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Samina Raza

June 8, 2016
 Samina Raza is a Molecular Biologist, a blogger, (https://bipolar1blog.com/) where she blogs extensively about bipolar disorder and other illnesses. She also blogs for HuffPost (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/samina-raza/) She is a mom and a wife. She speaks Urdu, Turkish and French in addition to English. She has an MSEd in School...
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Torn Between Realities

June 8, 2016

Lauren Gann

This was written during a manic episode when the author was experiencing psychosis and was hospitalized. It contains adult language which may be triggering to some readers. I awaken. I hear hospital noises. I feel aloof but in control. Why am I here? What is my purpose in this place? Suddenly it looks so familiar. I am in a Florida hospital;...
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Dear Husband,  We made it through the first year of marriage (not that I had any doubts, don’t worry)! We’ve been through more than our fair share of difficult times, loss and trying times together. But, through thick and thin, we’ve stayed together and can’t live life without each other. I never thought I would find someone who...
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Several years ago, before I was diagnosed, during a particularly difficult bout of psychosis I believed I was a prophet receiving messages from God. I went days at a time without sleep, diligently documenting everything I heard, scribbling frantically and filling up journal after journal with divine whispers. They were strange, grandiose, and...
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I was diagnosed over a decade ago. I was young, a teenager, lost with no clue what to do. My first psychiatrist, who I met at age 14, didn’t want to diagnose me when I was too young. He waited a couple years to officially diagnose me with bipolar 1 disorder; I respect that. I tried medication after medication with this psychiatrist. Different...
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In a previous article, (Read Part 1: The Happy Salad) I wrote about how eating healthfully helped my emotional stability and listed some ways that helped me lose weight and feel better. One common argument against eating healthy is that it is too expensive. Many people with bipolar disorder (as well as a lot of the world) deal with...
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Jodi Lee

June 6, 2016
My name is Jodi Lee. I’m 31 years old, I grew up in Connecticut, but I live in Arizona with my husband and our dog. I have two adult step-kids and a granddaughter; I can’t have children of my own, but I love being a grandmother. I’m fortunate to have the love and support from my entire family. My husband works hard to make sure I feel comfortable...
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Charlie Kaplan

June 6, 2016
My name is Charlie. I am a writer and graduate student pursuing a degree in English and creative writing. After living with symptoms unchecked for many years, I was diagnosed with bipolar I disorder at the age of 31 in 2015. I am also diagnosed with anorexia nervosa, ADHD, and generalized anxiety disorder. I live in Florida with my husband...
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Madeleine Breen

How do I pray, as someone who lives with bipolar disorder? In my younger years when I was fairly stabilized on medicine, the daily Scriptures were my prayer and my study, sometimes studying several hours with my commentaries and allowing the silence to foster the Holy Spirit’s voice. During daily Mass and throughout the day new things might...
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I recently watched as a friend deteriorated as a result of a new medication. She was having an adverse reaction to it and within days was manic. Everyone else saw a happy-go-lucky her, while I saw the irritation building in her, as well as her frustration as she tried to deal with the growing symptoms. Within days the mania turned into depression...
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