lot how he's doing or how his day was and my answer is usually never the same thing twice. It's hard to explain to people who aren't around it, who don't understand it and who flat out just don't believe it. (I don't even bother to try with...
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Jen T.

When is a good time for my friends to ask about how I'm doing with my meds? Or whether I've been taking them constantly?I asked myself these questions recently because my colleagues know about my condition and they often ask me about my meds. While I appreciate the concern they are showing, I have come across one instance when it was not a...
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Lee Harrison

November 7, 2011
Lee Harrison- I am a 37-year-old male living in the North of England; Yorkshire to be exact. I am married to Julie and have two children from my first marriage: Kiera, aged 10 and Cameron, aged 7. They live with their Mum but stay with us every other weekend and school holidays. It may sound twee but my main interest is Julie and my children. I...
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Guilt Trip

November 7, 2011

Lee Harrison

Recently I have been watching a series of television programmes by Derren Brown on Channel 4 in the UK called ‘The Experiments’. Each episode has explored a facet of human nature: the first asked whether it was possible to hypnotise an individual into assassinating a well known celebrity; the second looked at deindividuation and human behaviour...
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A Letter to Amy Winehouse

October 17, 2011

 Bassey Ikpi

For Amy and other women who carry chaos.If you are silent about your pain, they’ll kill you and say you enjoyed it.-Zora Neale Hurstonthis flame and flickerwas not meant to last this longwe were not meant to chase the sun this oftenuncertain, as we are, that the days will occur without usso we wakeand liftand pushand throw our bodies across these...
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Let’s Stop This Charade

October 17, 2011

Christi Bubis

I write a lot about Hollywood. Why? Well, I think it's because I love t.v. shows and movies, or maybe because I have friends and relatives living in L.A. and work in the entertainment industry. Or maybe it started because as a baby, I was exposed to movie projectors and movie theaters because my dad was a projectionist (before the days that all of...
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The Gift

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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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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Jen T.

October 16, 2011
Jen T., 32, who works in Singapore, was diagnosed in early 2008 when she inexplicably broke down in her boss' office. Before that she had experienced perplexing cycles of highs and lows over a few years. With the diagnosis, some measure of healing started taking place and she believes in being open, whether with her family or colleagues or...
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